Bob Barney

                        The world's population is set to hit eight billion 
According to the United Nations in an updated report, the world's population is set to hit 8 billion by November of this year.

Originally the UN stated there would be 8.5 billion persons by 2030 and 10.4 billion by 2100 but then cited a reason for the spur in growth. They claim it is due to lifespans of those in the third world being lengthened as they have progressed to having better medical care, greater availability of modern medicines, and overall better farming techniques.  What the report failed to consider or to mention is how the war in Ukraine will affect these numbers as it is triggering a worldwide famine.  Experts warn that food shortages could kill millions in the world, including a percentage of the poor in Western Europe and the America's.

Here are some more of the latest population statistics:

India is due to surpass China as the world's most populous country in 2023. Even though both countries are coming in at more than 1.4 billion residents this year, the UN warns that high fertility will substantially challenge economic growth. According to the domestic census, India's population was 1.21 billion in 2011. Their census is conducted once a decade, but the government had postponed the 2021 census due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Eurostat, aka the European Statistical Office, the population of the 27 countries that make up the bloc had a decrease close to 172,000 from the previous year and over 656,000 from January 2020. This was a second year in a row the European Union's population shrank as the region reels from over two million deaths because of the coronavirus. 'In 2020 and 2021 the positive net migration no longer compensated for the negative natural change in the EU and, consequently, the EU’s total population has been decreasing,' it said, pointing to impacts from the pandemic.

Interesting to note, the number of deaths began outstripping births in the EU a decade ago, but immigration from outside the bloc helped offset the gap until the first year of the pandemic.

The European Union's population shrank for a second year running last year, the bloc's statistics office said on Monday

Did you know that God has a lot to say in the Bible about population?

For those interested in Bible prophecy and especially the Four Horsemen prophecies, the increase in population will result in the increase of people killed off during the coming Great Tribulation.  In Revelation chapter six, the second seal introduces a great world war. This war will result in the death of a fourth of the world's population.  That would be 2 billion people killed in a world war!

The sixth trumpet introduces two hundred million horsemen who kill one-third of the people; that is a mind-blowing number of almost 3 billion!  This will occur between the fortieth and forty-second month of the first part of the Tribulation and will bring us to fifty percent of the population being destroyed by God. These individuals have taken the mark of the Beast and are considered incorrigibles.  The fifty percent mentioned here killed only by the midway part of the Tribulation would encompass approximately four billion deaths due to war, famine, and disease.

Sadly, even after four billion deaths, the people of this age who do not know the plain truth about Jesus Christ and His message will continue to reject Him and continue to sin. The Apostle John, author of the Apocalypse, wrote these sad words, “And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts” (Rev. 9:20-21).  

There are some estimates mentioned that 90% of the people alive when the Tribulation starts will be killed; that's 7.2 billion people!   Jesus Himself declared that if He would not return to save us from ourselves, NO ONE would survive the Tribulation.  He claims that only because of the "elect ones" which are the true followers of Christ, will He save what is left of mankind and the world.  Stop and think about that for a moment; it is sobering indeed.

Conclusively. the boom in population that the UN ignorantly predicts will NOT be the future for this present world as the population will see a rapid decrease over our final 7 years.  The Good News is that Jesus will stop us from killing off mankind.

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