This first issue of New Horizons for the new millennium is being compiled at the end of November '99. There's no way of telling whether or not it will reach you. So, hopefully you are reading this and all is well!
Nothing like this global situation has arisen in the world since the flood of Noah. Virtually the whole world is now computer dependent, and national economies will largely stand or fall together.
Given the incredible complexity of the "millennium bug" problem it's likely that the year 2000 will be anything but "normal". Experts are divided as to the likely effect - but few will admit to feeling perfectly confident that all will be well. Estimates vary from a few isolated incidents to an almost complete shut-down of our main interdependent industries - power, fuel, finance, telecommunications. Even if there's no disruption now, in January, we may still face it later in the year. And hopefully our readers will have made the preparations we suggested earlier in '99.
Neither "Y2K" nor "year 2000" figure as such in Bible prophecies. But the predicted effects of this man-made problem reflect the end-time scenario depicted by the prophets. Mankind has faced huge challenges during his occupation of the planet. So this may not be a herald of the "end", despite the way the prophecies are now relating to events around us. [See the articles Before Jesus Comes and Time of the Signs for a preview of coming events.]
The Bible predicts increasing difficulties for us as we abandon God's revealed way. If this isn't the "beginning of sorrows" - leading to the return of Messiah - then it's a portent of what we can soon expect.
If we are wakeful Christians then Jesus' message to us is: "...look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near" (Luke 21:28); and "Endure to the end".
If you don't have the sure conviction that you are a true child of God then now is the time to urgently look into the Word of God to find what He asks of you.
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For PDF or mailed copy, see CGOM. Excerpt from New Horizons Volume 4 No. 3, January/February 2000. Edited by James McBride of the Churches of God, United Kingdom.
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