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Where is the world going? Why is it filled with problems, troubles, evils and ills, causing unhappiness, confusion and misery of every kind? What lies ahead? Is there hope for a different—and truly better—world? Yes! A wonderful world—unlike anything ever seen—is coming. Its arrival is certain. This article introduces an inside view of what it will be like!
Most of what is 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 “experts” and “thinkers” primarily devote their efforts to addressing these 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:
“War Rages in Middle East,” “Suicide Bombings Increase,” “Arms Race Reveals More Countries With Nukes,” “Man Kills Family, Then Self,” “Sniper Kills Ten, Wounds Twenty,” “HIV to Kill Ten Million Annually—and Rise,” “Ferry Overturns—One Thousand Lost,” “Mysterious Illness Kills Ten,” “Market Crashes—Global Recession, Even Depression, on Horizon,” “CEO Indicted—Two Billion Unaccounted For,” “God Banned From Schools,” “Teachers Losing Control of Classrooms,” “Typhoon Kills Thousands,” “Record Drought Grips North America—500-year Flood in Europe,” “Pollution Chokes All Nations,” “More Huge Dead Zones Discovered in Oceans and Lakes,” “250,000 Starve to Death Daily,” “500 Million Contract Malaria Annually—2.5 Million Children Die,” “5 of 6 Marriages Suffer Adultery,” “Two-thirds of Inner-City Births Illegitimate,” “3,000 Pornography Websites Appear Daily,” “Drug Lords Cause Civil War,” “Government Corruption Adds to Growing Cynicism and Voter Apathy,” “Riots Kill 75” 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, 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?
While newspaper editors know that bad news sells, all long for good news in their own lives—and hope that
the world improves. Most people assume that, somehow, problems will eventually “work out alright,” merely because they want them to. People want to enjoy peace, happiness, abundance, well-being, good health and general prosperity.
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—everywhere?
Instead of the above headlines, could these replace them?:
“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!”
“All Deadly Viruses Eradicated—Including HIV, Ebola, West Nile, Polio and Smallpox!”, “All Lethal Bacteria Disappear—Including E. coli, Tuberculosis, Cholera, Staphylococcus, Salmonella and Bubonic Plague!”, “No More Fatal Illness—Cancer, Strokes, Heart Disease, Diabetes and 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!”, “All Pharmaceutical Companies Re-oriented and Re-educated to Wise Use of Herbs and Vitamins!”, “Health ‘Breaks Out' Everywhere—All Report ‘No Problems'!”
“Divorce Disappears—No More Broken Families!”, “No More Fraudulent Marriages—Prenuptial Agreements No Longer Necessary!”, “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!”
“War Outlawed Around the World—All Nations Disarmed!”, “Destructive Weapons Destroyed and Recycled!”, “All Military Personnel Moving into Construction Projects—Rebuilding Bridges and Critical Infrastructure!”, “Many Lands Recover From Civil War—Being Resettled and Farmed Productively!”, “Global Trade Competition Ceases—Nations Cooperate Fully!”
“No More Crime—All Rates Plunge to Zero!”, “Murder—Thing of the Past!”, “Armed Robbery Disappears—So Does Fear!”, “All Thieves Repent—Now Seeking Honest Employment!”, “City Streets Now Safe—Children Play Freely in Once Dangerous Neighborhoods!”
“Education Now Focuses on Right Values—No More ‘Situation Ethics,' Secular Humanism and ‘No Absolutes'!”, “Bible Taught in All Schools!”, “All Peoples Speak and Learn One Language!”, “Law of ‘Cause and Effect' Revealed—Explains Why Past Disease, War, Famine, Poverty, Ignorance and Misery!”
“Weather Revolution Brings Stability to World!”, “Today's Weather—Beautiful Skies and Rain in Due Season Tomorrow!”, “Deserts Blossom Worldwide—Now Favorite Garden Spots!”, “Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes and Floods No Longer a Threat!”
Do these headlines sound impossible? They are not. They are real—they are certain. A wonderful, prophesied utopian world is coming to planet earth. It will happen soon—in your lifetime!
But that time is not yet.
While many are preoccupied with seeking pleasure and accumulating material goods, others struggle to survive, barely eking out an existence, in many cases hoping to live just one more day. The world is filled with problems—disease, pollution, poverty, ignorance, religious confusion, war, terrorism, crime, violence, hunger, immorality, slavery, oppression, political upheaval and much more. Why? With the passing of time come more problems, not less. Why? Also, existing problems grow collectively worse instead of better. Why? Why, at every turn, has mankind bungled and botched all efforts to solve its truly great problems?
Individually, people have never seemed more incapable of addressing and overcoming their personal problems. As with the world in general, the passing of time finds individuals and families drowning under an ever-greater sea of decadence and seemingly insurmountable difficulties. More and more seem completely incapable of managing their lives.
While men have created many amazing technological inventions, they cannot create solutions to their problems. Mankind has harnessed the power of computers to help process vast amounts of information, but human beings cannot correctly process their personal problems. Scientists have discovered much about the size, magnificence and precision of the universe, but they cannot discover the way to peace. Astronomers can find majestic, beautiful new galaxies throughout the universe, but they cannot find a way to preserve the beauty and majesty of earth. Scientists have also unleashed the power of the atom, but they are powerless to unleash answers to life's greatest questions. Educators have taught millions how to earn a living, but not how to live.
The well-known presidential historian and columnist Peggy Noonan summarized the complex, jumbled course that has been mankind's history: “In the long ribbon of history, life has been one long stained and tangled mess, full of famine, horror, war and disease. We must have thought we had it better because man had improved. But man doesn't really ‘improve,' does he? Man is man. Human nature is human nature; the impulse to destroy coexists with the desire to build and create and make better” (“America's Age of Uncertainty,” Knight Ridder, Nov. 9, 2001).
Who could disagree?
Consider some of the terrible conditions on earth today. Should events remain unchecked, they are predicted to grow far worse by the year 2050—if mankind survives for that long! Many of the following statistics come from the United Nation's “The State of World Population 2001” report. It is thorough, and makes for sobering reading.
The world population (6.3 billion) has more than tripled in the last seventy years. It has doubled since 1960 and is predicted to reach between 9.3 and 10.9 billion by 2050. The forty-nine poorest, least-developed nations will actually triple to a population of nearly two billion. This worldwide population growth will bring staggering problems.
Just 2.5 percent of the earth's water is fresh. Only 20 percent of this (or 0.5 percent) is accessible ground or surface water. The current population consumes 54 percent of this available water. By 2050, it will need 90 percent—because the earth grows by 77 million additional people per year (requiring an amount of water equivalent to the mighty Rhine River every year). Also, developing countries dump 90 to 95 percent of their untreated sewage and 70 percent of their untreated industrial waste into surface waters. Population growth insures that this problem will only grow worse to the point of catastrophic. In addition, acid rain and chemical runoff from fertilizers and pesticides sufficiently ruin water quality, making it unusable.
Population growth continues to outpace food production. There are 800 million people who are chronically malnourished, and 2 billion who lack “food security.” Only fifteen crop species provide 90 percent of the world's food, yet it is estimated that sixty thousand different plant species could reach extinction by just 2025! By that year, the projected 8 billion inhabitants of earth will require twice today's food needs, with greatly improved distribution, to eradicate hunger. Yet few experts see this as remotely possible.
Each day, 160,000 people move from rural areas to cities. This is happening fastest in under-developed countries. Enormous problems result from this: Sanitation, overcrowding, access to modern health services and the ability of schools to absorb the increase of students.
Fully 60 percent of all disease on earth is sanitation-related. Each year, air pollution kills nearly 3 million people in developing countries alone, with poor sanitation killing another 12 million. Various forms of indoor air pollution (soot, dung, coal for cooking and heating, etc.) affect 2.5 billion people a year and kill 2.2 million. Changes in climate are altering the zones of risk for insect-borne diseases. New and more virulent diseases are appearing or reappearing. Many bacteria are proving to be drug-resistant because of the ongoing over-prescribing of antibiotics.
Some of the problems predicted for the near future include: Limited and diminishing arable land, deforestation, urbanization, shrinking size of family farms, degradation of the land, shortages and degradation of water, irrigation problems, waste, the extinction of certain types of crops, the greater intensity and frequency of severe weather, which causes flooding and seasonal loss of crops, and greenhouse gases and changes of climate. Together, they spell untold calamity, and even catastrophe, for a mankind unprepared to solve these and many other problems.
While the world is suffering from “information overload,” none of that overload is truly addressing mankind's growing number of complex, insoluble problems. With all of man's creative ingenuity and intelligence, he cannot solve the most important problems—those that threaten his very existence on an earth he is systematically destroying.
Educators have duped generations into believing the evolutionary lie. This has caused those same generations to believe that mankind is continually evolving into a better and higher order of existence. Look around and you will see the fruits of this great deception. Mankind is not evolving upward, he is degenerating downward, into ever new lows of indulgence, decadence and immorality. (The final article in a series about evolution is found in this issue. It will soon be part of a very extensive brochure explaining the implausibility—and the impossibility—of this theory.)
Many scientists and experts believe the world is evolving toward a higher, and better, order. They see the future as a wonderful time of exciting, unending possibilities. They see general betterment of the human condition, medical advancement, improvement in agriculture—producing more and better food—and scientific breakthroughs undreamed of now. These thinkers are so hopeful that they barely recognize the severity and complexity of the world's problems.
They live in a dreamworld—and wear rose-tinted glasses that filter out the harsh reality of the world around us. 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 pipedream. Yet, they will learn that God has a plan to work things out in a way that they were not prepared for. 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!
Numerous scientists recognize that the planet and civilization are on a collision course with calamity! Many are scared—and their statements of what could happen are frightening. They speak of the need for one world super-government 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!
The Bible is almost entirely a message about a coming world government. Everywhere Christ went, He preached—announced—the coming of the kingdom of God. He explained that it would be a world-ruling government that would smash and 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—now imminent—explaining how many would qualify to rule with Him.
But the world of His day was not ready to receive His message.
When Christ comes, having been crowned as King of kings (other kings will rule with Him), He will possess vast power to affect 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.
Tomorrow's wonderful world will be wonderful because of the presence of the King, Jesus Christ, and the resurrected members of the God Family who assist Him. It will be wonderful because the whole world will keep and uphold the laws of God. All peoples will learn to put God first in their lives in everything—including learning to always seek the kingdom of God above every goal in life (Matt. 6:31-33).
There will be absolutely no exceptions for those who may wish to rebel and serve other gods: “For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Rom. 14:11). Mankind will live in complete harmony with his Creator and with all peoples in tomorrow's wonderful world—and all will learn to say, “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which are, and was, and are to come; because You have taken to You Your great power, and have reigned” (Rev. 11:17).
God speed this day!
To grasp the full big picture of what this article introduces, you may read online, or request, our book Tomorrow’s Wonderful World – An Inside View!