Watching for the Morning: Global Chaos and Cosmic Hope

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James Clarke & Co., 1999 - Religion - 136 pages
Aimed at the general reader, this book is a scriptural and convincing presentation of Christian hope against a background of political, economic and social disintegration, religious fanaticism or aberration in the end time climate which prevails in the world today. This is the essential guide to the end of the Millennium, presenting and analysing the latest events that we have all faced and their influence on the world that is due to start next year. From the ancient and more recent history of Jerusalem and the problems of the Middle East, through the prospect of a world-wide economic collapse, to the view that happiness and sexual gratification have become an 'inalienable right' and the spoliation of the environment, the author examines the current and forthcoming problems that the world faces. Finding the links between them, he draws a picture that could move the reader to despair. But the almost unalloyed bleakness of the World's way to global catastrophe is not the main burden of the book. For the Christian who is faithful to God, there is hope - even more, the sure promise of deliverance from the last great tribulation. Philip Blair interprets the words addressed by Jesus to the Church at Philadelphia 'Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth' (Revelation 3:10), as meaning that a promise has been given to all true believers that they will not be required to pass through this period of unparalleled world distress, this outpouring of God's wrath. Philip Blair's interpretation seems credible, and replete of 'the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted of God'. It is impossible therefore to overestimate the importance of this book. The author has shed light on 'one of the less obvious truths of scripture' and his book deserves the widest possible readership, providing hints, guidance and comfort for the years to come.

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Contents

towards catastrophe But he is bold enough to claim that all is not out
8
Centre of the World
9
decision but the Jewish state merely responded that the latter could
14
Threshold of Hope?
31
Extending the Trends
59
Rex Quondam Rexque Futurus
79
Jacobs Trouble
95
Liftoff
113
Watching for the Morning
125
Index
131
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