The Watchmen on the Wall
Vol: 147 Issue: 30 Monday, December 30, 2013
There are three pillars upon which the Bible says the antichrist will build his global government. Revelation Chapter 13 describes his absolute control over a global government, a global religious system and a global economy.
To accomplish that, a number of things must already be in place. After all, he only has seven years. While there is a global government system, there is no genuine centralized global government.
The United Nations has proven itself under pressure to be a paper tiger. The idea is sound, the resources are there, as is the infrastructure, but there’s no leadership. While it has the authority and the power necessary, the debate over whether to use force to back up its own resolutions continues to rage on.
The global religion is continuing to develop. It is unclear what its final form will be, other than to say with confidence it won’t welcome fundamentalism of any stripe. The Bible says it will have two horns like a Lamb (symbolic of Christianity) but will speak like a dragon (Satan). – (Rev 13:11)
Something similar to the Bush administration’s view that Islam, Judaism and Christianity are merely three ways to come to the same God is a good start.
All that remains is to get rid of all that ‘fundamentalist extremism’ within each system that claims exclusivity.
It’s no coincidence that all three systems in their current form are beginning to convulse and shudder.
Of course, it would take something of a major revolution to convert the current national systems over to a centralized global authority.
Politically, the global government as it exists in its current form is clearly inadequate to the tasks at hand. The UN has proved itself utterly ineffective in preventing rogue states from attaining weapons of mass destruction and the systems to deliver them.
The great religious systems of this generation are undergoing a similar upheaval. First, of course, is Islam. It is being used as a tool to paint all fundamental religious worldviews as religious fanaticism, preparing the stage for the all-inclusive religious system that appears as gentle as a Lamb but speaks with the voice of the Dragon.
The crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, especially given the Vatican’s inordinately legalistic and not at all Christ-like position that perversion and pedophilia pose no barrier to ministry, is sparking a revolution inside the world’s largest organized Christian denomination.
Fundamentalist Christianity continues to be marginalized. Christian fundamentalists, if you follow the news, beat their children to within an inch of their lives, blow up abortion clinics, murder abortionists and are just generally not very nice people.
Christians are the preferred targets of terrorist groups world-wide, but targeting Christians based on their religion isn’t seen as persecution so much as it is seen as an expression of legitimate grievances against Western culture. That’s just how it is.
The third pillar of the antichrist’s government is his absolute control of the global economy. According to Revelation 13:16-17, his control is so complete that no man will be able to ‘buy or sell’ unless they are part of his tripartite religious/political/economic system.
Like the political and religious systems, the global economic system is ripe for revolution. Most successful revolutions come about as part of the collapse of the old order of things.
The New World Order of the UN turned out to be the same Old World Order with the added irritant of a united Islamic voting bloc derailing any global legislation unfavorable to its goals.
While hundreds of resolutions have been passed against Israel, none have been passed against Arab countries (except Iraq) or the Palestinian Authority. If an anti-Arab resolution is offered, there are enough Arab votes to kill it in committee.
Similarly, there are enough Arab votes to bring any anti-Israeli resolution to a formal vote, and unless it is vetoed by Washington, to pass it successfully.
It’s a good system — for the Arabs. It needs reforming and is in danger of collapse.
The global economic engine is driven by the United States. Europe argues the world economy is too dependent on the US. In the event of a collapse of the US economy, the ripple effect would create a global depression.
Arguing for a strong global economic central banking scheme simply makes good economic sense.
And Europe, the birthplace of central banking and with its multinational infrastructure already in place, is the perfect candidate.
So that’s where we stand at the moment.
A global government on the brink of collapse at the outbreak of what could easily become World War III.
A war with Islam, a crisis within Roman Catholicism, and a decline in the moral authority of Christianity at a time of unparalled global upheaval.
A global economy, poised on the brink of collapse, being supported by credit spending and America’s continuing ability to pay off its credit card debt.
Yet with all this catastrophe looming on the horizon, these systems are only bent — they aren’t broken.
Strong leadership at the global level could put an end to the Islamic dominance at the UN. Strong leadership at the UN could put an end to threats like those posed by Iraq, Iran and North Korea.
The elimination of cash and its replacement with verifiable, traceable electronic transactions would go a long way toward ending the black market in arms and material with terror groups like al-Qaeda and would grind the international drug trade to a halt.
The technology is there, but the political will is not. A global economic collapse coupled with the ongoing wars against terror and the drug cartel will provide all the political will necessary. What is missing is a leader who can exploit it.
There is already a growing recognition of the dangers posed to global security by religious fundamentalism, but people need religion. A global religion under a strong single religious authority sounded like science fiction a few years ago. It doesn’t sound so outlandish to many around the world today.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” – remember?
What are the odds? John’s Book of the Revelation was written and sealed sometime around 87 AD.
In a single chapter, John outlined conditions precisely as they would exist 20 centuries in the future — and on a global basis — from a cave on the Greek island of Patmos.
The Bible shows them coming together simultaneously, a global government, a global economy and a global religion, in the same generation as a revived Roman Empire and an existing Jewish state called ‘Israel’ during a period of unprecedented global upheaval.
Again, I ask you. What are the odds?
In all the generations of all the governments of all the world for two thousand years, nothing even approaching this scenario has ever presented itself.
There hasn’t been a united Europe since the days of the Roman Empire. Until this generation.
There hasn’t been a Jewish state called Israel since 702 BC when the Northern Kingdom of Israel was conquered and destroyed by Sargon II. Until this generation.
A truly global government has never existed until this generation. A truly global economy was never possible before this generation.
Centralized control of both was not technically possible until after the 1948 invention of the transistor chip that gave birth to the Computer Age.
Yet the Bible outlined all this — in detail — many centuries before Gutenberg invented the printing press that made it all eventually possible.
The world looks like it is about to have a nervous breakdown, but for the Christian, it is an affirmation of our faith.
“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:,” Peter tells us (2 Peter 1:19).
Prophecy wasn’t given the Church just so we could dazzle our friends with scary predictions and things that make you go ‘hmmm.’
It was given us as a “light that shineth in a dark place” to illuminate the gloom and doom and reveal to us what is hidden to the world.
Bible prophecy for the last days has a starting point and an ending point. It begins with the generation that will see ‘all these things begin to come to pass’ (Luke 21:28), and ends with the close of the seven year Tribulation Period and the 2nd Coming of Christ.
We have seen the beginning — and the exquisite attention paid to detail thus far. It tells us that the Plan is in action, and that it will continue to unfold precisely as prophesied.
It tells us God remains on the Throne, His Promises remain valid and our redemption draweth nigh. It gives us hope in a dying, sin sick world.
When we hear the question, “What is the world coming to?” we know the answer is found in Who it is that is coming to the world.
And it gives us the courage we need in the face of all this, to stand as watchmen on the wall until He gets here.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15)
Note: This Letter gives us a detailed outline of what the Bible predicts the world will look like in the last days. Pete Garcia’s “The ‘Church of Christ’ in the Last Days” points out even the smaller denominations that refuse to believe what the Bible says today, will easily fall for the lies in the future.