UN - Global Population to Hit 8 Billion

Arno Froese

The world’s population is expected to reach eight billion on November 15, the United Nations forecast in a report that said India will surpass China as the most populous country on earth in 2023. That overall population milestone “is a reminder of our shared responsibility to care for our planet and a moment to reflect on where we still fall short of our commitments to one another,” Secretary General Antonio Guterres said, without citing specifics.

“This is an occasion to celebrate our diversity, recognize our common humanity, and marvel at advancements in health that have extended lifespans and dramatically reduced maternal and child mortality rates,” he added.

The forecast by the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs said the world’s population is growing at its slowest pace since 1950.

It should hit 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, peaking at around 10.4 billion people in the 2080s before steadying at that level until 2100.

While a net drop in birth rates is observed in several developing countries, more than half of the rise forecast in the world’s population in the coming decades will be concentrated in eight countries, the report said.

It said they are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania.

-www.cbsnews.com, 11 July 2022

Arno's Commentary

We have heard about overpopulation for many decades. Some prognosticators insisted that, by the year 2000, there would no longer be enough food to sustain the population. Others went off the rails, claiming that most countries will have standing room only. All of that proved to be wrong. Now the opposite is true; Japan, for example, is losing its population at an alarming rate.

OurWorldInData.org shows that in 1960, the world population was increasing at 2.2%; for 2100, the prognosis is less than half a percent. Virtually all developed, rich, and industrialized nations are seeing a decline in population.

The arithmetic is very simple: more elderly people will depend on social subsidies, which are earned and paid for by the decreasing younger working generation. 

Another important item to consider is the shortage of labor in the industrialized world. The temporary answer is more open borders and easing application systems for working visas in those countries. This results in the integration of multiple nationalities, creating a more global society.

According to WorldPopulationReview.com, in the developed world, here are the top 10 countries with the most foreign-born residents:

1.  Luxembourg 47.6%
2.  Australia 30.1%
3.  Switzerland 28.8%
4.  New Zealand 28.7%
5.  Israel 22.6%
6.  Canada 21.3%
7.  Sweden 19.8%
8.  Austria 19.3%
9.  Germany 18.8%
10. USA 15.3%

What do foreign-born residents have in common? Bringing part of their culture, language, traditions, and customs into the new country. The result? A more truly global society than ever before.

Many ask, is this a conspiracy? The answer is a resounding yes, for we read in Revelation 17:13: “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.” There are no exceptions; this speaks of the entire world. It is this very planet, which is under the jurisdiction of the god of this world.

Here is what the devil offered to Jesus: “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:8-9). This pours cold water on slogans such as, “God’s Country … One Nation Under God … In God We Trust,” etc. Worship of the devil in the form of Antichrist and his image is the target, for which the whole world is now being increasingly prepared. Thus, the question, to whom do I belong? The world or the Lord Jesus Christ?

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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