As regional and global tensions increase, there is growing concern humanity could annihilate itself by nuclear war. In a recent interview, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk commented, “Humans must prioritise the colonisation of Mars so the species can be conserved in the event of a third world war…. It’s important to get a self-sustaining base on Mars because it’s far enough away from Earth that [in the event of a war] it’s more likely to survive than a moon base” (The Guardian, March 11, 2018). Musk also discussed how artificial intelligence is an even greater threat of World War III than nuclear weapons.
Should humanity worry about self-destruction and establishing a Mars base to repopulate Earth one day? Will robots become all-powerful and replace human beings? Is this just scientific speculation, or is there a basis for these worst-case scenarios?
Bible prophecies indicate that terrible times will come in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1–4). Jesus Christ also foretold that although the future of human civilization would hang in the balance, humanity will not perish. He stated, “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matthew 24:22). The Bible reveals that the coming terrible times will be cut short and that humanity will not utterly destroy itself. In fact, significant numbers of human beings will live through the coming tribulation and repopulate the earth! To learn more about the frightening and exciting future that is in store for mankind, read or listen to Armageddon and Beyond.