WORLD - How Western Civilization Could Collapse

Arno Froese

The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth. Should that forward-propelling motion slow or cease, the pillars that define our society—democracy, individual liberties, social tolerance and more—would begin to teeter. Our world would become an increasingly ugly place, one defined by a scramble over limited resources and a rejection of anyone outside of our immediate group. Should we find no way to get the wheels back in motion, we’d eventually face total societal collapse.

Such collapses have occurred many times in human history, and no civilization, no matter how seemingly great, is immune to the vulnerabilities that may lead a society to its end. Regardless of how well things are going in the present moment, the situation can always change. Putting aside species-ending events like an asteroid strike, nuclear winter or deadly pandemic, history tells us that it’s usually a plethora of factors that contribute to collapse. What are they, and which, if any, have already begun to surface? It should come as no surprise that humanity is currently on an unsustainable and uncertain path—but just how close are we to reaching the point of no return?

While it’s impossible to predict the future with certainty, mathematics, science and history can provide hints about the prospects of Western societies for long-term continuation., 18 April 2017

Arno's commentary

Prediction of the future indeed is impossible, but not if we properly utilize the writings of the One who holds the future in His hand.

Philosophers, scientists, politicians, and the intellectual elite may indeed have many reasons to worry about the future, but that is not surprising when one leaves out the only reliable source of information about the past, the present, and the future.

So, what does the Bible say about the future? Jesus compares the end times with two eras in history: that of Noah and of Lot. “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-29). We note that destructive judgment did not come by the collapse of the economy or civilization, but was supernatural. God sent the flood, and He caused fire and brimstone to fall from heaven.

While we recognize the extreme danger developing in many parts of the world, we must also be sober and realize that mankind never had it so good as today. Man’s inventions have made life more comfortable; just consider transportation and communication. Moreover, food production has increased to such an extent that some experts insist that half of the food grown is outright wasted.

However, there is one distinct difference between our world today and all of human history. With the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the world has now become an interconnected mechanism, a complex infrastructure in which each part is dependent on each other.  And that will ultimately lead to the nations of the world agreeing that peace, security, and prosperity should be guaranteed to all. How will that be implemented? By total control of commerce. “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17).

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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