The Norse Prophecies derive from the ancient myth of The Ragnarok which translates, from old Norse to English, roughly as 'The Final Destiny of the Gods' or 'Twilight of the Gods'. An important part of the Norse Mythological Canon, the Ragnarok describes an epic battle at the end of time or World cycle, between the Gods themselves and between men on the Earth. During the course of events there are a number of various natural disasters, earthquakes and sea surges over the dry land. Mountains topple, the air and the oceans are sprayed with poison, fire and flame ravage the land and then the World is submerged in water. At the end, the World Tree Yggdrasil is destroyed, the Gods Odin, Freya Loki, Thor etc. are no more and all of humankind perishes also. So the World cycle ends.
However the end is also a new beginning for the Earth eventually re-emerges from the submersion fertile and green. Also there are survivors, including two of Thor's sons Móði and Magni also the Gods Baldr and Höðr. Likewise two humans, Líf and Lífþrasir, have been saved from the destruction and they go on to re-populate the Earth with their progeny. In this way another cycle begins and life goes on.
Some people may counter that it is inappropriate to use an ancient Norse Myth and present it as something prophetic and a foretelling of events in real life. However I make the case in a separate article on this website where I show that 'The Apocalypse and Prophecies can be seen as the expression of Mythic archetypes'. It was the 4th century Roman historian Sallustius who wrote that, "Myths are things that never happened but always are." This means that myths a representations and allegorical descriptions of eternal archetypes that are aspects of the divine. Though the fantastical aspects of mythology, i.e. fabulous monsters, supernatural Godlike characters and magical objects, are fantasies and things which are not a part of reality. Noneless the eternal archetypes to which these facets or motifs of mythology refer are real in the sense that these eternal archetypes manifest themselves in reality and find their expression in aspects of our day to day lives.
Seen in this way, the Ragnarok can be mapped to real world events and the process of history because both are the expressions of a transcendent archetype which act as a Cosmic template from which the forms and processes of the Universe and the World are stamped. So that all things existing are like impressions of this template or image of God. And myths exist in order to communicate something of the qualities of this divine image. This is what the late great World renowned scholar of mythology, Joseph Campbell, described myths as the 'Masks of God'.
Anyway.. below are two passages from the Ragnarok which talk about some of the conditions of the World towards the time of the end of the World Cycle.
' The age of evil has come to the world . Everyone steals and hoards great wealth, and sensual sin rules the day. The end of the world is at hand - yet men are hard and cruel, and listen not to the doom that is coming . No one heeds the cries of his neighbour, or lifts a hand to save. ' - The Ragnarok ( Ancient Norse prophecy, C 1000 CE )
'The warlike fall upon the peaceful, brothers kill brothers, and even children soil one another's blood.' - The Ragnarok