The developed world is having hard economic times. So, for a while now JW's have been voicing the familiar "it can't go on...things are so hard". I'm in the USA, and the economics are tough, relative to this country. But we are far above the conditions in most of the world through most of history. The convenient line of the JW is "the end is close because it's hard". Haha....tell that to a person in a third world country.
It's been a while since I heard "things are so smooth....peace and security. It must be close since things are so good"
Either way, they have a line to use. But they howl more when things are hurting. Too bad the GB has left so many with little retirement and no skills.