If you think we are living in scary times, our worst fears may be confirmed by crimes and violence across the globe. People are looking at the signs that the world is going to end, with anxiety and fear. The signs are all around us. There is Global Climate Change and Global Warming, shortages of food and water, disasters on land and sea. There are new diseases and economic uncertainty. Terrorist activity is increasing and Countries faces economic free fall (Crisis in Venezuela).
But conditions in the world have been getting progressively worse for many years. How do we know when things have gotten so bad that the world is soon going to end?
When you think about it, it makes sense we are living on the threshold of the end right now. In the last few months have been witnesses at several terrorist attacks, conflicts where people who struggle for freedom, racism, hatred and greed… The recent events show us how close we are to the end of the world, a world of evil thoughts and terrible acts, violence grow bigger every day. The signs show our generation is living in the last days.
We live in difficult times. From all parts of the earth, we hear a steady stream of news describing calamities and social unrest. Is there any special significance to the current world situation?
The signs of the current events where evil and violent are present everywhere, and if the signs are present in abundance, we can be certain that we are, in fact, living in the end times. Almost every sign of the end says to look for is present right now!
The world is in such a mess these days that most of the people are starting to think what is going on and what will become of all this. Why are all these things happening in our day? The answer can only be found through a source that the majority of people have forgotten about … The Holy Bible! When you study the Word of God you will see that these things were prophesied to happen a long time ago. Then the mystery begins to unfold and our eyes begin to open as to why this world is in such a terrible state.
With the chaos and uncertainty growing around the world almost daily, more people than ever should be asking “are we living in perilous times?” There is no doubt about that. Let’s just take one example of what is happening today. There are uprisings all around the world, with people protesting and rioting and governments toppling. The people are starting to see the power they have if they get together. And this is a very dangerous situation and one that will lead to the image of the beast being formed, which will bring on the enforcement of the beast’s mark. And with the economy melting all around the world, with countries nearing bankruptcy, the world is becoming ripe for a one world currency, which will aid with enforcing the mark and stop those who refuse the mark from “buying and selling”
We are surrounded by so many obvious signs that one would have to be blind not to see them, yet some fail to recognize them even when they are called to their attention. There are so many things happening in this world today of which we have never seen before. Major events that are taking place more and more frequently and with more intensity. There is no doubt we are living in the end times, and these news items only further prove where we are in history.
‘If the sign that we are near the end is so obvious,’ you might ask, ‘why do so many people fail to recognize it?’ The Bible shows that when the end is near, many will belittle the evidence. Rather than acknowledge the fundamental changes during the last days, they would scoff: “From the day our forefathers fell asleep in death, all things are continuing exactly as from creation’s beginning.” (2 Peter 3:3, 4) In other words, the sign of the last days is clear, but many will ignore it.—Matthew 24:38, 39.
The world as we know it is a highly structured system, assembled by organized determination and will power, no matter if that structure was designed for benevolent purposes or for malignant ends. Societal and environmental order is the product of effort in overcoming entropy, in overcoming the universe’s natural tendency to slide into disorder. Once a particular order is achieved, it is an uphill battle against the forces of nature to maintain this state, combatting the interminable power of entropy.
This holds true for our personal endeavors such as business, relationships, money, love, and so on, and also holds true for the greater systems we’ve created to govern this world. All of these areas of life require constant maintenance and effort in order for them to remain in their singularly beneficial state. We are constantly attempting to create order out of chaos, while chaos and disorder is the natural state. We are in a never-ending war of odds.
It is the natural tendency of things to lose order. Left to its own devices, life will always become less structured. Sand castles get washed away. Weeds overtake gardens. Ancient ruins crumble. Cars begin to rust. People gradually age. With enough time, even mountains erode and their precise edges become rounded. The inevitable trend is that things become less organized.
This is known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It is one of the foundational concepts of chemistry and it is one of the fundamental laws of our universe. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the entropy of a closed system will never decrease.
Nothing, when left alone, will remain in a state of ordered cohesion, and because of this, it is our work to assess our world as it is and continue to apply positive effort in our personal and communal lives to continually improve and counteract entropy. Entropy is the natural order of all things.
In short, we are living in a universe in which the primary law is that of ever-increasing decay, and as such, it requires a continually greater effort to combat this to bring order into our lives. As the world increases in technological and social complexity, the chances that these variables will order themselves in such a way that is beneficial to all beings become increasingly higher. Therefore, it is incumbent upon each of us to continue to push for the creation of a state of order and favorability.
None of us can bypass the immutable laws of nature. Goodwill and positive intention carry serious weight in determining what kind of future we realize, but, the fact remains that we always have work to do, much like maintaining a house.
The insight here is that we do have the individual and collective power to fight back against this force, and in dedicating ourselves to doing so, we reveal our greatest power as human beings: the ability to co-create a meaningful, purposeful and joyful life on this extraordinary living planet.