Sunday, July 4th, 2010
"Just a little while longer, and the wicked one will be no more." (Psalm 37:10)
When Satan, Adam, and Eve rebelled against God, wanting to decide for themselves what was right and wrong, the human family was set on a disastrous course. Before the global Flood, over 1,600 years later, "the badness of man was abundant in the earth and every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only bad all the time." (Genesis 6:5) About 1,300 years thereafter, Solomon found conditions to be so bad that he wrote: "I congratulated the dead who had already died rather than the living who were still alive. So better than both of them is the one who has not yet come to be, who has not seen the calamitous work that is being done under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 4:2, 3) Some 3,000 years more brings us to our day, when badness continues to flourish. While it is true that badness had been around for a long time, there is a greater need for deliverance by God's Kingdom now than at any other time.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 3:4, 6, 7)