For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of birth pains.
What Matthew 24:7-8 says is something that makes anyone tremble. And this biblical passage prophesies global wars, diseases, famines, and earthquakes all over the world. All these phenomena alone involve major catastrophes that would bring death and destruction everywhere. But the worst news would be what verse 8 says: All these events are the beginning of birth pains. This statement makes it clear that wars, diseases, famines and earthquakes are hardly the beginning of worse events. But not only that, but such events will cause pain to humanity.
Let us see what beginning of birth pains consists. The first thing the Lord said is this: For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. Between 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, the world suffered the two world wars. During World War I battles were fought in Europe, Africa, Middle East, China, the coasts of America and the islands of the Pacific Ocean. More than 70 million soldiers fought in it and the number of victims is estimated at about 40 million.
In the first war, the side of the central powers were: Austro-Hungarian Empire, German Empire, Ottoman Empire, Bulgaria, among others. The allies were: France, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, British India, New Zealand, South Africa, Newfoundland, Russian Empire, Italy, United States, Belgium, Japan, Greece, Serbia, among others. At the end of the war, four empires saw their end: Austro-Hungarian Empire, German Empire, Ottoman Empire and Russian Empire.
In World War II fought almost on all continents and oceans, especially in Europe, Africa, Far East, North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. On one side were fighting the Axis powers: Germany, Italy and Japan, to which they were also associated: Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Of the side allied fought: France, Poland, the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland, Greece, Yugoslavia, Soviet Union, United States and China. The total number of victims is estimated at 55-70 million.
In the two world wars of the twentieth century fought nation against nation and kingdom against kingdom. That is just what will happen again, just as the Lord prophesies in Matthew 24:7-8. If the total number of victims of both war amounts to 100 million people, can you imagine how many will die in the next global conflict? Today, more lethal armaments are available than in the past, and it is no longer necessary to invade a territory to attack and destroy it, it is enough to use hypersonic ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads.
But the pain principle is not limited to a globalized war, but the Lord also announces that there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Illness and hunger can come as a result of war. Earthquakes today are becoming more frequent than before. Many people do not want to hear about these things; but it would be a grave error not to preach about it. Our Lord will come, and before His coming, very terrible things will happen and it becomes necessary that all of us be warned and prepared. God bless you.