UNSTABLE GOVERNMENT AND WARS.
"The time is coming when
you will hear the noise of battle near at hand and the
news of battles far away; see that you are not alarmed. Such
things are bound to happen; but the end is still to come.
For nation will make war upon nation, kingdom upon kingdom
With all these things the birth
"When the world becomes the scene of insurrections, (1) plots among the nations, unstable government, and panic among rulers then you will understand that the time has come when the Most High will judge the world he has created." (From 2 Esdras 9:1-4 NEB).
"The day is near when the Most High will begin to bring deliverance to those on earth. Then men will all be filled with great alarm; they will plot to make war on one another, city on city, region on region, nation on nation, kingdom on kingdom. When this happens, and all the signs that I have shown you come to pass, then My son will be revealed " (2 Esdras 13:29-32 NEB).
"Alas for the world and its inhabitants! The sword that will destroy them is not far away. Nation will draw sword against nation and go to war. Stable government will be at an end; one faction will prevail over another, caring nothing in their day of power for king or leading man of rank. A man may want to visit a city, but will not be able to do so; for ambition and rivalry will have reduced cities to chaos, destroyed houses, and filled men with panic." (2 Esdras 15:14-18 NEB).
(1) INSURRECTION: An uprising or revolt.