WORLD - Grim View of Global Future

K. Farmer

U.S. intelligence officials are painting a dark picture of the world’s future, writing in a report that the coronavirus pandemic has deepened economic inequality, strained government resources and fanned nationalist sentiments.

Those assessments are included in a Global Trends report by the government’s National Intelligence Council. The reports, produced every four years, are designed to help policymakers and citizens anticipate the economic, environmental, technological and demographic forces likely to shape the world through the next 20 years.

This year’s report focuses heavily on the impact of the pandemic, calling it the “most significant, singular global disruption since World War II, with health, economic, political, and security implications that will ripple for years to come.”

“COVID-19 has shaken long-held assumptions about resilience and adaptation and created new uncertainties about the economy, governance, geopolitics, and technology,” the report says.

The document finds cause for concern in virtually all aspects of life.

It warns, for instance, that the effects of climate change are likely to worsen the problem of food and water insecurity in poor countries and hasten global migration. Though health, education and household prosperity have made historic improvements in recent decades, that progress will be hard to sustain because of “headwinds” not only from the effects of the pandemic but also aging populations and “potentially slower economic growth.”

-apnews.com, 8 April 2021

Commentary

Indeed, the coronavirus pandemic was the “most significant, singular global disruption since World War II.” Various nations reeled under the pressure of how to best implement safety measures while salvaging their economies. Those that were the strictest fared the best, such as New Zealand and Taiwan; while those with a more laissez faire approach are still grappling with high death tolls, most notably Brazil.

What the pandemic proves is that despite man’s best efforts to provide a comfortable life for himself, there is always something he cannot foresee. God won’t allow humanity’s pride to go unchecked, and there is no such thing as utopia on earth. The article is correct in painting “a dark picture of the world’s future,” as it says in 1 John 2:17a: “And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof…” But the verse continues, “…but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” (By K. Farmer)

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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