Isaiah 47:10 And you thought to
"I am and there is none but me."
Evil is coming upon you
Which you will not know how to charm away;
Disaster is falling upon you
Which you will not be able to appease;
Coming upon you suddenly
Is ruin of which you know nothing.
Isaiah is speaking about Babylon and its upcoming conquest by Cyrus of Persia. But ends of ages are similar. Perhaps this verse will also pertain to our own upcoming "world crisis." Let’s review here what the Urantia Book tells us about "the world crisis." (The comments in parentheses are mine.)
UB 1863 Although Jesus referred
one phase of the kingdom to the
future and did, on many occasions, intimate that such an event
might appear as a part of a world crisis. (dotted lines are my breaks in
UB 2081 The father of secularism
was the narrow minded and godless
attitude of . . . atheistic science. Secularism had its inception as a rising
protest against the domination . . . by the institutionalized Christian
church. The majority of professed Christians . . . are unwittingly
actual secularists. Secularism . . . sells man into slavish bondage to the
totalitarian state . . . the tyranny of political and economic
slavery. Secularism can never bring peace to mankind. Nothing
can take the place of God in human society . . . Secularism
simply ignores God. More recently, secularism has assumed
a more militant attitude, assuming to take the place of the
religion whose totalitarian bondage it one time resisted. But Beware:
this godless philosophy will lead only to unrest, animosity, unhappiness,
war, and worldwide disaster. Complete secularization . . . can
lead only to disaster.
Those that argue that this "disaster" lies in our past (WWII) should answer the question whether or not secularism still governs the world of today or not. If you think that it does, then it must follow that disaster is yet to come because "worldwide disaster" is the result of worldwide secularism according to the Urantia Book quotation above.
UB 1489 Another world war (WWII)
will teach the so-called sovereign
nations to form some sort of federation, thus creating the
machinery for preventing small wars . . .(but not large ones)
An international police force will prevent many minor wars,
but it will not be effective in preventing major wars.
Worldwide confederations of nations . . . will not prevent
world wars nor control the three, four or five most powerful
governments. (Is this applicable to today?)
Shortly, we will be entering this period of world crisis. Mankind’s latest Tower of Babel will narrow allegiances of church, state, party, class, or race in moving toward a wider vision of human potentiality. What more daring a goal for humankind than for each person to become, in ideal as well as practice, a citizen of a world community. It is a classical vision; we can now give it new vitality. Humanism thus interpreted is a moral force that has time on its side. We believe that humankind has the potential, intelligence, goodwill, and cooperative skill to implement this commitment in the decades ahead."
This is the end of Humanist Manifesto II. It proclaims the establishment of the brotherhood of humankind. Unfortunately, they do not know that "you cannot establish the brotherhood of man without the Fatherhood of God." (UB) Simple, basic, every day truth, unappreciated by the closed minds of man. Truth is so very valuable because it can be lived successfully. (UB) Why have so few found such wisdom? Can we find if we do not seek? Do we seek if we are not thirsty for truth? Are we thirsty if we are still satisfied with our own deceptions? Blessed are the meek, for they are not self-satisfied. They are still open to the light of truth. We now return to our discussion of Urantia Book prophecy and the world crisis to come. We should not become so caught up in looking for the end of the age that we neglect to establish and maintain the Kingdom of Heaven within. For the Master said:
UB 1916 Even you, Thomas, fail to comprehend
what I have been
saying. Have I not taught you that your connection with the
Kingdom of Heaven is spiritual and individual, wholly a matter
of personal experience in the spirit by the faith-realization that
you are a son of God? What more shall I say? The downfall
of nations, the crash of empires, the destruction of unbelieving
Jews, the end of an age, even the end of the world, what have
these things to do with one who believes this gospel and who
has led his life in the surety of the eternal kingdom?
As we look around today, these same "sophistries of unbridled personal liberty" are all around us. The rebellion is ongoing and coming to full fruit at age’s end. We see this in our youth, on our TV sets, in our government, in our marriages, and in our academies. Power has replaced religion and politics has replaced ethics. The time of trial approaches. Rebellion still has its last gasp to breath. The "world crisis" of the Urantia Book is still ahead of us.
Caligastia and Daligastia are still here. What "schemes" are they involved in? Can we find and recognize their activities in the world today or are they so impotent that they do not even register on the scales of human activity? What difference does their presence make in the world around us? How would our planet, our nation, our lives be different without their presence? There are two mistakes that can be made with regard to evil. One is to be blind to it and therefore become powerless to effectively overcome it. The second mistake is to overly focus on and stress evil.
The above excerpts are from the book, "The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand" written by Edmund J. Roache, MD.