The Western world in particular has largely adopted a godless, secular approach to life, and we should all be aware of where this dangerous path will eventually take us.
The World in 2014, the current edition of the annual publication on the state of the world from the British magazine The Economist, states: "At the turn of the 21st century The Economist had sage words that deserve to be read again. 'In every way that people, firms, or governments act and plan,' it wrote, 'they are making implicit forecasts about the future.' That is a fundamental fact. Our decisions rest on expectations of what the future will look like and how those decisions will play out in it" ("Who's Good at Forecasts?" Nov. 18, 2013, p. 89, emphasis added throughout).
From a biblical standpoint, where are present trends taking the world as we begin another new year? What does the future hold for all of mankind? Jesus Christ plainly instructed us, "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36 Luke 21:36Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
American King James Version×).
Clearly the Bible reveals the future and plainly tells us the ultimate outcome of present world trends, along with highlighting major occurrences along the way (see Isaiah 46:9-11 Isaiah 46:9-11  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executes my counsel from a far country: yes, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
American King James Version×). In this particular edition of "Current Events and Trends," we will take a figurative walk around specific regions of the world, flagging various areas experiencing serious to severe troubles. (Source: The World in 2014.)