When The Timing Is Right. . . .
Vol: 170 Issue: 17 Tuesday, November 17, 2015
According to the Bible, before the antichrist can step into his appointed role, there must first exist three things. There must be an existing, operational global government, an existing, operational global economy and an existing and operational global religious authority.
Why must they exist first — and before the antichrist comes to power? The Bible lays out a pretty ambitious schedule for the man of sin when he arrives on the scene. He has only seven years, barely enough time to accomplish the tasks set aside for him.
The antichrist uses the global religious system to demand worship, the global economy to enforce compliance and the global government to punish transgressors.
To accomplish all that is before him in the time allotted, these things must already be in place. After all, he only has seven years. It is enough time to seize the reins of power, but not enough time to build the system. And while there is a global government system, there is no genuine centralized global government — yet.
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.
Of course, it would take something of a major revolution to convert the current national systems over to a centralized global authority.
It is fascinating to watch as this plan comes together. Here we find different prophecies from different parts of the Bible, made in different eras, overlapping and becoming interdependent upon one another to bring about their fulfillment.
The global religion is continuing to develop. It is unclear what its final form will be. It is possible that it could be Islam in some form, or maybe a hybrid combination of all three major religions.
President Bush was fond of arguing that Allah was just another name for God. President Obama takes the position that God is just another name for Allah. Plus there are all the usual suspects, like the Vatican and the Pope.
The Bible says it will have two horns like a Lamb (symbolic of Christianity) but will speak like a dragon (Satan). – (Rev 13:11)
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.
Jesus warned that signs in the sun, moon and stars, together with the fear of sweeping climate changes would overwhelm the planet.
“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.” (Luke 21:25-26)
Consider Robert F. Kennedy’s contemptuous comments at the Live Earth event at Giants Stadium in NJ on July 4, 2009.
“The next time you see John Stossel, or Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity – these flat earthers, these corporate toadies, lying to you, lying to the American public and telling you that global warming doesn’t exist – you send an e-mail to their advertisers and tell them you’re not going to buy their products anymore.”
“Flat earthers”? “Corporate toadies”? “Liars”? The guy sounds more like a religious fundamentalist railing against his definition of sin than he does a politician. I thought that the Left was supposed to be the champion of tolerance?
Personally, I’ve never argued against the existence of climate change. I believe it is real. I also believe that another name for it is ‘weather.’ I don’t believe it is man-made, neither do I believe it is necessarily global ‘warming’.
It was colder at the beginning of the 20th century, then it got warm in the middle, then cold again until the late 80’s when it got hotter for a few years before it started cooling down again.
It is the fear of catastrophic climate change that is driving both the global warming alarmists and the global government proponents.
But it is taking on all the trappings of a global religion.
The third pillar upon which the government of antichrist will rest is his control of the global economy. The global economy exists now, but what is missing is some kind of centralized authority. Right now, that centralized authority would be the central bank of issue for the de-facto global currency — the US Federal Reserve.
But that is all changing as the US dollar continues to lose its luster on the international exchange market, thanks to the Fed decision to flood the market with trillions of technically counterfeit dollars.
The rest of the world’s central banks aren’t fooled. Counterfeit is the word used to describe a fraudulent imitation of something valuable and important.
The newly printed dollars are only legal because the Fed has the authority to print them, not the money to back them. So the world is — right now — looking for a new global currency.
The prophet Daniel says the antichrist is a prince of the empire that he prophesied would destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. That destruction was accomplished in AD 70 by Titus, a general and later, emperor of the Roman Empire. (Daniel 9:27)
The Apostle John pictures the antichrist as a political leader who rises up out of the sea of nations. (Revelation 13:1) Before this global emperor can arise, there must first be empire in need of one.
It is abundantly clear that most of the nations of the Western world would be only too happy to submit to one, should he arise. Even the world’s oldest continuous monarchy is prepared to bend its royal knee — even over an issue that has divided the monarchy since the days of Henry VIII.
That issue, ‘religion’ — is the second pillar upon which the antichrist’s infrastructure rests. John prophesied of a second ‘beast’ — the false prophet — who will elevate the antichrist to the position of deity. (Revelation 13:11-17)
The Bible says that in the last days, God will send a ‘strong delusion’ but that delusion will only affect those “who received not the love of the truth that they might be saved.”
In the last days, the Bible says the whole world will be conditioned to accept a savior, a messiah of sorts, who will seem to have all the answers to the religious, economic and political problems facing the world.
The Bible demands the existence of a global government (in need of leadership) a global economy (in need of leadership) and a global religion (in need of leadership.) The world demands global leadership, period. Any leader will do, provided they like what he promises.
It isn’t even relevant that they know he can’t deliver. It is the promise that is important. Barack Obama was elected on a platform of ‘change we can believe in’ without ever articulating the changes he had in mind.
Never in the history of man has it been possible to impose a global government, global religionand global economy. Not politically. Not administratively. Not technologically.
Throughout history, and up to only seventy years ago, efforts to unite the globe under a single government was a recipe for world war. Today, it is seen as the only option available to avert one.
The need for some kind of globally-acceptable religion is palpable — only the fundamentalists of the three largest religions would have any objection.
And they are the flat-earthers, liars, corporate toadies, etc., so despised by the secular True Believers.
I confess that I don’t know if the dominant global religion of the last days will be an actual religious system, like Islam or the Vatican, or if it will be some kind of New Age earth worship of the type espoused by Al Gore or the junior Kennedy.
Just as I don’t know if the global government will be headquartered in Rome, or if it will simply be headed by somebody who qualifies as a prince of the old Roman Empire.
And I don’t know if the current economic system will survive what is looking more and more like a repeat of the Great Depression.
A comparison of economic conditions between today and the same point in time following the Crash of 1929 suggests we’re in much worse shape today than we were then. Unemployment is higher, the stock market is lower, and world trade has fallen off the charts.
Here is what I do know. I know that the Bible says that three things would have to come into existence, more or less simultaneously, as part of the overall blueprint of Bible prophecy for the last days. Those three things are the global government, global religion, and global economy.
At no time in all of recorded history were all three systems “on the table” so to speak. But they are today.
Even the most ardent and determined skeptic can’t deny the trends — at best they can only quibble over the details. But the all the signs are there — and the signs are what Jesus told His disciples to watch out for.
“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)
Originally Published: July 14, 2009
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