Examine the major signs of the end of the world as we know it, straight from Bible prophecy, as outlined in this video. Some signs we have begun to see—full rejection of God and the Bible, unprecedented natural disasters and diseases, and a complete reordering of world powers—and other biblical signs are coming soon. What's next? Find out in this episode of Tomorrow's World.
[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]
The crazy old guys in the cartoons that used to wear signs saying “The End Is Nigh” were right—the end of the world IS coming upon us! In fact, the Bible describes the end of the world IN DETAIL. Hollywood always gets it wrong—but we’re going to get it RIGHT. Join us RIGHT NOW on Tomorrow’s World as we reveal HOW THE WORLD WILL END!
The end of the world has occupied the fancies and fantasies of human beings for ages. Movies sometimes paint pictures of asteroids striking our world and wiping out all of humanity like the dinosaurs of old, or else send earth off in a blaze of glory as the militaries of the world duke it out with aliens from afar—or zombies, or intelligent machines, or whatever else is in vogue at the time. In early 2022, director Roland Emmerich, always looking for a new way to destroy the world, smashed the moon into us. Even our science programming has gotten into the act, with quasi-documentaries detailing how our vulnerable planet could be wiped out by climate change, disrupted by a passing black hole, or eventually eaten by our swollen sun.
But none of these things are going to happen—at least not exactly.
Let me be clear: When we speak of “the end of the world,” we’re not talking about the end of the planet. God says through King Solomon in Ecclesiastes,
One generation passes away, and another generation comes; But the earth abides forever (Ecclesiastes 1:4).
No, God has plans for this planet, as the Bible reveals.
Rather, we are speaking of the END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. The end of our world’s civilizations, societies, economies, institutions, and systems; the end of this age in which we now live, and the destruction of everything we consider familiar. THAT is what we mean by “the end of the world.”
And today, we will discuss seven ingredients to the end of the world—some of which are happening in the world right now before our very eyes.
The first element of the world’s end we’ll discuss would surprise most of our Hollywood and scientific doomsday planners, since it is something that rarely shows up on their radar. It isn’t an asteroid or a physical threat, at all. It is entirely SPIRITUAL.
The first ingredient of the end of the world is RAMPANT WORLDWIDE IMMORALITY AND GODLESSNESS.
Ultimately, any civilization stands or falls in connection to its relationship with its Creator. And the beginning of the end of the world lies in an utter abandonment of that relationship.
We read of the conditions that result from that rampant immorality and godlessness in the Apostle Paul’s second letter to Timothy. In 2 Timothy 3, starting in verse 1, we read:
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Timothy 3:1–5).
In Matthew 24:12, Jesus Christ described this element of the world’s end, as well, saying, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
This “lawlessness” is not just an abandoning of, say, traffic laws, or tax laws, but a pervasive spirit of casting aside the laws of God. And, frankly, we see that growing today, don’t we? The morality and guidelines of the Bible are increasingly cast aside as archaic and out-of-date—even as the world grows all the colder, crueler, and more loveless for it.
It is this moral and spiritual dimension of the end of the world that enables all the others. Yet, for all of our worries concerning the environment, or nuclear war, or health regulations, it is our devotion to God that goes neglected. And it is our lack of devotion to God that will initiate the end of the world.
The next ingredient to the world’s end is UNPRECEDENTED PESTILENCE, FAMINE, AND NATURAL DISASTERS.
Of course, we live with these concerns in our lives today. Pestilence, or disease, has plagued mankind from its earliest days, and the nightmarish years of COVID-19—both the disease itself and our governments’ fumbling attempts to deal with it—will not be soon forgotten. Famine has long ravaged various populations of the earth, sometimes due to weather or soil conditions, but also due to human cruelty or incompetence—such as the forced starvation of Ukrainians by the Soviet government in the early 1930s that killed millions. And natural disasters are ever with us. The day I began working on this program, my wife and I were at a friend’s house when news alerts warned us of a potential tornado, causing us to quickly consider where we might take shelter.
But the diseases, famines, and natural disasters coming at the end of the world will be unlike anything humanity has ever seen. Jesus Christ predicted these events in His famous Olivet Prophecy, as we see in Matthew 24, beginning in verse 7:
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:7–8).
We see His words reflected in the vision He gave His servant John in the book of Revelation. There, in chapter 6, John describes the third and fourth of the famous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse—the rider on the black horse, with scales in his hand, picturing devastating famine, and the rider on the sickly, pale horse, whose name was Death, picturing unrelenting disease. Revelation 6:8 tells us that these Four Horsemen, together, have an almost unbelievable impact on humanity:
And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth (Revelation 6:8).
If the population of the earth is around 8 billion people by that time, then Christ inspired John to write that these forces would kill around TWO BILLION PEOPLE—one-fourth of mankind. We are talking about devastation on an unimaginable scale.
As the end of the world advances, we will see another ingredient added to the mix: THE COMPLETE REORDERING OF GLOBAL POWER.
For now, most would agree that the United States maintains a grip on its position as the most powerful nation in the world—though that grip is increasingly tenuous. Great Britain remains a relatively strong ally to the U.S., as does Canada. Europe struggles to remain united to fulfill its leaders’ visions of greatness, China strives to dominate its region and seize superpower status, as Russia pursues plans of its own. Meanwhile the Middle East remains a fractured collection of individual states, often sharing common enemies, but not always a common purpose.
Daniel 11 speaks of a King of the North, which represents a powerful and united European entity—one we will come to again later—and a King of the South—a unified bloc of nations in the Middle East and North Africa. Verse 44 of Daniel 11 points us to a power bloc east of these, and the book of Revelation describes this eastern power as possessing an UNIMAGINABLY vast army of 200 MILLION men, as well as weapons of mass destruction.
The conflict between these end-time powerhouses is said in Revelation 9:18 to be responsible for killing ONE-THIRD of mankind—a toll no war has ever taken throughout the annals of time.
What you DON’T see among the great powers at the end of the world are the United States or Great Britain and the nations that descended from her. Those nations will already have fallen—their cities devastated, and the survivors scattered among the nations as captives and servants, as described in Ezekiel 5:12:
One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them (Ezekiel 5:12).
My colleague Gerald Weston has covered this aspect of Ezekiel’s prophecy thoroughly in our program “Ezekiel’s Message Unlocked.” I encourage you to visit our website or YouTube channel, where you can view that powerful message and come to understand the fate of the United States, Great Britain, and English-speaking peoples of the world.
Yet, in all these rearranged political powers and alliances of the world, the end of the world will feature one particular power that will tower over all the others.
That is the fourth element we’ll examine today: WORLDWIDE DOMINANCE BY A NEW SUPERPOWER.
This superpower is the entity known in prophecy as the BEAST OF REVELATION. This political, economic, and military powerhouse will be headed by a singular individual, the Beast, and it will stand out amongst all others in that day in an astonishing way. We read a description of this man and the power he wields in Revelation 13. After describing the strange creature he saw in vision—providing details that help to IDENTIFY this entity in world history, past and future—John writes:
… all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:3–4).
Now note: The whole world follows this Beast, and the military capacity of this entity is like none the world has ever seen.
You’ll notice that Revelation 13 said that the Beast was worshiped. This worship is enabled and enhanced by the next ingredient of our “end of the world” mixture: THE RISE OF AN ULTRA-POWERFUL FALSE CHRISTIANITY.
Later, in Revelation 13:11, we see in John’s vision a SECOND beast arising, different than the first beast:
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men (Revelation 13:11–13).
This second beast looks like a lamb—that is, he APPEARS to be Christ-like. Yet John says it “spoke like a dragon”—that is, he teaches the subtle twisted truths of Satan the Devil. This False Prophet is the infamous Antichrist, foretold in numerous passages of the Bible. He will come working miracles and wonders and the false Christianity that he preaches will dominate world religions and provide support for the European Beast of Revelation. Together, these two will form an unholy alliance of Church and State and will persecute the small flock of true saints of Jesus Christ.
Suffice it to say for now that the actions they stir upon the earth lead humanity to the brink of utter destruction—to the potential destruction of ALL LIFE ON EARTH. As Jesus Christ Himself described this time,
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).
Yet, those days WILL be shortened! They will be interrupted by the next element of the end of this world: DIVINE INTERVENTION DURING THE DAY OF THE LORD.
The sins of mankind will have reached their fullness, and God will declare that He has had ENOUGH! The announcement of the Almighty’s intervention in world affairs is described in Revelation 6, beginning in verse 12:
I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (Revelation 6:12–17).
This begins a year-long period of divine intervention known as the Day of the Lord—when the powers of this earth learn where REAL power truly lies!
We’ve been through cataclysmic moral degradation; experienced unprecedented natural disasters; and witnessed the rearrangement of world powers. We’ve seen that one power will rise above the rest, and that this power, in conjunction with a false global religion claiming the name of Jesus Christ, will seek to destroy those who bear His name truly as they seek to worship Him in spirit AND in truth. And we’ve seen the Creator of All Things step into history to put the powers of the world in their place and to send His Son Jesus Christ back to earth to set things right.
And amidst the rubble of all that had gone before, we finally come to the last ingredient in the end of the world as we know it: THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BRAND NEW WORLD to take its place!
Once Jesus Christ and His heavenly armies have rid the world of the Beast power, the Antichrist, and all the worldly forces who foolishly sought to oppose Him, He will send His angel to lock Satan the Devil away from mankind for 1,000 years.
Then, Revelation 20:4 tells us that, in his vision, the Apostle John saw
thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years (Revelation 20:4).
Yes, the resurrected martyrs, and ALL who have lived and died in Jesus Christ before His return will be resurrected, joining those who are alive at His return to rule by His side in power, glory, and majesty.
This period of 1,000 years will be a time when the Kingdom of God will reign on earth, beginning at Jerusalem and spreading over the entire earth, utterly replacing every element of the old world with the joys and glories of the new! The saints, together with Jesus Christ, will work to make this world what it SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALL ALONG: A place of beauty, peace, order, and love. The ultimate cause of that new world is described in Isaiah 11:9:
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” (Isaiah 11:9).
As the true knowledge of the way of God grows to cover the world over 1,000 years, the world as we have known it so far will truly have come to an end. And a brand NEW world will have begun—a world with joys and wonders that will last not just for a time, but for eternity.
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