CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY
Guest Article by Jason T. Armstrong
I recently came across an article in the New York Times that reported the rise of suicide rates in the U.S. The report stated that more people are dying of suicide than in car accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there were 33,687 deaths by motor vehicle crashes and 38,364 deaths by suicide. This rise in rates was not with the younger generation as most would think. This rate increase was with the baby boomers. The most prominent increase was with men in their 50's and women in their 60's. The study suggested that some of the causes of the increase of suicides were due to changes in marriage, social isolation, finances and family roles.
Is the Sky Falling?
I won’t rehash the recent event that made global news, neither will I comment on the numerous “talking heads” making comments and warning the world of a possible asteroid striking the earth. The attention of the world was riveted to Russia, where over 1,000 people were injured in a town – not from the asteroid striking buildings, but from doors being blown open and from flying glass from thousands of broken windows. The wreckage was caused when this large asteroid entered the earth’s atmosphere.
WHY ARE SO MANY PEOPLE "SNAPPING?"
This has always occurred but it seems to be increasing. An individual will suddenly mentally “snap,” and turn a weapon on another person or kill their entire family. Then, there is the outbreak of the teen “Flash Mobs” who are roaming the cities at night and looking for trouble much like the men of Sodom. If they can’t find it, they will pick an innocent victim and attack them, to the point of critically wounding or killing them. These mobs organize on Facebook and enter into stores taking from the shelves whatever they wish. In some areas, the police refuse to deal with them as their own lives are in danger. Some blame this on the fact that the inner city youth unemployment rate is at 40 to 50% in some areas. Some “experts” blame it on drugs and alcohol and the breakdown of the family unit and no parental supervision. The rage appears to be a combination of all of the above, including a mob mentality that energizes itself, like screaming fans at a ball game.
America the Scary
Those who keep up with our ministry are aware that one of our emphasis is the prophetic word, especially in the area of revealing the plans and purposes of God (I call it, “a now word”). For several years now, I have spent literally countless hours of research, Biblical study and combining recent events in the light of Bible prophecy. Part of the teaching has concerned the political, spiritual and moral condition of the United States and how it fits into a prophetic scenario and the impact our covenant breaking leaders will have, long term, on the nation.
In 24 Hours - Everything Can Change
Since my return from Israel I have been watching with keen interest the unfolding of tragic events in Syria. The nation of Syria once fought Israel in several early wars. The most noted was the famed Yom Kippur war in 1973, in which Syria launched a surprise attack in Golan Heights, catching Israel by surprise, as the men in Israel were fasting and praying in attendance in the synagogues on that day. Israel eventually organized a military force to counterassault the Syrians, sending them back across the mountains toward Damascus.
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