THE WONDERFUL WORLD TOMORROW
What It Will Be Like

by Herbert W. Armstrong
1966, 1973, 1979 edition

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Contents
1. Three World Views -- Only One Is Going to Happen!
2. One Last "Obituary" Look at Today's World
3. The Cause of All World Troubles
4. The New World Government
5. Education and Religion Tomorrow
6. Now Picture Tomorrow's World!
7. ... And All Speaking the Same Language
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CHAPTER 1

Three World Views -- Only One is Going to Happen!

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BELIEVE IT! It will happen, regardless. It
is sure -- the world's only sure hope. This advance good news of
tomorrow is as certain as the rising of tomorrow's sun.
Humanity won't bring it about -- it is going to be done to us.
Humanity is going to be forced to be happy -- to enjoy world peace --
to see universal abundance and joy fill the earth.
Utopia? Why not. Why should it be an imaginary or impossible
pipe-dream? There is a cause for today's world chaos and threat of
human extinction. That cause will be supplanted by that which will
bring a utopia that is real, that is successfully functioning!
Why today's world evils? How will they be ended? What will
cause this world to erupt into peace, and plenty? How will such
incredible changeover be brought about?
And what will this world tomorrow be like? How will it be
governed? Who will rule?
You are going to take a sober look at the conditions, facts,
causes and trends in today's sick, sick world.
You are going to read what world leaders, scientists,
technologists and educators say about today's trends, and what they
envision for the next decade or two.
And then you will be given a surprising, excited look into
what is certain in the transformed world tomorrow, what really is
ahead -- and why.
Today there are three views -- two widely held by world
leaders. Only one is going to happen. And it's the best big news
ever reported in the history of mankind. What is actually going to
be the outcome of all this, for our frenetic, entertainment-crazed,
gadget-buying, yet chaotic, divided and sick world, is something
totally unseen by statesmen, scientists, educators, and world
leaders.

What World Leaders Expect

The two most widely held views are divergent ones --
paradoxically pointing in opposite directions.
Many world leaders now expect -- though they probably don't
dwell on the thought -- that nuclear destruction eventually, perhaps
soon, will erase human life from this earth.
Besides nuclear annihilation, there are at least five other
means by which mankind could be destroyed from off the face of the
globe: chemical warfare, biological warfare, overpopulation and
resulting famine, disease epidemics, and environmental pollution.
Consider these facts: Human life is sustained by air, water,
and food. Today man is polluting his life-sustaining supply of
these three necessities at a fast-accelerating rate. Air pollution,
filling the air with gasses, smoke, smog, fallout from nuclear test
explosions, and fluorocarbons from aerosol spray cans, not only
threatens man, but renders plant life sick. Many rivers and lakes
worldwide have been so seriously polluted that the water supply in
many places is reaching a crisis stage. Man has depleted and ruined
the soil out of which food must grow. Artificial fertilizers,
poisonous sprays, and erosion caused by floods have robbed
vegetables, grains and fruits of life-sustaining minerals and
vitamins. Food factories have further extracted these vital
elements out of grains, rice, sugar, in the greed for profits. Add
to these the worldwide revolution in the weather -- droughts and
floods -- resulting in mass starvations in some parts of the world,
and widespread epidemics of disease. During the past 50 years in
Africa, India and South America alone, weather and environmental
damage has caused the loss of over one million square kilometers of
agricultural land.
If all these fast-accelerating evils do not destroy humanity
soon, the experts say the population explosion will. According to
United Nations studies, world population at the end of this century
will increase another 1.8 billion over the present four billion,
bringing the total to nearly six billion people! At that time --
just two decades from now -- China and India will each have
populations of over one billion.
Statistics further reveal that world population is increasing
by some 76 million annually, which would lead to a doubling of
world population to over 8 billion by the year 2013. And
projections say that a century from now, a full 12 billion people
would be crowding the earth.
Even now, with our population of 4 billion, nearly 500 million
are gravely undernourished. As global population soars, the
imbalance of human numbers and rapidly dwindling resources
threatens to become even further aggravated. If the world cannot
now adequately care for 4 billion, just how will it cope with 6
billion ... or 8 billion ... or 12 billion?
Leading scientists look at this world picture, and say they
are frankly frightened. They warn us that man's only hope lies in
the admittedly impossible -- that the nations form a super world
government, capable of unitedly acting on these problems on a
global scale before it is too late. But the nations, hostile
against one another, could never form such a government. And the
humans then in authority would be no more able to cope with all
these nonmilitary evils that threaten the extinction of mankind
than present leaders.
This widely held view of the future offers no hope.

The Magic World of Science

Then, paradoxically, science and technology has dangled before
our eyes a glittering, glamour-world of their making. It was to be
a fantastic, push-button dreamworld of "the three L's" -- leisure,
luxury and license. They have been working to produce unbelievable
material devices they believe would convert this world into a
glorified heaven. Ignoring the stark reality of conditions
described just above, that is!

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PHOTO CAPTION: AIR POLLUTION not only threatens man, but renders
plant life sick. Leading scientists look at this world and say they
are frankly frightened. Yet, paradoxically, science and technology
dangle before our eyes a fantastic world of lasers and luxury. They
produce unbelievable material devices in the hope of converting
this world into a glorified dreamland. Left, a view of the real
world; above, laser technology with laser beam passing thorough two
Quantel lenses.
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Aldous Huxley said, "Most prophecy tends to oscillate between
an extreme of gloom and the wildest optimism! The world, according
to one set of seers, is headed for disaster; according to the
other, the world is destined -- within a generation or two -- to
become a kind of gigantic Disneyland, in which the human race will
find perpetual happiness playing with an endless assortment of ever
more ingenious mechanical toys."
How true. And also how ironic, that those voicing the most
glamorous predictions of science and industry seem to totally
exclude the stark reality of world conditions -- and, for that
matter, seem unable to comprehend the additional snarls and
problems their own predictions would bring.
However, leaving the facts aside, let us take a look at some
of the speculations for our future.
In his book, "The Next 200 Years" (1976), futurist Herman
Kahn -- Director of the Hudson Institute "think tank" in New York --
suggests that the world economy will continue to grow well into the
next century, bringing a growing standard of living and increasing
affluence to the majority of the world's population. He paints a
picture of a prosperous global utopia by the year 2176, brought
about by continuing technology advances -- with plenty of energy,
food and raw materials for all.
"Two hundred years from now, we believe, people almost
everywhere will be rich, numerous and in control of the forces of
nature," Kahn predicts. In his scenario, the world two centuries
from now will contain some 15 billion people, with a staggering
per-capita income of some $20,000, compared with only about $1,300
today.
In a previous study focusing on life in the United States in
the years to A.D. 2000, Kahn forecasts a glittering utopia coming
a great deal sooner than the world at large. He predicted that in
the years just ahead, Americans would be enjoying "three-day
weekends, three-or four-month vacations, Southern California-type
living with the emphasis on family and home, high income, an
abundance of material things ...." He asserted that people will live
in ten-room houses, earn a disposable income (after taxes) of
multiple tens of thousands of dollars, and enjoy a four-hour work
day, five days per week -- or maybe even a six-hour work day and a
three-day week, with a four-day weekend.
In essence, we are to look forward to a life of almost
complete idleness and leisure -- the "good life" day after day after
day. In short, a perpetual vacation!

But Is This Utopia?

But does this kind of a society sound truly good to you?
Think about these glowing predictions. Then think of the utter
impracticability, and of the many problems they would create,
rather than solve. Yet multiple millions, especially in the United
States, anticipate such developments, hopefully in their own
lifetimes, while turning a blind eye to the ominous warnings by
other respected scientists who see instead impending doom for large
segments of the world through famine, pestilence and war.
Can a tiny segment of the population of one nation expect to
succeed in achieving ever more dizzying heights of material wealth,
playing with an ever more dazzling assortment of mechanical
gadgets, and ignore the awesome problems of the rest of the world?
Reporting on the paradoxes posed by the projected advancements
in store for future society, a science writer of a leading
newspaper asked a few years ago "What sort of world in 20 years?"
The answers were interesting.
He first told of new knowledge in biological science applied
to medicine, giving new insight into, and partial control of,
aging, heredity, mental illness, heart disease, cancer and virus
infections.
Whole hosts of ingenious devices in the fields of applied
physics and advanced engineering would provide super-sophisticated
computers, communication satellites, novel transportation
techniques, space exploration probes, and a newer and more
glittering array of medical instruments and techniques.
He envisioned bigger crowds at bigger stadiums watching bigger
athletic contests. Recreation, physical pleasure, fun, would be
widespread. More golf courses, more swimming pools, tennis courts,
dance halls, bowling alleys, color television sets -- these were
predicted to aid society in seeking ever more heightened pleasures.
But, he said, the years ahead "will have increased crime,
gambling, sexual promiscuity, riots, air and water pollution,
traffic congestion, noise, and lack of solitude." "More and more,"
continued the prediction, "there will be 'no place to hide.'"
Even Dr. Kahn, in his study of the United States of the
future, admits that the "utopian" changes in life-styles and work
patterns could carry with them some traumatic consequences. "Many,"
he explains, will be satisfied but others will find such a life
meaningless and purposeless, and they will look for something to
fulfill them. Kahn suggests that we may see more riots and
irrational movements, along with a turn to mysticism, cults and
drugs as a means for such fulfillment.
We have seen an upsurge in drug usage, with certain drugs --
notably marijuana and cocaine -- becoming increasingly accepted by
large numbers seeking escape from modern society, with the use of
the latest popular drug, "angel dust" (phencyclidine, also called
PCP), becoming a crisis of epidemic proportions in the U.S.,
according to police and hospital officials.
Accidents, suicides, homicides -- all have been the end result
of using angel dust. Yet multiple thousands continue to "find
reality" through its use.
After drugs ... then what? What other forms of escapism would
the supposedly affluent, leisurely utopian life of tomorrow bring
with it, assuming it comes about at all?
Reading such reports of the "bad news," as well as the "good
news," we may well have doubts about whether we want to be around
in such an age.

Would We Really Want It?

But how about looking at society in general?
The same report adds that, because of intensified social,
ethnic and racial problems, the cities of the future will be
"seething centers of periodically great turmoil and confusion.

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PHOTO CAPTION: AN UPSURGE in gambling and drug and alcohol usage is
increasingly accepted by large numbers seeking escape from modern
social problems -- all the while believing they are "finding
reality". Others stand patiently in unemployment lines.
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"For the underdeveloped world ... , the 'plight of the average
man' will have deteriorated. People will be more poorly fed and
there will be fewer goods per person. Every attempt to improve the
situation will be wiped out by the continued population growth.
Hunger, starvation and famine periodically and continuously will
stalk major portions of the planet ...."
Then, almost incredibly, the report said probably "for the
first time in history, every child everywhere will be at school --
if they are not starving in a famine"(!).
And so go the paradoxical and often conflicting
prognostications of science, industry, and technology.
Not very happy predictions, are they?
Other prognostications abound, even about our personal
futures. Some include:
Choosing the sex of children before they are conceived -- 1980.
Artificial plastic and electronic organs for humans -- 1982.
(Wouldn't you far rather avoid getting sick, and keep healthy
organs of your own?)
Artificial heart implantations; brain linked to computer --
1985.
Chemical synthesis of inexpensive, nutritious food; cancer
conquered -- 1990.
First human clone; brain transplants commonplace -- 1995.
Transplantation of almost all organs of the body -- 2000.
Alteration of the processes of aging -- 2005.
Biochemicals to aid the growth of new organs and limbs -- 2007.
Widespread use of artificial insemination to produce
genetically superior offspring -- 2010.
Drugs to raise the level of intelligence -- 2012.
Fetuses grown in artificial wombs -- 2015.
Genetic engineering in humans by chemically modifying their
DNA chains; human brain linked with computer to enlarge man's
intellect -- 2020.
Total mastery of human genetics and heredity -- 2030.
Suspended animation of life -- 2040.
Complete control of the aging process; man-made immortality --
2050.
The above prognostications were adapted in part from "The
Post-Physician Era: Medicine in the 21st Century", by Jerrold
Maxmen (1976).
The predictions are almost endless. Economists, sociologists,
geneticists, psychiatrists, even zoologists and anthropologists,
are having a hand at predicting the varicolored and kaleidoscopic
never-never land of tomorrow -- glittering and glamorous for the
few; filled with grisly spectres of horror for the many.

It Won't Happen

So there you have the two opposite, divergent views of
scientists, statesmen, educators, world leaders -- one glowingly
optimistic about the progress of society; the other utterly
hopeless.
But both of these concepts are false!
Man wants desperately to save the society he has established
upon this earth. But this society -- this civilization can't be
saved! Man, himself, is bringing this world to destruction. God
Almighty will soon step in, and create a new, peaceful, and happy
society -- the world tomorrow.

CHAPTER 2

One Last "Obituary" Look at Today's World

BEFORE WE LOOK AT WHAT actually is going to come -- the
peaceful, happy, joyful world tomorrow -- let's take one last
"obituary" look at this world man has built upon the earth. Take
one last look at the corpses of education, science, technology,
commerce and industry, governments, the social order, and religion.
Of course many see only the glitter, glamour, and tinsel of
today's world and think it is good. They see the temporary
pleasures, blind their eyes to the hard cold facts of reality.
Others, more aware of the world they live in, seek escape to
remote, unspoiled areas, where they can start anew, "away from it
all," and in harmony with the ecology. However, there isn't really
anywhere to go -- remember the man who, before World War II started,
thought the safest place to be was Guadalcanal?

Education Is Decadent

But take a realistic look at this world's civilization.
We look at modern education first, because it is the mother --
the alma mater -- which has spawned the scientists, captains of
industry and business, the politicians and rulers, the leaders in
the modern social order, and the theologians.
Today's world is what its leaders have made it. And the
leaders are the product of modern education. Education is defined
by the Encyclopaedia Britannica as a system by which adult leaders
of a society inject their philosophies, ideas, customs and culture
into the minds of the growing generation. Education is, and has
been through the centuries, essentially pagan in origin and
character. The academic system was founded by the pagan philosopher
Plato.
The 19th and 20th centuries have witnessed the absorption of
German rationalism into the educational bloodstream -- an approach
that regards human reason as the chief source and test of
knowledge. There has been a dangerous drift into materialism and
collectivism. God is ignored. Revelation is rejected. The ancient
belief of gnosticism, meaning we know, was succeeded by
agnosticism, meaning we don't know (we are ignorant!). This
ignorance is glorified as knowledge. Professing themselves to be
wise, have not the educated become fools? Compare this with Romans
1:22 in the Bible.
Modern education trains students to earn a living in the
professions, occupations and vocations -- but fails to teach them
how to live! It commits the crime of developing the machine, but it
fails to develop the man.
In modern education we find perpetuation of false values, the
teaching of distorted history, warped psychology, perverted arts
and sciences, worthless knowledge.
Recently a leading expert on educational philosophy, Dr.
Donald M. Dozer (professor emeritus of history at the university of
California at Santa Barbara), in an article entitled "Educational
Humbuggery," wrote this about contemporary university education:
"Ours is an age dominated by half-truths, and for this
situation many causes can be found, not the least of which are
attributable to the processes of higher education.
"American universities," he added, "have succumbed to the cult
of faddism, sensationalism, and even vulgarism. New courses in
scatology, whether masquerading as sociology, anthropology, or
literature, have been given classroom platforms and
respectability .... As students have become increasingly involved in
curricular planning they have encouraged the idea that courses rich
in content inhibit their creative impulses and represent an
imposition upon them. This has led to the multiplication of
colleges of creative studies, which might better be called colleges
of undisciplined studies where lectures are eschewed as 'bourgeois'
and students educate themselves in 'rap' sessions" (The University
Bookman, winter, 1978).
A tree is known by its fruits. A mixed-up, unhappy and fearful
world in chaos, divided against itself, filled with heartaches,
frustrations, broken homes, juvenile delinquency, crime, insanity,
racial hatreds, riots and violence, wars and death; devoid of
honesty, truth and justice; now facing extinction by man-inflicted
cosmocide -- that is the fruit of modern education.
This materialistic knowledge God calls foolishness -- "For the
wisdom of this world is foolishness with God ..." (I Cor. 3:19).
So what's the cause of this educated foolishness? This day of
man -- from creation of the human race to Christ's coming back to
rule -- has been a period of 6,000 years during which God sentenced
the human world -- except for those specially called of God -- to
being cut off from God and His revealed knowledge. Human knowledge
without the Holy Spirit of God has been confined to the physical
and material.
The first man, Adam, having the opportunity to make a choice
between being thus limited in knowledge, or yielding to God's
Government (and hence receiving God's Holy Spirit), chose the
former. Actually, the natural human mind, with only the human
spirit (discussed under explanation of human nature later), is only
half complete. Man needs God's Spirit as well as the human spirit
given from birth.
Yes, today's educational intellectualism is ready to die. It
will be replaced by the right and true educational system of the
world tomorrow. This new-day system already has been introduced,
and, like the proverbial grain of mustard seed, already is
beginning to spread around the world -- teaching young men and women
the true values; the purpose of human life; the way to peace,
prosperity, happiness, abundant living. All this is made possible
only through the Holy Spirit, providing spiritual comprehension. In
the world tomorrow this true education will banish illiteracy, and
cover the earth as the ocean beds are covered with water!

Science and Technology

Today's world looks with awe at modern science as the messiah
trusted to deliver it from poverty, ignorance, disease and
unhappiness -- to solve all its problems.
Science and technology, teamed with commerce and industry,
promise the magic, push-button dream world of leisure, luxury and
license.
But modern science has failed utterly to reveal to the world
the purpose of human life or explain its true meaning. It remains
ignorant of the true values. It does not know the way to peace! It
has failed miserably to deliver the world from poverty, famine,
disease, fears and worries, unhappiness. It has not rid the world
of broken homes, crime, insanity, immorality.
A realistic look at the fruits of modern science leads only to
disillusionment. Science and technology confine their attention to
the realm of the material and the mechanical. Purpose and meaning
of human life? The true values? Finding the way to peace, happiness
and joy? We find these basics to human welfare are not their
concern! These essentials are outside their field.
Look again to their fruits. True enough, we find the
accelerating invention and production of intricate mechanical
devices, labor-saving mechanisms that inspire admiration, and
spectacular entertainment and amusement devices.
But, then, we also observe that people have not been taught to
put added hours, days, and weeks of leisure to beneficial uses. The
fruit here is increasing idleness, aversion to work, covetousness,
desire for more and more -- and dissatisfaction with it when it is
acquired! These turn out, in practical application, to be false
values, which only increase unhappiness.
Also we find an increasing segment of adolescents, who, with
money to spend and nothing but idleness on their hands, become
frustrated, staring a hopeless future in the face, turning to
immorality, drugs, violence, and -- too often -- suicide!
And, after all, the principal contribution of modern science
and technology has been the production of constantly more
terrifying weapons of mass destruction. Push-button world? Yes,
today either of two men could push a button, and destroy two whole
continents, probably culminating in the total extinction of
mankind.
Modern science stands exposed as a false messiah -- the
Frankenstein monster threatening to destroy the mankind that
created it.

Commerce and Industry

Turning to the realms of commerce and industry, surely, here,
we find a spectacle of development that excites our enraptured
admiration. Here we find an astonishing condition that would cause
people who lived a century ago -- could they suddenly come back to
life -- to gasp in amazed wonderment.
The telephone, radio, television, the motion picture in full
color, the motor car, hundred-mile-an-hour railroad trains, mammoth
oil-tankers, jet planes, spacecraft hurtling astronauts around the
earth in outer space in 90 minutes, and that send men to the moon
and back, unmanned spacecraft that take close-up photographs of the
surfaces of Mars and Jupiter, the gadgets and modern electrical
devices, the incredible modern computers -- just to name a few.
Commerce and industry each is a world within a world -- a fast-
moving, pulsating world of high-geared activity. Surely all these
magic productions cannot be bad? No -- but most of them are being
made to serve bad purposes, as well as good.
And, if we look further, we find these vibrant, high-pressure
fields of activity based on competition and greed, appealing too
often, in marketing their products, to vanity and wrong desires,
utilizing dishonesty, misrepresentation, deception, unfair dealing.
The motivating incentive is to give less, while charging more!
"Is honesty the best policy?" A magazine survey some years
back put this question to 103 business executives -- all high in
their fields. An overwhelming majority doubted whether a strictly
honest policy would enable a man to rise to the top in the business
world. Only two answered "Yes," and one of these said he knew he
was being naive.
Said one: "People who don't get dirty don't make it."
"In thirty years," said another, "I've known of only three men
who've reached executive positions cleanly, and I admit I'm not one
of them."
"The higher the executive is in the management ladder," said
a third, "the more likely he is to do some dirty work."
An appraisal of the field of modern business reveals selfish
motivation, disregard for public good, sharp practices, dishonesty,
dog-eat-dog competition! We emphatically do not find here the true
values and the outgoing concern for others that would give
happiness to the world.

The Field of Government

The politicians in the field of government are said to be in
public service. They profess to be "public servants." They are
installed in offices of authority and power. They execute the laws
that regulate and govern the people. Theirs is the power to
regulate society, guide it, and make it what it is. They are the
leaders of the people.
When we turn the searchlight on government in today's modern
world, we meet, once again, with sad and discouraging
disillusionment. Today, as in ancient times, too many of those who
seek offices of power over the people of cities, states, districts,
or nations, promise great benefits, pose as public benefactors,
while their inner motives are ambitions for personal power and
wealth.
The modern world has produced three more-or-less new forms of
government. Each promises peace, happiness, and prosperity for its
people. They are: 1) French and United States republics; 2)
Swedish- and British- type limited monarchy; 3) atheistic
communism.
All three are based on a system of industry, and on diffusion
of education, and all three are predicated on the theory that every
individual has the right to share in the benefits of science,
industry, and the modern life.
But actually too often what we find is selfish, greedy men of
excessive vanity, ambitious in their lust for rule, scheming to get
their hands on the throttle of power for personal aggrandizement
and monetary gain. We find secret deals, graft, immorality,
deception, dishonesty, running rampant in high places.
Governments promise peace -- but bring wars. They promise
benefits for the people, and then extract from the people the cost
of the benefits plus excessive costs of government. Government
promises are empty. The people are the pawns who fork over the
money, in order to get a part of it back. We fail to find in human
government any knowledge of life's purpose, or dissemination of the
true values.

The Social Order

What about civilization? Let someone suggest a possible
stupendous worldwide calamity that might destroy civilization.
People would exclaim, horrified, "What? Destroy civilization?"
as if that would mean the destruction and ending of everything
worthwhile -- everything people have to live for.
People think of civilization as the sum-total of everything
good that mankind has struggled from the dawn of history to
establish. People think of civilization as the far-advanced,
intelligent, well-ordered human society that is good to the point
of perfection. The acme of human progress! Perhaps you have
accepted this popular assumption.
But is this world's civilization really good?
If the facets of human life and organization so far examined
have brought disillusionment, surely, we would think, the social
order ought to be good -- evidencing great human progress -- a proud
monument to human advancement. So now we look behind the scenes.
Now we turn the searchlight of truth on the social order of
civilization.
We look first at the most populous nations, where far more
than half the world's population lives -- China, the countries of
Southeast Asia and Indonesia, India, the Arab countries of the
Middle East, and most of Africa -- as well as much of South America.
And what do we see here? Illiteracy, ignorance, retrogression,
famine, disease; people living in unbelievable poverty, filth,
squalor, stench beyond description. Victims of famine and
widespread epidemics of disease -- in many places half of all babies
die during their first year of life. Wretched beings, ill-housed,
ill-fed, ill-clothed.

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PHOTO CAPTION: ISN'T IT TIME we ask: If there be a God, why does He
allow wars? If God is all powerful, He could prevent wars. So why
doesn't He?
The answer is certainly God could stop it -- and in very few
years will! But, why in the future? Why did He ever allow it?
Because a purpose is being worked out here below! Man was put
on earth to develop righteous character! It is absolutely necessary
that man be given both the prerogative and the ability to make his
own choice, and exercise his own will! Otherwise -- no character!
When we turn the searchlight on government, we meet once
again, with sad and discouraging disillusionment. The U.N. General
Assembly, above, is powerless to curb the nuclear threat facing all
mankind.
In the Middle East smoke fills skies from direct hits on oil
refinery, while soldier stands in awe before the ugly scene. Nation
rises against nation and people against people, as Jesus forewarned
in His Mount of Olives prophecy.
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Is that part -- the biggest part -- of this world's humanity an
example of progress, and a culture worth preserving?
But now focus the floodlight of truth on the affluent "have"
nations. Do we find the social order of the Western world based on
understanding of life's purpose and true meaning, pursuing the true
values that produce universal happiness?
Regretfully, quite the contrary. In purely social functions
and contacts -- especially among the elite of high society -- we find
an unhappy competition in snobbery and vanity, with class
distinctions, racial discrimination, religious bigotry, selfish
motives.
Look at amusements and recreations. The prevailing format in
motion pictures and television is illicit sex, violence, and
murder. Young twelve- to fifteen-year-olds hear the beat and see
the wiggle, and give themselves over in a virtually possessed
frenzy to rock music. Children start going steady about age twelve
or thirteen, and a theologian-labeled new morality becomes
"understanding" about premarital sex, adultery and perversion.
Juveniles stare in the face a hopeless future, descend into
delinquency, and in rebellion against society, organize into gangs.
One in ten today is mentally sick. Crime and violence are on
the upsurge. Divorce stalks the Western world (one for every three
marriages), leaving broken homes and frustrations in its wake. Even
those who "mount the ladder of success" -- the millionaires --
relentlessly seek more millions; and are never satisfied with what
they acquire when they have it.
This world's civilization is mentally, morally and spiritually
sick! It supplies no purpose for life, knows nothing of the true
values, has no concept of the right meaning of the word "success."
This world's civilization has been making progress in reverse.
It has become decadent, putrid, rotten, filthy, and is now bringing
about its own destruction!
But the future is not hopeless. This present evil world is to
be replaced -- in our time -- by the happy, joyous, peaceful world
tomorrow.

What Has Religion Contributed?

Well, surely we should expect to find, at long last, in
religion the knowledge of life's purpose, the true values, and the
right ways that should make this world a better world -- a happy
world -- a peaceful world.
Here, at last, we must surely find a stabilizing and uplifting
influence for society.
Yet, shocking though it be -- incredible though it is -- if we
put the searchlight on the facts, and view them realistically with
an open mind, we find here the most sickening disillusionment of
all.
Reluctant though we are to recognize it, we find the
established religious organizations which profess the name of Jesus
Christ teaching the diametric opposite of His teachings --
condemning the customs He practiced -- following, instead, the pagan
customs He condemned!
The churches of the Western world are divided and in
confusion. They have not converted, saved, and reformed the whole
world as they profess to have been commissioned to do. If that be
their mission, they have failed miserably.
Methodist Bishop Hazen G. Werner once said: "We have been
dried out by the hot winds of secularism. We who are to overcome
the world have been overcome by the world."
"The Church," said Harvard Divinity School's Dean Miller,
"simply does not have a cutting edge [it has thrown away the 'two-
edged sword' -- the Bible]. It has taken the culture of our time and
absorbed it."
To this, Yale's Chaplain Coffin agrees, "We church men are
gifted at changing wine into water -- watering down religion."
This world's so-called Christianity has taken the name of
Christ -- has proclaimed to the world that Jesus of Nazareth was the
Christ -- has preached the name of Christ with a Message about His
Person -- but they have rejected His Gospel -- the Gospel God sent
for all mankind by Him -- the Gospel He taught.
Look at the other religions of the world -- Buddhism,
Shintoism, Taoism, Confucianism, Moslemism, Hinduism, and the
others. In most countries where these religions are embraced, we
find illiteracy, poverty, degeneration, misery, suffering, despair
-- general unhappiness. None of them has produced a happy world.
They have spawned communal wars, hatreds, and violence.

Where, Now!

So we have appraised the major facets of modern civilization --
this world's education, its science and technology, its commerce
and industry, its systems of government, its social order, and its
religions -- the civilization man has developed, swayed by Satan.
And we have found them all wrong -- all evil -- all decadent. They
are ready to die. The 6,000 years of man is ending. But the Eternal
God will soon usher in the utopian world of peace and happiness!
And where have these major branches of civilization brought
us? Just what is the status of 20th century "progress"? What is the
actual state of the world today?
Just this.
When we take a hard, cold, realistic view of conditions and
trends, they do point inevitably to a fast-approaching world crisis
of combined nuclear war, starvation, uncontrollable disease
epidemics, crime and violence, and the extinction of human life on
this planet.
Man has no solution!
The farther he goes, the more destructive are his efforts.
And yet -- absolute utopia is soon to grip this earth in our
time, and we shall see world peace. We shall see sickness banished;
vigorous health restored; ignorance replaced with universal right
education; poverty replaced with universal prosperity; weeping and
wailing turned into happiness and joy!
Incredible?
Why should it be?
Why? -- yes, why should we have a world where more than half of
the world's people are living in abject ignorance and poverty,
wracked with disease and pain, living in filth and squalor and
wretchedness? Why, even in our prosperous Western nations, should
our lands be filled with sickness and pain; plagued by crime,
violence, riots; broken and unhappy homes, juvenile delinquents of
delinquent parents, frustrations with no hope for the future?
Why?
Does it make sense? Do we not realize that there is a cause
for every effect? Why are people blind to the cause of all this
degeneration?

The Two Alternatives

Let's face it. Right now there are two alternatives. Either
there does exist a living God of Supreme mind and total power, who
very soon will step in and intervene in the affairs of this world,
and save humanity from itself, or else the threatened extinction
pictured above must inevitably soon occur.
There is no other alternative.
One may blind his eyes to existing facts, and trends, and say,
"Now, come on! I can't see that this world is any worse than it
ever was -- nothing's going to happen. If we just ignore the
conditions and don't worry, perhaps they'll just go away." But
these conditions and trends won't just go away. Not unless they are
caused to go away!
The Scriptures of the Holy Bible, the inspired revelation of
that Supreme God to mankind, have foretold today's world conditions
and trends -- and give us the advance news of coming peace on earth
-- of universal prosperity -- of happiness and joy -- of veritable
utopia!
This is the good news of the world tomorrow.
And it is absolutely sure. It is sure, because it does not
depend on men, or anything men might do. God is going to do it, in
spite of rebellious man. Man would fail. Man always did fail. God
never fails!

CHAPTER 3

The Cause of All World Troubles

YOU LOOK AT TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS, and what do you see? War news.
Crime is on the increase. Murder is commonplace. Terrible
accidents. Riots break out in many nations, with many killed, etc.
Now let's take a look into the newspaper headlines of the near
future, of the new world tomorrow that is going to come in our
time.
And remember, it won't become utopia all at once. (That will
be explained later.)

Take a Glimpse into Tomorrow

When the Supreme Ruler, Jesus Christ, comes again to earth
already crowned as King of kings, in all the vast power and glory
of Almighty God, the Gentile nations actually will resist Him at
first. But He is coming to rule by divine force! What a travesty
that the nations will have to be forced to be happy, prosperous,
physically fit and well, living abundantly and joyfully.
But these might be the headlines you will read in the
newspaper of the future:
"Crime Rate Drops to Zero."
"No Wars During This Year. Former Soldiers Being Rapidly
Assimilated into Food Production and New Industries."
"Disease Epidemics Disappear. Millions Have Been
Supernaturally Healed of Sickness and Disease. All Vaccines and
'Shots' Banned. Causes of Cancer, Heart Attacks, Other Fatal
Diseases Revealed. Authorities Predict All Such Diseases to
Disappear, by Avoiding Causes, Within Coming Year."
"Thousands of Hospital Properties Up for Sale. Sensational
Decline in Sickness and Disease Releases Increasing Hundreds of
Thousands of Doctors, Nurses, Attendants and Staff Personnel for
Happier and More Useful Occupations. Knowledge of Causes Reduces
Sickness and Disease. Thousands of Afflicted Now Being Divinely
Healed."
"Rapid Increase in Food Production. All Records Broken for
Increased Food Production. Agricultural Authorities Reveal
Abolition of Artificial and Synthetic Fertilizers, and Return to
Nature's Laws of Soil Enrichment Resulting Not Only in Bumper
Crops, but Vastly Improved Quality and Flavor."
Well, how are those, for a starter?
We repeat, there's a cause for every effect.
If crime is to be greatly reduced, then wiped out, there will
be a reason. People may have many guesses, opinions, theories about
what causes crime, but the answer is -- human nature.
What is the cause of wars? The answer is -- human nature. Why
do people steal, murder, commit adultery or fornication, covet what
is not theirs? Human nature.
We shall never have utopia on earth until human nature is
changed. But, you say -- "Man can't change human nature." Oh, but
God can! And that's precisely what the living Christ is going to
do, when He returns to rule all the nations of the earth.

But What Is Human Nature?

We think customarily, don't we, that human nature is something
with which humans are born.
But wait a moment. Stop and think. If there be a Creator God,
did He design and create within humanity this thing we call human
nature? Or, if one accepts the theory of evolution, did man inherit
it from a lower species of vertebrates from which he is supposed to
have evolved? There are both tame and wild animals. But take, for
example, a cow, a dog, or an ape. They have instincts not
hereditary in man. But human nature? Just what is human nature?
I define it as vanity, lust and greed toward self -- and as
jealousy, envy, hostility and resentment of authority against
others. The Bible defines it thus: "The heart is deceitful above
all things, and desperately wicked" (Jer. 17:9) -- and: "The carnal
[natural] mind is enmity [hostile] against God; for it is not
subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Rom. 8:7).
You cannot ascribe that attitude or nature to the dumb
animals. Does it make sense to suppose a God of love, mercy and
great outgoing concern for His human family, deliberately created
us to be naturally hostile toward our Maker -- not subject to His
law, deceitful and desperately wicked?

Satan Not Created with It

Look at the biblical account of human creation. Before Satan
got to Adam, God brought to Adam "every beast of the field, and
every fowl of the air" (Gen. 2:19), asking Adam to give them names.
Did Adam rebel? Did he say, "Go do it yourself?" Did Adam refuse to
obey God's command? The answer: "And Adam gave names to all cattle,
and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field ..."
(verse 20). Adam at once did as God instructed.
But from Genesis 3, all through the Bible to Revelation 20,
much is said repeatedly about Satan. Isaiah 14 identifies him as
the former archangel Lucifer. And Ezekiel 28 affirms that he was a
created super being, perfect in all his ways until by his own free
choice, iniquity was found in him.
The former Lucifer turned to rebellion against God, to deceit,
hostility, becoming cunning, subtile and desperately wicked. He
came to be filled with vanity, lust and greed. He turned from God's
way of love -- which is outflowing concern and desire to help and
share, the way of giving -- to the way of getting.

Only Two Basic Philosophies

There are only two ways, or attitudes, of life, broadly
speaking: give, the way of love; and get, the way of vanity,
selfishness, hostility, resentment.
The first man Adam, after Satan got to him through his wife,
had turned to the way of get.
But we did not inherit that get way of life at birth from
Adam. Adam was not created with it -- he acquired it from Satan. And
acquired characteristics are not passed on by heredity. Those who
are called by God, and come to real repentance and belief in
Christ, become partakers of -- or acquire -- the Divine Nature (II
Pet. 1:4). But the children of one who has acquired it will not
receive by heredity that divine nature.
Adam and Eve, by making the wrong decision, acquired the get
attitude from Satan. All their children -- the entire human family,
with the single exception of Jesus Christ -- have acquired it, after
birth, from Satan.
How, you may ask, can that be?
Satan was still around when Jesus was born. Satan tried to
have the Christ-child killed. He tempted Christ -- unsuccessfully.
Satan was still around when the Apostle Paul wrote his
inspired second letter to the Church at Corinth. "... I fear," he
wrote, "lest by any means as the serpent beguiled Eve through his
subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted ..." (II Cor. 11:3).
Those in the Corinthian Church were not born with this
corruption of mind -- they were in danger of acquiring it.

Satan Broadcasts!

It is explained in Ephesians 2:2: "Wherein in time past ye
walked ... according to the prince of the power of the air, the
spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." Satan is
a spirit being -- and a very super one. He is prince of the "power
of the air." He "broadcasts." Through the air! How does he, then,
work in humans?
When God wanted to put it into the mind of King Cyrus of
Persia to issue a proclamation to send a contingent of Jews back to
Jerusalem to build the second temple, He "stirred up the spirit of
Cyrus king of Persia" to do this (Ezra 1:1).
Every human has, from birth, not "human nature" but a spirit
(in the form of essence -- not a "soul" or ghost), which imparts the
power of intellect to the human brain. This human spirit cannot
see. The physical brain sees through the eyes. Knowledge enters the
brain through the senses of hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling.
But the brain cannot see, hear, smell, taste or feel spirit. It is
confined to physical, material knowledge.
Yet what knowledge enters the physical brain through these
five senses is automatically "programmed" as in a computer --
recorded in memory into this human spirit. This spirit in man,
therefore, acts as a computer. It gives instant recall of knowledge
stored in it to the brain. The brain utilizes this instant recall
in the process of thinking, reasoning, decision-making.
The human spirit does not think -- it empowers the physical
brain to think. This human spirit does not supply human life. The
human life is supplied by the physical breath of air, and by
physical blood.
Yet, just as the spirit of ancient King Cyrus was utilized by
God as a medium through which to transmit the thought into Cyrus's
mind to issue the decree, so Satan transmits through the air --
broadcasts -- attitudes, impulses, desires of vanity, lust and
greed, jealousy and envy, competition, rebellion against authority.

You Are on Satan's Wavelength

The spirit in each human is automatically tuned in on Satan's
wavelength. Even after one is converted. So was Jesus' human spirit
open to Satan's wavelength -- but Jesus also, through the Holy
Spirit, was in tune with God. Jesus therefore instantly rejected
every temptation to vanity, selfishness, hostility toward God. So
may, and should, the converted Christian.
Satan has no power of duress. He cannot force any human mind
to submit to the attitude he broadcasts and attempts to instill.
Every human is a free moral agent, responsible for his own
attitudes, decisions and actions. Satan does not broadcast in
words -- merely in attitudes. If the human mind is willing, it will
accept and yield to Satan's attitudes -- attitudes we have
mistakenly called "human nature"!
The human mind is not born with Satan's hostile, self-centered
attitudes. Neither is a human born with the Divine Nature which the
thoroughly converted Christian may acquire. Yet as soon as an
infant or little child begins to exercise his brain in the thinking
process, Satan's broadcasts of the self-centered attitude begin
reaching his brain through his human spirit. Jesus, and He only,
had the Holy Spirit in full measure from human birth. Yet even He
was tempted in all points as are we all -- yet without ever yielding
(Heb. 4:15).
Since the normal child mind begins receiving these impulses to
accept Satan's attitudes very early in childhood, unless
counteracted by parental teaching and influence he will
automatically begin accepting these carnal attitudes. They became
habitual -- by habit they are acquired as a nature. But, just as the
converted human may acquire -- become partaker of -- the divine
nature (II Pet. 1:4), so off-guard humans acquire and exhibit what
we call "human nature"!

How God Will Change Human Nature

I have said that we shall never have real utopia on earth
until human nature is changed, and that human nature is the villain
cause of all this world's evils. And I also said that although man
can't change his human nature, God can -- and will. That is
precisely what the glorified world-ruling Christ is going to do
when He returns to earth in Divine power and glory.
Now we can begin to understand.
First, consider how the living Christ, as our High Priest,
changes this human nature in those whom God calls to salvation in
this present day of man.
Each individual is a free moral agent, and God won't change
that prerogative! Each must be brought, of his own free will, to
repentance and to faith in Jesus Christ. Those are the conditions.
Those do not change human nature. They are the conditions God
requires of us. But when we, of our own free choice, do yield to
those two conditions, then God starts the changing process.
God doesn't abolish human nature -- not as long as we are in
the human flesh. But He does, upon real repentance and faith, give
the precious gift of His Holy Spirit, which enters into the mind of
the individual. And this is the Divine Nature. It is not human
nature -- it is God's Nature. Yet it does not drive out or eliminate
human nature. Satan is still broadcasting -- if you will listen.
But if one has really repented, and fully believes, he will
want to be willingly led by God's Spirit. And it is "as many as are
led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God" (Romans 8:14).
If one makes the decision to be led by this new Divine Nature,
God's Spirit in him is also the power of God and the faith of
Christ that will enable him to resist his human nature, and follow
the Divine Nature. As the converted individual resists the pulls of
human nature, and is led by God's Holy Spirit into obedience to
God's ways, he grows in spiritual character, until at the time of
the Resurrection, his human nature will be gone -- only the Divine
Nature will remain.

How Utopia Will Come!

But now let's be specific.
Let's see just how tomorrow's utopia is to be ushered in.
Remember, this wonderful world-state will not be achieved all at
once.
Every major step of these soon-coming events is laid bare
before our eyes in biblical prophecy.
The same Jesus Christ Who walked over the hills and valleys of
the Holy Land and the streets of Jerusalem more than 1,900 years
ago is coming again. He said He would come again. After He was
crucified, God raised Him from the dead after three days and three
nights (Matthew 12:40; Acts 2:32; I Corinthians 15:3-4). He
ascended to the Throne of God, Headquarters of the Government of
the Universe (Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; 10:12; Revelation
3:21).
He is the "nobleman" of the parable, who went to the Throne of
God -- the "far country" -- to be coronated as King of kings over all
nations, and then to return to earth (Luke 19:12-27).
Again, He is in heaven until the "times of restitution of all
things" (Acts 3:19-21). Restitution means restoring to a former
state or condition. In this case, the restoring of God's Government
on earth, and thus, the restoring of world peace, and utopian
conditions.
Present world turmoil, escalating wars and contentions will
climax in world trouble so great that, unless God intervenes, no
human flesh would be saved alive (Matthew 24:22). At its very
climax when delay would result in blasting all life from off this
planet, Jesus Christ will return. This time He is coming as Divine
God. He is coming in all the power and glory of the Universe-Ruling
Creator. (Matthew 24:30; 25:31.) He is coming as "King of kings and
Lord of lords" (Revelation 19:16), to establish world super-
government and rule all nations "with a rod of iron" (Revelation
19:15; 12:5).
Think of it. The glorified Christ -- coming in all the
splendor, the supernatural power and the glory of God Almighty --
coming to save mankind alive -- coming to stop escalating wars,
nuclear mass destruction, human pain and suffering -- coming to
usher in peace, abundant well-being, happiness and joy for all
mankind. But will He be welcomed by the nations?
World famous scientists now say frankly that the only hope for
survival on earth is a supreme world-ruling government, controlling
all military power. They admit that is impossible for man to
accomplish. Christ is coming to give us just that.
But will He be welcome?
A leading American news-weekly gave the following surprising
appraisal of man's only hope: The once optimistic hope of
Americans, the article said, for a well ordered and stable world,
is fading. Expenditures close to a trillion dollars have failed to
provide stability. Rather conditions have worsened. This appraisal
indicated that among officials, the prevailing view is gaining
acceptance that tensions and world problems are becoming too deep-
seated to be solved "except by a strong hand from someplace."
"A strong hand from someplace." God Almighty is going to send
a very strong Hand from "someplace" to save humanity!

Christ Unwelcome?

But will humanity shout with joy, and welcome Him in frenzied
ecstasy and enthusiasm?
They will not! They will believe, because the false ministers
of Satan (II Corinthians 11:13-15) have deceived them, that He is
the Anti-Christ. The nations will be angry at His coming
(Revelation 11:15 with 11:18), and the military forces will
actually attempt to fight Him to destroy Him (Revelation 17:14)!
The nations will be engaged in the climactic battle of the
coming World War III, with the battlefront at Jerusalem (Zechariah
14:1-2) and then Christ will return. In supernatural power He will
"fight against those nations" that fight against Him (verse 3). He
will totally defeat them (Revelation 17:14)! "In that day His feet
shall stand upon the Mount of Olives," a very short distance to the
east of Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:4).

How Nations Will Submit

When the glorified all-Powerful Christ first comes again to
earth, the nations will be angry. The military forces gathered at
Jerusalem will try to fight Him! I said "try." But far more
powerful armies follow Christ from heaven -- all the holy angels
(Revelation 19:14, identified in Matthew 25:31).
Want to see a description of that battle -- and what will
happen to those hostile human armies?
In Revelation 17, the armies of the now-rising United States
of Europe -- the resurrected Roman Empire -- are referred to in verse
14: "These shall make war with the Lamb [Christ], and the Lamb
shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of
kings ...."
But how will He overcome them? We find that in the 14th
chapter of Zechariah:
"And this shall be the plague wherewith the [Eternal] will
smite all the people [armies] that have fought against Jerusalem;
Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,
and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue
shall consume away in their mouth" (Zechariah 14:12).
Perhaps it is even plainer in the Revised Standard Version:
"And this shall be the plague with which the [Eternal] will smite
all the people that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh shall
rot while they are still on their feet, their eyes shall rot in
their sockets, and their tongues shall rot in their mouths."
This rotting of their flesh off their bones will happen almost
instantaneously -- while they are still on their feet.
What a divine retribution against armies that will fight
against Christ. What a demonstration of the Divine Power with which
the glorified Christ will rule all nations. Rebellion against God's
Law and God's rule must, and speedily will be put down.
Can you realize that every unhappiness, every evil that has
come to humanity, has been the result of transgressing God's Law?
If no one ever had any other god before the true God; if all
children were reared to honor, respect, and obey their parents, and
all parents reared their children in God's ways; if no one ever
allowed the spirit of murder to enter his heart, if there were no
wars, no killing of humans by humans; if all marriages were kept
happy and there were no transgressions of chastity before or after
marriage; if all had so much concern for the good and welfare of
others that no one would steal -- and we could throw away all locks,
keys, and safes; if everyone told the truth -- everyone's word were
good -- everyone were honest; if no one ever coveted what was not
rightfully his, but had so much outgoing concern for the welfare of
others that he really believed it is more blessed to give than to
receive -- what a happy world we would have!
In such a world, with all loving and worshipping God with all
their minds, hearts, and strength -- with all having concern for the
welfare of all others equal to concern for self -- there would be no
divorce -- no broken homes or families, no juvenile delinquency, no
crime, no jails or prisons, no police except for peaceful direction
and supervision as a public service for all, no wars, no military
establishments.
But, further, God has set in motion physical laws that operate
in our bodies and minds, as well as the spiritual Law. There would
be no sickness, ill health, pain or suffering. There would be, on
the contrary, vigorous, vibrant good health, filled with dynamic
interest in life, enthusiastic interest in constructive activities
bringing happiness and joy. There would be cleanliness, vigorous
activity, real progress, no slums, no degenerate backward races or
areas of earth.

Resurrected Saints

As the resurrected Christ ascended to heaven in clouds, so He
shall return to earth in clouds (Acts 1:9-11; Matthew 24:30). Just
as He is returning (I Thessalonians 4:14-17), the dead in Christ --
those who have received and been led by God's Holy Spirit (Romans
8:11, 14), will rise in a gigantic resurrection, made immortal --
including all the prophets of old (Luke 13:28). Those who have the
Spirit of God, then living, shall be instantaneously changed from
mortal to immortal (I Corinthians 15:50-54) and, together with
those resurrected, shall rise to meet the descending glorified
Christ (I Thessalonians 4:17) in the clouds in the air. They shall
be with Him, where He is, forever (John 14:3). They shall -- with
Him -- come down out of the clouds, and stand With Him, therefore,
that very same day, on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4-5).
These changed, converted saints, now made immortal, will then
rule the nations -- nations of mortals -- under Christ (Daniel 7:22;
Revelation 2:26-27; 3:21).

Satan Removed at Last!

This most glorious event in all earth's history -- the
supernatural majestic descent to earth, in the clouds, of the
glorified all-powerful Christ -- will at long last put an end to the
subtile, deceitful, invisible rule of Satan.
The coming of Christ in supreme glory as King of kings and
Lord of lords is recorded in Revelation 19.
But in Revelation 20:1-3, the advance news is recorded: "And
I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the
bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on
that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a
thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him
up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no
more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that,
he must be loosed a little season.
The day of man, swayed, deceived, misled by Satan for 6,000
years, will be over.
No longer will Satan be able to broadcast through the air into
the spirit in man. No longer shall he be able to inject into
unsuspecting humans his satanic nature -- which we have been misled
into calling "human nature."

Human Nature Not to Disappear at Once

But that does not mean that the acquired satanic attitude will
disappear from human minds immediately. The multiplied millions
shall have acquired it. And even though Satan will then be
restrained from continuing to broadcast it, what has been acquired
as habit will not be automatically removed.
Yet God has made us humans free moral agents. He has given us
control over our own minds, except as we may be blinded by Satan's
pull of evil by deception.
But no longer will earth's mortal humans be deceived! Now the
all-Powerful Christ, and the immortal saints ruling under Him, will
begin removing the scales that have blinded human minds.
That is why I say complete utopia cannot be ushered in all at
once. Multiple millions will still hold to the attitude of
rebellion -- of vanity, lust and greed. But with Christ's coming
shall begin the process of re-education -- of opening deceived
minds -- of undeceiving minds, and bringing them to a voluntary
repentance.
From the time of Christ's supernatural take over, and Satan's
banishment, God's Law and the word of the Eternal shall go forth
from Zion, spreading over the whole earth (Isa. 2:3).
The 6,000-year sentence God placed on Adam's world, of being
cut off from God, will be ended. Christ will begin calling all
mortals on earth to repentance and spiritual salvation! God's Holy
Spirit shall flow out from Jerusalem (Zech. 14:8).
What glory! A new day shall have dawned. Peace shall soon
come. Men shall turn from the way of "get" to the way of "give" --
God's way of love. A NEW CIVILIZATION shall now grip the earth!

CHAPTER 4

The New World Government

NOW NOTICE JUST HOW THE NEW World Government will function! It
will not be so-called Democracy. It will not be Socialism. It will
not be Communism or Fascism. It will not be human monarchy,
oligarchy, or plutocracy.
It will not be man's government over man. Man has proven his
utter incapability of ruling himself. It will be Divine Government-
-- the Government of God. It will not be government from the bottom
up. The people will have no votes. It will not be government of or
by the people -- but it will be government for the people. It will
be government from the top (God Almighty) down.
There will be no election campaigns. No campaign fund-raising
dinners. No dirty political campaigns, where each candidate
attempts to put himself forward in the most favorable light,
defaming, denouncing, discrediting his opponents. No time will be
wasted in mudslinging campaigns in the lust for power.
No human will be given any government office. All in
government service will then be Divine Spirit beings, in the
Kingdom of God -- the God Family.
All officials will be appointed -- and by the Divine Christ,
who reads and knows men's hearts, their inner character, and
abilities or lack of ability. You'll find a description of Christ's
supernatural insight into the very character of others in Isaiah
11:2-5.
Notice it: "And the spirit of the [Eternal] shall rest upon
him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel
and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the
[Eternal]; and shall make him of quick understanding ... and he shall
not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the
hearing of his ears [hearsay]: but with righteousness shall He
judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the
earth ..." (Isaiah 11:2-4).
Remember, God is the Supreme One who is love -- who gives -- who
rules with outgoing concern for the ruled. He will rule for the
highest good of the people. The most able, the most righteous,
those best fitted for office will be placed in all offices of
responsibility and power.
There will then be two kinds of beings on earth -- humans,
being ruled by those made divine.
Some resurrected saints will rule over ten cities, some over
five (Luke 19:17-19).
Think of it -- no money wasted on political campaigns. No
splits in political parties with quarreling and hatreds. No
political parties!

What Is the New Covenant?

In short, under the new Covenant which Christ is coming to
usher in, what we shall see on earth is happiness, peace,
abundance, and justice for all. Did you ever read just what this
New Covenant will consist of? Did you suppose it will do away with
God's Law? Exactly the opposite. "For this is the covenant [that
Christ is coming to establish, you'll read in Hebrews 8:10]; I will
put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts ...."
When God's Laws are in our hearts -- when we love God's ways,
and in our hearts want to live by them, human nature will be put
under subjection -- people will want to live the Way that is the
cause of peace, happiness, abundance, joyful well-being!
But remember, the humans remaining on the earth after Christ's
return -- ruled then by Christ and those resurrected or changed to
immortality -- will themselves still have human nature. They will be
still unconverted.
But Christ and the governing Kingdom of God, then set up as
the Governing Family, will bring about the coming utopia by two
basic courses of action.

Two Courses of Action

1) All crime, and organized rebellion will be put down by
force -- Divine supernatural force.
2) Christ will then set His hand to reeducate and to save or
spiritually convert the world.
Notice, first, how the social and religious customs will be
changed by Divine force.
Originally God gave seven annual Festivals and Holy Days He
commanded to be observed. They contained great and important
meaning. They pictured God's Master Plan for working out His
purpose for humanity. They were established forever. Jesus observed
them, setting us an example. The apostles observed them (Acts
18:21, 20:6, 16; I Cor. 5:8, 16:8). The Church -- including Gentile
converts -- kept them.
They were God's way -- God's customs for His people. But people
rejected God's ways and customs, and turned, instead, to the ways
and customs of the pagan religions. People did what seemed right to
themselves. These same wrong ways seem right to most people today!
We realize they seem right -- not wrong -- to most who will be
reading these words.
But can we realize that "there is a way which seemeth right
unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death?" (Proverbs
14:12). And if you turn to Proverbs 16:25 you will see the same
thing repeated: "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but
the end thereof are the ways of death."
God said through Moses: "Ye shall not do after all the things
that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own
eyes" (Deuteronomy 12:8). And again: "Take heed to thyself that
thou be not snared by following them [pagan religious
customs] ... and that thou enquire not after their gods saying, How
did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.
Thou shalt not do so unto the [Eternal] thy God: for every
abomination to the [Eternal], which he hateth, have they done unto
their gods ..." (Deuteronomy 12:30-31).
Today the professing Christian world rejects God's Holy Days;
holy to Him, but which a deceived "Christianity" hates. They
observe instead the pagan days -- Christmas, New Year's, Easter, and
others -- "which God hateth"! Many know and confess that these are
pagan -- but they argue, "We don't observe these in worshipping the
pagan gods, we use their customs in worshipping Christ and the true
God."
That is the way that "seemeth right" to people. They may not
mean any wrong. They are deceived. A deceived man doesn't know he
is wrong. He thinks he is right. He may be as sincere as those who
have found God's way and obey it. Yet God says He will not accept
that kind of observance or worship. It is an abomination to Him --
"which He hateth."
But it is those who have been deceived, whose eyes God will
open to His truth, when Christ returns to rule all nations of
mortals still left alive.

All Will Keep God's Festivals

People will no longer be blinded and deceived in regard to
God's commands and ways. Then He will enforce obedience to His
customs.
Go back to the 14th chapter of Zechariah:
"And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all
the nations which came against Jerusalem [that is, those who were
not in the armies supernaturally destroyed] shall even go up from
year to year to worship the King, the [Eternal] of hosts, and to
keep the feast of tabernacles" (verse 16).
This Feast of Tabernacles is one of the seven annual Festivals
God commanded His people to observe. But ancient Israel rebelled.
They rejected God's Festivals, and turned to pagan festivals. The
Jewish people, after Ezra and Nehemiah, observed them. But false
"Christian" ministers taught that God's Festivals were "part of the
old Mosaic system -- not for us today." The clergy deceived and
prejudiced the people. The people were deceived into believing that
Christmas, New Year's, Easter, etc., were days Christ ordained.
But now Christ is returning to earth to restore God's ways --
including God's Festivals. Those who rebelliously won't keep God's
Holy Days now -- who sneer at them in scathing contempt -- will
observe them when Christ returns. Notice what this scripture says:
"And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the
families of the earth [including Gentile nations] unto Jerusalem to
worship the King, the [Eternal] of hosts, even upon them shall be
no rain. And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that
have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the [Eternal]
will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of
tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the
punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of
tabernacles" (Zechariah 14:17-19).
These passages give us the method by which Christ will "rule
with a rod of iron" -- of how He will use supernatural force to
bring people of all nations to His right ways -- ways that are the
cause of real blessings.

The Perfect Government

Yes, Jesus Christ very soon is going to return to this earth.
He is coming in power and glory. He is coming to rule all nations!
But He is not going to do this ruling, supervising, all alone,
by Himself. He is coming to set up world government. It will be a
highly organized government. There will be many positions of
authority.
Right here, it is time we stop to explain the mechanics of
this perfect form of government.
First, it is the Government of God -- not human government. Man
won't acknowledge it yet, but man has demonstrated by 6,000 years
of inefficient, bungling, wasteful efforts of human government that
mortal man is utterly incapable of rightly governing himself.
As for man being qualified to rule and administer government,
God says of government officials today: "None calleth for justice,
nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity and speak lies;
they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity ....Their feet run
to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts
are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their
paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in
their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth
therein shall not know peace."

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PHOTO CAPTION: HUMAN LEADERS arise in the wake of failures of past
human governments to solve their people's problems. Man won't
acknowledge it yet, but mortals are incapable of rightly governing
themselves.
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Then the people, under this human mis-government, say:
"Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake
us: we wait for light [solution of civil, personal, national, and
world problems], but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk
in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as
if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in
desolate places as dead men" (Isaiah 59:4, 7-10).
Then, in this chapter foretelling our time, the final solution
is given: "And the Redeemer shall come to Zion ..." (verse 20). And,
continuing: "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of
the [Eternal] is risen upon thee" (Isaiah 60:1).
The only hope of justice -- of peace -- of truth -- of right
solutions to all this world's problems, is the coming in power and
glory of Christ to set up world government. Right government. The
Government of God!
In this, and many other passages, God shows in His Word to
mankind how utterly helpless man is to govern himself and his
fellows. Now 6,000 years of human experience has brought mankind to
the very brink of world suicide. The world's leading scientists and
statesmen say the only hope, now, is world government. I attended
the San Francisco Conference in 1945, where world leaders attempted
to form a world organization of nations. They called it "The United
Nations." There I heard chiefs of state ring out the warning that
this was the world's last chance.
But it has failed. The United Nations has no power over the
nations. It has no power to settle disputes, stop wars, or prevent
wars. The so-called United Nations are not united. This effort has
degenerated into a sounding board for communist propaganda. Man has
failed his last chance!
Now God must step in -- or we perish!
Sir Winston Churchill, before the United States Congress said,
"There is a purpose being worked out here below." God Almighty had
great purpose in creating the human family and placing us here on
this earth. And He has a perfect master plan for accomplishing that
Purpose.
That Master Plan involves a duration of 7,000 years. The seven
literal days of Creation were a type. They set the pattern. The
first six were days of physical creation. The seventh day of that
first week began the spiritual creation, still going on. On that
day God created His Sabbath, setting it apart as holy, for
spiritual use. On that day God instructed the first man and woman
in His spiritual truth. On that day He preached the Gospel to them,
explaining about and offering them, freely, His wonderful gift of
eternal life -- symbolized by the "tree of life" in the Garden. He
also explained that the wages of sin -- rebellion against His
Government -- was death.
With God, "one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand
years is as one day" (II Peter 3:8). So God allotted the first six
thousand years to physical man, to live his own way (deceived and
swayed by Satan), to prove by 6,000 years of suffering mountainous
evils, that only God's Way can bring desired blessings. That 6,000
years we may call "The Day of Man."
So, in other words, the first 6,000 years were allotted to
allow Satan to labor at his work of deceiving the world, followed
by 1,000 years (one millennial day) when Satan shall not be allowed
to do any of his "work" of deception. Put another way, God marked
out six millennial days to allow man to indulge in the spiritual
labor of sin, followed by a millennium of spiritual rest, under the
enforced Government of God.

Government Planned from Beginning

And now comes a wonderful truth.
Now we come to a revealed insight into the wonderful planning,
preparing, and organizing of the perfect Government of God.
There will be no incompetent and selfishly ambitious
politicians seeking to get their covetous hands on the throttle of
government power by the deceptive political methods of this world.
Today people are asked to vote into office men they know little
about -- men whose qualifications are largely misrepresented. In the
soon coming Government of God, every official placed in authority
shall have been tried and tested, trained, experienced and
qualified, by God's qualifications.
God has planned ahead, but not only for His government to rule
the earth. He had said to Adam, in effect, "Go, plan your own human
governments, create in your own imaginations your own gods and
religions; develop your own knowledge and educational structure,
plan your own social systems (in a word, organize your own human
civilization)."
But in sentencing man to 6,000 years of being cut off from
God, He reserved the prerogative of calling to special service and
contact with God such as He should choose for His purpose. During
this Day of Man, God has prepared for His own millennial
civilization, in all its phases -- governmental, educational,
religious -- His whole civilization.
It all began with Abraham.
In his day, there was only one man on earth who was at once a
man of strong character and at the same time meekly and wholly
submissive and obedient to God -- to God's Laws and His direction
and rule. That man was Abraham.
God began training men for top positions of authority in His
coming world, with Abraham. Abraham lived in the most "advanced"
civilization -- the most developed and, as people thought, most
desirable locality.
God said to Abraham (then named Abram), "Get thee out of thy
country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a
land that I will shew thee" (Genesis 12:1).
There was no argument. Abraham didn't say, "But why? Why must
I give up all the pleasures of this civilization -- give up even my
relatives and friends?" Abraham didn't argue or delay.
It is written, simply, "So Abram departed"... (verse 4).
Abraham was put to severe tests. But, after he died, God said,
"Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my
statutes [of government], and my laws" (Genesis 26:5).
Abraham was being trained for high position in the Government
of God, now soon to rule the world. He believed in, was obedient
and loyal to, God's Government -- its statutes and laws.
Abraham received the promises on which the salvation of every
person, through Christ, is based. He is called the Father (humanly)
of the faithful (Galatians 3:7). To the Gentiles of Galatia, the
Apostle Paul wrote: "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye [Gentiles]
Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians
3:29). In the 16th verse, he had said: "Now to Abraham and his seed
[descendant -- Christ] were the promises made ...."
God was starting to prepare for His Kingdom -- to train
topflight personnel for positions in God's civilization -- with
Abraham. When Abraham proved obedient, God blessed his labors and
allowed him to become wealthy. God gave him experience in the wise
handling of vast wealth, and in directing a great force of men
under him.
Isaac was reared by God-fearing, God-obeying Abraham, in God's
ways, obedient to God's Government. He became heir along with his
father Abraham. He too, was trained in obedience, and also in
directing and ruling over others.
Then Jacob, born with this rich heredity, was educated to
follow through on the same pattern Abraham and Isaac had learned.
Even though his father-in-law deceived him, and held him down,
Jacob also became wealthy. He was human -- as were Abraham and Isaac
and all humans. He made mistakes. But he overcame. He repented. He
prevailed with God. He never quit! He developed the qualities and
character of leadership. He became the father of the twelve
greatest nations-to-be in the soon-coming world tomorrow.

The Pattern of Government Organization

God has not told us, in so many words, precisely how His
coming world super government will be organized. Yet He has given
us the general pattern. He has told us specifically where 14 high
executives (including Christ) will fit in. And from them we may
deduce a great deal of the remaining governmental structure. Much
of the coming structure of government is at least strongly
indicated by what is plainly revealed. We know it will be the
Government of God. God Almighty -- the Father of Jesus Christ -- is
Supreme Lawgiver, and Head over Christ, and over all that is.
We know that Christ is to be King of kings, and Lord of lords --
over both state and church, united through Him. We know that King
David of ancient Israel (details later) will be king over the
twelve great nations composed of literal descendants of the twelve
tribes of Israel. We know the twelve apostles will each be a king,
sitting on a throne, over one of those great nations descended from
the tribes of Israel.
We know it will be government from the top down. There is to
be a definite chain of authority. No one will be elected by the
people. Mortal humans have proved they do not know how to judge
qualifications, and do not know the inner minds, hearts, intents,
and abilities, of men. All will be divinely appointed from above.
All, in positions of governmental authority, will be resurrected
immortals, born of God -- no longer flesh-and-blood humans.
With this in mind -- with the knowledge that Abraham is
(humanly) the father of all who are Christ's and heirs of
salvation -- it becomes plain that Abraham will be given a greater
position of authority in God's Kingdom than David -- and that he
will be over both Israelites and Gentiles. He is "father" of
Gentile converts as well as Israelites.
Then again, repeatedly the Bible uses the phrase, "Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob," grouping them together as a team, and calling
them, together, "The Fathers." For the promises were repromised,
also, to Isaac and Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.
What is plainly revealed indicates, then, that Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob, will function as a topflight team, with Abraham as
chairman of the team, next under Christ in the coming world
Government of God. Jesus Himself said, definitely, that Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob shall be in that glorious and glorified Kingdom
(Luke 13:28).
Joseph qualified in a very special way, but we shall come back
to him a little later.

Both Church and State

Another principle is made clear in God's Word: Church and
State will be united under Christ. There will be one government,
over all nations. There will be one Church -- one God -- one
religion -- one educational system -- one social order. And, as in
God's original pattern in ancient Israel, they will be united.
Three men -- Peter, James and John, among the original twelve
disciples -- were privileged to see the Kingdom of God in a vision
(Matthew 17:9). In this vision, Jesus, who was actually with them
in person, became transfigured -- appearing as the glorified Christ.
His face became bright, shining as the sun, His clothing white as
light. Two others appeared with Him in this vision -- this glimpse
into the coming Kingdom -- and they were Moses and Elijah. These
two, in the vision, represented the offices of Church and State,
with and under Christ, as they will be in God's Kingdom. Both Moses
and Elijah qualified in their human lifetime for very high
positions in the Kingdom of God. Moses was the one through whom
Christ (yes, He was the God of the Old Testament, as many, many
scriptures prove) gave the laws and the statutes of government for
the nation Israel. Moses was trained as a son of a pharaoh (king of
Egypt). His training and experience was among Gentiles, as well as
the children of Israel.
Elijah, above all others, is represented in Scripture as the
prophet who restored the worship of the true God -- and obedience to
His Commandments. When Elijah ordered King Ahab to gather on Mount
Carmel "all Israel" (I Kings 18:19-21) and the prophets of Baal and
of Asherah (Easter), he said: "How long halt ye between two
opinions? if the [Eternal] be God, follow him: but if Baal, then
follow him ...." (verse 21). And when, at Elijah's 18-second prayer
(verses 36-37), the fire fell miraculously from heaven consuming
Elijah's sacrifice, the people fell on their faces, and said, "The
[Eternal], he is the God; the [Eternal], he is the God" (verse 39).
The vision of the Transfiguration (Matthew 16:27 through
17:9), gave the Apostles Peter, James, and John a preview of Christ
coming in His Kingdom -- as He shall come. The indication is thus
given that Moses and Elijah represented the heads, under Christ, of
state or national world government (under Moses), and church or
religious activity (under Elijah).
These two men, like the "fathers," Abraham, Isaac and Israel,
will then be resurrected immortal, in power and glory. Certainly
the indication is given us that, under Christ as King of kings, and
under Christ's top team -- the "fathers" -- will be Moses over all
organized national and international government; and Elijah, over
all organized church, religious and educational activity.
Actually, the Gospel and religious development is merely
spiritual education. And it is significant that Elijah had
organized and headed three schools or colleges (II Kings 2:3, 5;
4:38 -- at Bethel, Jericho, and Gilgal) teaching God's Truth in a
world corrupted by false pagan education.

On the National Level

Now we gain further insight into God's coming world government
organization.
On the purely national level, the nations descended from the
two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh (descended from Joseph), will
become the two leading nations of the world (Jeremiah 30:16-18;
31:4-11, 18-20; Isaiah 14:1-2; Deuteronomy 28:13.
But, next to them will be the nations descended from the other
tribes of Israel. And, after them, but still prosperous and full of
abundant blessings, the Gentile nations.
King David, resurrected, immortal, in power and glory, will be
king, under Moses, over all twelve nations of Israel (Jeremiah
30:9; Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24-25). Each of the original twelve
apostles will be king, under David, over one of these then super-
prosperous nations (Matthew 19:28).
Under the apostles, each now king over a great nation, will be
the rulers over districts, states, shires, counties or provinces,
and over cities.
But, in every case, these kings and rulers will be resurrected
immortals, born into the Kingdom (Family) of God as Spirit beings --
-not flesh-and-blood mortals. And, in every case, they will be
those who qualified not only by conversion, but by overcoming,
spiritual character development, growth in Christ's knowledge --
training in being ruled by God's Law and Government, as well as
learning to rule.
The parables of the pounds (Luke 19:11-27) and talents
(Matthew 25:14-30) make this very clear. The one who multiplied his
spiritual abilities ten times over is pictured as ruling over ten
cities. The one who developed only half as much in God's character
and abilities is pictured as being given rule over five cities. The
parable of the talents shows the same thing, but also we are to be
judged by how well we do with what we have to do with. That is, one
of lesser ability will be judged according to motivation,
application, diligence, and persistence according to ability. To
whom much -- in natural ability, and spiritual gifts -- is inherited
and given, much will be required. The one of lesser ability stands
just as good a chance for reward in God's Kingdom as the one of
great ability -- if he tries as hard.
But what of all the Gentile nations? Who will be given top
positions of rule over them?
There is strong indication -- not a definite, specific
statement -- but indication, according to principles and specific
assignments that are revealed, that the Prophet Daniel will be made
king over them all, directly under Moses. What prophet -- what man
of God -- did God send to be trained at top-level government
authority, in the world's very first world empire? And what man
refused to follow pagan ways and customs, even while serving next
in authority to the king himself? What man proved loyal to God, and
the worship of God, and obedient to the laws of God -- even while
serving at the top in the first world empire?
Why, of course it was the Prophet Daniel.
At first thought, one might suppose Christ will put the
Apostle Paul at the head -- under Moses and under Christ -- of all
Gentile nations. And indeed Paul qualified for high position over
Gentiles.
But Daniel was thrown into almost daily contact with the king
in the world's first world government. And though that was human
government, Daniel proved completely loyal and obedient to God and
God's rule. He was used, to reveal to King Nebuchadnezzar, and
immediate successors, that it is God who rules over all kingdoms.
Daniel refused the king's rich food and delicacies -- including what
was unclean according to God's health laws. He prayed three times
a day to God, even though it meant being thrown into the den of
lions. He trusted God to protect and deliver him from the lions. He
gained knowledge and wisdom in the affairs and administration of
government over nations.
When God, through the Prophet Ezekiel, named three of the most
righteous men who ever lived, He named Daniel as one of them. The
other two were Noah and Job (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). And it is evident
that God will assign Noah and Job to offices of very great
magnitude. More of that, later.
God in His Word gave Daniel the assurance that he shall be in
the Kingdom of God, at the time of resurrection (Daniel 12:13).
It is an interesting possibility, in passing, to consider that
Daniel's three colleagues in this Chaldean Empire service --
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego -- might serve as a team directly
with and under Daniel, even as the three "fathers" very possibly
may serve as a team directly with and under Christ Himself. In fact
there are a number of such teams which appear to be possibilities.
But what about Paul? As the twelve original apostles were sent
to the "lost" House of Israel, Paul was the apostle to the
Gentiles. That is the key. Christ Himself said specifically that
each of the twelve shall be a king over one of the nations of
Israel. It is inconceivable that Paul would be over no more than
one Gentile nation. It might even be inferred that Paul rated a
little higher in ability and accomplishment than any one of the
Twelve Apostles. And, again, no Gentile nation will be as great as
one of the Israelite nations.
The indication, then, seems to be that Paul will be given
position over all Gentile nations, but under Daniel.
Of course there will be kings appointed by Christ over every
Gentile nation. And district rulers under them, and rulers over
cities. There is no indication as to the identity of any of these,
except that those apostles and evangelists who worked with and
directly under Paul -- Barnabas, Silas, Timothy, Titus, Luke, Mark,
Philemon, etc. undoubtedly will be given offices of importance. And
what of other saints of that same time, in the first flush years of
the Church, when its membership at first multiplied in number of
converts? And what of many converted since, and down to our present
day?
We can mention, here, only what seems to be rather clearly
indicated from what God has already revealed.

The International Level

Beside these revealed and indicated assignments of government
over nations and groups of nations on the national level, there
will be positions of great magnitude on the international level in
the areas of scientific and social functions. And there are a few
indications of what some of those operations will be, and the
possible -- if not probable -- personnel.
Since Noah lived first, we now take a look at Noah. In Noah's
day, the chief cause of the violence and chaos of world conditions
was racial hatreds, interracial marriages, and racial violence
caused by man's efforts toward integration and amalgamation of
races, contrary to God's laws. God had set the boundary lines for
the nations and the races at the beginning (Deuteronomy 32:8-9;
Acts 17:26). But men had refused to remain in the lands to which
God had assigned them. That was the cause of the corruption and
violence that ended that world. For 120 years Noah had preached
God's ways to the people -- but they didn't heed.
At that time, even as today, that world faced a population
explosion. It was when men began to multiply on the face of the
earth" (Genesis 6:1). Jesus said, of our time, right now, "But as
the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall the coming of the Son of man
be" (Matthew 24:37) -- or, as in Luke 17:26, "And as it was in the
days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man."
That is, the days just before Christ returns. Today race wars, race
hatreds, race riots, and race problems are among the world's
greatest social troubles.
Noah merely preached to people in his human lifetime. But
Noah, in the resurrection, immortal, in power and glory, will be
given the power to enforce God's ways in regard to race.
It seems evident that the resurrected Noah will head a vast
project of the relocation of the races and nations, within the
boundaries God has set, for their own best good, happiness, and
richest blessings. This will be a tremendous operation. It will
require great and vast organization, reinforced with power to move
whole nations and races. This time, peoples and nations will move
where God has planned for them, and no defiance will be tolerated.
What a paradox. People are going to be forced to be happy, to
have peace, to find abundant and joyful living!
Above, we said we would come back, later, to Joseph, son of
Israel and great-grandson of Abraham.
Joseph became food administrator of the greatest nation on
earth of that time -- Egypt. Joseph was synonymous with
"prosperity." "And the [Eternal] was with Joseph, and he was a
prosperous man; and ... the [Eternal] made all that he did to prosper
in his hand" (Genesis 39:2-3). He was made actual ruler for the
pharaoh of the world's greatest nation. But his specialty was
dealing with the economy -- with prosperity. And what he did, he did
God's way.
It seems evident, therefore, that Joseph will be made director
of the world's economy -- its agriculture, its industry, its
technology, and its commerce -- as well as its money and monetary
system. These systems will be on the international level, the same
in every nation.
Undoubtedly Joseph will develop a large and perfectly
efficient organization of immortals made perfect, with and under
him in this vast administration. This will be an administration
that will eliminate famine, starvation, poverty. There will be no
poverty-stricken slums. There will be universal prosperity!
Another tremendous project on the worldwide international
level will be that of rebuilding the waste places, and the
construction of whatever really great and large buildings or
structures Christ will require for the world He will create. "And
they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former
desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the
desolations of many generations" (Isaiah 61:4).
Job was the wealthiest and greatest man of the east (Job 1:3)
and a noted builder. (Compare Job 3:13-14 with God's challenge in
Job 38:4-6.) He was so upright and perfect, God even dared Satan to
find a flaw in his character. Actually, there was a terrible sin in
his life -- self-righteousness. But God brought him to repentance.
(See Job chapters 38-42.) Once this man, of such strength of self-
mastery that he could be so righteous in his own strength, was
humbled, brought to reliance on God, filled with God's Spirit --
well, surely no man who ever lived could equal him as an engineer
over vast stupendous world projects.
Indication is strong, therefore, that Job will be director of
worldwide urban renewal, rebuilding the waste places and the
destroyed cities, not as they are now, but according to God's
pattern; vast engineering projects, such as dams and power plants --
or whatever the ruling Christ shall decree.
At least one other man seems indicated as a top assistant in
this vast administration. That is Zerubbabel (Haggai, and Zechariah
4).
So much for the new world super-civilization on the national
and international level.
Now we come to the world tomorrow on the individual level --
the church -- the religion -- the educational system.

CHAPTER 5

Education and Religion Tomorrow

WHEN JESUS CHRIST RETURNS to earth in the full supreme power
and glory of the Creator God, He is coming, this time, to save the
world, spiritually.
When He sits on the throne of His glory, in Jerusalem, all
nations composed of flesh-and-blood mortal humans will be there
before Him. He shall begin dividing "His sheep from the goats." To
the sheep, on His right hand, "Then shall the King say unto them on
his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34).
Those converted, now, are heirs. We shall inherit the Kingdom
at Christ's coming. The dead in Christ shall be resurrected, rising
first -- changed to Spirit immortality. We which are then alive, in
Christ, shall be instantaneously changed to Spirit immortality, and
caught up with the resurrected ones, to meet the descending Christ
in the air.
We shall then be separated by immortality from the mortal
humans on earth.
Wherever Jesus is, from there, we shall be ever with Him.
Where, then, will He be? His feet shall stand that same day on the
Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).
It is after this that He separates the sheep (those who
repent, believe, and receive His Holy Spirit) from the goats (those
who rebel). This separation -- this educating converts for God's
Kingdom -- will continue throughout the entire thousand years of
Christ's reign on earth.
Christ will give to all nations a new and pure language: "For
then will I turn to the people a pure language that they may all
call upon the name of the [Eternal], to serve him with one consent"
(Zephaniah 3:9).
The pure truth of God will be proclaimed to all people. No one
will be deceived any longer. But "the earth shall be full of the
knowledge of the [Eternal], as the waters cover the sea" (Isaiah
11:9).
Christ is the "root of Jesse," father of David. To Christ,
then, will the Gentiles seek (Isaiah 11:10). Christ will set His
hand to save all Israel (verse 11). (See also Romans 11:25-26.)
But all this work of world evangelism -- of spiritually saving
the world (as a whole, not necessarily every individual but surely
a majority) -- will require, simultaneously, reeducating the world.
Close to half of all people on earth today are illiterate.
They are so ignorant they simply could not be given even what might
be called bare "saving knowledge." A man in a country in the
interior of Central Africa had heard "The World Tomorrow" program
on Radio Elisabethville. He was a steady listener, and he received
The Plain Truth magazine. He wrote us letters. He wanted to
represent this Work of God, and raise up a church among his people.
We sent two ministers stationed in London to visit this man, get to
know him, and determine by personal contact what should be done.
They found he was the only man of any education among them. The
others were illiterate people. They were so ignorant, it was
impossible for them to comprehend anything about God, or Christ, or
salvation. Sadly, our ministers said such people would have to
receive at least elementary education before they could be reached
with the Gospel.

Reeducating the World

But now consider those in our more universally educated
affluent nations -- the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia,
Germany, France, and such nations.
We covered a section on this world's paganized, agnostic,
decadent education earlier in this book. The academic system was
founded by the pagan philosopher Plato. It has always remained
pagan. Injected into it, in more recent times, has been German
rationalism, and the atheistic theory of evolution.
Evolution, the atheist's explanation of a creation without a
Creator, is the basic concept on which modern education has been
built. Modern education is a mixture of truth and error, fact and
fable.
The educated of this world started, at birth, from scratch, so
far as knowledge goes. At the hour of birth, they knew nothing. The
process of education in this world is one of funneling knowledge
into minds. It is a process of memorizing. The student is taught
from texts. Textbooks are supposed to be true and authoritative.
The student must read, study, accept and memorize. In exams he is
graded on the accuracy of repeating what was "in the book." He is
not supposed to question, but to accept and believe.
Modern education has been based on a false, erroneous, untrue
foundation. The supposedly educated of this world -- even the great
minds -- have absorbed false knowledge. They have been trained in a
false approach to knowledge. Almost always, error is based on a
false assumed premise or hypothesis, taken for granted, never
questioned -- and, of course, unproved. The "educated" minds have
been filled with such false hypotheses. They have allowed a false
sense of values to flood their minds.
Truth appears to them to be fable. What is right may be to
them foolishness. That which may be utterly wrong appears to be
right. They come to view things through the false concept of
evolution.
This mis-education holds their minds captive.
It has been explained how the natural carnal mind, devoid of
revealed knowledge from God, is limited to knowledge of the
physical and material. The approach to all knowledge in the Western
world has been through the evolutionary hypothesis -- never through
God's revealed knowledge.
In God's millennial civilization, the basis of all knowledge
dissemination will be revelation. Light will replace darkness --
truth will replace error. Understanding will replace crass
materialism. True knowledge will replace intellectual ignorance.

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PHOTO CAPTION: THE EDUCATING and reeducating of this world will be
one of the most important tasks the Kingdom of God will face. Young
people today follow too often false and deceptive values. Their
entire thinking will require reorientation -- a change of direction.
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Many years ago, I handed a comparatively brief paper,
disproving the evolutionary theory, to a scientist, asking for
comment. This was the approximate comment: "Mr. Armstrong, you
appear to have an uncanny knack of getting immediately to the trunk
of the tree, and its roots, avoiding all the little twiggy
propositions dependent on the trunk. You chop down the trunk, pull
out the roots, and all supporting equations come crashing down. I
have to admit you have chopped down the entire tree. Yet I have to
go on believing evolution. All my life has been devoted to science
and philosophy based on evolution. I have done graduate work and
post-doctorate work at some of our highest-rated universities. I
have been continually in contact with scientists, and have absorbed
that atmosphere completely. I am so steeped in it I would be
utterly unable to disbelieve in the evolutionary process, even
though you disprove it."
One of the great problems facing the returned glorified
Christ, will be that of reeducating the supposedly educated. These
minds -- and they are, indeed, the world's finest and best minds --
have become so perverted with false education that they will be
unable to accept truth until they first unlearn error. And it is at
least ten times more difficult to unlearn error, firmly imbedded in
the mind, than it is to start from "scratch" and learn new truth.
It may actually take them longer to come to a knowledge of
truth -- to become truly educated -- than the illiterate of this
world.
God's inspired Word, the Holy Bible, is the foundation of
knowledge. But they have been trained to hold this true foundation
in prejudiced contempt.
Yes, indeed, the educating and reeducating of the world will
be one of the most important tasks the Kingdom of God will face,
after Christ returns to rule. Today people follow the false and
deceptive values. Their entire thinking will require a
reorientation -- a change of direction.

A Headquarters Church

We have seen that the earth, after this thousand-year-period
begins, will be as full of the true knowledge of God as the oceans
are full of water (Isaiah 11:9). How will this be brought about?
The Prophet Micah gives part of the answer: "But in the last
days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the
[Eternal] shall be established in the top of the mountains, and
shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it"
(Micah 4:1).
Prophecy uses "mountain" as a symbol of a major nation, and
"hills" as a symbol of smaller nations. In other words, the Kingdom
of God, the Kingdom of resurrected immortals -- the ruling Kingdom --
-will be established in complete authority over the major nations
(of mortals) and exalted above the small nations -- and people will
flow to God's Kingdom. Now continue:
"And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up
to the mountain of the [Eternal], and to the house of the God of
Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his
paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion [the Church] and the Word
of the [Eternal] from Jerusalem. And he [Christ] shall judge among
many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall
beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more" (verses 2-3).
This knowledge -- this teaching -- and even knowledge of God's
Law -- shall go forth from the Church -- and from Jerusalem, the new
world capital.
We add another fact revealed in Acts 15. A misunderstanding
had arisen about certain doctrinal duties in the Church at Antioch.
This was in the early days of the New Testament Church of God. The
pattern is there revealed that there was a Headquarters Church at
Jerusalem. The Apostles Peter and James, and other top ranking
ministers were there. So the matter was taken to this Headquarters
Church for authoritative instruction.
Gathered there for this conference were the Headquarters
apostles, plus Paul, and the elders. Even so, there was sharp
contention and much disputing. Then Peter, chief apostle, rose and
gave God's inspired decision. The Church received its teachings
from the apostles. But in the Kingdom, Jesus Christ Himself will be
there to lead His Headquarters Church. At Jerusalem, James was
pastor. And as a matter of protocol to make Peter's decision
official, James approved it and wrote up the official authoritative
document.
This chapter discloses the pattern.
Christ, Himself, will be ruling from Jerusalem. Stationed
there with Christ, under immediate direction of Elijah, it is
indicated, will be those immortals chosen by Christ to constitute
the Headquarters Church. Revelation 3:12 indicates those of this
"Philadelphia" era will be pillars in that Headquarters Church.
Next, in this all-important Headquarters Church organization,
working with and directly under Elijah, it appears, will be the
resurrected John the Baptist. He came "in the power and spirit of
[Elijahi]" (Luke 1:17). Of him, Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you,
Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater
than John the Baptist ..." (Matthew 11:11). He was the Elijah
prophesied to come (Matthew 17:10-13; and 11:7-11).
Jesus said that no man who ever lived was greater than John
the Baptist. Yet, even the least in the resurrected Kingdom will be
greater (Matt. 11:11). It is evident that John the Baptist will be
placed in very high office. It seems logical that he should be
placed with, or immediately under, Elijah.
This Headquarters Church, at Christ's own world capital of
Jerusalem, then, undoubtedly will be given the administration of
the world's new system of education.
Also the indication is that the teaching of spiritual truth --
of the true gospel, the spiritual conversion of the world -- will be
directed, worldwide, from this Headquarters Church, under Elijah
and the overall direct supervision of Jesus Christ.
The principal purpose for which Christ is returning to earth
is to spiritually develop in humanity Godly character, and to save
the world. Most religious people, ministers, and evangelists
(fundamentalist), have supposed that this time, now, is the only
day of salvation. The verse of Scripture they rely on is a
mistranslation (II Corinthians 6:2). It should read "a day of
salvation," not "the" (quoted from Isaiah 49:8, where it is "a" not
"the"). If Christ had been trying to "save" the world, He would
have saved the world. It hasn't been "saved." God doesn't use a
babylon of confused, disagreeing religious organizations, divided
into hundreds of different concepts of theological doctrine, as His
instruments.
But the real world evangelism will be administered by this
Headquarters Church, composed of resurrected immortals, under
direct personal supervision of Christ Himself.
One thing there will not be in the millennial Headquarters
Church is a doctrinal committee of intellectual "scholars" to
decide whether Christ's teachings are true doctrines.
There was no such doctrinal committee in the first century
Headquarters Church at Jerusalem. All teaching came from Christ
through the apostles -- and a few times Christ communicated to
apostles via the prophets (of which there are none in God's Church
today) -- since the Bible for our time is complete. God's Church
today, as in the first century, receives its teachings from the
living Christ, through an apostle, just as in A.D. 31.
One other tremendous organizational function will be directed
from this Headquarters Church -- that of direction of all the
churches over the world. These churches will be composed of those
who become converted -- begotten of God by receiving His Holy
Spirit -- though still mortal.
Just as the converted Christian in this present age must
continue to live a life of overcoming, and of spiritual growth and
development (II Peter 3:18), so will they in the Millennium.
Happily they then will not have to overcome Satan. But they shall
have to overcome all evil impulses, habits, or temptations, innate
within themselves.
With only one Church -- one religion -- one faith -- there will
be many church congregations in every city, others scattered
through rural areas. There will be district superintendents over
areas, and pastors, elders, deacons and deaconesses in every local
church.
This, then, gives an insight into how the world will be
organized.
This shows how a super world government can, and will, be
established on earth.

Why Supernatural Force

World leaders today are virtually unanimous in concluding that
man's only hope of being saved alive for even another generation
lies in establishing an all-powerful super world government. Yet
all confess that nations are utterly unable to bring it about.
Sir Winston Churchill once said: "The creation of an
authoritative all-powerful world order is the ultimate aim toward
which we must strive. Unless some effective world super government
can be brought quickly into action, the proposals for peace and
human progress are dark and doubtful."
Clement Attlee, a former British Prime Minister, said: "The
world needs the consummation of our conception of world
organization through world law if civilization is to survive!"
Again he said, "We have not an awful lot of time. There is too much
dangerous stuff in the world, and there are too many fools about,
trigger-happy idiots and the like."
We could reproduce such quotes from world leaders, past and
present, for the next hundred pages. But all know that man is
utterly helpless and unable to bring about such a solution.
Would the United States say to the leaders of other nations,
"We are ready to relinquish all sovereignty over ourselves, and
place our great nation under the absolute rule of leaders from
Russia, China, France, Egypt, and other countries"? Would the
leaders in the Kremlin step down, and relinquish all Communist
sovereignty to a government headed by leaders from the United
States, and these other countries?
And, if men should undertake to establish a super world
government, wielding all the military power over all nations, what
form of government would the nations submit to? The men in the
Kremlin would never step down in submission unless this world
government would be Russian Communism -- and even then, these men in
the Kremlin would insist on having all the power. But the Chinese
communists would not submit to that -- they would demand that the
new world government be their brand of Communism.
Most nations would never accept democracy as the form of world
government, and the United States would accept nothing else.
Could anything be more impossible than for this world's
nations to get together, in a new world government of some form,
each surrendering all its power and sovereignty to it?
No, and even when Almighty God, the Creator and Ruler over the
entire universe, does supernaturally intervene to set up His world
government -- His perfect Government -- the nations will be angry.
The nations will fight. Men will say, "We don't want God to rule
over us!"
That's why Christ is coming in all the power and glory of
God's supernatural force. That's why He will rule with a rod of
iron. Man will never submit to the way of peace, prosperity,
happiness, and abundant well-being unless he is forced into it!

Purposed Long Ago

But God Almighty is working out a purpose here below.
And the Eternal God carefully planned every move toward the
accomplishment of that purpose.
His first promise of this happy state was made to Abraham. God
promised Abraham this whole earth as an everlasting inheritance for
him and his children. God promised that through Abraham all nations
of the earth would be blessed.
At the same time, God began insuring the efficiency and
perfection of His world-ruling government by causing Abraham,
Isaac, Israel and Joseph to be trained -- during a lifetime -- in
several basic essentials for top personnel in a government of
perfection.
First is right attitude. That is essential. God looks on the
heart -- the spirit -- the attitude. That is where He looked in
choosing David to be king over Israel (I Samuel 16:6-7, 11-12).
That is where He looks in you, and in me. These men were trained in
submission to God and those over them in authority. They were
trained in teamwork -- in harmoniously working together.
Secondly, they were trained in knowledge of the true values.
After that, they were trained in handling people, in wise
management of people, of wealth -- without letting it turn their
heads.
In the same way, King David was trained and developed.
All who, made immortal, will occupy important executive
offices in the coming world super government were trained in these
essentials. All realize fully not only the power, but the wisdom,
the love, the holiness and perfection of Almighty God. All know of
a certainty that His ways are the right ways -- His Laws, the right
and perfect Laws -- His Rule and His Government, the perfect
Government that will bring every blessing to those whom they
govern.
In this way, the Everliving God has prepared for His Kingdom.
He began, long ago, selecting men of outstanding ability who would
yield fully to Him, inculcating into their innermost being those
principles and characteristics that form the seven basic laws for
success in life:
1) The right goal -- to be born into God's Kingdom -- the goal
which inspires motivation and stimulates the ambition to achieve
that goal.
2) The right teaching or education. Every one of these men was
freed from the shackles of pagan teaching, tradition, erroneous
knowledge, false sense of values, and pagan customs. Every one was
trained in God's Way, based on God's Law, and the principles of
that Law. They were trained in the ways of righteousness. They
became skilled in applying the principles of God's Commandments,
laws, statutes and judgments.
3) They were trained in the development of good health --
avoiding the causes of sickness, disease, infirmities. They were
trained in keeping their minds sharp, clear, alert, balanced,
sound.
4) Every one was trained in developing drive -- constantly
putting a prod on self, not only to accomplish more, strive harder,
but to drive the self away from wrong desires, impulses, or
temptations, and into the right ways of God's Law. They were
trained to flee temptation. (They were all human. They all did sin-
-- sometimes seriously -- but they repented; they profited by
mistakes; they overcame these things.)
5) These men were schooled through a lifetime in
resourcefulness. God allowed multiple problems, hazards, obstacles
to confront them -- to try the mettle of these men. They learned how
to face up to and solve problems -- not to be defeated by them.
6) These men endured. They kept their eyes constantly on the
goal. When the going got so tough that even with their
resourcefulness they could not think their way through -- when it
appeared they were completely defeated, when it appeared hopeless
to try to carry on further, they did not give up -- they never quit!
They endured through thick and thin -- they endured to the end. They
endured by faith in God.
7) And, along with these traits, these men relied on the
guidance and the help of God. They walked with God. They talked to
God. They listened to God -- whether He spoke verbally and in
person, or through His Scriptures. They sought wisdom from God.
They relied on God for guidance, for protection, for every need.
They submitted to, and obeyed God.

Compare with Today's Politicians

And now -- finally. Consider!
Take outstanding, superior men, having undergone a human
lifetime of this attitude, this training in the ways of success and
perfection. But now change these men by a resurrection into the
perfection of immortality.
And consider that immortality will multiply their aptitudes,
abilities and powers perhaps a million times above what they
achieved as humans, by infusing into them the power and glory of
God.
That is what God is going to do!
And there you have the chief executive personnel, under
Christ, administering the new super world government.
Compare that to the scheming, compromising, selfishly
motivated politicians that head most of the governments of this
world today and other phases of civilization.
Feast your eyes for a while on the picture of the world
tomorrow which God's Government will produce -- as we shall now do --
and when you take your eyes from this book, and look again on this
drab, ugly, sin-sick world of corruption, violence and suffering --
it will make you sick at heart.
But doesn't it make you want to shout for joy, to realize what
a civilization -- what a world -- is actually coming?
Doesn't it make you want to really put your heart into your
prayers, praying earnestly, "Oh God! Thy kingdom come! Thy will be
done on earth, as it is in heaven!"
Just a few general afterthoughts before we leave the subject
of the personnel and organization of the coming Kingdom.
One may well ask: "What of such men as Abel, and Enoch?" You
read of them, in the faith chapter -- Hebrews 11 -- as men of faith
and righteousness (verses 4, 5). We answer: God has not revealed to
us where they will be placed. We have mentioned here only those few
where there appears to be real scriptural indication, based on what
is revealed, as to what posts they will fill in the Kingdom. This
same 11th chapter of Hebrews implies, certainly, that others such
as the harlot Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, and Samuel
will be in God's Kingdom. We cannot presume to decide what office
Christ has in store for them. And there are many, many others.
It is one of the joys of anticipation to realize that we shall
know where they shall be placed in the near future.
Someone may ask, "What about the women?" Yes, there were
outstanding women -- Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel. There were Miriam,
Deborah, and others. In the Kingdom, there will be no sex -- no male
and female (Matthew 22:30). Women, then, will be the same as men.
Sarah is called the mother of righteous women in the New
Testament (I Peter 3:6). Deborah actually judged, or ruled Israel
for a time. Their status in the Kingdom will be the same as men. We
would certainly suppose that women such as these will be given high
position and great honor in the Kingdom. But we do not presume, in
this present writing, to suggest what it shall be.

CHAPTER 6

Now Picture Tomorrow's World!

WE HAVE COVERED SOMETHING of the organization of the
government that will rule tomorrow's world.
Now picture the changed conditions!
Look now at the solved problems!
See, now, a glimpse into a world of no illiteracy, no poverty,
no famine and starvation, into a world where crime decreases
rapidly, people learn honesty, chastity, human kindness, and
happiness -- a world of peace, prosperity, abundant well-being.

The Population Explosion Solved

God predicts vast reforms everywhere in the wonderful utopian
era He says will soon break out on this earth.
Can you imagine it? A world of great strides in solving the
most crucial problems facing mankind.
Today -- the greatest and most awesome problem of all is the
population explosion. Growing populations in all nations are
rapidly outstripping the ability of the world to sustain them.
And the areas of the greatest rise in population are the
underdeveloped parts of the world -- the "have-not" nations of
poverty, illiteracy, disease and superstition. Remember, not more
than 10 percent of the earth's surface is tillable, or arable,
land. And now the latest U.N. figures indicate the world will
double in population in just 34 short years.
The daily, ominous pressure of people is one of the truly
incomprehensible problems today.
But God has the solution, and how simple it is. Simply make
most of the earth cultivatable. Reduce the bare, snow-swept and
craggy mountains, raise up some of the deep, arid desert valleys,
change the world weather patterns. Make all the deserts green and
fertile. Open up huge slices of the earth, like the Kalahari
Desert, the Lake Chad basin and the Sahara in Africa, the Gobi
Desert in Asia, and the great American deserts. Make green and
verdant the vast wastes of Mongolia, Siberia, Saudi Arabia and many
of the Western states in the U.S.
Thaw out the deep ice packs and snowdrifts, the permafrost and
tundra from the vast, almost limitless expanses of Antarctica,
North America, Greenland, Northern Europe and Siberia. Make level
the awesome Pamir Knot, the huge giants of the Himalayas, the
Atlas, Taurus, Pyrenees, Rockies, Sierras and Hindu Kush -- level
the immense sweep of the Andes, and all the other forbidding,
towering, virtually uninhabitable mountains of earth.
Then, provide good, gentle rainfall, in right balance, just at
the right season.
And what happens?
Multiple millions of acres of unbelievably fertile,
productive, wonderful farmland suddenly become available -- just
waiting to be discovered, and pioneered.
Impossible?
In the hands of man -- certainly.
But look what God promises. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye
men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the [Eternal], and thy
redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
"Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument
having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small,
and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the
wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them:
and thou shalt rejoice in the [Eternal], and shalt glory in the
Holy One of Israel.
"When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and
their tongue faileth for thirst, I the [Eternal] will hear them, I
the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high
places, and fountains [artesian wells] in the midst of the valleys:
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land
springs of water.
"I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah
[acacia] tree, and the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the
desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree [cypress]
together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand
together, that the hand of the [Eternal] hath done this, and the
Holy One of Israel hath created it." (Isaiah 41:14-20).

Pure Water-Fertile Deserts

Can you imagine such a fabulous scene? Deserts becoming green,
fertile, garden lands of trees, shrubs, bubbling springs and
brooks; mountains brought low, and made inhabitable.
Notice how God describes these conditions in many parts of the
Bible.
"Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of
the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and
streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool,
and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons
[jackals], where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes"
(Isaiah 35:6-7).
Read the whole 35th chapter of Isaiah.
God says, "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad
for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It
shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing ..."
(verses 1-2).
Some years ago, in a dry, dusty canyon deep in the profusion
of hills between Bakersfield and Los Angeles, California, a minor
earthquake struck. The proprietors of a small resort, now almost
totally ignored, and nearly always deserted because of the parched
conditions of the area, were considering closing up and moving
elsewhere.
Suddenly, a groaning, jolting earthquake rippled through the
arid hills. Not long after the earth rocked and groaned beneath
their feet, they heard a faint gurgling sound. They ran to the dry,
dusty creek bed that coursed through their property -- and were
utterly amazed to see water flowing swiftly along. As the creek
gradually cleared up, they found the water to be crystal clear and
pure -- sweet and refreshing to drink.


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PHOTO CAPTION: CAN YOU IMAGINE deserts becoming green, garden lands
of trees? Imagine the joy of the impoverished desert dweller when
he sees fulfilled the prophecy: "... in the wilderness shall waters
break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall
become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water ..." (Isaiah
35:6-7).
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Needless to say, their business picked up again.
Somehow, the earthquake had broken open an underground water
source, sending it cascading through their property.
Think about the vast wastes of this earth. Does it sound
incredible, unbelievable that God could make them blossom like a
rose? Why should it?
The mountains were formed. Great forces caused gigantic
upheavals, or huge cracks and slippages in the crust of the earth.
Massive blocks of granite lunged up into the sky -- the earth
rocking and reeling in the throes of the greatest earthquakes in
its history. Mountains were made -- they didn't just happen.
The God of all power, who formed the hills and mountains (Amos
4:13; Psalm 90:2), will reform them -- will re-shape the surface of
this earth.
Read of the huge earthquakes yet to come which will directly
accomplish much of the rehabilitation of the land surfaces. (See
Revelation 16:18; Zechariah 14:4.) God says, "The mountains quake
at him, and the hills melt ..." (Nahum 1:5).

Land Beneath Sea Reclaimed

Man recognizes much of the wealth of the world lies beneath
the seas. Oil, gold, silver, and dozens of minerals -- these all
remain unobtainable today, lying untapped deep under the vast
oceans. Also, seawater contains a great deal of gold and most of
the world's gold supplies are under the oceans.
Many areas of the earth are ravaged by tidal action -- by the
ceaseless pounding of the surf that gradually wears away additional
land. The lowlands of Europe, Holland in particular, consist to
quite an extent of land reclaimed from the sea.
Think of the multiple millions of additional acres available
to mankind if some of the world's oceans were reduced in size. And
God says they shall be! Notice it, "And the [Eternal] shall utterly
destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind
shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the
seven streams, and make men go over dryshod" (Isaiah 11:15).
Sounds incredible -- but it's true!
Today, the United States realizes water shortages are becoming
critical. Wasted water through the huge consumption of industry,
through pollution, and through the prodigious amounts used by each
person each day, mean the ominous approach of that day when water
is scarce.
As a result, additional huge dams are planned -- fantastically
expensive seawater conversion plants being constructed. So far,
however, the cost of desalinization is completely prohibitive. But
God describes a wonderful era of discovery and invention in the
world tomorrow -- major portions of the earth reclaimed and put to
productive use.
The problems of the population explosion are real and
manifold. Not only does mass starvation face millions within the
foreseeable future, but government leaders recognize there is an
even more immediate concern. Food wars.
Witness what happened in India. Government troops once battled
100,000 people who were rioting because of the slaughter of
"sacred" cows in their country -- done, in part, in an attempt to
stave off starvation for those same rioters.
You see, there are more cattle in India than in the U.S. Yet,
because of religious beliefs, the cattle are not eaten. They wander
about the fields, and into the villages and towns, eating
prodigious amounts of food, some of which would be edible for
humans. The cattle are not used for any constructive purpose.
In addition to this, some years ago terrible floods and long-
term drought in many areas produced grain shortages more severe
than usual. (Fully half of India's crops traditionally have been
lost as well through lack of adequate transportation and storage
facilities, to rodent and insect damage and by being siphoned off
to the black market.) As a result, India asked the United States
for help.
The largest peacetime armada in all man's history was
assembled -- over six hundred ships -- and began plying the oceans
between U.S. ports and India. Quickly, the vast wheat reserves of
the United States were depleted. But the famine in India was only
barely staved off for one season. And any sudden disasters in
American wheat areas could mean threatening famine in the United
States -- because she has insufficient reserves.

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PHOTO CAPTION: A HYDROELECTRIC PLANT on St. James Bay, Canada,
captures natural energies for human use, while in India solar
energy dries mud bricks made by hand. Tomorrow's world will have to
be built from the ground up because humans in today's world did not
learn the way to peace. Man will finally be forced to learn how to
live with his neighbor in mutual harmony and how to share the
natural resources through the way of giving, instead of the way of
greed and getting.
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But what about the following years?
Government leaders fear huge food wars may be fought -- each
nation struggling mightily to possess the dwindling means of
survival -- food and water.

Sickness and Disease Feared

A horrifying "solution" to the population explosion may right
now be in the making, unless God averts it.
With growing malnutrition and starvation comes the macabre
threat of disease epidemics of massive, worldwide proportions.
Already, officials warn of the threat of vast epidemics of cholera,
typhoid, tuberculosis, flu, or even the dread "black death"
(bubonic plague) that took the lives of millions in Europe during
the 15th through the 17th centuries, and in the huge plague that
ravaged England in 1664 and 1665.
But God says disease and sickness will finally be conquered.
That is the express aim of all the vast medical and
pharmaceutical companies today -- the final conquering of the ills,
sicknesses and diseases of mankind.
Medical science seeks to find cures for sickness -- cures for
flu, and the common cold -- cures for cancer, sclerosis, heart
disease, arthritis, deafness and blindness, muscular dystrophy,
epilepsy, and all the other pain-ridden debilities of man.
Let's understand the real meaning of this word "cure." Do you
realize that cures for diseases already contracted merely mean
rendering God's laws ineffectual? It means ignoring the cause --
allowing people to perpetrate the cause -- and then treating only
the effect. It means continuing to break nature's laws which God
has made to operate in the human body, and then trying to prevent
nature's laws from exacting their penalties.
But God shows that, when His Kingdom rules, He will teach
people to obey nature's laws -- stop causing sickness and disease.
In other words, stop sinning -- because sin is defined as
transgressing God's laws (I John 3:4).
God reveals a great result of the increased productivity of
the land, and the abundance of right and good foods -- together with
right knowledge and education in health laws -- will be good health
for all.
The dream of conscientious doctors may be to put themselves
out of a job, by finding cures for every sickness and disease. But
let's face it! To ignore the cause and merely treat the effect -- to
tacitly encourage people to continue causing sickness and disease
by neglecting to educate them against it -- could only perpetuate
the medical profession. Can we have utopia with people causing
themselves sickness and disease, secure in the delusion that
medical "science" can remove the penalty?
In God's new world tomorrow, there will, indeed, probably be
a place for doctors. But it will be teaching people to keep well,
by avoiding the causes of disease. That will require an entirely
new type of medical education -- only we shall then drop the term
"medical." A very good doctor friend once said to me: "We
physicians have been kept so busy treating sicknesses and diseases,
that we haven't had much time to do extensive study and research
into the causes of these troubles." In God's new world, they will
be given ample time for that.
In the world tomorrow there actually will be utopia. There
will be universal good health.
How can such utopian dreams come true?
It's simple. Remove the cause of disease.
But how is that going to be done? Two ways:
First, by right education. Cause people to know that God did
not design the human physical body so that it must be getting sick
all the time, catching continual diseases. Sickness and disease
occur only when nature's laws are broken. It is not natural to be
diseased -- it is unnatural. Educate people in the laws of good
health. In proper diet. God designed certain foods for good health.
Some things that grow are not designed for food. Some are poison.
Educate people in sanitation, hygiene, required amounts of sleep,
pure water, fresh air, sunshine, exercise.
And secondly, when people in spite of this education, do get
sick or catch a disease, it can be healed -- God's way. Actually,
Christ's healing is forgiveness of sin. It works on a principle
exactly opposite to the supposed cures of medical "science."

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PHOTO CAPTION: TODAY'S WORLD is afflicted with innumerable
degenerative diseases. Above, the first heart transplant on a
child. The operation was done in Paris. Education today includes
little to help solve the causes of today's diseases. With all the
God-given food available to keep us in good health, why is it so
few know how to cook properly?
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The medical equation is this: One poison in your body, plus
one poison in the form of medicine, equals no poisons. One plus one
equals nothing? That isn't the way they teach in second grade
arithmetic.
God's equation is different. God supernaturally removes the
poison in the body. One minus one equals nothing. The second-grader
could figure that one out.
But does God, then prevent His laws of nature from working --
from exacting their penalty? Oh, no -- not at all. Upon repentance,
and faith, God forgives the sin, and removes the penalty. How? Why?
Because Jesus Himself "took our infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses" (Matthew 8:16-17). And Peter explains that by His
"stripes" [we are] "healed" (I Peter 2:24).
Before Jesus was put to death (paying the death penalty for
spiritual sin in our stead -- Romans 6:23), He submitted to being
beaten with stripes, thus paying in our stead the penalty of
physical sin. God does not prevent His laws from working. Christ
paid the penalty for us. In God's way, the penalty was paid -- not
nullified.
Christ said, when He observed the faith of some friends of a
man with palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee (Mark 2:5). Christ's
healing is forgiveness of sin.
But when the people didn't understand such a strange
statement, Christ said, "Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be
forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But
that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive
sins ..." (Mark 2:8-10).
And when Jesus Christ becomes the great ruler of this earth,
He will use that great power. In vision, John saw the angels
praising Christ at His coming to rule this earth.
They said, "We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which
art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy
great power, and hast reigned" (Revelation 11:17).
The combined force of right education about true health, and
healing of all sickness, when it is repented of, will mean perfect,
utopian health.
Notice how God describes it.
"But there the glorious [Eternal] will be unto us a place of
broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars,
neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. For the [Eternal] is our
judge, the [Eternal] is our lawgiver, the [Eternal] is our king; he
will save us.
"And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that
dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity" (Isaiah 33:21-22,
24).
Listen to this wonderful promise: "Strengthen ye the weak
hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a
fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with
vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the
deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart,
and the tongue of the dumb sing ..." (Isaiah 35:3-6).
God describes the rewards for obedience to His laws of mercy
and love. Notice Isaiah 58:8: "Then shall thy light break forth as
the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily ..."

Happiness in Health

In describing the conditions of good health and plenty to be
ushered in upon the earth, God says, "For I will restore health
unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds ..." (Jeremiah 30:17).
"Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and
shall flow together to the goodness of the [Eternal], for wheat,
and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and the
herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall
not sorrow any more at all.
"Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men
and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will
comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will
satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall
be satisfied with my goodness, saith the [Eternal]" (Jeremiah
31:12-14).

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PHOTO CAPTION: FEW NATIONS have ever shared in the blessings of a
land "flowing with milk and honey." But in the world tomorrow, the
whole earth will enjoy fantastic abundance.
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And why not have good health?
Why should we be so willing to believe such a perfect state of
health and joy is impossible?
There are blessings for observing the laws of health --
absolute guarantees good health will result -- and that sickness and
disease will become a thing of the past.
Notice what God promised His people, "... if thou shalt hearken
diligently unto the voice of the [Eternal] thy God, to observe and
to do all his commandments which I command thee this day ... all
these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the [Eternal] thy God.
"Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be
in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit
of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy
kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and
thy store" (Deuteronomy 28:1-5).
But we are not receiving those wonderful blessings today.
Instead, we are under a curse!
Our cities are festering sores, filled with the clangor and
confusion of jangled traffic, riots, racial hatred, crime,
pornography, air pollution, and an unhappy, wretched populace that
seeks fast money so it can escape the obnoxious environment of the
big asphalt and concrete "jungles" of our time!
Our fields are cursed; cursed with upset weather, drought,
flood, insect damage and disease -- cursed with chemicals and man-
made blight.
One out of fourteen of the babies born in the United States
are illegitimate, and in Chicago, Cleveland and Houston, it's one
out of ten -- and of the total babies born each year, over six
percent are blighted at birth with a serious defect; cursed with
blindness, dumbness, deafness, malformed limbs, or terrible
diseases even from the womb. Some babies are born each year with
cancer!
Our basket and our store is cursed -- depleted national
reserves -- gone overseas to feed starving peoples (to nations which
rarely, if ever, back U.S. policies) in an admittedly temporary
effort -- only delaying the starvation facing millions.
Whether we like to admit it or not -- our peoples are under a
curse today.
But soon, the great God will force us to take the blessings.
He will impose His warm and merciful rule on rebellious, stiff-
necked mankind, and bring us compulsory joy. He will insist on
happiness for us; demand plenty of goodness in our lives; command
us to be healthy, and filled with a sense of well-being and
contentment.
And so the frightening, manifold problems of the population
explosion, bad weather, sickness and disease, and all problems
relating to the population rise -- such as over-crowding, pollution,
rising crime, and the psychological pressures from big-city living --
all these will be solved -- and in our time.

What about Distribution of Populations?

Will there be room for the multiple billions of humans on
earth?
Of course. Remember, only 15 percent of the earth's surface is
habitable today -- and not more than 10 percent is cultivatable. But
when God makes all the earth inhabitable, even changing the whole
weather patterns of earth, the ocean currents, and flow of arctic
air, the jet streams, the pattern of mountain ranges and placement
of continents, all earth will be peopled.
God shows individual races returning to their own lands,
repopulating them. "He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take
root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world
with fruit" (Isaiah 27:6).
God says the wastes will be rebuilt.
"For behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you and ye
shall be tilled and sown: and I will multiply men upon you, all the
house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited,
and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply upon you man
and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will
settle you after your old estates ..." (Ezekiel 36:9-11).
Read the whole chapter of Ezekiel 36. God says, "... I will
also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be
builded .... This land that was desolate is become like the garden
of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become
fenced, and are inhabited" (verses 33, 35).
And what about all other nations?
Notice: "In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt
[Egypt still exists as a nation] to Assyria [many of whose people
migrated centuries ago to Europe -- modern Germany], and the
Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and
the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall
Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in
the midst of the land: whom the [Eternal] of hosts shall bless,
saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria, the work of my
hands, and Israel mine inheritance" (Isaiah 19:23-25).
What a utopian prediction that is!
Egypt and Germany are pictured in loving, respectful, serving
cooperation with the very peoples they contended with in the past.
That's real progress!
So your Bible reveals nations still existing -- and in specific
places. It reveals repopulation of waste places rendered
temporarily useless by the ravages of war and plagues.

CHAPTER 7


CAN YOU IMAGINE A WORLD OF ONE language? Think back a little.
One of the major barriers to mutual understanding and cooperation
between peoples has been the language barrier. When one man cannot
understand another -- he can't freely exchange ideas, philosophies,
concepts, or opinions. And in translating, the personal rapport,
the sense and feeling of what is being said, is lost.
If you have ever experienced talking to someone through an
interpreter, you probably remember how awkward you felt.
Today, this world stands on the brink of cosmocide. Great
races, having different languages, cannot seem to come to a meeting
of minds. And different peoples' minds work differently.
A different language means a different culture, different
music, different habits, different education, different values and
standards, and a whole different approach to life.

Fantastic Illiteracy

Think what an almost unbelievable step forward it would be, if
all peoples everywhere spoke, and read, and wrote the same
language.
But today, vast areas of the earth do not even possess a
written language. Millions upon millions are illiterate -- cannot
read or write, even their own names.
Millions of others are sadly limited in expressing themselves,
even in their own language -- and haven't bothered to learn the
language of another people.
One of the great handicaps to free trade, to the exchange of
ideas and cultural thought, is the language barrier.
If the language barrier were removed -- and everyone became
totally literate -- with fine minds, grasping the same thoughts,
capable of thinking the same terms, capable of understanding each
other fully -- think of the huge changes that could be effected.
First, consider what a universal worldwide language would mean
today, with the world cut off from God.
Evils would multiply. Universally there would be a new age in
art and perverted literature (pornography), Godless education,
Satan-inspired music -- such as the U.S. and Britain are spawning
over the world now -- of quarreling and hostility and war between
nations.
Such evils beginning at the Tower of Babel caused God to
confound the languages, to prevent such evils from spreading
through direct communication between peoples and nations.
But, in the world tomorrow with God's civilization
established, and ruled by Christ -- what a blessing it will be.
Man was once bound together by a common tongue. But he used
his knowledge for evil -- for an attempt to begin the very
civilization that would end by destroying itself.
When God divided the languages at the tower of Babel, He was
merely forestalling that eventual time of world chaos which even
now threatens the annihilation of humanity.
But once the returning Christ conquers this earth, He will
usher in an era of total literacy, total education -- and give the
world one, new, pure, language.
This subject by itself needs a book to describe. The whole
literary processes of the whole earth changed. Today, all languages
are corrupt. They are literally filled with pagan, heathen terms --
superstition -- misnomers -- exceptions to rules -- peculiar idioms.
In our English language, Germanic in origin but with a great
deal borrowed from Latin (either directly or through French) and
other languages, there are many such terms we take for granted.
"Romance" comes from "Roman" -- because that's what the Romans
did. People are called "lunatics" because of an old superstition
that the moon (Latin luna) caused insanity. Some "thank their lucky
stars," a holdover from astrology (which more and more of our
"enlightened" society are turning to). Others even still use pagan
curses such as "by Jove."
Our rockets (Thor, Agena, Atlas, Titan) are named after pagan
gods and goddesses of the Greeks and Romans, and our space programs
(Gemini, Apollo) are named the same way.
June brides want to get married under the sign of the ancient
goddess of fertility (though it's not chic to have large families
any more), and our days and months bear pagan names.
All languages have peculiarities of expression and grammatical
oddities which cause misunderstandings and make them difficult for
foreigners to learn. In most cases, even native speakers have
problems with their own language, as Professor Higgins so astutely
observed in My Fair Lady. Many are in sad need of spelling reform,
English being probably the prime example ("ough" has about six
different possible pronunciations). The modes of writing vary from
Chinese, which still uses a form of picture writing, to a
multiplicity of different alphabets, including Greek, Arabic,
Sanskrit, Hebrew, and Russian. Something must be done.
God says, "For then will turn to the people a pure language,
that they may all call upon the name of the [Eternal], to serve him
with one consent" (Zephaniah 3:9).
Think of the new era of good literature, good music, and of
the avoiding of duplicated effort, misunderstandings through
linguistic difficulties and thousands of painstaking hours of
translations. What an age it will be, when all the world becomes
truly educated -- and speaks the same language.

What about the Economic Structure?

God shows Jerusalem will become the financial capital of
earth.
The Creator says, of the newly built city, "Then thou shalt
see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be
enlarged; because the abundance of the sea [the world's gold and
silver reserves are mostly under the seas] shall be converted unto
thee, the forces [wealth, margin] of the Gentiles shall come unto
thee" (Isaiah 60:5).
And what vast wealth there is in the sea. The Dow Chemical
Company, manufacturers of about 500 substances taken directly from
seawater, say one cubic mile of seawater stores 175 million tons of
dissolved chemicals worth five billion dollars.
Each cubic mile of seawater contains 93 million dollars worth
of gold and eight and one-half million dollars worth of silver.
Each cubic mile contains seven tons of uranium, and enough
other minerals, elements and chemicals in dissolution to make each
cubic mile worth, in today's figures, five billion dollars.
It's been estimated the total value of the oceans would amount
to one quintillion, five hundred quadrillion dollars.
A quadrillion dollars means a thousand trillion. And a
trillion is one thousand billion. A billion is one thousand
million. And a million is one thousand thousand. So a quintillion
is one thousand quadrillions of dollars.
This is in the waters of the seas, alone.
But, as you've already read, God Almighty says He'll raise
many places now covered by waters of the oceans; that He'll make
much more land available. Scientists know most of the earth's raw
materials lie in the strata beneath the depths of the seas.
God says this vast wealth will become available for
constructive use during the reign of Jesus Christ on this earth.
God says the wealth of the world will be centered in
Jerusalem, and that the vast rebuilding programs, rehabilitation
processes and new-age pioneering that begin will be backed by that
wealth.
"... Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the
heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will
shake all nations, and the desire [desirable things, margin] of all
nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith
the [Eternal] of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,
saith the [Eternal] of hosts" (Haggai 2:6-8).
But God's great treasury will be for public display.
No gold bricks, reposing in deep, subterranean vaults --
utterly useless except for their meaning -- no fear of thievery, or
robbery. But breathtakingly beautiful decorations for the capital
building, the temple in which Christ will dwell.
The gold standard will be set up; and values will never
change.
No more speculating or gambling on other people's ability.
Never again will any person become rich from investing in the
labors and creative ability of another person. No more stock
markets, world banks, financing centers, insurance companies,
mortgage companies, loan agencies, or time payments.
In God's abundant Government people will buy only what they
need, when they can afford it, when they have the cash to pay for
it. No more interest. And no more taxes.
But the tithing system will be universal.
Today's governments demand up to 40, 50, and even 90 percent
in inheritance taxes, income taxes, hidden taxes; federal, state,
county, school board, and city taxes.
But God requires only ten percent. And out of that ten percent
will be financed the entire governmental, educational, and
spiritual leadership of the whole earth.
"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say,
Wherein have we robbed thee? [And God answers] In tithes and
offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even
this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,
saith the [Eternal] of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of
heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room
enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:8-10). That's a prophecy for now.
And what a blessing that will be. None of the financial
burdens that curse most peoples today.
People will not, then, try to "keep up with the Joneses," so
they will not try to live beyond their means.
They will be educated to resist impulse buying, and lustful
acquisition of various gadgets, toys, playthings, and luxury items
that they can't afford, and don't need.
Take the commercialism of various holidays away -- expose the
true origin of pagan holidays -- and people would have more money
for the essentials of life that really count.
Reduce the really big expenses in most people's homes; take
away all the taxes, real and hidden. Take away property taxes,
school taxes (since all education will then be handled by the
Family of God, and the physical family of Levi) and all other
taxes; cut down totally on any medical bills (only small fees for
first aid, or child delivery, or necessary physical helps), and
insure no one ever again signs a 36-month contract at up to 35 or
40 percent interest on an ancient used car that falls apart while
the buyer still owes more than the car is worth.
Do these things, and the financial curses under which most
people live will be healed.
God says financial blessings are to become the order of the
day.
Take away thievery, robbery, accidents, weather damage, rust,
rot and decay, from plants, stores, manufacturing concerns. How
much less could merchandise then sell for -- and at how much greater
profits?
Take away weather problems, insect damage, blight and fungus
from farmers -- losses through government price controls and
overflooding of markets -- and what would be their lot in life?
Take away massive, assembly-line production of cheap, flimsy
automobiles, and what would that do to solve the traffic snarls,
the smog problems, the collisions and loss of life and the whole
social and economic picture?.
God will accomplish these things.
How will He do so?
First, by changing the nature of human beings; changing their
outlook toward life, removing their lust and selfishness, their
covetousness and greed that drives them onward toward material
goals.
And how will that be done? By putting away the super-powerful
Satan, the prince of the power of the air -- the spirit being that
now is working in deceived, misled, human beings (Eph. 2:2; Rev.
20:1-3). Satan is the source of what is called human nature, which
humans acquire from him.
James says, "Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The
spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?" (James 4:5). And
Jeremiah was inspired to write, "The heart is deceitful above all
things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9).
Human nature covets. It lusts for the things money can buy. It
longs for prestige, recognition, admiration and popularity. It
lusts for power, position, wealth.
Ask any segment of our modern-day populations what they desire
most in life, and they'll almost invariably answer, "money"!
Actually, they want the things money can buy. They know prestige
and recognition come through the acquisition of material goods.
They know most people evaluate other people by what they possess --
by the kind of clothing they wear, the kind of home in which they
live, the kind of automobiles they drive, and the material goods
they possess.
No wonder God says, "... godliness with contentment is great
gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we
can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be
therewith content" (I Timothy 6:6-8).
Christ commanded, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break
through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not
break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will
your heart be also" (Matthew 6:19-21).
He said, "Therefore take no [anxious, worried, concerned]
thought, saying, What shall we eat? or ... Wherewithal shall we be
clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for
your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But
seek ye first the kingdom of God [His soon-coming, righteous
Government on this earth, which very Government, and its results
this book is explaining], and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:31-33).
Notice. It is not a sin to be rich. But it is a sin to covet
riches, or to put your heart on material things.
Our God is a multi-billionaire heavenly Father. "The gold is
mine ..." He says (Hag. 2:8). And God wants every child of His to
truly prosper. "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest
prosper and be in health ..."(III John 2). Christ said, "I am come
that they might have life, and that they might have it more
abundantly" (John 10:10).
God wants fullness, abundance in every life.
But look at the material "successes" you've known.
How truly happy are they? As J. Paul Getty, one of the world's
richest men, is reputed to have said, "I'd give all my millions for
just one happy marriage!"
In God's Kingdom, these commands of His will be obeyed.
They'll become the standard for regulating commerce, business,
finance, and the entire economic structure of the world.
And all will be on the giving basis. Christ said, "Give, and
it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken
together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For
with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to
you again" (Luke 6:38).
The giving standard will be followed in God's rule on this
earth -- not the grasping, conniving, striving, deceitful,
clandestine, furtive, scurrilous, devious, cheating and lying
chicanery that is commonplace in today's business world.
Look at the corruption in the world through lust for money.
It's no wonder God says, "... they that will be rich fall into
temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money
is a root of all evils [correct translation] ..." (I Timothy
6:9-10).
But when God converts rebellious mankind by the display of His
mighty power -- when He brings to pass His promise; "As I live,
saith the [Eternal], every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue
shall confess to God" (Romans 14:11), when He humbles the vain,
proud spirit of man -- then man will be made willing to give.

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PHOTO CAPTION: IN TOMORROW'S WORLD an understanding of the
biological and the botanical realms will be based on the laws of
God set in motion at creation, not on the theory of evolution.
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And until God breaks the haughty spirit of man (Isaiah
2:10-12,17) -- the peoples of earth will not be ready to accept such
a wonderful, loving, generous, honest, giving standard for the
whole economy.
It would require a thick book to begin to describe the
wonderful conditions which could prevail on this earth -- and which
will finally prevail, when the human heart is humbled, converted --
given the very nature of God (II Peter 1:4).
Never again will anyone build a building he can't afford, and
doesn't need, to lease and rent to tenants who help him pay for it.
No more interest. God says it is sin to lend money at "usury" or
interest.
Once each fifty years, all debts, public and private, will be
cancelled, completely.
Since governments will be in the hands of the spiritual Family
of God, and partially administered by those human leaders directly
under that great ruling Family -- and since there will be no huge
bureaus watching other huge bureaus, which are suspiciously
watching other bureaus; no military establishment; no
"intelligence" (spy) agencies or members of Interpol; no huge
cartels, monopolies, unions, or giant government spending -- the
economy of the world will be healed.
Think of it. No more foreign aid -- none of the wasted billions
to buy "lovers" (allies) (Ezekiel 23:9, 22; Lamentations 1:2, 19;
Ezekiel, 16th chapter) who turn and rend you later. No more
strings-attached government grants to industry, to science and
space technology, to schools and institutions for research.
Instead, every necessary industry, educational institution,
and business will be in sound financial condition. What a world
that will be!

Final Summation

Statesmen, scientists, educators know the only hope for
survival and for peace is one world government. We could quote many
scores of world leaders affirming this.
We could quote other scores of world leaders saying it is
impossible.
So it's "world government -- or annihilation" on the one hand,
and it's "world government is impossible" on the other hand.
That is the stark paradox of terror facing all mankind today.
No wonder God Almighty says "the way of peace have they not known"
(Rom. 3:17).
But what man cannot do for himself, the Great Living God will
do for him. World government -- perfect government -- is coming in
our time, in the hands of the Great Ruling Christ, and unnumbered
thousands of Co-Rulers given immortality with and under Him.
And that good news is the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ
is to inherit the world throne (Luke 1:32-33), which God had
promised to David would never cease on this earth (II Samuel 7:13).
Jesus said, before Pilate, it was for this express purpose that He
was born (John 18:36-37).
Jesus constantly preached the good news about the coming
Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:23; 6:10; 7:21; Mark 1:15; 4:11; 14:25;
Luke 4:43; 8:10; 9:2, 11, 62, etc.). He pictured Himself as the
young nobleman going away (to heaven) to be coronated, and to
return to earth (Luke 19:12-27).
Repeatedly Jesus said He would return to earth (Matthew 24:27,
30-31, 42; 25:13; Mark 13:26; Luke 12:42-43; 17:24; 18:8; 19:12;
21:27; John 14:3, etc.). "If I go and prepare a place [position,
office, habitation] for you, I will come again, and receive you
unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:3). He
will then be on the earth -- Zechariah 14:3-4 with I Thessalonians
4:16.
The living Christ is coming in all the power and glory of
Almighty God, as "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Revelation
19:11-21), to put down the rebellion of warring nations (Revelation
17:14), and establish God's world-ruling Government over all
nations (Daniel 2:44; 7:9,13-14, 18, 22, 27; Isaiah 9:7).
No wonder the whole hope of a true Christian is the
resurrection (Acts 23:6; 24:15) to immortality -- eternal life -- as
a co-ruler, under Christ. Jesus said: "And he that overcometh, and
keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the
nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron ..." (Revelation
2:26-27). And again, "to him that overcometh will I grant to sit
with me in my throne [on this earth] ..." (Revelation 3:21; Luke
1:32-33). And "... we shall reign on the earth" (Revelation 5:10).
The Apostle John, in vision, saw a preview of the beginning of
that rule and world government: "And I saw thrones, and they sat
upon them, and judgment was given unto them ... and they lived and
reigned with Christ a thousand years" (Revelation 20:4).
Jesus said no one could see or enter into the Kingdom of God
until he is born of God (John 3:3-5). He made plain when one is
born of God, he, just as God is, will be Spirit. We have now, as
humans, been born of flesh -- and therefore we are flesh. But God is
Spirit (John 4:24, Revised Standard Version), and when we are born
of God -- of the Spirit -- we shall be Spirit (John 3:6-8). Now, we
are earthy -- of the earth (I Corinthians 15:48). We are "flesh and
blood" from the earth -- from matter (verse 50) -- yet flesh and
blood humans cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (same verse). But,
as we have borne the image of the earthy -- mortal -- human -- we
shall, when born of God, bear the image of the heavenly that is,
spirit (verse 49).
Jesus Christ is the firstborn of many brethren (Romans 8:29;
Colossians 1:18) who shall be born of God "by a resurrection" (John
5:25-29; 6:39, 40, 44).
Christ, the King of kings. Perfect in character, absolute in
honesty, integrity, faithfulness, loyalty and trust; filled with
outgoing concern for the governed -- their welfare and salvation;
total knowledge, understanding, wisdom. Complete love, mercy,
patience, kindness, compassion, forgiveness. Yet, possessing total
power, and never compromising one millionth of an inch with His
perfect law -- which is the way of love. He will enforce God's Law --
God's Government on earth. He will compel haughty, carnal,
rebellious humans to yield in complete submission to God's
Government.
No one will be deceived -- as the vast majority of mankind is
today. All will know the truth. No more religious confusion. Eyes
will be opened to the truth. Humans will become teachable. People
will start living God's Way -- the way of outgoing concern for
others -- the way of the true values -- the way of peace, of
happiness, of well-being, of joy.
Crime, sickness, disease, pain and suffering, gone. Poverty,
ignorance banished. Smiles on people's faces -- faces that radiate.
Wild animals tame. Air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution,
gone. Crystal pure water to drink; clean, crisp, pure air to
breathe; rich black soil where deserts, mountains and seas formerly
were, producing full-flavored foods, and fantastic beauty in
flowers, shrubs, trees. A world filled with happy radiating humans,
guided, helped, protected, and ruled by former mortals made
immortal -- and all the humans realizing that they, too, may inherit
everlasting life in supreme happiness and thrilling joy.
What a fabulous picture!



For further reading on topics briefly discussed in this book,
the following titles by Herbert W. Armstrong are available in
booklet form free of charge: "Does God Exist?", "The Seven Laws of
Success", "Why Were You Born?", "What Do You Mean -- Born Again?",
"What Is The True Gospel?"