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New World Order Round Table

The Ten Kingdoms of the New World Government

Kingdom 1: Canada,Mexico and the United States of America
Kingdom 2: European Union – Western Europe
Kingdom 3: Japan
Kingdom 4: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel and Pacific Islands
Kingdom 5: Eastern Europe
Kingdom 6: Latin America, Central and South America
Kingdom 7: North Africa and the Middle East
Kingdom 8: Central Africa
Kingdom 9: South and Southeast Asia
Kingdom 10: Central Asia

The following information is not meant to be exhaustive but simply illustrates the level and pace at which the New World Order is currently being constructed and promoted.

Meetings promoting the NWO agenda

  • The Millennium Summit of Religious Leaders
  • United Nations Millennium Summit
  • The State of the World Forum
  • Meeting dubbed a ‘Meeting of the World’s Parliament’ because all the world’s leaders were present. It brought together political, economic and religious elements and culmination of the preceding meetings. It was hosted in Rome by the Pope.
  • Davos World Economic Forum
  • G8 meetings
  • G20 meetings
  • Bohemian Grove
  • and many more …

Components of the New World Order

  • Global Unity
  • Economic (globalization)
  • Spiritual
  • Political & Legal Enforcement (law, police state, war)

Organisations promoting the NWO agenda

  • The United Nations
  • United Nations lobbying groups
  • Vatican. Its headquarters are in Vatican City, Rome.
  • UNESCO (the most powerful agency of the United Nations). Its headquarters are in Paris, France.
  • Green Cross International
  • Lucis Trust (used to be called Lucifer Publishing Company)
  • World Goodwill (formed by Lucis Trust)
  • Various media groups
  • Governments of the world
  • Bohemian Club
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • The Bilderberg Group
  • Club of Rome
  • Royal Institute of International Affairs
  • The Trilateral Commission
  • and many more …

Organisations promoting a One World Religion

  • Vatican Pontifical Council for Religious Dialogue
  • World Council of Churches
  • Various Ecumenical Interfaith networks
  • World Evangelical Alliance
  • Alliance of Civilizations
  • The World Spirit Forum (WSF)
  • The World Wisdom Council
  • Mennonites
  • Church of Scientology
  • United Religions Initiative
  • Temple of Understanding
  • Pathways to Peace
  • Festival of Goodwill (New Age, Neo-Paganism)
  • Festival of Easter (Nominally Christian)
  • Festival of Wesak (Buddhist – celebrates the birth of the Buddha)
  • Coexist Foundation
  • and many more …

NWO Events

  • The Fifth World Spirit Forum (WSF)
  • Focus the Nation – Global Warming Solutions for America
  • The First Conference on Political Economy of International Organizations
  • The World Congress of Biosphere Reserves
  • Munich Conference on Security
  • World Economic Forum
  • Annual Single Currency Global Conference
  • Earth Day
  • Global Democracy – A Global Assessment
  • International Day of Peace Vigil
  • The Inter Parliamentary Union (oldest organisation for Parliaments of the world) IPU.
  • Planetary Goodwill Congress
  • Planetary Human Resource and Disarmament Congress
  • Planetary Environment Resource and Space Congress
  • and many more …

NWO Concepts

  • Interfaith
  • Eastern Mysticism
  • One World System
  • Government/Legal
  • Economic
  • Religious
  • Global Peace & Unity
  • World Peace
  • Interfaith declaration:  No single religion may claim to be an exclusive pathway to god.
  • Earth Charter document (pivotal document for the new world order); has to do with the environment; globalist sermon on the mount; the Magna Carta of the NWO.
  • Global Warming
  • Agreed Proselytising boundaries
  • Global Citizenship (passports)
  • World Citizens
  • Global Democracy
  • World Parliament System

Revelation 13 (King James Version)

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The Beast of Revelation 13

1And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

2And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

3And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

4And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

5And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

6And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9If any man have an ear, let him hear.

10He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17And 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.

18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

This passage describes an end-times global political system that will use its economic and military power to enforce a type of religious worship (of the Beast). Ultimately it’s all about religion but it manifests through economic and political process.

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The Coming Tsunami

About 2 years ago I had a dream. I was walking with a group of Christians. There was another group of people who I identified as not being Christians. They decided to not walk with our group so followed their own path rather than come along for the walk with us. Initially the walk started in the countryside and I did not see any buildings – just fields and open space. Suddenly I found myself and the group that was with me, in a major city. This was evidenced by the large skyscraper buildings, and people going about their daily business. We were somehow standing on a hill and looking down onto the city (although in another sense it felt as if we were at ground level). Suddenly I saw (in the distance behind the city scene) a very large and powerful wave coming towards the city. The people in the city were totally unaware that the massive wave was coming and went simply went about their business as usual. I remember thinking “ why do these people not see what’s coming?”. Suddenly the wave hit and destroyed everything in its path. I saw people being washed away (in some detail). I then realised that because of where we were standing, we were safe and that the wave would not reach us.  The credit crunch hit the world about six months later!

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Go on - Bury Your Head in the Sand

I find the combination of financial devastation and a physical wave of water very compelling. In light of current global events, and in the context of Biblical prophesies, there is little doubt that we are rapidly moving towards the end of the age.

The Normalcy Bias

What does this have to do with the coming Tsunamis of financial collapse, extreme changes in weather patterns, cosmic disturbance in the heavens, chaos on the earth which will all be signs of the end of this age? The normalcy bias refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of the government to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred that it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

Effects

The normalcy bias often results in unnecessary deaths in disaster situations. The lack of preparation for disasters often leads to inadequate shelter, supplies, and evacuation plans. Even when all these things are in place, individuals with a normalcy bias often refuse to leave their homes. Studies have shown that more than 70% of people check with others before deciding to evacuate.

The normalcy bias also causes people to drastically underestimate the effects of the disaster. Therefore, they think that everything will be all right, while information from the radio, television, or neighbors gives them reason to believe there is a risk. This creates a cognitive dissonance that they then must work to eliminate. Some manage to eliminate it by refusing to believe new warnings coming in and refusing to evacuate (maintaining the normalcy bias), while others eliminate the dissonance by escaping the danger. The possibility that some may refuse to evacuate causes significant problems in disaster planning.

Examples of this principle in action

Jewish Populations in World War I

hitlerThis is a excerpt from a book written by Barton Briggs – Wealth, War & Wisdom. He says: “By the end of 1935, 100,000 Jews had left Germany, but 450,000 still remained. Wealthy Jewish families … kept thinking and hoping that the worst was over. Many of the German Jews, brilliant, cultured, and cosmopolitan as they were, were too complacent. They had been in Germany for so long and were so well established, they simply could not believe there was going to be a crisis that would endanger the them. They were too comfortable. They believed that the Nazis’ anti-semitism  was an episodic event and that Hitler’s bark was worse than his bite.  They reacted sluggishly to the rise of Hitler, for completely understandable reasons. Events moved much faster than they could imagine.”

Just think about what was going on at this time. Jews were arrested, beaten, taxed, robbed, and jailed for no reason other than that of practising a particular religion.  As a result they were shipped off to concentration camps. Their businesses were seized. Yet most Jews still did not leave Germany because they simply did not believe that things could get as bad as they did. Quoting again from Barton Briggs’ book: “This is the most tragic example of the devastating effects of the normalcy bias the world has ever seen.”

Hurricane Katrina

hurricane katrinaThe same thing happened with Hurricane Katrina. Even though it became clear that the levee system was not going to work, tens of thousands of people stayed in their homes, directly in the line of the coming waves of water. As a result, nearly 2,000 residents perished.

In both these cases, these people never thought that these things could happen to them or in their countries. Once again, this is how the normalcy bias works. We simply refuse to see the evidence that it right in front of our face. because it is unlike anything we have experienced before. The normalcy bias kicks in and we continue to go about our lives as if nothing is unusual and out of the ordinary.

This is further evidenced by an event in the Bible. God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. He decided that he was going to destroy all living creatures on the earth, along with the earth and he told a man called Noah about his plan. He said to Noah “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die.” (Gen 6:17).

Noah had to decide whether he believed this direct warning from God and whether he would prepare himself accordingly, (in obedience to God). “So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” (Gen 6:22). Then, what God had warned Noah about, came: “For forty days the flood waters grew deeper, covering the ground and lifting the boat high above the earth. As the waters rose higher and higher above the ground, the boat floated safely on the surface. Finally the waters covered even the highest mountains on the earth, rising more than twenty-two feet above the highest peaks. All the living things on earth died – birds, domestic animals, wild animals, small animals that scurry along the ground and all the people.  … All were destroyed. The only people who survived were Noah and those with him in the boat. And the flood waters covered the earth for 150 days.” (Gen 7:17-24)

We can well imagine the response of people on the earth at this time when they saw Noah preparing for a catastrophic event that seemed very far-fetched and very unlikely to happen.  It is interesting to note that the Bible refers to the story of Noah as a lesson from history.

Matthew 24:37-43 “

37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into.”

The Bible also has more to say about complacency:

Proverbs 1:32

For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

Ezekiel 30:9

“‘On that day messengers will go out from me in ships to frighten Cush out of hercomplacency. Anguish will take hold of them on the day of Egypt’s doom, for it is sure to come.

What Does The Bible Say About The Future?

Matthew 13:39

and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

Matthew 13:40

“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of theage.

Matthew 13:49

This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous

Matthew 24:3

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Matthew 28:20

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus is Coming

jesus is coming

The Bible gives us many warnings of what will come upon the earth in future. Every person on earth has to decide whether or not to take the warnings and claims of the Bible seriously and there will always be sceptics that will reject any warnings arguments of coming danger. The good news is that God has made a way of escape from the judgement that is coming upon the earth. Furthermore, the decision we make for or against Jesus Christ will determine our eternal destiny. Jesus himself said that the only way to enter the Kingdom of God is to be born again – not of the flesh (i.e. not by way of natural childbirth) but a spiritual rebirth.

You Must Be Born Again

2 He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” 9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.

 

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Houses Near Sendai Aiport in Japan

We are grieved by the disaster that has hit Japan and it’s people. This is a massive disaster that will change the lives of many people for many years to come, if not forever. We live in an age of unpredictability. Although it is an age of technological advances, unparalleled productivity, travel and vastly accelerated learning, it is also a time of great trouble and turbulance all over the earth.

After watching recent events in Egypt, Libya and now Saudi Arabia, I was reminded of the words of Daniel in the Bible:

Daniel 12

The End Times

1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”

5 Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. 6 One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?” 7 The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, “It will be for a time, times and half a time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed.”

8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”

9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.

11 “From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days.

13 “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance.”

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Modern Day Warfare

There is no doubt that we are living in turbulent and terrible times but the Bible has even more to say about the end of this age Read more about the End of The Age

Posted by : Alan Vincent

Economics was the force that determined the course of world history—and continues to be a primary force in the drive toward fulfillment of Bible prophecy.

by Melvin Rhodes

As we transition into a new year, it’s interesting to see developments in the world that are leading toward the fulfillment of biblical end-time prophecies.

Bible students have long speculated on how the current European Union of 27 member countries will lead to the prophesied 10-member Beast power of Revelation 17.

Note verses 12 and 13: “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”

As the EU grew over the course of five decades from the original six members to 27, many thought that all 27 would form a federation of 10 regions that would ultimately comprise the Beast.

An alternative scenario now seems possible: that the EU, as presently constituted, could collapse and be replaced with a new German-led economic power with fewer member states.

Germany is booming

According to today’s GMT news program on BBC America (Dec. 17, 2010), German exports are up again as the country takes advantage of a weaker euro and increased demand worldwide for the quality engineering products Germany is famous for. As The Economist noted, “Yet the euro zone as a whole has grown at a decent rate for an ageing continent, thanks to oomph from Germany, the fastest-growing big rich economy in 2010” (“Three-Way Split,” Dec. 11, 2010, emphasis added).

But that weaker euro is part of a wider problem. There are serious financial problems throughout the 16-member euro zone (that is, the EU countries that use the euro as their national currency).

When the euro was started, there were strict rules about overspending. Member governments were not to overspend by more than 3 percent, a rule that seems to have been broken more often than kept. The result is that more profligate countries like Greece and Ireland have required bailouts accompanied by strict austerity programs and are struggling to stay in the euro zone. Other countries like Spain and Portugal are in serious trouble and may also need help.

“The euro zone’s political leaders, alas, are a fractious and underwhelming lot. An even bigger mess seems all but certain in 2011,” the same Economist article goes on to say.

Germany is key to helping the weaker members—but this is causing resentment at home, with many calling for the return of the deutsche mark, Germany’s former national currency that was the envy of other nations striving for financial stability.

There’s now speculation that some of the more economically challenged countries may switch back to their former currencies so that they can devalue and gain a trading advantage. In turn, this could lead to a more solid core of nations (10 perhaps?) that, together with Germany, would form the nucleus of an “ever closer union,” the stated intent of the 1957 Treaty of Rome. Keep watching Germany, the fastest growing economy in the world.

Protests in the United Kingdom

Looking back at European history, the metamorphosis from 27 to 10 may not be smooth. There could be violent convulsions ahead.

Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan blogged recently: “For those who have read about or vaguely remember the stolid British tribe of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, which held out in its ‘finest hour,’ last week brought a disgusting sight.

“Mobs in Parliament Square set fire to the statue of 19th century statesman Lord Palmerston and urinated on the statue of Winston Churchill. Charlie Gilmour, son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was swinging by a rope from the Cenotaph that memorializes the 700,000 British dead of the Great War.

“At night, hundreds of these anarchists peeled off to appear on Regent Street as the Rolls-Royce carrying the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, entered. The Rolls was pounded with boots, bottles, sticks, fists and paintballs, as the mob howled ‘Tory scum!’ and ‘Off with their heads!’

“A sign was pushed through an open window into Camilla’s side. So precarious was the situation, Charles’ security detail was close to drawing guns to protect the first in line to the throne.

“What was the mob protesting? Tuition increases for students who pay less for college than the parents of American students. In Parliament, the ruling coalition’s 83-vote margin, after defections, was cut by three-fourths on the vote to raise the tuition fees.

“And Europe is only at the beginning of this age of austerity.

“Across the Irish Sea, the 50,000 protesters have departed from the General Post Office where the Rising of 1916 took place. But the government’s budget to meet the demands of the European Union for a bailout of Ireland passed in the Dail [Ireland’s lower parliamentary house] by just five votes, 82-77” (www.buchanan.org, “Can Democracy Cope?”, Dec. 14, 2010).).

Although not an EU member, Russia saw violent protests the same week against immigrants. With rising unemployment and serious economic difficulties, added to which are fears of terrorism, anti-immigrant feeling is only likely to get worse across the European continent.

Democracy itself could once again be in peril, as it was in the 1930s during the Great Depression. “Though the trend hasn’t received much attention, the world is now experiencing a democracy recession,” observed an editorial in The Wall Street Journal (“The Democracy Recession,” Dec. 13, 2010). “What are the reasons?” asks the paper. “Hard economic times can lead to harder politics, and some authoritarians have exploited economic anxiety with populism to extend their political power.” While the nations of the EU have not been affected this way yet, history suggests that could quickly change.

Trends in Asia

The title of the Economist article earlier quoted, “Three-Way Split,” refers to the fact that the world economy is going off in three different directions. While Europe practices austerity, with all its serious possible ramifications to the very future of the EU and of democracy itself, the United States is overspending, and the big emerging markets, mostly in Asia, are booming. The two biggest emerging markets are China and India, two countries that seem destined to form closer economic ties.

While visiting New Delhi, “Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao…. announced $16 billion in deals between Chinese and Indian companies as Beijing tries to make its mark on the economy of its neighbor, long closely connected to the U.S. and other western countries,” wrote Tom Wright in The Wall Street Journal (“Wen Touts China-India Ties,” Dec. 16, 2010). “Mr. Wen on Wednesday made a broad bid to pull India tighter into China’s economic orbit, seeking to draw attention to the burgeoning trade ties between India and China with deals in sectors such as telecom, power and commodities, and holding out the promise of massive investments and of China opening its doors to Indian exports” (ibid.).

Mindful of China’s growing economic, political and military clout, Japan announced two days after Wen’s visit that it is building up its military to counter China’s influence in Asia. This, in turn, is causing concern throughout Asia, since people there are still mindful of Japan’s aggression against its neighbors just 70 years ago.

Of course, the primary reason for the changing face of Asia is the economic decline of the United States.

Prior to World War II, Britain was the dominant power in the region. With the end of the British Empire after World War II, the United States was able to step in and provide security for the region against the advance of communism, at the same time channeling investment into many countries that consequently boomed. Now those nations are among the fastest growing countries on earth and increasingly threaten the United States economically.

The biblical book of Revelation, which presents a number of end-time prophecies, shows that immediately prior to the second coming of the Messiah a great military superpower will exist in the Far East, a nation or group of nations powerful enough to put together a 200-million-man army. This army is set to clash with the prophesied European-centered Beast power. The two military forces will meet at the River Euphrates, the eastern border of the Roman Empire in ancient times.

You can read about this in Revelation 9. “Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden alter which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, ‘Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.’ So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them” (verses 13-16).

In order to put together a major military force of that size, a nation or group of nations would have to be a powerful economic force. This passage shows that a major economic power will exist in Asia at the same time the Beast power rises in Europe. The two will ultimately clash in the Middle East, another focus of Bible prophecy. Could the region’s oil resources be part of the reason? Could these powers both be there to guarantee their own access to dwindling oil supplies?

Serious economic problems in the United States

“Pending catastrophe is not an easy notion to entertain, much less sustain. Americans moreover have a low tolerance for doom and gloom. We are the nation of optimism, after all. We elect leaders who promise hope and change. We are the shining city on a hill. But what happens when the lights go out?” asks syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker (“U.S. Must Regroup, Fix Its Finances,” Lansing State Journal, Dec. 13, 2010).

She references an article in the Dec. 3 issue of Foreign Affairs, “where Roger Altman, former U.S. deputy treasury secretary, and Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, describe a nearly apocalyptic future—just around the bend—if we do not act yesterday.”

Continuing, Parker writes: “The instability inherent in the world’s biggest economy being the world’s biggest borrower is problematic beyond the obvious. Not only will we be limited in the extent to which we can fight necessary wars, but our financial constraints will affect homeland security, intelligence and foreign aid, according to Haass and Altman. Most important, our global clout will be increasingly diminished. Haass and Altman offer two scenarios: One, our president and Congress get their deficit-reduction act together… Or, two, global capital markets will impose a solution, which likely would be ‘ugly and punitive.'”

The first scenario was even less likely by week’s end when the president and Congress agreed to maintain the tax cuts in place since the Bush administration, continue unemployment benefits and cut the payroll tax, measures expected to raise the deficit by even more billions! Hold your breath for the second option!

On PBS’s McLaughlin Group, Dec. 12, regular contributor Pat Buchanan, quoted earlier here, observed that “this country has never been so close to a default”! A member of the bipartisan commission looking into solving the country’s debt problems, interviewed on BBC America, warned that we may only have weeks to solve the nation’s debt crisis.

This article has only looked at the economic turmoil that continues unabated around the world. But economics determines a great deal when it comes to national domestic politics, geopolitics and military power. Without economic power, military power is almost impossible. Economic trends are a reliable indicator of future political and military developments. And the economic trends we see in the world at this time clearly show that prophecies in your Bible are heading toward fulfillment.

The final sentence in the previously quoted article in The Economist sums up the new year: “A more divided world economy could make 2011 a year of damaging shocks.” WNP