“The Devil Has Clearly Entered the Church”

“The Devil Has Clearly Entered the Church”
Vol: 26 Issue: 10 Monday, November 10, 2003

How dare we in this country spend $87 billion on war when 44 million people have no health insurance? It s up to the church to lead on some of these moral issues. – -Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson

‘Leading on moral issues’ was, ironically enough, the theme of Gene Robinson’s first sermon as the Espiscopalian Church’s gay Bishop of New Hampshire. Robinson spoke from the pulpit of All Saint’s Church, the same church where he married his wife — before divorcing her to live openly in a gay relationship. There’s enough irony here to press shirts.

Bishop Robinson also said his ministry would be to bring God’s love to ‘those on the margins’. He didn’t really identify who, exactly, was on the ‘margins’ — care to take a guess?

Conservatives within the US church think they know who lives on the ‘margins’, and they’ve asked the Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual head of the Anglican Church, to authorize a separate Anglican province for them in North America.

Robinson’s elevation also sent shockwaves through the world wide Anglican Church. On Nov. 3, overseas bishops who said they represented 50 million of the world s 77 million Anglicans jointly announced they were in a state of impaired communion with the Episcopal Church a step short of declaring a full schism.

A statement, issued by Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria “for and on behalf of the working committee for the Primates of the Global South,” said that they were “appalled” that the Episcopal Church USA “ignored the heartfelt plea of the Communion not to proceed with the scheduled consecration” and the “clear and strong warning of its detrimental consequences for the unity of the Communion.”

Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of the Anglican Church of Kenya was equally blunt, announcing that his church will have nothing to do with Bishop Robinson or any of the 53 bishops who participated in his consecration, refusing to look upon them as fellow Anglicans. “We cannot be in the same communion with Robinson, his diocese and the bishops who were in the consecration.”

When pressed about what cutting ties meant, he said that the Kenyans would not accept any support from the Episcopal Church, including missionaries.

“The devil has clearly entered the church. God cannot be mocked,” he said.

According to Archbishop Drexel Gomez of the Province of the West Indies, a majority of Anglicans would be willing to sacrifice their financial support rather than accept the consecration of Gene Robinson.

“America does make the largest contribution to the worldwide Anglican Communion. That’s a matter of fact,” he said in an interview with the Nassau Guardian. “As much as we need the money, the gospel must come first. We are prepared to suffer.”

In Rochester, New Hampshire, about half the parishoners walked out mid-service to protest the dismissal of their interim minister because he opposed Robinson’s elevation. Bishop Douglas Theuner of the Diocese of New Hampshire removed the Rev. Donald Wilson on Friday for insubordination when Wilson refused to come to Concord to meet with Theuner on the matter. Robinson will automatically succeed Theuner when the bishop retires next year.

The American Anglican Council, a national conservative group opposed to Robinson s elevation, called on Theuner to restore Wilson.

Assessment:

One place where Robinson’s elevation was greeted with almost universal joy was Great Britain, the seat of the Anglican Church. Dean Colin Slee of Southwark Cathedral in London said that Anglicans should rejoice that “at last there is an open and honest consecration of a homosexual bishop within the church. There have been many before but they have not been honest or open.”

“His ministry will inspire lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual Christians with new confidence that we have a full place at the communion table of our Lord,” said the Rev. Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, a British organization of Anglican bishops, priests and lay people that promotes a more open attitude in the church.

Rev. Frank Griswold, presiding bishop of the US Episcopal Church told the Seattle Post, “The ordination and consecration of Gene Robinson is an indication that a majority of Episcopalians, represented by the General Convention, have come to discern that the fruits of the spirit are alive in men and women who share affection with members of the same sex. . . The church is truly present in the lives of these people, and they are truly present in the life of the church.”

There is room for one more quote — this one from the Apostle Paul.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1:26-32)

The Prince of Persia

The Prince of Persia
Vol: 26 Issue: 9 Sunday, November 9, 2003

Three explosions rocked a residential compound in the Saudi capital in what the government described as a car bomb attack. The attack came a day after the U.S. Embassy warned that terror attacks could be imminent in the kingdom and closed three of its embassies.

At least five people are confirmed dead, and thirty are missing, including one American. The blasts came after gunmen disguised as Saudi security guards broke into the upscale Muhaya compound of about 200 houses and exchanged fire with real security guards.

The compound housed mainly foreigners, mostly Lebanese, but some Saudis also live there, plus a few German, French and Italian families, but about ninety-five percent were Arab.

al-Qaeda would prefer to kill Westerners, especially Americans, but they couldn’t get through security, so they killed their own, instead. The victims were innocents — most of them were families; women and many children.

There are indications that Iran has formed a secret strategic alliance with al-Qaeda and is actively involved in terrorist operations.

An Iranian who fled Iraq has said that Teheran was involved in the assassination of a prominent Iraqi Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim in Najaf. The Iranian informant told the Arabic newspaper Al Sharq Al Awsat that the Al Quds Corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was involved in the operation.

According to the newspaper, a member of the assassination team contacted Amir Farshad Ibrahimi, a former Iranian Quds member who had been trained in Lebanon and Sudan with the help of Egyptian al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri.

The informant, identified only as Amir, reported by email that he needed help in fleeing Iran after three Quds members involved in the Hakim assassination died suspiciously in traffic accidents.

The informant also said that Iran has sent some 30 cells of IRGC intelligence and paramilitary forces to Najaf, Baghdad, Karbala, Al Kufah and Basra.

This news comes at the same time Tehran deported 147 purported members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban, although none of them were senior operatives.

The fifteen senior operatives known to be in Iran, including al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith, operations chief Seif Al Adel Osama Bin Laden’s son, Saad, were allowed to sneak over the border.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said Iran continues to refuse to cooperate with identifying al-Qaeda operatives in the country and continues to give them refuge.

Armitage termed Iran the “world’s foremost state supporter of terrorism.” The country continues to help al Qaeda find safe haven and escape U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan, he said.

“We believe that elements of the Iranian regime have helped al Qaeda and Ansar Al Islam transit and find safe haven in Iran, despite Iran’s official condemnation of these groups,” Armitage told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Oct. 28.

“Despite public statements that they would cooperate with other countries, the Iranians have refused repeated requests to turn over or share intelligence about all al Qaeda members and leaders they claim to have in custody.”

Assessment:

The fact that Iran is the ‘world’s foremost state supporter of terrorism’, the Russians are moving forward with their Bushehr nuclear reactor project, and announced they just finished training some 700 engineers to run it.

During talks in Moscow earlier last week, Iran and Russia discussed the schedule for completing Bushehr.

Russian officials expect Bushehr to begin operating in early 2005, according to a new production schedule drafted by Moscow and Teheran.

So far, Russia has finished between 80 and 85 percent of Bushehr. About 1,500 Russian personnel are in Iran to build the reactor. The Israelis have threatened to destroy the reactor if it goes online, as it did to Saddam’s nuclear reactor at Osirek in 1983.

Ezekiel tells of a coming war between an entity he calls ‘Gog-Magog’ and Israel. Siding with Gog-Magog is, among others, Persia. Gog-Magog is modern Russia and Persia is modern Iran.

The detail of Ezekiel’s prophecy is breathtaking in its both its scope and its precision.

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.” (Ezekiel 38:3-6)

Twenty-five hundred years before Israel existed, Ezekiel predicted an alliance between Russia and what amounts to the whole Muslim world. This is an appropriate time to point out that he foretold it fourteen hundred years before there WAS a Muslim world.

“After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.” (v.8)

This verse always stuns me. In the ‘latter years’ when Israel is ‘brought back from the sword,’ gathered out of many people, against ‘the mountains of Israel’ (those mountains are in the West Bank surrounding Jerusalem) ‘which have always been waste’.

Until the Jews came back, it didn’t rain, nothing grew there and nobody wanted it. The land of Israellanguished as a dusty, unimportant outpost of the southern Ottoman province of Syria for centuries.

“And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” (v.11)

Although Israel is not now dwelling safely, that is the eventual goal of the world community. In the meantime, Israel is resulting to that most ancient of defensive tactics — building a wall around itself to keep invading terrorists out.

It’s for this reason that many Bible scholars place the Gog-Magog War around the middle of the Tribulation period. Once the antichrist confirms a new treaty, Israel will exactly conform to Ezekiel’s description.

I am not dogmatic about it. Another false peace deal like Oslo is entirely possible before the Rapture, also conforming Israel to Ezekiel’s description.

It is entirely impossible, however, to imagine Israel allowing the Bushehr reactor to go online in Iran as long as it is an Islamic republic.

Ezekiel’s description of the battle also references Islam, I believe, some twelve centuries before Mohammed. “And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.” (v.21)

A variation of this prophesy is found in Zechariah 12:4; “In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness. . .”

Islam claims its lineage through the root of Ishmael, of whom Genesis 16:12 says, “And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”

In any case, the Bushehr reactor is due to go online sometime in 2005.

We’re living in exciting times!

Politics of Lies

Politics of Lies
Vol: 26 Issue: 8 Saturday, November 8, 2003

“Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens . . ” (Exodus 34:6)

We’ve already witnessed the politization of the war on terror, despite solemn post-9/11 promises that national security would never become a political issue. The recently revealed Democratic strategy memo spelled out exactly HOW to selectively leak national security secrets in order to embarrass the administration.

And lies. Lots and lots of lies. Among the most pervasive is the one that says we went to war with Iraq so President Bush could give all the best no-bid reconstruction contracts to his Haliburton cronies and reward major campaign donors.

Consider the top 10 U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan in terms of dollars. The Washington Post story on the CPI report suggests a sinister connection:

“The winners of the top 10 contracts for work in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed about $1 million a year to national political parties, candidates and political action committees since 1990, according to the group, which studies the links between money and politics.”

This is another one of those cases where the Post is technically accurate, but wildly misleading at the same time.

Of the ten largest contractors, only four contributed more than $250,000 over the 12 year study the Post cites. Another four firms among the top 10 averaged less than $1,000 per year in campaign contributions, a pittance by Beltway standards. The Post’s statement is technically accurate but conceals the fact that over 85 percent of the total figure comes from only three firms.

Of the top 10 campaign contributors, you find that only four of them received more than $100 million in contracts and none of those top four donors are in the top 10 for contracts. General Electric, the biggest campaign contributor, has actually spent more in contributions than it has received in reconstruction contracts.

While Bechtel and Halliburton have given millions in political contributions, but the top 10 lists don’t support the notion that those campaign contributions were responsible for their winning bids.

It’s a lie.

Assessment:

While the numbers are kind of dry, they are at least accurate, which is more than can be said for the claims coming from the left.

Moses was told to appoint men of truth, such as fear God, to be rulers of thousands, of hundreds, etc.

In America, the voters appoint the rulers. The left offers liars and God-mockers, and celebrates those appointments as ‘triumphs of diversity’ or some such nonsense.

Truth used to be important to Americans and there was a time when being proved a liar meant the end of a political career. It cost Nixon the White House. If it had been proved President Reagan knew of Iran-Contra, he probably would have also resigned in disgrace. But by the time Bill Clinton left office, ‘truth’ was not what was true, but rather, what was technically accurate, depending on how one parses the word ‘is’.

Like the Post story that predicated today’s Omega Letter. A lie disguised as the truth.

That isn’t to say that there aren’t liars on the right — how do I know? I haven’t caught many of them, but maybe they are just smoother.

In watching the campaigns shape up for 2004, I am struck by two things. It isn’t about having a better plan to govern, its about George Bush. All nine candidates for the nomination are running on the platform of ‘I’m not Bush’.

The second thing that strikes me is the unashamedly dishonest nature of the campaign.

One cannot separate Bible prophecy for the last days from politics. The antichrist’s system is primarily political. You can’t watch the Divine Plan come together if you don’t follow the political trends.

We are undergoing a political and social conditioning process that is paving the way for one world under antichrist. A dumbing down of moral principles and a well-developed expectation that all politicians are liars.

Since they are all liars anyway, the ones that get caught are judged to be guilty of clumsiness. Clinton got away with it because he was so smooth — everybody knew he was a liar. Same as with the Democrats. The memo’s release was ‘clumsy’ and so has already been largely forgiven by the electorate.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, . . . Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,. . . Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:1,2,5-7)

Merchants of Death Unite

Merchants of Death Unite
Vol: 26 Issue: 7 Friday, November 7, 2003

The U.S. Supreme Court’s discovery this summer of a constitutional right to the enjoyment of sodomy shouldn’t have surprised anybody. Neither should anyone be surprised that three federal judges believe doctors have a constitutional right to earn their living by delivering live babies halfway from the womb and then killing them for a fee.

Federal judges in California and New York Thursday issued temporary restraining orders against the ban on partial-birth abortions only a day after President Bush signed it into law.

It would seem that there is big money to be had for killing babies as they exit the womb. U.S. District Judge Richard Casey issued a restraining order in New York in response to a petition from the National Abortion Federation (NAF) and seven physicians who argued they would suffer irreparable harm without the court injunction.

After all, if killing babies before they are fully expelled from the womb is illegal, how will they earn a living? Become pediatricians?

Out on the Left Coast, it was all about a woman’s right ‘to choose’ to undo the choice she made that got her pregnant in the first place.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in San Francisco ruled that the new law appears to be unconstitutional because it provides no exemptions for a woman’s health, causing “an undue burden on a woman’s right to choose.”

This is a red herring argument. The bill DOES make provisions for the life of the mother. Making an exemption for the ‘health’ of the mother renders the law meaningless. Abortion doctors are also medical doctors, quite capable of certifying a woman’s mental health might be adversely affected if she didn’t get to have an abortion.

Already, the National Abortion Federation is drawing its cloak of professional arrogance around itself; “Allowing Congress to practice medicine without a license endangers the lives and health of women,” Vicki Saporta, chief executive officer of the NAF, told the Associated Press. “Thankfully, the court understood the gravity of the situation and stopped this law from taking effect.”

Another empty argument, once you step on it to stop it from spinning. Otherwise, these three judges ARE qualified to practice medicine without a license in Saporta’s eyes. Because she prefers their diagnosis.

And there is that Constitutional thing nobody else is talking about. The one where Congress is SUPPOSED to make laws to protect its citizens. Even citizens in the process of being born.

Congress ‘practices medicine without a license’ when it passes laws against possession and use of certain drugs. Heck, who do you think passed the law REQUIRING doctors to be licensed in the first place?

In any case, the members of both houses of Congress deliberated the partial-birth abortion ban thoroughly. And the Senate Majority leader, it should be remembered, is DOCTOR Bill Frist, a licensed heart surgeon.

Douglas Johnson, a spokesman for the National Right to Life Committee, said the rulings were “not surprising, but it is distressing.”

“Partly born, premature infants will continue to die at the point of seven-inch scissors because of these judicial orders,” Johnson commented. “But we believe that this law will ultimately be reviewed by the Supreme Court, where five justices in 2000 said Roe v. Wade guarantees the right to perform partial-birth abortions at will.

“We can only hope that by the time this law reaches the Supreme Court, there will be at least a one-vote shift away from that extreme and inhumane position,” Johnson added.

However, pro-abortion activists said they intend to use the new law as a way to influence the outcome of the 2004 presidential election.

“George Bush has crossed a line,” said Kate Michelman, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, “and we are going to be working hard to make sure every member of America’s pro-choice majority understands the significance.”

Assessment:

One can only hope that NARAL does make abortion a campaign issue in 2004. According to the Gallup Poll organization, only a slight majority of Americans (51%) describe themselves as ‘philosophically pro-choice’ but, even then, being ‘pro-choice’ isn’t the same as being pro-abortion. When the poll question wording changes from ‘are you pro-choice?’ to ‘are you pro-abortion?’ the pro-abortion response is closer to 25%.

Gallup’s polling consistently reveals that from 51% to 54% of Americans believe abortion should be “Legal only under certain circumstances” — while just 25% to 27% says it should be “Legal under any circumstances” and 18% to 22% that it should be “Illegal in all circumstances.” Furthermore, these breakdowns in opinion have largely prevailed since the 1970s.

What that means, of course, is that status-quo abortion on demand does not reflect the beliefs of 75% of Americans, and that since the 1970s, the view of only 25% of Americans has been imposed as law by activist court judges and abortion supporting politicians.

In addition, 86% of Americans support restrictions on abortion in the third trimester, and 69% in the second trimester. 62% support restrictions when a woman says she “can’t afford” the baby; and 51% would support restrictions on abortion of fetuses diagnosed as mentally handicapped. (Even though the pollster did NOT mention that these diagnoses are frequently wrong.)

Most Americans also support informed consent, “requiring doctors to inform patients about alternatives to abortion before performing the procedure.” Only 11% were opposed. Similarly, a Gallup survey in 1996 found 74% in favor of parental consent for minors seeking an abortion. That’s according to Gallup’s own website.

Another survey conducted in January showed that the US abortion rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1974, the year after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, but that partial birth abortions have tripled since 1996.

So, we find the following to be true. Most Americans are NOT in favor of abortion on demand. A significant majority (if 86% of Americans can be called ‘significant’) oppose abortions in the third trimester. We also find that third trimester abortions are on the rise, while abortions overall are at their lowest levels in thirty years. The Congress and the Senate debated the issue for more than a decade and have passed two similar laws, both of which were vetoed by Bill Clinton.

After ten years of trying, the Congress and Senate passed a law that nine Americans in ten support. It was signed by the President of the United States.

And all it took to undo the will of the majority, the Congress, the Senate and the President of the United States of America was a federal judge and seven greedy doctors.

Note:

Let’s chat about this tonight on our live chat at the Omega Letter website. I’ll meet you there at six pm eastern time.

The ‘Gloom and Doom’ Factor

The ‘Gloom and Doom’ Factor
Vol: 26 Issue: 6 Thursday, November 6, 2003

A reader emailed me yesterday saying, “the closer I look at prophecy and fulfillment, on an every-day basis, the gloomier it all seems. I know I can’t be the only one feeling that – we all must struggle with that. . .”

The prophecies of the Bible for the last days ARE a lot of doom and gloom — the very purpose of the Tribulation is to judge a Christ-rejecting world. It is called the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the Day of Wrath, etc.

It is the time of God’s judgement on the world — and there isn’t much cheering going on. Three-quarters of the world will die of the plagues and judgements during this period. (Revelation 6) One third of the trees on earth will burn up, (Revelation 8:7) a third of all sea life will die, a third part of the ships will be destroyed in a sea turned one-third to blood.(v.9)

The judgement extends from the earth to the heavens: “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.” (Revelation 8:12)

It isn’t a pretty picture to contemplate. Especially in light of the very next verse:

“And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!” (Revelation 8:13)

No wonder much of the Church prefers the replacement theologian’s view that all prophecy was fulfilled with the Destruction of the Temple in AD 70 and that Revelation and Daniel are figurative or allegorical rather than predictive.

Sir Isaac Newton is reputed to have observed, “About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamour and opposition.”

Now that we live in that time, Newton’s observation sounds almost prophetic. There is a HUGE clamor surrounding the study of Bible prophecy. And any of you who’ve read the forum debates over replacement theology knows how strongly they oppose studying Bible prophecy.

In any case, the prophecies for the last days are so terrifying, many would rather allegorize them away.

We are not living during the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. But our world is preparing itself for that time as we sit back as astonished eyewitnesses. The chaos that seizes the planet during the Tribulation has its beginnings during the last days of the Church Age.

Jesus warned that there would come wars, rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, pestilences and so on. He warned that, “All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8)

The signs of the times are all around us and they are scary. They are scary even to many saved Christians who know the signs mean the Day of the Lord is at hand. They are scary to Christians who believe the Rapture will occur before the Tribulation begins.

There is nothing in Scripture to suggest that the Church Age will escape bad things in the last days — just that it will be removed before the beginning of the Time of Jacob’s Trouble.

Bad things are already happening. The wars. The rumors of wars. Famines. Earthquakes and pestilences. All on an ever-increasing scale of frequency and intensity. But Jesus said, “all these things MUST come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6) The ‘end’ He refers to is the ‘end of the [Church] age’ (Matthew 24:3), so we know it’s going to get uglier.

Assessment:

Those are all good reasons to get depressed with the ‘doom and gloom’ of Bible prophecy. It’s easy to get caught up in it — especially when examining the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how things fit together, and what Scripture says should be next on the global agenda. Since nothing particularly pleasant is prophesied to come upon the earth, studying it in detail gets pretty depressing.

And there are all the people we know that are not yet saved — we know that time is running out, that they won’t listen, and that is even more depressing.

We see all the tiniest details of God’s plan being played out before our eyes, but the details obscure the bigger picture.

This is GOD’S PLAN! Before the world began, God knew exactly how things would play out. He told us in advance of each event. He told us that fulfilled prophecy was His Signature;

“Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.” (Isaiah 45:21)

Also, “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear” (Isaiah 59:1)

In this generation, we live in an age of miracles. There appears that there is nothing that science won’t be able to accomplish eventually, thanks to the advent of computers. We can replicate almost any miracle except one.

We cannot predict the future. It simply can’t be done. No computer could calculate every detail of every life in advance, which is what would be necessary. Should one person do something unexpected then the whole course of future history would change.

Bible prophecy was given to the Church in the last days for the same reason that the Apostles were given miracles, signs and wonders following Pentecost.

In both instances, God’s Authority is proved by God-given signs.

It was by the Authority of God, authenticated by miracles, that the Apostles proclaimed the birth of the Church Age at Pentecost.

It is by the Authority of God, authenticated by fulfilled prophecy, that the Bible proclaims the end of the Church Age in this generation.

Taking into account the bigger picture, Bible prophecy isn’t ‘doom and gloom’ at all. It is incontrovertible evidence that cannot be shaken by modern scientific ‘miracles’.

When the skeptic argues for evolution and random selection, trotting out fossils, skeletons and diagrams, it seems pretty convincing. Maybe the Bible isn’t all that literal, after all. Maybe science has got something there. . . maybe. . .(!)

But when one compares the accuracy of the Bible’s account of the unknowable future to the ever-changing scientific ‘explanations’ for the distant past, doubts melt away. The skeptic has multiple explanations for static events that have already happened.

The Bible gives a single explanation for a fluid, changeable series of events predicted to happen thousands of years in the future — the events that define our present day. Which is more convincing?

Bible prophecy proves Jesus was the Son of God, regardless of the latest scientific, archeological or historical discovery. No matter what else might be offered as ‘evidence’ to the contrary, there is no other explanation for Bible prophecy. It is our generation’s unique miracle.

It proves that He remains in charge of the affairs of men. Scripture records His Promise in all three Gospel accounts, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35. Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33)

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2 Peter 1:19)

Bible prophecy is proof positive that God remains on the Throne, that His Word will NOT return to Him void, and that all the chaos and terror of the world notwithstanding, all continues to go according to His plan.

Given the unbeliever’s explanation of uncontrolled chaos, Bible prophecy isn’t all that depressing, after all. What WOULD be depressing would be to be among the lost, not knowing what this world is coming to, and believing the world is in a state of uncontrolled chaos.

For the believer, Bible prophecy can be pretty encouraging, which is what the Lord intended for the last days’ Church all along:

“But these things have I told you, that WHEN THE TIME SHALL COME, ye may remember that I told you of them.” (John 16:4)

America’s Changing Face

America’s Changing Face
Vol: 26 Issue: 5 Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Today, President Bush will sign a bill banning partial birth abortion. This is a procedure whereby a baby is partially delivered before its skull is punctured by a pair of scissors and its brains sucked out by a vaccum device. Forgive the graphic description — liberals prefer euphemisms like ‘dilation and evacuation’ to make it sound like a medical ‘procedure’ — but it is a procedure that ends with the destruction of a living baby human being.

The bill prohibits doctors from committing an “overt act” designed to kill a partially delivered fetus.

The Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act won approval Oct. 21 after an eight-year struggle by pro-life groups to enact a federal law. Former President Clinton twice vetoed the legislation in the 1990s.

The new bill defines partial birth abortion as delivery of a fetus “until, in the case of a headfirst presentation, the entire fetal head is outside the body of the mother, or, in the case of the breech presentation, any part of the fetal trunk past the navel is outside the body of the mother for the purpose of performing an overt act that the person knows will kill the partially delivered living fetus.”

The pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and NOW are complaining “that the definition of partial birth abortion in the bill is so broad that it can be interpreted to ban all abortion” — read what it says.

It says it is wrong to pull a living baby halfway out of the womb before killing it. We need a LAW to tell us that? Duh!

Three abortion-rights groups filed lawsuits in federal court on Friday, before it even hit the president’s desk.

Planned Parenthood filed its lawsuit in San Francisco, the American Civil Liberties Union launched its challenge in New York, and the Center for Reproductive Rights is pursuing its case in Nebraska.

The suits were deliberately filed in the three most liberal courts in the country. They are arguing that that the Constitution guarantees the right to deliver most of a living, pre-mature infant in the fifth and sixth months of pregnancy and then shove scissors through it’s skull, and I think that this time, they aren’t going to win.

An overwhelming majority of Americans now oppose partial birth abortion and for the first time, a majority of Americans support banning abortion in all its forms.

Assessment:

In the off-year gubanatorial elections, the Democrats lost two more Southern, traditionally Democratic states. Mississippi hasn’t had a Republican governor in thirty years. Kentucky switched sides as well.

CBS produced a new movie about the Reagans that presented the former president in an historically inaccurate and negative light. Before it even aired, the public uproar forced CBS to shove the property over to Showtime.

“Although the miniseries features impressive production values and acting performances, and although the producers have sources to verify each scene in the script, we believe it does not present a balanced portrayal of the Reagans for CBS and its audience,” the CBS statement said.

In other words, it was a hatchet job, and CBS executives were stunned to discover that America isn’t as liberal as they thought.

When asked about the decision by CBS regarding the miniseries, Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) said: “It smells of intimidation to me. It sounds to me like they were intimidated and making decisions that reversed earlier ones. And I’m disappointed.”

Daschle has good reason to be disappointed. Americans are getting tired of being conned.

The uproar about a memo pulled from Senator Jay Rockefeller’s trash can proves that. In the old days, Rockefeller’s ‘defense’ would have worked; “What was somebody doing going through my trash?” But the tried and true tactic of shooting the messenger didn’t work this time.

Instead, people are talking about what the memo actually said. It outlined a plan to use information obtained from partisan members of the Senate Intelligence Committee to launch a political assault against the White House over Iraq.

According to press reports, the memo said Democrats should “prepare to launch an investigation when it becomes clear we have exhausted the opportunity to usefully collaborate with the majority. We can pull the trigger on an independent investigation of the administration’s use of intelligence at any time – but we can only do so once…the best time would probably be next year.”

Rockefeller says it was just a draft memo that was rejected. An earlier Democratic talking points memo from January suggests the opposite.

“It is clear that the current approval ratings of the administration are tied directly to strong American feelings toward traditional values,” that memo says. “To counter this, doubt must be raised as to America’s true position within the world community and the true intent of the Bush administration in waging war.”

This is raw partisan politics in the pursuit of power, by cynically and deliberately damaging America’s reputation abroad. America is beginning to recognize the difference between a partisan and a patriot — and the patriots are winning.

That there is a discernible difference in the face of America since September 11 is a no-brainer. The evidence is all around us. Back during the Clinton years, being a ‘patriot’ meant you might get a visit from the ATF or FBI. Today, Old Glory flies proudly in front of homes all over America.

In a recent Harvard poll President Bush got a higher job approval rating from college students than he did from the general public.

Analysts say it reflects growing patriotism on American campuses, especially in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The students are also being turned off by Democratic Party negativity, the poll indicated.

The Harvard poll reflects the attitude of growing number of Americans, particularly young Americans.

Their parents marched against the war, espoused the ‘make love, not war’ and ‘peace, love and tranquilizers’ philosophy that led to the breakdown of the family unit, quickie divorces, gay rights, legalized abortion, and, consequentially, made most of them children of broken homes. They long for family values — if only to see what they are like.

And it isn’t that Bush is suddenly popular in America. He isn’t. His approval ratings are barely above fifty percent. He has alienated a lot of Christians for his coddling of the Islamic lobby. He has alienated many more as his ‘road map to peace’ hits pothole after pothole.

But, while America doesn’t like Bush any more now than it ever did, it doesn’t like the Democrats even more.

The face of America is changing, ever so slightly, but changing, nonetheless. And the shift is to the right. And things are getting better. The economy is recovering, jobs are returning and the war on terror isn’t being fought in the Homeland.

“If my people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

And There Shall Be Signs in the Sun . . .

And There Shall Be Signs in the Sun . . .
Vol: 26 Issue: 4 Tuesday, November 4, 2003

The sun erupted three more times in less than 24 hours, bringing the number of major eruptions to nine in less than two weeks. Scientists have been monitoring the solar cycles since 1755. There has never been a string of activity like this.

Early Monday, Paal Brekke, deputy project manager of the SOHO spacecraft, was still digesting the significance of the three additional outbursts on top of two back-to-back monster flares Oct. 28 and 29.

“I think the last week will go into the history books as one of the most dramatic periods of solar activity we have seen in modern time,” Brekke told SPACE.com.

Researchers at the NOAA’s Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., said the latest flare produced a radiation event that rated an S3, or strong, designation on the NOAA’s five-level space weather scales. The incident also caused an R4, or severe, radio blackout.

NOAA forecasters expect the rapidly advancing discharge from the sun to reach the Earth’s magnetic field on Wednesday at about midday, producing a serious geomagnetic storm that’s expected to continue the next few days at varying levels of intensity.

None of the latest eruptions was aimed directly at Earth, but glancing blows are expected.

The NOAA warned that an S3 flare like Tuesday’s can result in a number of satellite issues, including noise in imaging systems and reductions in solar panel efficiency.

Many satellites rely at least partially on solar power for operation. In addition, the resulting geomagnetic storms could compromise satellite and low-frequency radio navigation systems and cause surface changes on satellite components that increase drag on low-Earth-orbit spacecrafts. Some satellites may also experience orientation problems.

Other potential effects included possible interference with high-frequency radios, which could affect some of the world’s wireless communications networks. The storms could also trigger false alarms in protection devices that are built into some of the planet’s power systems. Any radio blackout would most likely affect the sunlit side of the Earth, the NOAA said.

The solar flares are already interfering with high frequency radio communications in aircraft flying north of the 57th parallel. Air traffic controllers are having trouble keeping track of them.

Flights that go north of latitude 57 degrees, which runs from northern Scotland across Hudson Bay to the lower tip of Alaska and across Russia, are required to stay on specific routes so air traffic controllers could ‘see’ them.

Assessment:

Scientists now know that sunspots do occur in cycles. An 11-year cycle of sunspot activity seems to emerge from the detailed records of the 21 sunspot cycles observed since 1755. The Sun is now experiencing what some scientists think may be the most active cycle ever, a time of violent solar storms that promises to be a record-setter in many ways.

But we are three years BEYOND the solar maximum and right now, the sun is in its minimum activity phase. There should be little to no solar activity until 2012 or later. Instead, scientists say this is one of the most turbulent periods of solar activity since 1940, during a solar maximum event.

On March 6 the largest, most active sunspot ever seen had solar scientists around the world poised to warn of impending flare effects on Earth.

The unusual spot created a new, giant flare almost daily, saturating the space between the Sun and Earth with solar X-rays, gamma rays, and protons, and creating surging waves in the solar wind that disturbed the Earth’s magnetic field with unprecedented regularity.

Scientists say the sunspot activity is harmless to human beings and that we are protected from radiation by the atmosphere. The only effects most of us will notice will be sporadic problems with cell phones, TV reception and a bumpier internet than usual. In practical terms, it is pretty much an interesting non-story.

In spiritual terms, its a whole ‘nuther ball game.

Richard Willson is a researcher affiliated with NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, New York. He authored a study for the Goddard Space Institute that says;

“Historical records of solar activity indicate that solar radiation has been increasing since the late 19th century. If a trend, comparable to the one found in this study, persisted throughout the 20th century, it would have provided a significant component of the global warming the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports to have occurred over the past 100 years.”

Jesus gave signs that would signal His soon return. When He outlined those signs, He said they would be like ‘birth pangs’ — increasing in both frequency and intensity as the end of the age approached.

He spoke of wars and rumors of wars, famines, earthquakes, pestilences and a climate of deception, on an ever increasing scale. He spoke of Israel as a literal place in the last days, and foretold Jerusalem’s rise to global prominence at the appointed time. He said Jerusalem would remain in Gentile hands until the times of the Gentiles were fulfilled.

All this is headline news for this generation. And THEN He said;

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:25-28)

“So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, THIS GENERATION SHALL NOT PASS AWAY TILL ALL BE FULFILLED.” (Luke 21:31-32)

Can’t say it much plainer than that.

The Charge of the Useful Idiot Brigade

The Charge of the Useful Idiot Brigade
Vol: 26 Issue: 3 Monday, November 3, 2003

Over the past several weeks, the attacks against US forces in Iraq have shifted their focus from tactical strikes to strategic ones. The downing of the Chinook helicopter yesterday was a much greater strategic success than it was tactical.

In tactical terms, yesterday’s action was unlikely to result in major changes in how the U.S. military operates on the ground and in the skies over Iraq. On Saturday, Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said the attacks were “operationally insignificant.”

The Pentagon simply ordered Chinook helicopters grounded during daylight hours. A Chinook is a large, cumbersome aircraft that is a sitting duck for a Stinger missile — but only if you can see it.

The attack will have no effect on daylight combat aircraft operations. so, tactically, it accomplished nothing beyond the deaths of 15 young Americans.

But strategically, it was a major score. Images of the downed helicopter are everywhere — and so are the images of the crowd of Iraqis cheering the deaths of the 15 soldiers killed when it was hit.

This was an al-Qaeda signature operation. It was planned and executed using the same strategic outlook that resulted in the US pullout from Somalia in 1993.

When the US went into Somalia, so did a number of al-Qaeda foreign fighters sent by Osama bin-Laden to drive it back out again. The ambush of the Blackhawk helicopters in 1993 was carefully planned, as was the grisly aftermath, to shock the American public and force a US withdrawal.

When it worked as well for bin-Laden as it did for Ho Chi Minh a generation earlier, it re-established America’s reputation as a paper tiger and boosted al-Qaeda recruitment.

Osama learned from history that only way to defeat America militarily is to enlist the American media and the American left in the effort, as did Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.

The mainstream media and the liberal left can always be counted on to cooperate. The Washington Post is already getting the ball rolling.

“It is damaging not only because of the tragic human toll, but also because it looks like a dramatic escalation in lethality and therefore begs obvious questions: Are all helicopters at risk now? Are we losing the initiative? Who is winning?” said Peter D. Feaver, a former National Security Council staff member who teaches political science at Duke University.

“If the attacks get interpreted as evidence that the Baathist holdouts are winning, then attacks like this can be as lethal for public support as they are for the soldiers involved,” he said.

Indeed, the helicopter downing came as two worrisome trends face the Bush administration. In Iraq, there are signs that the anti-U.S. opposition is escalating its attacks both in numbers and sophistication. Even while the U.S. intelligence haul in Iraq is improving, commanders there said, the fighters attacking them also are becoming more effective.

Meanwhile, in a Washington Post-ABC News poll conducted last week, a slight majority — 51 percent of those interviewed — said they disapprove of his handling of it. I wonder why?

Assessment:

The Post typifies the view from the left. They see the same thing everyone else does; we are fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq instead of in the homeland — but to them, it’s a BAD thing.

“If the attacks get interpreted as evidence that the Baathist holdouts are winning, then attacks like this can be as lethal for public support as they are for the soldiers involved,” the Post quotes its resident Useful Idiot as saying. “If the Ba’athist holdouts are winning. . .” is he KIDDING?

The terrorist’s ‘useful idiots’ are already at work across the nation, helping Osama and Saddam’s efforts to weaken US miliary resolve.

The Oakland Tribune’s headline on the downing of the Chinook pronounced it the “Worst Day Since the End of the War”. Well. . . there you go! Time to push the ol’ panic button!

As it was in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda’s strategic goal, remember, is to drive the ‘infidel’ from Muslim lands. That’s the line they use to recruit terrorists — the Crusaders against Islam, and the religious duty of the Islamic warrior is to drive them out, yada, yada ad nauseum.

The nine presidential candidates all hope America will trust them with its defense in 2004.

Senator John Edwards (D-NC) immediately issued a statement reflecting his view that the larger problem in Iraq is anti-Americanism and that the occupation will be a failure as long as it has such an overwhelmingly U.S. face — in other words, turn it over to the UN.

Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, former NATO supreme commander, said after the helicopter was downed, “The administration has no answers to the increasingly violent situation in Iraq.” He added, “We need a plan.”

General Clark’s observation that Iraq grows increasingly violent is accurate. So is the observation that he FAILED to make. That most of the ‘increasing violence’ is being perpetrated by foreign fighers — al-Qaeda. What ‘plan’ might Clark be proposing? Fight the war on terror here? Surrender?

Actually, surrender is Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio’s ‘plan’. In his response to the attack he said that, “It is urgent for the United States to go to the U.N. with a new resolution which contains the basis of an exit strategy.”

Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont, has repeatedly hammered at the administration’s war strategy, influencing other candidates.

And all of the candidates are darlings of the liberal media. All of them are so consumed with revenge for Election 2000 that they have tunnel vision. They want Bush more than either Saddam or Osama.

And so, the Useful Idiot Brigade has re-enlisted in Osama’s cause, reinforcing the terrorists’ preferred image of ‘America, the Paper Tiger’ by demanding the White House pull our troops out of Iraq.

Which, as you will recall, is al-Qaeda’s strategic goal in the first place — forcing the Crusader from Muslim lands.

Georgia Democrat Zell Miller has broken with the Useful Idiot Brigade, announcing that, while he will remain a Democrat, he’ll be voting for George Bush in 2004. Not because he is switching sides — but rather because he is TAKING sides — and he is siding with America.

He noted that “even as we are fighting a guerilla battle where the enemy defines victory not in military terms but in its ability to weaken American resolve at home, Democrats are crassly undermining the safety of our troops, the credibility of our nation and the integrity of their own political philosophy by giving the terrorists precisely the victories they crave.”

Useful idiots.

Exciting Times

Exciting Times
Vol: 26 Issue: 2 Sunday, November 2, 2003

Exciting Times

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived in Moscow to attempt to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to drop his country’s efforts to turn the “roadmap” into a binding UN resolution. Russia is one of four sponsoring members of the so-called ‘Quartet’ together with the US, EU and UN.

The Russians are planning to submit a resolution to the UN Security Council making the implementation of the internationally-backed blueprint compulsory.

Russia’s UN ambassador Sergey Lavrov said he wanted to get the resolution adopted by “consensus” on the often divided council by next week, “exactly at the time the government is going to be formed” by Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qureia.

One high-ranking Israeli official was quoted in the Agence France Presse explaining Israel’s objection to the Russian plan. “It is unnecessary to involve the UN in such a way, because it can only deal a fatal blow to the ‘roadmap’,” he said.

He noted the United Nations, “takes a consistently anti-Israeli stance, would demand the implementation of the commitments included in the ‘roadmap’ only from Israel, whilst ignoring the Palestinians’ actions”.

The United States has said it will not back the resolution, but has stopped short of promising to veto it.

Meanwhile, according to the PA’s ‘International Press Center’, Yasser Arafat sent a message to Putin asking him to increase the pressure on Israel (or as the PA headline put it, to ‘pressurize’ Israel) to stop building the anti-terrorist fence, which Arafat has taken to calling, “the separation apartheid wall.”

In addition to discussing the proposed resolution, Sharon’s three-day visit has another purpose. It’s no secret that Iran has made acquiring nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems its two top national priorities.

The Washington-based Navy News Week reported that Iran wants to enhance the range and accuracy of its ballistic missile arsenal.

Middle East Newsline reports that Russia has just finished training more than 700 Iranian engineers at the Novovoronezh nuclear power plant in preparation for the launch of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant.

Iran just signed an agreement with the EU promising to suspend its uranium enrichment program. If Iran keeps its side of the bargain, it could “significantly reduce the risk of Iran producing a nuclear weapon from highly enriched uranium” according to one European security assessment.

What the Iranian-EU deal really does is increases the prospect that the Bushehr facility will be completed and Iran will have access to spent fuel.

And there is nothing in the agreement that stops Tehran from processing the spent fuel into plutonium, according to a report issued last week by the Washington Institute.

In any case, Israel has made it clear that if Russia allows Iran’s Bushehr reactor to go online, it will take it offline again by bombing it out of existence.

Assessment:

I often worry that I fail to communicate how awesome the events we are witnessing truly are. I fear we discuss it so much, in such clinical terms, that we fail to really grasp what we see for what it is. Look at the players in this particular political drama, and compare what is happening with the Big Picture outlined in Scripture for the last days.

According to Ezekiel, Russia will be drawn into a future invasion of Israel;

“And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. . .” (Ezekiel 38:4)

Ezekiel goes on to name Russia’s allies in the invasion. “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet. . .” (v5)

Ezekiel’s ‘Persia’ is modern Iran.

(Persia’s name wasn’t changed to ‘Iran’ until the early 20th century. And right now, Israel’s Sharon is in Moscow warning Putin that Israel may be forced to bomb Putin’s nuclear reactor in Iran. While Putin is warning Israel that it had better take down its security fence and revert back to being a land of unwalled villages).

The prophet Daniel outlined the revival of the old Roman Empire in the last days. It would be instrumental in solving the conflict ongoing at that time between Israel and her enemies, the prophet said.

When all this was predicted, Israel did not exist. It had been destroyed 150 years before by Sargon II of Assyria. All that remained was the recently conquered, devasted and ruined kingdom of Judah. From Daniel and Ezekiel’s perspective, not only was Israel’s destruction a matter of historical record, but Judah’s survival was in serious doubt.

Daniel and Ezekiel were contemporaries. Daniel wrote as a captive of the Babylonians, Ezekiel wrote from the remnant of the shattered kingdom. The Israel of which they wrote would not exist again for more than 2500 years.

Yet they outlined the scenario involving the Quartet and the failing road map to peace as if they were eyewitnesses to the same events we are.

Because they WERE, and that is what makes this so exciting! Daniel didn’t understand what he was seeing and said so.

The revealing angel told him; “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” (Daniel 12:9)

This is that time! Get excited! Stay excited! Don’t allow familiarity to breed contempt for the majesty of what is unfolding before us. We are eyewitnesses to the movement of the Hand of God in the affairs of men!

There has never been a time like this in the history of mankind. Indeed, we are living in the time for which mankind’s history has been prepared since the Fall of Adam. It’s all true, it’s all happening and it’s all according to Divine Plan.

It isn’t just politics in Israel, or wars and rumors of wars. The signs are everywhere. Sunspots and solar flares. Social breakdown. Moral decay. AIDS, SARS, ‘flesh-eating’ diseases, antibiotic resistant infections and a whole new crop of killer microbes. The very real danger of biological warfare.

These ARE the last days spoken of by the prophets. Get excited!

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And THEN shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”(Luke 21:25-27)

“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

Jesus is coming soon!

The People of the Prince

The People of the Prince
Vol: 26 Issue: 1 Saturday, November 1, 2003

Twenty-five centuries ago, the Hebrew prophet Daniel, living in exile in Babylon, had a vision for the last days. The revealing angel told Daniel, Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.”( Daniel 10:14)

The angel told Daniel of the final Gentile kingdom that would rule during the final hours before the return of Christ. According to the angel, it would be partly strong and partly weak and would consist of ten kings .

. . .his feet part of iron and part of clay. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter’s clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron for as much as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

. . . and it had ten horns. And the ten horns that were in his head, . . . and the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise. (Daniel 7:7, 20, 24)

The signing of the two Treaties of Rome in 1957 added two new “communities” to the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), established by the 1951 Treaty of Paris: the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) and the European Economic Community (EEC). These were merged in 1967 into a single framework referred to as the European Community or European Communities (EC).

The six founding members of what is now known as the European Union (EU) were Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. They were joined in 1973 by Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, followed by Greece in 1981. Portugal and Spain joined in 1986. On January 1, 1995, EU membership grew to 15 with the accession of Austria, Finland and Sweden. Many other countries have made formal applications to join the Union.

In all, the European Union is expected to consist of twenty-five countries by the time all the new membership applications have been processed.

So what about the ten horns and the ten kings Daniel spoke of?

The Western European Union has existed since 1954 and today includes 10 European countries Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

It has a Council and Secretariat, formerly located in London but based in Brussels since January 1993, and a Parliamentary Assembly in Paris. The WEU has its origins in the Brussels Treaty of Economic, Social and Cultural Collaboration and Collective Self-Defense of 1948, signed by Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

With the signature of the North Atlantic Treaty in 1949, the exercise of the military responsibilities of the Brussels Treaty Organization or Western Union was transferred to the North Atlantic Alliance. Under the Paris Agreements of 1954, the Federal Republic of Germany and Italy acceded to the Brussels Treaty and the Organization was renamed the Western European Union.

The Western European Union was reactivated in 1984 with a view to developing a “common European defense identity” through cooperation among its members in the security field and strengthening the European pillar of the North Atlantic Alliance.

A number of decisions were taken by the European Council at Maastricht on 9-10 December 1991 on the common foreign and security policy of the European Union and by the member states of the Western European Union on the role of the WEU and its relations with the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance (set out in the Maastricht Declarations).

These decisions included extending invitations to members of the European Union to accede to the WEU or to seek observer status.

In any case, the original ten are the only permanent members of the WEU.

The WEU has invited European member states of NATO to become ‘associate’ members. The objective of the WEU is one building up the organization in stages, specifically as the defense component of the European Union.

That the two are separate entities is clear. In 1992, the EU and the WEU entered into the Treaty of Amsterdam, which stipulated that the WEU is an integral part of the development of the European Union and calling on the EU to foster closer institutional relations with the WEU “with a view to the possibility of the integration of the WEU into the EU, should the European Council so decide”.

Assessment:

Daniel said that the people of the prince who would destroy the city and sanctuary (Jerusalem and the Temple) would also produce the antichrist. In AD 70, the city and sanctuary were both destroyed by Titus and his Roman legion.

It is clear that the only legitimate candidate for a revived Roman Empire is Europe. Daniel pictured it as consisting of ten kings , partly strong and partly weak, who would rule Europe militarily, and by extension, the western world.

Europe is beginning to make its move. A report in today s Washington Times bears the headline, Europe Now Seen as New Superpower.

An article in today s London Telegraph notes, A Beijing policy paper this month said the EU would soon overtake America and Japan as China’s main trade and investment partner. Beijing and New Delhi have reassessed the EU since the euro was launched and Brussels became a global regulatory force. Both are upgrading their offices in the EU to try to learn how the political machinery works.

“Brussels will be more important that London, Paris, and Berlin once the EU gets its own foreign minister next year,” said Nirj Deva, a Tory MEP and India expert.

Bible prophecy predicted not only the rise of the ten power broker WEU states, but it also predicted that rise would not begin until there was again a place on earth called Israel .

The Benelux Treaty was signed in March, 1948. Israel was reborn in May, 1948.

This week, a poll conducted among Europeans found that they see Israel as the biggest threat to world peace on the planet, ahead of the United States, Afghanistan, Iraq or North Korea. Almost two-thirds of Europeans say that Israel is more dangerous than the Axis of Evil.

The European Union is, by any measure, the only entity that has even a remote chance of bringing peace to the region. The Europeans need only accept Israel and selected Arab states as associate members of the EU.

Daniel says the Europeans confirm a seven year covenant between Israel and her enemies and that the antichrist breaks it three and one half years in. Kicking the Israelis out of the EU for some future infraction would accomplish that nicely.

Daniel said all this twenty-five hundred years ago, but it reads like today’s newspapers.

“And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:29-32)