What gives me the greatest concern as I read Matthew 24 is not what Jesus said about wars, earthquakes, famines, and pestilences; but what He said about us!
Today, the hysteria continues. One Adventist worker has been claiming to have secret intelligence, gleaned from some unnamed evangelical pastor, that the president of the United States (George W. Bush at the time) had given sealed orders to the entire armed forces of the country as to what to do when the next crisis comes. Once that crisis breaks—either through a terrorist attack or a financial collapse—the families of military personnel would have two hours to get out of the cities and head for the mountains or isolated towns. All major U.S. cities will be sealed off, no one allowed to enter or leave. Meanwhile, the military already has in storage millions of casket liners—500,000 in the Atlanta area alone—presumably to dump the bodies of the millions who’d be killed. And the idea seems to be that Adventists should have a stash of food at the ready and be prepared themselves to flee to the mountains.