Another sign is the fact that when Antichrist comes he is
to be the ruler of the world, and only in our times has it been a practical
reality that one man can rule the entire world. all
world empires up until now have been only over part of the earth, and before
modern communications it was impossible for one man to rule the entire world.
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Furthermore, with increased communications, with atomic
bombs and more advanced weapons, the possibility of a worldwide tribulation now
becomes much greater than ever before. It's obvious that the next war
will be the most destructive in the history of mankind, and probably will
cause, in its first few days, more damage than all the wars in history.
Besides atomic weapons, there are various bacteriological weapons for spreading
plagues among people, poisonous gases and all kinds of fantastic things which
in an all-out war could come into play.
Also, the fact that all the peoples of the world are bound
up more with each other means that when some great catastrophe comes to one
country—a depression, or something of the sort—then
all the rest of the world will be affected. This we already saw in the
1930s when there was a Great Depression in America
and it spread to the rest of Europe. In the future
it's obvious that something much worse can occur. If one country begins
to starve, or if the crops fail one year in Canada, Australia, America and
Russia—all those four great countries which supply what—just imagine how the
whole world is going to suffer.