That’s the word from famed evangelist Dr. Billy Graham, who declines to give an exact date for the end but flatly states:
"I have heard the distant sound of hoofbeats and seen the evil riders on the horizon of our lives.
"There is serious trouble ahead for our world, for all of us who live in it. It will be a time of nuclear conflagrations, biological holocausts and chemical apocalypses rolling over the Earth, bringing man to the edge of the precipice.
"History will ‘bottom out’ in the battle of Armageddon," he continued.
"We already see its shadow creeping over the Earth. It is estimated that 40 wars are going on somewhere in the world at any given time," continued the evangelist.
"Any one of them could be the beginning of the beginning of the end."
Dr. Graham expressed his grim but ultimately hopeful vision of man’s future in his landmark book, “Approaching Hoofbeats, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” (Avon Books, New York, $4.95).
The hope, as he points out, is found in the words of Jesus Christ, who promised to return to Earth before mankind is annihilated and establish Heaven on Earth.
The problem, counsels Dr. Graham, is the period of trials and tribulations, of pestilence, plague and of world war, that we face before Christ returns.
In fact, in Matthew 24:22, Christ Himself said: "If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive."
For those who think the end will come "out of nowhere," Dr. Graham points out that the end, in many ways, has been creeping up on mankind for years.
From the poisoning of the environment with pollutants of every description to the stockpiling of enough nuclear warheads to destroy the world 17 times over, the seeds of our own horrifying destruction have already been sown.
And yet, he notes, quoting 2 Peter 3:9, 10: " The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The Heavens will disappear with a roar. The elements will be destroyed by fire and the Earth and everything in it."
Before that cataclysmic event comes horrifyingly to pass, said Dr. Graham, mankind faces the terrible lies and wrath of Satan who, according to Revelation 6:8, will kill one quarter of the population of Earth – over a billion people.
The spiritual death of billions more will impoverish the world. Drought, famine and pestilence will contribute to global starvation and suffering.
Millions will go mad with pain and terror. Diseases even worse than AIDS will sweep the globe, contributing to the terrible scenario that eventually leads to Armageddon itself.
And then - "suddenly - chaos grips the universe," said Dr. Graham.
"An earthquake shakes the entire world, and no Richter scale could measure its fury. There is a complete eclipse of the sun.
"In fact, reports John (in Revelation), "The sun turned black ... the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to Earth as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind."
Only then, said Dr. Graham, will the misery turn to joy – after God close the books on human history and establishes Paradise on Earth.
"Before judgment falls, however, God always warns," said Dr. Graham.
"And lest you be frightened by the specter of misery to come, you should really rejoice, because Christ tells us in the next to the last verse of the Bible: ‘I am coming soon.’"