Starkville Daily News

Can we read the signs?


The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria that has so far killed more than 33,000 and left millions in both nations without shelter or basic needs could be among the worst in the last 100 years. When I hear news of powerful earthquake­s I usually remember Jesus' telling His disciples about “famines and earthquake­s” preceding the sign of His coming, and of the end of the age. This particular earthquake hit after more than 12 years of civil war in northwest Syria which complicate­s delivery problems for internatio­nal aid.

Thousands of miles away in America, Chinese balloons have been confoundin­g authoritie­s regarding potential threats to the homeland. The Biden administra­tion has been tight-lipped about any threats from the flying objects. Then again, the Biden family and the whole federal bureaucrac­y have been tight-lipped about China's activities and intentions.

In one notable exception, General Mike Minihan, head of Air Mobility Command, predicted war with China by 2025 in a memo to all air wing commanders and other operationa­l commanders writing, “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me [we] will fight in 2025.”

During his term in office, President Trump's policy successes revived our economy by nearly every measure. Neverthele­ss, his term was beset with detractors and saboteurs within the federal bureaucrac­y, Democratic Party, and mainstream and social media all of which manufactur­ed conditions for a perfect civil storm. For the past two years President Biden has whipped those conditions into disastrous economic, domestic, and internatio­nal catastroph­es.

The world in general and America in particular have devolved into a dark image of biblical proportion­s. Paul describes the last days like this: “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedien­t to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcil­able, malicious gossips, without selfcontro­l, brutal, haters of good, treacherou­s, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God….” Sounds like the political platform of the woke LEFT.

Speaking of biblical imagery, the first judgments God unleashes on earth are the infamous four horsemen of the apocalypse. The Apostle John wrote, “And I looked and behold a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him; and he went out conquering, and to conquer.” Got to love the imagery! The rider on the white horse coming to save the day with a bow and no arrows! He conquers and rules the world, but not with weapons of war.

Satan's primary weapon has always been deceit. His first conquest was Eve who confessed the serpent deceived her. Notably, Satan did not deceive Adam. But Satan has amassed his minions, both human and angelic, to deceive the world into submission to him. Who doubts that one disguised as an angel of light could conquer gullible followers who would themselves destroy any who would not follow the man on the white horse.

Who has ambitions of leading the whole world under one authority? That's what's at stake among the rich and powerful of this world.

Many believe Jesus is returning soon to judge the nations and set up His kingdom. Are we beginning to see signs? Jesus instructed His disciples, “When you see….” There will be signs. We may be seeing signs today.

Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at

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