Wars & Rumors of Wars

Sunday March 6, 2022

Dr. Richard L. Hamm

In the introduction to this series, we reminded you that the twenty-first century church mirrors the first-century church in their quest to know when the return of Jesus Christ will take place to establish God's eternal kingdom. Three of the four Gospels record Jesus’ answer to the disciples question, “What will be the signs of your return?” Paul also addressed the concerns of those who wanted to know when Christ would return and informed us that, “No one knows the exact time, but His followers will know the season of His return.” However, Jesus provided a number of events that must take place before His glorious return. One sign is that there would be “wars and rumors of wars.” According to recent conflict analysis, just 23 countries and territories have not been involved in any reported battles, violence against civilians, explosions, riots, protests, or strategic developments in 2021, meaning that the remaining 174 countries have been involved in some form of conflict, violence or war in 2021. Over the past 3,400 years, humans have only been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 percent of recorded history.