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by Herbert W. Armstrong

How can you know whether we are near “the end of the world”? Can we prove it?

ARE we now in the biblically prophesied “time of the end”?

President Reagan, of the United States, spoke of world conditions seemingly indicating we may be nearing “Armageddon.”

The atomic scientists some time ago set the doomsday clock one more minute forward from four to only three minutes till “midnight.” An editorial in the U.S. News & World Report referred to this seemingly imminent time, saying it would seem that the world’s only hope now lies in the sudden appearance of “a strong hand from some place.”

Time was, when some wild-eyed freak shouting a “doomsday” warning was ridiculed as “off his rocker.” But today serious world leaders and scientists are saying grave things about the current drift in world conditions. Some prominent scientists have said the world’s only hope now rests in a single world government, with only one military force, yet in the same breath they admit the utter impossibil­ity of mankind being able to form such a one-world super government.

Strikingly, biblical prophecy says just such a super one-world government is to appear. But do these prophecies imply that our present living generation is the one to live into that time?

Even the original first century apostles expected this end of the world as we know it to occur in their lifetime. Individ­uals in every century since have believed the world was at “the time of the end”—that “Armageddon” was near.

But how may we know? How may we be SURE? Or can we know?

Jesus said in Luke 21:28: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” These things he was talking about include many prophesied events now occurring for the first time in history.

One cannot look at one or two superficial signs or events and jump to any sure conclusion. We must comprehend God’s overall PURPOSE and how he is working out that purpose. Many prophecies must be considered. We must not guess or surmise, or jump hastily to conclusions.

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