HOW CLOSE ARE WE?

PROPHECY UPDATE 2002

PART 2

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            We often hear of various top 10 lists related to a variety of things. But, in regards to Biblical prophecy I am going to go over a top 5 list of things.  We are going to conclude our prophecy update 2002 by looking at: One-World Government; One-World Religion; Cashless Society; Famines, Pestilence, earthquakes etc.; and lastly wars.  We have a lot to cover so let’s just dig in and see how things are lining up according to Biblical prophecy, how close we really are.

 

1.  ONE-WORLD GOVERNMENT

            If I told you 50 years ago that one day the world will be united into a One-World Government you would have thought I was nuts! But today, it is a concept that is becoming a reality, and it is moving very fast down that path.  Interestingly enough the Bible speaks of this in the book of Daniel and Revelation. In fact, Daniel tells us that the world will be divided up into 10 kingdoms in the last days, prior to the Lord’s return.

            Way back in 1968 the Club of Rome had its beginnings with leaders from ten different countries gathering together for solutions to the worlds problems and they claimed to have the answers for peace and prosperity for the world. Then, on September 17, 1973 the Club of Rome released a report entitled “Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System.”  This document divides the world into ten political/economic regions they call “kingdoms” that seem to follow the free trade agreements that are being made.  And this sounds very much like the ten kingdoms that Daniel spoke of rising up in the last days, the revived Roman Empire!

            Listen carefully to some of these articles; they are self explanatory as you shall see.  This one is from the Prophetic Intelligence Report from March 17, 2001.  It says:

            “The Bible declares there will be a global government. That government may be forced upon the world soon.  ‘The real intelligentsia’ behind the governments of the world have been called the ‘Insiders’ or the ‘Elite.’  They are members of powerful organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Bilderbergers (BB), Club of Rome (COR), and the Trilateral Commission (TC). The Insides determined that since former President George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev popularized the term New World Order it’s become ‘too revealing’ so they changed the code word to ‘GLOBAL’.  The terms ‘Global village,’ ‘Global neighborhood,’ and ‘Global needs’ have that warm and fuzzy perspective and is more palatable to the masses. Whatever term they use the objective is the same, a One World Government.”

 

            Mikhail Gorbachev said this from an Associate Press article dated October 20, 2001:

            “‘If the fight against terrorism is reduced to force actions, the world will eventually lose . . . If it becomes part of joint efforts to build a just world order, everybody shall win, including those who today are not supporting the U. S. actions and the coalition.’ . . . Nuclear and chemical disarmament and control over the remaining stockpiles must become a top priority, he said.”

            Have any of you heard about this new tax they want us to pay?  It is called Global Taxation and it seems to be just around the corner to help fund the Global Community!  This is from WorldNetDaily.com from 2001 and it says:

            “‘It will never happen,’ was the almost universal response to our first reports of global taxation nearly a decade ago. The folks at the United Nations, however, believe that it will happen – and soon. . . The report contains 12 major recommendations, ranging from poor countries getting their economic house in order, to a global taxing organization.  We will examine only four of these recommendations:

            1.  Assure that developed countries contribute 0.7 percent of GDP (Gross    

                 Domestic Product) to development aid for developing countries, into a

                ‘common pool’ for distribution by the United Nations;  

            2.  Create a Global Economic Security Council as proposed by the Commission

                 on Global Governance;

            3.  Create an International Tax Organization;

            4.  Establish an ‘adequate international tax source,’ namely, the Tobin Tax on

                 currency exchange, and a global tax on carbon (the use of fossil fuels). . .

            The jury is still out on which way the United States will go on the issue of global economic control by the U. N.  Most Americans will never know the issue is on the table until after the decisions are made. The media is not likely to address the issue, nor is it likely to be a topic of congressional debate.”

            And lastly, once again from WorldNetDaily.com 2002 we read from an article titled Globalists in our midst:

            “A few weeks ago another globalist creation known as the International Criminal Court made its ‘official’ debut onto the world scene . . . this entity is just another tool created by multinational internationalists that will eventually be used to usurp our sovereignty. . . It gets worse.  There’s no guarantee, as Pat Buchanan pointed out a few weeks ago, that the Bush administration will even oppose this globalist outrage, foisted upon us by the signature of former President Bill Clinton.”

            Can you imagine other nations, a global community, telling us what we can do, what we can say, what we need to pay in taxes, what is right and what is wrong?  It is happening, the sovereignty of this nation is being eroded away and one day we are going to wake up and find that we are not one nation under God but part of this global community.  All these freedoms we cherish so much today, these freedoms that so many Americans have lost their lives fighting for will be gone!

            Let me give you a few quotes to show you this idea of a One-World Government is not a recent idea but has been around for awhile and it is not going to pass away, it will become a reality!

            Way back on December 15, 1922, the Council on Foreign Relations, (CFR) was endorsing a world government in its magazine Foreign Affairs. Author Philip Kerr stated: “Obviously there is going to be no peace or prosperity for mankind as long as [the earth] remains divided into 50 or 60 independent states until some kind of international system is created.”

            In 1973 we had the Humanist Manifesto II published and it said: “The next century can be and should be the humanistic century. . . We stand at the dawn of a new age. . . A secular society on a planetary scale. . . As non-theists we begin with humans not God, nature not deity. . . We deplore the division of humankind on nationalistic grounds. . . . Thus we look to the development of a system of world law and a world order based upon transnational federal government. . . The true revolution is occurring.”

            In April of 1974, former U. S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Trilateralist and CFR member Richard Gardner’s article The Hard Road to World Order is published in CFR’s Foreign Affairs where he states that: “the ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. . . but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”

            In 1975 we see Congress, 32 Senators and 92 Representatives sign A Declaration of Interdependence, written by historian Henry Steele Commager.  The Declaration states that: “we must join with others to bring forth a new world order. . . Narrow notions of national sovereignty must not be permitted to curtail that obligation.”

            In 1984 the Power to Lead is published by James McGregor Burns and he admits: “The framers of the U. S. Constitution have simply been too shrewd for us. They have outwitted us. They designed separate institutions that cannot be unified by mechanical linkages, frail bridges, tinkering. If we are to ‘turn the Founders upside down’ – we must directly confront the constitutional structure they erected.”  Isn’t that what we are seeing today, the constitution being dismantled before our eyes!  Make no mistake about it, they know exactly what they are doing!

            Time magazine, back on July 20, 1992, published The Birth of the Global nation by Strobe Talbott, a Rhodes Scholar, a roommate of Bill Clinton at Oxford University, CFR Director, and Trilateralist, wrote: “All countries are basically social arrangements. . . . . No matter how permanent or even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial and temporary. . .  Perhaps national sovereignty wasn’t such a great deal after all. . . But it has taken the events of our own wondrous and terrible century to clench the case for world government.”

            Back on July 18, 1993 CFR member and Trilateralist Henry Kissinger in the Los Angeles Times concerning NAFTA:  “What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system . . . a first step toward a new world order.”

            Folks, like it or not, we will have a One-World Government.  It is not something that is going to go away. In fact, James Warburg said way back on February 17, 1950, a member of the CFR, and before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said these words, “We shall have a world government whether or not you like it - by conquest or consent.”  In other words, you can join them or fight them but if you fight, you won’t win!

 

2.  ONE-WORLD RELIGION

            Please understand this, the One-World Religion and the One-World Government will work side-by-side together to unite the world, to join them into a global community!  This year, in the World Economic Forum, they said “. . . It has been recognized that in order to solve the world’s problems, the religious aspects must also be addressed. This year, over 40 different religious leaders will participate . . . in order to come together, we need a convergence of beliefs.  For that reason, Sen. Orrin Hatch will interact with a number of others from business, philosophy, history and writers on ‘Understanding Fundamentalism in Its Modern Context.’  Another workshop entitled, ‘The Diabolical Mind’ will concentrate on ‘What happens when Genius Mixes with Evil?’ while another will discuss ‘What is Sacred in Today’s World?” This workshop will bring together a growing number of religious leaders from many faiths such as the archbishop of Canterbury, the grand mufti of Bosnia, the chief rabbi of Israel, the archbishop of Washington, D. C., the World Council of Churches and the president of the Muslim College in the United Kingdom.  They say that in order to be one, we must think as one.”   An interesting thought, we must think like they do!

            From WorldNetDaily.com, The New Paganism from August 1, 2002 we are told: “And just what, exactly, is attempting to replace Christianity as the dominant religion in America? . . . As WND reveals in this issue of Whistleblower, the paganization of America’s churches – already well under way – is consciously intended to usher in a ‘new age’ of global government, with the United Nations as the global ‘brain’ of a new world order. . . The ultimate purpose of ‘green religion’ is to convince the people of the world to embrace world governance – which for a free nation like America represents a massive loss of national sovereignty and personal freedom – for the supposed sake of Mother Earth (‘gaia’) and the environment.  After all, it is a lot easier to administer world government if all people believe it represents their salvation, rather than tyranny. . . And guess what?  Not only has this new ‘enlightened’ worldview permeated Western schools and governments, but America’s Christian churches themselves also are rapidly being converted to this new religious paradigm.  . . ”

            From CBN News, Ushering in the One-World Religion, October 31, 2002, we read “Just this month in Geneva, hundreds of spiritual and religious leaders met at the United Nations for a peace summit. And although all the major faiths were there, including some who claim to represent Christianity, it was clear that Jesus was not invited. . . Linda Gray of ‘Dallas’ fame . . . said, ‘I was raised Catholic, I bless that base, I think if you have a strong religious base where, whatever it is, then you branch out from there, or expand on it.’. . . The summit was endorsed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan who said ‘the future of the world depends on women.’ . . .A participant named Hanna Strong said, ‘The only way we’re ever going to have peace is by people being peaceful inside, no aggression, no hatred, we have to transform these negative emotions that are creating situations for war.’ . . . Although there was much talk about peace and how women can harness their ‘feminine energies’ to bring peace to a hurting planet, there was no mention of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.  Nor could we find any evangelical Christians either speaking at or attending the world religious summit.  Rev. Brown Campbell said, ‘That’s not a purposeful intent.  This is a meeting, of course, of people of all religions. And I think what we’ve all tried to do is to call on the common deity that everyone will say. . . I mean everyone would here would say there is a God, this is not a group of Atheists, this is a group of people of faith, and for everyone there is a god-person by whatever name.’ . . . Strong said, ‘I’m very close to the Buddhists, the Taoists, the Native Americans and uh, peace to me is being one with the source.’ When asked if she was referring to God ‘the Creator,’ she said, ‘Well, I don’t necessarily call it Creator, but, it’s one name.’  Robert Maginnis, a former director of the Family Research Council, said of the summit, ‘Well, I can see the possibility that it’s the globalization of world religion.’  Maginnis says it appears the hidden agenda is to unite people under one religious umbrella so they will peacefully accept the UN’s radical political goals.  ‘I would submit that the United Nations is very anti-life, they are anti-faith, anti-family, they’re anti-national sovereignty, but they are pro one-world government,” he said. . .  But Rev. Brown Campbell said, ‘For me, that is true, I mean for me the way to God the way to peace is through Jesus Christ, that’s what I teach my children, that’s what I teach my grandchildren, and I believe that very, very strongly.  But I also believe that for others, there is a way that for them is true and precious, and I don’t deny them that reality and I respect that.’”  Do you see how dangerous this is getting, whatever your reality is, believe it, there is no absolute truth!

            And lastly, and believe me, I am not making this up, Is Our Lady Ecumenical? And it comes from Understanding the Times by Roger Oakland:  “It was called the World Day of the Sick.  On February 11, 2002, a special event took place in southern India, in the city of Vailankanny.  This city has been labeled by Pope John Paul II as the ‘Lourdes of the East.’  It is the sacred location where the Shrine of our Lady of Good Health is located.  Although the pope was unable to attend the special celebration himself, he sent a representative. On Monday, January 14, Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, was named by the pope to be his representative at the celebrations.

            In a prepared message for the World Day of the Sick, Pope John Paul II stated:

            ‘Vailankanny attracts not only Christian pilgrims but also many followers of other religions, especially Hindus, who see Our Lady of Good Health the caring and compassionate Mother of suffering humanity.’

            The fact that Our Lady of Good Health attracts followers of various religions, including Hindus, is very interesting. In his address, the pope also stated:

            ‘The various religions of humanity have always sought to answer the question of the meaning of suffering. And they need to recognize the need to show compassion and kindness towards all who are suffering.  Thus religious convictions have given rise to systems of medicine to treat and cure diseases.’

            While this statement made by the pope may be true, there is a much more important reason to explain why Hindus and other religions are attracted to Our Lady of Good Health at Vailankanny.  As the pope himself has declared, the city is the ‘Lourdes of the East.’  Signs and wonders are happening there.  People are being healed by Our Lady.  Thus it would seem the Queen of Heaven, as she is often called, when associate with signs and wonders, can be very ecumenical.

            And speaking of Our Lady and ecumenism, I am reminded of a photograph I saw the other day. It was a picture of the Dalai Lama standing in front of an image of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. As another point of interest, Fatima, is a location where it is believed the Queen of Heaven supernaturally appeared in an apparition on May 13, 1917. The city of Fatima located in Portugal, was named after the daughter of Mohammed. And speaking of Mohamed and ‘Our Lady’ an entire chapter of the Koran is devoted to ‘Mary.’

            I find this all quite interesting!  Hinduism!  Buddhism!  Islam!  Christianity!  Other religions!  And Our Lady!  Indeed she seems to be very ecumenical. The Bible warns about a counterfeit gospel and a counterfeit spirit.  We are also told to be on the alert for a counterfeit peace that proceeds a time of God’s wrath. . . ”

            One day the religions of the world will unite as one, but please understand this, it is not of God.  Jesus said in John 14:6, “. . . ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’Also, just because you believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life does not mean you are unloving or uncaring or intolerant.  You see, not speak the truth shows that you are unloving, uncaring towards people, allowing them to go to Hell while you stand by and watch them.  Yes, there are many who are giving people a false hope, as Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-16a, Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.  You will know them by their fruits.  Don’t be taken in by the wisdom of man, but stand strong in the Lord and the power of His Word, which is truth!

 

3.  CASHLESS SOCIETY

            Listen to what John said some 1900 years ago in regards to a cashless society that will take place during the tribulation period and we are moving towards today.  He said He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Revelation 13:16-17.  And now science and technology is catching up to what John spoke of, we are moving quickly towards a cashless society and ultimately the mark of the beast where you will not be able to buy or sell without it!

            How far has our technology come?  Listen to this from Weekend News Today, November 19, 2002:  “The first supercomputers to approach and even surpass the processing power of the human brain are to be built by IBM, under a L 184 million contract announced by the US Government.  ASCI Purple and Blue Gene/L will be the fastest and most powerful machines built, with a combined capacity equal to the 500 best of today’s computer’s.  ASCI Purple, which will be built first and used to simulate nuclear tests, will be able to complete 100 thousand billion calculations per second – a speed known as 100 teraflops that some scientists say is comparable to the human brain.  Blue Gene/L, which has a broader range of functions and will be used by US Department of Energy’s three main laboratories, will be more powerful still, with a maximum speed of 360 teraflops.  The computers, which will be built by 2004, will lack consciousness, intellect and capacity for thought of a brain, but will be equivalent in calculating speed and power.  They have memories of at least two petabytes – equal to a billion books.”

            We have talked about this before, but it is important and still making news, and that is Applied Digital Solutions and its subsidiary, Digital Angel.net, Inc., which has developed a chip that can be implanted under the skin and tracked by GPS or the Global Positioning Satellites. 

            Listen to this report from The Associated Press, Chip implant made for people: “A Florida technology company is poised to ask the government to market a first-ever computer ID chip that could be embedded beneath a person’s skin. . . Just a computer chip – about the size of a grain of rice – that would be difficult to remove and tough to mimic.  Other possible uses of the technology, from an added device that would allow satellite tracking of an individual’s every movement to the storage of sensitive data like medical records, are already attracting interest across the globe for tasks like foiling kidnappings or assisting paramedics.  Applied Digital Solutions’ new ‘VeriChip’ is another sign that Sept. 11 has catapulted the science of security into a realm with uncharted possibilities – and also new fears for privacy.”

            Interestingly enough, because of pressure from various groups, including Christians who see this as a precursor to the mark of the beast, this company has pulled off its web page the information that this chip can be implanted under the skin and now they talk about the primary use is for a person to carry it.  

            This is what is being said from WorldNetDaily.com from April 2, 2002 in an article titled Implantable-chip company attacks WND: “Since Sept. 11, the company has aggressively marketed a syringe-injectable biochip, the size of a grain of rice, called VeriChip.  However, Digital Angel, a more complex device – that the company says is trackable via Global Position System – is currently being promoted in its externally ‘wearable’ form only.  And while ADS freely and enthusiastically promotes the implantable VeriChip – which can be read by a scanner from a few feet away – it apparently now refuses to admit publicly that the company fully intends, as it once freely stated in its promotional materials and website, that the sophisticated Digital Angle tracking chip one day will be implanted in human beings.  And judging by the $100 billion worldwide market the company has said it envisions for Digital Angel, it is contemplating implantation in large numbers of human beings.” 

            Now listen carefully and see how far they have come in just a short period of time.  This article, U. S. Doctor Implants Identity Chip In His Own body, says: “A surgeon in New Jersey has embedded under his skin tiny computer chips that can automatically transmit personal information to a scanner, a technology that his employer hopes will someday be widely used as a way to identify people. . . The chip, developed by Applied Digital Solutions of Palm Beach, Florida, is similar to those implanted in more than a million dogs, cats and other pets in recent years to track and identify them. . . Applied Digital executives said its new product also could serve as a tamper-proof form of identification.  Authorities in the prison system have expressed interest in using the chip to better identify prisoners and parolees, officials said.  Airlines, nuclear power plants and other sensitive facilities may want to use the chips for employees, they said. Some parents may consider embedding chips in young children or elderly relatives who may not be able to say their names, addresses or telephone numbers.”

            And it is not only in the United States, WorldNetDaily.com has this article, Digital Angle lands in China, and it says: “Making good on its promise to ‘achieve a global presence,’ Digital Angel Corporation – manufacturer and marketer of high-tech, implantable devices for tracking human beings – has opened a research and development facility in Shen Zhen, a special economic zone near Hong Kong, hoping to cash in on vast markets in China and the Far East. . . The Chinese program will follow the company’s usual Phase 1 – Phase 2 approach.  Phase 1 of the partnership will be deployed in the second quarter of 2002 and focus on Digital Angel applications for the shipping industry within the targeted geography. . .

. . . Phase 2 will focus on people and medical applications of Digital Angel for the region, which comprises roughly 15 percent of China’s 1.3 billion people. . . Time will tell if the injectable chips will be used eventually to track the movements of dissidents, in order to round up friends, family members and locate secret meetings. Recent news reports have documented Christian believers using cell-phone codes to arrange secret prayer meetings, and the rural government officials committing protesters to psychiatric facilities where they are ‘treated.’”

            Other companies and nations are getting involved as this report from November 17, 2002 tells us.  The title of this report is Surgical tags plan for sex offenders: “Britain is considering a controversial scheme to implant surgically electronic tags in convicted pedophiles amid fears that the extent of the abuse of children has been massively underestimated. . . The tags can be put beneath the skin under local anesthetic and would also be able to monitor the heart rate and blood pressure of the abuser, alerting staff to the possibility that another attack was imminent.”

            And from Japan: “The Japanese government is continuing its plans to give Japan’s 126 million citizens individual identification numbers, in spite of heated objections from dozens of protest groups. The ID numbers will be used in a nationwide computer system that will allow fractured bits of information about people to be more easily accessed from any government office.”

            We are moving quickly towards a cashless society, and a society, a world that will be able to track and monitor every citizen. Beware, Big Brother is watching!  And please understand that this technology is not evil, it is not bad, in fact it could be used for good. The problem is that man is evil and he will use it for evil, and ultimately the Antichrist will use it for his evil purposes!

            Let me close this section with these two quotes:

            “‘It depends on the spirit of the market place and the demand,’ said Keith Bolton, the company’s vice president and chief technology officer, adding that use of the chip should be voluntary unless the law deems otherwise.  ‘We’re ready to begin,’ he said.” 

            “‘The computer has jumped off our desktop and it is insinuating itself into every corner of our lives,’ said Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future in California.  ‘Now it’s finding its way into our bodies. This stuff is going to happen. These guys are the start.’”

                                                - International Herald Tribune, December 2, 2002, p.1

 

4.  FAMINES, PESTILENCES, EARTHQUAKES, ETC. 

            First of all, let’s look at the increase in famine in the world, which seems to be growing at alarming rates.  This is from the BBC News, December 4, 2002 and the story is UN sounds warning on Africa famine: “Africa faces a major crisis with hunger threatening 38 million people, but there is a lack of political will to tackle it, the UN food agency has warned . . . as of December nearly 18 million people were at risk of starving in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan.  Another 16.4 million in seven southern African states, and 2.7 million in the Great Lakes region were in the same predicament.”

            And listen to this report from a few years ago: “It is a fact though, that there is massive famine that has been occurring in our world to an increasing degree the last 30 years or so. . . Today, at least half of the world will go to bed hungry each night, for at least half of the world is currently living in a malnourished condition.  10,000 people die every day from malnutrition in our world.  One half of the children of the world are so undernourished today that their physical and mental growth is retarded.  The average American dog has a higher protein diet than most of the peoples of the world. . . While we sit down for dinner tonight, 400 people will starve to death. . . ” 

            Secondly, pestilences or deadly diseases are on the rise throughout the world.  Listen to this report, AIDS pandemic threatens world stability: UN official.  The article says: “The AIDS pandemic, which now claims some 42 million victims, is one of the greatest threats to world stability, Peter Piot, the head of the United Nations agency devoted to the aliment said . . . Five million people will have become infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) this year alone at a rate of 14,000 a day, according to the latest research . . . This year, the disease caused by HIV. . . will claim 3.1 million lives, the highest annual total in the 20-year history of the disease. . . Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for more than two-thirds of HIV infections and AIDS deaths worldwide.  But the document also issues a stark warning about Eastern Europe and the Central Asian republics, where HIV infection . . . makes it the fastest-growing region in the global pandemic.  The HIV/AIDS numbers there rose by some 250,000 to 1.2 million. . . An estimated 7.2 million people in Asia and the Pacific have HIV, a million more than a year ago, and that figure could soar to more than 18 million by 2007. . . ”

            And lastly, the number of earthquakes we have seen rise exponentially over the years.  Listen to this report from a few years ago: “There have been many studies done of the exponential increase of, per the Richter scale, magnitude 6.0+ killer earthquakes upon the earth in the last 30 years.  In 1994, the US Geological Survey put out a report about the frequency of these 6.0+ killer earthquakes. They said that from 1890 to 1899, there was one magnitude 6.0 earthquake. From 1900-1910, there were 3. From 1910-1920, there were 2.  From 1920-1930, there were 2.  From 1930-1940, there were 5. From 1940-1950, there were 4.  From 1950 to 1960, there were 9.  From 1960-1970, there were 13.  From 1970-1979, there were 51.  From 1980 to 1989, there were 86. From 1990-1994, there had already been over 100 of them.  Likewise, there has been an exponential increase of all natural catastrophes upon the earth in the last 30 years.  Floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, famines, etc. have been on an exponential increase.”

            It is as Jesus said in Matthew 24:7b-8, And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.  Jesus has told us to watch for these signs prior to His coming for they will increase in intensity and frequency and we are beginning to see that today!

 

5.  WARS

            Jesus said in Matthew 24:6-7a, And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And that is exactly what we are seeing as America is on the verge of going to war against Iraq which could lead to a much bigger war if Iraq launches any nuclear or biological weapons into Israel.  Our war, right now is against the al-Qaida and other terrorist who are threatening our way of life, trying to bring us down, to cause terror in our hearts.

            Listen to this article about Bin Laden and what he has acquired.  This is from WorldNetDaily.com from December 14, 2002 and titled Bush, Blair warned of bin Laden nukes.  We read: “President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have been warned Osama bin Laden has 20 suitcase nuclear weapons obtained for cash from former KGB agents, the London Sunday Express reports. . . Williams, says bin Laden purchased 20 suitcase nuclear weapons in 1998 from former KGB agents for $30 million. The deal is reportedly one of three in the last decade in which al-Qaida purchased small nuclear weapons or weapons-grade nuclear uranium. . . A bomb placed in the center of a metropolitan area would be capable of instantly killing hundreds of thousands and exposing millions of others to lethal radiation. . .  Former Russian security Chief Alexander Lebed also testified to Congress that 40 nuclear suitcases disappeared from the Russian arsenal after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Williams quotes an anonymous federal official as saying: ‘The question isn’t whether bin Laden has nuclear weapons, it’s when he will try to use them.’  In addition to the suitcase nukes, Williams reports that al-Qaida has also obtained chemical weapons from North Korea and Iraq. . .

. . . Williams says the FBI confirmed to him that Saddam Hussein provided bin Laden with a ‘gift’ of anthrax spores.  Williams says al-Qaida also includes in its arsenal plague viruses, including ebola and salmonella, from the former Soviet Union and Iraq, samples of botulism biotoxin from the Czech Republic, and sarin from Iraq and North Korea. . .”

            In regards to our war with Iraq, listen to this report from Independent News, November 18, 2002 and titled Baghdad warns that a US strike will lead it to hit back at Israel. We read: “Tariq Aziz, Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister, gave his clearest warning yet yesterday that Baghdad would launch strikes against Israel if it was attacked by Britain and America. . . Asked what the Iraqi strategy might be if, as suspected, it is militarily weaker than it was in the 1991 Gulf War, Mr. Aziz replied that his government was ‘capable of defending our nation’.  He added: ‘We are an old nation and we could survive. But I tell you, if the US and UK wage a war against Iraq, the consequences will be very bad to them and their friends in the region.  ‘If they don’t care about their friends, then that gives you an idea about their real intentions. This is going to be devastating, not only to Iraq, but to them also. The aggressors will also suffer a great deal of losses.’”

            Keep in mind that if Israel is attacked, they will not sit back and do nothing like they did in the Gulf War. If any nuclear or biological weapons are launched at them, they will send a number of the 400 nuclear weapons at Baghdad! 

            One more side note to show you how dangerous this may be and this is from The Balance of Terror and the Red Mercury Nightmare by J. R. Nyquist.  We read: “Russia may have given red mercury fusion technology to Saddam.  According to one of my sources, Iraq possesses “s-megaton’ micro-nuclear warheads. These are softball-sized two-megaton fusion bombs triggered by an irradiated and compressed compound of mercury antimony oxide.  This device doubles the nuclear yields with a hundredfold reduction of weight.  Using heavy hydrogen instead of uranium or plutonium to fuel its explosive reaction, this hand-held nuclear weapon cannot be detected by U. S. sensors. . . Perhaps we are now in a position to understand what Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader, meant when he said last fall that America would soon be destroyed. He did not say America would be crippled, or that America would be defeated.  He said America would disappear.  When a suspect in the Danny Pearl kidnapping and murder case was being escorted by guards in Pakistan a couple of weeks ago, he reportedly shouted to the press, ‘Sell you dollars!  Soon America will be gone.’ . . . DEBKA further alleges that Vice President Richard Cheney received intelligence during his recent Middle East trip that Iraq had already transferred nuclear weapons to Al Qaeda, along with weaponized smallpox.  Cheney was supposedly told that some of these munitions may have been smuggled into the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.  Many will dismiss the claims of DEBKA, but according to Dr. Robert Morey, an Islam expert who predicted the Sept. 11 attacks, three small nuclear devices have been smuggled into the United States and are being held in reserve for future use.  Speaking with the Assist News Service (ANS), Dr. Morey said: ‘I have Middle Eastern friends throughout the U. S. who continually feed me information as to what the terrorist are up to.’”

            As you study the Scriptures you can see what the next Biblical battle is, the Arab world coming down upon Israel and drawing Russia in to assist. And we are told that God will give Israel this victory destroying this army that has come down upon them.  The players for this battle are lining up as Iran and Russia have signed a Mutual Defense Pact which basically says that should Iran go to war with Israel, Russia will assist her in this battle, just as the Scriptures say!  In Ezekiel 38:4, 15-16 we are told of Russia, I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. . . Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.  You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes. 

            May we keep a close eye on the Middle East for, like I said, that is where the next Biblical war will take place!  And, back in March of 2002, according to The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, they moved the hands on its symbolic doomsday clock to 11:53, two minutes closer to midnight!

            As I bring this to a close, maybe some of you are fearful, you are worried about what is going to happen. Let me leave you with this to think about.  Dwight Pentecost said this:

            A short time ago, I took occasion to go through the New Testament to mark each reference to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and to observe the use made of that teaching about His coming. I was struck anew with the fact that almost without exception, when the coming of Christ is mentioned in the New Testament, it is followed by an exhortation to godliness and holy living.  While the study of prophecy will give us proof of the authority of the Word of God, it will also reveal the purpose of God and the power of God, and will give us the peace and assurance of God.  We have missed the whole purpose of the study of prophecy if it does not conform us to the Lord Jesus Christ in our daily living.”

                                                                        - J. Dwight Pentecost, Prophecy for Today

 

            May we not forget that fact and remember the words of Paul, For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.  Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.  Titus 2:11-15.  Keep your eyes focused upward for our redemption draws near! Have a blessed New Year in the Lord and may you grow in His grace and knowledge!