The times that our world today is experiencing are unprecedented and unparalleled in human history. Collective humanity believes itself to be highly advanced, its humanistic views the peak of enlightenment. The coming endpoints … a series of them … couldn’t contrast more sharply with the beginnings.

In that light, we begin a short 3-part series. The intent is simply to update you as to the state of a number of “late, great, planet earth” conditions (to borrow a phrase from Hal Lindsey). Just how far has mankind traveled down a road of godlessness and complicity with the Evil One?

What will be the extent of the pathos of Christ, when He returns to earth and witnesses its faithless condition? Christ knew that he would find mankind wholly succumbed to his three primordial weaknesses. These are the “[…] the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). It is these very same worldly temptations that Satan targeted when he tested Christ during his 40-day fast in the wilderness. While Jesus withstood Satan’s entreaties for our sake, mankind (seen collectively or individually) would sell Him out on these same proposals.

Christ questioned the disciples: “When I return, will I find any faith in the world?” While he said this in the form of a question, it should really be read as an endtime prophecy. There will be very little “faith” found upon earth when He returns. And, that could be very, very soon. Then, mankind and its leadership will be shown to have staked their faith in their lusts like Sodom, “overfed and unconcerned” (Ezekiel 16:49); worshiping manmade idols of wood and stone (greater economic growth, wealth and ownership); and lastly, charting their own destiny and goodness outside of God.

In this “Woolly Mammon” series, we propose to mainly focus on the 2nd and 3rd of the three lusts—that “of the eyes” (“the desire for possession” ISV) and the “pride of life” (“worldly arrogance” ISV). We will cover three separate but related topics: 1. Earth Repossessed; 2. Pomp, Circumstance and Splendor; and 3. Ruling Elites and the Great Wealth Transfer.

Ownership of the Creation
earth in box2Who owns the earth? This is a question that will attract many different answers today. Some will argue that the earth belongs to itself. Human life is therefore no more valuable than any animal life, and must be sacrificed to save the future of earth. Geopolitical strategists will argue differently. Their craft of possessing “space and time” is in the hands of nations and its leaders. Then there are the merchants and economists. They will be inclined to see ownership more as a matter of law and title.

Christians believe the Bible will have the answer to this question. However, in consulting Scripture, we encounter some seemingly confusing perspectives.

Firstly, we read this: “To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14). We learn here that everything is the Lord’s. Also, the Lord says that “[…] the whole earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5) and that “[…] the cattle on a thousand hills” are His (Psalm 50:10-11).

Yet, the Psalmist also says something on this subject which, at first glance, appears contradictory. He says, “The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind” (Psalm 115:16). Here it clearly says that “earth He has given to mankind.” How can the earth be the Lord’s (i.e. … Deuteronomy 10:14), but also be given to mankind? We are not scholars of the Greek language. However, a brief study of Psalm 50 suggests the view that earth is being assigned to mankind more as a domain and conservatorship for a time.

This aligns with the command found in Genesis. “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground’” (Genesis 1:28). The world is not possessed by mankind, but rather the earth is put under his dominion.

The Earth Up for Grabs
At the very beginning, after God created the earth and the heavens and He saw that it was good, there were only two people on the entire earth. There were yet no landowner frictions. They were fully provided for in the Garden of Eden and were not subjected to hard labor.

But something happened down through the past millennia after the Fall. The concept of human ownership intervened, and with that the manifestations of the lust of the eyes. Over time, a globalized, commercially-dominated world would emerge where the concepts of possession, ownership, wealth and consumption were to become the very essence of the meaning of life and existence.

Ownership Then and Now
There are two key aspects of ownership as it exists today that are instructive to review. First, most all the valuable parts of creation are now under the legal ownership of man. Second, ownership of all these domains is held by relatively few individuals and entities. If not by government or kings and queens, then by individuals … some of these very rich. Today, mankind has created conventions that convey ownership rights to literally everything that God created.

International organizations exist to help mediate on these issues in almost every domain. It is amazing what can be owned today. We next provide a short anecdotal illustration of the state of ownership of the world today.

Human Labor. Most people think of world financial markets and underlying economic systems as representing wealth. Yes and no. Firstly, we would say financial markets play a greater role in the distribution of wealth, rather than its creation. They are not its source. All wealth comes from God, either in the form of His creation or His life-giving capacity. In the human realm, that translates into the fruits of labor.

All the wealth of the world today (as we humans would recognize it) cannot exist apart from humans and their labor. It is a simple fact that is too rarely recognized. Human labor—past, present, and future—comprises the bulk of what is wealth today. Its ownership may be highly skewed, as it surely is in our time (Please see Part II of this series for further documentation). The use of debt allows a very small group of people to own a disproportionately large output of human labor. How much is world wealth? There are many estimates, all of them flawed. Credit Suisse in its last World Wealth Report 2012 estimated total world wealth at $222.7 trillion. Other surveys predict this value will grow 60% or more by 2020.

Resources and Mineral Rights. It is no accident that resource-rich nations are often run by despots and client states. Minerals and resources are valuable, provided that they can be mined or excavated. Many people will have discovered that though they owned a piece of land, they may in fact not own the minerals that lie underneath. Prospectors may be given exploration rights and development rights, sometimes to the great inconvenience of the owner. The Bible says, “Him […] who created […] the earth and all that is in it” (Revelation 10:6). The ownership of these deposits, whether gold or copper, has built many massive fortunes.

Land and Real Estate—Kings and Churches. Large swathes of the earth’s land masses are owned by someone. According to legal definition, the largest five individual landowners on earth are Queen Elizabeth II (6,600 million acres); King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (553 million acres); King Bhumibol of Thailand (126 million acres); King Mohammed IV of Morocco (113 million acres); and Sultan Quaboos of Oman (76 million acres). An incredible 21 percent of this land is owned by a short list of landowners, according to The New Statesman.

An enormous amount of land is held by the Australian Colonian Agricultural (owned by the Kidman family). Their land mass is larger than 90 of the world’s smaller states. Colonial Agricultural is bigger than the world’s smallest 43 countries combined.

At one time, between 20 and 30 percent of Europe and the same proportion of South America was owned by the Roman Catholic Church. Most of those lands have since been lost, but the Pope is understood to own all the land of the Catholic Church’s institutions, religious orders and dioceses as monarch, on much the same basis as the Queen owns her acres. The estimated total of land held by the Pope is around 177 million acres. Approximately a decade ago, an association of 8 major denominations (which included the Catholic Church) made the claim that they collectively owned “7% of the inhabitable real estate on earth.”

Genomes: With the advent of the Human Genome Project, the notion of patenting human genes arose. There are now patents associated with around a quarter of the genes in the human genome.1 Imagine, that today, even the gene sequences of human life have ownership rights in the form of patents. In effect, simply having knowledge of “how wondrously made” (Psalm 139:14) is something that has become an item with monetary worth and therefore cannot be used by another party. Some medical research cannot be performed without the prior permission of the patent holder.

red tomato2Biological Molecules, Genetically Modified. Today, pharmaceutical and seed companies will stake ownership rights upon life forms (seeds) and biological molecules. They may alter these biological materials (GMOs or genetically modified organisms) and thereby stake their claims. This has been an extremely lucrative business.

Color Spectrum: In our materialistically-mad society, believe it or not, there are legal disputes over colors. How could that be? Isn’t color a function of the natural spectrum and the created human capacity to see them? Nevertheless, various ownership battles are raging. Here is just one example: Pantone (owned by Lawrence Herbert and family) has developed a color category spectrum which is intellectual property and can only be used if licensed.2

Life Savers, a well-known candy company, has used a multi-colored striped background on the wrapper for its multi-flavored hard candies. Later, Curtiss Candy Co. introduced their brand of hard candies in a multi-colored striped background wrapper. Life Savers sued. Do they have the right to get a permanent injunction against Curtiss to stop their use of a multi-colored striped label? While in this case the issue concerns several colors and its basic striped design, it is illustrative none-the-less, involving the matter of trademarks.

apple logos2Brand Values: Companies today can be worth many times what is indicated by their financial balance sheets through “brand value.” For example, the brand value (not the company itself, only its brand name identity) of Apple (the electronic consumer good company, best known for the i-Phone), is estimated to be worth $104.5 billion, according to Forbes magazine’s most recent World’s Most Valuable Brands survey.

Intellectual Property Rights: All the inventions, intellectual concepts, writings, compositions and creations of mankind are eligible for patents. Patents do eventually expire for the most part. Nevertheless, these can have great value. Therefore, it is not surprising to see that some patent rights are being extended very significantly.

Air Waves: Radio frequencies are viewed as ownable space even though they are invisible. Though the spectrum range is large, there are only a finite number of frequencies. Auctions of frequencies for cell phone use over the recent decade, provide some indication of just how valuable is this space. For example, a 2008 auction in Canada of just one spectrum (a spot on the dial, in old-fashioned radio terms) raised $4.25 billion. The spectrum auctions of the German government back in 2010 raised a staggering $98.8 billion.

As we have partly illustrated, there are many more parts and portions of this earth that have been carved up into separate ownership rights. We have only touched upon a few.

Points to Ponder
The most unimaginable things in the earth’s sphere are now owned by humans. Even planets and stars can be owned (unofficially, of course). Humorously, according to one website, for $5, you can have a star named after you. Actually, a legitimate organization does exist, the International Astronomical Union,3 which assigns names to heavenly entities such as stars and comets. These names are for scientific documentation purposes, and are not for sale.

In all seriousness, we realize that the “lust of the eyes” at this “late, great state” in the world has been built up into a highly sophisticated ownership system, giving rise to massive and measurable wealth, riches and splendor. Property rights and their protection are indeed important. Seen in the aggregate, this huge, measurable pile of wealth, though much of it indeed is false wealth, serves as a great anchor for the materialists and humanists. Progress is defined as wealth continuing to increase. More is better. Its pursuit is the essence of the meaning of life. It is the value system of Mammon.

The world may think that everything is up for grabs for personal or corporate ownership, and that this will mark the advancement of mankind in the future, but one thing can never be owned by humans. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). We do not own ourselves, whether we are Christians or not.

We are not our own. This brings great comfort to those that live unto the Lord. “For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Can the world boast of the ownership that the Bible tells of here in this verse: “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

One day, the ownership structure of the world will change completely. We will continue to review the late, great state of “lust of the eyes” and “the pride of life” in the world today in Part II.

1    National Human Genome Research Institute. Intellectual Property Accessed: October 27, 2007.
2    Color Matters. color_trademark.html
3    International Astronomical Union (IAU). Among other objectives, the IAU also serves as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and any surface features on them.

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Believers will accept that the Scriptures are infallible. The Psalmist said that “[…] the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times” (Psalm 12:6). We can indeed confidently rely upon it as truth and prophecy. Yet, do we not all encounter texts that we think are unfortunate?

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind” (Numbers 23:19). The Scriptures, therefore, have no message that is subject to change in any era, modern or ancient. Whether written in old English or new, its proclamations are current and relevant.

Yes, but there are unfortunate verses nevertheless, we think.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness […]” (2 Timothy 3:16), pronounced Apostle Paul. And referring to its prophetic accuracy, Christ confirmed this, stating that “[…] Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:18). The Scriptures were authored and inspired over the centuries and millennia by the same Spirit. They are Truth.

Knowing all that, can’t we still ask and puzzle? Why are some things included in the Bible; why are some things not in the Bible?

With so many prophets having been chosen and Jesus Christ Himself, the Son of God, born in the flesh … walking this earth … communicating with his disciples … why could the Bible not have answered more of our questions? Why were there not more revelations in the Bible; and more of our questions answered? Why could not more proofs have been given, that would have ended some of the unproductive theological debates that have festered for centuries, or settled the modern debates over Creationism, for instance?

These questions collectively comprise our “theology thicket.” Just what texts in the Bible, were they not so unfortunate in this respect, could have led to more answers to our questions or settled the doubts of some unbelievers?

We here attempt to identify a series of just six such “unfortunate texts.”

Unfortunate Text #1: Jesus Christ, the Son of God—under whose feet everything was placed (Ephesians 1:22; Matthew 22:44); to whom had been given “all authority in heaven and on earth”—walked this earth in the flesh (Matthew 28:18). He had available to Him all knowledge. Had the disciples asked more penetrating questions, we could have benefited from more answers. After all, “The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law” (Mark 1:22). 
Anyone could have asked him for further clarifications.

And yet, incredulously, we read this unfortunate text: “And no one dared to ask him any more questions” (Luke 20:40). What a lamentable text. Think of this incident: The Sadducees and spies, who had been sent from the teachers of the law and the priests, had asked Jesus some tough and tricky questions. He answered them with great insight and truth on such matters as the resurrection and what things will be like in heaven. They were awed. In response, they “dared not” ask Him more questions.

How tragic! With their familiarity of the Scriptures and various theological debates, they could have all asked some pivotal questions about many things. They did not. Their pride and disinterest is our loss.

solomon sheba2Unfortunate Text #2: “When the Queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. “[…] she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind” (1 Kings 10:1-2).

The Bible tells us that “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore” (1 Kings 4:29). Incredible! Imagine how many civil law and governance issues that Solomon could solve for our world today. With his great “breadth of understanding,” he could also offer great insight into the topics of science and creation.

Alas, we encounter another unfortunate text: Solomon answered all her [Queen of Sheba] questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her” (1 Kings 10:3).

Isn’t it unfortunate that the Queen of Sheba was not able to exhaust Solomon’s wisdom? None of her questions were too hard for him. Her list of questions ran out and she went back home. You the reader will most assuredly think of some questions that the Queen of Sheba did not think of. How tragic that our remaining questions could not have been on her list.

Unfortunate Text #3: A most interesting encounter is described in the book of Matthew. It is also reported by Mark and Luke. “[…] Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah’” (Matthew 17:1-4).

Mount of transfiguration2Here we see a classic human error. Peter, seeing Moses, Elijah and the transfiguring of Christ, immediately wanted to build commemorative shrines. The King James renders his motive in this “unfortunate text” more accurately, we think: “Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.”

What did Jesus talk about with Moses and Elijah? Matthew 17:3 expressly says that they were “talking with Jesus.” Luke tells us that one of the topics discussed concerned Jesus’ departure. We would certainly be interested to know more of what was discussed. But we cannot know. Why? Instead of listening, the disciples were more intent upon creating buildings and works that could be worshiped and institutionalized. As it turned out, the disciples became sleepy (Luke 9:32) and missed much more of the conversation.

Peter and John both wrote epistles that are in the Bible. In none of them do they reveal what Moses, Elijah and Jesus talked about. Another tragedy for us. They were not listening! They were sleeping.

Unfortunate Text #4: The Lord said something amazing to his servant Jeremiah: “[…] he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know’” (Jeremiah 33:2-3). That is truly a great offer. Surely, there must have been a lot of “unsearchable things” that Jeremiah did not know. This text, too, is another unfortunate one in this series. Why?

If we were to judge solely from what was written in the book of Jeremiah, we must conclude that Jeremiah did not take advantage of this great offer of knowledge from the Lord. The only questions that Jeremiah poses to the Lord all concern himself and his own insecurities. For example: “Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable?” (Jeremiah 15:18). Also: “Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow and to end my days in shame?” (Jeremiah 20:18). These questions earned him the nickname “The Weeping Prophet.” However, we have no record of him asking the Lord about any “unsearchable things.” Another tragedy! Another opportunity again wasted.

Unfortunate Text #5: Today, the Bible is spurned as being in opposition to science. This, of course, is not true. Why then did the Holy Spirit not give us more information about the workings of his wonders and Creation?

It is one thing to discover that not one word in the Bible shows itself in contravention to the natural order of things that we know today. (We are careful here to differentiate between what are unproven scientific theories and what is fact.) For example, long before it was commonly known that the earth was round, the Scriptures acknowledged this. Said Isaiah, “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers” (Isaiah 40:22).

However, couldn’t there have been more such statements made through the prophets … perhaps about nuclear atomic structure or the source of matter, for instance? Information such as this might have influenced the “scientific” views of evolution and the “big bang” theory. After all, even secular scientists are looking for the “god particle.”

God says that He was there at the beginning. Therefore, couldn’t He have provided us with more statements that would have aided us in our debates with the anti-Creationists?

starry2The Bible only gives us seemingly symbolic perspectives such as these: “Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?” (Job 37:16); “My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts” (Isaiah 45:12); “[…] He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in” (Isaiah 40:22).

Couldn’t these all be similarly seen as “unfortunate texts” to the modern scientific mind? Looking for scientific explanations of the creation, they read as what seems to be only figurative language.

We must stop here and negate this perspective right away. Why? God says, “Do you not know? Have you not heard? […] his understanding no one can fathom” (Isaiah 40:28). Therefore, were He to have given us technical, scientific answers in the Scriptures, no one today would be able to fathom it in any case. Science is presumptuous to think that it could understand what and how God has created. “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands” (Psalm 102:25).

Unfortunate Text #6: We now come to the last in our “series of unfortunate texts.” To this point we have pondered Scriptures that pointed out lost opportunities for more revelation, and truths to have been made available to the saints. What we also discover is that God actually allowed a surfeit of information … in fact, bad misinformation. He “sends them” delusions so that lies will be believed.  That’s what Apostle Paul said: “[…] They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Admittedly, this is difficult to understand. Now we have more information being made available, but it serves as corroboration to what people want to hear. The verse quoted is a statement that is consistent with our review of “unfortunate texts,” all of which deal with the matters of information, truth and knowledge.

We begin to understand that an over-abundance of truths, proofs and revelations are alone not enough to ensure that we do not go astray. The world’s popular beliefs today are not necessarily based on facts. We discover that they are in contradiction of the facts. A rebellious people will not let facts get in the way. As Albert Einstein was to have quipped: “If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.” The same denial of facts is shown in the Bible with respect to miracles. We are told “Jews demand signs” (1 Corinthians 1:22). However, these signs and miracles were repeatedly forgotten and the people went astray.

Thoughts to Ponder

We indeed may lament this “series of unfortunate texts” we have reviewed. Our quest for more knowledge, Biblical and scientific insight may therefore be unquenched. But did the Holy Spirit make a mistake? Were there more revelations and knowledge that we should have known? Would more revelation and knowledge have made it easier to become a Christian? Would mankind be more obedient to Christ today were that the case?

Likely not.

The fact is that more knowledge is available to everyone today than ever before. Scriptures can be studied more easily today than ever possible before, with so many free and powerful study aids being available online. Yet, what do we see? A rapidly shrinking population that holds a true Biblical worldview … and massive shifts in beliefs toward untruths, fables and the doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1). Surveys reveal that Christians themselves are becoming less familiar with Scriptures.

We must conclude that more knowledge than the Bible already imparts to us is not necessary. All has been imparted that we need. Moreover, the Bible expressly acknowledges that information has been deliberately held back from us.

Apostle Paul knew a man (speaking of himself in the third person) who “was caught up to the third heaven” (2 Corinthians 12:2) … who “was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things” (verse 4) and “surpassingly great revelations” (verse 7). But, these were “things that no one is permitted to tell” (verse 4).

The prophet Daniel asked the “man clothed in linen” how long it would be before these astonishing things would be fulfilled (Daniel 12:6). Daniel heard his answer but still did not understand. So he asked again: “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” (verse 8). Then the man clothed in linen replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end” (verse 9).

Here we are shown two instances where more information was expressly denied. Despite our curiosities, we can conclude that the Holy Spirit made sure that we would be informed of all the essentials to our faith and have knowledge of the Lord’s plans. On faith, therefore, we will lay our “theology thicket” to rest.

And that brings us to our final texts in this series.

These, however, speak to very fortunate events … not unfortunate ones. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3). All will be revealed to us some day, though it may well take an eternity for us to absorb it. Says Paul, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Corinthians 13:12, KJV).

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Gleanings From Wrong-Headed Debates–Part II

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In this two-part series, we reproduce some of the questions and comments we have received on the kings of Revelation 17. These kings are shown as “heads” and as “horns on heads.” As this is a challenging topic requiring much Bible study, quite a few viewpoints exist that frankly are “wrong-headed.” It is a topic relevant to our time. Why? Because, very likely, a change of regime is at the doorstep. This is the final part of the series in our attempt to get our heads straight.

READER: In response to “Great Greek Tragedy of the Revived Roman Empire” (Feb. 2012 EVR; also appeared in MCM Jan. 2012), I would like to suggest one of the “other possible outcomes” that you leave room for in your discussion of an end-time coalition of ten nations led by the “Antichrist.” First of all, there is really never any mention of ten nations in the Bible, only ten horns and ten kings. Revelation 17:12 and Daniel 7:24 both say that the ten horns are the ten kings—they are people, i.e. leaders, not nations. Both verses also clearly identify the ten kings as being linked to a single kingdom, not ten individual kingdoms. Also, note that Revelation 13, 17 and Daniel 7 speak of a single beast, which is the fourth kingdom (Daniel 7:23). There is no talk of ten beasts or ten mini-beast nations that make up a big beast. The allusion is consistently singular—one unified superpower nation, from which there will emerge ten kings (Daniel 7:24). To say that the ten horns and the ten kings are ten nations is not a Biblical matter of fact; it is a leap into thin air.

Secondly, the end-time leader that will rise from the beast, the fourth kingdom, will come to power after the ten kings have first received the kingdom (Daniel 7:24; Revelation 17:12, 17). That is to say that the ten kings are successive predecessors, as Daniel 7:24 indicates. (Kings of the same kingdom would not rule concurrently.) One after another, these consecutive kings will have prepared and built up the superpower nation to become the beast. Their cumulative effort will then be handed down to the end-time leader, who at this point is also referred to as the beast (Revelation 13; 17:12).

In Biblical parlance, the distinction between beast and leader becomes somewhat blurred. One represents and is enabled by the other, and vice versa. The language, especially in Revelation, has more to do with imagery than clean-cut definition. Beast/leader is leader/beast—and by the way, it is scripturally incorrect to call this leader the “Antichrist,” for as you know, the term “Antichrist” does not appear anywhere in Daniel or Revelation. Antichrist is a general term John uses to describe a spiritual mindset—a belief that Christ has not come in the flesh (1 Jn 4:3). Antichrist is not a single person or individual; there are many who are “Antichrist” in spirit (1 Jn 2:18; 2 Jn 1:7). The careless use of this term causes rational, thinking people to roll their eyes, as well they should. With these clarifications in mind, it seems to me that there is only one current example that fits the prophetic picture of the fourth kingdom—and that is the United States. – M.M.A.

EVR: From your letter [only a portion of which we have reproduced], we can tell that you have an avid interest in these topics and have spent considerable effort in formulating your viewpoints and interpretations. We appreciate these types of communications. They test our views. That said, we must disagree with many of your points, and can support our corrections from Scripture. We here only make minor comments for each of 7 major corrections that are required:

smallcrown21. What is a king? Respectfully, it would not be a “leap into thin air” to check a dictionary as to the meaning of this word. Any dictionary will do. It is a male sovereign leader. Taking a historical grammatical interpretation, a “king” in today’s terms equates to a sovereign leader. There is no such thing as a king without a kingdom. A deposed king could only be an ex-king. Similarly, if there is no nation, there can be no leader. As well, kings and leaders do not act independently of their country in matters of state, sovereignty, or geopolitics. They have no authority independent of their state or kingdom. Because of this dependency, you will discover that the Bible treats “king” and “kingdom” interchangeably. For example, please read Daniel chapter 2, verses 39, 40, 41, and 44. The successive kingdoms mentioned are then named “kings” in verse 44.

2. The 10 kings come on the scene contemporaneously and not sequentially. They all exist at the same time. As such, there is no serial authority given to the Antichrist by the 10 kings, as you claim. Besides being refuted by Scripture, this interpretation would not make common sense in any case. If only one king had enough power to give to the Antichrist that would be sufficient to stamp upon and subdue the entire earth, wouldn’t he then qualify to be the Antichrist … perhaps a leader of a world superpower? John the Revelator tells us that the 7th head (this the head with the 10 horns) comes for only a “little while,” and also that the 10 kings have a role only for “one hour.” It wouldn’t make sense then that there would be 10 kings ruling sequentially in a short space of time.

3. Yes, Daniel 7 does show a separate role for “10 kings.” Daniel 7:7 mentions that the 4th beast has 10 horns. Daniel 7:24 clearly says that the “ten horns are ten kings.”

4. One must be careful not to confuse the identity of the beast. The word “beast” has at least two meanings, and always only applies to an entity that is possessed by Satan (also called the “dragon”). Firstly, the satanically-driven “political economy” of 7 hegemonic kingdoms of human history that oppose God is called a beast (jointly or separately); secondly, the personified Satan in the human body called the Antichrist is called “the beast.”

5. We disagree that symbols used in the Bible do not have specific, literal meanings. Indeed, people’s interpretations may not be “clean-cut,” but all meanings and fulfillments of prophecy in the Bible are meant to be “clean-cut,” though perhaps depicted through images and symbols.

antichrist26. No, the Antichrist is not “a spiritual mindset.” There certainly is a “spirit” of the Antichrist that has been working down through history, using many people (these being types of Antichrists), as the Bible specifically states will be the case (1 John 4:3). The Bible clearly and literally indicates that there will be a literal person that fulfills the role of Antichrist (though being given many different names). We must take literal statements at face value. What is scandalous for Christianity is the constant attempt to identify and name the Antichrist.

7. The U.S. is not the fourth beast. We are sorry if we are harsh, but this is a preposterous interpretation. Please do not disseminate this view anywhere, as it is starkly out of tune with Scripture and can only bring ridicule to the precious gift of Bible prophecy.

READER: Thanks for your article on the Philadelphians and the lost 10 tribes (“Europe and Germany in Prophecy,” Dec. 2011 EVR), and the article on Babylon. I see the Antichrist as the little horn of Daniel 7, the little horn of Daniel 8, and the king of the north of Daniel 11. So the Antichrist will come out of an area that once was the Roman Empire, and once was the Grecian Empire, and more specifically was once the kingdom of one of Alexander’s four generals—modern day Iraq or Iran. I believe that Babylon the Great is the USA, the superpower of the end time, which has to be neutralized before the Beast can tread Jerusalem underfoot and scatter the power of the holy people, and impose his mark on the world with the help of the 10 horns, the future manifestation of the European Union. – M.D.

EVR: Many hold a similar view to yours with respect to the general area out of which the Antichrist may arise. We do not hold a firm view on this matter; at the same time, we also do not note any Scriptures that would disprove this theory. However, this is not the same as discounting all other possibilities. With respect to your view that the United States is the Babylon the Great of Revelation 17 and 18, we would definitely disagree. We have provided our reasons for this position several times in past articles. One verse alone nullifies America’s candidacy for this role: “In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth” (Revelation 18:24). America has simply not been around long enough to have slaughtered “all” on earth. As for the European Union becoming the final manifestation of the 10 kings (depicted as 10 horns on the beast shown in Revelation 17), this may very well be the case. However, it is much too early to be doctrinaire about this position. There are still other possible fulfillments of this image.

READER: Every article coming out of the EU describes them as “divided”; one article from International Spiegel Online declared them as “hopelessly divided.” I find it amazing to watch them fulfilling Bible prophecy. All the kingdoms of Daniel chapter 2 have boundaries, including Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome, and now the “Divided Kingdom” of the EU, and perhaps the EU-Mediterranean Union. They are described as “partly-strong and partly-weak,” which is what the 27 nation “empire” is: partly-strong and partly-weak (Daniel 2:41-43). This is why I believe the 10 Kings will come out of this “Kingdom” in some form. Again, they have to come out of a “Kingdom,” which means this Kingdom has to have boundaries. The idea that the world will be divided into 10 divisions, as some think, does not fit with the description in Daniel chapter 2. These are some of my teachers: Dr. Dwight Pentecost, Dr. Renald Showers, Dr. Ed Hindson and Dr. John Walvoord. Of course, we have others, but I just wanted you to understand where I am coming from. I am also grateful for Dr. David Jeremiah and his series, “What in the World Is Going On?” God Bless you. – M.K.

EVR: Thank you for your earnest perspectives. The interpretations that you recount may very well prove correct. In fact, they may even be probable. We certainly have great respect for the prophecy scholars you cite, and have read them all. We have no reason to dispute any of the literal characteristics of the final “kingdom” that are mentioned in the Bible. There is only one point of difference in our perspective; only one. It is this: If an interpretation with respect to a future fulfillment of prophecy cannot be proven to be 100% defensible, then humility and honesty would require us to disclose that it is a theory … and not a doctrine.

The one verse in Scripture that leaves the EU-centric view vulnerable is Daniel 9:26b: “[…] and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.” It clearly refers to the “people” of the ruler, and not the geographic area or country of the ruler. Just what might this mean? Just who are these people, then? Where are these same people today? There are a number of theories, but none can be proven to the exclusion of all others. People can move; they both emigrate and immigrate. If so, could it be possible that some nations from the non-EU world today are offshoots from these earlier people? Clearly, the answer is yes. The entire New World (North and South America, Australia …etc.) are offshoots from Roman peoples. As such, we must leave open the possibility that some of these “Roman” countries might be included in the 10.

eu flag2Viewing world trends today, we would say that it is still too early to be doctrinaire and closed in our interpretations of just which nations will represent the final 10 kings. Speculative viewpoints with respect to Bible prophecy have done inordinate harm to this unique gift to Christianity. As it was, overzealous pronouncements on European developments over the past five decades have been unfortunate. To the inclusion of your views, we would simply state that we all must remain open to other possibilities that are supported (or at least not discounted) by the Bible.

READER: Re: Germany: “Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee” (Ezekiel 38:6). Could this be Germany, as they are on the verge of financially backing the new system that is formulating in Europe? Could her bands be the nations of the EU assisting because of their ties of being indebted to Germany? – C.H.

EVR: There are quite a few speculative theories on the end-time role of Germany. As is the case with the United States, we do not see the nation of Germany specifically mentioned in Bible prophecy. Please see the recent article on this subject [in MCM April 2012], “Is Germany Mentioned in Bible Prophecy?”

READER: [This question is excerpted from a lengthy letter received in German. It is translated here in abbreviated form.] May I make the following observation: The puzzle of Daniel 7:24 will be more easily solved if one does not try to relate the beast of Daniel 7 with the one shown in Revelation 13. While they both have 10 horns, they are not related.

EVR: We have not found Daniel 7:24 a puzzle, but rather to the contrary, an important key. In any case, your question is both important and foundational. Indeed, how can we determine that the 5 separate visions of a 10-fold union of nations (kings) that we find in the Bible, are all pointing to the same future prophetic occurrence? Or are they in fact different? We find these visions in Daniel 2, 7 and Revelation 12, 13, and 17. In each of these visions, there is the common element of 10 kingdoms or kings. In Daniel 2 they are shown as 10 toes; in the four other visions all have 10 horns. Each vision provides both common and unique information about this prophesied future power structure that will dominate the earth. If all 5 visions are treated as envisioning the same future 10 kings, then the collective information provided is very instructive. Revealed are clues and details that allow us to conclude that the 10 horns are on the 7th head of the alternately portrayed 7-headed beast seen in Revelation 12, 13, and 17, and that these final 10 kings will come out of the “Roman peoples” (Daniel 9:26).

The question here then turns on the elements that are common, therefore supporting the case that these 5 visions are indeed related. You choose to conclude that the beast shown in Daniel 7 is different than the beast shown in Revelation 12, 13, and 17. Indeed, it is different. Each of the three visions of the 10-headed beast shown in Revelation, is also different in the sense that unique features are being portrayed. Each vision is intended to show a different emphasis or role of the same beast, these representing the heinous, Satan-led, dominating civil power structures of mankind down through Bible history. The germane question, however, centers on the identity of the components of each of the visions. In Daniel 7, the four beasts seen by Daniel only represent the last five heads, not all seven as described in the beasts shown in Revelation. Why? The Holy Spirit only showed Daniel what is to come … not what had been (see Daniel 7:17; 10:14). In contrast, John the Revelator was charged to “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter” (Revelation 1:19). Therefore, Daniel only sees the kingdoms from his time forward, not including the two that had already passed. John the Revelator, on the other hand, is shown the entire history of the world-dominating Gentile nations that played a role in oppressing the Hebrews and their progeny down through history.

We will lay out five reasons why the beasts of Daniel 7 are related to the beasts shown in Revelation 12, 13 and 17. Firstly, there are many commons elements … in fact, so many that we must not conclude that these visions are unrelated. Secondly, the Bible is a consistent document as it is inspired by the same Spirit. It may be transmitted through different writers and beholders of visions, yet the basic symbolism employed remains consistent. The symbols found in Revelation can almost all be found elsewhere in the Old Testament. As such, when Daniel speaks of 10 horns that represent 10 kings (Daniel 7:24), why should we not be alerted to connect this statement with “the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings” mentioned in Revelation 17:12 (and symbolically also in chapters 12 and 13)?

Thirdly, further illustrating that we are here dealing with a consistent Bible, all instances of 10 horns appearing in the Bible are shown to be a future, prophetic event. Why then, especially in view of many other commonalities, would one conclude that Daniel’s visions are unrelated to those of the beasts in Revelation? That brings us to the fourth point: The book of the Bible that has the strongest parallels (though not the only one with parallels) to the book of Daniel—and this in many respects—is indeed the book of Revelation. This being the case, it would not be surprising that the 5 visions we are here critiquing (2 from Daniel, 3 from Revelation) would in fact be related.

Finally, to the 5th point: Critically, all of the facts and characteristics of the beasts and 10 horns presented in each of the 5 visions do not contradict each other. To the direct contrary: Just as in a jigsaw puzzle, once the correct arrangement has been determined, we discover that all the pieces fit in a remarkable order. This is also the case with these five visions. Returning to our first point, comparing all the commonalities of the beast and its 10 horns shown in Daniel 7, with the pictures of the beasts found in Revelation, I count at least 13 connections and similarities. Coincidence? No. In my view, the vision of Daniel 7 certainly connects with the 3 beast visions of Revelation.

Conclusion. The Bible’s prophecies are true and reliable. Revealed here is the last-days account of world geopolitics. As we can conclude, much turmoil still lies ahead. But the time is short.  The rule of the 10 kings emerges very quickly … and is only for a “short time” before the Tribulation and the revealing of the Antichrist. Maranatha, the Lord come soon.

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Gleanings From Wrong-Headed Debates–Part I

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Over the past several years, we have received a large amount of correspondence on the topic of the last-day 10 kings, as well as the seven kings and eighth king (that are heads) mentioned in Revelation 17.

Ten kings are shown as “horns” or heads. To help keep these many kings sorted out, we call the 7 historical kings that are heads the Ruler Kings (RK), and the 10 contemporaneous kings, shown as horns, as the 10K. A 4-part series on this very topic was produced here (July to October 2012), as well as other articles over past years.

Readers will likely already know that, inclining to a “literal interpretation” of Scripture, we believe that the rule of the 10 kings—short as it may be—still lies ahead. For a brief time, ten nations will emerge as a confederacy. We have dubbed this group the Endtime Global Power Coalition. They then will give their authority to the Antichrist, who takes power as a world-ruling autocrat. Therefore, contrary to popular belief, the next phase of world rulership will take the form of these “10 kings,” not the Antichrist. It is a post-globalism era, followed by the autocracy of the Antichrist.

In this two-part series, we reproduce some of the questions and comments we have received on the kings of Revelation 17. As this is a challenging topic requiring much Bible study, quite a few viewpoints exist that frankly are “wrong-headed.” It is a subject relevant to our time. Why? Because very likely, a change of regime is at the doorstep. [Note: “EVR” stands for Eternal Value Review.]

READER: I watched a video on YouTube that claimed that the 7 kings were the [Roman Catholic] popes from 1929 until today. The reason the inception point of 1929 is chosen is because that was when the pope was first called a king. The 8th king is interpreted as a resurrected pope, John Paul, who would be possessed by Satan. There are so many theories around today. – B.P.

EVR: There are [indeed] countless speculations about the identity of the 7 ruler kings (RKs), as well as the 10 kings (10K) shown as 10 horns. The vast majority of these interpretations appear to willfully ignore Scripture. The terms and times of the reigns of the 7 RKs and the 10K are commonly misinterpreted. The 7 Ruler Kings (also representing kingdoms) have their dominant hegemonic reign sequentially (one after the other). On the other hand, the 10 Kings are in power all at the same time. How do we know this? Accepting that the prophecies of Revelation and Daniel are aligned, both referring to the 10K and RKs, we see in Daniel that the RKs follow one after the other. The beasts in Daniel 7 are specifically stated to appear in order. Greece is clearly shown to follow Persia, then comes the 4th beast. Also in Daniel 2, the RK kingdoms are said to follow sequentially. None of the RKs are world hegemons at the same time. On the other hand, the 10 kings shown as 10 horns […] do reign at the same time. They are a group that collectively will have much power, though not necessarily on an individual level. If that were not the case, they likely would not be shown as a horn on one of the heads, but rather as a head. We can easily deduce that they exist contemporaneously from the literal statements of Scripture. Here are just five of the passages that support this conclusion:

1. Daniel 7:8 states: “While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them.” This “little one” can only emerge “among them” if they are all in existence at the same time.

2. Also, Daniel says that 3 kings fell to the “little horn” (Daniel 7:20). If 3 of the “10 horn” kings are to fall by the hands of the Antichrist, then it is reasonable to presume that they must be reigning in the same era.

3. Revelation 17:12 says that the 10 kings “[…] for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.” Does it make sense that these 10 kings would take their turns doing so over such a short period of time? A literal, common-sense reading would indicate that the 10 kings collectively will receive authority.

4. Moreover, verse 13 states, “They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast.” What point would there be for these minor 10Ks to individually and sequentially give their power to the beast? If this were the case, it would not be possible that the 7th stage of the world-ruling beast could be powerful enough to reign over the world. Daniel clearly states that the final beast and its following 10 kings and little horn “[…] crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left” (Daniel 7:19). It “[…] will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it” (verse 23).

5. Revelation 17:16 says, “The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.” The beast mentioned here is the Antichrist. (Every reference to “beast” from Revelation 17:8 onward refers to the Antichrist.) In any case, it does not make sense for the Beast and the 10 kings “to burn” the whore sequentially rather than together.

In conclusion, the 10 kings come on the scene contemporaneously and not sequentially. They all exist at the same time. As such, there is no serial authority given to the Antichrist by the 10 kings as is sometimes claimed. Besides being refuted by Scripture, this interpretation would not make common sense in any case. If only one king had enough power to give to the Antichrist that would be sufficient to stamp upon and subdue the entire earth, wouldn’t he then qualify to be the Antichrist?”

READER:  [Only a small portion of this letter has been excerpted.] Thank you for your series on prophecy in Midnight Call, laying down your formulation proofs for your understanding of Revelation 17. Thank you for your love of the Lord, for your love of His Word and His truth, for your diligence and care with reference to the literalness and detail of His work, and for all the time and energy you’ve invested in your study. I was very blessed by an uncle, a graduate mechanical engineer with the same love. He’s now with the Lord. I love him for teaching me how to study God’s Word myself, as I would not accept his views as binding, but would continue to grow in God’s Word and truth myself. All that to say that he and I agree completely on the first six historic kings and kingdoms, with the 6th being Rome in John’s day. Circa 1700, Sir Isaac Newton listed the “10 kingdoms” of the 10 kings: 1. Vandals and Alans; 2. Suevians in Spain; 3. Visigoths; 4. Alans in Gallia; 5. Burgundians; 6. Franks; 7. Britons; 8. Huns; 9. Lombards; 10. Ravenna. – A.Z.

issacnewton2EVR: Thank you for your very dear letter. As you yourself suggest, we should not simply accept anyone else’s view without the validation of our own study. Of course, we all must be open to change our views if we are wrong. All Christians today are indebted to Isaac Newton for the example that he set. He was one of the greatest scientists of all time and a devout Christian. He is said to have written over one million words on Bible prophecy. Even though we may all strive to diligently study the Word, different opinions on certain matters do prevail. With respect to the interpretations of the identities of the 10 kings (those shown as horns in both Revelation and Daniel) that you quote, we must state that there are innumerable versions listing different peoples and nations, and in different orders. These theories have continued to change down through the centuries. All have two basic flaws. Firstly, they are speculative interpretations that the Bible does not validate. Not one of these 10-horn kings is identified (either deductively or by name) in the Bible. Were we to list 10 candidates today (which we cannot), it would be sheer speculation.

On the other hand, it is possible to deduce from the Bible alone, the identities of the 7 heads (RKs). These kings (kingdoms) are indeed sequential. Secondly, many of the 10-king theories have the fatal flaw that they assume the 10 horns represent sequential kings or nations. This is a clear error. We have shown that the 10 kings exist contemporaneously, not successively. Moreover, it can be conclusively shown that these 10 horns must be on the 7th head shown in the image of Revelation 12, 13 and 17. It may very well be possible that some of the nations that will be part of the last 10-member global power coalition are already on the scene today. Their joint era, in which they give their authorities to the Antichrist, still lies ahead.

READER: [Re: Daniel, Revelation, and endtime theory] Hi, I would like to say the harlot of Revelation 17:18 is America. The five kings in Daniel (4th vision) would start with Ronald Reagan as the goat with one horn. Oman has taken out two kings and needs to take down one more before November 20th. He is the liar and will fade away. Bush 1 and Bush 2 would count as the same. Romney is the divider and will bring in tribulation, six and seven kings. So I have no idea. It is just to give you guys something to think about. I have no proof of any of this. The white horse will ride out from Middle America, because both coast lines will be gone when the Church is taken. There will be massive chaos in this event. Anyway, [I’m] still trying to put the pieces together myself and just wanted you to consider these thoughts and look at it from this angle. You’re right about the 10 kings not being formed yet. God needs to judge America first, which will form Rome back together. Anyway, I hope this points you in a direction you are not considering. This is just a brief outline, and there are other things to consider. Shoot me an email if you are interested after your research. – B.

EVR:  As you yourself say, you have no idea and you have no Biblical proof for any of your views whatsoever. Never should we go beyond what Scripture actually says. The intended meaning of Scripture must be observed; a courtesy we would extend to words of anyone that we have discourse with. “Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, ‘Do not go beyond what is written’” (1 Corinthians 4:6). To do so, and to represent the Bible in such a dishonest way, only serves to discredit the Word and makes a mockery of the entire reason that God moved upon prophets and apostles through His Spirit to write down “words.” In that sense, your speculations are unfortunate, because they are harmful.

READER: [Re: Prophecy: Right- or Wrong-  Headed?] […] Can having preconceived ideas hinder us from seeing clearly that which stands before us? Being the world’s greatest superpower, to what nation will America buckle under? When the Church is gone, will America be awakened or be bloodthirsty in light of the fact that we as a nation have two unbelieving presidential contenders? Couldn’t the apostle John have said Babylon if he had meant Iraq? Why the need for “Mystery”? If I say, this will happen in Mystery Damascus, wouldn’t you be inclined to search for another Damascus? These are some of my arguments toward America being that “Mystery.” The following are additional components. [For the sake of limited space, we do not here reproduce the supplied list of claimed parallels and proofs.]– J. K.

EVR: Your views are not rare. There are many who do and have claimed that America is Mystery Babylon the Great. However, the arguments in each case are speculative and dependent upon ignoring some Scriptures while twisting others. There have been countless books written on this and related topics over the centuries. As Dave Hunt used to say, “America may be the new Sodom; but Mystery Babylon it is not.” Yes, it is clearly possible to draw parallels to America, and for that matter, to other countries. It would not be surprising if there were close parallels. Why? Because the whole world has gone astray. In this sense, there are bound to be similarities between many nations down through the centuries, and therefore, there will be similar parallels to conditions mentioned in Bible prophecy. As such, every age has been able to produce its candidates for the earth america magnifying2Antichrist and Mystery Babylon. But, a few parallels alone do not produce an air-tight case for prophetic fulfillment that is backed by Scripture word for word…namely, the whole of Scripture down to the iota. All the points you make are either not conclusive or contradict both the balance and specifics of Scripture. One single verse alone is sufficient to invalidate all claims that America is Mystery Babylon (this also applying to the Roman Catholic Church, for that matter). “In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of ALL [our emphasis] who have been slaughtered on the earth” (Revelation 18:24). America is a relatively young nation. It could not have been responsible for “ALL who have been slaughtered on earth.” Every translation of this verse that we have reviewed uses the word “ALL.”

READER: I read your article, “Europe & Germany in Prophecy: Are the Armstrongites Right?” Where are Assyria and Egypt mentioned in Rev. 17:10? One should always examine the Scriptures for oneself to test all views, whether from the Philadelphia Church of God Trumpet, or EVR or any other publication. This is true. Anyone can guess at what some verses mean. Their theory, your theory, or my theory may all be wrong, but they cannot all be right. I have been taught all my life that the Bible is talking about Rome. But about 20 years ago, I finally read the Book from start to finish. I did not find one verse that says Rome is the bad guy of the end time. It seems to me that you are doing just the same thing as the Armstrong group has done. If one takes Daniel 2 and reads it carefully, you may come to see that Rome is not mentioned and that the fourth empire is not named. – R.R.

EVR: We accept your challenge for the proofs behind our opinions. That said, kudos to you if you were able to “finally read the Book from start to finish” and so easily draw such emphatic conclusions as you state on such complicated matters. The Book of Revelation was never meant to open up so effortlessly, nor for that matter Daniel 2 and a substantial amount of other prophecy in the Bible. In fact, we are told by Daniel, that when the Jews finally come into the “knowledge” of Jehovah’s plan and their Messiah at the end, it would require a lot of “running to and fro” searching the Scriptures anxiously. The fact is that the Bible, though it is a compilation of 66 separate books, is one cohesive, interconnected document. It does not give up all of its deeper-hidden pearls capriciously, choosing instead to reward those that diligently seek.

Some things in the Bible are deductive. Though things may not be specifically identified by name, this does not mean that they do not exist, whether named or not. For example, the Trinity is never mentioned as a term. Does that invalidate this concept? Some Bible prophecy certainly falls into this same category. Of the hundred and more prophecies about the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, not one mentions His civil name in advance other than His being called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). Yet, He did come and fulfilled many of these prophecies (others yet in the future).

You claim that no names of the kings are mentioned in Revelation. Neither are four of the five “kings/kingdoms” depicted in Daniel 2 identified in name. Only if you connect OT and NT prophecy could you conclude that Nebuchadnezzar is specifically named as being the founder of the 3rd kingdom of the seven heads shown in Revelation 17. Additional sleuthing would also show that the kingdoms of Medo-Persia and Greece are directly named and can be conclusively identified as the 4th and 5th heads on this same image. With a little more deduction, it can be proven that the Roman Empire is the 6th. As for the 10 kings (10 horns), they are mentioned or depicted 10 times in the Bible. Is this coincidental? We definitely do see them corroborated and connected in Daniel 2 and 7 and Revelation 12, 13, and 17.

As for all the 7 heads shown together on the beast in the Book of Revelation (nowhere else in the Bible are they shown in this manner), the Bible calls them all “kings.” This word “king,” both in Greek (basileau) and Hebrew/Aramaic (melek), is used more than 2800 times in the Bible. Virtually in each and every case it refers to a human being … a male sovereign … a person who has a role in the flesh. According to Revelation 17, a total of 17 kings [18 kingdoms] are mentioned—real, literal, in-the-flesh men—that play a prophetic and geopolitical role. Who could they be? For the seven kings [kingdoms] shown as heads, the Bible provides a conclusive identification if you read it consistently and follow all of its clues. No speculation is required, just some deduction and humility.

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We continue with our 2-part article series, in part, providing an update on Endtime Money. To this point, we have concluded that global financial systems are already far advanced and have become increasingly centralized. We already live in a world where it is virtually impossible to survive economically without a bank account. However, more steps yet remain if Bible prophecy in this respect is to be fulfilled.

However, as we will now be dealing with the question of future trends and of when specific verses in Bible prophecy will be fulfilled, we must first comment on two issues—that of forecasting the future and the question of prophetic fulfillment.

Fulfillment of Money Prophecies: Futurist or Historical?

At the outset, we must say emphatically that it is not possible to present definitive proof for the exact timing of any trend or sign in the future. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Firstly, mankind does not have the ability to reliably see into the future … much less so to predict short-term developments. Secondly, there is no way of determining just how extreme mankind’s idolatries and delusions may yet become in the future. It is impossible to forecast delusion and irrationality. That would be a contradiction in terms.

Moreover, looking back, searching for benchmarks and patterns that might be projected into the future, we discover that not much information is available. Whatever there might be found is quite recent in the human time-line. We discover that the endtime processes have accelerated only in recent centuries … lurching forward on many fronts with little uniformity. Finally, we must acknowledge that our sovereign Lord is in control. He can choose to tarry … or to act suddenly. In short, any conclusions with respect to future developments will be highly unreliable.

We do believe that it is correct to identify the trends that we point to in the global financial and economic realm as being prophetically significant … as representing endtime processes that must be seen as necessary preconditions to the fulfillment of specific endtime prophecies. Any sudden world trends, changes or developments that have taken place after 1948 (that being the fulfillment of the prophesied re-founding of Israel; some argue that the 1880s are pivotal, as this is when the Zionist movement began) are candidates for prophetic significance. In saying this, we are careful not to endorse a historicist perspective.

doves2Rather, we are pointing to developmental trends that either must or will serve as the necessary preparations or stepping stones to future literal prophetic fulfillment. Isaiah 60:8-9 provides a useful illustration of this point. “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far […].”

Just who are these that fly as a cloud or as doves? This is a specific prophecy that refers to the return of Jews to Palestine from the five continents of the world. The prophet Isaiah sees them using either boats or planes. What other alternative form of cross-ocean transport is there today between continents for the most part? There are only two. Could we not then conclude that the Bible envisions the invention of human flight?

If so, then the discovery of manned flight (only as recently as 1903 by the Wright brothers) must be prophetically significant. The prophecy of Isaiah 60 could not otherwise be fulfilled. But at what point does Bible prophecy see Israelites using planes to return to their ancient homeland—in the Millennium, during the Tribulation, or perhaps even as early as the late 19th century when Zionism was birthed?

The Bible says that the returning Jews will arrive by “ships of Tarshish first.” Why not first by plane? Could it be because the plane was invented only later after the Aliyah had already begun? It was only in the early 1930s that transcontinental commercial flight was in operation, but then only by airships such as Zeppelins (could these be the clouds that the Prophet Isaiah saw?). Transatlantic flights by planes (these perhaps looking like doves to the prophet) began in the later 1940s (as did the Israeli airline El Al). However, the first transcontinental passenger flights landing in Israel did not take place until the early 1950s, when “El Al airlifted over 160,000 immigrants to Israel from India, Iran, Iraq and Yemen as part of Operation Magic Carpet and Operation Ezra and Nehemiah” (Source: Wikipedia).

biblelooking2Nevertheless, for Isaiah’s prophecy to be fulfilled at all would require the prior invention of manned flight. Therefore, we could legitimately say that the technology of flight is a prophetic development (an enabler) and in that sense, is a valid sign of the last days. Nevertheless, it may still be true that the Bible only provides prophetic pictures of this technology at work in the early millennial age.

In the same way, the trends we may refer to as financial signs of the endtimes must be seen as precursors—prophetic enablers—to the actual times and events specifically prophesied in the Bible. In that sense, they are prophetically significant and can be legitimately seen as “signs.”

Money Hysteria a Step Too Far

Just because the Bible indicates that there will be an all-controlling financial system during the last days, does not necessary prove that certain other developments must occur—some of these popularly taught by Bible teachers. Some examples follow:

• That a single world currency must yet emerge. This is not necessary, neither is this specifically mentioned in Scripture. One should note that the world’s financial industry is so interconnected with the sophisticated use of currency derivatives and other means, that it already is a de-facto one-world financial system. Though it could occur, a one-world currency (in name) is not necessary.

• That one can live outside of the Beast’s system. Quite a few people think that they can make preparations to live through the Tribulation period. There are not a small number of businesses selling survival supplies that thrive based on this connection. According to Scripture, there will be no possibility of living outside of the financial system at that time. This is already the case for the most part today.

• That you can outsmart the world’s financial system and find sure safety for your wealth in the here and now. This is impossible. People seem to have little conception of just how corrupt and primordial are the forces to be engaged in this endeavor, especially so in the very last of the last days, a time prophesied to be ultra-deceptive. We would venture even to say that if wealth preservation is a prime fixation of anyone’s life (as is often the case with people who are wealthy), then one is also risking one’s soul and eternal reward.

• That banking services such as debit cards and other payment means are evil. We would say not. It is what will be done with these types of systems in the future that will be evil. You can use these services and enjoy their conveniences. That said, every new convenience also will open us up to a greater vulnerability to financial controls.

• That gold is a sure investment or an alternate money form. It may have been once upon a time. Gold, as attractive as it may appear during these times of massive global monetary malfeasance, is nevertheless dependent upon the whims of political economy. It is very plausible that gold will become a regulated asset at some point in the future. One should not place his hope upon gold.

• That the great money trap is due to diabolical international bankers and evil people in pin-striped suits. There definitely are conspiracies underway, big and small … and some may even involve us as individuals. The Bible confirms that mankind schemes and plots. “Woe to those who plan iniquity, to those who plot evil on their beds! At morning’s light they carry it out because it is in their power to do it” (Micah 2:1). We are all humans born as sinners who need prayer and redemption. Do not be distracted with all the hyper-shrill conspiracy theories being promoted today. We must remember that the Bible says that “all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave” (Revelation 13:16), including all these supposed conspirators, will be caught by the money trap. The elites get caught, too.

All or some of the above may be possible deductions, but they are not specifically mentioned in the Bible. As such, they are speculations. Yet, in some circles these viewpoints are held as though they were supported by Scripture itself.

Thoughts to Ponder

Consider that many observers lament that the Global Financial Crisis did not cause more financial reform, certainly so in the U.S. They point to the fact that the very financial institutions that needed to be bailed out or helped in America (over 700 of them at the time) are now more concentrated and bigger than ever before. The financial institutions that were thought “Too Big to Fail” (TBF) back in 2008-9 are now much bigger and therefore potentially even more dangerous.

Moreover, many of the reforms (i.e. such as the Dodd-Frank bill currently proposed) that were thought necessary, have been effectively defanged by the henchman lobbyist troops of these financial institutions. Many executives that should have been charged for their criminal activities have been left to count their money. The net of it is that the U.S. financial system is as bought-off and compromised as ever. The same is true to lesser or greater degrees in other nations.

Suffice it to be said, that for all the above-mentioned reasons, and the steps that are still needed to facilitate the fulfillment of Revelation 13:7, at least one or more major global financial crises—necessarily, a much bigger doozie than the GFC—must yet be expected.

We conclude and aver that many financial signs of the endtimes can be seen today. Moreover, we identify many of these trends as being prophetically significant. Without these occurring first, specific future prophecies such as Revelation 13:7 could not be fulfilled.

One or more bigger global financial crises yet lie ahead. When will this (these) occur? According to our understanding of Scripture, the final one of these crises will occur in the second half of the Tribulation. Could that be the very next one? Maranatha. The Lord come.

“How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. In the shelter of your presence you hide them from all human intrigues; you keep them safe in your dwelling from accusing tongues” (Psalm 31:19-20).

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Saturday, 22 March 2014 20:16

No One Buy Nor Sell: How Close Are We?–PartI

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We have written frequently on the topic of the Endtime Money Trap. A book was published by Midnight Call on this topic in 2001, entitled The Endtime Money Snare: How to live free (now out of print). It documented the steadily accelerating trends toward financial controls, global financial interconnectedness and the financialization (money captivity) of an ever greater part of human activity. These trends indeed have continued to accelerate and remain a topic of interest on many levels.

A number of verses in the Bible point to the emergence of a potential “money trap.” Most specific is the following prophetic text: “[…] that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17 KJV).

We note a number of new developments over recent years that hasten the facilitation of just such an event as described. However, before pointing to these, it is worthwhile to firstly reflect on the implications of just such a prophecy. What does it imply, “that no man might buy or sell”? It clearly means that NOBODY … ANYWHERE … will be able buy or sell … ANYTHING … unless they subordinate themselves to the “Beast and its image.” The question to which we want to direct our attention then is this: What systemic controls and/or developments are yet required to be in place so that NO ONE on earth can either buy or sell without permission?

Essentially, for Revelation 13:17 to be fulfilled (grossly simplified), at least four things have to happen:

1.    A globally integrated and closed financial system must exist. Necessary and common technologies must be in place. That means that not even a little bank in Tupelo, Mississippi or the Island of Tuvalu will be able to facilitate any type of transaction (whether buying food or selling a house) outside of this closed system.

2.    A system of central banking must be endorsed everywhere and which is centrally coordinated. This must result in a commonly-shared monetary philosophy around the world, which, most importantly, achieves a strong influence over market and human behavior. In other words, the entire world must agree to play by the same rules and values, thereby obeying and following the actions of monetary officials (the modern money equivalent to suzerains).

3.    The legal statutes and regulatory institutions that oversee the financial activities of individual countries must be superseded by a centralized worldwide authority in order for unified actions to be enforced.

4.    Finally, a unified global “political economy” must exist (either taking the form of a very small group of powerful countries or a single autocrat) that is powerful enough to enforce and authorize such controls upon the entire world at a given time.

How Advanced Is the Trap?

How far along is the world with the four steps mentioned? Steps #1 and #2 are well advanced. For all intents and purposes, we could say that they are already in place. Only the final two remain to be completed. In our view, global initiatives in this direction have already progressed quite rapidly.

However, further development in this direction is difficult. Why? Because individual countries must first give up a measure of sovereignty for this to occur. They will do so only very reluctantly. If this is the case, then how can these last steps ever fall in place? After all, they must occur in order to facilitate the prophecy of Revelation 13:17.

As technocrats and political strategists well know, there is nothing as effective as crises and fear to unify political consensus or to compel change. Quoting Milton Friedman (well-known monetarist economist): “Only a crisis, real or perceived, produces real change.” A more diabolical quote comes from the Nazi political theologian, Carl Schmitt: “Sovereign is he who decides the state of emergency.”

In desperate times, thinking they have no choice, people will strike bad deals … ceding freedoms and becoming subject to hostage. An example of this tendency is shown in the Old Testament Genesis account of the 7 year famine during the time of Joseph. In its later stages, people became so desperate they said: “[…] buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh.”

crisis2A major crisis occurred only recently—the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). It was most significant, as it was a globally-interconnected and fiercely contagious financial crisis that elicited the greatest globally-coordinated response of all time. (Actually, we would argue the GFC is not yet over.) Almost instantly, the attention of the entire world was captured, triggering a global wave of fear and trepidation. The specter of collapsing stock markets, banks and other financial institutions, met a hurried and panicked response.

The sheer financial immobilization of the crisis provided license regulators and policymakers with the power to enforce measures that might otherwise have been considered illegal or have encountered stiff resistance. Such is the effectiveness of crisis. It can galvanize responsive action. Invariably, the changes born of such crisis tend toward centralization, greater controls and, crucially, massive wealth transfers. A measure of all of these has played out in recent years.

The Advancing Money Trap

Let us return to our original objective. Just what significant new developments over recent years serve to hasten the facilitation of Revelation 13:17? We have documented many of these in the past. Here we will mention three new ones.

Firstly, in 2008, in response to the GFC, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) was formed by the G20 countries. It was established to coordinate internationally the work of national financial authorities and international standard setting bodies, and to develop and promote the implementation of effective regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies.

As such, it brings together national authorities responsible for financial stability in significant international financial centers, international financial institutions, regulators and supervisors, and committees of central bank experts. As can be concluded from this description, it is yet one more transnational organization that is seeking to promote an internationally-connected and regulated financial system.

Most interesting is that the FSB has determined that some financial institutions around the globe are systemically important banks (G-SIB). It has identified 28 such G-SIBs, these being the biggest, most internationally-connected banks. What are the implications of this initiative? To our thinking, while these banks will be carefully monitored at the international level, they therefore will likely also be favored and protected during future financial crisis. With this protected status, it would not be surprising were the entire world banking system eventually centralized into a few institutions. That will greatly facilitate the ability to completely control all financial flows.

Further efforts to harmonize banks around the globe include the activities of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), based in Basel, Switzerland. Its purpose is to foster international cooperation and to act as a super-bank for all the individual-country central banks. Sixty of these central banks are members of this organization today, its board of directors including members from China to Canada. Senior central bankers from around the world meet regularly (some committees meeting bi-weekly). This leads us to the second development we wish to review.

Critically, the BIS seeks to set common voluntary standards for banking institutions around the world, whether American banks or Chinese. A major continuing step in this direction is the monumental Basel III initiative. This undertaking was also expressly prompted by the financial instabilities of the GFC. Its new set of operating standards were originally foreseen to be in effect by 2015. However, implementation has now been delayed until 2018 due to ongoing negotiations.

Crucially, the BIS continues to successfully build a common and unified foundation for global financial institutions and their central banks. This serves to organize the common operating procedures and philosophies of global financial systems that are required for the complete systemic control of all financial transactions.

Finally, we will mention one other critical development in world money systems recently, this also involving central banking. Here we point out the radical and unorthodox monetary policies by central banks in recent years. By any fair standard, these new actions would be considered immoral.

Why have such actions been considered necessary? Again, in response to the economic fallout of the GFC, central banks have been desperately hopeful that their actions will be able to restore prosperity. The scale of their interventions, frankly, is already unconscionable. In fact, these extreme measures have come to be the norm. Why? Because conditions have become so imbalanced, that these policies cannot be reversed. Were they only to consider to do so (not actually exiting from these policies … just considering), financial markets would swoon.

thin air money2We would not be surprised to see even more aggressive actions in the future. Readers will likely hear more about such ideas as “money finance” or Outright Permanent Money Finance (OPMF). We do not propose to provide detailed technical descriptions here of these high-sounding techniques. Suffice it say that these ideas, which are gaining the popular support of macroeconomists, will cause massive and unjust wealth transfers and an even greater stratification of wealth than is already the case.

Literally, money would be created out of thin air and given directly to governments to spend or to fund direct tax cuts to households. This is a form of stolen money … fictitious money chasing its own tail. All of this breeds the type of instabilities and imbalances that will trigger even greater financial controls in the future.

Thoughts to Ponder

These three recent developments and trends that we have presented (of many more that we could have mentioned), in our view, should all be seen as stepping stones for the endtime money trap—the ultimate worldwide control of all buying and selling that is mentioned in Revelation 13:17. Just what types of crises must yet occur to achieve such global control?

We will deal with this question in Part II.

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Burning Alight: 12 Endtime Fuses – Part IX

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Trashing Judeo-Christian Pillars—Christians, Jews and Zionism

We continue with the final part of our series. Without a doubt, more burning fuses could have been added to the list. Our selection of 12, as we mentioned at the outset, will surely have left out some important shifts in human beliefs. Like every other generation that has sought to interpret Bible prophecy or peer into the future, it is impossible not to be biased by the current trends and conditions that we see around us.

All of the fuses mentioned, represent what can be characterized as sudden last-day changes in beliefs or new idolatries of humanity (with the possible exception of anti-Semitism). All of these changes are relatively recent in the timeline of human history. Crucially, these beliefs represent the choices of mankind—the free-will of a global humanity—that Bible prophecy foreknows. A just God could not pre-ordain these choices. But with mankind having made its evil elections, a chastening Tribulation therefore follows. It is for this reason that these “fuses” have the potential for an explosive impact upon the world.

Burning Fuse #10: Anti-Christianity

When considering opposition to Biblical Christianity, one instinctively thinks of persecution. Indeed, persecution against Christians in its various forms has been increasing in recent times. Various ministries and organizations attempt to track the incidence of such activities around the world. Generally, they report a rising number of incidents both involving governments and communities. These may be denial of rights, physical abuse or murder.

Yet, there are other types of persecution that do not lend themselves to statistical analysis. For example, the increasingly open ridicule of anything Christian in secular public discourse and media is one such manifestation. Also, while Christian persecution may take physically brutal forms in Islamic and other nations, in the West, the Christian faces more subtle forms. The demands and cares of the highly commercialized, consumption-oriented lifestyles of the industrialized nations have been toxic to the Biblical Christian faith.

However, there is a much larger “anti-Christian” phenomenon that the Bible itself prophesies. It is the great “falling away” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). By all indications, it is to be a massive desertion of the Christian faith, so big, that Christ asks rhetorically, “[…] when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). Says Paul: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).

Christ told his followers, “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:9-13).

Apostle Paul speaks of the characteristics of a “perilous time” for Christians. Eighteen of them alone are mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:2-5. “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

These 18 behavioral characteristics take place under the license of institutionalized religion. That time may already be here today.

depression2We have no trouble finding statistics and evidence documenting the emergence of each of these characteristics as accepted norms in today’s societies—many of which are still called “Christian” countries—and that are “white washed” by theologians and religious organizations. For example, dealing with just the first in the list, “people will be lovers of themselves.” There are myriad surveys that document the increase of narcissism, selfishness … etc. And indirect evidence of this trend is the high incidence of depression.

The World Health Organization has produced studies on this depression trend in recent years, calling it an epidemic. While this phenomenon will have different causes, it is also promoted by the empty values that society incessantly promotes. Self-love is deceitful. It tricks people into believing that they can imagine something better for themselves than what God has in mind for them. Yet there are many so-called Christian ministries today that proclaim that one of the greatest deficiencies of people is that they do not love themselves enough. “Self-esteem” has even been proclaimed as the “new reformation.”1

We could provide statistics that document the widespread emergence of the other 17 characteristics that are found in 2 Timothy 3:2-5; however, space doesn’t allow in this series. All of them occur under the guise and structure of godliness and apparent piety, but denying the power of Godliness. All of these are oppositional to Biblical Christianity.

Virtually all countries that were historically influenced by Christianity no longer make any pretense that their public policies are shaped by Biblical principles. European politicians still speak of their shared “cultural” ties stemming from Christianity (mostly meaning Roman Catholicism) today. Yet, there can be little doubt that Biblical Christianity has already experienced a great and rapid falling away.

Burning Fuse #11: Anti-Semitism

The Bible tells us: “I will pursue them with the sword, famine and plague and will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse and an object of horror, of scorn and reproach, among all the nations where I drive them” (Jeremiah 29:18).

As has often and repeatedly occurred down through the past two millennia and in many countries around the world, Jews have ended up being convenient but hated scapegoats. They have been killed and expelled. The “love of money” and “hatred of the Jew” have frequently proven mutually evil.

Just as the Bible and history reveals, the scorn and reproach of anti-Semitism has already existed for two millennia. Just what would qualify this trend as a “burning fuse” at this time?

While it has surely existed for quite some time, only recently has anti-Semitism resulted in a globally-coordinated persecution. The atrocities of the Nazis during the 1930s and 40s, and the general rejection of the Jew’s appeal for a homeland or safe haven during that time, may well qualify as the first “global” action involving the Jews. Not much later the United Nations did open the door to the formation of the new nation of Israel in 1948.

In recent years, incidents of anti-Semitism are again increasing. A most curious aspect is that it seems to rage with little provocation. People that know nothing about Jews and their history, perhaps never having had a personal encounter with a Jew, somehow are easily prone to horrible invective and hate speech against Jews. A survey in the Boston Review in 2009 found that 25% of non-Jewish Americans blamed Jews for the financial crisis in recent years. The internet is overrun with anti-Semitism for no apparent reason. It would almost seem that hatred of Jews is a natural disposition of mankind. Why?

Anti-Semitism has demonic dimensions. After all, Satan is and must be their adversary. For the Beast and the nations that rage against God (Acts 4:25), to disprove or invalidate the promises and prophecies of God, they must neutralize and eradicate the Jewish race. Mainly as consequence of these factors, Jews have repeatedly and unjustifiably been the scapegoats of various allegations.

Burning Fuse #12: Anti-Zionism

Israel was founded as a Jewish state in 1948. It was to be the Jewish homeland. Today Arabs living in Israel have the highest standard of living of any other Arabs in the Middle East. In view of the tensions between the two populations, this is a testimony to the progressiveness of Israel. But how long can Israel be so magnanimous? Today, approximately 20% of Israel’s population is Arab, and their population growth rate is significantly higher than that of Jewish Israelis overall.

Prophecy scholars teach that the prophecies of blessing by Balaam speak about today, specifically Numbers 23:9 (KJV): “For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.” Two last-day conditions are mentioned in this verse. One has already occurred; the other is presently coming to completion very rapidly.

Uniquely today, we already live in a time where the “foreign god” mentioned in Daniel 11:392 is on the scene—in other words, the time that the international consensus of the nations of the world is gaining power through globalism. Through such transnational organizations as the United Nations and others, all the nations of the world now have forums of policy exchange. Not only do such worldwide organizations exist, but also more recently the power of “international consensus” through these organizations has begun to increase very strongly.

While the roots of today’s 193-member United Nations may go back to 1865,3 it is only since 1945 that this “infrastructure” of world nations has been formally completed. However, to this point, the power of “international consensus” has been largely counterchecked by the might and influence of a few superpowers, first the then-waning British Empire, and more recently Russia and the United States. Now, only the United States remains in this league, though in recent years is appearing to lose influence and conviction. The result is that “the nations”—primarily through the United Nations and its various assemblies—are increasingly setting the policies for the entire world. And, clearly, “the nations” as a group hate Israel.

More Than Just Political Bias

The bias of “the nations” against Israel has already been well set. But, to this point, the actions of “the nations” against Israel have been largely only through means of slanted politics and exclusions. The hugely imbalanced record of actions and resolutions adopted by the UN against Israel are a clear indication. Though Israel is an advanced, democratic nation and has been a member of the UN since 1949, it has not yet been eligible to be a member of the Security Council of the United Nations. Currently, there are five permanent members of this steering group, with an additional 10 rotating members. All other nations in the world are eligible, including such international pariahs as Libya, Sudan and others. Israel is not. Recently, Canada has also been excluded from eligibility. Why? Its current government, led by Steven Harper, is staunchly pro-Israel.

Following the miraculous refounding of the land of Israel in 1948, the Jewish people have been in the process of returning to their land. The aliyah (homecoming) is still underway, to be fully completed after “Jacob’s trouble.” Crucially, in this regard, a significant milestone occurred in the recent decade. For the first time in over 2,600 years, more Jews (41% of all Jews) are now living in Israel than in any other nation. Prior to that point, the United States held that honor.

jewish marriage2This would be celebratory news were it not for the reasons why this has occurred. While the country of Israel is experiencing healthy natural population growth, Diaspora Jewry is declining not for reasons of aliyah alone, but more because of secularization and outmarriage (Jews marrying with people who are not Jewish). According to one study, whereas outmarriage rates were generally below 5% for the majority of Diaspora populations in 1930, today it is in excess of 45%.4 In America, fewer Jews report having two parents of Jewish origin. Less than 40% of the 18-34 year old age group, who identify themselves as Jewish, have two Jewish parents today.5 In fact, a major point of debate today is the very definition of Jewish identity.

For this and other reasons, the Jew is becoming ever less numerous in the world. While the Jewish people represented 7.5 people out of every 1000 in the world in 1938, today this figure is less than half—only 3.5 per thousand.6

Would it seem likely, that more than one-half of all Jews will remain in the Diaspora? According to Scripture, it is certain that the aliyah is not yet complete, this occurring only fully after the Tribulation. For America, would that mean that its Jews will simply assimilate and eventually wither away?

It seems doubtful. If past history is any guide to the future, it has always been true that the largest population of Jews—specifically in those countries where they reached prominence and contributed to a Golden Age—eventually were persecuted and displaced.
Hopefully, the Messiah will come first and America will never be the handmaiden to another such atrocity and therefore suffer being uprooted. Of one thing we can be sure: When the Jew leaves America, it will be the harbinger of the downfall of the USA. For, to repeat, “I will bless those who bless you,” said Lord Jehovah (Genesis 12:3).

The Coming Protocols of God

Ultimately, once the Jews repent and recognize their Messiah, they will be forgiven as well. “‘In those days, at that time,’ declares the LORD, ‘search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive the remnant I spare’” (Jeremiah 50:20).

At the end of the Tribulation, the Jews indeed will recognize their Messiah. Then will begin the Millennium, the seventh, final and greatest period where Israel would again flourish unmolested and free of international interference in its own land.

Once the tribes of Jacob are restored, says the Lord, “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 49:6). “[…] Once again he will choose Israel” (Isaiah 14:1).

Returning to Balaam’s prophecy, we yet want to comment on the second condition found in that verse (Numbers 23:9) that would apply to Israel in the endtimes—that it would be entirely alone in the world. That has not happened yet.

The United States has been Israel’s strongest supporter in the world in recent times, though its record has not been unblemished in this regard. But the fact remains: Were America not to have been in this role, our Lord would already have had to play His hand in delivering Israel. Indeed, this will yet happen in the future—when Israel is in fact left all alone and all the nations of the world come against it.

No matter the world’s possible financial or economic sanctions against Israel, “the LORD will ransom Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they. They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD—the grain, the new wine and the oil” (Jeremiah 31:11-12).

Thoughts to Ponder

We have come to the end of our series on 12 endtime burning fuses. All of them point to the rapid and wilful rejection by the world of its Creator and the Son of God.  The God of Love, who prizes genuine adoration and glorification through the free will of mankind, is denied, denigrated and disobeyed. All of these changes in beliefs represented by the 12 fuses have accelerated in recent times, some of them finding their traces as little as one to two centuries ago. They are together emblematic of the times … the very last of the last days.

As God’s plan decrees, one day there will be a Jewish, global confederacy. It will be the Millennium … and not as the result of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, or any other contrived conspiracy theory. Gentiles will then be thankful that Jews are not the evil they are often made out to be. “In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you’” (Zechariah 8:23).

God will restore the Jews for the sake of His promises to the patriarchs (Romans 11:28). This is such wonderful news for Jews and Christians alike. For if God is willing to go to such lengths to keep His promise for “David’s sake,” how much more so on behalf of Jesus Christ, His own Son.

1     Self-Esteem: The New Reformation, Robert Harold Schuller, Word 1982.
2     “He will attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god” (Daniel 11:39).
3     The formation of the International Telecommunications Union in 1865 is widely regarded as the earliest root of today’s United Nations.
4     Serigo Della Pergola, Jewish Out-Marriage: A Global Perspective, International Roundtable on Intermarriage, Brandeis University, December 18, 2003, Table 1.
5     The North American Jewish Databank, National Jewish Population Survey, 2000-2001.
6     Aron Heller, “Think tank: Jewish numbers in decline,” reporting on The Conference on the Future of the Jewish People—July 12, 2007. The Columbian. Accessed July 27, 2007:

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Burning Alight: 12 Endtime Fuses – Part VIII

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Anti-Creationism and Atheism

Readers may be surprised to realize that Anti-Creationism is a function of beliefs. Evolution is a theory. Yet, disingenuously and dishonestly, many people (including those that consider themselves scientists) speak as if it is fact. No, evolution is a theory—a desperate theory. To say that it is a scientific theory is to also disparage legitimate science.

We often hear that science and religion are incompatible. This, too, is apparently accepted as fact and is just one more “foolishness” of those that profess themselves to be wise and reject the existence of God. Such a debate is all the more ludicrous because many of the founders of modern science were Christians (Pascal, Boyle, Newton, Bernoulli, Mendel, Pasteur … the list is long). These were people that believed in the Creation account in the Bible and, moreover, possessed a Biblical worldview. To them, their discoveries and inventions did not invalidate either the Bible or the existence of God. Many of them took a deep interest in theology.

Then, how has science come to argue with God and reject Him?

Firstly, let’s define what we mean by science. It covers a wide arena of inquiry. Some of it is more of an observational type. It studies natural processes or things and documents them as they are. Other science is applied science. It builds on that which is observed and may find other applications for the natural laws that it discovers. Then, some of science concerns itself with explaining the “whys” and “wherefores” of what is observed. Here it ventures into the field of theory. A hypothesis may align with what is observed and can sometimes be successfully used to deduce other outcomes. However, a hypothesis or a theory is not the same as fact. This is the accepted foundation of the scientific process. Theory is not fact.

A very different pursuit under the name of science is the exploration of things and processes of the distant past—back to the beginnings. Here, observations cannot be made in real time. Such questions as how the universe came about and how life came to earth are the subjects of this “science.” This is an entirely different kind of science, and is one that borrows (or steals) its perception of legitimacy from the other roles and applications of science.

Science is important. The benefits to mankind of its understandings and inventions are beyond measure. That said, it must also be recognized that such science has never been able to step outside the bounds of Creation. It cannot be used to prove the non-existence of God, nor to explain anything that could be outside of Creation. This would be impossible. The tired debate that has been fought over the past two centuries, staging the Bible as if it would be in opposition to science, is misplaced. Yes, there indeed may have been misguided theologians who took positions against natural science, not realizing they were speaking from the silence of the Bible.

But, let’s return to the “science” that concerns itself with the questions of the beginnings. This is where the real folly begins. Why? Because much of the thinking and theory in this field is driven by a priori adherence to atheism or a denial of both the Bible and observed fact. For some reason, this branch of scientific inquiry feels itself above the requirement of proofs and observation to elevate its beliefs as fact. They must do so dishonestly or ignorantly. This may be due to various reasons: because they  refuse to be subordinate to God; or have been indoctrinated without proofs; or are perhaps misinterpreting the evidence.

Why Science Is Against God

Evolution cannot be proven. It defies evidence and logic. Why? Let’s only deal with the basic question of life, and leave aside the unfathomable complexities of a human comprised of billions upon billions of organized, specialized and interdependent cells. The probability that random events could have produced the complexity of a simple cell (the simplest self-sustaining and replicating life form) is so large that to believe this could have taken place would require one to partake in a most primitive form of religion.

science creationism2This writer’s undergraduate degree was in science. As a Christian, one of the most impactful topics studied was Histology (the study of the structures of a single cell). Even the most primitive of cells (this itself being a presumptuous statement, as we cannot really be sure what is a primitive cell) with few enzymes, DNA and RNA strands is so incredibly complex it is IMPOSSIBLE that it could originate from random processes.

No one, were they to dig up a Rolex watch in an archeological dig, would think that it originated through random processes. Yet, the simplest enzyme (of which a minimum of 600 different kinds are required for a basic living cell) is many, many more times as complex.

The probability of a complete operating cell being formed out of a chance encounter of atoms and molecules is zero (practically speaking). Such a randomly formed cell would also have needed the mysterious spark of life and energy. Otherwise, it could not have had the possibility of mitosis (the reproduction of a cell into two).

Despite the Facts We Will Not Believe

enzyme2It has already been known for many decades that impossible processes and probabilities are required to validate the theory of evolution. Even many secular scientists (some who would consider themselves atheists) have admitted to the impossible probabilities of one amino acid being formed by random chance (this the basic building block of all enzymes, RNA and DNA … all polypeptides).

For example, according to Fred Hoyle (a famous astronomer and controversial scientist): “[T]here are about two thousand enzymes, and the chance of obtaining them all in a random trial is only one part in 1040,000, an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup.”1

 Yet, such theories as Evolution and the Big Bang persist. Why? The same Fred Hoyle made this comment: “Once we see, however, that the probability of life originating at random is so utterly miniscule as to make it absurd, […] that one wonders why it is not widely accepted as being self-evident. The reasons are psychological rather than scientific.”2

Hoyle saw this persistence to believe in something that is impossible to be a “psychological” problem. He is on the right track, but not quite. He himself was vulnerable to the same feats of human fancy and illogic with his own theory of panspermia. He proposed that earth’s life forms found their genesis from viruses that were spread by comets.

The problem is not entirely psychological for scientists that study cosmology. It is a result of adamantly rejecting God. It is a choice and an attitude ... at best delusion or ignorance.

Using the Garb of Science to Deny God

“Despite the facts, we will not believe in God.” This attitude is not new. According to the Bible, it was there from the beginning. The Hebrews, that nation created by God Himself and who were to be a light to the world (Isaiah 42:6), were prime examples of such rebellion.

manna2“Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven” (Psalm 78:22-24, KJV).

Despite the evidence and the demonstration of wonders, they still chose not to believe. They rejected truth. “In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe” (Psalm 78:32).

This is how Jesus Christ Himself described this attitude: “Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!” (John 8:45). Why did they not believe in the Truth? “Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” (John 8:47).

There is a primordial aversion to Truth. Not wanting to believe in God, they are given over to their perversions. God has allowed them to mislead each other in their folly. Refusing to acknowledge that there is a Creator, they are forced to indulge in foolishness, dreaming up such convenient and fanciful theories as the “Big Bang.”

Large gaps and holes remain in their theories, forcing them to become ever more inventive and hilarious. Faced with archeological evidence that bears out a world history of perhaps millions of dying species, they spin a false story of evolution … of a process of new life. It is the exact opposite, as any child (that has not yet been indoctrinated to this view) would agree. It has been a history of death, not new life.

The Follies and Perversions of Anti-Creationists

As mentioned, secular theorists regarding the “beginnings” must contort their thinking. It is the intellectual equivalent to the Baalists on Mount Carmel. They resorted to cutting themselves in a frantic frenzy to prove that their gods and cosmological views are real and true. The account is found in 1 Kings 18:

Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, ‘Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.’ So they took the bull given them and prepared it. Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. ‘Baal, answer us!’ they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made. At noon Elijah began to taunt them. ‘Shout louder!’ he said. ‘Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.’ So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed (verses 25-28).

Similarly, today’s evolutionists and theorists regarding the beginning of the universe, are already far past noontime. For 100 to 120 years and more we have allowed them to continue digging for fossils, to continue developing their fanciful theories. They have yet to find any conclusive proofs for their theories. They have not found the required “missing links”; they have not shown nor proven that life can come from inanimate matter (denying the Law of Biogenesis: that life can only come from life); they continue to refuse to accept the statistical impossibility of even the most primitive cells forming from random forces, let alone even one protein or enzyme.

True science would acknowledge all of the above facts. But what is called science today does not in the matter of “beginnings.” Therefore, the study of beginnings and life, is not science but religion. It chooses a belief system that is directly in conflict with facts, the Bible and God.

Weakened Christians

Many Christians don’t have the courage to hold to Creationism. They are intimidated by the supposedly “expert” claims of modern science. They do not want to feel ostracized from the popular views of our culture. Rejecting the Creation account and various other parts of the Bible, such people really set themselves up as authorities. They show much pretension in their preferred selections of Scripture, rivaling the collective council of a long history of godly theologians, the early church councils (i.e. Council of Nicea) where the content of the Bible was debated and settled.

They choose to deny the Creation account in the Bible. By doing so, they have invalidated the entire Bible. Jesus Christ is therefore cast as a liar. The New Testament records Christ referring to the “creation” as the beginning a number of times (Matthew 25:34; Mark 10:6; John 17:24). Mark records him saying specifically, “[...] from the beginning, when God created the world, until now […]” (Mark 13:19). On none of these occasions does Jesus refute the Genesis Creation account or provide any clarifications or corrections. None were needed.

Anti-Creationism: The Answers of Evolutionism Found Wanting

Evolutionism2Evolutionism is a religious belief system that fails to satisfactorily answer the questions that hauntingly harbor in the souls of all mankind. Why do I exist? What is my purpose? What happens to “me” after I die? Is my existence meaningless? What thinking and intellectually-honest person will not admit to such thoughts?

The fact that these questions even exist, is itself a refutation of the naturalistic theories of the origin of man. Concepts as are revealed by these questions do not and cannot “evolve” from primordial slime, nor are these organically transmitted from one living organism to another.

The greatest atheistic thinkers (whether scientists or philosophers) have no answer to these “why” questions. “Why does the universe even go to the bother to exist?” questions the famous cosmological physicist, Stephen Hawking. The fact that all mankind has ingrained in them such concepts as “love” and “justice” alone proves naturalism cannot explain the inner thoughts and destinies of man. These are ideas that evolution has no need or means to develop.

Yet, our society taunts literal Bible-believers as being “primitive” should they hold the view that the Theory of Evolution is not conclusively supported by evidence.

We live in a society that arrogantly elevates its worldly and godless wisdom to a state of manifest superiority, thereby accusing all bona-fide, literal Bible-believing Christians as simpletons. In public secular life, it is the prevailing, and a priori view. Before examination … before discussion … before any reasoning, if you are associated with a Bible-believing perspective, by the popular mores of our culture and the world, you are therefore presumed to be primitive and stupid.

It can only be so out of a spirit that refuses to acknowledge the existence of a loving, yet authoritative God. God is not mocked. The wonderful work of his hands—we who are “[…] fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14); mortal man whose days are numbered upon earth … who shall return unto dust … who is dependent upon the Creator for salvation and eternity … ridicules this Great God? The only way for man to be prevented from perishing as do the animals (2 Peter 2:12) is to acknowledge God and His Son. According to Romans 1:16, it is the power of the gospel that brings salvation and therefore eternal life.

The Bible says that mankind will choose to believe a lie. “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator […]” (Romans 1:25). All of the “fuses” cited in this article series are outworkings of this prophecy. Yet, according to the Bible, it will get much, much worse. When the lawless one comes, “[…] He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11).

Thoughts to Ponder

This burning fuse worldwide is shortening rapidly. Anti-Creationism represents one of the most remarkable of the 12 “endtime fuses” that we are describing in this series. The dethronement of God as Creator … in fact, the entire invalidation of God … is a massive change in beliefs involving the choices of individuals and mankind.

originogspeiceis2In these latter days, taking place in the space of a little more than 150 years in the timeline of mankind, a sudden denial of God the Creator has erupted. (Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species.)

The Bible has always recognized that this would be the case. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1). By definition, then, a world that does not believe in God is foolish. “Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20).

To this day, the secular scientific theories of beginnings and evolution are unproven. The evidence does not stack up. As scientists discover ever more complexities of Creation, these theories become ever more contorted and imaginative. These theories have not satisfactorily explained that which is seen today. Too many impossibilities and contradictions are encountered. To this day, no scientist has proven that something can come from nothing (inventing anti-matter so that matter could exist).

The facts aren’t the deciding factor. People who don’t want to belief in Creation and a personal God will therefore deny the facts. They will hold on to the unproven and the foolish.

Will you believe that there is a God? Will you belief the facts and the Truth? Do you belief that God created you? It is wonderful to ponder on the truth that God created you and knows you to be a special individual. You are known to Him. He wants to have a relationship with us, and wishes that none of His human creations would go lost (2 Peter 3:9). He therefore sent His Son Jesus Christ, and promised that whoever would believe that He was His Son, that they would have eternal life (John 3:16).

1     F. Hoyle & C. Wickramasinghe (1981), Evolution from Space, J. M. Dent & Sons: London, p. 24
2     Ibid., pp. 141, 144, 130

Midnight Call - November 2013

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