I believe that with each passing day, this natural world draws closer to an end which according to the Bible is not going to pleasant. Whether it is tomorrow, next week, a year from now, 10 years from now, 100 years from now, 1,000 years from now, 10,000 years from now does not matter to me nor is the purpose of this to discuss or squabble over that aspect of it. What matters to me is that whenever God "calls my name", as I like to say, I am found to be faithful.
Why do I have little interest in the hows and whys? Because I believe that we are simply to always be ready to leave this world at a moment's notice. You can go to bed one night and the next moment be battling for your life and perhaps days later "wake up" to discover you have had brain surgery and spent a good deal of time in intensive care. If you don't believe this can happen to someone without any warning whatsoever, check out my bio and chat with a few "old-timers" here at CB. If it can happen to me...it can happen to you.
I firmly believe that if we are going to remain faithful unto death, we must learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Our faith cannot be built upon how much money we have in the bank, our profession, our social position, family, friends or even our own intelligence. These things... all of these things can and will pass away.
Few can deny that something is going on in our world. People cry out for peace... but there is more war. Germs are mutating at an alarming rate, so much so that modern antibiotics are having a hard time keeping up with them. Those who are in K-12 education find the numbers of children who have allergies to common foods staggering. New psychological/emotional disorders amongst our children are cropping up every year.
In the United States we are experiencing a severe real estate crisis, the like of which has never been seen in modern times at least. Thousands of homeowners (myself included) are finding themselves in upside down mortgages. They owe thousands of dollars more on their homes than what they are worth. It was once said that real estate is a good investment for it increases in value. Not over the past few years...
We must learn to trust in God for everything... everything and regardless of what we might "see" we must stubbornly cling to Him... no matter what!