by James Merritt

The Day That Will End All Days
By James Merritt
I Thessalonians 5:1-11


1. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."1 So begins the first line of the Charles Dickens' classic A Tale of Two Cities. That same statement could also be said today.

2. Physically it is the best of times. Modern medicine has eliminated a vast majority of diseases that just a century or two ago was killing and crippling millions of people. Smallpox, polio, leprosy are just a few dreaded diseases practically eliminated from the face of the earth. Here in America the life expectancy is the highest in history. More than 2,000 drugs have been discovered since 1900, and 75% of all drugs have been discovered since World War II.

3. Financially it could be called the best of times. There are more lands flowing with milk and honey today than ever before. Never has the world seen such opulence, such comfort as it sees today. Ordinary people, who centuries ago would have lived like peasants, now live like kings. There have never been more billionaires nor millionaires in the world as there are today.

4. Educationally there has been a virtual explosion of knowledge in the last thirty years. Seventy-five percent of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive today. One super computer can do in a minute what it would have taken thousands of men a year to do. This is the age of information, communication, and transportation. Fax machines now send written messages into thin air from one end of the world to the other.

5. I heard about a man the other day who was in New York City and he got his tie caught in a fax machine and wound up in Los Angeles!

6. Yes, in many ways it is the best of times, but in other ways it is the worst of times. Aids, the deadliest and the most fearful transmitted disease ever known to man, is cutting a swamp through this earth a mile wide. While the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer. ...

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