Abortion, a highly publicized debate topic recently, affects hundreds of thousands. America’s Middle East policy, another debate topic, affects millions. Those strange questions about one candidate’s comment about another candidate’s appearance affect almost no one, but still get attention.
But a debate shaping up for Friday night about the end times will affect, in one way or another, well, everyone.
That’s when Thomas Ice of the Pre-Trib Research Center will be debating Alan Kurschner of Eschatos Ministries on the question of whether the Christian church will face the Antichrist.
The event will be at The Hope Center in Plano, Texas, at 7 p.m.
For the Christian church, the topic long as been subject to debate, and recently, there appears to have been a surge in those who believe the end times’ Antichrist will rise to power while the Christian church still remains.
Traditionally, many American Christians have believed in what is called the “Pre-Tribulation,” which holds faithful Christians will be raptured before the Great Tribulation, thus avoiding the Antichrist and the most severe persecutions of the period. Proponents of this view include Hal Lindsey and Tim LaHaye. This school of thought also received a great deal of exposure in popular culture through the “Left Behind” books and films.
Ice will be defending this position as part of his role as the executive director of the Pre-Trib Research Center. The center’s purpose, in its own words, is to “research, teach and defend the pretribulational rapture and related Bible prophecy doctrines.”
However, biblical teacher Joel Richardson, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Islamic Antichrist” and the new book “When a Jew Rules the World,” argues a seminal shift is underway.
“Over the past 20 years, numerous thoughtful believers who formerly embraced the Pre-Tribulation Rapture have left that doctrine,” he said. “However, because the majority of the publishing houses and seminaries that place any emphasis on the Rapture hold to the ‘Pre-Trib’ position, it’s been very difficult for this growing number of believers to have any voice in the public forum.”
For that reason, Richardson believes the upcoming debate is very important.
“This will finally give many of those were on the fence the opportunity to weigh the Scriptural basis for these two opposing views,” he said.
Kurschner, the host of the weekly Bible Prophecy Program podcast and the author of “Antichrist: Before the Day of the Lord,” will be representing the “Pre-Wrath” position.
This school of thought holds Christians will experience the beginning of the Tribulation. While Christians will be raptured to escape God’s wrath during what some Christians call the Day of the Lord, this interpretation means even believing Christians will experience the reign of the Antichrist.
Kurschner describes himself as someone “dedicated to teaching biblical prophecy from a futurist, premillennial, Pre-Wrath perspective” and told WND the implications of his position are crucial for Christians because Jesus Himself considered them very important.
“In His teaching, He conveyed to the disciples that it is important they should know the events surrounding His return. He spends more time discussing the warnings of understanding and heeding the events surrounding His return than He does the actual events themselves,” he said.
Kurschner believes salvation may be at stake for many Christians because during the Tribulation, they will be tested by being asked to accept the Mark of the Beast. According to the Book of Revelation, those who accept the Mark “shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.”
According to Kurschner, the Pre-Trib position tells Christians they will be spared the Tribulation and persecution. And that, he warns, is nothing less than “dangerous.”
“My opponents will say all these warnings about not taking the mark are warnings to ‘Tribulation saints,’ those who become saved during the Tribulation period after the rapture,” Kurschner told WND. “And so they’ll say, for us today, these are not warnings. And my response is, when the Antichrist does arrive and you’ve been teaching Christians you’re supposed to be raptured out of here before he came, you’re setting yourselves up to be very vulnerable to the deception of the Antichrist. And their faith is going to be very vulnerable.”
Kurschner’s position encourages Christians to prepare for persecution and even martyrdom. The prospect of facing the Antichrist is ominous, and Kurschner describes the grim nature of his teaching as an obstacle to the Pre-Wrath position ever being completely accepted by most American Christians.
“I think for many American Christians, the idea that they will have to suffer, and perhaps even suffer martyrdom in their lifetime, is just so foreign to them,” commented Kurschner. “I don’t see it becoming the most popular view out there just because of that psyche. Of course, with God all things are possible. And when the Great Tribulation does come, no one is going to be on the fence in this issue.”
Still, though Kurschner concedes the Pre-Trib position is a “juggernaut,” he agrees with Joel Richardson and believes many more Christians are moving to the Pre-Wrath position.
“There’s a point where a school of thought really spikes, and it seems like it really spiked in the last year,” said Kurschner. “Even in the last six months, I’m constantly being sent sermons and emails of people who were Pre-Trib and are moving over to a different view. I think pastors are just recently getting alarmed at this.”
Kurschner believes many Pre-Trib pastors and thinkers simply “don’t want to hear anything else” and credits Ice with being an exception in his willingness to engage. One of the most important reasons why this reluctance exists, he believes, is because Kurschner’s warning of the church encountering the Tribulation robs people of what is commonly called the “Blessed Hope.”
Kurschner says that is not true.
“Our Blessed Hope is our new life with Jesus, not the Rapture itself,” Kurschner explains. “To those that say, ‘I’m looking for a Jesus Christ, not an Antichrist,’ the problem is it’s not either-or. Part of watching for Christ is watching for that generation in which the Antichrist will arise.”
For its part, the Pre-Trib Research Center argues its position leads to three positive implications in daily life.
“The first implication of pretribulationism is that it leads to godly living in an unholy age. Next, this New Testament teaching promotes a strong emphasis upon evangelism of the lost. Finally when believers come to understand this eternal perspective, it leads to a zeal for worldwide missions.”
But Kurschner says his own position has the effect of forcing Christians to be more dedicated in their faith.
“The fundamental mistake the opposition takes is they think the Great Tribulation and The Day of the Lord’s Wrath is the same thing. And that’s something I’m really going to be pushing at in the debate, along with other issues of course,” he said.
He continued, “That’s important because when you recognize there’s a biblical distinction between those two things, you’re going to understand the church is going to suffer persecution. And this is nothing new, the church has been suffering persecution for thousands of years. If you relegate these warnings to other people, because the church is going to be raptured out of here, then you are not setting up believers to be overcomers. And the book of Revelation is about overcoming.”
Indeed, Kurschner believes the debate ultimately centers on the larger question of “what does it really mean to be a Christian?”
“The world can do nothing to us,” he says. “But God may call us to experience the events of the Tribulation. He’s certainly going to call the Last Generation to experience these events so we might just get into the proper mindset now.”
Richardson also called for Christian unity, despite specific disagreements.
“We must remember of course that this is not an issue the Christians should divide over, rather we are all called to be Bereans and examine all things,” Richardson told WND.
One of the mistakes made by those who believe the Church will experience The Tribulation is their misunderstanding of what the Tribulation is.
It is the punishment of God on Israel for its apostasy.
Leviticus says, if the people did not do what God required during the period of punishment he would multiply the punishment by seven times over.
But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: … “`If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over. …”`If you remain hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I will multiply your afflictions seven times over, as your sins deserve…”`If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me, I myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over… “`If in spite of this you still do not listen to me but continue to be hostile toward me, then in my anger I will be hostile toward you, and I myself will punish you for your sins seven times over. …Then the land will enjoy its sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the time that it lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the sabbaths you lived in it.
This prophecy clearly takes us right through the time span given in Daniel 9:24. Including the final seven years (The Tribulation). We see the initial 70 years of Babylonian captivity multiplied by 7, making the 490 prophesied by the angel.
Seventy weeks (of years = 490 years) are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
They are all against Israel. And they are all God’s judgement/punishment.
Jesus Christ paid the price of sin for His church. There is no judgement due against us. Therefore the church will not be put through the Tribulation.
by Jennifer LeClaire
If you type “is Pope Francis antichrist” into Google, you’ll get about 425,000 results in .37 seconds. By way of comparison, if you ask Google the same question about Pope Benedict you only get 137,000 and it takes a little longer—.47 seconds.
So why do so many people think—or at least ponder—that the Latin American pontiff is the Antichrist (or at least the end-time False Prophet mentioned in Revelation 19:20)? It could be for some of the same reasons his popularity is declining. His approval rating in the United States has dropped from 76 percent a year ago to 56 percent today, according to Gallup.
Indeed, even Roman Catholics are cooling off to Francis, the first-ever Jesuit pope who emerged as a darling among the evangelical community when he took over for the retiring Benedict. Some Pentecostal onlookers suggested he was Spirit-filled. And Kenneth Copeland and James Robison met privately with the pope in Rome and exchanged high-fives.
So what gives? Reuters’ Scott Malone points out: “The decline comes as Francis has changed the focus of his public remarks from that of his immediate predecessors, concentrating less on the Church’s opposition to abortion and gay marriage and spending more of his time discussing social inequity and poverty.”
Francis has been vocal about the evils of capitalism while backing off conservative views about homosexuals, asking, “Who am I to judge?” He’s even called for a New World Order more than once. Some predict he will usher in this New World Order on Sept. 25, just 10 days after the end of the Shemitah year, which has a swirl of speculation about economic collapse around it.
Meanwhile, Francis has warmed up to Islam like no other pope before him. In a historic first, Francis opened the door to Muslim prayers and Quran readings at the Vatican last year. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres joined the pontiff in the Vatican gardens for a prayer meeting.
At that time, Francis said: “It is my hope that this meeting will mark the beginning of a new journey where we seek the things that unite, so as to overcome the things that divide. Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict.” Some saw this as a precursor to the one world religion.
Protestant feathers really got ruffled when the washingtonpost.com and others falsely reported that Francis said the Quran and Holy Bible are the same:
“Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Jehovah, Allah. These are all names employed to describe an entity that is distinctly the same across the world. For centuries, blood has been needlessly shed because of the desire to segregate our faiths. This, however, should be the very concept which unites us as people, as nations, and as a world bound by faith. Together, we can bring about an unprecedented age of peace, all we need to achieve such a state is respect each others beliefs, for we are all children of God regardless of the name we choose to address him by. We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now. No longer shall we slaughter our neighbors over differences in reference to their God.”
Although it seems unlikely that the pope actually said that (I could not independently confirm it from mainstream media sources, only Internet rags that tend to publish misleading information) the fact that so many Christians took it as truth without a second blink is telling. He’s said and done enough other shocking things to make this statement believable in the ears of many believers.
Could Francis be the final pope before Christ’s return? Could he be the Antichrist? Is he the False Prophet? The chatter continues.
The Pope is not the Antichrist. He is the leader of the apostate Church (the woman who rides the Antichrist beast).
Revelation 17:7 “Then the angel said to me: “Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns.”
by LEO HOHMANN
Alexios Tsipras has been prime minister of Greece for just over a month and is already a candidate for another office, according to some Christian prophecy buffs – the office of “Antichrist.”
Tsipras has “burst onto the scene,” as one blogger describes it, at a time of great economic uncertainty in a country, Greece, that was the 10th member to join the European Union in 1981. And, of course, everyone knows that the Bible predicts the antichrist will arise from a 10-member confederation of nations, presumed by many to be the European Union, which is seen as the “revived Roman empire” described in Daniel and Revelation.
This Euro rock star has “appeared out of nowhere over the last couple of years, almost magically,” writes one prophecy blogger with sights on Tsipras.
Among the characteristics that have put the 40-year-old leader on the radar of antichrist hunters are:
1) He is a young, charismatic leader suddenly assuming power in Greece and executing actions “in his own name.” He apparently issued his own oath of office to himself. 2) He recently met with Pope Francis at the Vatican to discuss a peace deal for the Middle East. 3) He is an avowed atheist of Jewish descent. 4) He is of Greek nationality. 5) He was born on July 28, 1974, which that year fell on the Tisha B’Av or the 9th of Av on the Jewish calendar, the day on which many Jewish calamities occurred including the destruction of first and second temples and the eviction of Jews from England in the year 1290 and from Spain in 1492. 6) He is rabidly anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist.
WND contacted several prophecy experts and Bible teachers to get their take on this phenomenon.
Joel Richardson, author of the best-seller “The Islamic Antichrist” as well as “Mideast Beast” and “When a Jew Rules the World,” is as interested as anyone in the rise of the world figure the Bible calls the antichrist. He’s written two books that deal explicitly with that topic. But, he says, it can become a distraction.
He points to all the misses of the past few decades in which well-known global figures were seen as the embodiment of Satan on earth – Ayatollah Khomeini, President Clinton, Javier Solana and nearly every pope.
And who can forget the suspicions about Ronald Wilson Reagan? Didn’t he have six letters in each name? Perhaps this theory was popular among Russian Christians, while at the same time believers on this side of the Cold War had their eyes on Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. (Remember that ugly mark on his forehead?)
Today, many fixate on Prince Charles and Princes William or Harry, citing the “beastly” symbols in the royal family’s crest.
President Obama is in his final years in office, but rest assured, Richardson said, this article will be followed by dozens of comments declaring that it would be remiss for any good antichrist speculator to ignore the fact that Obama is indeed the lawless one, the Son of perdition.
But come on, Obama is so yesterday, others will argue.
There is a new kid on the block who is gaining the attention of today’s antichrist pointers. The man is the new Greek prime minister.
“The problem with the list of evidence against Tsipras is that there are only two of the signs that one could point to as a scripturally defined characteristic of the antichrist,” Richardson said.
He is, after all, quite charismatic, and such a nice looking fellow, too.
Yes, but couldn’t this be said of virtually every world leader, at least to some extent? Richardson gives that one a swing and a miss. Strike one.
What about his “anti-Semitism”?
Check, you may have something here, notes Richardson.
“Clearly, the antichrist will be a great hater of God’s covenant people. There are too many biblical passages that point to this reality to cite here,” he said.
He was born Jewish.
“The most glaring problem with the sometimes popular notion that the antichrist will be Jewish is the fact that every single type of the antichrist in the Bible was an antagonistic gentile ruler,” Richardson points out. “Whether Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Antiochus IV Epiphanies, or the various Roman caesars, none were Jewish.”
jew_rules_worldAll were gentile world leaders who engaged in the invasion and ravaging of the land and the people of Israel. It is common to hear Christians argue that the antichrist must be Jewish, for the Jews would never accept anyone other than a Jew as their Messiah. The problem with this line of thought is that nowhere does the Bible say that the antichrist will claim to be the Jewish Messiah. Instead, it says he will deceive the leaders of Israel into entering into a covenant with him (Daniel 9., Isa. 28:15). This will more than likely be some form of security agreement.”
A big whiff from our prophecy expert on this one. Strike two.
OK, so what about Tsipras’s Greek ethnicity? Surely the antichrist will be Greek, right?
This argument is rooted in the fact that Antiochus IV Epiphanies, perhaps the Bible’s greatest type of the Antichrist emerged from the broken Alexandrian Greek Empire.
“But if one considers the two chapters which focus in on Antiochus as a type of the Antichrist, Daniel chapters 8 and 11, neither chapter ever points to Antiochus’ ethnicity, but instead these chapters point to the region from which the antichrist will emerge,” Richardson notes. “The very title ‘King of the North’ which is applied to both Antiochus and the antichrist throughout Daniel 11 is a title which clearly points to the geography of the antichrist as emerging from the same general region as the ancient Seleucid dynasty.”
In modern terms, this correlates roughly to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
Further study of these chapters reveals that the Antichrist emerges out of the region of the Seleucid dynasty and begins as a leader of little account. He is called a “small horn.”
While intriguing, it looks like another strike, perhaps a foul tip into the catcher’s mitt. Oh, by the way, that’s strike three if you’re counting.
“In the end, there is absolutely nothing of any substance that would indicate that the new Greek Prime Minister is the antichrist,” Richardson concludes.
Yet, many prophecy watchers will waste countless hours over the next few years of their life obsessing over yet another false antichrist.
“How many souls will not be won as a result?” Richardson asks. “How many poor and needy will not be cared for? How many hours of prayer will be passed over? How many hours of Bible study will be neglected?
Could antichrist be coming into focus?
Carl Gallups, a Baptist pastor and author of “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” a book that strikes close to this issue, is also skeptical about the new Greek prime minister’s antichrist qualifications.
First, we must be honest with scripture, he said. There will be a generation that finally sees the “real deal” in the way of the antichrist.
The apostle John was declaring the “spirit of antichrist” already present in the first century and “even now many antichrists have come.”
It is also a fact that the Bible contains a plethora of distinguishing characteristics of, and warnings about, the antichrist. In the New Testament, Jesus himself gave specific details regarding the diabolical figure (Matthew 24) and related the topic back to the book of Daniel. While speaking prophetically about the end-times generation, Jesus told His disciples (who would eventually represent the church itself), “When you see the abomination …”
The apostle Paul gave the church more details about the antichrist (2 Thessalonians 2), and John gave the church even more particulars (Revelation 13). The book of Daniel is chock full of antichrist identification facts from chapters 7 through 11.
“So, there seems to be a biblical precedent for the people of God to cautiously engage in a process of ‘contextual biblical discernment’ concerning the times in which we live, including at least the biblical understanding of the antichrist figure that surely is to come,” Gallups said.
However, in the 2,000 years since the time of Christ, Christians have attempted to identify many characters as “the antichrist.”
Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, various popes, various U.S. presidents, and other powerful world leaders have made the list. And, it is no secret that many Christians claim to see “antichrist spirit” characteristics in any number of current world leaders. Again, their batting average has been abysmal and if these prophecy gurus were baseball players they would not even make it in the minor leagues.
“There can be little doubt that the ‘spirit of antichrist’ continues to grow stronger with the passing years and the continual degradation of the world’s attitude toward the Word of God and Jesus Christ,” Gallups said. “The advice I give to Christians who inquire upon this subject is: carefully discern the times, rightly divide the Word of truth, stay cognizant of the growing spirit of deception and deceit so that we might speak biblical truth and relevance to the decaying culture around us, and keep the main thing – the main thing. Winning souls, equipping the saints, and effectively advancing the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in hearts and lives.”
Beware of ‘Chrislam’ and similar deceptions
Mark Biltz, author of the “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” says Tsipras is not the antichrist, and this type of speculation is a waste of time.
“We need to stay focused on the Messiah, not the anti-messiah,” he said.
The Bible says the antichrist will be a master deceiver, and most of modern Christianity is vulnerable to deception because they adhere to replacement theology, he said. This is the idea that the church has replaced Israel as God’s chosen people and God is done with Israel.
Revelation says that God will have His “two witnesses” on earth in the same time frame that Satan has his antichrist and false prophet, Biltz noted.
Biltz believes more focus needs to be on understanding and dividing sound doctrine from false doctrine, rather than pointing to various personalities. If the focus is on a man, deception will be the rule. Biltz writes:
“Here we are coming upon Purim and the story of Haman and Esther. A few months ago we had the story of Hanukkah and Antiochus Epiphanes. What was the difference between Haman and Antiochus? Which one will the antichrist be more like? Historically, Haman came first and Haman wanted to kill all the Jews regardless. He was all about annihilation. Then came Antiochus. Antiochus did not want to kill all the Jews as he was all about assimilation. Hitler was a type of Haman. The antichrist will be more like Antiochus and will be more concerned with assimilation. We see this happening now with the advance of Chrislam and all the churches coming together under the banner of assimilation.”
When the antichrist does take power, those who refuse to assimilate into his system will be annihilated.
“So what will be advanced is, ‘You can keep your Jesus, just submit to me as well.’”
“Most people, given this option, will compromise because they do not know Torah principles or believe they are all done away with and we are only under grace. They will think God will understand if they submit because they are under grace and after all we still ‘believe’ in Jesus.”
In Daniel, it says he will look to change the “times and seasons.”
“Many don’t understand this is talking about God’s appointed times and festivals such as Passover,” Biltz said. “Because the church is on the wrong calendar they have done just that. As a matter of fact, next year Easter is a month before Passover! How do you celebrate the Resurrection a month before Christ even died?! Only if you changed the times and seasons! Believers need to wake up and get on God’s calendar, or they may think they figured out who the antichrist is but are completely deceived.”
The Alexios Tsipras debate is a perfect example of what has come to be known as “newspaper eschatology”.
The book of Revelation states in its precise Greek language, that the Antichrist will be a ‘king’. Not a ‘Prime Minister’. Not merely some other form of leader. “A king“.
Revelation 17:9-11 – “This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.”
Richardson notes. “The very title ‘King of the North’ which is applied to both Antiochus and the antichrist throughout Daniel 11 is a title which clearly points to the geography of the antichrist as emerging from the same general region as the ancient Seleucid dynasty.”
In modern terms, this correlates roughly to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
Richardson notes wrongly!
Daniel 11 doesn’t point to the Antichrist being the ‘King of the North’. He assumes this because he wrongly assumes the king of Assyria to always be Assyrian.
“And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat, And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
That king of Assyria was Darius, king of the Persian empire that ruled over Assyria at the time. He wasn’t Assyrian. Neither were the kings of the Babylonian empire that were kings of Assyria before the Persians, or the Greeks and Romans who ruled over Assyria after them.
Antiochus IV Epiphanes was of Greek ancestry, born in the region north of Israel that was then a part of the Greek Seleucid empire. He was a hostage in Rome, from where he came and took the throne of the Seleucid empire with the help of the king of Pergamum. Thus foreshadowing Biblical prophecy that the future Antichrist will be of Greek heritage out of the revived Roman empire. Not a Muslim from Turkey as Richardson suggests!
The Rise Of The East & The New World Order
by Tom Olago
U.S. and European elites have reportedly been calling for a centralization of economic power under the control of the International Monetary Fund, as well as a new global currency. Prison Planet.com recently published an article stating that perceived globalists such as Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger (both members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Trilateral Commission proponents) are working towards influencing the most powerful heads of state, including Obama and Putin, towards the desired outcomes stated.
To this end, Brzezinski is quoted to have expressed favor towards the gradually yielding of national sovereignty and “greater American sacrifices”. Kissinger, on the other hand is said to favor the creation of “an international political regulatory system with the same reach as that of the economic world” or “shrinking the economic units to a size manageable by existing political structures”, with his ideal outcome being “a new Bretton Woods kind of global agreement”.
Brandon Smith, in his article ‘The New World Order and the Rise of the East’ states that both Kissinger and Brzezinski refer to this harmonized global economic and political structure as the “New World Order.” According to Smith, the fact that the political leaders of Russia and the United States are clearly being directed by such men should not be taken lightly, and suggests that the rise of the East and the crippling of Western elements is actually advantageous to global bankers in the long term.
Smith cites the historic 30-year Russia/China gas deal, the exclusion by both countries of the dollar as the reserve currency in their mutual transactions, and China’s build-up of gold reserves, as some examples of Eastern governments swiftly establishing alliances decoupling from U.S. influence. Smith’s assertion is that in the bigger picture, the New World Order players have positioned the East and West for a scenario that would “cut the legs out from under the dollar completely”.
This would then pave the way for the Bank of International Settlements and the IMF to prepare the financial world for a new global monetary system, brought into existence by a second Bretton Woods conference. Smith argues: “…the debasement of the dollar and the rise of the East are NOT obstacles to this plan. Rather, they are required factors. There can be no truly global economic system without “harmonization”, the demise of the dollar’s world reserve status, and the end of sovereign economic governance”.
In support of this argument, Smith cites Paul Volcker, “the same man who was directly involved in the destruction of the first Bretton Woods agreement and the final death rattle of the gold standard”. Volcker is now reportedly promoting a new Bretton Woods-style agreement in which currencies are pegged to a controlled market system — in essence, a centralized international monetary system, in the name of overall fiscal health.
Smith in conclusion suggests that the rivalries between East and West are but smokescreens, hiding the fact that “both sides are merely puppet pieces in a grand game of global chess, and any conflict will ultimately benefit the small group of men standing over the board. They include the international financiers who have influenced the very policy fabric of each government toward a climactic crisis which they hope will finally give them the “New World Order” they have always dreamed of”.
So is this just age-old conspiracy theory or is there recent evidence that points to the active establishment of a new world order? Recent news seems to suggest that, at the very least, new world order talk is still in vogue. On May 29th, Breitbart.com reported: “both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden referred to a coming new world order with regard to the United States and its role abroad. Wednesday while giving the commencement speech at the Air Force Academy, Biden told the cadets: I believe we, and particularly you — your class — has an incredible window of opportunity to lead and shaping a new world order for the 21st century in a way consistent with American interests and a common interest.
Similarly, on Thursday President Barack Obama made a similar pitch. In an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, Obama warned of a changing world order, stating that: “…we have a world order that is changing very rapidly and that can generate diffuse threats, all of which we have to deal with.”
Comments about the “new world order” have been bandied about by Presidents and economic leaders for years, usually in brief comments and within vague contexts. They are mostly not expounded much on, leaving details wide open to research, interpretation and speculation. The recent comments by Obama and Biden also seem to fall into this category.
Among other reportedly globalist groups, the CFR, Bilderberger and Trilateral Commission spokespersons and proponents ( such as Brzezinski and Kissinger) seem to be much clearer and elaborate: they would like to see a one world government, global currency and a unified socio-economic order. Obviously led and controlled by the globalist elite, with the rest of humanity at their mercy.
Will this “new world order” dream ever become reality? The answer is yes: the Bible does prophecy that there will in fact be two “new world orders” – the first will be engineered by Satan in his quest to get the whole world to worship him by taking a mark on their right hand or forehead, without which no man would be able to buy or sell (Revelation 13: 13-18).
After a dystopian period of great suffering and turbulence on the earth (referred to in the Bible as the Great Tribulation) presided over by Satan’s rule and God’s judgments , Jesus Christ will return to earth to destroy Satan’s reign and establish a new heaven and a new earth. This will be the ultimate “new world order”: a utopian one world government built by God and founded on righteousness, which will never end (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Any talk or action towards a new world order can currently be viewed as working towards the prophetic fulfillment of the first phase, which will be Satan’s new world order. This is being rapidly set up in a multi-faceted approach centered on biometric identification and surveillance technologies, unifying cashless financial systems, and global political re-alignments. It will be interesting to see how the pieces of the puzzle continue to rapidly fall into place in these last days, based on the ancient prophecies from God through His prophets.