For instance, consider the following Bible prophecies:
“Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be food shortages and earthquakes in one place after another.”—Matthew 24:7.
“In the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.”—2 Timothy 3:1-4.
Those prophecies describe a world that some might say is spiraling out of control. In a sense, our world is indeed out of control—out of the control of humans. According to the Bible, humans simply do not have the wisdom and power to bring about a permanent solution. This is highlighted in the following scriptures:
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”—Proverbs 14:12.
“Man has dominated man to his harm.”—Ecclesiastes 8:9.
“It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.”—Jeremiah 10:23.
Left to its own devices, the world could very likely face a global catastrophe. But that is not going to happen! Why? This is what the Bible says:
God “has established the earth on its foundations; it will not be moved from its place forever and ever.”—Psalm 104:5.
“A generation is going, and a generation is coming, but the earth remains forever.”—Ecclesiastes 1:4.
“The righteous will possess the earth, and they will live forever on it.”—Psalm 37:29.
“There will be an abundance of grain on the earth; on the top of the mountains it will overflow.”—Psalm 72:16.
These Bible teachings provide clear answers. Mankind will not die off from pollution, lack of food and water, or a global pandemic. The world will not be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Why not? God is in control of our planet’s future. Granted, God has allowed humans to exercise free will. However, they will reap the consequences for their decisions.
“Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap;” (Galatians 6:7)
But God will do more. He will bring about an “abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11 “But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”) [excerpted recent readings: AWAKE! No. 6 2017]