Is this a sign of the End Times?
On the morning of February 24, 2022, Russia launched a devastating attack on Ukraine. The attack occurred by air, land and sea, with Russian forces bombing city centres and other civilian areas. In the first week alone, at least 352 civilians have been killed and another 1,684 wounded. Many people around the world are bracing themselves, asking: “is this the start of World War III?”
The appearance of the signs of the End Times also signals that relief is near. The Bible says that God will bring an end to wars throughout the earth (Holy Bible: Psalm 46:9). And Jesus told his followers to pray for the arrival of the Kingdom of God, which will accomplish God’s plan for peace and prosperity to fill the world.
The narrations of Ahlulbayt (pbut) also indicate that the signs of the End Times signal the arrival of the promised Saviour of Mankind, and he has indeed arrived. The Qa’im will overturn the darkness of the world and usher in a new era of light. Prophet Muhammad (pbuhahf) said:
“We are members of a Household for whom Allah has chosen the Hereafter over this world. The people of my Household will face calamity, expulsion, and exile after I am gone, until some people will come from the east carrying black banners. They will ask for something good but will not be given it. Then they will fight and will be victorious, then they will be given what they wanted, but they will not accept it and will give leadership to a man from my family. Then he will fill it with justice just as it was filled with injustice. Whoever among you lives to see that, let him go to them even if he has to crawl over snow.”
– Bihar Al-Anwar, Al-Alamah Al-Majlisi, Vol. 51, p. 87