Are things getting better or worse?
Population Explosion: Before 1650 A.D. the population doubled every 1,000 years; it doubled in 1850 (200 years later); doubled again in 1930 (only 80 years later); and doubled again in 1965 (only 35 years later).
In 1990 the world population was 5.5 billion; in just a little under 30 years it increased by 2.2 billion to 7.7 billion in 2019.
In 1990 it was estimated that 15 million people died of starvation that number has more than doubled since then, today it is estimated at 36 million.
In 1990 there were 30 million refugees in the world, today an unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. (UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency)
*The amount of refugees at any given point in the world fluctuates according to various causes, wars, conflict, persecutions, famine, disease and etc.
In 2005 the UN estimated that there were 100 million homeless in the world, today it is estimated at 150 million, 650,000 homeless people in the US alone. 25% of all homeless people are children.
Today there are 821.6 million people who are chronically undernourished, an increase of 36.6 million from 2015, although still down from about 950 million in 2005. (The Hunger Project)
Approximately 3.1 million children die from under-nutrition each year (UNICEF, 2018a).
Every day nearly 8,500 children die of starvation in Third World countries while Americans spend over $900 million a year to feed their pets.
Pollution: The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, but annually disposes of 290 million tons of toxic waste, uses 26% of the world’s oil, release 26% of the world’s nitrogen oxides, produces 22% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.
Solid wastes, radio-active and toxic chemical wastes are contaminating our rivers, lakes and oceans. Air pollutants from car exhaust and industry spawn disease. Deaths from respiratory disease doubles every five years. Skin cancer caused by the depletion of the ozone layer is rapidly increasing. Acid rain is destroying our forests, which in turn will produce "*global warming." This "greenhouse effect" could melt polar ice caps causing oceans to rise and wipe out hundreds of thousands of miles of densely populated coastal lands (affecting 2 billion people). Also, it would dramatically increase temperature variations. This would trigger life-threatening droughts and heat waves turning "breadbasket farmland" (like our Midwest) into barren desert. Severe food shortages would result.
Time is running out, according to Lester R. Brown, president of the highly respected WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE. "Preceding generations have always been concerned about the future, but ours is the first to be faced with decisions that will determine whether the earth our children inherit will be inhabitable." Scientists are now concerned that the population explosion could hasten and increase the effect of Global warming. (New York Times, Jan. 18, 1990) Drastic climate changes resulting in economic disaster in many nations could trigger wars for food, for survival.
*The issue of global warming is debatable amongst many scientists; with some claiming it is the direct result of man while others claim it is the natural results of global climate change. Personally I tend to side with the later opinion. Having once again reached the near end of another 7000 year cycle (the seventh) in a series since the preparation of the earth for the arrival of man first began it is once again time for a change, and although the opening phases of this change may likely prove cataclysmic in nature (with unprecedented storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and etc. taking place) the end results will bring about the perfecting of this world to the earthly paradise in which it was originally intended by its creator.
Crime and Violence continue to spiral. Automatic weapons are readily available to the "kid" on the street. An estimated 100,000 guns are taken into American schools daily. In large cities, students are scanned for weapons upon entering school and the halls are patrolled by armed police. There is an upsurge in the most violent types of crime by teens of all races, classes and life-styles.
Young people (including children and teen’s) are the most naive and thus the easiest to control and manipulate just like sheep and thus many extremist groups such as Antifa, Black Bloc, (a radical anarchist group), BLM and others take advantage of them and enlist them into their causes.
At one time muggers simply robbed a person and ran off. Now they not only beat, violate and/or murder them, but some have the sheer audacity to video it and post it on the internet. Criminal behavior has become a sport, a spectacle to see who can outperform the next.
Drugs: We are losing the drug war because the huge profits are too corrupting. In 1989 the major U.S. chemical companies sold 18.5 million pounds of chemicals to "front companies" in South America who in turn sold these chemicals to drug cartels. There are 2.2 million hard-core drug users in the United States. While 1 out of 40 persons in New York City is hard-core, nationally 1 out of 100 is a hard-core user. The number of casual users is substantially higher (especially since many governments have now legalized some types of drugs designating them not only for medical reasons, but in some instances for recreational use). Is it any wonder the crime rate is spiraling? Seventy percent of New York City’s drug users are affluent. One thousand drug addicted babies are born every day.
Economic chaos: In 1791 the U.S. debt amounted to a little over 75 million a little over two hundred years later (1990) it topped 3 trillion.
The U.S. entered the 1990’s not only with a staggering debt but likewise with a perilous foreign trade imbalance; the S & L Associations on the verge of complete collapse; the commercial banks in serious trouble; insurance companies failing; 1300 companies claiming bankruptcy per week. The nineties witnessed the bankruptcy of many corporate giants.
In 1983, the U.S. was the world’s largest creditor nation. By 1990 it became the biggest debtor nation (C. Fred Bergsten, head of the INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, 1990). Many economists in 1990 predicted it would soon top 5 trillion; they greatly underestimated, in just 30 short years it grew to 23 trillion. No longer are we the unchallenged economic power of the world.
Out of the 2,500 Savings and Loan Associations, over 1,000 needed to be bailed out. It is more than a fiasco of high risk loans and mismanagement. S & L heads have swindled astronomical sums. Government regulators are accused of hiding facts to avert election issues.
Indeed, our generation IS experiencing a "Time of Trouble such as never was since there was a nation," and is shortly to reach its climax in Armageddon.
This unprecedented trouble is a sign that Christ's coming is not imminent but that he already is here.
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