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Where is the world going? Why is it filled with problems, troubles, evils and ills, which cause so much unhappiness, confusion and misery of every kind? What lies ahead?

Is there hope for a different—and truly better—world?

There is! A wonderful world—unlike anything ever seen or imagined on Earth—is coming. Its arrival is certain. And this article presents what it will be like!

Almost everything occurring in today’s world can only be described as ALL WRONG! Why, when things go wrong, do so few search for the cause?

Every effect—good or bad—can be traced to a root cause . Conversely, every cause brings an effect . Since the world is filled with bad effects, why do so few examine the cause? Why do scientists, educators, religionists, and other so-called “experts” and “thinkers” primarily devote their efforts to addressing the effects?

Think for a moment. The world is filled with problems of every conceivable nature—and they are only growing worse, and greater in number. Therefore, the headlines of today’s newspapers are filled with bad news. Here is a sampling of headlines we are all too familiar with. Bear with me as we begin to make a powerful point:

“Suicide Bombings Increase,” “More Countries with Nuclear Weapons,” “Sniper Kills 10, Wounds 20,” “HIV to Kill 10 Million Annually—and Rise,” “Market Crashes—Recession, Even Depression, on Horizon,” “CEO Indicted—Billions Missing,” “God Banned from Schools,” “Typhoon Kills Thousands,” “Record Drought Grips (you fill in the country),” “Pollution Chokes All Nations,” “More Dead Zones in Oceans and Lakes,” “Over 24,000 Starve to Death Daily,” “500 Million Contract Malaria Annually,” “Swine Flu Now a Pandemic,” “3 of 4 Marriages Suffer Adultery,” “Two-thirds of Inner-city Births Illegitimate,” “3,000 New Porn Websites Appear Daily,” “Drug Lords Cause Civil War,” “Riots Kill 75,” “Same-sex Marriage Now Lawful!” and on and on and on…

In reality, these headlines are reporting nothing more than a long list of bad effects. Since man does not know the causes to his troubles, world problems only grow greater and humanity’s general state of misery only seems to compound with the passing of time. Headlines scream worse and worse messages to those who can bear to read them.

I ask, why?

But What If…?

While news organizations know that bad news sells, all people long for good news in their own lives—while also hoping that the world improves. Most people assume that, somehow, problems will eventually “work out all right,” merely because they want them to.

People yearn to enjoy peace, happiness, abundance, well-being, good health, and general prosperity.

Let’s ask: Could these things happen for everyone? Could they become universal? Could all the peoples of the world come to enjoy all these conditions? Is it possible that the problems now plaguing civilization on such a grand scale could abate—and eventually disappear? Could newspapers one day find themselves only able to report good news—and everywhere?

Instead of the preceding headlines, could these replace them?

Let’s start with food. Picture these headlines: “Food Production Sufficient to Feed Entire World—with Plenty to Spare!” “All Chemical Fertilizers Banned—Soil Begins to Heal from Years of Neglect and Abuse!” “Food Now Much More Nutritious—and Tastes Better, Too!”

How about disease? “All Deadly Viruses Eradicated—Including HIV, Ebola, West Nile, H1N1, Polio and Smallpox!” “All Lethal Bacteria Disappear,” “No More Fatal Illness—Cancer, Strokes, Heart Disease, Diabetes and All Other Killers Now Gone!” “All Blind, Deaf and Crippled Made Whole in Mass Worldwide Healing!” “No More Sickness—Millions Report Perfect Health!” “All Hospitals and Clinics Put Out of Business—Millions of Doctors, Nurses, Staff and Paramedics Find More Useful Vocations!” “Health ‘Breaks Out’ Everywhere—All Report ‘No Problems’!”

Let’s go further. What about the family? Imagine: “Divorce Disappears—No More Broken Families!” “All Teenagers Practice Respect and Obedience to Parents and Authority!” “All Deadbeat Dads Take Responsibility and Find Employment!” “All Mothers Find Nurturing Children at Home Rewarding!”

Next, think of headlines about war this way: “War Outlawed Around the World—All Nations Disarmed!” “Destructive Weapons Destroyed and Recycled!” “All Military Personnel Moving into Construction Projects—Rebuilding Bridges, Roads and Other Critical Infrastructure!” “Many Lands Recover from Civil War—Being Resettled and Farmed Productively!” “Global Trade Competition Ceases—Every Nation Cooperating!”

And then there is crime. Think: “No More Crime—All Rates Plunge to Zero!” “Murder—Thing of the Past!” “Armed Robbery Disappears—and So Does Fear!” “All Thieves Repent—Now Seeking Honest Employment!” “City Streets Now Safe—Children Play Freely in Once Dangerous Neighborhoods!”

There is also education. Consider these: “Education Now Focuses on Right Values—No More Situation Ethics, Secular Humanism and No Absolutes!” “Bible Taught in Every School!” “Evolution Debunked as Fiction,” “All Peoples Learn and Speak One Language!” “Law of Cause and Effect Revealed—Explains Why Past Disease, War, Famine, Poverty, Ignorance and Misery!”

And finally, weather. Picture these: “Weather Revolution Brings Stability to World!” “Today’s Weather—Beautiful Skies and Rain in Due Season Tomorrow!” “Deserts Blossom Worldwide—Become Favorite Garden Spots!” “Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes and Floods No Longer a Threat!”

Do these headlines sound impossible? They are not! Actually, they are real—in fact, they are certain! A wonderful, prophesied utopian world is coming to planet Earth. It will happen soon—and in your lifetime!

But that time is not yet.

A Condemned Building

Billions today live with no hope. Yet all wish for better lives, a better tomorrow for themselves and their families. Most also recognize that the collective future of all nations seems equally hopeless. If one considers history, the course of the past 6,000 years, it is difficult to avoid pessimism. When the full picture is brought into view—when all facts are considered—this world is hopeless. Modern civilization is beset—overwhelmed!—with every conceivable problem, evil and ill that competing, grasping, self-promoting human beings could devise. Having always been sick, it is now deep in terminal illness, wheezing out its final desperate gasps before breathing its last.

The present world is a condemned building. It is like an old, empty row house—abandoned, overgrown, burned out, littered with trash, marred by broken windows, and covered in graffiti. Built on a wrong foundation from the beginning, its already weak underpinnings have now eroded to the point of collapse under its own weight. Like all condemned structures, dangerous if left standing, this building must come down. With God’s explosive charges now in place, it is soon to be imploded and the rubble scraped away in advance of a new and absolutely magnificent “world architecture” foretold long ago to replace it.

The plight of all nations today stands in stark contrast to the world that is coming. An artistic masterpiece soon to be unveiled, a fantastic future—truly incredible!—lies ahead for every nation of the world! But it will not and could never occur under the hand of men.

It was always the Creator’s Plan that a whole new and infinitely better world would come—one built from the beginning on the right foundation.

One full third of the Bible is prophecy—history recorded in advance. Large sections of this describe the establishment of another world, one completely different from anything ever before seen on planet Earth. The coming utopian age that God planned long ago will be absolutely marvelous—breathtaking to behold!—and it appears scripturally in vivid colors, with sharp outlines, and in exquisite detail, as a stunning, beautiful, panoramic, and previously unimagined future worldscape.

The Hope of Many

Many scientists and experts believe civilization is evolving toward a higher, and better, order. They see the future as a marvelous time of exciting, unending possibilities. They see general betterment of the human condition, medical advancement, improvement in agriculture—producing more and better foods—and scientific breakthroughs undreamed of now. These thinkers are so hopeful that they seem to barely recognize the severity and complexity of the world’s problems.

They live in a dream world—and wear rose-tinted glasses that filter out the harsh reality of the world around them. But they do represent one popular school of thought. Only when the brutal reality of world-shattering conditions and events slams into them will they realize their hopes were only a pipe-dream. They will learn that God will work things out in a way for which they were not prepared. But He will not use the “magic” of science to pull a rabbit out of the hat—as so many hope and suppose. This is not how God will save men from themselves at the last possible moment—before they blast themselves from the planet!

Time of Great Tribulation

In Matthew 24, Jesus told His disciples in some detail of events that would occur just prior to His Return to Earth. He described an unparalleled time of world trouble—ironically, at the same time when statesmen are foretold to be crying, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14). He said, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened [cut short], there should no flesh be saved [meaning, alive]: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matt. 24:21-22).

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah also spoke of this time: “Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it” (30:7).

So did the prophet Daniel. He recorded: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book” (12:1).

These must all be speaking of the same time. There cannot be three times that are all the worst time in history. While we do not have space to cover all the details of this subject now—this is done in my books and booklets—things are going to grow worse before they grow better. In fact, much, much worse. That is the plain truth of your Bible. But what comes beyond the bad news is unanticipated good news.

Men’s Governments Do Not Work

Again we ask: Why is the world filled with problems, evils and ills of every sort? Why is it in such a state of confusion and ignorance? How did it come to be this way? Why do men’s governments never permanently solve problems, but rather—at best—only postpone ill effects, while at the same time creating new problems?

Everything on Earth begins with government. The governments of men do not and have never worked. Themselves one of the biggest problems, these ineffective human inventions are unable to—and in fact will not—“snatch victory from the jaws of defeat” at the last moment before disaster!

You may have supposed that the governments of modern nations reflect God’s Way. This is almost everyone’s assumption. While God does, in fact, establish and remove nations—and leaders—this is not His world. Regarding this world, Daniel 4:17 states, “This matter is by the decree of the the intent that the living [this is all human beings] may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomsoever He will, and sets up over it the basest of men.” Obviously, this is not very complimentary to world leaders.

Why cannot the governments of men get along—avoid war—and find peace and agreement? Why is there constant instability, scandal, and division among leaders, and seemingly endless revolutions and military coups? Why is there no shortage of demagogues, dictators and revolutionaries, always promising to make things better, yet only able to preside over a continual worsening of problems and conditions?

Look at the governments of this world. Generally speaking, there are three types today—monarchies, dictatorships and democracies—with some little variation within these.

Monarchies involve nobility—royalty—where bloodline is the key to succession of power. Through the death of a king or queen, a succeeding prince or princess ascends the throne. This can last for a few generations or many centuries. Generally, monarchies are eventually replaced, either violently or peacefully, with the king or queen sometimes permitted to retain minimal power.

Dictatorships and totalitarian governments are usually created through violence, by coup or revolution. They are often short-lived because something similar—or a democracy—quickly replaces them.

Democracies and republics are best described as collaborative, representative, or parliamentarian, in that officials and leaders are elected—and represent “the will of the people.” This involves a voting or balloting process in the selection of one candidate in preference to one or more others. This form is generally considered to be the best of mankind’s governments. Yet, the great 20th-century British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, called democracy—the best that man has to offer—“the worst form of government, except all other[s].” This shows an amazing insight into how democracy really works, from an insider’s view.

But as bad as democracy may be, it IS far better than any other form of government in the hands of men. Democracy at least attempts to ensure more individual “freedoms” than other kinds of humanly devised government.

In the end, however, none of man’s governments work either very well or for very long. And, if the “best” of man’s forms of government is this bad—and is ultimately always ineffective in resolving a country’s largest problems—then where lies the answer to the great problems of civilization? How will they be permanently resolved so that the utopian world that writers, philosophers, politicians and the masses long for can become reality?

If crime is to stop—if poverty is to vanish—if war is to be gone—if disease is to be wiped out—if famine is to be eradicated—if pollution is to cease—if ignorance is to disappear—if religious confusion is to be removed—there must be a reason. The cause or causes of these things must be identified, and removed, before all the good effects prophesied for tomorrow can replace the widespread bad effects of today.

All the governments of men have utterly failed mankind! They have not removed the bad effects plaguing the world.

Coming Supergovernment?

Numerous scientists recognize that the planet and civilization are on a collision course with disaster! Many are scared—and their statements of what could happen are frightening! They speak of the need for one world supergovernment to stop mankind’s runaway problems. Yet virtually no one believes such a government would work if it were in the hands of men. The obstacles just to achieve the government—to say nothing of how it would solve man’s exploding troubles and ills—are enormous.

But there is good news in all this!

A better, perfect government —one not left to the devices, machinations and confusion of men—is coming. It will usher in peace, happiness, unity, abundance and prosperity for every human being and every country on Earth. While such a vision may seem impossible, it will happen—and, I repeat, in your lifetime!

Many passages in the Old Testament could be cited to show what God plans for this new world now just ahead for all nations. But let’s look through only one of the prophets—Isaiah—and see what he records in just five passages. The first is familiar to millions, but seemingly believed by almost no one: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord , to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isa. 2:2-4).

For emphasis, God inspired the prophet Micah to record almost the exact same words in chapter 4, verses 1-4, of his book.

Continuing in Isaiah, next we go to a prophecy about Christ: “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isa. 9:6-7).

Now for a description from Isaiah 11 of how the nature of animals will be changed: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (vs. 6-9).

This passage from Isaiah 35 describes how the land will be transformed, and people will be healed of all infirmities: “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God” (vs. 1-2). Verses 4-7 state this: “Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.”

Chapter 30 of Isaiah presents a picture of how God’s laws will be taught by Christ and His saints during the Millennium: “Shall not your teachers be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers: and your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left” (vs. 20-21).

Consider a closing passage from the prophet Zechariah, contrasting today’s Jerusalem with the one that will follow: “Thus says the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof” (8:4-5).

The Bible is almost entirely a message about a coming world government. Everywhere Jesus Christ went, He preached—He announced—the coming of the kingdom of God. He explained that it would be a divine, all-nations-ruling world authority that would replace all the governments of men. He brought exciting, thrilling good news, in advance of its arrival. He spoke of a utopian, wonderful world tomorrow that is now imminent—and He explained how some would qualify to rule with Him. Jesus foretold in many scriptures the arrival of an all-powerful, world supergovernment to replace the confused, competing, ineffective and inefficient governments of men that are so powerless to solve any of the world’s biggest problems.

But the world of His day was not ready to receive His message.

When Jesus Christ comes, having been crowned as King of kings (have you considered that this means other kings will rule with Him?), He will possess limitless power to effect change of every kind. The nations of the world will at first resist Him. But He will force them to be happy, healthy, and prosperous, enjoying the abundant life. How ironic that mankind will have to be required—forced!—to accept and enjoy these conditions—conditions everyone longs for.

All the world’s troubles, evils, and problems will vanish. There will be no more insoluble problems, which today bring misery for most of humanity.

But mankind will not produce or bring these things. All this will be done to—not by—men!

For now, realize that a wonderful new world is on the way—and this article has offered only the smallest glimpse!

Take time to read my eye-opening book Tomorrow’s Wonderful World – An Inside View! to learn more about the incredible good news that lies just ahead for mankind. Your thinking will forever be changed.

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