What does 2021 hold in store for us?

January 13, 2021 · Print This Article

Let’s face it, 2020 was a stinker of a year and all around the world, people are hopeful for a better, brighter 2021.

What do you think the future holds in 2021? I thought it would be interesting to review some of the different predictions people have made for this year, so I did a little desktop research and here’s what I found.

Top of a ‘2021 predictions’ search result in Google is the cartoon franchise The Simpsons, which, in November last year, predicted that the world would end on 20 January 2021. (Don’t laugh, fans of the show believe it correctly predicted the coronavirus pandemic and the 9/11 tragedy.)

Next up is the Nostradamus, who apparently believed a comet would hit the earth this year, causing earthquakes and other natural disasters.

At the more believable end of the spectrum, I found a fascinating survey conducted by the multinational market research conglomerate, Ipsos. In October last year its Global Advisor 2021 Predictions poll canvassed over 23,000 adults around the world, asking them what they expect to happen in 2021. I’d like to share a few of their findings with you.

A whopping 68% of respondents believed that a successful vaccine for COVID-19 would be developed – a prediction that has already come true. Yet 61% believed that people will still be wearing a mask in public places for most of 2021. Less optimistic were their predictions regarding economic recovery, with only 32% believing the economy will have fully recovered by the end of the year. While, slightly scarily, 47% believe there will be a new global pandemic caused by a new virus.

Of course, we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to see just how good the general public is at predicting the future, but the likelihood is they are no better or worse than all the other seers, sages and Simpsons.

In the meantime, I’d like to leave you with the story of one man whose predictions have always come true, every single time. His name was Jesus Christ.

Jesus predicted when he would die, where he would die, how he would die and even that he would live again just 3 days later. Every one of these predictions came true. So what does that mean for you and me? It means we can also believe his promise that he is going to return and save the world. 1

And that, I believe, is the most important prediction you will hear in 2021. In fact, ever.

Peter Mill info@because.uk.com

Peter is editor-in-chief at Because

1 The Bible: John 3:17 (NIV)
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