This week the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists shared their annual Doomsday Clock update – It is still 90 seconds to midnight. The members “have been deeply worried about the deteriorating state of the world” and believe that “ominous trends continue to point the world toward global catastrophe.”
The trends they state are:
- Nuclear Risk
- Climate Change
- Biological Threats
- Disruptive Technologies
The first 3 are not new but their risks and volatility certainly have increased. War and rumours of wars are one constant on our news channels. Then we witness the number of devastating natural disasters that have been happening globally for a number of years. Whatever we put as the cause for these, it seems the world is in disrepair and we’re closer than ever to global catastrophe.
In addition, the fourth point, Disruptive Technologies, has seen the most significant developments in the last year, particularly centred on the rapid advancement of generative artificial intelligence. Its use across many sectors, including the military, has vastly increased. Even more concerning is that this is without any international agreement on regulations. Companies are building autonomous systems that can make decisions with human interactions, including lethal weapons. You don’t need to be an expert to know that a disastrous global event is only a matter of time!
The Doomsday Clock statement says: “These threats, singularly and as they interact, are of such a character and magnitude that no one nation or leader can bring them under control.” To turn back the Clock, they believe “three of the world’s leading powers—the United States, China, and Russia—should commence serious dialogue”. Can you realistically see this happening?
The reality is, they are not wrong with their observations! Our world is in a seriously bad place. But, they use it as a rallying cry for people in powerful places to act and make necessary steps to avoid disaster. However, it should be used as a rallying cry for everyone to get in a good place with God! The truth that the majority don’t accept is that we are living in the end times and Jesus is coming back soon! Many read this last sentence and scoff but the evidence is clear that the day of the Second coming is approaching.
There is coming a time when a leader will take centre stage and appear to resolve all the world’s problems. He will bring about peace and nations will put their trust in him because of his power and miraculous displays. But this will only be for a limited time until his true colours are shown.
The only sensible path to take now is to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, with a humble heart, pray to God to show you the truth. There is a glorious future awaiting everyone who is born again.
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NIV)
You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Luke 12:40 NIV)