Assembling the Puzzle

It has been evident for a few years that things political, and their economic consequences, are not being conducted on a logical, or even rational, basis. Mere ignorance would not continue to drive policies in such unethical and destructive directions. Evil intent, its consequences being observed, should arouse counterforces within the political arena which would use rational thought in ethical ways to show the sources of error and correct them – but this does not occur. The American republic depends on voters being well enough educated to evaluate information and act on moral principles, but education has faltered and the entertainment media mock every moral principle. It became evident in 2007 that both the culture and the government were on a course toward failure. In a species endowed with intelligence and reason, why repeat history’s worst mistakes? It brought to mind the Biblical phrase ‘a strong delusion’ from 2 Thessalonians 2:11, but I hesitate to blame God when the human motivations are obvious. Eventually a friend recommended ‘The Harbinger’ by Jonathan Cahn. (New paragraph, 12/17

    ‘The Harbinger’ got me looking at the Hebrew calendar, then Hagee’s new book ‘Four Blood Moons’ led to more searching. I found  http://www.redmoonrapture.com (useful also for the Hebrew calendar and feast schedule) and the hour-long video from Pastor Mark Biltz at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e25L8YA9KX8 which is well worth taking notes on, even if the video lighting is poor.  Then add in Tim Ballard’s ‘The Covenant’  and a larger picture of history emerges. Readers are encouraged to do their own reading to see what conclusions they draw. This is a summary of how the puzzle pieces fit together for me:
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    Hagee’s book focuses on the ‘blood moon’ tetrads that began in 1493, 1949, 1967, and 2014. These sets of lunar/solar eclipses all fall on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles of two consecutive years of the Hebrew calendar. They are the only four such occurrences since 1000 AD. These are years of considerable significance for Israel; the first he takes to mark the discovery of the Americas, where the U.S. was destined to become Israel’s defender and friend. The second marks the birth of the modern state of Israel, the restored Jewish homeland. The third, the unification of Jerusalem under Israeli control (Luke 21:24, so the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled except for the Islamic control of the Temple Mount?). The fourth must mark some major new development for Israel or the Jewish faith.
     Each tetrad spans almost a year and a half; the relevant event occurs in a short period of time in or near the tetrad. They are events that occur in a cultural context, and it is not easy to discern the buildup of forces or the relatively minor events that were the trigger events that set the major event in motion. The second and third tetrads seem to mark the completion of their event; the first seems to mark the beginning. For 2014-15, watch and wait for it – it should be very interesting.
     Hagee’s point is that events associated with  these rare astronomical events must indicate that God’s Old Testament promises to Israel are still in force, that the solar  system was designed to mark ‘signs and seasons’ and that God’s designated ‘Feasts of Israel’ were to keep Israel looking for those signs.
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    In ‘The Covenant’, Ballard’s thesis is that God’s promises to Israel were made to all twelve tribes, and that He has also been working with the ‘lost ten tribes’ who were conquered by Assyria and scattered well before the Babylonian captivity.  They had already fallen into worshiping other gods, and no longer honored the Levitical priesthood or the Jerusalem temple. The Assyrians would have dispersed them mostly toward the northwest, away from the growing Babylonian empire. They probably traveled as family or tribal groups, but with limited resources they would not be likely to retain their written language. Their agricultural skills would have helped them assimilate into other groups they found. Well after the dispersion, the prophets of Israel still spoke of them as ‘Ephraim’ and prophesied concerning them. (Ez. 37, Hosea 9, Zech. 10, Jeremiah 31). If they spread to the northwest they would have gone into Austria, Germany, France, and England. Although they had lost the original culture, they were still heirs of Jacob – the promises had been made, the prophecies remained.
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    Ballard associates them with the British believers who rejected the divine pretensions of their earthly royalty and fled as Puritans and Separatists to New England. That began a considerable migration from Europe of like-minded people, and the eventual founding of the United States and the establishment of our Constitution. The numerous miraculous occurrences during the Revolutionary War bear witness to some divine favor.
    He then contends that the inauguration of President Washington and the first Congress was the re-establishment of a covenant with God by the lost ten tribes in their new homeland. (See also The Harbinger.) The prosperity and power which followed was due to the national character which was based on obedience to the Biblical moral laws which inspired much of the Constitutional Convention’s debates.
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    The five ‘blood moon’ tetrads during the first millennium are ignored in Hagee’s book. He focuses on the present-day nation of Israel, but those earlier tetrads are quite significant for Ballard’s ten tribes.  See http://www.redmoonrapture.com for more details.
Tetrad 1, 32-33,  related to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Tetrad 2, 162-63, great persecution under Marcus Aurelius drove monotheistic believers out of Italy to the northern and western provinces where they had more liberty. Christian believers would have encountered the lost tribes there.
Tetrad 3, 795-96, Charlemagne stopped Muslim moves toward France and secured Europe’s western borders against them.
Tetrad 4, 842-43, Muslims came up Italy and sacked Rome; Italy unified to defeat them in a naval battle at Ostia and discouraged any further attacks from the south.
Tetrad 5, 860-61, Byzantine forces defeated the Muslims at Lalakaon, securing Europe’s western borders for the next 750 years – giving Europe time to discover America (the 1493 tetrad).
    The major turning points at which Europe was protected from Muslim conquest all come at or near those feast-days tetrads, but Israel had been largely depopulated after the 70 AD seige of Jerusalem by the Romans. Jerusalem was indeed trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, for a long time. They had no significance for Israel but had much importance for the ten tribes, which seems to be a confirmation of Ballard’s thesis.
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    ‘The Harbinger’ by Jonathan Cahn uses three fictional characters to explain from history, both recent and ancient, a pattern of events which is clearly still in progress. It starts in Isaiah’s comment on the fall of the northern kingdom, when the ten tribes were conquered. It is a Biblical pattern, and the parallels are remarkable.
    The current side of the story leads to these facts; the economic impact of the 9/11 attack was felt when the stock markets next opened after that day. The Dow fell by a record 684 points. That date was September 17, 2001: 29 Elul 5761 in the Hebrew calendar used by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. That was the final day of the year in the 7-year Hebrew economic cycle (see Leviticus 25) designated for the settling or remission of debts. The attack caused a recession, the government resolved that we would come back stronger, and Americans were asked to keep spending to boost the economy. To emphasize our strength we initiated wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, seeking to change ingrained cultures over a thousand years old. The cultures remain unchanged, and our national debt increased by 5 trillion dollars while a real-estate bubble built up and was marketed world-wide in the form of ‘derivatives’. Domestic unrest built up over the war expenses and caused the candidates in the 2008 elections to remain personally unexamined while the media diverted attention to other matters. That ‘year of remission’ began with the first sign of economic trouble – the failure of Northern Rock Bank in Britain. When the real estate values behind the ’derivatives’ began to decline due to non-payment of the underlying loans by unqualified buyers, the debt bubble collapsed. That came on September 29, 2008 (29 Elul 5768 in the Hebrew calendar) when the Dow dropped 777 points, 7% of its value, 7 full Hebrew years after its fall in 2001. The nation’s founding covenant with God seems to also put some aspect of our fate on God’s old Hebrew calendar.
    As Israel’s stand-in for this act of the play (per Matt. 21:43) for the purpose of Matt. 24:14, we should take note that all of what we call ‘western civilization’ is rapidly abandoning its Christian roots. Even history itself is being rewritten, and we become ever more irresponsible in our moral, ethical, and financial behavior. As Israel fell to Assyria, so can we fall. We have been warned. The Apostle Paul in Romans 11:17-23, and indeed in all of Romans 8 thru 11, describes our times well. Anyone who follows the news can see the approach of the events of Ezekiel 38-39, and Ezekiel 39:29 matches up with Romans 11:26-29. At our current rate of cultural decline, it may take divine assistance even to survive until the next ‘year of remission’, and divine mercy to actually endure it. Divine retribution is not limited to economic affairs; the whole of nature is at God’s command.
    The next ’year of remission’ begins on September 25, 2014 (Hebrew 1 Tishri 5775) and ends on September 13, 2015 (Hebrew 29 Elul 5775). A major event on that last day could not be dismissed as coincidence. That may be what it takes to get the attention of a secular world. The events related to the lunar tetrads do not seem to be as date-specific as America’s economic events were.
    Is there any indication that the 7-year Tribulation coincides with the 7-year economic cycle? It might seem fitting that it would start after an economic collapse and escalate through the next ‘year of remission’. It might also be that it would start with a ‘year of remission’ and escalate until the next one (5782), which is a ‘Jubilee year’ (divisible by 49). Leviticus 25 terms a jubilee year the year to ‘declare liberty throughout the land’. That one begins Sep. 7, 2021 and ends Sep. 25, 2022.  The book mentions that Israel’s northern kingdom only survived about 20 years after their first warning. Are we on track to repeat that too?  In that context, it may be noteworthy that the first Hebrew year of the Revolutionary War (5537, from 9/14/1776 to 10/1/1777) was also a Jubilee Year. (Dates from http://www.hebcal.com/converter – Wikipedia says there is dispute about whether Jubilee was the 49th or 50th year, but there seems a better case for  49).                                                      -
    It appears that the Maker of the universe has indeed set signs in the heavens, and that they do portend major events for His chosen people. America partakes of His blessings as a portion of His chosen people – unless we fall away from the faith and the covenants by which we have been blessed. Such a falling away is obviously far along. If we do not soon claim a Master greater than man, we will soon have a man as our master.
    The implications of this history: God desires that mankind be free to choose, and that we be taught to choose responsibly; that we recognize and avoid the evil options; that in our freedom we do not limit the freedom of others. In the Ten Commandments, the first five deal with man’s relationship with the Creator and our personal creators, our parents – the authority figures. We are to be humble. The second five deal with man’s relationship with others, in a list of ‘thou shall not’ commands which are all examples of power-seeking activities. Can it be that the two basic sins are: rejecting the Creator, and seeking godlike power over other people? The defeat of evil would then be the destruction or discrediting of the institutions of power, and the defeat of every effort to gain or hold power over others. The power-seeking personality type must either be eliminated, or given a powerful warning that inhibits seeking power over the lives of others.
    Enemies of man and God, then, are those who seek power to control the lives and choices of others; all who would use force, threats, or lies against them. Today, many governments prosper by using envy, lies, force, and ungodly laws. They subvert people by legalizing and encouraging what God forbids. They seek to replace God as the ultimate moral authority. They will not end well.
    Each of us is a participant in an ancient, continuing war for our own souls. It is a privilege to be present on the field of battle at such a time as this. We must choose our side and our actions carefully, the consequences are eternal and anyone could be taken out of the battle at any time with no chance to change sides.
    Check the two earlier posts in this blog for more background thoughts that I will not repeat here. The conclusion:
    It appears that the worldly elites are building a huge trap of debt, regulations, and government power, and when it goes off they intend to be the masters with the rest of us as slaves. (Global warming, Agenda 21, ‘quantitative easing’, Common Core, Obamacare, open borders, gun control, surveillance) But there are other pieces that they ignore lying around the trap, and God is arranging those, and there is a clock involved that they know not of. About the time they plan to set off their trap, they will find themselves caught in a bigger one and believers will be away at a wedding. Let us do all we can to make the guest list longer.

Spring 2013, after reading ‘The Harbinger’

The first English settlement to survive in America was in 1607 at Jamestown, VA. It was a commercial venture, a business proposition with the King of England. It was a communal operation, with each person sharing equally in the output, and failed because they did not share equally in the input. Success came when they divided up the land and made it clear that each would prosper according to their own efforts.

The second settlement in 1620 at Plymouth, MA started out as a communal religious community, and also failed until each family was given its own parcel of land and could keep or trade their own products. The learning process is summarized in Bradford’s journal of the settlement.

Individual responsibility and individual property rights became the norm as other colonies were set up. The exception was in areas where particularly good agricultural conditions, and large-scale demand for tobacco and cotton, led to introduction of the European and African tradition of slavery, with eventual disastrous consequences. The European traditions of class privilege and arbitrary taxation of commerce were not well received by the growing population of people who could clearly see that they had earned everything they had, and were not inclined to surrender it to people who had not earned it. At a safe distance from Europe, they began to think independently.
    After rejecting the dictatorial rule of King George III, the states still had their own conflicts. They were aware of the need for commonly accepted rules, and sent their most respected citizens to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. This group was well educated in history, religion, and recent trends in political philosophy. They considered everything that had been tried in history, selected what seemed to have worked, and devised a way to divide and balance power within a government. This was a new kind of government – no church had any position in government, the government had no power over any church, the citizens selected those who would govern and changed them periodically, and those who governed would become ordinary citizens after their term of office.
    Something this new met with objections, and these were discussed in the newspapers of the time and published as The Federalist Papers and The Anti-federalist Papers. Farmers and merchants of that time read and understood them, but lawyers of today find them difficult. After the necessary number of states ratified the new Constitution and held elections, the first meeting of the new government occurred on 4/30/1789. George Washington took the presidential oath of office in New York, and led the entire government to St. Paul’s Chapel where they consciously made a covenant with God to follow His principles. See “The Covenant” by Timothy Ballard.
    America grew to become the most prosperous and powerful nation in human history. But as with nations before it, too much success brought self-indulgence, pride, and corruption. The Constitution designed by and for “a religious and moral people” was circumvented by officeholders elected for other considerations. As the citizens fell away from religious ethical values, so did their elected representatives. Now we find ourselves in difficulty. As a nation founded in commercial enterprise, but losing the values that sustain commercial success, our punishment comes first in terms of commerce.
    Meanwhile, behind the scenes:
Some things which are too remarkable to be coincidence are pointed out in ’The Harbinger’ by Jonathan Cahn. The book uses three fictional characters who explain from history, both recent and ancient, a pattern of events which is clearly still in progress.
    The current side of the story leads to these facts; the economic impact of the 9/11 attack was felt when the stock markets next opened after that day. The Dow fell by a record 684 points. That date was September 17, 2001: 29 Elul 5761 in the Hebrew calendar used by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. That was the final day of the year in the 7-year Hebrew economic cycle (see Leviticus 25) designated for the settling or remission of debts. The attack caused a recession, the government resolved that we would come back stronger, and Americans were asked to keep spending to boost the economy. To emphasize our strength we initiated wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, seeking to change ingrained cultures over a thousand years old. The cultures remain unchanged, and our national debt increased by 5 trillion dollars while a real-estate bubble built up and was marketed world-wide in the form of ‘derivatives’. Domestic unrest built up over the war expenses and caused the candidates in the 2008 elections to remain personally unexamined while the media diverted attention to other matters. That ‘year of remission’ began with the first sign of economic trouble – the failure of Northern Rock Bank in Britain. When the real estate values behind the ’derivatives’ began to decline due to non-payment of the underlying loans by unqualified buyers, the debt bubble collapsed. That came on September 29, 2008 (29 Elul 5768 in the Hebrew calendar) when the Dow dropped 777 points, 7% of its value, 7 full Hebrew years after its fall in 2001. The nation’s founding covenant with God seems to also put some aspect of our fate on God’s old Hebrew calendar.
    The nation continues on its secular course. No revival of ethics, morality, or religious fervor is in evidence. A new real estate bubble starts as the government’s bank regulators change policy to let loans be made on the basis of unemployment compensation and/or welfare payments instead of earned income. The annual federal deficits continue at about a trillion dollars a year, and most states have large debts and/or unfunded pension liabilities. The federal government continues to ’buy’ its own debt by simply printing more money, with unavoidable inflationary results. Economic policies of regulation and taxation become ever more counterproductive, and penalize individual effort and excellence. Social policies destroy initiative and subsidize failure. Cultural relativism is promoted, but social and racial differences are emphasized. Local and state politicians evade responsibility and seek guidance and subsidies from higher levels of government, all the way to the United Nations. The media who are supposed to keep us informed actually avoid stories that put their favorite people and causes in a bad light, then fill their time with increasingly coarse and violent entertainment.
    We observe that our Marxist president feels that we have been an evil colonialist nation and should be punished by taking our standard of living down to that of Africa. The punishment involves wasting tax money on failed green-energy companies, locking up our natural resources, using regulations to cripple our productive and inventive industries, changing the rules of the financial system, weakening military forces, and basically making the citizens serve the government rather than vice versa. What may be going on behind the scenes? Perhaps God’s purpose in permitting this is to break the national pride that is based on power, end the idea that value can be created without work simply by printing money, eliminate the debt-based currencies that permit people to be easily manipulated, force us to start learning from history again, and turn us back to faith in and reliance on God’s power and His laws.
    As Israel’s stand-in for this act of the play (per Matt. 21:43) for the purpose of Matt. 24:14, we should take note that all of what we call ‘western civilization’ is rapidly abandoning its Christian roots. Even history itself is being rewritten, and we become ever more irresponsible in our moral, ethical, and financial behavior. As Israel fell to Assyria, so can we fall. We have been warned. The Apostle Paul in Romans 11:17-23, and indeed in all of Romans 8 thru 11, describes our times well. Anyone who follows the news can see the approach of the events of Ezekiel 38-39, and Ezekiel 39:29 matches up with Romans 11:26-29. At our current rate of cultural decline, it may take divine assistance even to survive until the next ‘year of remission’, and divine mercy to actually endure it. Divine retribution is not limited to economic affairs; the whole of nature is at God’s command.
    The next ’year of remission’ begins on September 25, 2014 (Hebrew 1 Tishri 5775) and ends on September 13, 2015 (Hebrew 29 Elul 5775). Both the dollar and the Euro are now weakened. The 2001 attack primarily affected America; the 2008 drop was felt in Europe also. The next economic shock may collapse the currencies and the financial structure of the whole world. The consequences would include riots, disruption of major industries, international strife, famine, and unavailability of medicines and medical care. Sounds like Revelation 6.
    Are there any implications for our coming election cycles? Continued Democrat and Progressive control would would fit in with the predicted dictator/caliphate type of world government. But opposition to Antichrist is predicted. This could indicate that some significant nation does not fall into line with a world government. Europe is too fragmented, and its Islamic minorities too unruly. It is possible that economic circumstances could lead to loss of Democrat control in 2014 or 2016, but so many senior Republican officeholders have been so lacking in principle for so many years that the party’s image is discredited. A viable third party in the near future seems unlikely. In any event, several very difficult years are now inevitable. The ability of governments to provide or control the spectrum of services now being attempted will surely be shattered. Individual and community efforts will provide the models for workable future governments; the ambitions of state and national-level government will be greatly chastened by their now-impending failures.
    Is there any indication that the 7-year Tribulation coincides with the 7-year economic cycle? It might seem fitting that it would start after an economic collapse and escalate through the next ‘year of remission’. It might also be that it would start with a ‘year of remission’ and escalate until the next one (5782), which is a ‘Jubilee year’ (divisible by 49). Leviticus 25 terms a jubilee year the year to ‘declare liberty throughout the land’. That one begins Sep. 7, 2021 and ends Sep. 25, 2022.  The book mentions that Israel’s northern kingdom only survived about 20 years after their first warning. Are we on track to repeat that too?
In that context, it may be noteworthy that the first Hebrew year of the Revolutionary War (5537, from 9/14/1776 to 10/1/1777) was also a Jubilee Year. Time grows short. Read the book and pass it on to a friend or neighbor.

Review and outlook as of late 2012 – a little history and current prospects

This blog assumes familiarity with the Judeo-Christian worldview. If you reject it and consider humans as accidents of nature, destined only to be controlled by other humans, read no farther. If you are curious about the matter, see Prageruniversity.com, explore Reasons.org, or go to TheTruthProject.org, click on ’search for a group near you’, select your state, click on ‘find a group’, and arrange to view that video series.

The Judeo-Christian view of human history is that God has purposes for mankind as a whole, and for each individual. Those purposes can be discerned by paying attention to the larger picture of history, not just treating it as a list of kings, empires, battles, and dates. This can shed light on our current situation in America and its probable outcomes. Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it, and the price goes up each time.

Looking at the last two millenia, it appears that America was called into existence as a nation to fulfill two divine purposes, given in Matthew 21:43 and Matthew 28:19-20. The first, that the kingdom of God would be taken away from Israel and given to a people who would produce the fruits of it; America was that people. The Pilgrims came to worship God and serve as stepping-stones for a future nation; they began with socialism/collectivism, sharing labor and results, failed as recorded in Bradford’s journal, and invented free enterprise within the Christian worldview. This and English common law brought all the colonies onto the same track. The omnipresence of printed Bibles as the basic educational material assured a high level of literacy and a common morality. Sectarian differences between the colonies were moderated by the efforts of traveling evangelist George Whitefield. This prepared the way for the Revolution and the Constitution. Finally people were freed to learn and invent and reap the rewards of their labor, developing their individual talents with individual responsibility. Fulfilling the first purpose involved Daniel 12, that people will travel to and fro and knowledge will increase. Thus America produced the fruits of a godly nation – the highest level of prosperity in human history, huge advances in science, engineering, and medicine, a trip from horse and buggy to the moon over the span of a century. We still had good and bad people, but the socio-economic system was dominated by the good.

The second purpose, the Great Commission ’make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe…’ now trembles on the brink of fulfillment. A very high level of prosperity is required for much effort to be put into such a humanly unnecessary task; most of human history has been a struggle to stay above the subsistence level. America developed technology, communications, and the translation techniques that enabled Campus Crusade to make the Jesus Film available in over 1100 languages, and Bibles are printed in every language used by a national government and many regional languages. Much material is available on the internet, cell phones, DVDs and VCDs. The second divine purpose is virtually fulfilled. Is there more? Where are we likely to go from here? God is patient, but He can work on more than one thing at a time. The current situation is too unstable to last for long.

A look at earlier history may be enlightening. Abraham was called out from his people for a purpose. From him, Israel was built up, and then unified as a unique culture in their exodus from Egypt. They were placed at the crossroads of the world’s major trade routes of the time, to be a witness for God to the nations, and to be the people into which God would make His physical entry on the earth as the Messiah, the deliverer from sin. After centuries of struggle, success, backsliding, and punishment, that purpose was fulfilled. But Jesus was rejected by the leaders, and the prophecies of his fate were fulfilled. Forty years later, Jerusalem was rubble and its people scattered abroad, but neither Judaism nor Christianity was ended. Entire languages and mathematical systems had to be developed before the next step toward Daniel 12 could proceed. A language was needed that could incorporate foreign words and concepts, not just conquer and destroy them. That turned out to be English. Arabic numerals and algebra had to be developed before science had the tools to adequately describe the natural world and develop an understanding of it that would lead to technology. That came from Islam and the Ottoman empire. Then the way was prepared for the discovery of the New World, distant enough that men could be freed from the monarchies and class systems of Europe. Individual freedom and individual responsibility have had an opportunity to show what they could do. But sin still is in the picture. The next divine purpose in Scripture is the defeat of evil on earth.

Having fulfilled God’s purposes for America, we are in a position similar to that of Israel after the Crucifixion; the culture is decaying, materialism is rampant. The Cloward-Piven plan for exhausting America’s financial resources has succeeded. Antonio Gramsci devised a strategy to destroy the West by attacking the moral standards provided by Christianity. Implementation began with the ‘intellectual’ porn of Playboy in the 1950’s, and soon grew into the student radicals of the 1960’s whose progeny now provide our movies, video-games, university professors, and governments. We have an impending financial collapse on a global scale. We have a religious falling-away such that foreign countries are sending missionaries to America’s ethnic communities. Student anarchists and communist unions preach revolution. Drug use and pornography are widely accepted. Our borders are unprotected from infiltration by drug cartels and Islamic terrorists, who sometimes work together. Our own government seeks to limit our access to energy supplies, driving costs up. The conversion of food into inefficient fuels is subsidized with tax dollars, at a time when the world’s food reserves are low and our harvests are threatened by drought. An economic decline will force reductions in America’s military forces, which have become mere rent-payers in dozens of nations and are involved in some wars which our leaders have no will to win, as per a 1969 Weather Underground plan.
This president was raised by dedicated Marxists. The first article of faith for Marxists is, ‘There is no God‘. People exist to be manipulated by other people, the purpose in life is to be the manipulator. The Marxist seeks to use any and all institutions of society to subject the society to his will, and eventually to eliminate all competitors for human allegiance – especially God. Dinesh D’Souza is also right about the anti-colonialist rage. He wants to lower our lifestyle to second-world levels at best.
The Marxists who have been guiding Progressivism for the last century have a competitor in Islam. So, two forces are at work, and each seeks to use the other in achieving its own goal. Obama thinks he can pay off Islam by buying their oil at inflated prices as the ’jizyah’ unbeliever tax. For this purpose, he halts as much domestic energy production as possible, driving up prices for OPEC and simultaneously weakening the economy for his anti-colonialist bias. The environmentalists’ global-warming paradigm is his tool here, even though now discredited; warming stopped 16 years ago according to latest info. But it is now in the popular psyche, thanks to Al Gore’s video and Bush’s acceptance of the green movement in accepting Arab oil rather than pushing our own drilling in ANWR. He may have been thinking ‘jizyah’ too.

Islam might accept that temporarily, but ultimately demands surrender. Obama seeks to mollify them, his first official phone call being to Turkey, followed by the Cairo speech. But ’The Project’ is in progress, using immigration and pushing Sharia law as per the European model. Government infiltration is far along, with Houma Abedin to influence Hillary and the State Department. Her mother leads the female wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, and apparently gave her special dispensation to marry Anthony Weiner, a progressive non-practicing Jew. Our State Department has been working closely with the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) in the U.N., which proposes a treaty on ‘Non-defamation of Religion’ to inhibit speech worldwide that speaks truth about Islam. They are also working on a worldwide gun control effort, so that only governments can use or trade in weapons. So much for our first and second amendments.

The OIC is working toward global dominance through the U.N., and would be happy to impose Agenda 21 on the way to sharia law, but more radical Islamist elements in the Muslim Brotherhood are in a greater hurry. We are entering a dangerous period with our financial situation. A currency collapse, possibly worldwide, could be triggered by China, which may be weighing the relative asset value of our debt vs. the power to be gained by crashing our currency and shutting down our military capabilities. Obama doesn’t like our military strength anyway, and has been trying to discredit our military and intel agencies. For his purposes, our financial strength is also expendable.

The stage is set for Revelation 6, and the cast is heavy with villains. America tells Israel to divide its land, making them even more vulnerable to attack. World grain supplies are down to a slim margin. Food shortages are causing unrest and hunger in many nations. Islam is on the march; dictators are falling, and the armies that kept their people down can now be merged into one ideological force against Israel. The war of Ezekiel 38-39 is visible on the horizon of time, and the withdrawal of our forces from the Middle East is near. It seems obvious that an attack on Israel will be accompanied by a sleeper-cell attack in America and Europe, to prevent any intervention. The electrical grid and communication facilities are likely targets; transportation and commerce would break down. If financial collapse does not humble us, that will; or if it is too late for national repentance, that may be the occasion of the Rapture. Such an attack would indeed result in the Tribulation for survivors, and many missing people would just be written off. We can easily be punished for our sins; the only way out is that of 2 Chronicles 7:14, confirmed elsewhere in Scripture and in history: …‘humble themselves and pray…I will hear from heaven and heal their land’. Revelation does seem to indicate that opposition to Antichrist continues and comes to a head at Armageddon. America might be spared the worst if we repent, but the rot is wide ands deep, entire denominations are falling away, and materialism rules in politics, education, and the media. But the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39 will focus interest on the other end-time prophecies, and begin the process of renewal.

But how does such chaos bring the defeat of evil on earth? Evil has many faces, but there seems to be one common root from which they all spring. In the Ten Commandments, the first five deal with man’s relationship with the Creator and our personal creators, our parents – the authority figures. We are to be humble. The second five deal with man’s relationship with others, in a list of‘thou shall not’ commands which are all examples of power-seeking activities. Can it be that the two basic sins are: rejecting the Creator, and seeking godlike power over other people? The defeat of evil would then be the destruction or discrediting of the institutions of power, and the defeat of every effort to gain or hold power over others. The power-seeking personality type must either be eliminated, or given a powerful warning that inhibits seeking power over the lives of others. It would be a long and unpleasant process, and it may indeed require all of Revelation’s seven years of supernatural punishment to humble the materialists that our educational systems have been so carefully designed to produce.

Several different ‘new world order’ plans are in progress; financial and political elites seek control of economic activities in the western world, Islamic fundamentalists seek a global Caliphate, labor unions seek to control national governments, China’s communist leaders plan to control Asia even as Christianity spreads through its population, Russia seeks to dominate Europe by being its fuel supplier. All these seek to gain permanent power over some target population. Some will work together against the others, and divide up the spoils. None of these plans can prevail against God’s new world order.
Those who are humble could be spared from such a purging ordeal. Perhaps a raptured audience will watch from heaven as the evil of power-seeking is burned out of human hearts. Let us work and pray that we may be part of that audience, and not actors in that seven-year tragedy. Only at its end ’the debts will all be cancelled and the slaves will be set free’ – the Lord’s return, the Jubilee year