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21 Century What Will It Be Like?
By Herbert W. Armstrong
Will the next decade or two bring human EXTINCTION or will century 21 dawn on a NEW WORLD OF PEACE, with incredible scientific achievements?
SUDDENLY this world has become different! It was never like this before. LOOK at the change in the last 85 years - then look at the change in the last TEN. What will another 10 years be like - and WHAT by century 21?
When I was a boy, our family transportation was a horse and buggy. Horse-drawn streetcars had just been replaced with the little trolley-car "dinkeys." Telephones were rare, hanging on walls.
Only a few downtown streets in cities were paved. Automobiles were a curiosity - we called them "horseless carriages." They were steered with a stick instead of a steering wheel. Gaslights dimly illuminated city streets. A man, riding horse- back, rode past with a lighting stick to turn them on at dusk, and again to turn them off at dawn. Our home was dimly lighted by kerosene lamps.
No man had ever flown. Orville Wright's first 12-second, 120-foot flight did not occur until after I was four and one half months into my 12th year. Radio and television were unheard-of. And milk in cities cost five cents per quart.
What about the last 1O years?
Now look at the startling "advances" of just the last decade. They said MORE KNOWLEDGE would solve all the world's ills. So, in the last 10 years the world's sum of KNOWLEDGE has more than doubled - mostly in fields of technology, electronics, medicine and various branches of science.
But the world's problems and troubles HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED ALSO! In that same 10 years!
But look how 10 short years have changed YOUR LIFE. It was not like this a single decade ago. TODAY it is unsafe to walk on streets - in city or in town. Your house or apartment may be broken into if you're away. Crime now is rampant, even in residential areas.
Unhappy marriages - increasing divorce -juvenile delinquency and other problems among young people. Family and home life, the FOUNDATION of any flourishing civilization, falling apart. Police report more homicides in homes, due to family quarrels, than any other source. WHY this sudden breakdown of family life?
Then there's mounting international strife, mass demonstrations, riots, terrorism, widespread mass VIOLENCE. And threat of all-out, world-girdling NUCLEAR WAR!
Again I ask: WHAT will this world be like in another 10 years? And what by century 21?
What scientists prophesy Scientists picture two opposite extremes ahead:
1) Science, technology and modern industry are teaming together to produce a magic push-button Disneyland dreamworld for our near future. They plan to bring happiness to humanity by reducing work hours to an unheard-of minimum. Now they are talking about a six-hour day, a three-day work week, four-day weekends, three-to-four-month vacations, higher net incomes and retirement at age 49. They plan to make us all happy by producing a dazzling array of gadgets, laborsaving devices, amusement and entertainment mechanisms such as our wildest anticipations have not envisioned. And medical science plans to replace breaking-down human organs to lengthen lives.
2) Conversely, other world-famous scientists see a far sterner picture of the future - one that reverts to the opposite extreme. They see - today - the starving, uneducated masses in Africa, Asia, South America - more than half the world's population in the depths of ignorance, poverty, squalor and degradation; the population explosion and the coming food war; the breakdown of family life, the very BASIS of a progressive and thriving society; the spiraling increase in crime; the fast-spreading breakdown of law and order, and increasing widespread violence; the proliferation and stockpiling of nuclear weapons that can blast all life from this earth 50 times over; and then the mounting crescendo of strife and hostility between nuclear-power nations!
All this they see, and view a future of gloom and doom and hopelessness. They tell us humanity's one great problem, now, is the QUESTION OF SURVIVAL.
Other scientists, educators and writers envision the next few years in this manner: The present trend will continue - only it will accelerate. As these authorities see it, the world will be as it is now, only more so!
That is, more dazzling inventions for the few who can afford them; increasing millions of poverty-stricken, starving people in backward areas; accelerating increase in the population explosion; increasing immorality, breakdown of marriages and family relationships; more crime; more terrorism; increasing violence; more sickness and disease; more mental breakdowns; more unrest, distrust and tensions between nuclear nations until they reach the breaking point. They see these worsening conditions speeding up. Ask these sober scientists HOW LONG we may continue in this present trend, at the rate we're going. Some will guess, perhaps 10 more years - others think less than 10 - some give us, perhaps, a little more.
But that's only relative. It's still a question of SURVIVAL!
Neither of these makes sense But humanity WILL SURVIVE!
There is GOOD NEWS for the future
It is reported by a major news source most people - and most scientists - have utterly overlooked.
There is a master plan already being worked out. And before century 21, it will bring to this earth PEACE! There is a master plan to solve the vast problems of illiteracy, starvation, poverty and squalor. It entails vast agrarian reforms, economic reforms, reforms in governments and practical plans to bring about disarmament and world peace.
Many scientists and world leaders know, in general, what it will take to bring this solution. Today, many farseeing leaders put their fingers on the one great change that can now save humanity alive. What they don't know is how to implement it. With one voice, these men say the solution now demands a WORLD GOVERNMENT. Winston Churchill said, "A world super-government is the only solution to man's ills." Said Dr. Charles E. Osgood, "What we need - and that most urgently - is world government." Others, as if with one voice, say the same.
There is just one thing wrong with this solution - and it's the ONLY one advanced. That world supergovernment would have to be given the power of a world police force to enforce its laws, and it would have to maintain the ONLY military force in the world - all nations would have to surrender their armies to this one SUPERSTATE.
ONLY solution - but won't WORK In a word, every nation would have to surrender its national sovereignty absolutely. And WHAT MAN could be accepted by all as WORLD RULER? It would, mind you, be a world POLICE STATE. Would the Soviet Union give up its struggle to harness the whole world with communism, and accept an American as their world ruler? No, I'm afraid, not in a thousand years!
Would the United States accept a Russian from the Kremlin? Or perhaps a Cuban or a North Korean? NEVER!
There is only one way the nations could get together on a world supergovernment. Within nations, each individual has to be willing to give up his personal sovereignty. He must submit to the laws of his government, or suffer the consequences. Of course, individuals in all countries are given certain personal liberties, not prohibited by law.
So it must be with NATIONS - there must be a world supergovernment if humanity is to survive! IF there is to be the world supergovernment that Winston Churchill envisioned, all individual nations must first give up their private, selfish goals, their dreams of world conquest - of spreading their particular kind of government around the world.
One important newsmagazine I September 1985 said this can happen only if there is "a strong hand from someplace" that would intervene.
So there is the world's dilemma
All leaders are agreed the world's only hope is a world supergovernment. At the same time, all leaders confess frankly that world supergovernment is absolutely unfeasible and utterly IMPOSSIBLE!
And where does that leave you? Does that leave you with nothing but gloom and doom for the future? On this world leaders are agreed: The ONLY SOLUTION is IMPOSSIBLE!
Yet there IS good news. Isn't it just about time we heard some GOOD news for a change?
Yes, there is, after all, a GREAT NEWS SOURCE the world leaders and scientists have left out of the picture. There is a major world news source most have overlooked. It reports tomorrow's news today! It reports world news before it happens! It's news of a gigantic MASTER PLAN for a world supergovernment. There is, after all, that needed "strong hand from someplace."
Two alternatives and ONLY two. You have to face it - either there is now no HOPE - either all humanity soon will be erased from this earth (to use an expression spoken by the late U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower) - or there does exist that "strong hand from someplace" with supernatural power to INTERVENE in world affairs - to literally take control from the human great powers of this world and to SAVE humanity from itself!
Every reader needs to wake up - and to realize this means YOUR LIFE - and the lives of your children, your family, your friends and neighbors. The one great problem facing every one of us is HUMAN SURVIVAL. And the only alternative to extinction - SOON - is world government - so say the leaders.
I sat in the press gallery in the Opera House at the San Francisco Conference in 1945, when world leaders were drawing up the charter for the United Nations. There I heard the leading statesmen of the world warning that this United Nations they were forming was "THE WORLD'S LAST HOPE."
One hour, in plenary sessions, they were uttering this solemn warning; the next hour, in group conferences with other leaders, they were fighting savagely for their own special advantage.
The United Nations has proved futile - except, perhaps, as a propaganda sounding board for the Soviet Union. There have been more than 150 wars, which the United Nations has been impotent to stop, since 1945.
The United Nations is NOT a world government. This is REAL - it involves YOU. Hiding your eyes from the existing facts won't save your world for you - and YOU alive in it! This directly concerns the life of every reader of The Good News - and the other millions who ought to be reading it.
This is REAL! It's HERE! There isn't much more time! It's now far later than you think. And - yes, I realize it - this is the ONLY VOICE IN THE WILDERNESS of today's desperate situation that dares to SPEAK OUT!
THIS YOU MUST FACE. There are now ONLY two alternatives:
1) Either the Creator God - who has been utterly ignored by this world's education, who has been TOTALLY FORSAKEN by this world's rulers and its governments, who has been discredited in the thinking of vanity-filled world leaders and educators - either that very eternal, almighty GOD exists, and will soon, now, step in and INTERVENE in this world's affairs, and SAVE ERRING HUMANITY FROM ITSELF -- or
2) Any one of several existing causes will ERASE HUMANKIND FROM THE EARTH, possibly in this decade or the next - and most certainly prior to CENTURY 21!
The person who is unwilling to consider that the Creator GOD is a real, living, all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful personal BEING has only the CERTAINTY of existing world conditions fast closing in upon him!
But for the reader who is willing to wake up and listen, I give you not only your ONLY HOPE of survival, I give you your one SURE HOPE.
World's most accurate newscaster
First, notice the published report of the world's No. 1 newscaster. This newscast was a FORE-cast. And it's CERTAIN.
I know, very few have ever realized that Jesus Christ came as a NEWSman - reporting NEWS for the future. He spoke of 20th-century world conditions - and WORLD GOVERNMENT to COME.
The world has misunderstood, perverted, maligned His unique message. The word gospel means "GOOD NEWS." And His was news for the FUTURE.
He described today's violent, chaotic world. In the pivotal prophecy of the New Testament of the world's best-selling book, He graphically described the international chaos into which the world is rapidly plunging right now. He said the violence would explode into a world trouble so great, that unless God intervened, no human would remain alive.
Yet, He promised, the all-powerful God would intervene supernaturally to cut short this world chaos (Matthew 24:21-22).
NEWS - past, present, future
No book has so great a sale as the Holy Bible. No book ever was so misunderstood, maligned, distorted, misrepresented. Those who profess to use it as the source of their religion promulgate doctrines diametrically opposite from its teachings. They quote (or misquote) only a fraction of its verses.
Few know that a whole third, approximately, of that book is devoted to FUTURE NEWS of world happenings. News about various governments. News about the great MASTER PLAN for solving all this world's troubles. News of the now soon-coming peaceful and happy WORLD TOMORROW - on through CENTURY 21.
It's the BEST NEWS you ever read!
We look, now, at one pivotal NEWS DISPATCH within this volume, which covers dramatically a panorama of the dominating governments, past, immediate present and future - on into CENTURY 21.
Advance news report
You never thought of this panoramic look ahead as a NEWS REPORT? It's time we recognized it for precisely what it is! And it's exciting!
Incredible though it seems - and would-be discreditors to the contrary notwithstanding - the evidence has demonstrated conclusively that this world-news report was written between 500 and 600 years before Christ.
It concerns the king of the first world empire. His name was Nebuchadnezzar. His capital was the ancient glamour city and world capital, Babylon.
One night this king dreamed a remarkable and frightening dream, as reported in Daniel 2. It was one of those rare dreams that remain indelibly impressed on the mind after awaking. He thought it must have meaning.
So Nebuchadnezzar called in all his astrologers, his religious leaders, magicians, his chief advisers, his wisest men. He determined to test their clairvoyant powers.
"It was a terrifying dream, yet it's gone from me," he told them. "I want you to tell me what I dreamed. If you fail, I'll know you are fakes and phonies, and I'll have you all put to death," But even with their lives at stake, his wisest men could not tell Nebuchadnezzar what he had dreamed.
Now among other nations that had been conquered by this great Chaldean king was the kingdom of Judah, whose capital city was Jerusalem. These Jews had been taken as captives and transported from their homes in their cities, towns and countryside to the land of the Chaldeans, where they were made slaves. But four outstandingly brilliant Jewish lads had been inducted into important government positions in Babylon. Among them was Daniel.
These four Jewish lads were seized, to be put to death along with the sorcerers, magicians and Chaldean "wise men." Daniel asked for time, promising that he would be able to tell the king his dream and its meaning. The four Jewish lads prayed to their God for the answer. That night it was revealed to Daniel in a vision.
Report on "what is to be"
"Are you able to make known to me the dream and its interpretation?" asked the king when Daniel was ushered into his presence. "No wise men can show the king the mystery," replied Daniel, "but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to you what is to be."
"You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. The head of this image was of fine gold, its breast and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay."
"As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it smote the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces; then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth."
But what did it MEAN? Its MEANING was a NEWS forecast leading to the present world turmoil, and its imminent and SURE outcome!
It is NEWS that vitally affects the life of every reader of The Good News!
"This," continued Daniel, "was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation. You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, you are the head of gold. After you shall arise another kingdom inferior to you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth."
Here was NEWS of the future. It was news reported in advance. And it happened!
After the Chaldean Empire, the Persian Empire arose. It was inferior as a world empire intellectually, morally and in honor and splendor and glory - even as silver is LESS VALUABLE than gold. But, as silver is harder than gold, so was the Persian Empire stronger in military might.
Humanity was deteriorating. The Persian Empire fell before the onslaught of young Alexander the Great, with his Greek and Macedonian army. Alexander expanded his empire farther east and west and south - greater in military strength, more in quantity - greater in area and population ruled - but inferior in quality, even as bronze is of less value than silver, yet a harder metal.
Alexander wept because he had no more worlds to conquer. He died young in a drunken debauch. His empire was divided into four divisions, each ruled by one of his four top-ranking generals. Now continue this most unusual form of NEWS REPORT.
The Roman Empire came
"And," continued Daniel, "there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron."
This was the Roman Empire, which swallowed up all four surviving divisions of Alexander's Greco-Macedonian Empire, and spread out farther besides.
It was the strongest military power in world history up to that time. And the two legs symbolized the two divisions of the mighty Roman Empire - with the eastern capital at Constantinople (today called Istanbul, Turkey), and the western capital at Rome.
But Daniel continued: "And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay."
There are three other specific prophecies - FUTURE NEWS REPORTS - one in the seventh chapter of Daniel, and one in the 13th and one in the 17th of Revelation, which also depict the future NEWS of this same succession of world empires. Putting all four prophecies together, it becomes plain that the toes of this image represent a last, final resurrection - or rebirth - of the Roman Empire in our time!
Soon-coming United States of Europe
There is not space for details in this article.
But the two prophecies in the book of Revelation report clearly - long in advance - the fall of the original Roman Empire in A.D. 476, its restoration by Justinian in 554 and its history as "the Holy Roman Empire" up to the fall of Napoleon in 1814.
Then Revelation 17:8 shows the partial revival of this empire under Mussolini - after he took Ethiopia, adding it to Italian Somaliland, Eritrea, Libya and Italy - officially naming it "the Roman Empire."
These prophecies depict detailed ADVANCE NEWS of more, a last revival of this Empire, yet to occur, by a union of 10 nations in Europe.
This coming "United States of Europe" is the dream of many leaders - not only within Europe, but in Britain and America. The Common Market is its beginning.
Every indication is that in possibly this decade or the next, this ADVANCE NEWS will be current \ news. And it will completely STUN THE WORLD! Yet The Plain Truth has reported this news in advance for the past 51 years!
More powerful than U.S. or U.S.S.R.
Once political-military union is achieved out of the Common Market in Europe - combining 10 nations - it will present before the world a THIRD POWER probably even stronger than either the United States or the Soviet Union.
Can you envision what that will mean in the world's balance of power?
But these nations will not cling long or loyally together. The 10 toes of Nebuchadnezzar's image pictured millennia in advance this United Europe. They will not cleave together for long, even as iron and miry clay will not.
Then what shall happen?
This prophecy - and others - give you the NEWS long in advance!
Then finally - WORLD government. Continue Daniel's explanation to King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2: "And in the days of those kings [these 10 soon to unite in Europe!] the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people, and it shall stand forever. The great God has made known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure."
This is just one of several ADVANCE NEWS REPORTS that explicitly affirm there WILL BE a world government that shall bring this war-weary earth PEACE AT LAST. Not by the help of men, or of their human governments - but in spite of them! Other prophecies report, centuries and millennia in advance, almost every detail of today's rapidly worsening conditions. Humanity WILL SURVIVE! There will be a happy WORLD TOMORROW. Mortal humans do have a stern lesson to learn first. Human bungling will bring accelerated world trouble before God- ignoring humanity will be willing to learn. But WE SHALL LEARN!
Few realize that 90 percent of biblical prophecy pertains to OUR TIME, and the very few years immediately ahead. And approximately a third of the Bible is prophecy! It has been neglected utterly. It has been terribly misunderstood. It is tremendously important! Especially now!
Earlier in this article I said Jesus of Nazareth was the world's greatest NEWSCASTER. Many, deceiving and being deceived, have represented His teaching as a sentimental religious teaching having no relation whatever to this life, this world, its nations, its governments, its society. THAT CONCEPT is FALSE!
Jesus' Gospel (and remember gospel means "good news") was actually His ADVANCE NEWS REPORT of the KINGDOM - the GOVERNMENT - of GOD, soon now to bring us world PEACE.
The KINGDOM of GOD is, simply, the world-ruling GOVERNMENT of God. It is absolutely not a sentimental, ethereal, imaginary something "set up in the hearts of men." It is REAL! It is SOON COMING!
And Jesus Christ was born to be the KING of that WORLD GOVERNMENT (Luke 1:30-33, John 18:36-37, Revelation 19:11, 11:15). As General Douglas MacArthur promised the Filipinos he would return, so Jesus promised His disciples He would return - and now, SOON, TO RULE THE WHOLE EARTH!
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