Not that I am big into ‘end time’ theology (ie: eschatology) but I if the world is going to come to some level of destruction the writing is on the ‘proverbial’ wall (reference to book of Daniel).
So How and Why does it end?
Capitalism (capitalization of earth’s resources) has taken too much from the earth and could not replace it. With the West not slowing down on this craze and now China and India joining in; we have problems as is admitted by most energy scientists.
What was taken? Wood, water, minerals, energy sources (ie: oil), food (animals and fish), land (ie: monocultures destroy the soil), and the air (via pollution).
Environment cries out to warn us – stop. Global warming is the tip of the melted iceberg in this scenario. Temperature rise, weather becomes more unstable, and the push of various animals into different eco-systems destroys natures balance. Food becomes scarce because of these changes alongside population increase. Water, already a scarce resource, becomes a major fighting issue on the global scene (alongside oil). Pollution, not being curbed enough, helps to destroy our lakes and rivers – along with monocultures destroying land making it desertified.
Wars and rumors of wars is a constant thing as the battle for the resorces and best land becomes tanramount to existence on this planet. The use of bombs becomes an obvious option as planet reductionism (over-population) is considered to be core to this problem and the country with the biggest arsenal can capture the most resources.
One world gov’t and all that jazz, well it is a global community as is with trade and international business and even laws from the West are slowly moving into countries they deal with. Will there be some world leader that makes this worse? If I am a betting man knowing human greed, yes.
If I had to be an ‘end-times’ guy this is where I would go with it. All civilizations have their ending according to history, what makes us any different?