Cyclical Nature of Created History
Consider where we are in modernity, then consider what the future will look like based on the cyclical sequence of world history. Where are we now? Where are we headed towards? Where will we be?
Archaeologist tells us that the world has gone through a series of creation, destruction, and recreation. In fact, there are 5 major mass extinction events in the history of our planet. The understanding of this should tell us that the world we live in is not the result of the 6-day creation that legalistic Christians claim. Also, it should also remind us that the world we live in behaves in a rather cyclical pattern, just as the Bible reader reads, “and there was evening, and there was morning — the ___ day.”
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. — Ecclesiastes 1:9, NIV.
How History tells us about the Possible Future
The cyclical lifespan of the planet isn’t just limited to archaeology, but also to other aspects of world history. Consider the downfall of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1-29), the Tribe of Benjamin (Judges 19-21), and Jerusalem (Isaiah 3:8-9). Do we see a pattern of events that must happen before the eventual downfall occur? The Bible reader will tell you casually that the Old Testament is a cycle of God’s grace, sin, judgement, and return to God. Following which, he might probably tell you that the New Testament is a time of grace. Bullshit. The cycle never end at the death and resurrection of Christ and we should be expecting the loop to close itself pretty soon if we don’t do anything about it.
Look at the world we live in and reflect on what life must have been like for The Ancients. How are our working lifestyles like? How are our sex lives like? How are our family lives like? How are international relationships like? How is the world’s economy like? All of these factors play a part in determining our standing in world history. Say for example, the judgement that happened to Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Tribe of Benjamin. Were they parading at the city square about their collective distorted sex life (Genesis 19:4-5, Judges 19:22, Isaiah 3:9)? Consider their social interactions. Are they interacting with others with hospitality (Job 31:31-32)? Or are they so isolated that no one cared for the welfare of others (Judges 19:15, Isaiah 5:8)? Given their social interactions, what do you think is the global economic system at that time? A lord-peasant system? Or a more sophisticated mix of social-capitalism? Now, consider where we are now. Don’t you think that The Ancients were very much ahead of us in technology, human rights, economy, and government?
Based on the cyclical nature of world history and on our understanding of ancient history, where do you think we are in the world’s history? What do you think our future is?
How History tells us about Our Immediate Future
Often times, we speak of “visions” as a distant and uncertain future. But now, with careful analysis of history, we can picture for ourselves a scene in the future of humanity. We see a world that respects and celebrates human-rights, whatever “right” that is. We see a world with a unified economic system that enabled the free-flow of goods around the world. We see a world where people are free from the obligations of productive work, yet the world feeds itself. In the past where the women do all the work and the men gather at the city gates (ref: Proverbs 31:10-31), so will the modern-being utilise technology to do the work while the collective human community gather at the city square to parade whatever that is important for them?
There will be no need for a political system as democracy or socialism. Humanity will transcend them all by caring for the common good. Global trade will no longer be limited by political boundaries or by differences in currencies. Rather, global trade will ride on the waves of a united global currency grounded on a new international monetary system. No longer tied to gold or a fluctuating currency value, the value of the common dollar will be built on the foundation of something so secure and stable that no one would question its ability to stabilise the global economy. Something like a universal basic dividend system with a fixed amount of credit in which everyone and everyone transact upon. Poverty and income inequality will be a thing of the past.
How History tells us about our Distant Future
The problem with the post-utopian vision is the lack of purpose for existence. What are we working for when there’s no work? What’s the purpose of education when there’s no need to work? What’s the purpose of relationships when there’s no need for activities? What’s the purpose of existence when there’s no need for life?
Sure, we can advocate human rights and fulfil the desires of our flesh, but is that it? What constitutes human rights when there’s no need for work? What constitutes the freedom of expression when there’s no need to express? What constitutes the freedom to love when love is nothing but the act of mutually satisfying each others’ desires?
While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.” — Judges 19:22 (also in Genesis 19:4-5).
Can the purpose of living be the fight to retain ethical values of old? Like saying, “don’t do this wicked thing” when the entire world approves of it (Judges 19:23, Genesis 19:6-7)? Can the purpose of living be found in the retreating from society? Like, “working in the fields” when everyone else isn’t (Judges 19:16)?
Biblical Predictions of Judgement in the Distant Future
As we exit the era of the post-utopian world, we venture into uncharted territory. Not so much from the perspective of world history, but from the perspective of the post-utopian, dumbed-down, society. Evangelical Christians who are slightly more well-versed in their scriptures will figure that a certain form of judgement will come at this point in time. Something like a global catastrophe. War, natural disaster, something. After all, the overly quoted Matthew 24 tells us of “persecutions”, an “increase in wickedness”, and the “gospel being preached to the ends of the world”. But, in truth, the vague description of Matthew 24 doesn’t quite give us the full picture of the gravity of the entire situation.
As we exit from the utopian vision of the world — one where the necessities for survival are provided by the advancement of technology — we find humanity dumbed-down to a point where they no longer know how to hunt nor to grow food. Over-reliance on technology while indulging in an ethicless lifestyle might lead to a possible irreversible universal breakdown.
Famine will ensue alongside natural disasters. Power failures and other mechanical failures will lead to death and the like. The over-reliance on technology will mean that hospital and healthcare facilities are unable to cope with the influx of casualties. And people, driven by their own selfish desires, will seek to satisfy their own needs ahead of others.
In fact, here’s a more tangible list of things that might happen:
- Sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever. — Lev 26:16
- The soil will not yield crops. Trees will not yield fruits. — Lev 26:20
- Wild animals attack humans. — Lev 26:22
- War. — Lev 26:25
- Supply of food will be affected. — Lev 26:26
- Cannibalism. — Lev 26:29
- Increase in refugees. — Lev 26:33
As grim as it sounds, this is the vision for the distant future. However, rest assured that all of these will not happen just yet as the time is not ripe. Even though we see a glimpse of these happening on the news, we know that this is not the real deal as there are powers that hold these back (2 Thessalonians 2:6-7). And these powers are the global structure that God had instituted. They are our current global polity and technostructures. Granted, when all of these collapse with the rise of AI, 3D printing, automatic farming, blockchain, etc, hell will break loose pretty quickly.
The Modern Response for Our Future
But, no fear, though. Whatever the future, we know our immediate future is bright. History reassures us that our future is bright and the Bible reaffirms it. Given this understanding, shouldn’t we work towards the next phase of globalism? Shouldn’t we look past nationalistic values and anchor ourselves firmly on the historical assurance of humanity’s bright future?
To achieve this, I propose that we break down all the barriers that hinders humanity’s progress towards unity. This isn’t limited to political barriers, but everything that separates humanity. Socioeconomic barriers, geographical barriers, linguistic barriers, technological barriers, racial barriers, religious barriers, and ideological barriers.
Collectively, let all of humanity work towards the collective enlightenment of humankind. When humanity root our purpose of living and meaning of existence on something that transcends the visible, we will be able to see beyond the nature of our physical existence and into something else. After all, life as we know it doesn’t end the moment our heart stops. Our consciousness continues into the abyss, and we all know it.
Consider for a while about what will things be like if humanity as a whole sought enlightenment about The Truth that transcends physical realities while living in the Marxist Utopia. When The Truth is sought, our collective conscience will be our guiding light in our day-to-day lives. As humanity walk collectively in the light of The Truth, the world as we know it will transform into a utopian heaven never before seen in history (Micah 4:2-5, Isaiah 2:3-5). But if we lose sight of The Truth, we will also know what will follow suit.
The choice is ours to make. The future is in our hands.