Lesson 89

A Time of Trouble

"For then there will be great tribulation—affliction, distress, and oppression—such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now; no, and never will be (again)."
Matthew 24:21 (Amplified Bible)

In the present time we are realizing the fulfillment of the predictions of the text scripture and Daniel 12:1—"there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation." But it gives us great comfort to know that it will be the last of the troublous times coming upon the earth.

The lessons will be very severe for all living on the earth at that time for all people must come to accept the fact that God is in control, and always has been, of all of earth’s affairs. He will not allow the literal earth or the world of mankind to be completely demolished but will, instead, destroy those who are destroying (corrupting) the earth (Revelation 11:18).

When the time is right for Christ and his church to take over the rulership of the earth, Satan and his followers will be restrained from their deceitful and wicked works (Revelation 20:2, 3). There will be a resurrection of the dead (Acts 24:15) and peace and righteousness will predominate everywhere. What wonderful blessings! And because these things were promised by Jehovah God we can be sure they will come true!

We do not like to hear about wars and rumors of wars, or of the terrible ways in which some people treat others. We do not like to think about the building and use of machines of war which have been produced for destruction only. Nor is it pleasant to think about plagues of diseases, widespread starvation, strikes and layoffs, huge corporations merging and increasing their control of tremendous wealth and power, excessive greed and selfishness among people of all nations.

These are things that will need to be made right in the coming age so that all mankind will be able to live together in peace and harmony. Even the religious institutions will experience great upheavals so they also will eventually come together in peace and harmony.

These upheavals in all realms of earth’s society are called anarchy (complete disorder and lawlessness) causing a time of trouble such as never was! While we do not look forward to such terrible troubles in the world, yet we can rejoice that a better time is coming afterwards and that this "better time" will be for everyone—all who have ever lived upon this earth.

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