Isn’t it amazing…
Even if you are only a casual student of Bible prophecy, then you have probably heard it stated, “It is amazing that the scriptures are silent about America.”
I once thought the same thing myself. But after decades of prayerfully studying scripture, coupled with an unbiased reexamination of America’s founding and history of interaction with other nations, I no longer believe that statement to be true. Rather, I have become fully persuaded that America is indeed mentioned in Bible prophecy; and the outcome doesn’t look good. Moreover, I want to strongly emphasize that I truly do not like this message; and for decades have challenged it in hopes of being able to disprove it so as to abandon it and just leave it behind me.
Since that didn’t happen, a sense of a godly charge gives me an overwhelming compulsion to submit the information in this book for whoever may be open enough to examine themselves whether or not America is indeed mentioned in scripture. Surely, many reading this book are undoubtedly aware of the responsibility of a watchman to alarm the people to the danger is sees approaching the city; that if the watchman doesn’t cry out an alarm to warn the people, and they perish in their sins, then their blood is upon him.
However, with so many professing watchmen nowadays, and the ever-rising flood of opposing eschatological theories, many believers have truly become numb towards any discussion of bible prophecy. Christians basically just accept whatever they were first taught; kind of like whatever was first-heard is thereafter always-believed. Or worst, they switch to whatever message they hear and like the most; and then go forever numb. Hard to believe when we are talking about worldwide chaos, the devastation of the earth’s ecological systems, i.e. plant and animal extinctions, destruction of nations, and the imminent time where all the nations will be angry with each other and drunken with curse of madness.
These are the times when men cannot endure sound doctrine. We have arrived at that prophetic time when it is virtually impossible to awaken people enough to even consider the possibility that America and its destruction may indeed be prophetically foretold in Holy Writ; let alone them prayerfully searching it out for themselves.
Sadly, it has been proven to me over and over again, that the greatest hindrance for many American professing Christians to even consider the possibility of America being in scripture is a patriotic-denial-based presupposition that it simply cannot be, because “God loves America,” and fill in the ____________. Therefore, before they even hear the matter, they reject it wholly. But
He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and a shame to him.” (Proverbs 18:13)
Just when you’re sure you figured it all out…
The Apostle Paul was without a doubt one of the greatest educated men of his time, apart from his mentor. For he had the best education concerning scripture to be had in his days, for he sat “at the feet of Gamaliel, and [was] taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers,” (Acts 22:3).
However, with all his knowledge he was still unable to know God personally. For in truth, all he had been taught had become blinding religious strongholds that controlled his life. Sure, he had an extensive scripture-based theology, but regardless, he neither knew God nor understood the truth of His word. Thus, after his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Paul had to humbly withdraw himself and spend years reexamining all he had prior held so vigilantly to be true.
Now, if that was true with Paul, then how much more should we humbly acknowledge the minuteness of our own knowledge and imperfect understanding of scripture? For if we are to be truly enlightened, it will only be by God’s Holy Spirit, and not because someone of the stature of Gamaliel has taught us. Such enlightenment always requires personal dedication, earnest prayer, and a commitment to diligence in the study of God’s word. For they that would come to God must not only “believe that He is,” but also need to understand “that He is a rewarder [only] to those who would diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6). Dear reader, there are no promises of blessings in God’s word to the halfhearted servant; for as God’s servants we are called to be fervent in prayer, fervent in spirit, fervent in love, and fervent in faith.
Again, after his conversion, it became both painfully and shamefully obvious to the Apostle Paul that nothing had proven to be a greater hindrance to his receiving the truth, or more blinding in His life, than that very “light” he once proudly believed he had gained through the teaching of another man. Such is why Paul cautioned the carnal believers in the Church of Corinth that “if any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know,” (I Corinthians 8:2).
Nevertheless, such strongholds of vain religious confidence continue to thrive in modern Christendom today. Proving more often than not, that to be captive by such theoretical strongholds only cause religious men to bunker down, throw up their shields, and arrogantly take up armaments in defense of their cherished historic positions and creeds; and that against others professing Jesus Christ as their Savoir. It seems that Berean nobility has been a long time abandoned, (Acts 17:11).
Thus, when men are awakened to their own ignorance, and realize they need to humble themselves, and truly consider that what they know may not be correct or complete, they must resurrect the noble Berean spirit upon hearing something new or different and diligently “search the scriptures daily” themselves to see “whether those things were so.”
However, I would caution the reader to remember that all seeking of truth needs to be done with a sincere intention of yielding one’s self entirely to whatever compliance may be necessary. For to gain the revelation of God’s mysteries and will, one must seek it with an attitude to both embrace and perform it by faith if they are to expect to receive anything from God. For any man that loves his church, creed, ministry, job, retirement plan, property, or family more than the Lord and His truth, his own heart will but remain to be his greatest hindrance in seeking the Lord.
James 1:5 – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith [a willingness to obey], nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
For if we are unwilling to obey the truth, then our disobedience causes us to remain in our sin; and willful sin will always create an impasse to our coming to a liberating knowledge of the truth. When that happens, then as it happened with the Hebrews who disobeyed God, we too will fall short of entering into God’s rest.
Hebrews 4:1 – Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
It is only when, as James said, “our hearts condemn us not” of loving sin or willfully hiding it in our hearts that we can possess true “confidence toward God” and have an effectual faith and full assurance that “whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight,” (I John 3:21, 22). Because obedience is nothing less than doing the “good works” which God leads His own to do for His name’s sake; because true faith “works,” and that by love and gratitude.
Galatians 5:6 – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails anything, nor does uncircumcision; but faith only, which works by love.
Colossians 1:10 – That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Hebrews 13:20 – Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
In order to enter into the “rest” that the Lord has for us, we must submit ourselves to whatever measure of truth we have; and submission requires a holy performance of the will of God for His glory alone. For even if we may not fully understand these things or the will of God, our consciences nonetheless will still have an inclination of right and wrong that works toward our honoring or dishonoring God. He is still able to order our steps so that we might receive knowledge and instruction. For even if someone may not have yet come to be a possessor of strong faith, (which comes only through prayer, routine study of God’s word, and the application thereof), they still possess a God-given “measure of faith.” By this faith, regardless how small, they can still effectually seek and please God; if they will but humbly yield themselves to be yoked together with Christ and embrace whatsoever work He has purposed for them to do.
Romans 12:3 – For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Matthew 11:29 – Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
It is only by obediently doing both what God’s word says and the Spirit of Christ within us directs for us that we can indeed learn of Christ and continue to grow in Him.
John 8:31 – Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue in My word, then are you my disciples indeed; 32 And [then] you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The “rest” of God and the freedom Jesus promised above is to His disciples; but only to those who would continue in His word. Such is why Paul, after warning the believers under the New Covenant to be careful not to “fall short,” continued with an exhortation concerning the purpose of our faith; saying, “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” of those disobedient Hebrews who failed to enter the Promise Land.
Isaiah 55:6 – Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.
Acts 17:27 – That they should seek the Lord, if happily they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from every one of us
Some by now might be growing impatient and saying to themselves, “Well, I thought this book was about America in prophecy?” To which I can only answer with, “The reason for all that I have shared is because it is critical that people understand, with absolute clarity, that God judges sin, and those nations whose wickedness exceeds the limit of His tolerance.” All through the scriptures we witness the patience of God in His delaying judgment upon the wicked, giving the people who would be saved an extended opportunity to repent and return unto God.
Furthermore, those who continue to live in sin do so because they have a bad condition of the heart; it’s hardened towards God and His right as their Creator to both rule over the individual and the affairs of men as a nation. Those who are in such a condition, having a hardened heart, will never hear or see the truth of God so as to truly be set free and to escape the wrath to come.
Matthew 13:14 – And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
2 Corinthians 5:11 – Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…
Checking our answers…
Now, I would like to stress to the reader that just because I am writing about America in prophecy, does not mean that I am some anti-America religious radical. It is simply that I have come to be fully persuaded that the holy and righteous God of the Bible will not only deal with America’s sins the same way He has with Israel or any other nation, but that He also has said as much in the scriptures.
The supporting information provided in this book is only a fraction of the information available; and even this will be overwhelming for most people when first considering this concept. In fact, this book (note: is posted right here in its entirety) is actually but two chapters from another book I’ve written, “The Eighth Beast.” Note, I am not trying to sell the book, as for the most part we have given it away for free, both in paperback and PDF. As I have my other book Mystery of Godliness. How can I charge others for God’s word or what He has shared freely with me? Could you imagine John the Baptist, or Jeremiah, or the Apostle Paul charging people for the message God gave them? It is available on Amazon only for those outside personal contact. However, the book The Eighth Beast is a considerably more in-depth examination of America in prophecy and a critique of popular end time eschatologies. In it I examine many interpretations of prophecies that I believed have erred from the truth and thus caused many to reach a wrong conclusion.
So, here in this chapter I would like to make a point about bible prophecy before getting into America. So, I would like the reader to consider the following; that misinterpretations of prophecy can be as simple as an accountant who comes up with a sum that doesn’t agree with the whole of his accounting books. However, each time he reenters the numbers in his calculator, he keeps getting the same answer that doesn’t fit with all the other aspects of his accounting. This happens all the time with people interpreting prophecy; as they reach a deduction, yet it isn’t in agreement with the whole of scripture.
Now, for the accountant, it isn’t that his answer is wrong, but rather there is either something missing or being wrongfully injected into his equation. Therefore, he in fact has a correct answer based on the equation, but the equation itself is wrong. Perhaps, it might be prudent to pause and think of this in its application to all the prophecy “date setters” that have come and gone and were proven to be wrong.
Similarly, I’ve have had people on several occasions explain to me their perspective of just what is wrong with America, as well as their conclusion as to what needs to be done. I’m sure you all have experienced the same thing. However, many times I have told these people that I believe that their answer to America’s problems are perfect, but only according to their scrutiny of its problems. But then I have to tell them that my disagreement is with their assessment of America’s problems; for in it they only deal with things in the natural and ignore the spiritual.
You can never fix a spiritual problem with natural means. Thus, people need to realize that America’s woes will never be remedied politically, economically, or militarily. Further-more, I can assure you that nobody is ever going to Make America Great Again. For unless there is mass repentance on a level of Nineveh, America will remain on a collision course with God, the likes of which it will not survive.
So, let’s look at a bit of prophecy, which though not directly related to America in scriptures, is still one which tends to obscure the focus of many from being able to see through it clearly; much like the accountant example above. I am only going to touch on it briefly here, though this is examined in greater depth in my other book “The Eighth Beast.” Regrettably, that book was beyond most people’s ability to follow, for many believers nowadays are too biblically illiterate, ignorant of history, and lack personal study skills or resources. I hope what is shared here in this chapter and book will be adequate to keep the reader following along with an open mind.
Thessalonians 2:3 – Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
The above verse has been widely taught in Christendom for decades as referencing an end-time antichrist world leader figure. However, when researching old protestant commentaries, even the widely trusted Matthew Henry Commentary, it is hard to find one who fails to relate this “son of perdition” to the position of the papacy, or the succession of popes of Roman Catholicism.
Some commentators, like the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary printed in 1871, recognize this verse as ultimately being fully realized in an individual “whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.” However, they too affiliate this verse with the papacy position, but to the end that there would be one pope, the last pope in the latter days, which would with greater boldness oppose the Lord, His word and Jesus the Christ openly –
“Doubtless “the apostasy” of Romanism (the abstract) is one of the greatest instances of the working of the mystery of iniquity, and its blasphemous claims for the Pope are forerunners of the final concentration of blasphemy in the man of sin, who shall not merely, as the Pope, usurp God’s honor as vicegerent of God, but oppose God openly at last.”
However, thinking back to that “problem with a correct answer and a wrong equation,” what many believers nowadays are ignorant of is that most popular eschatologies being widely taught and accepted by non-Catholics concerning a coming antichrist, the rebuilding the temple, and his becoming a world leader, was originally taught by a French monk known as Adso of Montier-en-Der who died in 992 A.D.. Adso’s most famous work was his “Letter to Queen Gerberga on the Place and Time of Antichrist,” which became known as the “Little Book on the Antichrist.”
Now this theology, or rather, this teaching of eschatology which was so articulated over a thousand years ago by a Catholic monk, was written as a strategic rebuttal against Protestants. Which, was of course, rejected essentially by every protestant commentator who sought to defend the truth with their pen. For if one were to research their historical perspective, one would easily discover that they perceived Paul’s reference of “a falling away,” in II Thessalonians 2:3, as a prediction of the rise of Roman Catholicism, and “that man of sin… the son of perdition” as being the succession of popes.
Furthermore, in the second century, Polycarp who was deemed to be an apostolic father, in his Letter to the Philippians, paragraph 7, warned the Philippians that everyone who preached false doctrine was an antichrist. This is important, for Polycarp’s use of the term “antichrist” agrees completely with the usage of the Apostle John; who does not reference a single antichrist figure, but rather a class of people functioning under a spirit of antichrist.
1st John 2:18 – Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Note that this “spirit of antichrist,” which works to cause men to deny Jesus as the Christ, is said to be also denying both “the Father and the Son,” rendering those who would embrace the antichrist, or pseudo-christ message, to be such as “have not the Father.” To counter this, John assures the saints that “he that acknowledges the Son, has the Father also.”
1st John 4:3 – And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
2nd John 1:7 – For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Nevertheless, the historical Protestant under-standing of how the spirit of antichrist works to advance false prophets, false teachers, and Catholicism and the Papacy, has for the most part been completely abandoned by non-Catholics today; most probably because most believers nowadays are ignorant of both scripture and history. Therefore, the Ecumenical Movement which is working to unite all religions into one, has been very successful in its seduction of many denominations, and with amazing ease brought about a wide re-embracement of both the Papacy and Catholicism.
But equally as bad, the Protestants are now virtually preaching the very same eschatological message about an end time antichrist world leader that the French monk Adso fabricated in his “Letter to Queen Gerberga on the Place and Time of Antichrist.” The Protestants have cast off their original sound discernment and have been tricked into not only accepting this lie, but actively promoting it as well. Thus, Protestants are now diverting the light of scriptures away from the very object it was written to warn men about. For again, Adso’s eschatology was created to refute these very Protestants, and to defend Catholicism as the only true church, and to substantiate the position of the papacy as Christianity’s only true leader. Worst, the position of the papacy is claimed to be the Vicar of Christ; or, the literal incarnate, infallible, representative of Jesus Christ on earth.
One thing I like to ask people who hold to the popular eschatology promulgated by the French monk Adso, is why the Apostle John, who coined the phrase “antichrist,” using it five times within his first and second epistles, why then didn’t he use the phrase in his Book of Revelation?
Surely, it seems logical, (or at least it does to me), that if Revelation is about the rise of “the antichrist,” then John would have used the phrase somewhere in it. How about you? Does it not seem logical to you as well that John would have, at least once, used the phrase when writing his book of Revelation?
The Rise of the Beast
To start, we’ll look at some of the primary verses which will be examined throughout this book. While it is up to you to determine whether they are speaking of “the antichrist,” or are speaking of America, I will of course be offering my understanding as we go.
Revelation 13:1 – And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Revelation 17:9 – And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. 10 And there 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. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition.
Revelation chapters 13-19:4 speak of an end-time’s judgment of the last of a succession of empires. Chapter 13 begins with the focus on a seven-headed beast that shall “rise up out of the sea.” However, we learn from the angel’s explanation to John in chapter 17, that the primary focus throughout these chapters is that last empire which the angel referred to as “the eighth” which “goes into perdition.” Many miss this critical point, though it should be obvious that since the beast has seven heads, that in Revelation 13:1 the prophetic imagery of this beast rising “up out of the sea” represents the rise of “the eighth.”
So, let me inject a question at this point, just how many preachers have you heard specifically speak on this eighth entity which “goes into perdition?” Why isn’t this part being addressed in every message on eschatology?
In order to gain an understanding of who or what the eighth is, one must give heed to the clues given by the angel to John in chapter 17. One critical clue concerning this succession of empires was when the angel told John, “the beast that was, and is not, yet is.”
This clue reveals a disruption, or intermission in a succession of empires which could properly denoted as a succession of “spiritual Babylons.” These are all being represented here in scripture by this one seven-headed beast. So, this phrase “is not,” indicates a prophetic duration of time of which this seven-headed beast will not be epitomized in world history by a distinct and undeniably great and powerful country.
However, after this unstated duration of time when this prophetic beast “is not,” it will once again rise up and briefly exist as the seventh head, or seventh mountain with a seventh king. For the angel states that “the seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. And there are seven kings… and when he [the seventh king] comes, he must continue a short space.” After his fall, the eighth rises to a place of dominance.
Now I am aware that many Christians presume these “seven mountains” to be a prophetic reference to the seven hills of Rome, and consequently they forcefully place the Catholic Church into these passages. So, in order to properly dismiss that notion by showing its weakness, I will later address the prophetic significance of the word “mountain” in scripture. However, that does not mean I am dismissing Catholicism entirely from having a role within all this. I’ll addressed that as well shortly.
So back on topic, in Revelation 13:1 when the beast rises up out of the sea, it is the rising up of that eighth and last empire, in which all the prophecies in Revelation chapters 13-19:4 will be fulfilled, as well as other prophecies in the Old Testament. Thus, the whole prophetic imagery of this “seven-headed beast” in Revelation was designed specifically for the purpose of foretelling the rise of that last, eighth, and final empire which “goes into perdition,” and experiences complete annihilation.
The sea from out of which the beast rises up represents peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
Revelation 17:15 – And he said unto me, “The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.”
This “whore” does not represent the empire, but rather an apostate religious system within the empire. Like Israel, there is a civil aspect and a religious aspect involved with this eighth empire. Such is why we have the biblical book of Ezra and Nehemiah. Ezra, being priest over the religious aspect, and Nehemiah, governor over the civil.
Again, the reference of this woman, who sits on many waters, as well as upon the seven mountains, has caused many to be persuaded that the prophecy is referencing the Roman Catholic Church. For, as they assert, Rome has seven hills and has established itself in every corner of the earth. Regardless, I am persuaded this symbolic beast with the woman are separate entities who, as stated, represents the civil and religious aspects within the eighth and final empire.
The woman has upon her forehead a name written, “Mystery, Babylon the Great, The Mother of Harlots, and Abominations of The Earth.” Because the angel says the beast carries her, and that she sits on the seven mountains, it is clear this woman has been a contributing part within these successions of empires, and why they may be referenced as being “spiritual Babylons.”
Thus, the woman and the seven headed beast with the ten horns and ten crowns, together serve as a multifaceted prophetic illustration which represents a literal succession of eight dominant civil entities or nations with their unique religious institutions, as well as ten lesser nations and their kings. Each of these distinct entities mentioned within the prophecy will be touched on more later.
At this point, I must make the assertion that in order to rightly divide the clues given by the angel, that the critical key to understanding will only be obtained through a clear awareness of Israel’s biblical and post-biblical history. For in order for the locked door this prophecy to be open, it must be properly discerned by the seeker that there is a definite correlation between each of these empires to the nation of Israel. For both scripture and history verifies that just like the beast, Israel “was, and was not, and yet is.”
That is not to suggest Israel is either the beast or the woman that rides upon it, rather it is to substantiate the correlation between the seven-headed beast and Israel. Nevertheless, we can see in scripture where Israel is being “spiritually called Sodom and Egypt,” (Revelation 11:8). For we know that the majority of the Jews rejected Jesus and the purpose of His crucifixion; which was evident by their continuance in the Mosaic Law.
However, Jesus having fulfilled the Law, means that the intent of the law had been accomplished, its prophetic purpose fulfilled, and was thereby exhausted. For all the ceremonies and rituals of the law were design to both signify and foretell the necessity of the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. For Christ, as the sole means of humanity’s redemption and their forgiveness of sin, was powerfully foreshadowed within the prophetic action of the law’s mandatory sacrifices. Therefore, by rejecting Jesus’s death and His atoning blood, the Jews defiantly chose to remain in the dead and decaying institution of Judaism; which was waxing old and ready to vanish away, (Hebrews 8:13).
Because of their rejection of Jesus Christ and their continuance in the Law, whose works were deemed by God Himself to be dead, Israel was “spiritually called Sodom.” This reference made by God signifies that whatever manner of religion they now practice; it will never be anything more than a perversion of the truth. How can it, since they now lack both the temple and a verifiable Levitical priesthood? For both the temple and the lineage records were destroyed for their rejection of their promise Deliverer. Likewise, Israel was also called “Egypt,” signifying that because of their rejection of Jesus’s atonement they remain under the bondage of the law of sin and death.
The Mystery of The Woman
At the rise of the eighth empire in Revelation 13:1, initially there is no mention of a woman sitting upon the beast at the time of its ascension to “his power, and his seat, and great authority.” Chapters 14 and the beginning of 15 speak solely of the iniquities of the beast, while the rest of chapter 15 and 16 speak of the judgment that would befall it. This vision so overwhelmed the Apostle John that in chapter 17 we see an angel come to him to clarify the vision; revealing how God’s judgment would surely come upon both the beast and the woman. Thus chapters 18 and 19 speak of the absolute destruction of the beast and woman while proclaiming the praise and glory given to God for all His righteous judgments.
Initially, when the eighth empire rises to its place of dominance in Revelation 13, the absence of the woman may be an indication that a respectful separation between the beast, (the civil system) and the woman, (the religious system) existed; perhaps representing a constitutional respect for the distinction between church and state. However, in order for the dragon to use the civil government to do what it is prophesied to do in the last days of the eighth empire, it will need the support of the religious sector and faith-based organizations to back what may very well be its last leader, hence in chapter 17 the woman now rides the beast.
This will likely be an arrangement of convenience that serves agendas of both sides; the civil needing the support of religious leaders to gain the support of the populace and religious leaders taking advantage for popularity and gain. This union, functioning with mutual consent, will inevitably join them inseparably, comparable to the covenant of marriage whereby two are made one flesh in the eyes of God. All this is occurring in accordance with the strategic plans of the devil to make war against God and His holy saints in these last days.
Revelation 13:2 – …and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Revelation 12:9 – And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The woman that sat upon the beast, while representative of all false religions throughout the succession of these empires, will in the last days be greatly typified in the leaders of pseudo-Christianity and their followers. For if this woman which did “sit upon a scarlet colored beast” and had “upon her forehead… a name written” which included “Mother of Harlots,” it should be easily concluded that such a reference implies she had daughters just like herself.
This can be seen happening with the Ecumenical Movement in America earlier mentioned in this book. For this pseudo-Christian movement is feverously working to unite all religions into one, and has been very successful in its seduction of many so-called Christian denominations. Even now the harlot daughters stumbling over themselves to return back to the whorish mother with open arms of acceptance for both the Papacy and Catholicism.
Back in 1913 the federal government started exempting churches, religious organizations, and certain nonreligious charitable organizations from federal taxation by amending the federal tax code. Foolishly, churches in the mainstream religious system willfully subjected themselves to it and found themselves subject to regulations in exchange for their tax-exempt status. People forget that governments will always “imply” an oversight, and then it will take and keep all the authority you allowed it. Because of the blind compliance of former religious leaders, a precedent was established which compelled others to blindly follow in their tracks. Hence, when the beast empire seeks the implementation of the prophetic identification mark, which will be deemed to be necessary for a restructured economic system, these compromised churches will feel obliged to assure their congregants it is not the damnable “mark of the beast.”
This will not be difficult for the whoring daughters of Babylon to do since in many of their churches the Gospel is barely recognizable. Many openly deny creation, the virgin birth, the deity of Jesus Christ, the necessity for repentance, and have perpetuated a plethora of varying end time theories to spread the confusion of the adversary. Sadly, most churches have only “waxed worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” It grieves me to witness many professing Christians openly celebrate their joyful embracement of clear damnable heresies, occultism, and embracement of clear biblically immoral practices.
Truly, the serpent has spewed out of his mouth a flood of false end time messages and lying doctrines and has caused the pseudo- Christians to be carried away. Most churches now are corporations which seek only to serve men and mammon rather than God. They tell nice moral stories about humanity instead of preaching, sacrificing God’s truth for increased attendance lest they offend their contributors.
Revelation 12:15 – And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman [this woman represents the true church], that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Where is the whole counsel of God being taught in America? Where are the preachers affirming that you cannot be a disciple of Christ, a biblically true Christian, unless you pick up your cross and deny yourself daily? Where is the affirmation coming out from the pulpits that God has commanded all men everywhere to repent? The only reason the offence of the cross has ceased is because it has for the most part ceased to be preached. Shamefully, the “cross” is now preached as if it were a plus sign (+) whereby God will give you “Your Best Life Now,” and that with abundant prosperity and happiness. But somebody please point me to where the followers of Christ are who still count it joy to suffer for Jesus’ name?
Acts 5:40 – …and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Philippians 1:29 – For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.
Similarly, with a review this would all be seen in each of the seven actual empires which were prophetically represented by beast’s seven heads, each with their particular false religious system. Again, it will be clarified how these empires had their time of direct interaction with the nation Israel. This will be made evident in the next chapter as we examine scripturally the clue given to the Apostle John by the angel, “here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits.”
Below are some scriptures which will confirm what was prophetically implied to the Apostle John through the angel’s use of the word “mountain” in his interpretation of the seven heads to John. Remember, all this was recorded for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world have now come.
Jeremiah 51:24 – And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, says the LORD. 25 Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, says the LORD, which destroys all the earth: and I will stretch out Mine hand upon you, and roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burnt mountain.
Zechariah 4:7 – Who are you, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
Daniel 2:35 – Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Daniel 2:45 – Forasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Amos 4:1 – Hear this word, you kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
Amos 6:1 – Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
Both biblically and historically, six of Revelation’s seven mountains with their seven kings can be accurately verified as six distinct and literal empires that had a direct impact on the nation Israel. Plus, remember that at the time of John’s vision Israel was still intact as a functioning nation. This a good opportunity to mention two more important clues given by the angel that the beast “was, and is not, and yet is,” and concerning these kings, the angel clearly told John at that time that “five are fallen, and one is.”
It is actually rather simple to determine who these six empires are. Clearly, the “one is” would be the sixth and obviously existing at John’s current time; and this would be was Rome. As prophesied through Daniel, Rome “had great iron teeth: it devours and breaks into pieces, and stamps the residue with the feet of it and was diverse from all the beasts that were before it.” Thus, Rome fulfilled God’s promise of judgment against Israel exactly as they were forewarned in Deuteronomy 28 for their not cleaving unto Him and obeying His voice. Or, as Jesus stated it, for not knowing the time of their visitation.
Luke 19:41 – And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 Saying, “If you had known, even you at least in this your day, the things which belong unto your peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. 43 For the days shall come upon you that your enemies shall cast a trench about you, and compass you round and keep you in on every side. 44 And they shall lay you even with the ground, and your children within you. And they shall not leave in you one stone upon another; because you knew not the time of your visitation.”
History confirms that in 70 A.D., at the hands of the Romans, Israel ceased to exist as a functioning nation. That year, just like it was said of the seven-headed beast, Israel which “was,” became an “is not.” For the Roman General Titus was obliged to execute God’s judgment upon them when he was unable to negotiate peace with those stiff neck and rebellious Jews.
By recognizing that the seven heads of the beast are intended to represent seven empires which have direct correlation with the nation Israel, all we have to do to verify their identities is to simply start with the birth of Israel and follow her through Bible history.
We will start our review with Joseph, who like Jesus was both hated and betrayed. Joseph by his brothers, and Jesus by Judas and his countrymen. While Jesus was crucified, Joseph was sold as a slave: but both ended up sitting on a throne. Jesus sitting on His Father’s throne, and Joseph on a throne in Egypt second only to Pharaoh. While in both cases it was done out of spite and jealousy with hopes of accomplishing evil upon them, God meant it all for the good of His people. For through this brotherly betrayal came the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham; to make his descendants a mighty nation and give them for an inheritance the land of Canaan.
However, after 400 years the Egyptians grew fearful of the multiplication of the Jewish settlers in their land and therefore enslaved them. Through all of this, it was God’s intent to show to both the Jews and the Egyptians the greatness and the surety of His word; and God is still showing the surety of His word to the entire world. But is anyone really paying attention? Nevertheless, Egypt is head number one of the seven-headed beast, for out of Egypt Israel as a nation was born.
Many years later, after the death of King Solomon, his son Rehoboam was confronted by Jeroboam who represented the ten northern tribes. Jeroboam had come to petition Rehoboam to lower the high taxes his father Solomon had placed upon them. Rehoboam first sought the tried and proven wisdom of “the old men that stood before his father… But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him,” (1 Kings 12). The result of Rehoboam walking in their ungodly counsel was a division of the nation Israel.
Having revolted, the ten northern tribes made Jeroboam their King. However, Jeroboam soon became concern that, “If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of the people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah… Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, it is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.”
Are you noting the folly of these two leaders for their accepting bad counsel? For Rehoboam’s counsel caused the kingdom to be divided, and Jeroboam’s sin of turning the people to idols brought God’s judgment upon the ten northern tribes. For God caused Assyria to rise up and take the ten northern tribes of Israel into captivity.
Making matters worse, the ten northern tribes in their captivity continued rejecting God’s commandments and foolishly intermarried with the Assyrians. The consequence for their defiance was the loss of their purity and heritage as Hebrews; and consequently, they became the despised Samaritans. Thus, the ten northern tribes were lost, not by misplacement, but rather by forfeit of their pure identity as Hebrews. Thus, Assyria is the second head of the Beast.
Over two hundred years later we see Judah to the south falling into idolatry and committing whoredoms against God. Consequently, she too was carried away into captivity by Babylon for seventy years. Thus, Babylon becomes the third head of the beast. In Daniel 8:20-21, we discover the identity of the remaining two empires which follow. For the angel Gabriel prophesied to Daniel that Babylon would be conquered by the Medes-Persia Empire, which in turn would be conquered by Greece.
Thus, the Medes/Persia and Greece are heads number four and five of the Beast. So, at the time of the Apostle John’s vision the five that had fallen were Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medes-Persia, and Greece, and the sixth head being Rome which destroyed Israel as a nation.
From Israel’s destruction in 70 A.D. and prior to 1948, maps did not recognize any land as “Israel,” for Israel “which was, was not.” Yet faithful to His promises to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God preserved their descendants and gathered them back to the land of their inheritance. Thus, today the whole world beholds Israel “that was, and is not, yet is” today. Therefore, as it has been with Israel, so has it been with the seven-headed beast.
Now what worked to re-establish Israel as a nation (apart from God’s sovereignty) was a near global sympathy for the Jews after their persecution in World War II, whereupon at that time, the land was still recognized as part of the British Empire.
History tells us that while Britain was willing to allot a portion of land for Jewish settlers, they did not want to relinquish control or possession of the land. After the Jews increasing frustration with England and Arabs, on December 1st 1947 the Arab Higher Committee proclaimed a three-day strike as Arab bands began attacking Jewish settlements. The Jews, initially being placed on the defensive as war broke out against them quickly moved to the offensive and prevailed, gaining control and occupancy of more land. At which point England conceded and (under international pressure) gave the land to the Jews so they could once again be a people and a nation.
Now this all may seem to be all good and well on England’s part, except God requires that a gift must be given cheerfully and of one’s free will if it is to be acceptable and thus blessed by Him. Otherwise, it is not a true gift of charity. Therefore, England, who did not cheerfully choose to bless the descendants of Abraham with a free will offering, ultimately forfeited the blessing of God. This can be seen in that though Britain and its allies were ultimately victorious in the war, the Empire rapidly began to decline.
India and Pakistan gained their independence in 1947, and in 1948 King George the VI abandoned the title Emperor of India. In 1949 Ireland formally declared it a republic and left the Commonwealth. In 1950 India became a republic and King George adopts the new title of Head of the Commonwealth. Through all this, King George the VI was afflicted with health issue to which he succumbs and died in 1952. Thus, it is historical fact that George VI, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, lived only four short years after the rebirth of Israel, only to be succeeded by his elder daughter, Elizabeth. England therefore, governing the land of Israel’s rebirth, is the seventh head of which prophecy predicted, “when he cometh, he must continue a short space,” (Rev. 17:10).
Revelation 17:11 – And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition.
Rising up out of the sea comes the Eight Beast, which we are told is “of the seven.” Could this mean that the Eight Beast is a mixture “of” the seven heads or empires, a great melting pot of cultures? For in it are “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Or does “of the seven” refer to it being a direct descendant or offspring “of the seventh” empire? Either way, we find America alone as the Cinderella for this glass slipper, for she is both a land of immigrants as well as the offspring of England. Remember, Revelation 13-16 is about the rise and fall of the eight that goes into perdition, and in chapter 17 we are given clues to help clarify who is the eighth by giving us a progression of empires.
So, what was it that catapulted America into the place of global supremacy? Was it not the same thing that set the stage for the decline of the British Empire and the rebirth of Israel; World War II?
Now then, based upon all that has been presented so far, if this eighth empire which goes into perdition could in fact be America, it obligates many to reconsider a section of scripture which has constantly been applied to an individual man. For in Revelation 13:3 we see the beast receives a wound to one of its heads “as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.” How then could this refer to America if verses 1-3 have actually been speaking of an empire and not an individual?
Knowing some are being painfully forced to set aside their long-held beliefs here, I seriously proposed the possibility this wound to the head from which the beast amazingly recovered was Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, a historical event which significance keeps resurfacing. It was the attack on Pearl Harbor that rallied the people of America into one mind to go to war, thus we entered WWII. Despite Japan’s fury, speed and might, Pearl Harbor somehow survived the attack and was able to defend itself, though suffering great loss of life and resources. Incredible.
The Second Beast
Revelation 13:11 – And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him…
Above, John sees “another beast coming up out of the earth which had two horns of a lamb…” Many teachers on eschatology have interpreted this second beast as being the “false prophet” for the antichrist; even though in the verse he is not being called “the false prophet.” Perhaps because a false prophet is indeed mentioned three times in Revelation.
Revelation 16:13 – And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
Revelation 19:20 – And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Revelation 20:10 – And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Now those who are interpreting the second beast as being the “false prophet,” also interpret the seven-headed beast as the antichrist. However, the first seven headed beast with the ten horns and ten crowns is a multifaceted prophetic illustration which represents a succession of empires; and when the beast rises out of the sea it represents the rise of the eighth and final empire “that goes into perdition.” Note, that different from the first beast that rises up out of the sea, this second beast comes “up out of the earth.” Remember, the sea represents “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” So, the second beast coming up out of the earth is a man; just like Adam which came from the dust of “the earth.” Thus, we can determine that this man which holds a place of authority over the eighth empire is actually a civil leader, not a religious one.
However, what we see in the three verses above is, first, “three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Now to understand this, we need to know who all three are. The dragon is the devil, the beast being referenced is the second beast, and the false prophet is the religious leader of the woman which rides the seven-headed beast; the Mother of Harlots. The “three unclean spirits like frogs” that come out each of their mouths are “spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
In the other verses above we see that, “These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone,” because both worked miracles to deceive the nations. Not by their own power, nor the power of God, but rather by the dragon which gave both of them their power, influential positions, and great authority. Which is why in the last verse above “the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are.”
Those miracles, though real phenomenas, are but lying signs and wonders. For just as God used signs and wonders to give witness to the truth of His servants, so the devil imitates the ways of God in order to deceive the nations with miracles into embracing his lies in order to “gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Remember, all this will happen when they are saying repeatedly “peace and safety;” and “they” being both the man who appears harmless as a lamb and the false prophet religious leader.
Now, perhaps some of the more studious bible readers may be recalling how in Daniel 7:17 it states that four beast-nations came from “the earth,” and therefore might be inclined to reject my interpretation of the first beast that came up from the sea being an empire and the second its leader. However, a review of the passage there confirm my position as it in truths reveal that it was the kings, and not the empires, that arise up out of the earth.
Daniel 7:2 – Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another… 17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings which shall arise out of the earth.
Note also how the numeric connotation of “four” is given twice in verse 17, indicating four separate kingdoms under four specific kings, again differentiating that it is the kingdoms up out of the sea, and the kings which rise out of the earth.
Since scripture clearly states this second beast “exercises all the power of the first beast before him,” it establishes his position as a leader over the eighth empire. Thus, this second beast represents either the man in charge of the eighth empire prior to its going into perdition, or a position which has been held by a succession of individuals from its rise and throughout the duration its supremacy. If it is a position, then those who have filled it may very well have deceitfully adorned the appearance of a lamb, but in the end, history will reveal that when they spoke, it was as a dragon. All this appears to convey a deceitful effort to maintain an appearance of being for peace, while concealing an agenda which seeks an opportunity to wage war; and ultimately war against God’s saints.
Again, I believe it is very possible that this second beast may very well be a position, rather than an individual; like the position of the “High Priest” in Israel. Which while there have been many who have served therein, the office is still a unique position which can only be held by one man at a time. Thus, any reference made to “the High Priest” is an address to the position, regardless of whoever was filling the position at that moment. Likewise, this position of the second beast may very well be one that has been filled by a succession of men from the time of the Eighth Beast’s rise until its fall.
It is also noteworthy, that distinct from the seven kings the angel mentions, as well as the ten horns which the angel recognizes as kings, the second beast is not so identified. That provides even more grounds to the probability that the governing system for the foundation of his authority, as Daniel might say, is “diverse from all before it.” This gives sound reason to believe that the eighth empire will not be a monarchical kingdom with a “king.” For it must be acknowledged that nowhere is a “king” referenced in regards to the eighth. This actually is very similar to the “little horn” mentioned by Daniel.
Daniel 7:7 – After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
The Ten Horns and the Little Horn
Daniel 7:2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and, behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it. 5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. 6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it. 7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. 8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things… 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
The little horn seems to be almost too quietly mentioned being contrasted against the weight of “the four winds of the heaven [which] strove upon the great sea” with those “four great beasts [that] came up from the sea.” However, there are a few points I would like to present which I believe are worthy of your prayerful consideration, hoping those reading will keep all their current persuasions safely upon the altar of God so as to be open to examine these things afresh.
First, this little horn’s origin comes from “among them,” this to me speaks of a nation or empire that will rise up, not only out of the “ten horns,” but in all probability predominantly from one in particular. Therefore, it is prudent to stay mindful of how certain distinct attributes from each of those “four great beasts [that] came up from the sea” have also been assigned to the seven-headed beast that rises up out of the sea.
Revelation 13:1 – And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Second observation, notice the “little horn” in Daniel has “eyes like the eyes of man.” These “eyes of a man” speaks primarily to the lust of the eyes of men, signifying the little horn is never going to be satisfied till all it sees comes under its control and influence. Therefore, he will be cunning, flattering, and given to endless lies, in a vain endeavor to achieve its ambitions. Thus this “little horn” has “a mouth speaking great things,” which also is associated with the seven-headed beast.
Revelation 13:5 – And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
God has been long-suffering and forbearing with the folly of humanity; permitting seemingly great things to occur which at the time many perceived and boasted were accomplished through the great wisdom and power possessed by men, only to have it all fall to ruin. All this ultimately was permitted in order to prove to the whole of humanity that there is in fact a sovereign God, a Creator before whom all the nations are reckoned but mere dust in the scales. For all the souls of such powerful men will still stand before Him to give an accounting and to openly acknowledge that His alone is the Kingdom, the power, and glory forever and ever.
Isaiah 40:15 – Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
Now, let’s read again how three other horns were “plucked up by the roots” by the little horn and reexamine once more the following verses.
Daniel 7:8 – I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things… 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
It is simple history that originally the colonization of America was attempted by three of those ten horns; England, Spain and France. However, all three of these have been “plucked up by the roots” so to say, having lost all sovereign claims to American soil. Plus, we already establish England as the seventh empire.
It is evident that it was because of “the great words which the horn spoke” that “the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.” Again, this too can be seen attributed to the Eighth Beast who is destined to be destroyed with fire by the ten horns.
Revelation 17:16 – 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.
Revelation 18:8 – Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Daniel in his vision saw both the rise and fall of this “little horn,” which was confirmed to be under the sovereign watch and control of the “Ancient of days.” No earthly or spiritual kingdom, even though they may appear to be running rampant in defiance to God’s great authority, will ever go beyond the wisdom and tolerance of the Lord’s great power and restraint. For His is the power and glory forever.
Acts 17:26 – And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and [God] has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.
Daniel 7:9 – I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head like the pure wool: His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire. 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him: thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. 11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.
At this point, I believe it is critical to note that the destruction of this “little horn,” which became a great beast and was destroyed by fire, that its destruction does not bring the same timely end to the other horns or “beasts.” It is clear, that though they may lose some of their power, they are nonetheless permitted to continue on “for a season and time.” This reveals that there is a continuation of national events in the world after the destruction of this “little horn” that became a “beast.” This, I believe, speaks of America being destroyed prior to the nations being gathered together to war against Israel. For having destroyed the “Great Satan,” they then move against the “Little Satan.”
So back to Revelation 13, if the first beast “from the sea” is America, then we would have to acknowledge this second beast from “the earth” which “exercises all the power of the first beast” as representing the office of the Presidency. If this is true, and I believe it is, then those holding the office at least in its last days may seem to be for peace, but they are really promoting the agenda of the dragon. This is evident as the scripture states “… and he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,” (verses 11-13).
Now recall now how the war ended, with the dropping of The Bomb on Hiroshima and the second bomb on Nagasaki. Such display of power was never before witnessed. It could fittingly be asserted that the posture of the whole world immediately became such as, “Who is like unto the beast?” and “Who is able to make war with Him?”
Upon having ascended to a position of global supremacy, American presidents soon began asserting their power and meddling in the affairs of other sovereign nations under the guise of peaceful intentions. Regimes fell and puppet leaders with American backing rose to power to assist an agenda that surpasses the greedy intent of mere men, for it is clear that “The dragon gave him his power, and seat, and great authority”
Since President George H. W. Bush Sr. postured America against Israel by proposing “land for peace,” every president since has continued to assert the right for a Palestine State to exist, at the same time insisting that Israel must forfeit some of its covenanted land. As “lambs” supposedly laboring in the name of peace, these American presidents and statesmen have relentlessly pressured Israel with the threat of losing American support if they fail to comply with imposed mandates against them under the banner of “peace talks.” Now carefully read again from Rev. 13-18 the fate of the seven-headed beast and the woman riding it and ask who fits this better than America? Carefully consider the verses below.
Revelation 13:10 – He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword [weapon of war] must be killed with the sword [the same weapon of war]. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Revelation 18:8 – Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her… 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, “What city is like unto this great city!” 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
One more point, “Babylon” was technically a city and not a nation. But when scriptures speak of the overthrow of Babylon, it speaks of the destruction of the Chaldean Empire. Because Babylon was the capital of Chaldea and thus synonymous with the nation itself.
An excerpt from President Roosevelt’s speech after the Pearl Harbor attack:
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan . . . As Commander in Chief of the army and navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory… With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God…”
Considering President Roosevelt’s expressed confidence in “the American people in their righteous might” that they will surely “win through to absolute victory” due to “our armed forces-with the unbounding determination of our people,” I am compelled to ask just what does the word of God say about one who boasts in the strength of their flesh? Some may wish to immediately protest and demand the direction of my attention to President Roosevelt’s inclusion of “so help us God…”
But I must simply point out that nowhere did he express his confidence to be in either God’s righteousness or His might, as if they were the foundation and strength whereby the American people through their unwavering faith in God would surely overcome their enemies. No, this short inclusion of “so help us God,” has actually been the last four words attached to many threats of revenge by proud and indignant people. Perhaps those who are more patriotic and loyal to their country than they are concerned about the kingdom of God or their personal godliness, to such President Roosevelt’s speech may well have sounded sufficiently religious enough by his employing such phrases as “righteous might” and “so help us God.” But in truth, an honest critique exposes the usage of these phrases for what it was, a white-washing of a declaration used for the successful implementation of a strategic agenda to rally the citizenry of America to not only support a foreign war effort, but to create a patriotic willingness among them to send their fathers, husbands and sons into it as well.
Can anyone say 9/11? Remember the strong justifying words of President George W. Bush after that… and the willingness of Americans to again go to war?
So, I am asking, just what does the word of God say about one who boasts in the strength of the flesh?
Jeremiah 17:5 – Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
It is interesting, and so I must make note here, that President Franklin D. Roosevelt suddenly died nearly three and a half years after making this famous speech and therefore did “not see when good cometh” at the conclusion of the war. I say nearly, because if we use the Julian calendar, it was only 3 years, 4 months, and 4 days excluding the end date. However, scripture reveals God calculates time differently, using both the solar and the lunar cycles. One solar cycle was an approximate biblical year which was adjusted periodically with an extra month approximately seven times during nineteen solar cycles. The biblical months varied between 29-30 days based upon the lunar cycle which fluctuates and therefore the months average out to approximately 29.5 days. Since it was a total of 1,221 days duration from President Roosevelt’s speech to his death, we can simply divide that time and see it was a duration of 41.39 biblical months, or 42 months. Perhaps even more interesting is the timing of President Roosevelt’s death which actually occurred on the New Moon of April 12, 1945.
Revelation 13:5 – And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Obviously, my studies have brought me to the conclusion that America is this eighth and final beast. For who cannot see that America “the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” The tsunami of evil deception in America continues to rise with a flood of sorcery, paganism, Wicca, satanism prayers opening government meetings, blatant civil and religious corruption, wickedness, unbridled immorality, rampant irreverence, disobedience to parents, gender-identity confusion, hate groups, Antifa, national polarization, etc., etc..
Also, while I do acknowledge that there are many studious believers which believe the Catholic Church is the beast and harlot system, I simply cannot agree. For Catholicism fails to meet the full criteria of the plurality of “seven kings, five of which have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come, and when he comes, he must continue a short time.” For it is evident that the beast is always referenced in the masculine with its kings, whereas Catholic Church is always in the feminine. We simply must recognize both as separate entities, civil and religious, church and state, that join forces in an unholy union for a final ride into perdition.
Nevertheless, the Catholic Church is undoubtedly part of the spirit of this whorish woman who rides the beast; but it is not the beast itself. Furthermore, the Catholic Church has been a hoarder of wealth, not a distributor of it. For where, or when, could we apply to the Catholic Church how “the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies?” Or “Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness!?”
How does one apply this to the Vatican? – “Thus, with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”
“Sorceries” implies witchcraft, or the calculated manipulation of men’s wills to consent to sin. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD,” (1 Samuel 15:23). It is evident that America’s leaders have failed to embrace God’s word and have refused to be subject unto Him. Rather they have continually tried to exalt themselves higher and higher while constantly seeking to manipulate the minds and wills of the people to control them in order to further the agenda of the dragon. I am sure many of you have heard of MKUltra and Monarch, the CIA’s mind control programs they been running since at least the mid 1940’s.
Some points and dates to consider…
There are many other things that I have not touched on in this book that persuade me as well that America is that last great empire headed for perdition. There are specific details and events in our founding history that have been suppressed from public awareness but are still openly evident, too many to thoroughly disclosed here. However, there are many things easily researched such as the Masonic symbols on our currency, government buildings, as well as the curious layout and design of certain parts of District of Columbia which nearly mirrors some aspects of the Vatican in Rome.
The designation “District of Columbia” can accurately be rephrased the “Realm of the control of the Queen of Heaven,” referencing the goddess Columbia. Columbia has also been worshipped through history and regions of the world under the names, Isis, Semiramis, Ishtar, Diana, Artemis, Ashtoreth, Astarte and Libertas. It is not mere coincident that the Statute of Liberty has mimicking aspects to many of these pagan idols.
Plus, there are specific details that have been made public under the Freedom of Information Act concerning various memorandums, discussions, military exercises and other various events that have exposed covert efforts of the American government to manipulate situations so as to assure our involvement in WWII, and ultimately those events that led to the ending of the war.
After World War I, Americans had for the most part become isolationists, having virtually no interest for any interference or involvement in foreign wars. According to a pre-war Gallup poll, 88 percent of Americans were solidly opposed to any involvement in the rapidly expanding European war. It was this temperament of Americans that was successfully exploited by President Roosevelt while campaigning as he promised over and over again, “Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.” As a result, he won the election.
However, as early as 1940, a code clerk at the U.S. embassy in London had discovered secret communications between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill revealing a strong determination on Roosevelt’s part to engage America in the war. Unfortunately for the clerk he was caught trying to smuggle some of the documents out of the embassy. Consequently, he was charged with obtaining documents that “might be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy” and in a secret British court was convicted and therefore confined to a British prison until the war ended. The clerk’s name was Tyler Gatewood Kent.
The following is a compilation of interesting points in history deserving of your attention and consideration.
On October 7, 1940 – A memorandum from Lieutenant Commander Arthur H. McCollum, head of the Far East desk of the Office of Naval Intelligence, advocated eight specific actions that were deemed suffice to provoke Japan into attacking the United States. In it the Commander wrote, “If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better.” Consequently, President Roosevelt over the following year enacted all eight of McCollum’s recommendations.
Later in January 1941 – President Roosevelt’s close advisor, Harry Hopkins, met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and informed him, “The President is determined that we [the United States and England] shall win the war together. Make no mistake about it. He has sent me here to tell you that at all costs and by all means he will carry you through, no matter what happens to him – there is nothing he will not do so far as he has human power.”
March 1941 – President Roosevelt sold munitions and convoyed them to belligerents in Europe, both acts of war and both violations of international law; specifically, the Lend‑Lease Act.
June 23, 1941 – Advisor Harold Ickes wrote in a memo to President Roosevelt the day after Germany invaded the Soviet Union, “There might develop from the embargoing of oil to Japan such a situation as would make it not only possible but easy to get into this war in an effective way. And if we should thus indirectly be brought in, we would avoid the criticism that we had gone in as an ally of communistic Russia.”
July 25, 1941 – President Roosevelt froze all Japanese assets in US cutting off their main supply of oil, forcing them into war with the United States while all intelligence information was withheld from Hawaii from this point forward.
August 14, 1941 – At the Atlantic Conference, P.M. Churchill noted the “astonishing depth of Roosevelt’s intense desire for war.” Consequently, Churchill cabled his cabinet “(President Roosevelt) obviously was very determined that they should come in.”
October 16, 1941 – Secretary of War Henry Stimson wrote in his diary, “We face the delicate question of the diplomatic fencing to be done so as to be sure Japan is put into the wrong and makes the first bad move – overt move.”
October 18, 1941 – Diary entry by Secretary of Interior Harold Ickes: “For a long time I have believed that our best entrance into the war would be by way of Japan.”
November 25, 1941 – Secretary of War Henry Stimson wrote in his diary that FDR said an attack was likely within days, and presented the question, “How we should maneuver them into the position of firing the first shot without too much danger to ourselves. In spite of the risk involved, however, in letting the Japanese fire the first shot, we realized that in order to have the full support of the American people it was desirable to make sure that the Japanese be the ones to do this so that there should remain no doubt in anyone’s mind as to who were the aggressors.” Thus, Stimson made another entry that day stating, “The question was how we should maneuver them [the Japanese] into the position of firing the first shot…”
November 26, 1941 – A ultimatum was sent to Japan’s ambassadors demanding as prerequisites to resumed trade a complete withdrawal of all troops from China and Indochina, and in effect abrogate her Tripartite Treaty with Germany and Italy.
In 1944 – British Minister of Production, Oliver Lyttleton stated, “Japan was provoked into attacking America at Pearl Harbor. It is a travesty of history to say that America was forced into the war.”
In his 1948 biography – “Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History,” Robert Sherwood wrote, “If the isolationists had known the full extent of the secret alliance between the United States and Britain, their demands for the President’s impeachment would have rumbled like thunder through the land.”
All this being noted here is in no way an attempt to deny or excuse Japan’s ferociousness in its war efforts, for there can be no excusing their heinous actions against the people and government of China and Indochina. However, as Christians we must not allow ourselves to be so blindly patriotic that we willfully shut our eyes to the truth that the American government intentionally provoked Japan in order to get involved in the war. Prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor the Roosevelt administration froze Japan’s assets in America, restricted them from use of the Panama Canal, ceased vital exports to necessary to Japan’s war efforts and ultimately joined Britain in an all-out embargo.
So, again I ask, “How did these things come to pass?” True to the Apostle John’s vision, “another beast” came “up out of the earth; and he had two horns of a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises all the power of the first beast.”
Great Wonders, Fire Comes Down From Heaven
As you can see, history does prove that though this second beast had the appearance like a lamb and claimed to be for peace, he was really promoting the agenda of the dragon. For over and over President Roosevelt promised the American people, “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.” Nevertheless, it was the President of America who authorized “…great wonders, so that he makes fire [i.e. The Bomb], come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.”
I admit that initially for years I only casually researched all this, but I was truly stunned when I ran across The Frank Report of June 11, 1945. It is a “Memorandum on Political and Social Problems of the Bomb by scientists at the Metallurgical Laboratory of the University of Chicago, Manhattan Project.” This report was written for delivery to President Truman, who inherited the “Project” after President Roosevelt died. Below is perhaps the most startling excerpt from “The Franck Report” that was signed by the top scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project.
“All of us, familiar with the present state of nucleonics, live with the vision before our eyes of sudden destruction visited on our own country, of a Pearl Harbor disaster repeated in thousand-fold magnification in every one of our major cities.”
However, President Truman never received this letter before giving the order to drop the bomb on Hiroshima. That is because Secretary of War Mr. Stimson had intercepted it. He is documented as stating in regards to bombing decisions on Japan, “This is one time I’m going to be the final deciding authority. Nobody’s going to tell me what to do on this.”
“The President never received the letter and all the scientists’ initiatives were frustrated because of the opposition of Byrnes, Groves, Oppenheimer, and other policy makers and scientists in control of the nuclear program.”
(See “A PETITION TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,” 3rd paragraph, @ http://www.dannen.com/decision/45-07-17.html).
After the scientists realized their letter had not been delivered, they wrote a second petition to President Truman, from which the following excerpt was taken. A thorough reading of the Franck Report will show just how President Truman and other government leaders rejected the counsel of the wise, just like Solomon’s son Rehoboam rejected the wisdom of his father’s counselors when he was asked by Jeroboam to lower the taxes.
“The war has to be brought speedily to a successful conclusion and attacks by atomic bombs may very well be an effective method of warfare. We feel, however, that such attacks on Japan could not be justified, at least not unless the terms which will be imposed after the war on Japan were made public in detail and Japan were given an opportunity to surrender.”
“If such public announcement gave assurance to the Japanese that they could look forward to a life devoted to peaceful pursuits in their homeland and if Japan still refused to surrender, our nation might then, in certain circumstances, find itself forced to resort to the use of atomic bombs. Such a step, however, ought not to be made at any time without seriously considering the moral responsibilities which are involved.”
“The development of atomic power will provide the nations with new means of destruction. The atomic bombs at our disposal represent only the first step in this direction, and there is almost no limit to the destructive power which will become available in the course of their future development. Thus, a nation which sets the precedent of using these newly liberated forces of nature for purposes of destruction may have to bear the responsibility of opening the door to an era of devastation on an unimaginable scale.” (http://www.dannen.co…n/45-07-17.html)
To read these solemn warnings that were given to President Truman and to think he rejected the counsel of the Manhattan Project scientist is horrifying. Even General MacArthur, who was leading the war against Japan, petitioned strongly against the use of the bomb. He didn’t even know there was such a bomb until 48 hours before the first one was dropped. Upon being made aware he bitterly objected to its usage, stating the war was over. It was just a matter of negotiating the surrender, so as to allow the Japanese people to save face because they were a proud (honorable) people.
Still, or perhaps regardless, President Truman was the one who ordered the “fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.” Now listen to the righteous judgment of God, “If any man has an ear, let him hear. He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword [or weapon of war,] must be killed with the sword, [or the same weapon of war].”
Revelation 18:8 – Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. 9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.”
“Dwight Eisenhower’s expressed view on using the Atomic Bomb”
“In 1945… Secretary of War Stimson visited my headquarters in Germany, [and] informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. I was one of those who felt that there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act . . . During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and second because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of ‘face.’ The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude, almost angrily refuting the reasons I gave for my quick conclusions.”
Russia and China are not America’s only threats, for I actually believe the more serious concern needs to be given to all the European and Middle East nations. People might laugh, but I will simply remind them what the Bible says, “the ten horns . . . 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 fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” I just don’t see Russia and China as the ten horns with ten kings.
Some have stated to me how there isn’t a national army over there big enough. One doesn’t have to be big enough if you can strategically unify ten and maintain a surprise assault. We have all heard about how one of the greatest threats would be an EMP exploding over the center of the USA. However, the initial formation of the European Union Military Staff (EUMS) was headed up by a German General, and didn’t Germany contribute greatly in the start of the two World Wars? Maybe there’s something spiritual about that. Plus, since President Trump was elected, many members of both the UN and NATO have been a little more than irritated with his demeanor towards them. Truth is, I simply don’t know how it is all going to happen, that’s not my job. My job is to serve the Lord, to watch and pray, and to know His word by studying it. So, regardless whether we see the hidden hand, the scriptures clearly state, “…the ten horns which thou saw 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 has put in their hearts to fulfill His will…”
Still, we do know what will be the lure of Satan dragging men to war again; egos, money, and power of course. Here in America as well as around the world, governments are rapidly pursuing Electronic Identification, Mass Surveillance, and a variety of Electronic-Cash-Credit-Debit systems. I can remember as far back as 1998 when an article in Time magazine predicted one could send their daughter in college E-Cash and she “can store the money any way she wants; on her laptop, on a debit card, even (in the not too distant future) on a chip implanted under her skin. And, perhaps best of all, you can program the money to be spent only in specific ways.” (Time APRIL 27, 1998 VOL. 151 NO. 16)
Also mentioned in this article in Time was how the “smart card” with an RFID for the E-cash system could also keep your medical history. Wasn’t it President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary who back were then trying to get all Americans issued such a card so they could all have medical insurance? Is it ever really about our health and well-being? Or is it really about their wealth and control? Regardless, looks like the Clintons have had to pass the baton.
Back in 2002 when I first wrote an article that basically became the framework for this book, I spoke about how the European Union was rapidly printing out their new “Euros” and ready to begin distribution that year. I commented on how the European Union’s common currency would only prove to add to the conflict of global monetary standards. Now every nation and major Corp. is setting up their own crypto-currency. It all just proves what the Bible says, “The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit” (Proverbs 18:11).
Now, with the history of global economics and the likelihood of an international crisis, I am persuaded a president of America may attempt to do something radical, like eliminate the Central Bank. Maybe President Trump. He might eventually attempt to force upon our allies in the European Union (and perhaps parts the rest of the world) a new E-cash, Crypto, or credit/debit method of economics. And who knows, if it does happen then perhaps the European Union and other nations will actually deceptively consent to the plan. For again, “the ten horns which thou saw 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.”
Their deceptive acceptance of America’s proposal (which will most likely be pushed forcefully upon the European Union and other countries with the same arrogance that led to the dropping of the bombs), will only be for the purposes of their buying time to carry out a plan to finally eliminate the competition.
While admittedly, I am only speculating as to why and how the ten horns/kings “receive power as kings one hour with the beast,” it nevertheless remains a biblical fact that “God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled… these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God has put in their hearts to fulfill His will.” So, it really doesn’t matter how crazy this all might seem, or how foolish nations would be to attempt such a thing. Has anyone else notice that common sense isn’t to common anymore? However, it still may be more common than the fear of the Lord…
Psalm 2:1 – Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4 He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5 Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. 6 Yet have I set My king upon My holy hill of Zion.
More points worthy of prayerful consideration…
Evidence that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a crime against International Law-
Title: PROTECTION OF CIVILIAN POPULATIONS AGAINST BOMBING FROM THE AIR IN CASE OF WAR
UNANIMOUS resolution of the League of Nations Assembly,
Dated: September 30, 1938
To: The Assembly,
Considering that on numerous occasions public opinion has expressed through the most authoritative channels its horror of the bombing of civilian populations;
Considering that this practice, for which there is no military necessity and which, as experience shows, only causes needless suffering, is condemned under the recognized principles of international law;
Considering further that, though this principle ought to be respected by all States and does not require further reaffirmation, it urgently needs to be made the subject of regulations specially adapted to air warfare and taking account of the lessons of experience;
Considering that the solution of this problem, which is of concern to all States, whether Members of the League of Nations or not, calls for technical investigation and thorough consideration;
Considering that the Bureau of the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments is to meet in the near future and that it is for the Bureau to consider practical means of undertaking the necessary work under conditions most likely to lead to as general an agreement as possible:
- Recognizes the following principles as a necessary basis for any subsequent regulations:
- a) The intentional bombing of civilian populations is illegal;
- b) Objectives aimed at from the air must be legitimate military objectives and must be identifiable;
- c) Any attack on legitimate military objectives must be carried out in such a way that civilian populations in the neighborhood are not bombed through negligence;
- Also takes the opportunity to reaffirm that the use of chemical or bacterial methods in the conduct of war is contrary to international law, as recalled more particularly in the resolution of the General Commission of the Conference for the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments of July 23rd 1932, and the resolution of the Council of May 14th, 1938
Documents located at: http://www.dannen.com/decision/int-law.html#D
Appeal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Aerial Bombardment of Civilian Populations, September 1, 1939 –
The President of the United States to the Governments of France,
Germany, Italy, Poland and His Britannic Majesty, September 1, 1939
The ruthless bombing from the air of civilians in unfortified centers of population during the course of the hostilities which have raged in various quarters of the earth during the past few years, which has resulted in the maiming and in the death of thousands of defenseless men, women, and children, has sickened the hearts of every civilized man and woman, and has profoundly shocked the conscience of humanity.
If resort is had to this form of inhuman barbarism during the period of the tragic conflagration with which the world is now confronted, hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings who have no responsibility for, and who are not even remotely participating in, the hostilities which have now broken out, will lose their lives. I am therefore addressing this urgent appeal to every government which may be engaged in hostilities publicly to affirm its determination that its armed forces shall in no event, and under no circumstances, undertake the bombardment from the air of civilian populations or of unfortified cities, upon the understanding that these same rules of warfare will be scrupulously observed by all of their opponents. I request an immediate reply.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
President Truman’s Speech, August 9, 1945:
In a radio speech to the nation on August 9, 1945, President Truman called Hiroshima “a military base.” It seems likely, considering his July 25 diary entry, that he personally was not aware that Hiroshima was a city. Otherwise, he was being untruthful about the nature of the target. Truman delivered his speech from the White House at 10 P.M. Washington time on August 9, 1945. By this time, the second atomic bomb had already destroyed the city of Nagasaki. Because of the great length of the speech, most of which dealt with Germany, only the relevant paragraph is quoted here.
“The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians. But that attack is only a warning of things to come. If Japan does not surrender, bombs will have to be dropped on her war industries and, unfortunately, thousands of civilian lives will be lost. I urge Japanese civilians to leave industrial cities immediately, and save themselves from destruction.”
What does this all mean? It means the bombing of Japan was not only against the counsel of those who developed the bomb; it was also illegal according to international law and contrary to President Roosevelt’s international petition.
U.S. Government and Military Leaders’ Responses to Dropping the Bomb
Harry S. Truman, the President of the United States who ordered the Atomic Bombing:
“This is the greatest thing in history.”
General Henry “Hap” Arnold, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces Under President Truman:
“It always appeared to us that, atomic bomb or no atomic bomb, the Japanese were already on the verge of collapse.”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“I had been conscious of depression and so I voiced to (Sec. Of War Stimson) my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives. It was my belief that Japan was, at this very moment, seeking a way to surrender with a minimum loss of ‘face.’”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“Japan was at the moment seeking some way to surrender with minimum loss of ‘face’… It wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.”
Admiral William D. Leahy, Former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
“It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender… My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was taught not to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”
“I am absolutely convinced that had we said they could keep the emperor, together with the threat of an atomic bomb, they would have accepted, and we would never have had to drop the bomb.”
NEXT QUOTE – This one just absolutely stunned me:
From President Harry S. Truman’s diary entered July 18, 1945 – just 17 days before the bombing of Hiroshima:
“P.M. Churchill & I ate alone. Discussed Manhattan
[PROJECT] (it is a success). Decided to tell Stalin about it. Stalin had told P.M. of telegram from Japan Emperor asking for peace.”
Stewart L. Udall, US Congressman and Author of “Myths of August”
“Some of my conclusions may invoke anger and even ridicule. For example, I offer my belief that the existence of the first atomic bombs may have prolonged – rather than shortened – World War II, by influencing Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson and President Harry S. Truman to ignore an opportunity to negotiate a surrender that would have ended the killing in the Pacific in May or June of 1945. And I have come to view the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings that August as an American tragedy that should be viewed as a moral atrocity.”
From: U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey’s 1946 Study:
“Certainly prior to 31 December 1945, and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.”
- Samuel Walker, Chief Historian, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission:
“Careful scholarly treatment of the records and manuscripts opened over the past few years has greatly enhanced our understanding of why Truman administration used atomic weapons against Japan. Experts continue to disagree on some issues, but critical questions have been answered. The consensus among scholars is the that the bomb was not needed to avoid an invasion of Japan… It is clear that alternatives to the bomb existed and that Truman and his advisers knew it”
1995 – Nagasaki Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima:
“It was a matter of course for atomic bombs to have been dropped on Japan, which had launched a war of aggression. Japan does not have the right to criticize the atomic bomb.” for Kyodo News’s interview. He is also quoted as saying, conversely, that the bombing was “one of the two great crimes against humanity in the
20th Century, along with the Holocaust”
March 16, 1995 – Los Angeles Times
Heading: Japanese Mayors Call A-Bomb Attacks a Crime
Underscoring a wide “perception gap” between Japan and the United States, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Wednesday sharply challenged the prevailing U.S. view that the nuclear attacks on their cities were necessary to end World War II.
Nagasaki Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima called the attacks “one of two great crimes against humanity in the 20th Century, along with the Holocaust.” Although he conceded that the attacks helped hasten the war’s end–a concession Hiroshima Mayor Takashi Hiraoka refused to make–he questioned the price.
“Does avoiding the death of servicemen justify the sacrifice of tens of thousands of guiltless noncombatants?” Motoshima asked, pointing out that the bombs indiscriminately killed men, women and children. “This is tantamount to killing a flea with a sledgehammer. It can hardly be called a justified act, even in wartime.”
The bombs, dropped in August, 1945, killed and injured 130,000 people in Hiroshima–almost half the city’s population–and 74,000 in Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of survivors suffered cancer and other radiation aftereffects.
The mayors, in a joint appearance before foreign correspondents, argued that the United States dropped the bombs mainly to intimidate the Soviet Union, verify the weapons’ effectiveness and justify the $2 billion spent to develop them.
Osama bin Laden, when asked by ABC reporter John Miller-
“Mister bin Laden, you have issued a fatwah calling on Muslims to kill Americans where they can, when they can. Is that directed at all Americans, [or] just the American military, [or] just the Americans in Saudi Arabia?”
Osama bin Laden’s answer, “…The Americans started it and retaliation and punishment should be carried out following the principle of reciprocity, especially when women and children are involved. Through history, American has not been known to differentiate between the military and the civilians or between men and women or adults and children. Those who threw atomic bombs and used the weapons of mass destruction against Nagasaki and Hiroshima were the Americans. Can the bombs differentiate between military and women and infants and children? America has no religion that can deter her from exterminating whole peoples. …We believe that the worst thieves in the world today and the worst terrorists are the Americans. Nothing could stop you except perhaps retaliation in kind. [Therefore] We do not have to differentiate between military or civilian.”
Shocking I know, and very uncomfortable to hear and consider these things. Doubtless many are so angry at seeing Osama bin Laden being quoted that they have nearly forgotten all the quotes of the American leaders who likewise were offended by America being the first to make use of The Bomb. Sin is sin whoever commits it, be they American, Arab, Christian, Jew or Muslim. However, in light of all this, please consider afresh what God has stated in regards to the use of weapons and His judgments –
“If any man have an ear, let him hear, He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he that kills with the sword [or whatever weapon of war] must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints,” (Revelation 13:9).
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man [or nation] soweth, that shall he [or it] also reap,” (Galatians 6:7)
Let us therefore give more earnest heed to Jesus’ admonition, “Watch therefore, praying in every season that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things which shall occur, and to stand before the Son of man,” (Luke 21:26).
Come out of her My people…
Revelation 18:4 – And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, My people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
Christians are called to be a distinct people whose patriotism is to be first in the Kingdom of God. Though living in the world, they are required to still be separate from it and not succumbing to its various social norms and economic ambitions. Like the Apostle Paul stated, Christians are “therefore [to] endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ,” for “No man that wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who has chosen him to be a soldier.”
Furthermore, Christians are supposed to be spiritually alive, which means they are to be both living and walking in the Spirit. They are to be discerning and thus withdrawn from the vain and dead “camp” of religiosity; be it antinomian or legalistic in nature. For the Christian pendulum of faith will often be found ignoring the holy plumb line of God’s righteousness and tends to swing to the extremes of warring dogmas. On one side, there are those defiantly holding to an effortless believism of mere mental assent to justification; while the other side ever spouting a strict adherence to distorted biblical regulations compounded with embellished definitions of self-denial and additional legalism as evidence of godliness and personal holiness.
That’s the problem with “-ism’s,” regardless to which side of center the pendulum swings, they all ignore the real “legality” of the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus that sets men free from the law of sin and death. God’s law has never been and never will be against faith, for even faith has a legal side to it or else there could be no “law of faith.”
Romans 3:27 – Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith… 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Romans 8:1 – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Be not deceived, one’s faithfulness to obediently walk according to the leading of the Spirit of Truth will result in the righteousness of the law being fulfilled in them. For true faith always “works” by love.
John 14:15 – If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; 17 Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees Him not, neither knows Him: but you know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world sees Me no more; but you see Me: because I live, you shall live also. 20 At that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He that has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves Me: and he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. 22 Judas said unto Him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that You wilt manifest Yourself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. 24 He that loves Me not keeps not My sayings: and the word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.
Romans 2:5 – But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up unto yourself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; 6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
Many believers readily admit that the call to “come out from among her My people” applies to one’s spiritual life. But I am persuaded it will soon become necessary (for all those who can) to literally comply with this call of God geographically, to physically separate themselves from the USA. For this warning in Revelation 18 to “come out” appears to be the last call for those hoping to escape the judgments that are ready to befall the eighth and final empire as it falls headlong into perdition. A call that must be heeded just as literally as the first century church did when Jesus instructed them to “flee to the mountains.” For history records that the Christians, obediently fleeing, did escape the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans.
Luke 21:20 – And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
It is time for Christians in America to quit spiritualizing everything and come up with a sound scriptural reason why this clear call to “Come out of her, My people,” should not be taken just as literal as it was given in these following passages. For is this not the exact same word which was given by God admonishing the Israelites to flee Babylon because of the wrath that was about to be poured out upon her?
Jeremiah 51:6 – Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; He will render unto her a recompense.
Jeremiah 51:45 – My people, go out of the midst of her, and deliver you every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
Many believers are complacent because they have been taught that this is the rapture call of Christ’s coming to steal away His bride. However, I am persuaded it is intended to be taken just as it was by the saints in Jeremiah’s and Noah’s time; as a stern call to obedience by God for the righteous to prove their hearts and thus condemn the wicked for their disobedience.
Hebrew 11:7 – By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Similarly, the obedience of the godly to this admonishment to “come out from among them” may well prove to be the final witness of the Spirit against the wicked in America that they have gone too far. And now having been weighed in the balances, they have been found lacking as their judgment imminently hangs above them like a sword.
Revelation 13:10 – He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Prayerfully consider this “Come out of her, My people” in the light of Jesus’ words when He sent forth the seventy after giving them power to be witnesses that the Kingdom of God had in truth come unto man.
Luke 9:5 – And whosoever will not receive you, when you go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
Luke 10:10 – But into whatsoever city you enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaves on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be you sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto you Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. 15 And you Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, you shall be thrust down to hell. 16 He that hears you hears Me; and he that despises you despises Me; and he that despises Me despises Him that sent Me.
Now compare the verses above with Paul’s actions towards the rebellious Jews in Macedonia.
Acts 18:5 – And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ. 6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
This call to “come out” may very well be the greatest witness the Church of Jesus Christ in America can give to the unbelievers of the world into which they go. As the body of Christ once again exercises the same faith as Abraham, and leaves their natural country trusting God who has prepared for them an eternal City to provide for them here in their obedience. However, please understand there cannot be a survivalist motive or mentality in this coming out. No seeking to save our own lives, no trusting in the wisdom of man, or the strength of the flesh or confidence in silver and gold. Just simple obedience for the glory of His Name alone, for that is the nature of true faith. This call is to be a testimony of God’s righteousness and a witness against the wicked, similar to Noah’s faith in his days, of whom scriptures says he condemned the world to its destruction by his own obedience, or that of just Lot who left all his possessions obediently fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction.
You too may know sincere believers who are preparing for the hard times they know are coming to America, but with many it is out of fear and in the wisdom of their flesh. They are hording up silver and gold trusting in its earthly worth, stockpiling food, buying guns and ammo and are getting ready to fight in order to survive and to keep what is theirs. But what does any man have that is truly his? Or when did God ever deliver His people through filthy mammon or the arm of the flesh? HOWEVER, please do not take that as a blanketing statement dismissing any wise preparation that is done in true obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading, rather as a warning to be careful of where your confidence is and to scrutinize the motives of your heart, for regardless of peace or war, whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Jeremiah 9:23 – Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. 25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised.
Zephaniah 1:14 – The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastes greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers. 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. 18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy: for He shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
Even now judgment is sweeping our land, but for all this they will not hear and will not see.
Revelation 18:6 – Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her.
Christians are expected to know
This is important here, very important. While telling John about “the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her,” the angel says something very specific that I have yet to hear adequately addressed, let alone preached on from the pulpit. For by the angel’s words this “mystery” appears to be something that true believers in Christ have a responsibility to know, that is if their names are “written in the book of life from the foundation of the world.”
Revelation 17:7 – And the angel said unto me, Wherefore did you marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw 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.
That part about those “whose names were not written in the book of life” is often just read through by many without any real pause or consideration. So, for those who might be considering its significance for the first time, you may also need to reflect upon what Jesus said to His true disciples.
Luke 8:10 – And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
God’s people should know those events which were prophetically foretold concerning the days in which they live and not caught unaware. If these things were meant to remain a mystery and hidden, then why would Jesus have attributed the people’s ignorance to them in His day as a contributing cause for the destruction of Jerusalem? Jesus absolutely expected them to know, and consequently a just verdict of condemnation was spoken over the holy city with tears as a determined judgment was levied upon them for their failure to discern the time in which they were living.
Luke 19:41 – And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 Saying, “If you had known, even you, at least in this your day the things which belong unto your peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. 43 For the days shall come upon you when your enemies shall cast a trench about you, and compass you and keep you in on every side, 44 And shall lay you even with the ground, and your children within you. And they shall not leave in you one stone upon another; because you knew not the time of your visitation.”
In Jesus’s day there were the Zealots, the Sadducees, the Pharisees, the Essenes, and the Herodians; and these all had their respective beliefs they had derived from the scriptures. So I ask you, was it because they were too confident in what they believed, or had they become so indoctrinated that they had become apathetic and too lazy to seek those things which God desired to reveal to all men freely. Surely it was the judgment of God upon them to have Jesus say unto them, “But now they are hid from thine eyes.”
This notion that God expects His people to know certain things can be further established through Daniel who was able to understand the times and events which were due to occur in his day “by the books,” i.e. the writings of the Prophet Jeremiah.
Daniel 9:2 – In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
The problem of ignorance must lie with men and not God, for He has promised that those who come to Him will be rewarded for their diligence.
Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Matthew 7:7 – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asks, receives; and he that seeks, finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened.
Likewise, Paul’s Epistle to the Thessalonians also demonstrates how through the scriptures, his teachings, their prayers, and by their walking in the Spirit, that they had no need to have the things ready to come to pass in their day further explained to them, for they knew them.
I Thessalonians 5:1 – But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Eye to Eye
Some will remember when President Bush Sr. used his position to openly promote the “New World Order” agenda to the citizens of America and the world. The key to his plan to bring peace to the Middle East was to begin with the division of the heritage of Abraham with Israel’s enemies. A plan that would have prompt response form God for touching the pupil of His eye.
Zechariah 2:8 – For thus says the LORD of hosts, After the glory has He sent me unto the nations which spoiled you. For he that touches you touches the apple of His eye..
Genesis 12:2 – And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless you, and curse him that curses you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed… 6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, “Unto your seed will I give this land.” And there built he an altar unto the LORD who appeared unto him.
Genesis 17:7 – And I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant; to be a God unto you and to your seed after you. 8 And I will give unto you and to your seed after you the land wherein you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.
Psalm 105:7 – He is the LORD our God: His judgments are in all the earth. 8 He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations. 9 Which covenant He made with Abraham, and His oath unto Isaac; 10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: 11 Saying, “Unto you will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance.”
Hopefully those verses have spoken to your heart about His faithfulness to His oath. For God’s faithfulness to those verses doesn’t rest on the present-day Jews in Israel, but rather on His covenant to “the fathers,” meaning Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Romans 11:28 – As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
President George H. W. Bush laid the foundation for the plans that are still being pursued for the popular “peace initiative,” which are also helping to fill America’s cup of iniquity to the brim. Consequently, for decades God has been faithful to recompense America with judgments according to her works that she might see her sins and be humbled and repent. There are many, many examples of this that can be given, as God often faithfully correlates these judgments within a twenty-four-hour period or less with the actions taken by America’s leaders against His holy land Israel. Though time and space prohibit cataloging every event and detail, the following is a short list I once prepared for a men’s prayer breakfast; mostly gleaned from William Koenig’s excellent book “Eye to Eye,” I highly recommend reading it and his follow up book, “Revealed – Obama’s Legacy.”
The following is only a minute drop in the bucket of the consequences of hardness of heart of America’s leaders rejecting God warning and deceitfully dealing with Israel, embracing their enemies, and seeking to divide the Covenant Land.
- On October 18, 1991 – the administration of Senior President Bush sends letter of invitation to each participant of the Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid, Spain to introduce the “Land for Peace” concept. Consequently, on October 20, 1991 the Oakland Hills Firestorm, the East Bay Hills Fire, and the Tunnel Fire erupt and ultimately killed 25 people and injured 150 others. At least 1,520 acres were destroyed including 3,354 single-family dwellings and 437 apartment/condominium units resulting in an economic loss estimated at $1.5 billion.
- Through October 30 – November 2, 1991 – the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference transpires while the Perfect Storm, also known as the No-Name Storm develops and moves up along the east coast and into President Bush’s home in Kennebunkport Maine where the windows are blown out as 30 foot waves hurl 100 pound stones into his living room – Total damage estimated to be $208 million with 12 deaths. Worst storm in 100 years.
- Between February 18-25, 1993 – having already been to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Lebanon, U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher of the Clinton administration visits Israel in an attempt to reopen the Arab-Israeli negotiations. Consequently, on February 26, 1993 the World Trade Center bombing occurs with $750 million in damage.
- On March 2, 1997 – having been granted an audience with President Clinton, PLO Chairman Arafat arrived in Washington D.C. for requested meeting to protest
Israel building housing units in East Jerusalem. Consequently, on March 1-2, 1997 severe weather conditions developed causing Mississippi and Ohio flooding and tornadoes. President Clinton’s home state of Arkansas was devastated by tornadoes where a total of 67 died (26 in Arkansas), and an estimated $1 billion damages. On March 4 the New York Times headline read “In storm’s wake, grief and shock” and was adjacent to photo of President Clinton and Chairman Arafat with caption reading “President Clinton rebukes Israel.”
- On September 24, 1998 – President Clinton announced meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and PLO Chairman Arafat. The purpose of the meeting was to pressure Israel to give up 13% of her land. Consequently, on September 24-28, Hurricane George develops in Gulf of Mexico on the 24th and makes landfall in three days later with 110 mph winds, heavy rains and extensive flooding resulting in an estimated $5.9 billion in damages. Hurricane George dissipated when Arafat left the U.S.
- Next year September 13, 1999 – is the first meeting between Israeli Foreign Minister and PLO official to work out Palestinian State borders. From September 7th to the 17th Hurricane Floyd grows into a monstrous storm on Sept. 13th causing the greatest evacuation in U.S. history. Total estimated $6 billion in damages.
- March 31, 2001 – President George W. Bush Jr. welcomes both Egyptian President Mubarak and Jordanian King Abdullah II to the White House. Their purpose was to persuade him to be more aggressive in Middle East talks and to continue pressure and support the “Land for Peace” initiative. Consequently, on the same day a Chinese fighter “bumps” into a highly technical U.S. reconnaissance plane and forces its crew to make an emergency landing in China.
- August 25 – September 10, 2001 – according to an article in the Washington Post, President Bush, Secretary Powell, and Ambassador to Israel, Daniel Kurtzer together with cooperation with the Saudis worked on the most comprehensive plan concerning “Land for Peace” proposal which was scheduled to be delivered by Secretary Powell on September 24th to Israel. Consequently, on September 11, Terrorist reportedly used 2 airplanes to attack the World Trade Center towers in New York City and supposedly a 3rd was used to attack the Pentagon, while a 4th plane which was intended for the White House has its debris scattered in Pennsylvania leaving almost 3000 dead and $40 billion in damages.
- On November 7, 2002 – President Bush hosted a dinner at the beginning of Ramadan for Arab Ambassadors. The President publicly honors the Koran and Islam by saying, “We see in Islam a religion that traces its origins back to God’s call on Abraham. We share your belief in God’s justice and your insistence on man’s moral responsibility.” Consequently, on November 9-11, 88 Tornadoes ripped through 7 states; some are category F-4 with 200 mph winds, one of the worst November outbreaks on record.
Quoting Weather.com, “Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year and just about anywhere in the world. However, the unique geography of the United States helps to produce some of the most favorable conditions for their development. The months with the greatest number of tornadoes overall are April, May, and June, but tornadoes can and do occur during any month of the year. Tornado seasons vary in different parts of the United States. In the Southeast, the peak season for tornadoes is February through April. In the northern Plains, tornadoes are most likely to develop from June through August.” Therefore these 88 tornadoes in November stand out significantly as “acts of God.”
- On January 31, 2003 – Secretary Powell states President Bush would become more involved in Israel-
Palestine talks, laboring towards the goal of a Palestinian state by 2005. Consequently, on February 1, Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart directly above Palestine, Texas, while re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. This was the first time an Israeli was included on board as a member of the shuttle mission.
It is worth mentioning how the Space Shuttle Columbia had a very similar appearance to that of a shooting star or meteorite as it was disintegrating upon its re-entry. This tragic event was telecast live and thus witness worldwide. However, shooting stars and comets are often considered bad omens, and therefore I consider this event to have been a harbinger and reliable witness to the prophetic verse in Revelation 16:10, which speaks of how “the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain.” Such terminology could be an accurate description of the results of a nuclear detonation in or over Babylon, the original seat and capital of Chaldea. This makes it all the more noteworthy here when we consider that the seat and capital of America is the District of Columbia.
As you can see, the list is not current, but the pattern remains. Time will tell how President Trump fares with His policies and peace plan. Nevertheless, America’s defiance to God and its deceitfulness to Israel continued through Presidents Clinton and Bush Jr. and was with even greater intensity into President Obama’s administration. And thus, so did God’s judgments on America as was easily witnessed on April 19, 2010 as Israel was celebrating its independence. Gallups stated in the narration on a video, “On April the 19th, Fox News reports that the U.S. will no longer automatically support Israel in the United Nations.” April 20th, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explodes. Since then we have been witnessing record drought and fires, record flooding displacing thousands, tornadoes setting new records in strength and intensity and cost of lives and damages, while the whole earth is quaking… and for all this the wicked still will not seek God, repent or amend their ways.
All these various judgments have been, as it were, prophetic blows of the axe being laid to the root of the tree of America. For each incident, another swing was made.
Matthew 3:10 – And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
As it was with Babylon of old, America’s sins and pride seems to have overtaken her. The rebellion steadfast too long, and now judgment appears certain and the tree condemned. As with the cutting down of any tree, there comes a time when the axe-man can stop striking the tree, for its strength is broken and ready to fall. All the axe-man needs to do is lay his hand against the tree and gently push and its descent begins with what seems to be slow motion as it will soon come crashing down in a whip like fashion.
It cannot be ignored that “the axe is laid unto the root of the tree,” for America has experienced profound noteworthy events with significant national trees that I would assert are further prophetic testimonies to her fate. Remember, God is sovereign in all things; not even a sparrow falls to the ground without His knowledge or consent. First, on February 19, 2011, a Colorado Spruce which served as the National Christmas Tree, planted in 1978 in the Ellipse south of the White House was snapped by high winds, leaving only a broken stump standing.
Daniel 4:11 – The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth: 12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it. 13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven; 14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches.
Daniel 4:23 – And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him; 26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.
Another significant event regarding trees in America happened on that dreadful day of September 11, 2001, when a steel beam falling from one of the collapsing towers struck a sycamore growing on the grounds of St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City and destroyed it. For those who are not aware, St. Paul’s Chapel is part of Trinity Church. This church is literally the oldest public building in Manhattan remaining in continuous use.
What makes all this overwhelmingly important is that America’s first president, George Washington, commenced his office of presidency, the very first presidency, by escorting on foot the Vice President and all members of the Senate and House of Representatives to St. Paul’s Chapel. There they prayerfully dedicated America to God for His service and sovereign care. It was there upon bent knees with solemn prayer that the leaders of America humbled themselves and asked for God’s favor and blessings to be upon this nation. At that very moment, that little parcel of ground next to where the Twin Towers would later be built, where America was dedicated, that land became perhaps the most hallowed ground in all America; an undeniable landmark of profound significance to the nation.
Therefore, consider those words which are recorded in the Congressional Record of the Senate which were spoken by Senate majority leader Senator Tom Daschle, when on the very next day following the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 12, 2001 as he stood before the house, God, and the world, and boldly stated “America will emerge from this tragedy as we have emerged from all adversity – united and strong. Nothing… nothing can replace the losses of those who have suffered. I know there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that speaks to all of us at times like this, ‘The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.’”
Since the sycamore tree was destroyed when the World Trade Center collapsed, it was later replaced in November 2003 with a 20-foot Norway Spruce that was confidently given the name “Tree of Hope.” However, though the spruce was ceremoniously planted with another public reading of Isaiah 9:10, it refused to grow, withered, and died. Therefore, the “Tree of Hope” was quietly removed while all this remains virtually unknown to many sleeping Americans.
According to Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of The Harbinger, “The keepers of the Tree of Hope did everything they could to save the withering tree. They even changed the soil in which it grew. But no matter what they did, the tree continued to wither away and die. Finally, in the spring of this year, the tree planted in the place of the fallen sycamore of Ground Zero, the symbol of a rising America, was uprooted. … The seventh harbinger is no more.”
So, America’s Tree of Hope planted defiantly in the face of God’s judgments on the most hallowed ground of America, where she was birthed as a nation and dedicated to God, despite all the efforts of men simply withered and died; and was uprooted and destroyed. The time since then has been the longsuffering and forbearance of God, not willing that any should perish. May you have ears to hear.
Revelation 18:7 – How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her. 9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is your judgment come. 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buys their merchandise any more: 12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 18 And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. 21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee.
The next verse in this passage is perhaps the scariest verse pertaining to judgment of America’s imminent fall.
Revelation 18:23 – And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
This will not merely be the power grid being crippled and taken out, leaving people without internet sitting in their dark powerless houses. It is far worse than that, no more Light of the Gospel, no more the voice of Christ the bridegroom being heard pleading with men to repent, no more is the church, the bride with her watchmen crying out “Repent,” warning “This is the way, walk you in it.” The time is at hand when Christ will once again say the time is fulfilled; it is over, and will then be too late to repent.
Revelation 22:11 – He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.