Will there be a World War III?

Author: BibleAsk Team

The prospect of a third World War III looms ominously over the collective consciousness of humanity, fueled by geopolitical tensions, military conflicts, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. In the midst of uncertainty, some turn to religious texts, including the Bible, seeking insights into the possibility of such a cataclysmic event.

Christ taught that there will be “wars and rumors of wars…For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes” (Matthew 24:6-7). Throughout history, wars and conflicts have been a recurring feature of human existence, characterized by territorial disputes, ideological clashes, and struggles for power and resources. The Bible acknowledges the inevitability of wars as part of the human condition, with Jesus Himself foretelling an escalation of conflicts preceding the end times.

World War III

To be more specific, the future does hold at least one more world war (World War III). The Bible describes a period of intense tribulation and upheaval preceding the return of Christ, marked by wars, famines, natural disasters, and persecution of believers. This tumultuous era, often referred to as the Great Tribulation, culminates in the ultimate showdown between the forces of good and evil, symbolized by the battle of Armageddon.

John the Apostle was shown what the end times would be like. Beginning in Revelation 6, he recorded what he saw concerning the future. He saw a global war akin to World War III, and continues to be a part of the unfolding events until Christ returns in chapter 19 (Revelation 6:2; 4; 11:7; 12:7; 13:4, 7; 16:14; 17:14; 19:11; 19:19).

Revelation 19:11 says, “. . . in righteousness He [Christ] judges and wages war.” John adds, “And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, assembled to make war against Him (Christ) who sat upon the horse, and against His army” (Revelation 19:19). Revelation 16:14 – “For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” This clearly describes a World War III.

In this war, Christ will be the victor in this war, who seizes the beast/Antichrist and the false prophet then casts them into the lake of fire, and the armies that followed them are destroyed (Revelation 19:20-21). The outcome of that war is obvious. Righteousness will prevail as Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will defeat all who oppose Him.

Following the 1,000-year reign of Christ, Satan will be released after he was bound. Upon his release, he will lead the nations to war against Christ and the New Jerusalem. But Christ will end up this rebellion with the fire that will come down from heaven and consume all (Revelation 20:7-10). Then, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4). And the the Lord will recreate the earth a new and the redeemed will live there forever.


In conclusion, the question of whether there will be a World War III remains a subject of watchfulness unto prayer. Believers are called to live lives of faithful obedience, readiness, and anticipation of Christ’s return, trusting in His promises and seeking to fulfill His purposes in the world. As we navigate the complexities of our times, may we find solace and assurance in the unchanging truth of God’s Word and the certainty of His ultimate victory over sin and evil.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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