Did you ever stop and think what will happen in the next ten years? Most people don’t give much thought to that, either on a personal or cultural level. A statement caught my attention recently. Todd Strandberg said in an article, “The world has become so hopelessly overrun with acts of evil, I wonder just how long we can keep descending down this path. I would be absolutely horrified if an angel from God appeared to me and said I had to endure another decade of insanity.” Yes, the world is in terrible shape. Continual evil has become the new normal. There are not only mass killings on a regular basis, but lawlessness is running rampant. Transgenderism and Islam is being promoted in some our our public schools. Death threats are becoming more and more frequent. Many more things are happening, but I really don’t want to dwell on the negative. Where will society be in another decade if things continue as they are?
In the next ten years the world could witness the seven-year Tribulation Period mentioned in Matthew 24:21. It will be a time of tribulation, earthquakes that could be off the charts, weather more severe than the world has ever experienced, out of control epidemics, and many others things as part of God’s judgment for an unrepentant humanity. Things could get so bad that Revelation 6:15 says people will hide themselves “...in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains” and they will “seek death and will not find it, and they will long to die and death flees from them” (Revelation 9:6).
Matthew 24:37-39 further describes the times in which now live. “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.” Some people have interpreted these verses to mean that people will go about their lives and business as usual like nothing is happening. If we go to Genesis 6:11-13 we read that in the days of Noah before the flood the earth was filled with continual evil.
As the world moves closer to the Tribulation Period we will see a greater push toward a global government. As AI and technology evolve further, no one being able to buy or sell without a mark in their right hand or forehead, as stated in Revelation 13:16-17, will become closer to becoming a reality (implanted chips in the right hand are already in use).
The world will be dramatically altered by artificial intelligence. It will become not only a means of control, but a religion to be worshiped. Making AI into a “god” is a chief goal of artificial intelligence.
There will be a continual increase in the persecution and silencing of conservatives and Christians.
Transgenderism, homosexuality, and radical Islam will become more and more of a controlling influence in our society.
In the next ten years there could also be the rapture of the Church. I certainly hope so, because things could get so bad that I really don’t want to be here. Many Christians (though not all) believe in a rapture as taught in I Thessalonians 4:16-17, that there will be a catching up of all Christians to meet the Lord in the air prior to the Tribulation Period, God’s ways of providing a way of escape from the Tribulation Period. Daniel 12:1 says, “…And there will a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time…everyone who is found written in the book will be rescued.” This is a clear reference to the Tribulation Period. The “book” in this verse could be nothing less than a reference to the “Book of Life” mentioned in Revelation. So, clearly there is some way that God has provided for Christians to escape the coming world judgment.
If the rapture occurs within this next decade, then the world could also see the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Jesus Christ upon the earth (Revelation 20:4 and 6). Some prophecy scholars believe this will convene immediately after the Tribulation Period. Jesus will rule on his throne from Jerusalem, and “the whole earth will be full of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14). Evil, injustice, and hatred will be dealt with. Peace and righteousness will be the new normal.
Whether or not I am right or wrong in my predictions is not really the point. The point is to be ready if these things come within this next ten years, and I think they will, based upon how things are developing. Whatever happens make a decision now to commit your life to Jesus Christ, the Son of God in human flesh who died for your sins and rose from the dead that you might have eternal life. Admit that you are a sinner, and receive the free gift of God’s grace.