When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3
To the degree that she glorified herself and reveled in her wantonness [living deliciously and luxuriously], to that measure impose on her torment and anguish and tears and mourning. Since in her heart she boasts, I am not a widow; as a queen [on a throne] I sit, and I shall never see suffering or experience sorrow— Revelation 18:7
Think about our Father’s Spirit being poured out over the whole world as it never has been before, just as we studied that it will be in Part 1 & 2. Think about the peace and power that will come along for everyone, believers and non-believers, with such an outpouring of Truth. Then think how the world, the lost, the governments, the banks, businesses, and false Christians will react. Instead of giving honor and glory to God, they will glory in what they believe will be their own efforts. The Truth is that the end times will be very prosperous. The world will be saying peace and safety and the world will be glorifying itself. How will Jesus come as a thief if things are bad and everyone is looking for Him?
It is during times of great prosperity that people turn from our Father and turn to themselves and worldliness. People will flood to the Truth when there are major wars or major economic troubles, but during times of prosperity, people turn away from our Father. During times of prosperity is when people aren’t afraid and believe that they do not need Him.
For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. 2 Timothy 3:2-4
Once again the Truth is that the end times will be very prosperous. The world will be enjoying the peace that our Father is delivering through us. Think of what is happening now in many parts of the world. As a whole, we have far more peace then we have ever had. Sure there are areas of conflict, but the world as a whole is not at war. This peace will only grow and be magnified during the end times.
In America we have enjoyed decades with no major wars. We have not had a military draft in 40 years and while there has been some economic troubles, we have not had anything like the Great Depression. So for the most part, even with our poor, we have ample food supplies, clothes, cable television, medical care, transportation, safety, and just about everyone has a cell phone. Our elderly and sick have access to very good facilities and our national life expectancy is increasing. So while things are by no means perfect, they are by histories standards, very good.
With all of this, what is happening in society? Divorce is a very normal thing. Abortion is legal. Sexuality and morality are both rapidly moving away from Christian values. Television and movies are increasingly risque. Political correctness attacks Christian values instead of heralding them. People are posting pictures of themselves multiple times a day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Most of us know more about the Middle East then we do about our neighbors. So as things have become more prosperous and safe, people have moved farther and farther away from the Truth that will set them free.
If the above verses are to be true, then the world will have to be extremely prosperous during the end times. Our Father’s power flowing through us will allow Babylon, which is the worlds system, to flourish. The end times will be so prosperous that the world will actually begin to say that it will never again experience suffering or sorrow, just as Revelation 18:7 tells us that it will.