quote:Do you then see things getting better and better until it becomes perfect? Or, do you see, as the scripture says, that things will get worse and worse until Jesus comes and destroys the wicked and the earth by fire? At that time, Jesus creates a new earth and new heaven (atmosphere) and the New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven. There will be no need of light, for Jesus will be our light.
Where does Scripture say this? I read it about evil men - not all men. 2 Tim. 3:13
I see the Kingdom advancing every day on almost every continent.
Yes, you are right! The kingdom is apparently gaining ground every day. The gospel must be preached to all the world, then shall the end come. Everyone must have opportunity to hear the gospel and choose whom they will serve. However, when the trying time comes to try all men, then we will see a great falling away. It is easy to be a Christian today because we do not face persecution. However, when the image to the beast is established and we must choose between honoring God and eating there will be many who will comprimise and receive the mark in their hand. Though they do not believe and receive the mark in their forehead (rational mind), they will submit to worship the beast in order to feed their families and to avoid rejection, ridicule, and civil punishment. Thus, they symbolically receive the mark, not in their forehead, but in their hand.
Also, David, you wrote: "Where does Scripture say this? I read it about evil men - not all men. 2 Tim. 3:13"
A close look at 2 Timothy 3 will show that it may not be what we traditionally consider "evil men" that are the subject of the text but rather men professing to be spiritual, godly, and saved while "having a form of godliness but denying its power." Their faith is dead because they never thought to put their faith to practice.
In yet another verse (John 16:2) the same can be deduced. Professedly godly men who believe they are doing God a service by persecuting the faithful. This happened in the time of the disciples and I believe it will reoccur. History shows it has happened in every age.
Then in Matthew 7 we see a picture of the end of all time when Jesus comes to gather his own to himself. There is a class of people who believe they have served God with the good works but Jesus says for them to depart because they are workers of iniquity (sinners).
So, although the kingdom of God is apparently gaining ground in the world today, we know that the majority of people will take the wide path that leads to destruction and that few will find the narrow path that leads to eternal life.
Why do you ask? Do you look for a millinnial reign of peace on earth?