Scriptures: Matthew 24:6-7, Psalm 73:6, Proverbs 13:10, Proverbs 16:18, Ecclesiastes 4:1-4
Think for a minute: have you heard of any rumors of wars lately? Jesus said "wars will break out near and far," but He doesn't want us to panic!
To understand this sign, we must first know what war is: "a state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict between nations, sates or parties." In the Bible, Jesus talks about two types of wars: "nation aganist nation...kingdom aganist kingdom." He shows us that there is a difference between nations and kingdoms.
In the Greek, nation, or "ethnos," is translated to mean ethnic. The Word shows us that this war is between ethnic groups: its a war about beliefs. When one group feels superior to another or desires what another group has. The root of this war is sin, specifically pride! "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall," says Proverbs 16:18. Satan uses man's pride to cause destruction.
The second type of war is "kingdom aganist kingdom." The Greek word for kingdom is "basileia," which is translated to mean "something that has borders." It is a war between borders, a war about power! Its about more land, more poeple, more resources, more finance, and more power.
The root of this war is sin: envy! "So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit," Solomon wrote it in Ecclesiastes.
The world's system condones oppression and oppressors have great power. Their victims are helpless and Satan is exalted in their oppression.
Jesus has warned us that these wars are coming, but He tells us "see that ye be not trouble." We are not to panic, but continue to seek His kingdom and know He holds us in His hands. Jesus told us to "take heed," for He comes to use in troubled times!