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The Apocalypse: The End of Days Prophecy Chapter 10

ARMAGEDDON

Imagine that along with the Mark of the Beast and the Antichrist’s abolishing religion and conquering nations in war come the four horsemen, seal, trumpet and bowl judgments of the Revelation prophecy. There will be famines, and earthquakes. Nations rise  against nations in war and men murder each other. Families turn over family members to be put to death,  and animals kill people. (Matt. 24:7,Rev. 6:1-8)

 • A great volcanic eruption destroys a third of all sea life.

• Hail and fire mingled with blood burns a third of all trees and grass (Rev.8:7).

• A great star falls from heaven, poisoning a third of the earth’s waters (Rev. 8:10-11).

• Day and night reverse (Rev. 8:12).

• A five-month plague of locusts stinging like scorpions leave men in agonizing pain (Rev. 13:21).

• Large hailstones rain down on the earth (Rev. 16:21).

• Rivers, seas, and lakes become as blood, and all sea and aquatic life disappear (Rev.  16:3-4).

• The sun becomes extremely hot, and scorches men with great fear and fire (Rev. 16:18).

There will also be earthquakes and one specifically that kills 7000 people.

After the Antichrist wreaks his havoc upon the earth, armies will go to fight against the him as head of the European Union.  Jeremiah 50:41 states: “Behold, a people shall come from the North, and a great nation and many kings shall be raised up from the ends of the earth.” In the Bible, North always refers to the area of the Soviet Union. “A great nation” may be the US.  “At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth trembles, and the cry is heard among the nations” (Jeremiah 50:46).

God destroys political Babylon, i.e. the final world empire.  As Hitler was the spark for World War II, when he invaded and conquered nations in Europe; the Antichrist’s swift and fast conquest will prompt powerful nations to wage war against him.  Daniel 11:40 states that “at the time of the end, the King of the South shall attack him: and the King of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships.”

Russia, the kings of the East, and a great nation from the coast of the earth attack and destroy his kingdom, possibly by a nuclear attack.  Hearing of this, he goes out with extreme fury to destroy and annihilate many people,

When armies invade his land, the Antichrist enters into the attacking countries and defeats them.  He conquers Egypt and North Africa.  Hearing reports from the North and East, he goes forth with great fury to destroy. He ends up at a place prepared for him in Jerusalem (Daniel 11:42-45)  and flees to his sanctuary in Jerusalem. He will have control of Israel and portions of the Middle East. Israel and the Middle East become part of Antichrist’s conquered territory, according him the exact borders of the Roman Empire at the time of Christ.

The invading armies attack him in Israel, and the remaining troops of the nation’s join them at the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16, 18; Ezek. 38; Jer. 4, 5, 50; Dan. 11:40-45).

Jeremiah 4:6-7 tells us: “Set up the standard toward Zion: take refuge! Do not delay!: For I will bring disaster from the North, and great destruction.  The lion has come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the nations is on his way; he has gone forth from his place to make your land desolate; your cities will be laid waste without inhabitant.”

The Antichrist’s armies, the Soviet Union, the Eastern nations, and the US surround Jerusalem.  The river Euphrates dries up, and prepares the way for the kings of the East.  God draws the world’s armies to the place called, in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon (Rev.  16:12-16).

All the Old Testament prophets refer to Armageddon as “The Day of the Lord.” Jeremiah 46:10 records it as “a day of vengeance, a great slaughter, north of the river Euphrates.” The greatest earthquake in history levels and divides cities around the globe.  Mountains cease to be, and islands sink under water.

At the Tribulation’s end, Jesus Christ, shining bright as the sun, appears in the clouds with the saints and legions of angels (Rev. 19; Mark 13:26-27; Matt. 24:30).  John Walvord records in his book Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation : “The description of the time of the end confirms Daniel’s revelation that it will be a period of trouble such as the world has never known, trouble of such character that it would result in the extermination of the human race if it were not cut short by the consummation, the second coming of Jesus Christ.”

When Christ returns in the clouds with His legions of angels.  The Antichrist and the world’s armies attempt to make war against him.  Christ casts the Beast and the False Prophet into the lake of fire, and slays the remainder of his forces by the sword of His word (Rev. 19:19-21).

Shortly after the Tribulation ends the sun darkens, stars fall from the sky, and the moon turns to blood (Is. 2:12; Ezek. 30:3; Zech. 14:1-9; Zeph. 1; Joel 2:1-2, 10, 3:1, 15; Rev. 6:12, 16:9; Mark 13:24-25; Matt. 24:29). The sky will appear as if it is rolling up as a scroll (Rev. 6:14, Isaiah 34:4). The earth returns to its pre-flood state, and God judges the nations (Matt. 25).  Christ himself rules the earth for a thousand years, and binds Satan.  At the millennium’s end, God frees Satan, and he causes men to rebel against God. They surround the holy city, and God sends fire from heaven to devour them. God casts Satan into the lake of fire for eternity.  At this time, the judgment seat of God takes place.  Those whose names are not in the book of life; God casts into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15).

God creates a new Heaven and Earth.  The New Jerusalem descends from Heaven, with streets of gold and walls of precious stones.  The glory of God and the light of Christ illuminate the new heaven, and those who placed their faith in Jesus Christ live on for eternity (Rev. 21).

God’s Promise

God provides man the opportunity to seek Him during the Tribulation. “Two witnesses” prophesy for almost three and a half years.  Men try to hurt them, and they smite the earth with plagues that cause rain to stop, and water to turn into blood.  The beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit makes war against them and kills them. The nations rejoice at their death. God raises them from the dead and lifts them into heaven (Rev. 11:3-13). Tradition identifies these men as Moses and Elijah (Rev. 11:16) because God gave Elijah and Moses the ability to perform miracles. Both of these men also appeared with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration (Matt.17:1-3).  Elijah and Elisha together as a team might also be the two witnesses because of all the prophets they performed powerful miracles which included raising a person from the dead.

In addition, during the Tribulation 144,000 witnesses, consisting of 12,000 from each of 12 tribes of Israel, preach the Gospel to the four corners of the earth (Rev. 7:1-9, 14:1-7). Despite the outpouring of God’s anger and judgments, He still desires that men turn to Him.  Revelation 9:20-21 declares: “after all of these plagues, man will not repent of his evil ways.  Instead, he curses God.”  This phrase repeats throughout the entire book of Revelation with each plague issued.

Today we have the Gospel and the Bible which teaches us about Jesus Christ and forewarns the world about the horrific events that are yet to come.  Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior will not go through the Tribulation.  God takes them out of the world in the Rapture just prior to the earth’s final seven years.  II Thessalonians 4:14-18 tells us:

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this, we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first:

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Therefore comfort one another with these words.

In John’s vision on the Isle of Patmos, he saw a large multitude of people dressed in white robes, praising God.  John asked who these people were.  The angel answered him and said: “These are the ones who come out of the great Tribulation, and washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:9,13,14). Jesus also tells the church at Philadelphia, He will keep them from the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole earth.

God ushered Lot and his family out of Sodom and Gomorrah before destroying the city.  He commanded Noah to build the ark, rescuing his family from the flood. God brings those who have placed their faith in his Son out of the Great Tribulation.  The Rapture occurs just prior to and after the sealing of the 144,000.  During the Tribulation while God shakes the world with His power, He sends His messenger’s.  While a few will look to Him, the greater number of mankind curses God rather than turn to Him.

A major natural disaster may occur at the same time of the Rapture.  Some may regard it as people disappearing into another dimension. Others may claim that aliens abducted the missing.  Experts will offer their explanations of how the disappearance of these people could have happened.  The Rapture will seem unremarkable to most of the world’s inhabitants.

During Israel’s history, God utilized the prophets to forecast calamity and judgment on Israeli kings and on the nation for turning against Him and following other gods and pagan practices.   In most instances, if the king or nation repented, God changed his mind and replaced blessings for judgment.

Prior to the Babylonian invasion of Israel the prophet Jeremiah spent his life warning the kings of Israel and the Israelites of the coming Babylonian captivity.  In looking at the kingdom period we see that sin progressed from idolatry and worshiping pagan gods to sacrificing children to them.  The Israelites torturously murdered their children by burning  them in fire to the god Molech. Israel’s habitual sin resulted in the Babylonian captivity and the destruction of Solomon’s Temple.   In the Bible, judgment always follows grievous, unrepentant sin, especially idolatry. Before God enacts His judgment, he unfailingly warns of the coming consequence.

When God judged Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone and Noah’s civilization with the flood, he rescued Noah and Lot’s family and warned each of them of the coming judgment.  The Revelation prophecy is your warning.  Today we have God’s Word written in the Bible, which contains the books of the Prophets and the Revelation prophecy, which details the events of the Great Tribulation and the end of the world.  This is your warning heed it.

The Apocalypse: The End of Days Prophecy Chapter 9

THE MARK OF THE BEAST

One of the most talked about and feared events during the Tribulation described in the Revelation Prophecy is the Mark of the Beast. During the Tribulation, Satan attempts to establish his kingdom here on the earth.  His mark, on each of his followers, bears his name.  According to Rev. 13:16-18:

And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free  and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand, or on their forehead:

And that no one may buy or sell, except one who has the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name

Here is wisdom.

Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666.

The Antichrist will implement a system by which no man can buy or sell unless he wears a mark placed on his forehead or wrist.  This etching in one’s flesh represents the Beast or 666.

The Devil’s mark has been a characteristic of Satanism throughout the ages.  According to Montague Summers, in her book The History of Witchcraft and Demonology she made reference to the Witches’ mark, as the sign and seal of Satan upon the actual flesh of his servant. Satan has always attempted to counterfeit God. The reason for the Antichrist’s mark is because it is another  area by which he tries to mimic Jesus and establish himself as god on this earth.

God commanded Ezekiel to place a mark on the foreheads of the men he would spare from the judgment inflicted on the wicked living in Jerusalem (Ez. 9:4). Revelation’s 144,000 witnesses, 12,000 men from each of the 12 tribes of Israel, possess God’s seal on their foreheads (Rev. 9:4, 14:12).

Paul, in his letters to the Corinthians and Ephesians, tells Christians that the Holy Spirit seals them.  Therefore, they will escape eternal hell fires (I Cor. 1:22, Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30).  In the new Heaven and Earth, God dwells among mankind, and his servants have his name on their foreheads.  Revelation 3:12 tells us:

 

He who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God.  And he shall go out no more; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God; and I will write on him My new name.

 

Revelation refers to the mark in a spiritual context.  Whosoever receives it spends eternity in hell (Rev. 14:11, 15:2, 19:20, 20:4).  God punishes this idolatry by sending a plague of foul and loathsome sores upon those who have the mark and worship the image (Rev. 16:2).

Bible scholars theorize that the mark is part of a high-tech system that eliminates cash for the buying of goods.  The Antichrist institutes this system midway through the Tribulation.  He launches it as both a technological breakthrough and a prerequisite for life in his totalitarian regime.

Nations now pursue the economic growth that new technologies can spur.  From computers to television, consumers want the latest features.  This fact has increased growth and spending in commercial research and development programs by Europe, the US, and Japan.  This means that nations are in a race to promote new technological breakthroughs, and they work hard at making and selling the latest products.  The European Union jumped on this bandwagon in as early as 1974. Today, scientific research is the third largest area of EU spending, after agriculture and structural development. The Federal Trust for Education and Research, a think-tank organization that aids in formulating EU policy, stated in a report that:

 

Europe cannot afford to exclude itself from the profound technological transformation which is currently sweeping the world and which is expected to be the locomotive of economic development over the next two or three decades.  Historians have noted that, periodically, the world brings forth a new technology, or group of related technologies, of such a revolutionary nature that it transforms the whole basis of economic activity…There is little disagreement that information technology is the mainstream technology of the current era.

No doubt the EU will herald the Mark of the Beast as a technology of “a revolutionary nature, “to transform the world economy.

 The Commission’s RTD Network

The Antichrist as head of the EU will have direct access to technological programs and the power to implement them.  The EU Commission presently oversees all research and technological development (RTD) programs in the European Union.  It proposes, initiates, and implements RTD decisions.  This gives the Commission direct and total control over technological projects.  The Commission can even propose and suggest their own ideas.  This will be the case with the Beast’s mark.

The Commission decides who will buy and sell with the Union.  The Union will incorporate the “Mark of the Beast,” i.e., this technological system, into EU financial policy.  The mark will serve several purposes.  Despite the economic benefits and other rhetoric, the technology will mainly act to mark his citizens and monitor them in his dictatorship.

The EU plans to develop a “European Nervous System” that would connect government computers in the EU nations, to transfer data about everything from taxes to pollution levels. This nervous system will no doubt be in place before the mark is developed.  The system has the potential to connect worldwide.

The Antichrist will use such a system to keep track of all the marked individuals.  There is also another Biblical parallel here.  God’s Holy Spirit indwells each Christian, and bonds them to Jesus through his Spirit. Computers will act as the counterfeit to the Holy Spirit.  As the Christian connects to the body of Jesus, the individual living during the Tribulation will link to the Beast’s “central nervous system,” i.e., computers.

The devices that will become the Mark of the Beast already exist.  Companies call them bio-implants.  Bio-implants are now available for the identification of animals, and the medical field uses them in humans for patient identification.

An implant in the wrist or forehead of a human individual will become the future use of this technology.  It will be able to carry all kinds of data about an individual. With child abductions a concern, and with heightened security since September 11, 2001, and the advent of the war on terror; implants will offer a great appeal.

Given the rate of crime during the Tribulation as the plague of death is unleashed, and murders, terrorism and violent crimes escalate to epidemic proportions, the mark will be offered to help track and monitor criminals.  The new technology will also create jobs and contribute to economic growth.  The Antichrist will use the mark to monitor those in his police state and even more so by taking the mark the individual will pledge their allegiance to his authority and ideology. The mark is going to be more than just a method of buying and selling.

 The Marriage of Man to Computers

 EU Scientists call it “Adaptive Brain Interface (ABI), and the EU’s ESPRIT program funds and sponsors its development.  An individual hooked up to a computer can give the computer commands by his mind alone.   Although the immediate application for ABI is to help the physically impaired, as this technology further develops, its potential within a police state is almost unimaginable.  Eventually, a computer chip will not only track one’s movements, but control individuals, reducing men to robots performing acts against their will.

Why The Mark of the Beast Causes Eternal Damnation

The Mark of the Beast is mentioned twice in the Revelation  and referenced to in six verses and anyone who takes the Mark of the Beast will go to hell.  To cause persons to spend eternity in hell the mark is more than a payment system as many evangelicals teach because a payment system alone will not condemn someone to hell.

The Antichrist’s empire is a counterfeit to the kingdom of God. There are many parallels in Scripture of the Antichrist to Jesus. We get God’s mark, by trusting in Jesus as our Savior, and by seeking Him.   The Holy Spirit connects us with God. In the six verses about the mark, we  read in the same verse that those who took it also worshiped the image of the beast.  This worship and the accepting of the mark go together. You cannot buy or sell if you do not have the mark, but the technology is more than just a payment device.     The Antichrist will be connected to his followers just as Jesus is bonded to His through the Holy Spirit.

Today’s brain interface devices  do not have to be implanted and can rest on the outer brain. The technology even connected two brains, a human and a rat and a man was able to wave the tail of a rat. A scientist also came out and claimed that he was able to operate the brain of his colleague from across campus. Having a person think their thoughts into someone else’s brain and cause that person to make an action is exactly what scientists are working on to develop. According to Future Tense:

“Its like they’re reading my mind, how next-generation  apps will market your brainwaves. In the last few years, the cost of EEG devices has dropped considerably, and consumer-grade headsets are becoming more affordable and can now be purchased for as little as $100.“

Companies are looking to these devices to produce games, self-monitoring tools, touch free keyboards, A hands-free  game controller NeuroSky, an EEG headset developer, produced a guide on innovative ways for game developers to incorporate BCIs for a better playing experience.

Auto manufacturers are exploring  BCIs to detect drivers’ drowsiness levels and improve their reaction time. Market researchers want to use data from these same BCI devices to measure the attention level and emotional responses of focus groups to various advertisements and products.

Scientists are skeptical about the efficacy of these tools, but companies are, nevertheless, rushing to bring them to consumers. Companies could detect whether you’re paying attention to ads, how you feel about them, and whether they are personally relevant to you. Imagine an app that can detect when you’re hungry and show you ads for restaurants or select music playlists according to your mood. A company has also come out with a phone that you do not have to speak into; you wear a collar around your neck and think, and it picks up the vibrations and converts them to sound.

According to the EU Commission and note that I quote the Commission because this is where the Mark will originate, “Computer scientists have predicted that within the next twenty years, neural interfaces will be designed that will not only increase the dynamic range of senses, but will also enhance memory and enable “cyber think” — invisible communication with others.”

Other potential uses of implantable ICT devices include using the human body as a medium for transmission of data (and energy) to “other devices” like PDAs (Personal Digital Assistant), cellular phones, and medical devices for surveillance purposes for instance, in retired people’s homes. RFID making possible to localize other persons. In a family website. Children could log onto the surveillance system and look at what their parents or grandparents are doing.

Applied Digital Solutions (ADS), which created the VeriChip™, announced in April 2004 a partnership with gun manufactures  to produce “smart guns”.  Weapons, which can be fired only if operated by their owner with an RFID-chip implanted in his or her hand.

One of the verses that mentions eternal damnation for taking the mark is Revelation 14:9-11 and it reads:

 

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name..

Based on the technology available today, the image of the beast will be some sort of a computerized clone of the Antichrist. He will have access to every single person via his mark or implant. The computer will provide him the ultimate control over his police state and over the population.  To take the mark you will directly hook to the Antichrist and give your soul and mind to him.

The Antichrist’s computer clone, the false prophet will give the breath of life to and make speak. This might also be what stands in the holy of holies and is the abomination of desolation. People will be amazed and will literally worship this scientific stride and the Antichrist for developing it and giving it life. Daniel 11:17-18 tells us the Antichrist will not honor any god for he exalts himself above all, but in their place, he shall honor a god of fortresses, and a god which his fathers did know he shall honor, the King James says it this way, Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain.

This strange, foreign god that his fathers did not know is the god of this technology for his police state, which connects him to his people and numbers 666. It is this thing, this computer mind, people controlling processor that looks like him that he places in the holy of holies as its home as if to say he is god.

To take the mark will mean that you will be directed and controlled by him or his government, and they will know your every move, thought, and they will be able to put their ideas into your mind.

To accept this mark you give a part of yourself to him and his government.  You worship him and give yourself over to him and his government, i.e. the beast.  He will seek out those who do not take the mark to kill them, and this is where Jesus forecasted that fathers will turn over their children, and children will turn against their parents to be put to death for not taking the mark. It will be all or nothing; you give Antichrist your all by this act, or you will be killed and in being killed will gain eternal life.  As we get closer to the Tribulation, parts of prophecy that we could not understand are becoming clear.

The Mark of the Beast

Never before in history have new technologies moved to the forefront of national policies.  The European Union can  research, develop, and, through the Commission, implement whatever system it chooses.  Initially, the system will offer all kinds of economic and social benefits. Those who receive the mark will suffer the wrath of God.  The Bible predicts the horrific side effect of grievous sores that breaks out on the bodies of the implanted.  The Antichrist’s mark will connect him to those he rules.  It will act as his tie to them, and it counterfeits God’s seal of redemption.  The born-again Christian must accept the good news of the Gospel before he receives the Holy Spirit and God’s seal.  In the same way, before one receives the Mark of the Beast, one will have to accept the Antichrist’s gospel concerning his deity.

The Number of His Name

The Book of Revelation provides the one riddle found in Scripture, and it concerns the identity of the Beast.  Revelation 13:17-18 states: “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” The Mark is also the name of the Beast, who is a man.  Scripture names no other man with a number except Antichrist who God assigns the number 666.

The two other times the number 666 is used in Scripture is mentioned in 1 Kings 10:14 and 2 Chr. 9:13.  The Bible tells us that after the Queen of Sheba’s visit, Solomon yearly took in 666 talents of gold from the surrounding nations.  Deuteronomy 17:15-17 warns that a king of Israel shall not multiply wives, silver or gold which Solomon did in addition to going after the gods of his foreign wives and building high places for them.  1 Kings Chapter 11 describes Solomon’s descent into idolatry.

In addition, Nebuchadnezzar‘s idolatrous golden image was 60 cubits high by 6 cubits wide, thus 66.  Throughout history, ancient and modern nations use gold for currency.  Only after World War II did the world stop using gold as a reserve for currencies.  Gold, i.e. money is synonymous with idolatry.

The number calculates to his name and relates to the currency system under the Antichrist, which he ties into his dictatorship and his blasphemous identity.  What is odd is that nowhere else in Scripture do we find a man’s name as a number.  He will cause the world to worship him and commit mass idolatry.  The riddle which will be solved during the Tribulation further identifies him as the son of Satan and his mark as the means by which one gives one’s soul to the Devil and ends any hope of redemption.

The start of the Tribulation ends the age of grace and ushers in a final dispensation. The Beast’s government while rich and powerful becomes a monotheistic dictatorship with the worship and adoration to the State and its leader.  The wheat and the tares divide into two categories of persons; those who take the Mark of the Beast and those who say no.  Those who do not take the Mark of the Beast will refuse because of their belief in the true God and His Son Jesus Christ.

The Apocalpyse: The End of Days Prophecy Chapter 6

THE BEAST OF REVELATION

In the Revelation Prophecy, we learn that the Beast has ten horns, and among them comes up a little horn who is the Antichrist (Dan. 7:7-8). Daniel 7:24 states that “the ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom: and another shall rise after them.” Revelation 13:1 depicts the horns as wearing crowns.  Both, the book of Daniel and the Revelation identify the horns as kings (Rev. 17:12). The prophets add that these kingdoms do not in exist at the time of the writings.  European nations did not come into being until over a millennium later.  Only in this last couple of centuries have these nations reigned as separate, sovereign kingdoms.  The horns wearing crowns signify established kingdoms or nations.

The little horn appears after the kings, and “comes up” among them and represents his political seat on the world stage when he takes power.  Horns grow with age, but this one grows extremely large, quickly.  Daniel tells us, “And out of one of them came a little horn, which grew exceedingly great, toward the south, toward the east, and toward the glorious land” (Dan. 8:9-10).

Despite the EU’s newness in the international arena, it has the potential to create a dictatorship that could obtain world rule.  Satan himself provides the Antichrist with a political position by which he rises to greatness and conquers the world.  He wears no crown because he is not the king of any one nation, yet he leads the federation.

The Antichrist exists in a symbiotic relationship with the kings. Revelation 17:13 tells us: “These are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” The Antichrist partners with the kings.  The Union considers itself a federation.  In a confederation, nations or states share governmental tasks.  In a federation, the members relinquish some of their sovereignty to a higher authority, which makes the laws and regulations for the signing states.  The Scriptures describe the federation’s members as actual nations, not provinces or states.  The Bible’s federation acts as a dictatorship. The European  Union’s institutional structure is in line with the Revelation Prophecy and Daniel.

The Council of The European Union

 The Antichrist will be in a federation with ten kings.  These kings are the Council of The European Union formerly named the Council of Ministers.  They are the governmental heads of each of the Member States.  The Council represents the highest decision-making authority in the EU, it does not initiate EU laws, but must approve all Community legislation.

It is common knowledge among journalists covering the EU that the Council of Ministers meets in secret.  Revelation 17:12 describes the ten horns as ten kings who “receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.”  During the Tribulation, the

Council promotes the Antichrist’s agenda and essentially acts in a marriage type of relationship with him.  They act together as if joined with the Antichrist leading.  As Jesus led his disciples, the Antichrist will lead the Prime Ministers or Presidents.

The EU Commission: The Little Horn

When the European member nations signed the Treaty of Rome, they agreed to hand over some of their powers to a higher authority called the Commission.  As the EU’s executive arm, it acts as an overseer of the EU Treaties, and upholds them.  Members of the Commission represent the interests of the Union as a whole.  The size of its staff is comparable to the US Department of Commerce.

The Commission, a non-elected body, is comprised of representatives from each of the member nations.  The Commission has a president who sits among the Council of the European Union (or “kings”).  He is responsible for the major decisions and laws that move the EU forward into the international arena as a single political and economic entity.

Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt suggested changing its name to the “European Government,” calling the present name of Commission: “ridiculous” because of its governmental powers.  Coincidentally, the Commission’s headquarters is located in Brussels with the President’s office, and the Commission’s meeting room based on the 13th floor of the Berlaymont building.

The Commission President’s position fits the description of the “little horn” in Daniel for he stands among the ten horns or prime ministers.  Unlike the kings who lead nations, he has no nation beneath him, he heads the federation.  The horn signifies a relatively new position on the world stage which fits the EU Commission.  The Scriptures provide specific details concerning the Antichrist’s authorities.  The political seat he holds must allow him the powers cited in the prophetic writings.

The EU Commission presidency provides the Antichrist with the powers outlined in Scripture. He Will Be In A Federation With Ten Kings

Revelation 17:12-13 tells us,  “And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet; but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast, these are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”

This verse describes the relationship of the ten kings to the Antichrist.  They both strive for the same goals.  One entity does not exist without the other.  The Council of The European (formerly Council of Ministers) give their strength and power to the Commission.  Without the member nations that hand over their authority to the Commission, there would be no European Union.  Several articles in the EU Treaty reflect these institutions having one mind.  Article 162 states: “The Council and the Commission shall consult each other and settle by common accord their methods of cooperation.”

The Scriptures are unprecedented in their accuracy and detail. Although written 1,900 years ago, one Bible verse epitomizes the contents of two treaties in just 14 words.  “These shall have one mind and shall give their power and strength unto the Beast.” Throughout the EU treaties, one reads of the Commission’s and Council Ministers’ simultaneous role.  Peter Ludlow, the founding director of the Centre For European Policy Studies think-tank in Brussels, referred to the Commission-Council relationship as a “partnership.” Of the EU’s institutions, the Commission and the Council (of Ministers) represent the leading authorities.  The Court enforces EU laws, and the Parliament acts as a forum with some legislative powers.

His Kingdom will be divided and will involve many men

Nebuchadnezzar’s vision in Daniel 2:28-45 illustrates the Beast’s complexity.  The Bible states that the fourth kingdom is “strong as iron,” and “breaks in pieces and shatters all things,” Daniel adds that there is weakness amidst its strength. Daniel 2: 41-43 records:

Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.

And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.

As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay

The iron and clay which make up the image’s toes do not mix.  The iron legs have power to break in pieces and crush all that opposes the Beast. The Bible states that clay represents the seed of men.  The potter’s clay signifies a divided kingdom and the complexity within this kingdom—iron is firm, clay is brittle.  The kingdom divides at the legs into feet and toes mingled with clay.

John F. Walvoord, in his book Daniel: The Key to Prophetic Revelation, discusses this passage and relates the various interpretations from well-known Bible expositors.  A. C. Gaebelein states that “monarchies and clay represent democratic rule.” Old Testament scholar Johann Karl Friedrich Keil argues that “it is all the means employed by rulers to combine the different nationalities, a sort of intermarriage.”  Walvoord concludes that this diversity, “whether this refers to race, political idealism or sectional interests,… will prevent the final form of the kingdom from having any real unity. The vision depicts an analogy of the European Union’s institutional structure as it exists today.

The toes mingled with clay represent the sovereign nations that still hold elections and rule their countries while handing over specific powers to the EU Commission.  Clay, or the democratic electoral process, conflicts with totalitarian rule.  Notice that the toes while comprising a small part of the image allow it to walk. Without the nations handing over their sovereignty to the EU, the European Union would not literally be able to get up on its legs and walk because it would not exist.

The Scriptures stand unprecedented in their accuracy.  One must pay tribute to those Bible scholars who successfully interpreted prophetic passages while there no telltale signs in world affairs manifested. Some Bible Eschatologists teach that the Beast has ten toes which represent the ten nations because the Scripture refers to the feet of the image and feet have five toes a piece thus ten toes.  The Scripture does not specify the number of toes which can be many.

Dwight Pentecost sited Kelly’s observation who stated that: “There will be, before the age closes, the most remarkable union of two apparently contradictory conditions—a universal head of empire, a separate independent kingdom besides, each of which will have its own king; but that one man will be emperor over all these kings… God has said they shall be divided.…In virtue of the iron there will be a universal monarchy, while in virtue of the clay there will be separate kingdoms.”

While the nation’s pool their sovereignty, conflict and disunity arises as each nation responds protecting its own culture, people and industries.    The EU’s motto is “united in diversity,” which literally can be the plaque underneath the image of toes mingled with clay.

Evidencing this diversity are the 24 official languages of the EU, which requires a large number of interpreters employed by their institutions. Further magnifying the Union’s complexity are each nation’s differing governments and politics.  Although the Union refers to the nations as Member States, they are separate sovereign countries.  Some of the nations hold grievances with other nations, for historical or economic reasons. This world power will never have any real unity while it is both united and divided.  In examining EU citizens’ views and gripes toward other Member States, this division further intensifies.  Nevertheless, Scripture tells us that this world power will be dreadful and terrible and exceedingly strong (Dan. 7:7).

These facts have caused some to believe that the EU will at no time have any real unity or strength.  What the European Union is seeking to do has never been done in the world’s history.  Separate sovereign nations are joining to become a single economic and political unit.  The Revelation Prophecy and the prophet Daniel spoke about this in ancient history.  In our day, we are watching it unfold.

 

 

The Apocalypse: The End of Days Prophecy- Introduction

The Apocalypse: INTRODUCTION 

No book in the world is more frightening than the Revelation Prophecy. Its exact name is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  It is the last book of the Bible, and it is a book of events, which are yet to take place. What is foretold is so horrific I could not ever imagine living through it. Residing in these last days is difficult enough.

The Revelation Prophecy begins when society totally degenerates into sinful behavior. The sin in our society has increased to such proportions that the time is near for the Revelation Prophecy to begin. In part, the book is  given as a warning.

If you are a Christian, there is not much time left to serve the savior, and if your life is not dedicated to the Lord, you want to make sure you give him all of your heart, mind and soul. The days are literally numbered so you will want to make the most of them. If you do not know Jesus as your personal savior, now is the time to accept Him, do not delay, it is the only way you will escape the Tribulation detailed in the Revelation.

My hope is that this book will help you to understand the meaning of the mysterious words in the Prophecy.  In addition, I hope you will see and how current events are lining up with what is forecasted to happen during the soon to be final years of the earth. Habakkuk 2:2 states:

Then the Lord answered and said, write the vision, And make it plain on tablets. That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But in the end it will speak; and it will not lie. Though it tarries wait for it. Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.

 The Apocalypse is going to happen. There is nothing or no power on earth that is going to stop it from occurring. Based on the signs it is going to begin sooner than many realize. While Bible teachers and prophecy experts might not agree on the small details in the Revelation prophecy. The message is very clear. Heed it.

 You are reading the Apocalypse: The End of Days Prophecy, for more from Erika Grey go to www.erikagrey.com,  you can also purchase the Apocalypse: The End of Days Prophecy on Amazon.

The Revived Roman Empire: Chapter 7

POPE FRANCIS – THE JESUIT CONDUIT

On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. The news shocked the world as this was the first pope to step down in 600 years. That same day the BBC reported that lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica. Adding another dose of mysticism, 13 days later Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina is elected the new pope by the conclave of Cardinals on March 13, 2013. He takes the name Francis and becomes Pope Francis. In Biblical numerology 13 and 11 are negative numbers and are associated with the Devil and rebellion. In Revelation, it is the 13th chapter that introduces the final world empire and the Antichrist who heads it as the Beast. It also introduces the false prophet who performs miracles and supports the Beast.

It is in the 13th chapter we are given the numerical riddle identifying the Antichrist by the number of his name and his number is 666. The False Prophet breathes life into the image of the beast and causes all to worship it. This takes us to our next number. Pope Francis is now the 266 pope, which is one six shy of 666, and 66 represents Nebuchadnezzar’s idolatrous golden image in the book of Daniel, which Babylonians were forced to worship. It was 6 cubits high and 6 cubits wide and foreshadows Revelation 13′s idol. Incidentally, the practice of Satanism and the founding of the Church of Satan began in 1966.

In Satanism both 13 and 11 are numbers, which identify the devil. Numerology is an inherent part of Satanism. The number 11 represents the sign of Aries, the 11th sign of the Zodiac and its symbol of the water bearer who is represented by Belial, a name of the Devil mentioned 16 times in the Old Testament and one time by Paul in his letter to the Corinthians. Men or women who committed the most evil, rebellious deeds were called children of, sons or daughters of Belial. Aries is also symbolized by the ram, which lines up with the two horned lamb of Revelation, which is a young ram. Jesus is depicted in the Bible as the lamb and the False Prophet as the young ram. The number 13 is long associated with the Devil and is used throughout Satanism. The Tarot death card is the 13th card.

The sudden change in papal leadership and the mystical details have many evangelicals wondering if Pope Francis is significant for Bible Prophecy, and if, in fact, he is the false prophet. Others reference the Prophecies of Popes, which states that there will be a last pope Peter the Roman, who will help usher in Armageddon. The Beast who rises from the sea has ten horns, which are ten kings. The little horn of Daniel is the Antichrist, and all 11 horns represent heads of countries and political leaders. The false prophet has two horns like a lamb. Like Jesus who is represented by a lamb, Revelation’s lamb with horns signifies a religious leader but one that is in sheep’s clothing. He appears to be a lamb but is not.

Horns in the Revelation and the book of Daniel symbolize leaders of countries. The pontiff fits the role of the false prophet because his first horn represents his leadership of the Catholic church. His second horn depicts the Pope as the Sovereign of Vatican City State. Vatican City was established as an independent state in 1929 by the Lateran Treaty. Vatican City is the world’s smallest country and it functions like any other country even issuing its own coins. The Euro became the official currency of Vatican City in 2002. It is a microstate, which means it lies within a larger country within the European Union. The head of Vatican City is the pope. Thus the two horns can represent his being the head of the vast Catholic church and of his country, Vatican city. The two horns can also signify the false prophet’s leadership of his church and his position with the Antichrist.

The false prophet’s two horns in addition to the 11 horns of the 10 kings and little horn of the Antichrist give us a total of 13 horns that in total represents the beast, which again is a number of the devil. The Beast rises from the sea while the False Prophet is a beast who rises from the earth. Aleteia the Worldwide Catholic Network from Rome reported that Pope Francis is a pope “from the ends of the earth,” coincidence?

Pope Francis is 76 years old, born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aries. His parents are Italian, and they migrated to Argentina in the 1920s. The pope speaks fluent Italian because of his Italian heritage. After obtaining a degree as a chemical technician, he chose the priesthood and entered the seminary of VillaDevoto. The Huffington Post reported that the pope proposed to his childhood sweetheart Amalia Damonte when he was 12. When she refused his proposal, he told her that if he didn’t marry her, he was going to join the priesthood, and he did. On 11 March 1958, he moved to the novitiate of the Company of Jesus where he finished studies in the humanities in Chile. He went onto earn a degree in philosophy and from 1964 to 1966, he taught literature and psychology at two separate colleges. He then went on to study and earn a degree in theology in the St. Joseph major seminary of San Miguel. On 13 December 1969, he was ordained a priest. In looking over his career, we find that on the 13th day during the month, he is ordained a priest and elected pope.

Cardinal Jorge Mario chose the name Francis after Francis of Assisi who founded the Franciscan order and who devoted himself to a life of poverty while preaching repentance. Francis upon seeing a vision, became the first to receive the stigmata. He said that absolute personal and corporate poverty was the essential lifestyle for the members of his order. He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters,” and even preached to the birds. He is often portrayed with a bird, in his hand. On November 29, 1979, Pope John Paul II declared St. Francis to be the Patron of Ecology. According to Fox News, the pope picked Francis because he was immediately inspired to take the name of St. Francis of Assisi because of his work for peace and the poor and was prompted by a cardinal friend upon his election not to forget the poor.

In addition to being the first Latin American pope and Francis in the pontificate, he is also the first Jesuit Pope. Jesuits are known for their free thinking and intellectual contributions. Since the inception of the order, Jesuits have been teachers. Today, there are Jesuit-run universities, colleges, high schools and middle or elementary schools in dozens of countries. Jesuits also serve on the faculties of both Catholic and secular schools as well. 28 Jesuit colleges and Universities exist in the US alone.

Jesuits are also known for their involvement in publications, and most Jesuit colleges and universities have their own presses, which produce a variety of books, book series, textbooks and academic publications. Their theological free thinking is academically oriented and prevalent at the university level. Jesuits in Latin America received a bad reputation among evangelicals In Latin America because of their development of liberation theology, a highly controversial movement condemned by Pope John Paul II on several fundamental aspects. Liberation theology is essentially Christianized Marxism. The Peruvian Roman Catholic priest Gustavo Gutierrez first used the term in 1973. It proposed that the Gospels demanded that the church concentrate its efforts on liberating the world’s people from poverty and oppression. They adopted Marxist ideas, supported revolutionary movements and criticized traditional church institutions. They espouse that Christians must work for social and economic justice for all people. Essentially liberation theology is a form of Christian communism and based on the view that the teachings of Jesus Christ compel Christians to support communism as the ideal governmental system. Christian communists believe that the Apostles practiced communism and that it was taught by Jesus who they hail as the first Marxist.

There are conflicting stories that when Pope Francis was Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Argentina. he was accused of not having protected two priests who were kidnapped, which the Holy See denies. CNN reported that in 1976, during Argentina’s dictatorship, the navy kidnapped priests Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics. It was suggested that he was partly responsible for the priests’ prolonged detention, The human rights group Center for Legal and Social Studies in Argentina actually opposed Francis’ selection as pope. CNN also reported that it was even alleged that Francis lied under oath during an investigation into the theft of babies from prisoners during the dictatorship. Francis testified that he never knew about the baby-stealing until after the dictatorship had fallen. An interviewed victim claims that Francis knew about it at the time. She said she had written to Francis about it. Upon his election there are already hints of a possible dark side to Pope Francis.

Pope Francis has gained notoriety for humility and shunning of the pomp and circumstance that go with being pope, such as his refusal to wear the red mozzetta, standing to receive the Cardinals versus sitting on the papal throne, and taking the minibus with the other Cardinals instead of the papal car. This may even more so be evidence of a maverick, which is not uncommon for a free-thinking intellect to act. If he begins to produce miracles, we might very well have on our hands the emergence of the false prophet, which only time will tell. The pope would need to be a maverick to team with the Antichrist, if the False Prophet is in fact this pope.

It is not geopolitically unforeseeable given the institutional political seat of the Antichrist, which is revealed later in this report for the Antichrist to sit with and partner with a pontiff and for them to form a special relationship. The Antichrist will introduce a strange god and names himself as one and the false prophet will advocate on his behalf. The possibility exists for an evil pope to condone the destruction and persecution of the church as he campaigns for the Antichrist.

The next question is how will this pope continue where other popes have left off in their influence in the European Union? This pope in that he is a Jesuit will most likely be more active than previous popes in relation to the politics of the Union. The Guardian named him the radical from Flores, who will reshape the Catholic Church. Domingo Bresci, a priest who studied with Bergoglio in the 50s and later worked with him in Flores and who is now an adviser in the government’s religious affairs bureau and a prominent figure in the leftist Liberation Theology movement, said the new pope was not a person to take half measures. Bresci said the world should brace for a transformation of one of its oldest and most conservative religions. He added, .He is going to have an impact on the world; he’ll change the power structure of the church and challenge the ostentatious pomp of the Vatican.”

Bergoglio demands discipline. When he was made vicar general of Flores in 1992, he insisted that church authorities reveal the properties they owned. When he became archbishop, he reshuffled the clerics who opposed him. Those who know him said Pope Francis is likely to do the same in the Vatican by clearing out the dominant old guard of Cardinals. “Slowly and strategically, he will introduce changes as he becomes more powerful and others become weaker. Bresci, predicted the transformation to be the biggest in half a century or more. “He will be strict on finance. There will be zero tolerance of sexual abuse and homosexual liaisons by priests. This is his style. It comes from Flores.”

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), made up of Bishops delegated by the 26 Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, which examines EU policy and legislation from a Catholic perspective and maintain a regular dialogue with EU institutions stated after the election of Pope Francis:

“At this critical time when there is deep confusion about Europe’s future, it may be an opportune moment for the new pontiff to inject fresh enthusiasm into the search for a vision of Europe. This vision enshrines those Christian values, which so inspired the founding fathers of the European project.

The Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Europa, which Pope Francis’ predecessor John Paul II published ten years ago still has a powerful message for those working to shape the Europe of tomorrow. We feel sure that the Successor of Peter will recognize with pride what has been achieved together by the European nations and encourage Europe’s political leaders – and incidentally all of us at COMECE – to continue, with solidarity and respect for subsidiarity, on the path towards unity in diversity for all within the European family”

Unity in diversity is the official motto of the EU and right out of the tenets of European federalism, which sprang from Catholic thought. It is the wine in the cup of the Whore spoken of in Revelation Chapter 17, which this report exposes in detail. If this pope is not the False Prophet, which time will reveal, we can at the least expect Pope Francis- this Jesuit pope- to embrace federalist ideology, and help lead the governments and peoples of the world to its final one-world destination and further have its influence on the evolving European Union

The Revived Roman Empire: Chapter 6

 

POLITICAL POWER: THE BASIS OF THE NEW ORDER

Benedict’s new “world political authority” would have power, backed by force, over the key sectors of the global economy. Throughout the long, densely written pontifical document, the same theme emerges repeatedly. He said:

“Political authority also involves a wide range of values, which must not be overlooked in the process of constructing a new order of economic productivity, socially responsible and human in scale.”

Benedict thought that “political authority” could be used safely and effectively for “constructing a new order of economic productivity.” However, post-1789 history is littered with the corpses of those slain in human efforts to construct a “new order” of any kind, however beneficent the original intent may have been. As a result of the world economic crisis, Benedict expected (and approved) growth of State power, at the national and international level: “The integrated economy of the present day does not make the role of States redundant, but rather it commits governments to greater collaboration with one another. Both wisdom and prudence suggest not being too precipitous in declaring the demise of the State. In terms of the resolution of the current crisis, the State’s role seems destined to grow, as it regains many of its competences. In some nations, moreover, the construction or reconstruction of the State remains a key factor in their development.”

His prediction that the current slump will increase government power has already been proven correct – but it is also clear that Benedict approved of this development. Benedict said, “Alongside economic aid, there needs to be aid directed towards reinforcing the guarantees proper to the State of law: a system of public order and effective imprisonment that respects human rights, truly democratic institutions.”

Note well: for Benedict, one of the two elements defining the rule of law is “a system of public order and effective imprisonment.” “Respect for human rights” is a very elastic constraint on a prison system and on a government; most governments claim that they do this. For Benedict, prison is integral to the New State that he has proposed. (Nor is Benedict’s inquisitorial definition of the “State of law” an artifact of a bad English translation; in the Latin version of the encyclical, the same sentence reads “Praeter auxilia oeconomica adesse debent subsidia, quae proprias cautiones Status iuris roborent, systema nempe ordinis publici et efficientis carcerationis, hominum iuribus servatis, quae ad instituta vere democratica spectant.”

Benedict proposed to ride the wave of globalization, using its power as a way to carry out “unprecedented … large-scale redistribution of wealth on a world-wide scale.” He said, “‘globalization, a priori, is neither good nor bad. It will be what people make of it.’ We should not be its victims, but rather its protagonists, acting in the light of reason, guided by charity and truth. Blind opposition would be a mistaken and prejudiced attitude, incapable of recognizing the positive aspects of the process, with the consequent risk of missing the chance to take advantage of its many opportunities for development. The processes of globalization, suitably understood and directed, open up the unprecedented possibility of large-scale redistribution of wealth on a world-wide scale … The transition inherent in the process of globalization presents great difficulties and dangers that can only be overcome if we are able to appropriate the underlying anthropological and ethical spirit that drives globalization towards the humanizing goal of solidarity. Unfortunately this spirit is often overwhelmed or suppressed by ethical and cultural considerations of an individualistic and utilitarian nature. Globalization is a multifaceted and complex phenomenon which must be grasped in the diversity and unity of all its different dimensions, including the theological dimension. In this way it will be possible to experience and to steer the globalization of humanity in relational terms, in terms of communion and the sharing of goods.”

Benedict called his readers to be “protagonists” – leading players and advocates – of globalization. As is usual for collectivists and utopians, Benedict scorned the “individualistic and utilitarian” opposition to a new economic order. He dismissed resistance to globalization as “blind,” seeming to ignore clear-sighted opponents of this trend. His hope for “unprecedented… large-scale redistribution of wealth on a world- wide scale” should raise alarms for anyone who is familiar with the history of post-1789 radicalism of the left or of the right.

Large-scale, rapid wealth redistribution has always been accompanied by dictatorship, famine, and violence; there is no reason to expect that the results would be different under any conceivable future globalist regime. If Benedict has discerned an “underlying anthropological and ethical spirit that drives globalization towards the humanizing goal of solidarity,” it makes sense to question his discernment in this (and related) matters.

Benedict explicitly called for redistribution of world energy resources to poor nations. In addition to energy-saving technical change and lower energy consumption by consumers and businesses in developed nations, he said,

“What is also needed, though, is a worldwide redistribution of energy resources, so that countries lacking those resources can have access to them. The fate of those countries cannot be left in the hands of whoever is first to claim the spoils, or whoever is able to prevail over the rest.”

Benedict repeated this call for redistribution of energy resources in his message for the 2010 Day of Peace. This might sound reasonable at first, and it is true that energy-poor underdeveloped nations need such assistance. However, there are insurmountable practical questions, especially given the fallen human nature of anyone who will manage such redistribution. Who will take what from whom, under what law, and by what regulatory standard, to give to whom, and with what means of enforcement? Those who would carry out  this redistribution will be no wiser, no more peace-loving, no more just, and no more honest than the current crop of world political leaders, bureaucrats, and police. Benedict emphasized the necessity for the Church to be active in the political world. He said, “The Church has a responsibility towards creation and she must assert this responsibility in the public sphere.”

(In his message for the 2010 World Day of Peace, Benedict said the same.) In his encyclical, Benedict said, “The Christian religion and other religions can offer their contribution to development only if God has a place in the public realm, specifically in regard to its cultural, social, economic, and particularly its political dimensions. The Church’s social doctrine came into being in order to claim ‘citizenship status’ for the Christian religion.” However, to say that “the Christian religion” can offer its “contribution to development only if God has a place in the public realm … particularly its political dimensions” casts disrespect on the ministry of Jesus, who said that “my kingship is not of this world” (John 18:36). It also ignores the pre-Constantine Church, which – despite centuries of persecution – managed to overturn the religious order of the world’s greatest empire without wielding any State power whatsoever.

As the capstone of his analysis, Benedict proposed the erection of a “true world political authority” with “real teeth” and wielding sufficient power to manage economics, food, armaments, environmental protection, and migration for the whole world: “In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth.” This new regime would have wide responsibilities: “implementing the principle of the responsibility to protect,” to “give direction to international cooperation for the development of all peoples in solidarity. To manage the global economy … to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority.”  A global authority with enough power to manage all these “portfolios” would necessarily be despotic.

Benedict imagined that the “world authority” he seeks could be directed by “the values of charity in truth,” so as to create a new “social order that at last conforms to the moral order.” This authority would be “universally recognized” and would have “the effective power” to carry out its vast mandate. He said, “Such an authority would need to be regulated by law, to observe consistently the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, to seek to establish the common good, and to make a commitment to securing authentic integral human development inspired by the values of charity in truth. Furthermore, such an authority would need to be universally recognized and to be vested with the effective power to ensure security for all, regard for justice, and respect for rights. Obviously it would have to have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties, and also with the coordinated measures adopted in various international forums. … The integral development of peoples and international cooperation require the establishment of a greater degree of international ordering, marked by subsidiarity, for the management of globalization. They also require the construction of a social order that at last conforms to the moral order, to the interconnection between moral and social spheres.” Understanding the basis of Benedict’s manifesto, only an ecclesiastical propagandist could deny that Benedict was seeking a powerful world government.

MEDIA ROLE: “ENGINEERING CHANGES IN ATTITUDE”

With a new world order would come the need to propagandize the people. Benedict had this in view, since he assumed that a key role of the mass media is “engineering changes in attitude towards reality and the human person” for their audience. He said, “Given the media’s fundamental importance in engineering changes in attitude towards reality and the human person, we must reflect carefully on their influence, especially in regard to the ethical-cultural dimension of globalization and the development of peoples in solidarity. … This means that they can have a civilizing effect not only when, thanks to technological development, they increase the possibilities of communicating information, but above all when they are geared towards a vision of the person and the common good that reflects truly universal values. … To achieve goals of this kind, they need to focus on promoting the dignity of persons and peoples, they need to be clearly inspired by charity and placed at the service of truth, of the good, and of natural and supernatural fraternity.”

The same questions need to be asked here that would be asked of any other would-be social planner who wishes to manage us “for our own good”: who will define the goals that the media are to promote; who will enforce these rules, and by what means? What room will there be for dissenting views? As with all utopias, the question is: who is to engineer whom, and for whose benefit? The notion that writers (or others in the media) should be engineers of their audience is totalitarian in origin and intent. As Stalin told a meeting of writers in October 1932, “You are engineers of human souls.”

Dreaming of a new order in the current age, based on “adhering to the values of Christianity” Benedict has proposed “building a good society” and “integral human development” based on worldwide adherence to “the values of Christianity,” as defined by the Church. Early in the encyclical, Benedict said, “practicing charity in truth helps people to understand that adhering to the values of Christianity is not merely useful but essential for building a good society and for true integral human development. … Without truth, charity is confined to a narrow field devoid of relations. It is excluded from the plans and processes of promoting human development of universal range, in dialogue between knowledge and praxis.”

He has offered his own vision of total social reform, based on “plans and processes” to promote “human development of universal range.” Until now, preparing plans to direct all aspects of human development has been a hallmark of utopians and socialists. Now, Benedict is – for his own reasons – singing along with that choir. Benedict was inclined to view globalization, in its essence, as good: “The truth of globalization as a process and its fundamental ethical criterion are given by the unity of the human family and its development towards what is good.”

He said that globalization “has been the principal driving force behind the emergence from underdevelopment of whole regions, and in itself it represents a great opportunity. Nevertheless, without the guidance of charity in truth, this global force could cause unprecedented damage and create new divisions within the human family. Hence charity and truth confront us with an altogether new and creative challenge, one that is certainly vast and complex. It is about broadening the scope of reason and making it capable of knowing and directing these powerful new forces, animating them within the perspective of that ‘civilization of love’ whose seed God has planted in every people, in every culture.” Benedict imagined that somehow, those who exercise “charity in truth” while “adhering to the values of Christianity” will be able to direct globalization in order to build a “civilization of love.”

In this vision, Christian leadership, after “broadening the scope of reason and making it capable of knowing and directing these powerful new forces” (a formulation that could have come from the French Revolution), will be able to govern globalization – a political and economic force that has thus far proven able to evade restraints from nations and from today’s international organizations. Also, given the anti- Christian and anti-traditional track record of the UN and the European Union, and given the current balance of forces in the world (in which Communists, secularists, Muslims, Hindus, and followers of other faiths outweigh traditional Christians of all denominations together), it is not clear how it will ever be possible to build a “civilization of love” based on “adhering to the values of Christianity.” Does Benedict imagine that somehow, before the Return of Christ, the whole world will accept Christianity – and governance on Christian norms?

“In all cultures there are examples of ethical convergence, some isolated, some interrelated, as an expression of the one human nature, willed by the Creator; the tradition of ethical wisdom knows this as the natural law. This universal moral law provides a sound basis for all cultural, religious and political dialogue, and it ensures that the multi-faceted pluralism of cultural diversity does not detach itself from the common quest for truth, goodness and God. Thus adherence to the law etched on human hearts is the precondition for all constructive social cooperation. … The Christian faith, by becoming incarnate in cultures and at the same time transcending them, can help them grow in universal brotherhood and solidarity, for the advancement of global and community development.”

However, not all cultures accept the existence of natural law; those who acknowledge it do not necessarily agree on its principles. It is utopian to imagine that such fundamental disagreement on the nature of reality and the source of morality will be peacefully overcome in the foreseeable future. Benedict placed “charitable” political action on a par with individual charity: “The more we strive to secure a common good corresponding to the real needs of our neighbors, the more effectively we love them. Every Christian is called to practice this charity, in a manner corresponding to his vocation and according to the degree of influence he wields in the polis. This is the institutional path – we might also call it the political path – of charity, no less excellent and effective than the kind of charity which encounters the neighbor directly, outside the institutional mediation of the polis.”

To ensure that no one missed his message, he made it clear in the conclusion of the encyclical that he was addressing those who work “alongside ‘political authorities and those working in the field of economics”: “God’s love calls us to move beyond the limited and the ephemeral, it gives us the courage to continue seeking and working for the benefit of all, even if this cannot be achieved immediately and if what we are able to achieve, alongside political authorities and those working in the field of economics, is always less than we might wish.”  When Benedict said that “the political path” is “no less excellent and effective than the kind of charity which encounters the neighbor directly,” he made it seem that Christ, St. Francis of Assisi, St. John Bosco, and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta all missed their targets in directing their charity to their neighbors, rather than agitating for political reform.

Benedict said, “Man’s earthly activity, when inspired and sustained by charity, contributes to the building of the universal city of God, which is the goal of the history of the human family. In an increasingly globalized society, the common good and the effort to obtain it cannot fail to assume the dimensions of the whole human family, that is to say, the community of peoples and nations, in such a way as to shape the earthly city in unity and peace, rendering it to some degree an anticipation and a prefiguration of the undivided city of God.”  If the “earthly city” prefigures the “city of God,” and the unified “earthly city” is to cover “the whole human family,” there would be no reason not to build a new world system that would be like “a tower with its top in the heavens” (Genesis 11:4). From Genesis through Daniel to Revelation, Scripture warns against such human hubris. Several other unusual theological ideas make their appearance in this encyclical

THE NECESSITY OF USING REASON TO PURIFY FAITH?

Benedict said that “Reason always stands in need of being purified by faith: this also holds true for political reason, which must not consider itself omnipotent. For its part, religion always needs to be purified by reason in order to show its authentically human face.”  Later in the encyclical, he said that in the face of ethical challenges posed by biotechnology, “reason and faith can come to each other’s assistance. Only together will they save man. Entranced by an exclusive reliance on technology, reason without faith is doomed to flounder in an illusion of its own omnipotence. Faith without reason risks being cut off from everyday life.”

It is true that without a living faith in the one true God, application of human reason to politics is likely to produce disaster; in that sense, reason does indeed need to be “‘purified by faith.” However, it is strange for any Christian to claim that “religion” must always be “‘purified by reason.” This may be true for man-created religions, or for man- made reconstructions of Christianity. But Christian faith is not one of many man-made or partially true “religions;” it is (or should be) a relationship with Christ, who is uniquely the human face of God. How could that faith (and such a relationship between God and man) need purification by reason?

The Scriptures do not present Christian faith as something to be deduced or purified by human reason; St. Paul testifies that Christ is folly (not reason) to the Greeks, of that era or of this one: “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? … For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” (1 Corinthians 1:20-23) In any event, it is not true that “reason and faith” together can “save man;” the only Savior is Christ. How could any Christian – let alone the current occupant of the Chair of Peter – suggest otherwise?

FIDELITY TO MAN?

Benedict put “fidelity to man” rather than to God at the center of his social vision, and seemed to view truth as something that is assembled into “a unity” by the Church from “fragments” found in “whichever branch of knowledge”:

“Fidelity to man requires fidelity to the truth, which alone is the guarantee of freedom … and of the possibility of integral human development. For this reason the Church searches for truth, proclaims it tirelessly and recognizes it wherever it is manifested. This mission of truth is something that the Church can never renounce. Her social doctrine is a particular dimension of this proclamation: it is a service to the truth which sets us free. Open to the truth, from whichever branch of knowledge it comes, the Church’s social doctrine receives it, assembles into a unity the fragments in which it is often found, and mediates it within the constantly changing life-patterns of the society of peoples and nations.”

This vision of truth is depersonalized, and is a far cry from the clear testimony of Christ, who told His followers that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). A truth that is assembled by human reason its place in a university seminar, but it will not be the same saving truth as “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). At the beginning of this same paragraph, Benedict said that “The Church does not have technical solutions to offer and does not claim ‘to interfere in any way in the politics of States.” It seems inconsistent for him then to propose that the Church assemble a unified social truth from fragments offered by the world’s branches of knowledge, and then offer this new construct to the “society of peoples and nations.” A strange faith in man also appeared when Benedict warned against “rejection, not only of the distorted and unjust way in which progress is sometimes directed, but also of scientific discoveries themselves, which, if well used, could serve as an opportunity of growth for all. The idea of a world without development indicates a lack of trust in man and in God. It is therefore a serious mistake to undervalue human capacity to exercise control over the deviations of development or to overlook the fact that man is constitutionally oriented towards ‘being more.”"

Benedict’s justified rejection of back-to-nature primitivism comes with a condemnation of an odd pairing, “lack of trust in man and in God.” But nowhere in Scripture are we called to exercise “trust in man,” let alone to trust man in the way that we are to trust God. Instead, we are told to have faith in God, and to “put not your trust in princes” (Psalm 146:3). Benedict called on mankind to manage technical progress by using “human capacity to exercise control over the deviations of development,” even though the ongoing pollution of land, air, and water shows how well we exercise this “human capacity” in practice. If Benedict sought to solve environmental crises by establishing new laws and bureaucracies to “exercise control over the deviations of development,” he (and we) face the intractable reality of fallen human nature. No army of saints and angels is available to make and enforce such new controls; the only available people are people.

Benedict also overlooks the ambiguity in “the fact that man is constitutionally oriented towards ‘being more.’” We are fallen; the line between good and evil is now drawn through each human heart. Our better part seeks “being more” by following God; our evil part seeks to “be more” for ourselves against God, ever again eating illicitly of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and ever again building new Towers of Babel.

THE WORK OF THE CHURCH: “INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT”?

Benedict offered his readers two truths: “The first is that the whole Church, in all her being and acting – when she proclaims, when she celebrates, when she performs works of charity – is engaged in promoting integral human development. She has a public role over and above her charitable and educational activities: all the energy she brings to the advancement of humanity and of universal fraternity is manifested when she is able to operate in a climate of freedom. In not a few cases, that freedom is impeded by prohibitions and persecutions, or it is limited when the Church’s public presence is reduced to her charitable activities alone.

The second truth is that authentic human development concerns the whole of the person in every single dimension.” There are several oddities here. Benedict said that the aim of the Church “in all her being and acting” – including teaching and worship (“when she proclaims, when she celebrates”) – is “promoting integral human development.” This is a new doctrine, quite different from Christ’s post-Resurrection mandate that the Church is to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). The earthly goals that Benedict stated (“advancement of humanity and of universal fraternity”) are good in themselves, as far as they go, but they are effects of the Church and her members acting in accord with God’s will. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be yours as well” (Matthew 6:33). When Benedict says that “authentic human development concerns the whole of the person in every single dimension,” he is fostering an ideology that would govern every aspect of human life: a utopian vision in religious garb.

BENEDICT’S “NEW HUMANISTIC SYNTHESIS 

Like other utopians – and like Gorbachev, Kissinger, and other leaders who support a new world order -Benedict saw the post-2007 world crisis as an opportune occasion for radical change, a “new humanistic synthesis” and a “new vision for the future” that will affect “nothing less than the destiny of man.” He said that “the current crisis … presents us with choices that cannot be postponed concerning nothing less than the destiny of man, who, moreover, cannot rescind from his nature. … The different aspects of the crisis, its solutions, and any new development that the future may bring, are increasingly interconnected, they imply one another, they require new efforts of holistic understanding and a new humanistic synthesis. … The current crisis obliges us to re plan our journey, to set ourselves new rules and to discover new forms of commitment, to build on positive experiences and to reject negative ones. The crisis thus becomes an opportunity for discernment, in which to shape a new vision for the future.”  Later in the encyclical, Benedict added, “The significant new elements in the picture of the development of peoples today in many cases demand new solutions. These need to be found together, respecting the laws proper to each element and in the light of an integral vision of man … Remarkable convergences and possible solutions will then come to light.”

When Benedict saw the world crisis as “an opportunity for discernment, in which to shape a new vision for the future,” he was following the logic of American political leaders. In November 2008, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff, told a Wall Street Journal conference of chief executives, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. … Things that we had postponed for too long, that were long-term, are now immediate and must be dealt with. This crisis provides the opportunity for us to do things that you could not do before.”

BENEDICT’S CALL FOR “SUBSIDIARITY”: A DEFENSE AGAINST GLOBALIST TYRANNY?

Benedict called for “a dispersed political authority, effective on different levels … The articulation of political authority at the local, national and international levels is one of the best ways of giving direction to the process of economic globalization. It is also the way to ensure that it does not actually undermine the foundations of democracy,” indicating that he did not wish to build a fully centralized global regime. Later in the encyclical, Benedict restated his call for decentralization of political power in the context of global governance.

“Subsidiarity is first and foremost a form of assistance to the human person via the autonomy of intermediate bodies. … Hence the principle of subsidiarity is particularly well-suited to managing globalization and directing it towards authentic human development. In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity, articulated into several layers and involving different levels that can work together. Globalization certainly requires authority, insofar as it poses the problem of a global common good that needs to be pursued. This authority, however, must be organized in a subsidiary and stratified way, if it is not to infringe upon freedom and if it is to yield effective results in practice.”

This nod in the direction of decentralized authority has given great reassurance to many American conservative commentators in the encyclical. It makes it seem as if Benedict has signed off on the equivalent of the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” However, there is little basis for such reassurance. Benedict himself places an important restriction on the scope of subsidiarity and decentralization in the next paragraph of the encyclical. He says, “The principle of subsidiarity must remain closely linked to the principle of solidarity and vice versa, since the former without the latter gives way to social privatism, while the latter without the former gives way to paternalist social assistance that is demeaning to those in need.”

This is the same logic that supporters of ever-stronger Federal authority have used since World War I to justify their own centralization of power in the US. There is no realistic reason to believe that the new rulers of a world government will show any more respect for localism and the virtues of decentralization than the US government has done with respect to states, counties, and cities. In his April 18, 2008 address to the UN General Assembly, Benedict said, “The United Nations embodies the aspiration for a ‘greater degree of international ordering’ … inspired and governed by the principle of subsidiarity, and therefore capable of responding to the demands of the human family through binding international rules and through structures capable of harmonizing the day-to-day unfolding of the lives of peoples. This is all the more necessary at a time when … the world’s problems call for interventions in the form of collective action by the international community.”

Benedict thus accepted the UN as an example of an authoritative world body “governed by the principle of subsidiarity” and able to establish “binding international rules” that will harmonize “the day-to-day unfolding of the lives of peoples.” In other words, the “world political authority” envisioned by Benedict would – by design – reach out and touch all of us in our daily lives. Furthermore, the concept of “subsidiarity” is built into the treaties that govern the European Union; anyone can see how well that is working to defend national sovereignty, traditional values, and Christian faith in Europe. If the bureaucratic, corrupt, arrogant, tyrant-coddling, pro-socialist, population- controlling United Nations and European Union are examples of the “subsidiarity” that Benedict would rely upon to curb despotism by the “world political authority” that he favors, then we should all re-read Orwell’s 1984 and Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago for tips on how to survive in the new world order.

THE CHURCH IGNITES POLITICAL GLOBALISM

Caritas in Veritate should be seen as what it is: a theological and political earthquake. The Roman Catholic Church, which was once a guardian of tradition worldwide, now wishes to use radical means (a “true world political authority”) for its own ends. It is as if Benedict had wished to mount and ride a wild beast, and imagined that he (and those who believe as he does) would be able to direct that fierce beast’s course. Ordinary prudence – even without reference to the dire symbolism of Revelation 17:3-18 – should have warned the Vatican against such folly. Europeans have already tried using radical means to support conservative goals; the results of that 20th century experiment in Italy, Portugal, Germany, Spain, and Vichy France are written in letters of blood and fire. Seeking a world government that is governed and limited by natural law and Christian tradition is akin to seeking dry water or square circles. Lord Acton, a Catholic historian in 19th Century England, made a warning that the Vatican ought to have heeded.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you super add the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.”

No power could be more absolute than that of “world ruler,” and such is the post which (despite the fig-leaf invocation of “subsidiarity”) Benedict proposes to create. Even the billionaire leftist utopian George Soros recognized that full-scale global government would be a threat to freedom. In August 2006, he said, “I’m against global government. Now [laughing] if you don’t like a national government, you can move someplace else. A global government would probably interfere with our freedom more than national governments.” Several months later, Soros added, “A global government could not avoid being repressive even if it were built on liberal principles. A global open society could not even be as closely integrated as the European Union because the affinity among the member states would be less pronounced.” Essentially, an avowedly globalist “change agent” has a more sober perspective on global government than the Pope. In September 2009, a columnist for the London Telegraph provided a realistic view of global governance:

“The idea of global governance is meaningless without mechanisms to enforce it, so what are we talking about here? World government? A system of laws and policing which would be beyond the reach of the electorates of individual countries, and therefore have no direct democratic accountability to the peoples of those nations? Even assuming that such institutions did not take on a self-justifying life of their own – which history teaches us is almost inevitable – and that they remained fastidiously responsive to the heads of national governments, they would still be, by definition, supranational. In other words, their function would be precisely to ignore those needs and interests of individual countries which might endanger the welfare of the larger entity. And the welfare of that larger entity would be judged by – what? … It is hard enough for a leader to remain in touch with the consciousness of his own people: playing to a global electorate puts almost any politician out of his depth. Not that we are talking about electorates any longer.

Voters are way, way down on the list of considerations in this new ball game. But perhaps you find yourself convinced, in the present economic circumstances, that there are no national crises any more, only global ones – and that the governing of all nations must now be subsumed under some overarching international framework of law and supervision, to be monitored and policed by suitably empowered agencies. Maybe you think that is an acceptable price to be paid for stability at home and security abroad. But consider this: what if the new dispensation, once installed, fails to produce that stability and security, or delivers it only to certain nations (not yours), or does so only by limiting freedoms that you consider precious? What recourse will you have then to remove it peaceably from power, as you do your national government?”

As the bishops have led, the Catholic laity have followed. The Knights of Columbus, a 1.7 million member Catholic fraternal organization, passed a resolution on August 6 at their 2009 general convention expressing “deep appreciation to the Holy Father for the timely publication of the encyclical Caritas in Veritate.” Vatican apologist Robert Moynihan, founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, a staunchly conservative publication, stood with the African bishops in their acceptance of Benedict’s version of global governance, and dismissed critics as “doing the work of the devil.”

On October 24, he said, “the Africans are supporting a more just ‘world order,’ something which the Pope also called for in his recent encyclical, not because they want a ‘one world government’ which might be a prelude to a type of ‘anti-Christian’ rule (the rule of anti- Christ), but precisely because there is already a ‘world mis-government’ which allows enormous injustices to be perpetrated with impunity. This leads to another thought: those who would encourage simple, good Catholics, and others, to fear that the Pope is calling for a dangerous, anti-Christian ‘new world order’ are being duped. The Pope knows that there already is a dangerous ‘world government’ (or ‘mis-government’) which is … allowing the rape of Africa, and even encouraging it. So, those who are fanning the passions of the simple against any calls for a government which could restrain these excesses, are playing the devil’s game. The type of ‘world governance’ the Pope was calling for is the same type these bishops are calling for: a reasonable government, with reasonable laws, able and willing to impede and prosecute these crimes against humanity. Until such a government is formed, to reign [sic] in the excesses already occurring, ‘anti-Christian’ forces will continue to have their day, and simple people will continue to suffer.”

Such is the counterattack that Church apologists are likely to make against traditional Christians who reject Benedict’s embrace of political globalism. Tony Blair, who converted to Catholicism in late 2007 after completing his ten-year term as Prime Minister of the UK, praised Caritas in Veritate in an August 27, 2009 speech to an annual assembly of members of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic “new ecclesial movement.” Blair, like Benedict, believes that the Church should have a strong voice in politics and global governance. More than 10,000 members of the movement, which has a reputation for orthodoxy and loyalty to the Vatican, gave Blair two standing ovations. Blair (who has been a public supporter of “the right to choose”) said, “The danger is clear: that pursuit of pleasure becomes an end in itself. It is here that Faith can step in, can show us a proper sense of duty to others, responsibility for the world around us, can lead us to, as the Holy Father calls it, “Caritas in Veritate.”

Bankers have followed the lead of churchmen, and have praised Caritas in Veritate – while defending their own wealth and privilege. On October 21, 2009, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster organized a private seminar at which chairmen and CEOs from banks and other financial institutions met to study Caritas in Veritate. (The financiers in attendance included Schroders chief executive Michael Dobson, Schroders president George Mallinckcrodt, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International Lord Brian Griffiths, Rothschild’s director Anthony Salz, Barclays Bank chairman Marcus Agius and former Chief of the Defense Staff Field Marshal Lord Peter Inge.)

The Revived Roman Empire: Chapter 4

FORGING A CATHOLIC EUROPE

The Bible depicts the Whore sitting on the Beast, signifying that she plays a principal role. Religion does play a part in European politics. Its precepts provided the ideology that prompted the European Union’s formation. Religion has a voice in European politics through the Christian Democratic and Socialist political parties, which elect statesmen who share their beliefs. The leaders of these parties become the political representatives of their churches. During the French Revolution, as Democracy spread through Europe, so did Christian political parties. Most of these parties were Catholic. The Christian Democratic political movement would defend the Church’s ultimate interests. This political party assumed responsibility for the social services that the Church was no longer in a position to provide. The Whore in part sits on the Beast through the Christian political parties that are responsible for the European Union’s formation and evolution.

Catholic ideals influenced the European Union’s founders. During World War II, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and Alcide de Gasperi, each man exemplary

Catholics, had been hunted by Nazis and Fascists. De Gasperi-the founder of the Christian Democratic Party in Italy, and a militant Catholic activist and anti-fascist-became premier of Italy in 1945. He believed that the party man remained linked with his spiritual mother, the Church. His theological convictions influenced his public and private actions.

German Chancellor Konrad Adenaeur helped found the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Germany in 1945. He “typified a Catholic Germany in contrast to a pagan Germany.” In 1949, the Frenchman Robert Schuman became France’s foreign minister. He had wanted to become a priest, but gave the idea up to serve his faith in other ways. For him, politics was a priestly duty. All three men were politicians with high ideals. Pope Pius XII, who held strong political beliefs, sought to aid the cause of peace with the help of fellow Catholics. He and the leaders of the Christian Democratic parties formulated a plan. For the first time, leaders of the Catholic Church headed the French, Italian, and German governments. The Christian Democratic political parties aroused hopes of a new Christianity. The movement arranged religious gatherings where they planned political action. Vatican Europe became part of the political scene.

Europe, devastated by two world wars, directly felt the threat of two atheistic ideologies-communism and fascism. The European political leaders believed that the only way to have peace among nations would be if the nations aligned themselves in economic and political pursuits. Schuman proposed that France and Germany create a Coal and Steel Community, encompassing the two nation’s production. Konrad Adenauer welcomed the idea as a way to prevent war among these two nations. They invited other nations to join as well. On May 9, 1950, the Schuman Declaration led to the first European Union and on April 18, 1951, European leaders signed the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) Treaty in Paris.

The entire Franco-German production of coal and steel resided under a higher authority. Its decisions bound France, Germany, and other member countries. A Council represented the interests of the Member States. The common assembly later became the Court of Justice. In their view, this foundation of a European federation was vital to the preservation of peace. The union would prevent war.

The French and German heavy industries urgently needed rebuilding. The ECSC would spur growth. This agreement marked the birth of the European Union. Ratified by the governments of France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, the ECSC began functioning in 1952. It represented a revolutionary approach to international relations, as the first international organization with a federal governing body. This led to the drafting of the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) and Common Market Treaties.

On March 25, 1957, European founders signed the EURATOM (European Atomic Energy Community) and the Common Market Treaties in Rome on one of its seven hills-Capitoline Hill.

Religion influenced the European Union’s formation through political leaders who embraced its precepts. These men acted as key players in the Union’s formation. They held the highest positions in its newly established organizations. Robert Schuman became the first president of the European Commission in 1958. Alcide de Gasperi held the presidential post of the ECSC Common Assembly in 1954. Monsignor Pierre Raffin, the Bishop of Metz, in Schuman’s native Lorraine, launched a campaign for his beatification; the first step on the way to sainthood. Some Christian Democratic members of the European Parliament backed the initiative. Of Jacques Delors, the former EU Commission president, Stanley Hoffman, who writes on European Union affairs, wrote: “A former official of the French labor union inspired by progressive Catholic thought, he exemplifies the synthesis of Christian democracy and socialism on which the Community was built.”

One’s religious convictions greatly affect one’s political beliefs. In the summer of 1998, the United Methodist News Service issued a press release stating that European churches were preparing to play a major role in the continued development of the European Union. The European Ecumenical Commission for Church and Society merged with the Conference of European Churches (CEC) into the Commission on Church and Society.

Members of this new commission included Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Anglicans, and the Orthodox. The Conference of European Churches comprised 123 different church bodies, and also cooperated with the Roman Catholic Church. Keith Clements, the conference’s general secretary, commented: “For the first time in centuries, there’s the possibility of creating a Europe without barriers, the challenge to the churches is whether they themselves can contribute to the unity.”

Catholic thought provides the ideological basis for a united Europe, and presents itself as a political point of reference. The Church along with the unification of Europe, is simultaneously attempting to unify and strengthen itself. It aims to become the spiritual backbone of the evolving European Union. According to See Change, a publication for Catholic organizations, which reports on how the hierarchy of the Catholic Church involves itself in public policy debates: It seems that the bishops want the European Union to become an extension of the church, by confirming that European civilization, in the words of the pope, “emerged because the seed of Christianity was planted deep in Europe’s soil.” (Zenit, “Popes, proposals for European Charter of human rights, “September 24, 2000.)

Few democracies in Europe mention God in their constitutions but this did not deter the bishops from demanding that the European Union should do so. On January 13, 2003, Pope John Paul II gave his State of the World address to representatives of 177 countries in Vatican City. Concerning the European Union he stated: “The Holy See and all the Christian Churches have urged those drawing up the future Constitutional Treaty of the European Union to include a reference to Churches and religious institutions.” He added: ” A Europe which disavowed its past, which denied the fact of religion, and which had no spiritual dimension would be extremely impoverished in the face of the ambitious project which calls upon all its energies: constructing a Europe for all.”

Within two weeks of the Pope’s address, United Press International reported that the Pope was “lobbying European governments to officially recognize the European Union’s Christian roots,” and they reported on the Catholic Church’s efforts to work a strong Christian reference into the preamble of the EU Constitution. The Vatican argues that “Christianity’s fundamental role in shaping European culture should be acknowledged in what is destined to become the European Union’s key document.” Convention delegates are reluctant to involve religion in the new constitution; for fear that it might create additional problems for the Union. Dr. Ian Paisley of the Institute of Protestant Studies, whose web site promotes, defends, and maintains Bible Protestantism in Europe (http://www.ianpaisley.org/about.asp), exposes the papacy as the Beast of Revelation.

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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA

Strasbourg, October 24, 2012 – On October 23, 2012 Father Nicholas Gruner of the Fatima Center in Canada and Catholic attorney and author Christopher A. Ferrara of the United States appeared at the headquarters of the EU in Strasbourg, France to speak in support of a motion for a declaration by the EU Parliament calling upon Pope Benedict XVI to carry out the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The motion is being sponsored by two members of the Parliament of the European Union, the Honorable Mario Borghezio and the Honorable Lorenzo Fontana, who invited Father Gruner and Mr. Ferrara to speak in its support at the time of its official introduction. The motion refers to the threat of “great danger at the present time to world peace and the serenity of all European peoples” and notes that “the Blessed Virgin Mary has promised a long period of prosperity and peace, if and only if, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia in a solemn and public manner, as precisely specified by Her in the Message of Fatima.”

 The motion provides for a declaration by the EU Parliament formally requesting that “His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI… fulfill the will of the Queen of Heaven” by performing the Consecration in order to address European and world problems.Speaking before the international press corps in the press hall of the EU Parliament headquarters in Strasbourg, Father Gruner and Mr. Ferrara made presentations in support of the measure, including a discussion of the content, undeniable authenticity, and absolute urgency of the Fatima Message for the Church and humanity at large. They were introduced by MPs, Borghezio and Fontana, who appeared with them at the press conference.

 “This was a God-given opportunity to advance the cause of Our Lady of Fatima in a forum whose deliberations will have considerable impact at the Vatican. MEPs. Borghezio and Fontana are to be commended for their courageous defense of the Blessed Virgin before a hostile world. I pray the motion passes and the EU Parliament calls upon the Pope to do his duty,” said Father Gruner. “I believe we succeeded in making a case for the Consecration of Russia that would appeal even to rational non-believers, who have nothing to lose by voting in favor this measure,” said Mr. Ferrara.

 The motion has been lodged with the EU Parliament as an official legislative document and will become part of the public record of EU proceedings. It has already attracted the signatures of a growing number of additional sponsors in the Parliament, including members from Italy, Austria and Ireland.

Revelation and offers some enlightening facts. His web site also exposes the Catholic Church’s immorality and its political role within the European Union, and alerts its readers to EU legislation that infringes on the freedoms of European citizens.  His article “The Vacant Seat Number 666 in the European Union Parliament,” records:

“The prophetic significance of the European Union has been revealed as the saga unfolds. First, the sign which it chose as its symbol was the woman riding the Beast. This comes from a prophecy in Revelation 17. The depiction of the harlot woman was reproduced on the centenary stamp of the European Union, in a huge painting in the Parliament’s new building in Brussels, and by a huge sculpture outside the new EU Council of Ministers Office in Brussels. The new European coinage, the euro, bears the same insignia. The Tower of Babel has been used on the posters emanating from Europe – a truly suggestive prophetic sign.Now, a massive Crystal Palace tower (officially called the Tower Building) houses the Fifth Parliament of Europe”

In November of 2008, the Catholic Church demanded that the EU enshrine Sunday observance into law. In October of 2009, the Catholic News Service reported Pope Benedict XVI asserting: “If European unity is based only on geography and economics, it cannot succeed in promoting the common good of all Europe’s citizens and in helping the rest of the world. The recognition of the dignity of the human person and the obligation to work for the common good — values Christianity fostered on the continent — are what inspired the movement toward European unity and are the only guarantee of its success” The European Union did not bring those values to the 27 member countries, but rather it is these shared values that have given birth to and were like a gravitational force that drew the countries together and inspired them to form a union.

When the church recalls the Christian roots of Europe, it is not seeking a special status for itself, instead, it is calling Europeans to remember that the values that brought peace to the continent and freedom and dignity to its people must be allowed to continue nourishing it…Europe will not truly be herself if she cannot keep the originality that made her great. In the Pope’s own words we see the image of the woman sitting on the Beast and her influence is clearly evident. So much so that contributors have devoted a page to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia entitled “European Union- Holy See Relations,” and another entry titled, “The European Union and the Catholic Church.”

A few years back there was a web site dedicated to exposing the meaning of the EU flag. The site called itself “The EU Flag’s True Symbolism Revealed.” The writer presented the idea that the symbol derived from the Virgin Mary, and is a tribute to her. The EU’s flag, a circle of twelve stars on a blue background, depicts Judeo-Christian symbolism. The twelve stars symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve apostles, along with the twelve months in a year, and the Greek myth that speaks of the twelve labors Hercules performed to gain immortality.

The European Union bases many of its symbols on pagan myths; the very name Europe is from the Greek mythological Europa, a Phoenician noble woman kidnapped by Zeus who came to her as a bull and took her to the island of Crete where she became queen. Ian Paisley pointed out the similarity of Revelation Chapter 17 depiction of the harlot riding the beast and the EU’s woman seated on the bull which are outside several of the European Union’s institutions, as well as on the Greek euro coin.

Europa’s name appeared on postage stamps commemorating the Council of Europe, issued in 1956. Furthermore, the dome of the European Parliament’s Paul-Henri Spaak building contains a large mosaic by Aligi Sassu portraying the abduction of Europa with other elements of Greek mythology. Europa also serves as the national personification for Europe.

THE ROMAN LEGACY

If you live in Europe a gap of 2,000 years may seem to have put the Romans at a safe distance from your own lives and experience, but modern Europe with its Union is unthinkable without the Roman Empire. It is part of the story of how Europe came to be what it is today. The Romans are important as a conscious model, for good or ill, to successive generations. Why do they have such a powerful hold on Europe’s development? A century ago, for those with imperialist ambitions, the Roman Empire represented a success story. Rome’s story of conquest, at least in Europe and around the Mediterranean, was imitated, but never matched, by leaders from Charlemagne to Napoleon. The dream that one could not only conquer, but in so doing create a Pax Romana, a vast area of peace, prosperity and unity of ideas, was a genuine inspiration. And that genuine inspiration is what has preserved the legacy of Rome from the time of the Caesars up until the twenty first century.

The Revived Roman Empire: Introduction

INTRODUCTION

The belief that there is any prophetical relevance to the rise of the European Union and its chaotic quest for political unity has come under severe fire over the last decade. From the Treaty of Rome in 1957 to the Maastricht Treaty in 1991 and the Lisbon Treaty of 2004 instead of history witnessing the emergence of a 21st century super power, we have only seen absolute chaos as member nations such as Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and even more recently, Cyprus, plummeting into a financial precipice destroying the reputation and credibility of the European Union in the process.

Many bible prophecy researchers have used this as leverage to introduce alternative views regarding the final super power from which the Antichrist will emerge. Should we forget about the European Union? Is it really a failed experiment of the Club of Rome that has failed to live up to expectation? Is the European Union simply a toothless entity trying to justify its global prowess in a world where the power dynamics are changing?

Yet the idea of a united Europe is more than just a quest for economic stability and prosperity. It is a long- standing vision that has captured the imagination of intellectuals who have wanted something to believe in as they attempt to build a better world. European unification was devised as a way to eliminate war from the continent. By tying the countries of Europe together with common laws, a common currency, a European Court, a Central Bank and a host of other intertwined institutions, Europe’s planners hoped to keep age-old rivalries from resurfacing and tearing Europe apart.  But is the unification of Europe the pathway to a peaceful future-or is it a nightmare in the making?

This report uncovers the power structures of the European Union and provides a geopolitical framework for understanding the development of the European Union and how the evidence proves  that it fits the biblical requirement for a revival of the Roman Empire.

The Revived Roman Empire identifies the European Union as the final world empire, which will launch the Antichrist. In addition, the reader discovers the relationship between the ancient prophetic writings, the European Union and today’s current affairs. No report dealing with Bible Prophecy provides such in-depth analysis and extensive research as The Revived Roman Empire, which presents the reader with a gripping, riveting expose in line with the present geopolitical framework.

The Empire: Preface & Introduction

Preface

This work began in the late 1980’s as a Bible study to see if our world was in fact in the end times. Disappointed by the conspiracy theories that I learned of in my early years as a Christian, which taught the immediate fulfillment of end time prophecy, I embarked on my own research. If prophecy was to be fulfilled, it would occur through the natural order of events. All previous prophecies came about through the affairs of their day.

Jeremiah predicted the Babylonian invasion of Israel and a conspiracy didn’t bring about Babylonia’s power. Historical circumstances and events ushered in Babylonian rule. The prophecies of the birth and death of Jesus Christ and the destruction of the second Jewish Temple occurred during Roman rein through its various leaders. Yet when it comes to end time prophecies, conspiracy theories proliferate from the Catholic Church, Illuminati, Masons, Trilateral Commission, Skull and Bones, Rothschild’s, Bildeburgers, and Jewish conspiracies which are adopted by some radical Islamic writers and feed the fire of anti-Semitism. These authors always claim to have interviewed insiders who tell all.

The Antichrist steps into his position and forms an alliance with ten rulers. He deceives the world. The Bible does not forecast a group of men as conspiracy theories teach, but one man. A false prophet assists him along with the kings who place their allegiance in him. No conspiracies bring about the final world order.

When examining end time prophecies one discovers gaps. A gap creates a hole from the present to the time of fulfillment and conspiracy theorists fill the gaps with a conspiracy theory. When I began this research over 20 years ago there existed many gaps and in this time they have closed or some have narrowed to the place that one can easily speculate on what will occur next. Conspiracy theories substitute for time consuming research on the part of the author. Many of the authors of prophetic works in relation to current events are theologians and spend little time researching current events. In the end the Devil uses these theories as tools to blind believers from the truth and rob God of glory.

No conspiracy will usher in the final world order. Prophecy will reach fulfillment in the geopolitical system. Viewing it from a geopolitical angle provides a more accurate picture of where our world stands in the prophetic time line in relation to the end times.

My hope is that his book will both educate the reader on the end time prophecies in relation to the European Union and will help to eradicate the conspiracy theories which circulate Evangelical Christian circles. After reading this work the reader will both understand the prophetic forecasts and also gain knowledge of the European Union, which if one eliminated the prophetic writings will alarm anyone. In addition, the reader will stand in awe of a God whose words written several thousand years ago are seeing fulfillment through the events of our day.

INTRODUCTION

After World War II, European leaders proposed the idea of forming the European Steel and Coal Community, which birthed the European Union. Skeptics said the complicated idea will fail. In 1957, European leaders signed the Treaty that marked the birth of the European Union. In the mid 1990’s when the EU set out to complete the Common Market and eliminate trade barriers and harmonize laws among the Member States, the skeptics once again said it will fall short.

The prophet Daniel predicted 2600 years ago, the structure of the final world empire that will rule the world in the end of days and launch the Antichrist. He revealed the location of this empire when he forecast that these same people will destroy Jerusalem, and the second Temple. The evil “prince that shall come” will arise from these same inhabitants. During the Roman Empire’s reign this prophecy saw fulfillment and marked the Roman Empire as the launching pad for the Antichrist. Some Bible eschatologists cited the early European Community as the possible political entity because of its location. With the success of the 1992 Common Market, these scholars were on the mark. When the European Union embarked on its plans for a common currency, experts once again said that the feat will fail. In fact, monetary union achieved such success that the euro is stronger than the US dollar and second in line as a reserve currency to the US dollar.

The Union’s next step is to move towards political union and again the skeptics are saying that it will fail for a variety of reasons. Once again they will be wrong as the EU moves to becoming the greatest and most crushing dictatorships ever in existence.

From the start of the research for this work to the completion, this book never became outdated. Most works that relate Bible prophecy and current events quickly become obsolete as the events turn into history. The Gulf War prompted books as did other historical occurrences. This work from start to finish has not deleted dated information and this book withstands the time test because the European Union continues to evolve into the world power forecast by Daniel and John in the Revelation.

This European Union is a complicated entity and this report takes an academic approach by providing the EU’s history, evolution and facts which in many points reveal the EU’s wider ambitions and makeup, which parallel with Scripture. This book could have numbered half the pages and with larger print and act as a sensationalized work and leave the reader on the edge of their seat but with many questions. Given the complexity of the EU, less is not more in writing about the EU and prophecy.

The information compiled for this book relied on the European think-tanks that formulate EU Policy and European publications that cover the desks of EU bureaucrats. One can easily find each of the documented works. Several publications that for one reason or another went out of publication such as the newspaper, The European, and the journal, European Affairs provided excellent information. The Washington Delegation of the European Communities used to publish a magazine called, Europe: Magazine of the European Communities, which produced another viable resource. The EU’s official publications provide another source. This research began before the advent of the internet when one had to access these periodicals manually. The internet made the research easier because much of the material that one had to order from Brussels or London and subscribe to because US libraries did not carry the information, was now available online. Those publications laid the foundation of knowing where to search online. A good deal of the research for this book does not rely on the American press but rather on the European press and news organizations which offer far greater comprehensive reporting on the EU and on world news as a whole.

My goal was to leave no stone unturned and provide an analytical work based on quality research. In contrast on the theological end, this work relied on Biblical commentaries from leading commentators in Evangelical circles. Some answers came to me after much prayer, others as I opened the Scriptures and read them in addition to research.

In completing the work came a satisfaction I never experienced with any other work. I came to a place of blessing seeing Scripture literally unfold before my very eyes. Initially, when the first rough draft of this work was completed in the early 1990’s, this work was ahead of its time as many people had not even heard of the EU and most could care less. I knew that this would change in time when the EU became more recognized and as the world continued to grow more desperate as the birth pangs that Christ prophesized came upon it. These events occurred this last decade with the horrific hurricane disasters that seemed to occur one after another and the world-wide financial crisis.

At times during the course of this work I felt like a historian, only I was writing about what will take place in the future as if it already happened. I discovered the information that intelligence agency’s seek, and questioned why US agencies looked at Japan and China as possible future threats, but never examined the EU, despite its obvious stated ambitions for the global limelight as was in their past, especially considering its undemocratic structure. If I eliminated the Scriptural forecasts out of this report, one will still feel alarmed about the evolving European Union.

As I neared completion of the book, the earthquake in Haiti struck and I felt the urgency to finish the manuscript as soon as possible and get it out to the public because the time of the end is that close.

The EU continues to evolve into the crushing superpower with iron legs forecast by Scripture. Already there are hints of a police state which the British writer and theologian Alan Franklin has reported on concerning various EU laws.

According to prophecy when the Antichrist establishes his dictatorship he will abolish world religion along with any writings that oppose his police state. In that day this book too will be illegal and banned. The timing for this book’s message is now while freedom of religion and speech still exists.

 

The Empire: Chapter 11

 

IT WILL SURELY COME

When the disciples asked Jesus, “What will be the sign of your coming?” As was pointed out in an earlier chapter, Jesus provided a series of predictions that all point to a world in utter turmoil and chaos. Many of the signs specifically relate to the Tribulation period, but several predict the times leading up to the start of the Tribulation. Jesus first forecasts that “many will come in My name saying, ‘I am the Christ’ and will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

While society has already experienced a rise in self-proclaimed prophets, during the Tribulation, due to the perilous times, they will proliferate. Jesus next added: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet” (Matthew 24:6). In 1993, the New York Times listed forty-eight trouble spots around the globe.[213] The Middle East conflict continues to escalate. With the attack on the US on September 11, 2001, the discord came within America’s borders with a serious attack. Thus, the US is currently engaged in a war on terrorism, waged war against Iraq, is keeping a watch on Iran and North Korea which threatened a preemptive strike against the US. The American government has issued a high alert against terrorist attacks from Al Qaeda, and is experiencing first-hand the anxiety that comes from Jesus’s statement about upcoming “wars and rumors of wars.” Along with the US, terrorism, wars and various conflicts threatens nations around the globe.

Jesus continues with “And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places” (Matthew 24:7). In 1996, Newsweek commented in response to the floods, hurricanes, droughts, and earthquakes that struck in so many localities around the globe in that year that “the only plague missing was frogs.”[214] Since then these events have only increased. Other natural events such as polar ice caps, glaciers and mountain top ice melting which will effect habitat and water levels some attribute to global warming. [215] Jesus concluded that “these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:8).

Nearly all of the Scriptures’ criteria are in place for the Tribulation to begin. Daily, the EU is gaining more stature in our world. In the early 1990s, many skeptics doubted that the EU would succeed in uniting economically, and regarded the 1992 program as a project doomed to failure. Not only did 1992 succeed as planned, the EU went onto reach its goals for monetary union, another area that critics regarded as a potential disaster for the Union. Today the euro is worth more than the American dollar. The US media has provided very little coverage of the political evolution of the EU, which is currently evolving into the final world power described in the Scriptures.

The Middle East peace process evolves daily. The European Union’s role over the last two decades increased considerably in the region and the Union can guarantee the peace, especially since it made Middle East peace a foremost priority. As events unfold in the peace process, we can expect to see the Union gain an even stronger footing in preparation for the Antichrist’s treaty.

Even if one disregards the Biblical writings, the Union should raise serious concerns by virtue of its undemocratic institutional structure and its political ambitions. The Union is at a crucial stage in its evolution. As it evolves into a political empire, society will continue to grow wicked, resembling more and more the days of Noah and Lot.

We know that the Antichrist is going to be one of the leaders appointed to the EU Commission Presidency. This man will be responsible for raising the EU to its pinnacle of power. He will virtually be unknown when he takes power and will become strong with a small people. Former Italian Health Minster Tina Anselmi urged people “not to undervalue the possibility of a new and dramatic fascism.” She stated that Mussolini “only had 2,000 votes in Milan at the start of 1922 and yet by the end of the year, he was in charge of the country.”[216] We know that history repeats itself, and despite our knowledge of the process by which dictators come to power, they continue to rise and fall.

The world will not be battling an evil man like Hitler, whom some consider to have been demon possessed, but will be up against Satan himself in a man’s body who will make Hitler look mild. Antichrist launches his fury and rage against the world because he knows that the second coming of Jesus Christ dawns on the horizon. God gives him this time because the Antichrist acts as an instrument of God’s judgment upon the earth. What the conquests of the Antichrist do not destroy, the plagues, earthquakes, and other disasters will. Those who do will have to contend with the Antichrist and his henchmen, and some will end up martyred.

The Mark of the Beast will distinguish the Antichrist’s followers from those of God. By not taking the Mark, one will not be able to buy or sell. Children and relatives will turn over their family members to the Antichrist’s SS. Jesus tells us in Mark 13:12: “Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.” Fathers turn against their own children and have them put to death which epitomizes the belief in the police state that will exist at that time. Jesus tells us regarding this betrayal that “because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). We see some of this today in various faiths and have heard horror stories of children turning against their parents and even killing them.

The Headlines to Watch For

he signs and events leading to the Tribulation are so in place that we can speculate on the next main developments to watch for, which are:

•The continued rise of the EU and the demise of the US.

•The building of the third Temple and the Temple Mount area to change for the building of the Temple.

• The forming of the ten or thirteen member political core, which can also start with fewer members and increase upwards to ten or thirteen.

• The Antichrist eliminating three members from either the 27, or 13.

•The increased globalization of this world which will come about via the European Union once it takes the lead as the world’s leading superpower.

•The fall of the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

•The further strengthening of the euro.

•A possible global currency, but the euro will suffice.

•Increased earthquakes and natural disasters.

•More wars and conflicts.

•Further elimination of cash in society.

•More use of bio implants.

•Evolution of bio implants, i.e. further technological advances.

•Evolution of computers and their use potentially for a police state.

The God of the Bible and the Tribulation

Despite God’s warnings and the evidence that supports the Tribulation, many believe that it will not happen. Somehow, they think, man will turn his fate around. For others, the prospect of the European Union’s creating a world dictator seems impossible. Others do not believe in God or the Bible as the Word of God. Some cannot fathom that a loving God would allow such destruction and suffering. Why does God allow so much human suffering especially as will happen during the Tribulation. Why would he create man and annihilate him.

The God of the Bible is not an entity that a finite limited mind can understand. Why would God allow the injustices in this world and human suffering. One cannot fathom that God will allow such suffering to happen to the beings he created. When God’s judgments come and the people living are experiencing them they will become angry at God rather than turn to him.

We think of God as all loving and that our lives should be heaven on earth because a loving God will only give us good things. The God of the Bible is a peculiar God. One who has emotions like us, who created us in his image, yet remains incomprehensible to us. God’s ways are not our ways, as anyone who reads through the Bible discovers. He is just in all of his dealings with men. We are finite and God is infinite; thus we cannot completely understand Him. Man fashions the character of God around

his sympathies, and rejects Him. We tell God that if He is not who we think He should be, we want no part of Him. To know God is to realize that we do not fully know, nor can we in this life understand Him. He tells us that His ways are not our ways, or His thoughts ours. The wisdom of God seems like foolishness to men; such as the preaching of the cross. Yet it is the power of God to those who believe.

God tells us that we must have the faith of a child to believe in Him. In examining the God of the Holy Bible objectively, we see that this God is much more complex, peculiar, and esoteric than one’s conception of Him. The more one learns of Him, the less one really understands Him. This is a God who created all things, is everywhere at once and who knows every language and thought of the roughly six billion people who are on the planet. He formed the world in six days and rested on the seventh, and produced a fantastic garden with trees and fruit capable of giving man knowledge and eternal life.

God created the angels and afterwards his next highest form of life: man. Man has never seen his face and if he did he would die. He appeared as a pillar of cloud and a flaming bush. He elects a particular people, the Jews, whose bloodline His Son would come into this world and to whom He reveals Himself. He promises these people a fruitful land; Israel, and leads them to it. He fights wars for them and drives out their land’s inhabitants. In fighting those battles God orders the Israelites to kill every man, woman and child of the nations and tribes that come up against them.

This same God expects his chosen people to love him and if they go after other gods and pagan practices he eventually becomes angry with them and brings on them pain, suffering and calamity in an effort to get them to turn to him.

He set up a system of worship the included the Ark of the Covenant, and a Temple that He designed and He specifies every detail and it is here He comes and meets with His people. He provided Moses with over 600 laws He expected the people to follow. Some pertain to social behavior and others are dietary and others which only make sense to the Creator and He requests animal sacrifice.

One can only question at this point why the God of all ages would request animal sacrifice and such a peculiar set of laws to abide by. Animal sacrifice atoned for the people’s sin. All of this foreshadowed the ultimate sacrifice—His Son who was born of a woman, in a manger, alongside the beds of animals. The men of His day reject and sentence Him to a brutal and cruel death for the most serious of offenders for no greater crime than stating that He was the Son of God. He was born in the most humble of places, lives as a man, and dies unjustly at the hands of His own creation, revealing the meek nature of this mysterious God. But, He rises from His death conquering it. All who put their trust in Him for their salvation and believe that He paid the penalty for their sin which is death will have eternal life and follow Him in the afterlife. He calls this the Gospel. God Himself calls this a foolish Gospel but refers to it as the power of God.

This God also chose to speak through eccentric prophets, some of whom took vows not to cut their hair and to eat only certain foods. While they forecasted His prophecies, these prophets spoke through seemingly bazaar symbolic actions that God commanded them to do.

We know from the prophet Isaiah that he witnessed the Lord sitting on a throne, and the train of His robe filled the Temple. Above the throne stood seraphim—six-winged angels, with two wings to cover their faces, two to cover their feet, and two for flying (Isaiah 6:2). He lives in the heavens, in a throne room with jeweled walls and giant winged creatures, and four faced beings surrounded by lighted wheels. His throne burns with fire and He shines brighter than the sun. He created beings called angels and one of those He created wanted to be like God and He cast him and all of his affiliates from heaven. This event caused the battle between good and evil, God and Satan which will culminate in the battle of Armageddon.

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Jesus) will defeat the roaring lion which walks to and fro from the earth seeking who he may devour. In this not fully understood battle lies the reason for all that is evil in this world.

This God who can part seas, bring fire down from heaven, raise the dead back to life, and perform all kinds of miracles, chooses to work through the natural order of events and requires faith as the prerequisite for pleasing Him as if knowing the difficulty of this for men and women.

As Hebrews 11:6 states: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.”

The figurative language of the prophets seems to belong to another world, and its way of looking at life is alien to our own, yet it is through this language that we have the end time prophecies.

Many scholars have tried to speculate on the future, based on both present and past events. During the Gulf War, some stated that terrorism would greatly increase, there would be thousands of US casualties, and the war would drag on like the one we fought in Vietnam. None of these predictions occurred. Others forecasted that the EU’s economic union would fail. Concerning Islamic fundamentalism, there are a myriad of opinions. Some believe they will be responsible for the next world war. Others state that this is not even a remote possibility due to the various sects within the movement. The US Pentagon issued a report stating that the threat to America’s future might come from Japan. One fact is sure, and that is that the major events that occurred in the past several years remained unforeseen. It seems that in the secular world the events one least expects are more likely to occur than what one anticipates.

The people to whom the prophets directed the predictions disregarded them in their time. The prophetic writings sometimes act at times as a general guide and in some passages a precise road map. When Jeremiah foretold the Babylonian invasion, the Israelites could not fathom its taking place, and did not listen to Jeremiah. False prophets predicted peace. Nevertheless the captivity of the Israelites occurred. Most men would not give a second thought to the idea that the threat to world peace will come from the EU. Not Europe, our allies! It is a mere economic grouping. Many individuals warn about the coming Tribulation. Unfortunately, as in the days of Jeremiah or Noah, most will not believe until the day that the EU, under the leadership of the Antichrist, unleashes its fury. Only then, no historians will comment on how the events that shook the world all came about; for along with these events come the culmination of the age and the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is a remote and distant reality that will never occur in their lifetime. Thus for all of these arguments, I will conclude with the Words of the Lord, out of Habakkuk 2:3: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie: though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come it will not tarry.”

THE BIBLE’S MESSAGE OF HOPE

Bible prophecy presents frightening truths to the reader, but its message is not entirely one of doom and gloom. Believers in Jesus Christ will not go through the Tribulation. God will take them out of the world in the Rapture just before it begins. God provides a way out. His way offers refuge and eternal life.

God’s gift of eternal life with Christ is simple to obtain, but few will take it. All men are sinners. Sin is anything that we say or do that does not bring glory to God. God is righteous, and the slightest sin within us makes us unrighteous in His sight. There is nothing in and of ourselves that we can do to obtain the favor of God. Isaiah 64:6 states: “And all our righteousness are like filthy rags.” God will not even accept one into heaven for his good works. Salvation is by faith alone. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works lest anyone should boast.

But Romans 10:13 promises, “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” God promises eternal life to anyone who accepts Jesus Christ as his personal savior. John 5:24 states: “Most assuredly, I say to you, He who hears My word, and believes in him who sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment; but has passed from death into life.” If you want to be sure that you are saved and that heaven will be your home, pray this simple sinner’s prayer and mean it with all of your heart: “Oh God, be merciful to me as a sinner, I believe that Jesus died for my sins, and trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me.”

He that believes in the Son has everlasting life: and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him. (John 3:36)

NOTES

  1. Benjamin R. Barber, “Global Multiculturalism and the American Experiment,” World Policy Journal, Spring 1993, p. 49
  2. “Going to Extremes,” Newsweek, 26 January 1996.
  3. Richard Black, “Earth-Melting in the heat? BBC News, May 18, 2007, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4315968.stm
  4. “Quotes,” European, 2 July-1 August 1993.