What will 2015 bring? Will there be more cheer? The answer – of course no one knows. Notwithstanding the truism that the future is not for man to gaze, fortune tellers are still in demand. Man has an innate curiosity to look beyond what the eyes cannot see. Fortunately, a little curiosity does not always kill the cat. On the contrary, some star-gazing into the future makes man understand and appreciate life more. The fragility of life is more apparent when we juxtapose history with future prophecy. History is a book of lessons about humanity. There are lessons for the individual, and lessons for humanity as a whole. As an individual, we live a fuller and wiser life with history as a guide, still without knowing what the future holds. For humanity, the future is not an unknown, it has already been written. What will 2015 hold?
The recorded history of mankind stretches a 6000 years span. The timeline is paused and separated into two major epochs which we called BC and AD. Anno Domini (AD) and Before Christ (BC) are used to label or number years used with the Julian and Gregorian calendars. We are two thousand years into the AD era, i.e. 2015 years after what was known as the Year of Our Lord (Christ). This calendar designation provides the backdrop for prophetic outlooks. If Christ lived, then His words matters. In the last biblical book of eschatology, Revelation, the prophetic events for mankind were unsealed. It foretells dark and ominous times ahead, then with sudden twist of events, it speaks of a glorious future where Christ reigns. In short, times will get worse from now, a lot more horrendous than the mind can imagine before it gets better. How bad can it get? Where in the timeline of mans’ destiny does 2015 resides?
Atrocities that are being committed in the Middle East are just harbingers of things to come. Globally, two key indicators for 2015 are the financial situation and the prospect of global conflicts with military engagements by the superpowers of USA and NATO on one side and Russia and China on the other. The Middle East nations (and Ukraine) are the interim proxies for the warfare. Russia has warned again and dismissed “the new US sanctions as unfounded and warned Washington that its actions ‘are putting in question the prospects for bilateral cooperation in settling the situation around the Iranian nuclear program, the Syrian crisis and other acute international problems.’ ‘We haven’t left, and will not leave, such unfriendly gestures without response, as Washington might have seen.'”
In effect, the war has already begun. At the moment, it is a war of currency. Russia is being taken down. Russia will retaliate. The consequence will be more trade wars, then leading possibly to military conflict. There is no let down in pressure by the Western powers. If this continues, 2015 and beyond will be bloody. There will also be wars in cyberspace. These events are already in play but have not been exposed in mainstream media yet. Cyber wars are not for wimps. They are equally potent in destroying modern mankind who are so dependent on cyberspace capabilities. Once cyberspace infrastructure is taken down, the world will run amok. No more electronic services as we know now. Financial services will crumple leading to a total worldwide meltdown.
There is another aspect of cyber wars that are targeted to destroy and paralyse essential services such as the power grid and communications. Several incidents relating to such activities have already taken place but not widely reported. Should there be a concerted effort to take down these key infrastructures, mayhem too will ensue. It is not hard to imagine the disastrous aftermath once major infrastructures are paralysed.
Finally, military conflicts, if started on a worldwide scale, will bring the world back to stone age. Never mind about financial collapse. Money and wealth will be the last on people’s mind in that eventuality. A WW3 will be like no other wars in history. That is exactly what futurist Einstein said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
So what will 2015 and beyond bring? On one side are the financial gurus from the almighty Federal Reserve and central bankers who believe that unlimited QE (money printing) is the panacea to the highly indebted countries. To them money rules. On the other side are realists who are certain man cannot create wealth out of thin air and all the designs of central bankers will lead ultimately to financial collapse and possibly war. Depending on which crystal ball you wish to consult, the prognosis is not too promising. Be prepared, we have been warned.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.