Our world is changing faster than you can read this magazine. What will be the end? The surprising answer is that we are advancing toward a world at peace! But let’s not get ahead of the near future. The time just ahead is not going to be pretty. A new dark age is coming prior to that peaceful age.
The United States is still the leading world power, but it will not remain so forever, as surprising as that may sound to many Americans. No empire has endured forever. We can imagine that the citizens of past civilizations also expected their governments to remain. The “impregnable” city of Babylon with its great empire fell in one night to the Medes and Persians. None of them saw it coming. The Persian Empire fell before the daring conquests of Alexander the Great and his Greco-Macedonian Empire, which later fell to the rising might of Rome. And as we know, Rome’s power and dominance also came to an end. Many people around the world root for America’s demise, but have little idea who will fill the vacuum or what will be the consequences.
Right-leaning populist parties are rising in the world. The AfD (Alternative for Deutschland) is now the third largest political party in Germany and is saying things that were unthinkable and unacceptable just five years ago. Its leaders boldly speak what many Germans think, but have, in the past, been afraid to say. New York Times writer Brian Dawson recently concluded an article with this sobering question regarding the AfD: “Will its vision stay at the fringes of Germany [sic] society, or creep further into the mainstream, and drag the center along with it?” (“How the Far Right Is Shaking Germany’s Political Order,” NYTimes.com, October 31, 2018).
Who will fill the vacuum when German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down in 2021? This Work has for decades predicted the rise of the far right within Germany, which will bring a strong leader to the heart of Europe. Ten kings will eventually give their power over to this charismatic leader to create a powerful force of global influence that will rival the currently dominant English-speaking nations.
The United States is badly divided, and not at all united anymore. Not since the American Civil War has the nation been at greater odds with itself, and nothing indicates a way to bridge the chasm. How can one compromise on the subjects of abortion, the LGBT agenda, assisted dying, and open borders? Where is the middle ground on abortion? Does life begin at conception or does it not? Is it morally right to kill an unborn child?
Whatever anyone thinks of U.S. President Donald Trump, can anyone rationally dispute the fact that a country without borders ceases to be a country? Why would any country allow people to fly into its major cities completely unvetted and be welcomed to stay? Is there any difference between walking into a country and flying into it? Should not every country, no matter how compassionate, have the right to control who enters through its gates? Tomorrow’s World does not support or oppose candidates for public office and finds fault across the political spectrum—right, center, and left. Still, some things are simply foolish and wrong. Abortion is murder. Open borders make no sense. Sanctuary cities are insane.
Civility is lacking on both sides of the political divide, and there is more than enough blame to go around. When politicians encourage their followers to harass their opponents in restaurants, gas stations, and anywhere else that they find them, something is seriously amiss.
Peace will come, but not in the way that most people expect. For decades, this Work has predicted the eventual demise of both Britain and the United States. Britain has ceased to be great, and the United States will follow. Where will that leave Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? What will happen to Belgium, the Netherlands, and the Scandinavian countries? Where will France end up? Will it be allied with a coming European power, predicted long ago in the pages of the Bible? Or will it end up with the short end of the stick, as it did in two great wars during the last century?
The Bible, despised today by so many, predicted long ago that mankind would come to the point where all life not merely could, but would be destroyed. (Matthew 24:21–22). Yet, there is good news. As the world reaches the brink of utter destruction, God will intervene to stop the insanity.
Many believe in God. They believe that Jesus came to this earth as a human being, that He performed mighty miracles, that He was killed, and that He was raised from the dead. For some reason it is easier to believe in something that happened two millennia ago, than it is to believe that Jesus Christ will return, literally intervene in human affairs, and rule on earth as King of kings. We had better hope that He will, because the way we are going, the fall of the American empire and even human annihilation are not as remote as we would like to think!
Competing interests fight for control of the city of Jerusalem—there is no peace in the “city of peace”! The Bible tells us this will change. Notice that it accurately describes what we see today: “And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it” (Zechariah 12:3). Zechariah also describes how the ongoing conflict will end: “Behold, the day of the Lord is coming…. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem…. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives.… And the Lord shall be King over all the earth” (Zechariah 14:1–4, 9). He then shows that the King, Jesus Christ, will compel all nations to keep the Feast days that explain His purpose and plan for mankind (vv. 16–19).
This is the good news Jesus proclaimed! It is the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, as explained in greater detail in my article on page 12, “Why Is This Message Left Out?” It is also documented in our booklet, Do You Believe the True Gospel? This message of peace and prosperity for all is found among some of the most beautiful passages of Scripture:
Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and rebuke strong nations afar off; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore (Micah 4:1–3).
The reigning Christ will direct resources toward building rather than destroying. He will know how to deal with ruthless dictators that oppress their neighbors and even their own people! Not only is this our best hope for peace, it is our only hope! This is the message we proclaim here at Tomorrow’s World!