USA - Is 100 the New Life Expectancy?

Arno Froese

People born in the 21st century—today’s college students, for instance—can expect to live a century or more because their health will be unlike anything seen before in human history. This new surge in life expectancy will not be due to doctors becoming better at diagnosing and treating the diseases that kill us today. It will be due to our new ability to prevent and delay most or all of the diseases and disabilities that plague later life.

During the 20th century, life expectancy in the U.S. surged some 63%, to 77 years from 48. That progress was driven by better hygiene, the development of vaccines and antibiotics, and, later on, better diagnosis and treatments of individual diseases. Similar progress in the 21st century will easily take us to a 100-year lifespan.

Geroscientists—a new word for a new field—have found that treating aging has remarkably broad benefits. One drug, for instance, called rapamycin, has made mice live considerably longer. It has delayed some mouse cancers and completely eliminated others; it also has delayed mouse versions of Alzheimer’s disease, heart aging and the advance of forgetfulness of later life. And in a limited study involving humans, a drug closely related to rapamycin was seen to have benefits for people 65 and older in the form of improved protection from flu when used in combination with a flu vaccine.

-www.wsj.com, 16 April 2020

Arno's commentary

The leaders in life expectancy are presently Hong Kong with 85.3 years, followed by Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, Italy, Spain, and Australia, based on World-o-meter (US life expectancy is 79.1 years). What has become undeniable is the trend of extended life expectancy throughout the world. As the article notes, the surge for the US was 63% during the 20th century. Quite amazing! These facts seem to contradict the general statement we often hear and read about “the good old times.” There never was such a thing. We now have high-quality food, cleaner air than ever before, and almost 100% safe drinking water, combined with great comfort at home, work, and while traveling. Plus, a great contributor is modern medicine.

There is one thing missing in this article; namely, the mention of the Creator. Coronavirus could have been much worse, and the next pandemic may be. We know from Revelation of the seven trumpet judgments: “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up” (Revelation 8:7). Later, we read of one-third of humanity being killed. Those things will be fulfilled in due time.

In the meantime, however, man prides himself in his own achievement, which reminds us of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, “The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30). From a Christian perspective, we see the increase in life expectancy from God, in His grace, giving man a chance to secure eternal life through faith in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross, where He poured out His life in His blood and exclaimed, “It is finished.” Life without Jesus means eternal death, or as Jesus says: “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44).

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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