TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) -- The 2000 computer problem will bring a test of religious faith, a panel of evangelists and authors said Saturday at a conference linking Y2K and Bible prophecy.

"It is impossible to think that Y2K is here and God knows nothing about it," minister Sherlock Bally of Trinidad told an audience of about 4,000 people at the Tampa Convention Center."Something is about to happen to the world. The good news is this: as the world's systems decline, God's system escalates," Bally said.

"Should Y2K become reality, we can see how God has informed his people and we can rest assured that he will control the outcome," added evangelist Perry Stone.

The combination of Y2K and the Dec. 31, 1999, unofficial end of the millennium (which is actually over Dec. 31, 2000) have led to predictions of widespread chaos and even the end of the world.