“It is sure—the world’s only sure hope,” the late educator and theologian Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like. “This advance good news of tomorrow is as certain as the rising of tomorrow’s sun.”
The soon-coming World Tomorrow is God’s promise to you. Knowing about this glorious future world will provide you with hope, strength, peace of mind, positivity and joy while society crumbles around you.
This present evil world now hurtles toward annihilation, but God has already planned to implement the solution: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22). The coming time of unprecedented human pain and suffering will be cut short by the return of your Savior! At His Second Coming, Jesus Christ will immediately begin setting up the wonderful World Tomorrow.
To learn more about your future with Christ in the World Tomorrow, grab a pencil and some paper and write out the following questions and scriptures word for word. Prepare to be encouraged!
Changing Human Nature
Rebellious mankind will only choose God’s way of life after severe punishment, and after human nature is changed. How does God describe the human mind apart from His righteous influence? Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 8:7.
Do you see yourself as “desperately wicked”? From an early age, our human nature rebels against God, but with the help of God, your parents and other authority figures, you have gradually started to choose obedience over rebellion.
Who is to blame for human hostility toward God? Ephesians 2:2.
Satan is the master broadcaster. He broadcasts directly into human minds not in words, but in attitudes, moods and impulses. The human “wavelength” is tuned in to Satan’s “broadcast” by default. Therefore, human nature is actually Satan’s nature. Satan can’t force you to sin, but his pull is strong.
The world around you follows the pulls of human nature, usually without putting up much resistance. Will humans who have lived their entire lives according to Satan’s way be happy when Christ returns? Revelation 11:15, 18; 17:14, first part.
The military forces pushing the world to the brink of extermination in World War iii will stop fighting each other and turn against Christ! Humans won’t want to give up their power and way of operating, so they will fight—and they will lose. “Rebellion against God’s law and God’s rule must, and speedily will, be put down” (The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like).
When Christ returns to end this war and set up the Kingdom of God on Earth, will He be alone? 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17.
Converted Christians throughout the ages will be instantly transformed into spirit beings at Christ’s return. First will be the resurrection of saints from the dead, then the spiritual birth of true Christians still alive. This miraculous change from mortal flesh and blood into immortal, spirit-born sons of God will be made possible by the presence and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit in the minds of these saints while they were still humans (Romans 8:14-17). Together, Christ and these sons of God, His new Bride (Revelation 19:7), will put down all human rebellion and establish one world government administered by perfect spirit beings for the good of all humans who survived the nightmarish Great Tribulation and Day of the Lord.
What about you young people who are attending services with the Philadelphia Church of God but haven’t met the conditions for receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) by the time of Jesus Christ’s Second Coming? Psalm 45:16.
God’s unbaptized young people today will be the physical leaders of the World Tomorrow. You will have an opportunity to lead and teach all humanity, plus be baptized, get married, build a family, and prove your willingness to obey God for all eternity. Once you have qualified during your physical life, God will transform you into His spirit-born son, and you will occupy a spiritual position within God’s world-ruling government structure.
What will be a top priority for Christ when He returns? Revelation 20:1-3.
For the entire 1,000-year World Tomorrow, Satan will be locked up! He will no longer be able to broadcast evils into human minds. The moment he is thrown into the bottomless pit, we will start working to free human minds from Satan’s stranglehold. Human nature won’t be eliminated right away, but Satan’s imprisonment will be a vital first step toward abolishing human nature forever. As a teacher in the World Tomorrow, you will help to remove the satanic deception and attitude of rebellion from the minds of your students. Conversion is a process—they will, over time, learn how to fight off human nature, and this fight will be made easier by Satan’s absence.
New World Order
Communists today hope to establish what is called a “new world order.” They know humanity’s only hope rests in one world government, and they desire to run that government and bask in limitless power.
As wrong as Communists are about virtually everything, they are correct on this point: Only a world-ruling government can solve mankind’s problems! But not the kind they yearn for.
“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,” Mr. Armstrong wrote. “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” (ibid).
What makes Christ capable of properly appointing the right government officials to the right jobs? Isaiah 11:2-5.
God and Christ don’t judge by sight; they look on the heart. They aren’t deceived by empty campaign promises or political smear ads. Christ is love, and He will rule for the highest good of His subjects. He will appoint the most capable, righteous, suitable candidates to each office of authority within His government.
God’s Church today keeps seven annual observances, six of which involve holy days. These days picture God’s 7,000-year master plan for mankind. God hates the world’s pagan holidays—Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Halloween and others. In the World Tomorrow, will mankind be forced to stop celebrating pagan holidays and start keeping God’s holy days? Zechariah 14:16-19.
This is just one way in which Christ will rule the nations with a “rod of iron” (Revelation 2:27), literally forcing humans to put away sins that cause suffering in favor of law-keeping that brings blessings.
Mr. Armstrong wrote: “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 worshiping 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” (ibid).
As Mr. Armstrong explained, Christ’s return is mankind’s only hope for justice, peace, truth and right solutions. Only the government of God can unlock the lasting blessings humans have always tried and failed to obtain.
Is Christ now preparing a specific role within His government for you to fill in the future? John 14:2. How will God decide the amount of authority and responsibility to entrust to you in His Kingdom? Luke 19:11-19, Matthew 25:14-23.
These two parables show how God is judging you in this physical life. Christ explained in the parable of the pounds (Luke 19) that you will be rewarded according to how much you grow in godly character and ability. In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25), Christ described another factor that determines your future reward: how much you had to work with at the beginning of your Christian journey. God expects results from all of us, but more so from those who have been given the most natural ability and spiritual gifts.
God’s government will be comprised of numerous specific offices of national and international authority. Mr. Armstrong speculated about who would fill which governmental roles, based on the indications of the Bible: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as a topflight team directly under Christ and over Church and state; Elijah over Church; Moses over state; David over the 12 tribes of Israel; the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh over the other 10 tribes of Israel; the Israelite tribes over all Gentile nations; each of the 12 original apostles over a tribe of Israel; Daniel over Paul over all Gentile nations; Noah over race relations and the relocation of nations according to God’s design; Joseph over the world economy; and Job over Zerubbabel over worldwide urban renewal. God’s government will be highly organized, and filled with capable individuals of sterling character!
Notice this encouraging aspect of the World Tomorrow: “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). This verse is often quoted during the Feast of Tabernacles. But have you ever thought about the practical ramifications of this prophecy?
How would true knowledge actually flood the Earth, which today is more like a barren desert? Micah 4:1-5.
In God’s government, Church and state will be united under Christ. This passage in Micah indicates the job of educating the world will be a responsibility of God’s Church. Spirit-born sons of God will rule and teach all nations how to obey God and be blessed, and how to permanently exchange war for peace.
While being educated in God’s law and in spiritual principles certainly is important, how can such worldwide evangelism even begin until the basics are covered? As of 2015, 14 percent of the world population was illiterate. In some African countries, literacy rates are still below 30 percent. How can all these people comprehend deep spiritual truths if they don’t yet know how to read?
Consider the other extreme. What does God say about the highly educated of the world? Romans 1:22, 25, 28-32.
Such vile miseducation will have to be unlearned before God’s life-saving instruction can be received! God’s sons will have to heal millions of minds scarred by the “deadly leaven of higher education,” as Mr. Armstrong called it.
“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. …
“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” (ibid).
This is why you are in training today. This is why God’s Church provides so many resources to help you: True Education, Imperial Academy, Summer Educational Program, Herbert W. Armstrong College and others. God wants future teachers who grow in godly character for a lifetime (2 Peter 3:18) and then are infused with millions of times more power and ability upon transformation into spirit beings!
The government, education and religion of tomorrow will align with God’s laws, resulting in peace, prosperity and joy for all mankind.
To learn more about your marvelous future and God’s practical plans for solving every human problem, request a free copy of The Wonderful World Tomorrow—What It Will Be Like.