General MacArthur knew the importance of dealing with our
earthly problems in a spiritual way. As things worsen, people try to
seek out a spiritual solution, which makes them ripe for deception.
Jesus warned that in the last days the number of . . .
False spiritual leaders
"And many false prophets shall rise, and
shall deceive many." MATTHEW 24:11
Many cults have sprung up since Jesus said those words.
In fact, most have been started in this last century alone. Currently
most countries have scores of obscure cultic groups carrying on various
practices: shaving their heads; wearing white robes; playing with poisonous
snakes; stockpiling weapons; selling flowers in airports; making nerve gas;
etc. Among all the self-proclaimed gods, gurus, swamis, false prophets
and phony TV evangelists, it is possible to join the "Cult
of the Month" club, and never exhaust the possibilities!
"And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take
heed that no man deceive you. For many shall
come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
A great surge in recent years of men claiming to be Jesus
Christ, or a god, or God Himself has occurred. One such example of a
church claiming to be Christian and having a leader claiming to be Christ is
the Branch Davidians and their former leader David Koresh. Yet Jesus
"Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here
is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall
arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and
wonders; insomuch that, if it
were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not
behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not."
A stressful, hectic
lifestyle will also be the norm in the last days. According
to the BIBLE, the climate when Jesus Christ returns will be one of . .
"Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for
looking after those things which
are coming on the earth:" LUKE 21:26
Is the present trend in heart attacks a "sign" of the last days? Presently heart disease ranks
as the number one killer, especially in MEN. Nothing else is
even close. It is responsible for more than 42% of all deaths in
America, and nearly twice as high as the number two killer, cancer.
Nearly one fourth of all Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease,
costing more than $137 billion in medical costs every year. This trend
has increased noticeably since the 1970's and especially within the last 100
"...the time of the end: many shall
run to and fro," DANIEL 12:4
Psychologists claim that the number one problem they must deal
with is FEAR, in one form or another. Stress and heart attacks
go hand in hand, and are both indicators of the fast paced hectic days in
which we live. The BIBLE says that in . . .
This simply means that busy schedules will require people to
be constantly "on-the-go" (sound familiar?).
Only a century ago, it was common for people to be born, live and die while
never leaving the county. People would either walk or use a horse to
get to their destination just one hundred years ago (in the peaceful days of
"Little House on the Prairie"). It had
been that way for the five-thousand years before as well. Today zooming
through the air at 500 MPH is common. It is now possible to eat