THE WONDERFUL WORLD TOMORROW
What It Will Be Like
by Herbert W. Armstrong
1966, 1973, 1979 edition
Table of Contents
- Three World Views --
Only One Is Going to Happen!
- One Last "Obituary" Look at
- The Cause of All World
- The New World
- Education and Religion
- Now Picture Tomorrow's World!
- ... And All Speaking the
Now Picture Tomorrow's World!
WE HAVE COVERED SOMETHING of the organization of the
government that will rule tomorrow's world.
Now picture the changed conditions!
Look now at the solved problems!
See, now, a glimpse into a world of no illiteracy, no poverty,
no famine and starvation, into a world where crime decreases
rapidly, people learn honesty, chastity, human kindness, and
happiness -- a world of peace, prosperity, abundant well-being.
The Population Explosion Solved
God predicts vast reforms everywhere in the wonderful utopian
era He says will soon break out on this earth.
Can you imagine it? A world of great strides in solving the
most crucial problems facing mankind.
Today -- the greatest and most awesome problem of all is the
population explosion. Growing populations in all nations are
rapidly outstripping the ability of the world to sustain them.
And the areas of the greatest rise in population are the
underdeveloped parts of the world -- the "have-not" nations of
poverty, illiteracy, disease and superstition. Remember, not more
than 10 percent of the earth's surface is tillable, or arable,
land. And now the latest U.N. figures indicate the world will
double in population in just 34 short years.
The daily, ominous pressure of people is one of the truly
incomprehensible problems today.
But God has the solution, and how simple it is. Simply make
most of the earth cultivatable. Reduce the bare, snow-swept and
craggy mountains, raise up some of the deep, arid desert valleys,
change the world weather patterns. Make all the deserts green and
fertile. Open up huge slices of the earth, like the Kalahari
Desert, the Lake Chad basin and the Sahara in Africa, the Gobi
Desert in Asia, and the great American deserts. Make green and
verdant the vast wastes of Mongolia, Siberia, Saudi Arabia and many
of the Western states in the U.S.
Thaw out the deep ice packs and snowdrifts, the permafrost and
tundra from the vast, almost limitless expanses of Antarctica,
North America, Greenland, Northern Europe and Siberia. Make level
the awesome Pamir Knot, the huge giants of the Himalayas, the
Atlas, Taurus, Pyrenees, Rockies, Sierras and Hindu Kush -- level
the immense sweep of the Andes, and all the other forbidding,
towering, virtually uninhabitable mountains of earth.
Then, provide good, gentle rainfall, in right balance, just at
the right season.
And what happens?
Multiple millions of acres of unbelievably fertile,
productive, wonderful farmland suddenly become available -- just
waiting to be discovered, and pioneered.
In the hands of man -- certainly.
But look what God promises. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye
men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the [Eternal], and thy
redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
"Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument
having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small,
and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the
wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them:
and thou shalt rejoice in the [Eternal], and shalt glory in the
Holy One of Israel.
"When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and
their tongue faileth for thirst, I the [Eternal] will hear them, I
the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high
places, and fountains [artesian wells] in the midst of the valleys:
I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land
springs of water.
"I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah
[acacia] tree, and the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the
desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree [cypress]
together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand
together, that the hand of the [Eternal] hath done this, and the
Holy One of Israel hath created it." (Isaiah 41:14-20).
Pure Water-Fertile Deserts
Can you imagine such a fabulous scene? Deserts becoming green,
fertile, garden lands of trees, shrubs, bubbling springs and
brooks; mountains brought low, and made inhabitable.
Notice how God describes these conditions in many parts of the
"Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of
the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and
streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool,
and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons
[jackals], where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes"
Read the whole 35th chapter of Isaiah.
God says, "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad
for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It
shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing ..."
Some years ago, in a dry, dusty canyon deep in the profusion
of hills between Bakersfield and Los Angeles, California, a minor
earthquake struck. The proprietors of a small resort, now almost
totally ignored, and nearly always deserted because of the parched
conditions of the area, were considering closing up and moving
Suddenly, a groaning, jolting earthquake rippled through the
arid hills. Not long after the earth rocked and groaned beneath
their feet, they heard a faint gurgling sound. They ran to the dry,
dusty creek bed that coursed through their property -- and were
utterly amazed to see water flowing swiftly along. As the creek
gradually cleared up, they found the water to be crystal clear and
pure -- sweet and refreshing to drink.
Needless to say, their business picked up again.
Somehow, the earthquake had broken open an underground water
source, sending it cascading through their property.
Think about the vast wastes of this earth. Does it sound
incredible, unbelievable that God could make them blossom like a
rose? Why should it?
The mountains were formed. Great forces caused gigantic
upheavals, or huge cracks and slippages in the crust of the earth.
Massive blocks of granite lunged up into the sky -- the earth
rocking and reeling in the throes of the greatest earthquakes in
its history. Mountains were made -- they didn't just happen.
The God of all power, who formed the hills and mountains (Amos
4:13; Psalm 90:2), will reform them -- will re-shape the surface of
Read of the huge earthquakes yet to come which will directly
accomplish much of the rehabilitation of the land surfaces. (See
Revelation 16:18; Zechariah 14:4.) God says, "The mountains quake
at him, and the hills melt ..." (Nahum 1:5).
Land Beneath Sea Reclaimed
Man recognizes much of the wealth of the world lies beneath
the seas. Oil, gold, silver, and dozens of minerals -- these all
remain unobtainable today, lying untapped deep under the vast
oceans. Also, seawater contains a great deal of gold and most of
the world's gold supplies are under the oceans.
Many areas of the earth are ravaged by tidal action -- by the
ceaseless pounding of the surf that gradually wears away additional
land. The lowlands of Europe, Holland in particular, consist to
quite an extent of land reclaimed from the sea.
Think of the multiple millions of additional acres available
to mankind if some of the world's oceans were reduced in size. And
God says they shall be! Notice it, "And the [Eternal] shall utterly
destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind
shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the
seven streams, and make men go over dryshod" (Isaiah 11:15).
Sounds incredible -- but it's true!
Today, the United States realizes water shortages are becoming
critical. Wasted water through the huge consumption of industry,
through pollution, and through the prodigious amounts used by each
person each day, mean the ominous approach of that day when water
As a result, additional huge dams are planned -- fantastically
expensive seawater conversion plants being constructed. So far,
however, the cost of desalinization is completely prohibitive. But
God describes a wonderful era of discovery and invention in the
world tomorrow -- major portions of the earth reclaimed and put to
The problems of the population explosion are real and
manifold. Not only does mass starvation face millions within the
foreseeable future, but government leaders recognize there is an
even more immediate concern. Food wars.
Witness what happened in India. Government troops once battled
100,000 people who were rioting because of the slaughter of
"sacred" cows in their country -- done, in part, in an attempt to
stave off starvation for those same rioters.
You see, there are more cattle in India than in the U.S. Yet,
because of religious beliefs, the cattle are not eaten. They wander
about the fields, and into the villages and towns, eating
prodigious amounts of food, some of which would be edible for
humans. The cattle are not used for any constructive purpose.
In addition to this, some years ago terrible floods and long-
term drought in many areas produced grain shortages more severe
than usual. (Fully half of India's crops traditionally have been
lost as well through lack of adequate transportation and storage
facilities, to rodent and insect damage and by being siphoned off
to the black market.) As a result, India asked the United States
The largest peacetime armada in all man's history was
assembled -- over six hundred ships -- and began plying the oceans
between U.S. ports and India. Quickly, the vast wheat reserves of
the United States were depleted. But the famine in India was only
barely staved off for one season. And any sudden disasters in
American wheat areas could mean threatening famine in the United
States -- because she has insufficient reserves.
But what about the following years?
Government leaders fear huge food wars may be fought -- each
nation struggling mightily to possess the dwindling means of
survival -- food and water.
Sickness and Disease Feared
A horrifying "solution" to the population explosion may right
now be in the making, unless God averts it.
With growing malnutrition and starvation comes the macabre
threat of disease epidemics of massive, worldwide proportions.
Already, officials warn of the threat of vast epidemics of cholera,
typhoid, tuberculosis, flu, or even the dread "black death"
(bubonic plague) that took the lives of millions in Europe during
the 15th through the 17th centuries, and in the huge plague that
ravaged England in 1664 and 1665.
But God says disease and sickness will finally be conquered.
That is the express aim of all the vast medical and
pharmaceutical companies today -- the final conquering of the ills,
sicknesses and diseases of mankind.
Medical science seeks to find cures for sickness -- cures for
flu, and the common cold -- cures for cancer, sclerosis, heart
disease, arthritis, deafness and blindness, muscular dystrophy,
epilepsy, and all the other pain-ridden debilities of man.
Let's understand the real meaning of this word "cure." Do you
realize that cures for diseases already contracted merely mean
rendering God's laws ineffectual? It means ignoring the cause --
allowing people to perpetrate the cause -- and then treating only
the effect. It means continuing to break nature's laws which God
has made to operate in the human body, and then trying to prevent
nature's laws from exacting their penalties.
But God shows that, when His Kingdom rules, He will teach
people to obey nature's laws -- stop causing sickness and disease.
In other words, stop sinning -- because sin is defined as
transgressing God's laws (I John 3:4).
God reveals a great result of the increased productivity of
the land, and the abundance of right and good foods -- together with
right knowledge and education in health laws -- will be good health
The dream of conscientious doctors may be to put themselves
out of a job, by finding cures for every sickness and disease. But
let's face it! To ignore the cause and merely treat the effect -- to
tacitly encourage people to continue causing sickness and disease
by neglecting to educate them against it -- could only perpetuate
the medical profession. Can we have utopia with people causing
themselves sickness and disease, secure in the delusion that
medical "science" can remove the penalty?
In God's new world tomorrow, there will, indeed, probably be
a place for doctors. But it will be teaching people to keep well,
by avoiding the causes of disease. That will require an entirely
new type of medical education -- only we shall then drop the term
"medical." A very good doctor friend once said to me: "We
physicians have been kept so busy treating sicknesses and diseases,
that we haven't had much time to do extensive study and research
into the causes of these troubles." In God's new world, they will
be given ample time for that.
In the world tomorrow there actually will be utopia. There
will be universal good health.
How can such utopian dreams come true?
It's simple. Remove the cause of disease.
But how is that going to be done? Two ways:
First, by right education. Cause people to know that God did
not design the human physical body so that it must be getting sick
all the time, catching continual diseases. Sickness and disease
occur only when nature's laws are broken. It is not natural to be
diseased -- it is unnatural. Educate people in the laws of good
health. In proper diet. God designed certain foods for good health.
Some things that grow are not designed for food. Some are poison.
Educate people in sanitation, hygiene, required amounts of sleep,
pure water, fresh air, sunshine, exercise.
And secondly, when people in spite of this education, do get
sick or catch a disease, it can be healed -- God's way. Actually,
Christ's healing is forgiveness of sin. It works on a principle
exactly opposite to the supposed cures of medical "science."
The medical equation is this: One poison in your body, plus
one poison in the form of medicine, equals no poisons. One plus one
equals nothing? That isn't the way they teach in second grade
God's equation is different. God supernaturally removes the
poison in the body. One minus one equals nothing. The second-grader
could figure that one out.
But does God, then prevent His laws of nature from working --
from exacting their penalty? Oh, no -- not at all. Upon repentance,
and faith, God forgives the sin, and removes the penalty. How? Why?
Because Jesus Himself "took our infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses" (Matthew 8:16-17). And Peter explains that by His
"stripes" [we are] "healed" (I Peter 2:24).
Before Jesus was put to death (paying the death penalty for
spiritual sin in our stead -- Romans 6:23), He submitted to being
beaten with stripes, thus paying in our stead the penalty of
physical sin. God does not prevent His laws from working. Christ
paid the penalty for us. In God's way, the penalty was paid -- not
Christ said, when He observed the faith of some friends of a
man with palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee (Mark 2:5). Christ's
healing is forgiveness of sin.
But when the people didn't understand such a strange
statement, Christ said, "Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be
forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But
that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive
sins ..." (Mark 2:8-10).
And when Jesus Christ becomes the great ruler of this earth,
He will use that great power. In vision, John saw the angels
praising Christ at His coming to rule this earth.
They said, "We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which
art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy
great power, and hast reigned" (Revelation 11:17).
The combined force of right education about true health, and
healing of all sickness, when it is repented of, will mean perfect,
Notice how God describes it.
"But there the glorious [Eternal] will be unto us a place of
broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars,
neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. For the [Eternal] is our
judge, the [Eternal] is our lawgiver, the [Eternal] is our king; he
will save us.
"And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that
dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity" (Isaiah 33:21-22,
Listen to this wonderful promise: "Strengthen ye the weak
hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a
fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with
vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the
deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart,
and the tongue of the dumb sing ..." (Isaiah 35:3-6).
God describes the rewards for obedience to His laws of mercy
and love. Notice Isaiah 58:8: "Then shall thy light break forth as
the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily ..."
Happiness in Health
In describing the conditions of good health and plenty to be
ushered in upon the earth, God says, "For I will restore health
unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds ..." (Jeremiah 30:17).
"Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and
shall flow together to the goodness of the [Eternal], for wheat,
and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and the
herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall
not sorrow any more at all.
"Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men
and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will
comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will
satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall
be satisfied with my goodness, saith the [Eternal]" (Jeremiah
And why not have good health?
Why should we be so willing to believe such a perfect state of
health and joy is impossible?
There are blessings for observing the laws of health --
absolute guarantees good health will result -- and that sickness and
disease will become a thing of the past.
Notice what God promised His people, "... if thou shalt hearken
diligently unto the voice of the [Eternal] thy God, to observe and
to do all his commandments which I command thee this day ... all
these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the [Eternal] thy God.
"Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be
in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit
of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy
kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and
thy store" (Deuteronomy 28:1-5).
But we are not receiving those wonderful blessings today.
Instead, we are under a curse!
Our cities are festering sores, filled with the clangor and
confusion of jangled traffic, riots, racial hatred, crime,
pornography, air pollution, and an unhappy, wretched populace that
seeks fast money so it can escape the obnoxious environment of the
big asphalt and concrete "jungles" of our time!
Our fields are cursed; cursed with upset weather, drought,
flood, insect damage and disease -- cursed with chemicals and man-
One out of fourteen of the babies born in the United States
are illegitimate, and in Chicago, Cleveland and Houston, it's one
out of ten -- and of the total babies born each year, over six
percent are blighted at birth with a serious defect; cursed with
blindness, dumbness, deafness, malformed limbs, or terrible
diseases even from the womb. Some babies are born each year with
Our basket and our store is cursed -- depleted national
reserves -- gone overseas to feed starving peoples (to nations which
rarely, if ever, back U.S. policies) in an admittedly temporary
effort -- only delaying the starvation facing millions.
Whether we like to admit it or not -- our peoples are under a
But soon, the great God will force us to take the blessings.
He will impose His warm and merciful rule on rebellious, stiff-
necked mankind, and bring us compulsory joy. He will insist on
happiness for us; demand plenty of goodness in our lives; command
us to be healthy, and filled with a sense of well-being and
And so the frightening, manifold problems of the population
explosion, bad weather, sickness and disease, and all problems
relating to the population rise -- such as over-crowding, pollution,
rising crime, and the psychological pressures from big-city living --
all these will be solved -- and in our time.
What about Distribution of Populations?
Will there be room for the multiple billions of humans on
Of course. Remember, only 15 percent of the earth's surface is
habitable today -- and not more than 10 percent is cultivatable. But
when God makes all the earth inhabitable, even changing the whole
weather patterns of earth, the ocean currents, and flow of arctic
air, the jet streams, the pattern of mountain ranges and placement
of continents, all earth will be peopled.
God shows individual races returning to their own lands,
repopulating them. "He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take
root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world
with fruit" (Isaiah 27:6).
God says the wastes will be rebuilt.
"For behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you and ye
shall be tilled and sown: and I will multiply men upon you, all the
house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited,
and the wastes shall be builded: And I will multiply upon you man
and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will
settle you after your old estates ..." (Ezekiel 36:9-11).
Read the whole chapter of Ezekiel 36. God says, "... I will
also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be
builded .... This land that was desolate is become like the garden
of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become
fenced, and are inhabited" (verses 33, 35).
And what about all other nations?
Notice: "In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt
[Egypt still exists as a nation] to Assyria [many of whose people
migrated centuries ago to Europe -- modern Germany], and the
Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and
the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall
Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in
the midst of the land: whom the [Eternal] of hosts shall bless,
saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria, the work of my
hands, and Israel mine inheritance" (Isaiah 19:23-25).
What a utopian prediction that is!
Egypt and Germany are pictured in loving, respectful, serving
cooperation with the very peoples they contended with in the past.
That's real progress!
So your Bible reveals nations still existing -- and in specific
places. It reveals repopulation of waste places rendered
temporarily useless by the ravages of war and plagues.