Defining the Future

Five Factors That Will Define the Extreme Future:
1. Speed. The rate of change will be blinding, comprehensive in scope, and will touch every aspect of life.
2.Complexity. A quantum leap in the number of seemingly unrelated forces that will have a direct bearing on everything from lifestyles to work to personal and national security.
3. Risk. New risks, higher risks, and more threats from terror to crime to global economic upheaval will alter every aspect of your life.
4. Change. Drastic adjustments in your work, community, and relationships will force you to adapt quickly to radical change.
5. Surprise. Sometimes good, sometimes difficult to imagine,surprise will become a daily feature of your life, often challenging sensibility and logic.
The New International Version

Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.


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