Jesus warned of a time when the world will be besieged with war, famine, pestilence, and earthquakes. The scripture in Matthew 24:6-8 could have been ripped from today’s headlines. Did you know there are currently 27 wars being fought throughout the world, not including the uprisings in the Middle East?

Food prices are at an all-time high which has driven 44 million people into poverty, according to a recent article in The Week.

Several strains of bacteria are penicillin resistant. The world also has little to no defense against the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus.

And four of the last ten largest earthquakes ever recorded have occurred in the last seven years. These disasters combined have killed more than half-a-million people.

But the comforting news is these catastrophes are signs to alert the church of the Lord’s return. He is coming soon! They are also a wake-up call to shake the world’s complacency.