Chapter 7: Incredible ‘Hope in Your End’
These are dark days for America. And if you understand the prophecies of the Bible, you know that they are about to get a lot darker. But it is crucial that we see the bad news in the larger context. God is allowing these crises because such punishment is necessary before He can really begin to bless our people—as He deeply desires and fully intends to do!
The same Bible that prophesies of the curses befalling us also foretells of the ultimate, super-inspiring outcome!
Here is an excerpt from our booklet The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like, written by Herbert W. Armstrong (request your free copy):
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; 1 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. …
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. …
A leading American newsweekly 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.” [This was written in 1966!]
“A strong hand from someplace.” God Almighty is going to send a very strong hand from “someplace” to save humanity!
Notice this hope-filled promise from God through the Prophet Jeremiah: “Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border” (Jeremiah 31:16-17).
God promises that there is real hope in America’s end! The same Bible that prophesied America’s fall also prophesies that its brightest days are yet to come!
If you really believe these prophecies, you will understand why no politician can make America “great again.” Only God can do that—and it has to be done His way. But He has given us ironclad promises that He absolutely will do so!
When God chose the biblical nation of Israel, He intended it to be an example and a blessing to all nations, leading them into a relationship with Him (read passages like Deuteronomy 4:5-8). Though that nation failed, the goal that God had for Israel anciently is still one He intends to accomplish. God still wants Israel’s descendants to fulfill the glorious purpose of serving as a shining example to the world! And one day soon, they will be!
Look at verses 6 and 7 of Jeremiah 31, which is a prophecy of the world after Jesus Christ returns. Verse 6 is about Ephraim, which is the prophetic name God has given to Great Britain. Verse 7 is about Jacob—a prophetic name for America and Britain—which it calls “the chief of the nations.” In other words, these will be the leading nations in the World Tomorrow!
This chapter pictures God lovingly gathering all people from these nations (verses 8-10), showering them with blessings (verses 12-17), and establishing His New Covenant with them (verses 31-34).
Jeremiah 33 also depicts the time after America and Britain have endured the Tribulation. God promises to restore prosperity to them and make them a positive example. They will become “a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it” (verse 9). Yes, people will be moved to worship God at His outpouring of generosity and love toward these nations!
It’s hard to imagine how great America is going to be. But this much we know: America is going to be great again!