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What Trends Should Christians Be Watching For in 2024

The year 2024 will be a window into our future. What are the major events and trends that will determine the direction humanity is headed from the perspective of a Biblical Christian worldview?

2024 Mile Markers for the Future

Aliens in our Midst

Let’s get one of the more esoteric possibilities out of the way. Over the last few years, this topic has become increasingly more mainstream (MSNBC). The question of “Are we alone in the universe” should hold only a passing fascination to Christians. The Bible is silent on the subject of intelligent life beyond earth and, therefore, its existence or absence should have no bearing on our faith or theology (details). However, there are two exceptions to consider. First, if UFOs or UAPs are real, then we have a race of beings that likely can bring about massive change (either good or bad) to our existence. Second, the Bible talks about Satan and his minions generating powerful deceptions (Matt. 24:24 & 2 Thes. 2:11) which some Christians believe are disguised as aliens. Scripture suggests they intend to establish a one-world government (details), currency, and religion (details) that would fit perfectly under the guise of powerful, and initially benevolent, aliens. 

Nuclear War

At the end of 2023 (see details), there were 9 countries with nuclear weapons (Russia, the US,  China, France, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea). Further, there are another 7 countries that host the bomb developed from other countries (Turkey, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, and Belarus). Finally, Iran is actively pursuing nuclear capabilities and North Korea is close to an intercontinental delivery system for their nuclear warheads. The concept of MAD (mutually assured destruction) has played a significant role in blunting the use of these devices. However, Kennedy’s Cuba Missile Crisis, the fact that Russia threatened to use its tactical nukes in the war with Ukraine, Israel stating it will do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from obtaining weapons of mass destruction, and one mistake or judgment error by a nuclear nation, or its proxy, could send the world into a global holocaust. Moving into 2024 we need to reflect on whether the world is stepping toward or away from a nuclear war.

Artificial Intelligence

Of all the possibilities for an endpoint of the human race, AI holds the highest eventual probability. Simply put, mankind is in a catch-22. If we attempt AI regulation, those countries that fall outside of its compliance will quickly overtake those who attempt to stay inside the guardrails. If we turn the science loose, it is just a matter of time before it takes over command and control systems, utilities, distribution networks, and fake news/media influencers. Artificial Intelligence is different from any past scientific achievement because it will shortly be fully self-replicating, both integrated and interconnected into all aspects of society, and vastly more intelligent than its human counterparts. Finally, even if AI, on its own, chooses to be benevolent toward humanity, there will be an irresistible attraction for those in positions of power to influence its paradigms toward global control. There is no solution to this dilemma since AI holds so much positive potential for our society. It will continue to expand, becoming an interconnected grid, improving all aspects of our lives. Watching the trend emerge from 2024, we will ultimately become so dependent on Artificial Intelligence that it will be impossible to unplug.

Pandemic

In December 2019, China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) that an “isolated” outbreak of a pneumonia-like virus, connected to the Huanan Seafood Market, had broken out in the city of Wuhan (details here). On January 8, 2020, a 35-year-old man in Seattle, WA checked into an urgent care facility (after returning from Wuhan) due to fever, nausea, and vomiting. The WHO announced on February 20th of that same year the name of the virus, COVID-19, and by mid-March, all 50 states had reported positive cases. By the end of 2023, nearly 1.2 million deaths in the U.S. and nearly 7 million worldwide have been attributed in varying degrees to COVID. This loss of life does not include the impact the pandemic has had on economies and education, as well as the social upheaval and disruptions it has created. It is naive to think that there are no other more vicious and resistant viruses already under gain-of-function development in research facilities throughout the world as we move into 2024.

Climate Change

There is no question that global warming is occurring and accelerating. One can argue the relative weight of underlying causes, but that does not change the reality of its ultimate impact. There is very likely a tipping point of no return that we have or will soon reach (details), regardless of the rhetoric and investments being made or proposed. Nothing is likely to slow down, much less halt, temperature and water levels rising, the results of which will have a major global impact on our food production and coastal communities. 

Asteroid

In September of 2022, the U.S. government intentionally crashed an unmanned spacecraft into an asteroid to determine if it was possible to change its trajectory in the event one is headed toward a collision course with Earth (details). More recent research has been done on the feasibility of detonating a nuclear weapon on a potential threat for the same purpose (details). In September of 2023, NASA announced that an asteroid could hit the Earth with the force of 24 nuclear bombs (details). Further quoting from NASA, “60% of city-killer sized asteroids and even bigger rocks could be hidden in the light of the sun” and fly under the radar until “moments before they hit”. In January of 2023, a “large moving truck” sized asteroid passed within 2200 miles of Earth (the distance from NYC to Los Vegas). It had been discovered by an amateur astronomer less than a week earlier (details).

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Today we are facing the growing economic and military influence of China and the commitment of Xi to bring Taiwan under its control. Russia shows no sign of resolving its conflict with Ukraine, which continues to sap our military and financial reserves. North Korea will have the capability of delivering a nuclear payload to U.S. shores in 2024. Iran will likely be publicly announcing its progress in the nuclear arms race and will remain the primary destabilizer in the Middle East. Israel will likely be forced to conclude operations in Gaza and a solution will need to surface regarding millions of dislocated Palestinians, rebuilding, and governance. 

Presidential Election

For all our challenges, America remains the most powerful nation and employs a President who should be the most impactful leader on the planet. In November of 2024, Americans will likely be forced to choose from two 80+ year olds… either a feeble, mentally challenged, progressive, liar or a volatile, bombastic, revenge-driven, unstable, liar. Setting aside the fact that we should have better choices, the election of our top office, coupled with House and Senate races, will have a major impact on the ongoing health of the nation, and the world.

America, a Nation in Decline

Homelessness, drug addiction, crime (details), and even the border crisis will remain issues in 2024, regardless of who is elected to the top spot, unless both sides of Congress turn to a single political party. Abortion, transgender issues, educational deficiencies, military supplies and preparedness, ever-increasing self-centeredness, continued moral deterioration (details), single-parent households (details), obesity, and energy independence are all internal challenges that will distract the country from more global concerns. 

A Secular Perspective

The list above is long and harsh. All is true but the resiliency of mankind needs to be factored into the equation. There are no signs of an alien invasion. Nuclear war has been a potential for many years but remains under control. Artificial Intelligence holds amazing promise for the improvement of the human condition in all aspects of life. Perhaps we can tame it for good. COVID was a learning experience and we will be better prepared if and when the next virus surfaces. Much of the world is laser-focused on climate change. Perhaps science will find a solution long before irrevocable damage has been done. The probability of an asteroid hitting the earth by chance is infinitesimal and we have developed at least two countermeasures if it should become eminent. America and the world in general always seem to survive less-than-perfect leadership, the threat of globally destructive wars, and all sorts of moral and societal issues we constantly face. 

We are a nation and a species that, no matter what the challenge, seem to survive, if not thrive. There is an unquestioned value in optimism, and, perhaps 2024 will prove to be our best year ever. 

A Biblical Christian Perspective

As born-again believers, we know that our citizenship is in Heaven, not this earth (Phil. 3:29). We are called to be God’s emissaries in a sin-cursed world, to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and to draw them into personal relationship with a loving yet righteous God. We also know that God is in control, regardless of the outcomes of our individual lives, as well as that of our nation and our world.

As we look back over the last 30 years there has been an unmistakable drift away from the Creator of the universe and toward an inward, self-serving belief system. This coming year holds the potential of numerous markers that will make clear if humanity is riding on a pendulum that has reached its pinnacle and is starting to move back toward a stable and just society, or if we are on a continuing negative trajectory that can only be seen as a precursor to the end-times prophesy of 2 Timothy 3:1-5, Matthew 24:21-22, 2 Peter 3:3-4, and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. As in the parable of the Ten Virgins, Biblical Christians should be prepared, not anxious (Matthew 6:34), but watching for the Bridegroom because we truly don’t know the day nor the hour of His return (Matthew 25:1-13).


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