I have been interested in the great quantity of information available on the Net concerning the end of the world and that end involving the year 2000. People everywhere are voicing the belief that the end will come from causes as far-reaching as comets, tidal waves, Y2K computer crashes, alien invasions and nuclear wars. Some say the warnings are coming from Mother Mary. The Bible Code predicts a holocaust in that year. It seems that everyone is watching and if all that faith comes together, that, alone, surely must bring the expected end.
Certainly, any of these things might happen and it is likely a large number of people will have their world end at that time, as is usual for any year but, I, personally, think the majority of citizens are looking for the wrong portents.
Surely, the end of the world is an interesting subject and since there may not be too much else to hold the attention right now, it seems that this is as good a theme as any to hold our attention. Simon & Schuster published their book called Apocalypse Wow by James Garner. Satires and jokes are told by some while others seem seriously fearful of the 2000 event.
There are serious portents that we might look at which do forecast a major event in progress. It would do us well to look at some of them. First of all, however, I should explain my guarantee. The term "the end of the world" seems to have been first coined in the Scriptures. In the Greek that statement may very precisely read, "the completion of the age." The Greek word "age" in the Bible is translated "world". Age can well be defined as a certain period of time such as a millennium. Since this millennium of time ends sometime December 31, 2000, it would be strictly accurate to say that the "world" or "age" ends on that day. This, of course, is seen from the calendar we now use to measure time. Using Biblical measurements in the form of the jubilees, the age ended in 1994. This 1994 jubilee marked the 1960th year since the end of the 70 weeks spoken of by Daniel. 1960 years measures 40 jubilees since the time of Christ. This was the end of the world or age as we knew it according to that reckoning.
Most of us, however, are concerned with our lives and property when we think of the end of the world. But this is somewhat shortsighted. The end of the age is far more meaningful than the idea you may have your existence ended, even though that truly seems quite serious to each of us personally.
Considering this "end of the world" that can happen most any time, and I venture to say it will happen to some right at the time that the chimes toll for the end of the millennium and the beginning of the next, we may just take a look at history. When a nuclear bomb was dropped on Japan, one cannot suppose a more apocalyptic end than that. If one were to quote the Scriptures, it would define that event precisely. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.... wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" 2Peter 3: 10,12.
If I happened to be standing in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when that bomb went off, I do not suppose this prediction of doom could have been any more precise in fulfillment as it was. Some standing away in some other safe country might say, Oh, that was not the end of the world, that was only a bomb. Again, ask the Japanese who were under the bomb if it was the end of the world or not. No, you can't ask them, it was the end of the world. You cannot ask anyone who has come to the end of the world.
I can hear the echoes chorusing now how that is not really the end of the world. The religious prognosticators echo the ideas of their prophets claiming an anti-Christ must first come and then the mark of the beast must be stamped on everyone's head. And then there is the rapture...that hasn't happened yet, etc., etc. What strange creatures we are. We build these grand pictures of how we think things will work and we wait for those pictures to come to pass. And we wait, and we wait, and we wait little realizing the fulfillment of those events right under our noses, but since it did not all come to pass as we imagined, we are still waiting.
It happens this way. One day you receive a phone call that a thief is going to come to your house sometime soon. Each night you sit at the window with your gun. Sometimes you pace through the house looking for anything unlocked. You check the doors every six minutes. A good friend comes to visit you and notices your upset state. You ask him if he can take some of the things for safekeeping just in case you fall asleep. He volunteers to put the whole houseful in his storage facility. You agree. You never see your friend again or your stuff. You still sit at the window expecting a thief who never comes, but your house has been emptied. This is what has occurred and is occurring.
There are other portents of the end of the age. If men would only open their eyes instead of their wallets to discern truth and justice, they would see. Nations are made and held together by mutual trust and agreement. This has always been the case. When a nation perceives its leadership as criminal, it must fall. Americans are most culpable when it comes to national demise in view of recent events. President Clinton will be seen as one who lied with eyes wide open concerning his affairs. Strangely, the large portion of the American public does not care if he lied since his personal affairs are really his own business. What is missed is that a liar is a liar. If a president will lie to Americans with eyes wide open looking right into the camera with no shame at all, he will lie to the Russians and he will lie to the Chinese. He will lie to his wife and he will lie to his child. He will lie to God and he will lie to whomever remains. When national policies and national interests are based on lies, one can imagine the results. When our national security is sold to another nation so that someone can make a buck, we have surely brought within our gates the Trojan horse. When all of these things are seen by the population, it is only a matter of time till the horrors of the end are evident. No nation on earth has ever stood when the root is corrupted. Nations have forever stood on faith and when faith is broken, the nation is as well. Since 1991 our nation has been corrupted to a degree not heretofore seen. It surely is the end of the age--not only in terms of years, but in terms of events.
This past age has had a certain character to it which ended in 1991. With the fall of the Soviet Union and the immediate thrust of the United Nations in the Gulf War against Iraq, we have a situation that has never occurred before. Never, in a literal sense, has the entire earth been under the authority of one organization. Never! Never has the world had just one superpower which had the means to literally destroy all civilization. These are truly signs of a new thing, or a new age, the old one being passed away. President Bush, in his speech to the United Nations during the Gulf War, said that the hope was that all things could be brought into place for the New Order by the year 2000. When it is the stated purpose of those in power to bring to pass this new order by the year 2000, one can see a most interesting coalescing of events which portend the end of the age or world as is stated in Scripture. The most revealing element here is that this event is not some future hope, fear or expectation. This event is occurring in plain view of all, but since it does not seem as one has pictured it, it comes in like a thief. While men believe they are standing watch, they are taken prisoner since they are not watching for the right things. Men have expected handcuffs, but they didn't expect the one putting them on us would be smiling.
If one loves puzzles and is inclined to understanding mysteries, one very interesting one can be found in Revelation 17:7. It reads, "And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns."
Here pictured is a beast with a woman riding on it. And now we will learn its secrets. In verse 8 we can read, "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
Here is a beast that was and yet it isn't and yet it is. You can't quite see it, but it is still there. In the past we could see a nation which was an enemy. When the Soviet Union existed everyone could point to it and envision the threat. It would be easy to see. The beast these days is not so easy to comprehend. When one describes this new beast, the charge of conspiracy theory is heard. We know a beast is there, but when we describe it there is often the incredible stare. It is, yet it isn't. I have received mail which asked, "how can these things be substantiated? Where's the proof?" One cannot prove this thing since it is not there--and yet it is.
The mystery goes on. "And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And [these mountains] are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast."
The plot truly thickens here. The Greek literally says that the seven mountains are seven kings. When this prophecy was written, five had fallen. In other words, in 90 A.D., five of the heads had already passed away. There were in history five major nation states which ruled over the earth in their own time. Egypt was first, Israel was second, Babylon was third, Medo-Persia was fourth and Greece was the fifth. When this prophecy was given, all of these major world powers at that time had fallen. One existed and that power or head was Rome. The one that was still to come was Protestant America. In the span of time America was pictured as coming into power for a short space. America's power is short when it is compared to the great powers of the past. Each of these nations mentioned had strong religious cultures and each one became corrupt and idolatrous. This is why the current beast is pictured as having these seven heads. This current beast is composed of all the corrupt elements of these seven historic nations.
Now we get to modern times. The prophecy said, "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven." It does not take much imagination to see the picture. The eighth could only be the United Nations. It is, but it isn't. It is different than all the beasts before, yet, it is of the seven. The beast is described as having ten horns. Horns in the Bible refer to power. In other words, a horn would be the power in the beast's hand to carry out its purposes. It would give it strength. According to Nato the Nato Rapid Reaction Force is broken up into ten divisions. These divisions, "have no kingdom," but reign one hour with the beast. These have one mind and give their power and strength unto the beast. This may very well change forms since evil agencies are inclined that way, but ten powerful divisions are here described which are not kings but provide power to the beast for a short while.
The mystery goes on. "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." This power will persecute those of true faith. It takes very little eyesight to see how true faith and obedience is being despised and the commandments of God being ridiculed by so many these days. Abortion and homosexuality are flaunted in the face of the faithful. War is being waged against the Lamb. The Hollywood movies are of the lowest sort sometimes making Jesus Christ out to be a homosexual or anti-government fanatic. All of the gross and low moral presentations coming from that industry are purposed to attack Christ and those who follow Him. Even so--the Lamb will overcome.
There is one entity which will not overcome. That is the whore who rides on the back of the beast. "And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth."
No mystery here. When this was written there was only one city which reigned over the kings of the earth and that was Rome. In religious matters Rome has polluted the earth with her fornications. Many Christians were slaughtered in the Roman arenas, and during the Reformation millions were killed by the Rome-turned-"Christian." Rome is the source of the religious pollution and destruction of faith. Her daughters (apostate Protestants) who have lost their faith and purpose and bowed the knee to Roman thinking are even now being ravished by the beast. Professed Christians today are made a mockery. The Protocols describe this fiery desolation planned for the whore.
WE HAVE LONG PAST TAKEN CARE TO DISCREDIT THE PRIESTHOOD OF NATIONS, and thereby to ruin their mission on earth which in these days might still be a great hindrance to us. Day by day its influence on the peoples of the world is falling lower. FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE HAS BEEN DECLARED EVERYWHERE, SO THAT NOW ONLY YEARS DIVIDE US FROM THE MOMENT OF THE COMPLETE WRECKING OF THAT CHRISTIAN RELIGION: as to other religions we shall have still less difficulty in dealing with them, but it would be premature to speak of this now. We shall act clericalism and clericals into such narrow frames as to make their influence move in retrogressive proportion to its former progress.
When the time comes finally to destroy the papal court, the finger of an invisible hand will point the nations towards this court. When, however, the nations fling themselves upon it, we shall come forward in the guise of its defenders as if to save excessive bloodshed. By this diversion we shall penetrate to its very bowels and be sure we shall never come out again until we have gnawed through the entire strength of this place.
The prophets have told us there is going to be an anti-Christ. It may be noted that the Scriptures say that many anti-Christs have gone out into the world. One of these anti-Christs is pictured setting up his kingdom in Jerusalem. Since we have preconceived ideas we do not accept the obvious. In the book of Daniel the prophet states, "And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between (in the midst of) the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." Here in Jerusalem between the seas, Mediterranean, Dead Sea, Sea of Galilee, the Red Sea and on this glorious holy mountain, this particular anti-Christ is set up. It is notable that there has never been a more anti-Christian force than the Jewish one. The Jews arranged for the crucifixion of Jesus and there has never been repentance for that act. Jesus is still being crucified, yet, professed Christians all bow at the feet of this anti-Christ. Modern day evangelists gush all over themselves concerning the temple to be built in Jerusalem. They all trumpet the fulfillment of prophecy little knowing which prophecy has just been fulfilled. This anti-Christ uses as its tool the organization called the United Nations which was instrumental in setting this force on the glorious holy mountain in Jerusalem in 1948. The headquarters of the U.N. in Israel sits on the Hill of Evil Counsel where it is said that Judas arranged for the crucifixion of Christ. The prophecy in Daniel has been precisely and exactly fulfilled, but, since it does not harmonize with modern notions, it is counted as nothing. Our house has been robbed by one who says he is our friend, yet we still sit at the window with our gun waiting for the thief. Our modern religious leaders seem as stupid as cattle, yet the multitudes follow them into the abyss of darkness and religious confusion. This pleases anti-Christ and to his great delight the forces of the nations are being brought into his international scheme of things with the religions of the world all singing his praises.
"The strongest supporters of Judaism cannot deny that Judaism is anti-Christian." (Jewish World, March 15, 1924).
"We will have a world government whether you like it or not. The only question is whether that government will be achieved by conquest or consent." (James Warburg CFR, son of Jewish Banker Paul Warburg one of the architects of the Federal Reserve Bank to a senate committee February 1950. James Warburg CFR was one of FDR's appointees).
And so the mystery is revealed. So many professed Christians, though, are trapped in their superstitions and have missed the whole picture right under their noses. History has proven that at the time of Christ the Jews were clearly anti-Christ. At the time of the reformation the Jews and the Catholics both played that part. The Catholic church murdered millions of dissenters for their faith. These days the Jews, the Catholics, and Protestants all sleep in the same bed of the one who is against Christ. Oh, yes, many give Him lip service, but in their hearts they ride upon the beast of these "family of nations." They all march down the corridor of darkness with this beast who starves nations and thrusting its ten horns into the business of others such as is threatened in Kosovo.
Some have thought that the beast is the European Union or some other entity. The Scriptures plainly state, "for they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty." Rev 16:14. "Thus he said: 'As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces." Dan 7:23. So the prophet plainly states that the beast, different than the others, would break in pieces the whole earth. This is a whole earth event and not just a European one, though it strikes our fancy here to think the beast is "them over there" rather than us over here. If one has eyes to see, this new eighth power is clearly the United Nations. Again, silly Christians everywhere fall all over themselves bowing at the feet of the Pope, Israel, and the United Nations. Truly, all the world wonders after anti-Christ and few perceive their danger. Evangelists promote their corrupt kingdoms on the back of the beast but, as it is written, the beast has plans for them. The New Order will corrupt and has been corrupting these powers and will finally succeed in burning them up completely. The Protestants, who pride themselves with so much light these days, will discover too late their vain imaginations got them nothing but desolation, for they ride on the back of the same power with their corrupted mother. This has been most recently revealed in the support for the bill HR2431. Whether this bill, or one like it, is passed by the full Congress remains to be seen. What is striking is that so many professed Christians want it passed.
Certainly, the age is ending. When one considers the end of the world as the end of the age and that age has to do with the end of old things and the beginning of new, it can rightly be considered that the end has already arrived. While multitudes are trying to keep it like it was in regards to the Constitution and their guns, it is hopeless. The age is passing away. The "world" is ending. Even the calendar will shout the end of the age (millennium) as the clock brings in the new millennium. Oh, how there have been so many prognosticators who have shouted from their pulpits regarding the wonderful new world to come. The eyes of the nations will be opened for sure, but they will be opened too late.
"Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?" (Amos 5:18-20, KJV).
"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets." Rev 10:7.
The mystery is finished. I suppose one could say that that is the end of the world.
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