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Probably the most near-term prophecy scheduled for fulfillment besides the Isaiah 17 predicted destruction of Damascus is the Gog-Magog assault on Israel.
The Rapture of the church, of course, continues to be in the mix of all the prophetic stage-setting on the horizon of these last days. It has always been an event that is without a specific prophetic signal that precedes its occurrence. However, the Rapture is not without signs that it could happen at any moment.
Despite some seminary declarations that Luke 21:28 is not a Rapture signal, I disagree.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
To any student of Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib view, the evidence is overwhelming. We see all the signs for the Tribulation beginning to come to pass. And God’s Word says that when we see this very thing happening–all these things beginning to come to pass—we are to look up, for Jesus is coming to save us out of that terrible time to come (read Revelation 3: 10).
We see the wickedness in the world that makes this generation like that of the days of Lot. We have violence and evil like in the days of Noah. Evil men and seducers are growing worse and worse. There is a globalist onslaught that is setting the stage for Antichrist and his regime of terror. There is apostasy, even in the formerly conservative, evangelical churches, with the leadership of those bodies embracing things we would never have thought they would accept.
To sum it up: In every direction we look, all is set for the next phase of Christ’s Second Coming and the Tribulation that will precede that magnificent event.
Israel is front and center, and is hated by the vast majority of the world’s countries, as witnessed by UN votes involving God’s chosen nation.
So with all this as a prologue, we can now look at a specific prophecy that is in view, based upon accumulating evidence. That is the coming Gog-Magog assault on Israel.
The stage is being set for that catastrophic attack. It’s catastrophic not for God’s chosen nation, but for the attackers—and for the rest of the world.
God, through Ezekiel the prophet, tells of the coalition that will invade Israel to take “great spoil.” We have determined after much study by prophecy scholars that the chief nations that will coalesce to attack Israel—by today’s names—will be Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others. But, God, according to the prophecy in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, will hold the world in general responsible as well. At least He will seemingly punish other nations as well as the one he will almost totally decimate when they attack.
Thou salt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord. (Ezekiel 39:5–6)
So what evidence is there that this most profound prophecy is in view for fulfillment, perhaps in the very near future? It involves the term “great spoil” in the Ezekiel prophecy.
When the attack takes place, the leaders of the nations watching apparently will only send a weak diplomatic note of protest. It sounds very much like the weakness we see now in the American government and in that of the EU and others.
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? (Ezekiel 38: 13)
At the moment, because of the Biden administration going into green insanity by shutting down America’s oil-producing industry, Russia has gained greatly in the producing and selling of petroleum and natural gas. Nations of Europe, in particular, are in a critical juncture regarding having natural gas to fuel its needs. Russia is providing the natural gas needed to supply needs in the UK and other nations.
But now, the little Jewish state, Israel, doesn’t look so diminutive in terms of nation-states. They have found and harnessed massive gas reserves and petroleum reserves. The following story gives some details.
Today, Israel’s gas reserves are so rich that they can supply not only Israel, but Europe as well. And that’s precisely what happened on Wednesday when Israel, and the European Union signed a natural gas agreement. The agreement was forged in Cairo as Egypt as the gas will flow via Egypt’s pipelines. Signing this trilateral agreement is Europe’s solution for replacing the Russian gas imports it has relied on for decades.
Western Europe is trying to distance itself from Russia including economic boycotts. This phenomenon provided Israel with a rare opportunity to provide natural gas once provided by the Kremlin.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission said in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem on Tuesday: “With the beginning of this war and the attempt of Russia to blackmail us through energy, by deliberately cutting off the energy supplies, we decided to cut off and to get rid of the dependency on Russian fossil fuels, and to move away from Russia and diversify to trustworthy suppliers,” adding that “It is an outstanding step bringing our energy cooperation to the next level.” (“Israel to supply natural gas to Europe and its connection to a blessing from Deuteronomy,” by David Sidman, Israel 365news 2021 June 16, 2022)
They give the Scripture in Deuteronomy is as follows.
For Hashem your God will bless you as He has promised you: you will extend loans to many nations, but require none yourself; you will dominate many nations, but they will not dominate you. (Deuteronomy 15:6)
God’s Word says He will put hooks in the jaws of the leader of the attacking coalition. It is more than proper, I think, to wonder if Israel’s great oil and gas reserves might be the bait the Lord will use in hooking this evil leader in, bringing Gog’s forces down to be all but totally destroyed on the mountains of Israel.
All of this means the Rapture must be very near occurring, as I and many others believe the Gog-Magog attack will take place after the Rapture of the Church.
Here is how to be ready for going to be with Jesus in that glorious call He makes to the Church He loves and died for on the cross at Calvary.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
Author’s note: This is a chapter I wrote for one of my books some time right after the 2016 presidential election.
Emails I’ve received from several readers have asked if I believe America is the Babylon mentioned in Revelation chapters 17 and 18. I looked at this chapter and felt it was the best answer as to my thoughts in answering their question. The things involved, though somewhat dated, remains my best estimation of the possibilities involved in the America/Babylon question.
It is lengthy, but I thought it better to present in its totality rather than break into several parts. –Terry
America: Babylon’s Mirror Image
One of the most frightening descriptions of judgment found in Bible prophecy is set within the seventeenth and eighteenth chapters of Revelation. God’s wrath is foretold to fall upon history’s most blasphemous and wealthiest religious, political, and socioeconomic humanistic system.
Babylon the Great will be destroyed in a single hour. It will take place at some point during the last seven years of the age leading up to Christ’s Second Coming.
One of the most asked questions by those interested in end-times matters is: “Is America in Bible prophecy?” —Or, “Why isn’t America, certainly considered the greatest nation to this point in history in terms of wealth and material achievement—not in Bible prophecy?”
The most common answer given by teachers and others who view prophecy from the pre-Millennial, pre-Tribulation, futurist perspective is: “No.” America is not found in Bible prophecy. That has most frequently been my own answer to that basic question. The United States of America isn’t found within the pages of God’s prophetic Word.
I can’t answer for others who deal with biblical eschatology (the study of end things). I can only say that my own meaning within my answer is that the U.S. isn’t mentioned by name anywhere in prophecy.
Whether this most materially blessed nation in history, despite the absence of its name, is or is not somewhere in prophecy is another matter. Regarding that matter, my thinking, based upon study of God’s Word, has trended in more recent times toward “perhaps.”
Babylon, the city second only to Jerusalem as far as the number of times it’s mentioned in the Bible, is, of course, at the center of most controversy in the question of whether America is implied in Scripture. Is the United States Babylon the Great?
Despite the adamant answers to this query by some of my colleagues and friends on both sides of the America/Babylon matter, I must say they cannot—nor can I—know for certain. Only history playing out can provide the answer. We don’t know the future in detail when speculating upon such peripheral prophetic issues. Such is reserved exclusively for the God of Heaven.
Time’s unfolding, however, always draws things to come into focus so that prophetic detail can be more clearly discerned. It seems to me that recent times have provided ever-increasing magnification, showing America’s possible inclusion within these “end-of-days” prophecies, as the secular world terms them.
I am not declaring that I’m thinking America is Babylon the Great. Like this chapter’s title implies, however, our nation, in many ways, looks to me to be more and more like a mirror reflection of that prophesied entity.
Babylon the Great
Let’s look here at the mysterious entity God called “Babylon the Great.” Its total destruction assuredly describes how it will be the apex nation/city/commercial and religious system of human history.
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,
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.
The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,
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!
For in one hour so great riches is come to naught. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!
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 (Revelation 18:9–10, 15–19).
There have been great religious and commercial centers throughout history. Some of these were, no doubt, seen by the merchants of the time and others as wielding great seductive and controlling power like that described above. Some of these have been destroyed, usually by military action. Others—such as in the case of Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius—have been almost instantly decimated by what many consider the judgment of God.
But, these were all in the past—mostly in the ancient past. There has been no such total devastation to such a powerful city or nation in modern times. And, the destruction of Babylon the Great is prophetically scheduled to take place at a future time set within the context of the last seven years leading up to Christ’s Second Advent.
If God’s Word is true—and it is truth in every respect—there must be a city, nation, and commercial influence of tremendous magnitude during the time of what John was told to call the Apocalypse, the “Revelation of Jesus Christ.”
We must then, if trying to understand whether the present generation is near the time of Christ’s “Revelation” or Second Coming, ask whether a city-state commercial system as described in Revelation chapter 18 exists.
As a matter of fact, there is indeed such an entity. It is the only one on the scene as of right now. Far beyond that fact, the one presently on the scene is one unlike any to have ever existed throughout the history of mankind.
The United States of America is, in terms of human achievement and attainment of every conceivable development of material convenience, the absolute apex of all nations of all of history! This isn’t being boastful of my nation. It’s simply fact that even the most ardent America-hater can’t truthfully deny. As my fellow Arkansan, that great philosopher Dizzy Dean, said: “It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it.”
America, blessed beyond all nations, materially speaking—and even spiritually speaking, in some sense—has done it. The United States has achieved greatness that is the envy of the world…and the hatred of the world as well, in many cases.
It is deflating, after that statement, to have to say that this once-great nation has become, perhaps, among the most debauched and debased of human history. Lord Edward Acton said it well: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” America has achieved power like no other nation-state. She has corrupted herself, possibly beyond redemption.
The primary cause of the fall into corruption is that American society and culture—its people, for the most part—have collectively turned their backs on God. The nation has grown rich and insensitive to God’s blessings, His great purposes for bringing into existence this most unique experiment in liberty. Like the Lord’s indictment of Babylon the Great, it might be said, “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Revelation 18:3).
America is the richest nation that has ever been upon this fallen planet. Jesus told us that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to “see” the Kingdom of Heaven. The spiritual heart—the minds of the rich—are easily turned from thoughts of the True God of Heaven. These have a difficult time even “seeing” or recognizing things of the Kingdom of Heaven. They, therefore, certainly have an almost impossible challenge in finding the only route to salvation—that found in Romans 10:9–10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Thankfully, Jesus followed up that dire “camel through the eye of a needle” assessment by stating that “with God all things are possible,” meaning that the rich can attain salvation, because of God’s love and grace.
The United States of America experienced that love and grace as a —nation with the 2016 presidential election. This is a view I realize isn’t shared by a vast number of Americans, even necessarily Americans who voted for the winner in that election. But, my view is that God’s grace, love, and patience are the reason for the sudden, unexpected turn of events in the direction the election took that night of November 8.
The 2 Chronicles 7:14 Scripture was on full display: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Some theologians will argue adamantly that this declaration by God was only for the Jewish people—the nation Israel. It has, at best, only unknowably uncertain, peripheral application for today’s Age of Grace (Church Age), they insist.
I disagree. God tells us that He does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The 2 Chronicles 7:14 promise has not been abandoned by the God of Heaven.
The essays within this book detail my view on how God’s praying people helped cause the surprise—even shock—politicians, pundits, and people across the nation and world received when the election results became known at around 9 p.m. Eastern time on November 8, 2016.
Not to be misunderstood, I am not saying or even hinting that I think the winning candidate for the presidency is a godly person. I am saying, however, that the winning candidate is God’s man for this critical hour as this generation moves ever deeper into the last of the last days.
The United States—the world—received a sort of reprieve. The phenomenal turnabout in direction America took was like a child playing with a battery-operated toy car, reaching down and picking the toy up, turning it around, and letting it run in the opposite direction.
Well…that might be a bit of a weak analogy to what happened, but maybe it will suffice for illustrative purposes here.
We consider at this juncture only the moral issues of the most basic sort, just to, hopefully, further make the point.
America’s obstinate turning from God’s prescriptive way for humanity was on full display during the previous presidential administration. God said, through Paul the apostle in Romans chapter 1 and in numerous Old Testament passages that homosexuality is a sin. God seems to consider man lying (engaging in sexual acts) with man and woman with woman as among the most egregious of sins. Such is termed an “abomination” in God’s Holy Word.
Not only did the practice of homosexuality ramp up during the years of the previous administration, it was given government sanction at every turn. We recall that the president had the White House bathed in the rainbow colors to show his support for those on the side of gay rights.
We remember, too, that Christian business owners were prosecuted and fined for refusing to bake cakes for homosexual “marriages.”
And, to that point, the United States government, with full backing of the court system, slapped the Creator of mankind in the face by saying marriage is not the way God ordained. We infer from that decision that God—if there is a God like that of the Bible—was wrong in the opinion of America’s court system.
Same-sex marriage was normalized—or that was the attempt that was made.
God made male and female, we are plainly informed in Genesis. The courts and the “progressive” minds of America and the world tell us that, regardless of our birth gender, we can be whichever we want to be. The psychologists, psychiatrists, and other psychoanalysts of today agree. Some textbooks on such matters have been rewritten. They now say that homosexuality, transsexuality, and all other formerly aberrant sexual identities are now normal, alternative lifestyle choices.
While the new president—again, as I see as not a godly man, but as God’s man—hasn’t addressed to any great extent the particular issue of immorality concerning sexuality within the American culture, he has indicated strongly that he intends to see that Christianity is treated fairly. He has said he saw that the Christian faith was under assault and that he intends to rectify that inequity.
I believe the Lord has seen fit to surround the president with a number of Christian men and women who will help guide him in the effort to “rectify” the inequities.
America has corrupted herself, as delineated above. However, she has been an instrument for righteousness in the hand of God as well.
From its beginning, despite the problems of infiltration by esoteric influences, America had at its conception principles that obviously were put in the minds of the Founding Fathers by the God of Heaven. Those Judeo-Christian principles served the nation well. The Gospel of Jesus Christ flourished as the dominant faith without its proponents acting dictatorially by suppressing or oppressing other religions.
While some such oppression might have on rare occasion attempted to so dominate, the Constitution was there to assure freedom of religious practice and expression. In the matter of sharing the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, America was indeed that shining light on the hill about which President Ronald Reagan and others have proudly spoken.
Second only in importance to spreading the Gospel around the world through missionary effort and through the fantastic technologies she developed is the nation’s other divine purpose, in my view. America served as midwife for Israel’s rebirth into modernity.
America was the primary mover in supporting the fledgling Jewish state when much of the world was indifferent or even antagonistic to Israel becoming a nation. The most powerful country on earth just happened to be there, with a president, Harry S. Truman, who saw prophetic significance in what was taking place. It was a divine appointment, there is no doubt.
This nation, then, was once a great nation, considering the two main purposes it has served. In that sense, the desire to “make America great again” is a worthy and even noble ambition. However, it will never be made great again through political manipulations or economic revival. Only the God of Heaven who gave the nation its commission in the first place can truly “make America great again.”
When looking at the America/Babylon the Great question, do we see in Scripture any indication that the doomed religious and commercial city-nation system ever had redeeming qualities?
Perhaps—and it is a big “perhaps.”
Based upon the fact that Bible prophecy often has dual reference, usually to a local or immediate circumstance and secondly to a distant circumstance, it is appropriate to wonder if the Babylon mentioned in Jeremiah is a future reference to the Revelation chapter 18 Babylon in the following: “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so she may be healed” (Jeremiah 51:7–8).
There is the possibility that this is a reference to mention by the Lord that the Babylon to be judged was once used by God in a good way. Babylon has been a “golden cup.” Of course, the next statement is that Babylon nonetheless caused the whole world to drink of her evil, thus making all earth-dwellers “mad.”
There also seems to be some room here to believe that there is still hope for redemption. Jeremiah says: “Howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so she may be healed.”
I believe the declaration that this Babylon referenced has been “a golden cup in the Lord’s hand” could easily describe America’s usefulness in the matters of exporting the Gospel and of serving as midwife in Israel’s rebirth in 1948. I’m not prepared to say this is definitely describing the United States, but that it would serve as an apt description of the way God has used this nation. In that sense, America is a mirror image of the Babylon mentioned in the Jeremiah declaration.
It is easy, as one who loves America, then, to take some comfort from the following words of the prophet: “Howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so she may be healed.”
Admittedly, it is nigh on to impossible to see how Babylon the great might ever have a chance of redemption from her gross sinfulness, as described in excruciating detail by John. But we remember that Saul, the mass murderer of the earliest Christians, found redemption by God’s grace. As a matter of fact, we can look at our own sinfulness before coming to Christ to understand that the redemptive process is far above our own thoughts and ways. Praise God!
In the same way we might take comfort from the thought of a balm for the healing of America, if it is indeed a mirror image of Babylon the Great, it is equally troubling to consider the corruption-laden imagery that reflects from that mirror.
America the Not So Beautiful
John announces the vision as he sees the crashing down of Babylon the Great:
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon 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. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. (Revelation 18:1–3)
Babylon, if it was indeed once a “golden cup” in the hand of the Lord, certainly is here described as having collapsed to rubble. We don’t know exactly who this city-nation commercial system was (prophetically will be) in its glory days that made it Babylon the Great. It is part of the description of a “mystery,” and is called just that in its hellish, religious aspect:
And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:1–5)
It seems obvious that this future Babylon the Great has at its core a satanic religion. In its final throes of collapse, this religion has become an integral, inseparable part of doing business worldwide. All merchants, kings, and everyone else are required to worship within this religious monstrosity as directed by its religious leader.
We go to Revelation 13 to better understand this blasphemous relationship. This describes earth’s last and most horrendous tyrant, Antichrist:
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world…. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (Revelation 13:7–8, 11–12)
We can understand from this prophecy that the final füehrer will have a sidekick called here “the second beast.” This will be a false religious leader who will force all the world to worship Antichrist, who controls all buying and selling. All of this is rolled up into the entity called Babylon the Great.
Looking in the mirror of the future at Babylon the Great, can we see resemblance to the current apex nation of history, the United States of America?
Our country has put forth the Gospel as no other nation-state. This is true if only because we have been blessed with the amazing technologies to get the message of Jesus Christ to the whole world.
America has been the champion of Israel, seeing to it that the modern Jewish state was reborn in the twentieth century.
The U.S. has been at the forefront of kindness and generosity to the unfortunate peoples of the world at every turn. Whether in war-torn, post-war Europe and Japan or in the regions devastated by any given natural disaster around the globe, this country has been the first on the scene with tremendous amounts of money and supplies to help relieve the suffering.
Until the mid-twentieth century, America had at its core morality based upon Judeo-Christian values emanating from the Holy Scriptures.
Even though there was much immorality within the nation, and there was increasing corruption at every level of society and culture during the first half of the 1900s, any aberration or severe deviation from that core morality was so ostracized that such evil stayed locked in the shadows for the most part except for the era known as the Roaring Twenties.
If not a “golden cup” in the hand of the Lord, America was a nation that still embraced His way of comportment for the most part.
All changed, it seemed to me, in 1962–1963 and 1973.
Prayer in public schools were banned. Bible reading, too, was banished from the classrooms of America. Abortion became the preferred way of handling unwanted babies still in the womb with Roe v Wade in 1973.
From the time of those years, most every form of evil seems to have been loosed upon America. It was as if Daniel the prophet’s words burst in their beginning of fulfillment during that eleven-year era from 1962 to 1973. Of the wrap-up of human history prior to Christ’s return, Daniel said: “and the end thereof shall be with a flood” (Daniel 9:26c).
A flood of evil has descended, to be sure.
John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, followed by the start of the sexual revolution, and the Vietnam War that took more than fifty thousand American lives. The drug culture exploded on the national scene and two prominent Americans in the news were shot to death, ostensibly for their political views—Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy.
The national debt arose to astronomical heights with Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, which unleashed unprecedented spending into his War on Poverty.
The liberal mindset swiftly overwhelmed more conservative thinking, bringing about legislation and judicial appointments and decisions that moved America away from the God who had so richly blessed the country.
That inevitable, future, national train wreck has not been stopped, or even slowed. It has accelerated, as a matter of fact. Upside-down thinking of politicians, judges at every level, and presidents and their administrations have helped bring at least half of the American populace to the point described by Paul the apostle:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:28–32)
The United States of America does not present a “beautiful” picture early on in the twenty-first century. Her image, sad to have to report, could be said to in many ways be a mirror image of end-times Babylon. Our nation’s sins are reflective of the many things that God’s Word prophesies will bring Babylon the Great crashing from its prideful heights.
How Near Is Christ’s Return?
Today there are an increased number of observers of prophecy who insist that America is scheduled to be the Babylonian entity of Revelation 18. Still, there remain the majority who hold to Babylon the Great as a city-nation religious and commercial system yet to form and be centered in the geographical area where ancient Babylon was located.
Both sides of the issue seem rather insistent that their view is correct. There are few I’ve noticed who hold that an alternate view could be found. Both sides use Scripture effectively as a basis for their viewpoints. Both sides have logical arguments to validate their perspectives.
As stated at the beginning of this chapter, my own thinking in answer to the question is a “perhaps,” which I know is wishy-washy at first glance. I would, however, ask consideration of my reason for switching from “absolutely not” to “perhaps.” I would like to try to explain why I think there is a possibility that America could be the mysterious entity that will absolutely dominate the world for a brief time.
There are great scholars, living and some now with the Lord, who have held that the Word of God places the Babylon of Revelation 18 in the land of Shinar. They present scriptural reasons they believe this. I respect them and their findings. However, I must say that, upon careful study, I don’t find absolute, 100 percent assurance that this end-times, humanistic, conglomerate system can’t be located, at least in part, in regions other than ancient Babylon.
Rather than go into all the scriptural reasons for supporting my thesis that “perhaps” Babylon the Great could turn out to be the U.S., I will just offer what I believe to be a most logical speculation in that regard. I could present many Scriptures brought to the forefront of scholarship over the years to back any of the points of view, including my “perhaps.” There are a number of fine works from which to glean such scholarship.
But, I’ll postulate a logical argument, with one caveat. I’m convinced that the preponderance of evidence presented by the issues, events, and conditions of today’s world indicate exceedingly that the time of Christ’s Second Coming is very near. This is the premise upon which I base what follows.
Remember my words earlier in this chapter: “Time’s unfolding…always draws things to come into focus so that prophetic detail can be more clearly discerned. It seems to me that recent times have provided ever-increasing magnification, showing America’s possible inclusion within these ‘end of days.’”
How near is Christ’s return? Most relevant to the question we are examining regarding Babylon the Great is what is the present disposition of America, particularly, in the geopolitical and socioeconomic global configuration? These are questions we need to look at in order to understand the common-sense logic I’ll try to present.
In consideration of the first question—“How near are we to Christ’s Second Coming?”—here are some facts.
- There is today a turning away from God and His prescription for living, even among born-again believers. Apostasy has infected this generation. The seeker-friendly forms of service that are designed to increase church enrollment, but at the expense of sound doctrine, are rampant.
- Nations are in the process of alignment and are continuing to align in the order they are prophesied to present at the time Christ’s return nears.
Gog-Magog forces, including Russia, Iran (Persia), and even Turkey (Togormah) are coalescing. They are doing so north of Israel, just as God’s Word predicts in Ezekiel 38 and 39.
- Syria is in the news, at the heart of which is its capital city, Damascus. The Isaiah 17:1 prophecy could easily be fulfilled in the days, weeks, or months just ahead.
- Israel is back in the land God promised to it, with Jerusalem in contention by all the nations of the region. Israel’s enemies are threatening to destroy her, but have been thwarted at every effort to do so.
- Globalists are foaming at the mouth to form a new world order that will forever throw off the shackles God has placed on mankind exactly as Psalms 2 foretells.
- The economies of the world are in total disarray, causing great distress and perplexity as to how to solve the many problems caused by the global fiscal crisis.
- Technologies exist that can track every individual on earth, if employed as is apparently planned in the near future.
- That technology, linked by satellite from continent to continent, will undoubtedly be used to put all the world in electronic chains and at the same time create a system of EFT (electronic funds transfer), providing a solution to the financial problems of current monetary crises. Undoubtedly, this will eventuate in the Antichrist 666 marking system of Revelation 13:16-18.
Those of us who hold to the futurist, Pre-Millennial, Pre-Trib perspective believe Christ’s return to be soon.
All of this combines to show that this generation is very near the time of Christ’s Second Advent, in my estimation.
The thought I wish to share is that since Christ’s return is so near, the entity known as Babylon the Great has to be on the scene in some major form. For this great system of influence on world commerce and in every other area to have its beginning now, then come together and grow to such influence in the last seven years of human history leading up to Christ’s Second Coming just doesn’t make sense.
The region where ancient Babylon sat is for the most part undeveloped. Nothing is there to indicate any sort of potentiality for a suddenly developing, grandiose world center springing from that basically barren place.
Babylon the Great, as described in the Revelation 18 prophecy, is a religious, commercial, and cultural behemoth of monumental influence on the whole world. That influence could not possibly attain that degree, couldn’t reach that spectacular height, within less than several decades. I believe it would take even much longer than that to become as all-encompassing as described.
However, the world become exceedingly wicked. In this sense, the saturation point for blasphemy and evil behavior has already been reached. Sadly, as a nation, America leads the way in the perpetration of much of that evil.
No caring American who loves the nation wants to think of her in terms of being guilty of producing the sinfulness Babylon the Great will export. But, there are things about this once God-influenced country that are frightening to consider.
My friend Dr. David Reagan, of Lamb and Lion Ministries and Christ in Prophecy television programs, provides troubling facts we must face. He wrote this in 2012:
Think about it. Since 1973, we have murdered our babies in their mothers’ wombs at the rate of 4,000 a day, totaling nearly 60 million, and their blood cries out for vengeance.
We consume more than one-half of all the illegal drugs produced in the world, yet we constitute only 5% of the world’s population.
We spend $2.8 billion dollars per year on Internet pornography, which is more than half the world total of $4.9 billion.
Our rate of cohabiting partners has increased tenfold since 1960, totaling over 12 million unmarried partners today.
Our divorce rate is the highest of any nation in the world.
Forty percent of our children are born to unmarried women.
We spend over $100 billion per year on gambling.
Our number one drug problem is alcohol, producing over 17.6 million adults who are alcoholics or who have alcohol problems.
Our nation has become a debt junkie, leading the world in both government debt and personal debt.
Blasphemy of God’s name, His Word, and His Son has become commonplace in our media.
We are the moral polluter of planet earth through the distribution of our immoral, violent and blasphemous television programs and movies.
We have forsaken the nation of Israel, demanding that they surrender their heartland and divide their capital city.
We have become a nation that calls good evil and evil good. And we are paying the price:
Our schools have become arenas of deadly violence.
Our prison population is increasing exponentially, from 500,000 in 1980 to over 2.5 million today. Over 7.2 million of our people are under some form of correctional supervision.
Over 1.5 million of our women are reported victims of domestic violence each year, and it is estimated that the majority of cases are never reported.
We are currently averaging over 3 million child abuse cases each year, involving 6 million children.
We experience more than 12 million crimes every year, more than any other nation in the world.
Teen violence has increased exponentially, with youngsters killing each other over tennis shoes.
Gangs are terrorizing our cities.
Even the nicest of our neighborhoods are no longer safe, requiring us to protect our homes with security systems and weapons.
Our money is becoming increasingly worthless.
Our economy is being choked to death by a pile of debt that is beyond comprehension.
Our major corporations and labor unions are in bondage to greed.
Our society has become deeply divided, splintered among competing groups defined by racial, religious and economic factors.
Our families are being destroyed by an epidemic of divorce.
Our entertainment industry consists of vulgarians amusing barbarians.
One of our fastest growing businesses is the pagan practice of tattooing and body piercing.
Our universities and media outlets are controlled by radical leftists who hold God in contempt.
Our federal government has become top-heavy with bureaucrats who are insensitive to taxpayers.
Our politicians have become more concerned with power than service.
All levels of government have become increasingly oppressive, seeking to regulate every aspect of our lives.
Taxation has become confiscatory in nature.
Our legal system has been hijacked by activists who desire to impose their will on the people, regardless of what the people desire.
Our freedom of speech is being threatened by “hate crime” legislation.
Our forms of sports are becoming increasingly violent, reminiscent of the gladiators of ancient Rome.
Our society has become star-stuck, more interested in celebrities than people of integrity.
Our churches are caught up in an epidemic of apostasy as they set aside the Word of God in an effort to cozy up to the world and gain its approval.
We are experiencing one major natural disaster after another in unprecedented volume and ferocity.
We have become afflicted with a plague of sexual perversion, producing an army of hard core militant homosexuals.
In summary, we are a people who have become desensitized to sin, and in the process, we have forgotten how to blush.[i]
Assuredly, the Tribulation, Armageddon, and Christ’s Second Coming could be many years in the future. Such an extended period could provide time for Babylon the Great to develop from the ground up.
Again, however, the signals of Christ return are converging at a phenomenal pace. Israel is in the land and at the center of great controversy. The potential conflict with its Muslim neighbors harbors the strong possibility of the initiation of nuclear conflagration and World War III. Zechariah’s prophecy of chapter 12:1–3 seems on the verge of exploding into the headlines of today’s news.
Only one conclusion can reasonably be reached, therefore. Jesus is at the very door of Heaven for His return to planet earth. All these end-of-age prophecies must come to pass quickly.
One and only one nation-state in the world at present comes anywhere near matching the description of Babylon the Great as far as potential influence. As a matter of fact, America already has achieved similar influence and holds sway in a way not unlike that attributed to that end-times entity of Revelation 18.
Dr. Reagan’s masterful exposé on America’s contribution to planetary wickedness is self-explanatory. Tragically, in the comparison to Babylon the Great we’ve undertaken in this chapter, his findings show clearly that our nation is in many ways indeed a mirror image.
The United States of America is here and now, and fits much of the description of Revelation 18. Ancient Babylon at present is basically a land decimated by the likes of ISIS. Building any sort of worldwide commercial, religious, and socioeconomic headquarters like that prophesied to be destroyed isn’t even on the drawing board of new world order architects, so far as has been released for public consumption.
It is true that Dubai and other cities of the Middle East have been constructed in amazingly short time. The great technological know-how and construction capabilities have accomplished astonishing building projects. But the outreach these sites have achieved so far as worldwide influence comes nowhere near that predicted for the doomed Babylon the Great.
Building from scratch such a city and national infrastructure could conceivably take place within relatively few years. But the building of such powerful influence on the merchants and kings of the world would take far, far longer.
Is America the nucleus of that great, humanistic system of religious and socioeconomic control? I don’t know. But I think, based upon the fact that it is in many ways a mirror image of that prophesied entity, it’s perfectly legitimate to conclude “perhaps.”
[i] Dr. David R. Reagan, “A Prophetic Manifesto: The Death of America,” http://www.lamblion.us/2013/06/a-prophetic-manifesto-death-of-america.html.
We have looked many times at how, in our view of end-times matters, there is no more significant indicator of where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline than the nation Israel. We often point out that God’s chosen nation being front and center in today’s news is why we believe the stage is now set for all final prophecies to begin the process of fulfillment.
Israel’s very existence is a miracle of first order. The Jewish people have been hunted and hated and had genocide perpetrated against them by history’s most horrific tyrants. Yet they were reborn as a nation in 1948, following perhaps the most maliciously ambitious of all genocides–the Holocaust inflicted by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi regime.
Yet there they are, just where God’s prophetic Word said they would be at the time when Christ’s Second Advent nears. They reside between enemies that practically encircle them. They are in but a tiny portion of the land God says belongs to them–and they are there so located and so land-limited because they have failed to possess the great expanse God promised them. They have always, as a people, refused to occupy their rightful place in the world as God directs them to do.
They are the focal nation of planet earth because the Creator of all things has deemed it to be so. Although they have disobeyed, and are still in the process of disobeying Him, they are nonetheless the only guaranteed invulnerable nation and people on earth. They cannot be destroyed because their God says the following to the nation’s progenitor, Abraham:
And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. And I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojourning, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. (Genesis 17:7–8)
If you believe God, and believe the word He used in this promise–the word “forever”—you must agree that Israel is invulnerable to being destroyed. God cannot lie. Israel is a nation forever!
God’s Word, however, also foretold Israel’s predicament at the very end of the age–before Christ’s next catastrophic intervention, the very time in which you and I find ourselves at this moment.
The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:1–3)
So, with Iran blood-vowed to totally purge the Jewish state from the earth, and even with Russia and all of Israel’s Arab-Islamic nation neighbors looking toward Jerusalem with malicious intent, and with 90 percent of the UN openly against the nation, Israel would, if it were possible, be on the brink of being removed as her enemies wish.
We watch as our own nation, under this administration, pushes our once-most-reliable Mideast ally down its priority list, in the matter of assisting in their defense.
There are here and there weak efforts just to keep up appearances, as they say, but America no longer is a staunch friend of Israel.
But, the Lord anticipated all this, of course. He put in the minds of His people creative juices that no other people have been given, in my view. The Lord, I’m convinced, gave Israeli scientists and weapons-development researchers insights and intuition to produce just the weapons and other military assets needed for such a time as this–when the American protective umbrella no longer is reliable.
The following brief excerpts reinforce my thoughts:
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday released documents confirming The Wall Street Journal report last week saying that the Mossad’s seizure of a trove of Iranian nuclear documents in 2018 uncovered the fact that Iran had stolen classified International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) documents and used them to cover up its nuclear activities.
“Iran stole classified documents from the UN’s Atomic Agency IAEA and used that information to systematically evade nuclear probes,” Bennett wrote. “How do we know? Because we got our hands on Iran’s deception plan.
It’s right here.” [He then produced the web address of the documents]…
Bennett also published photos of an explosion chamber at the Parchin research base, where Iran has been suspected of carrying out nuclear detonation tests. A New York Times report on Friday said that an unexplained “accident” at Parchin on Thursday was actually a drone strike similar to past strikes attributed to Israel. (“WATCH: ‘We Need a Cover Story:’ Bennett Shows Evidence of Iranian Lies,” The Yeshiva World, June 2, 2022)
And another proof of Israel’s God-gifted genius to Israeli scientists/technologists:
A laser-based air defense system that Israel hopes to deploy starting next year to neutralize enemy rockets and drones will cost just $2 per interception, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Wednesday.
Israel currently depends on defensive systems that launch interceptor missiles costing between tens of thousands and millions of dollars to track incoming projectiles.
Bennett says laser missile shield to cost just $2 per interception
The Iron Beam system, set to enter service by early 2023, is a “game-changer” PM says; adds that laser-based air defense system, at $2 per interception, will strike at potential enemies—Lebanon, Palestinians, and Iran—while also “bankrupting” them. (“Bennett says laser missile shield to cost just $2 per interception,” Reuters, June 1, 2022)
Israel is scheduled to come under much greater threat than now, according to Zechariah’s prophecy and many prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and other portions of Scripture. There will come a time when there is no defense at all for them, in human, earthly terms. At that time, the mighty angel Michael will stand up for God’s people, Israel, according to Daniel.
Meanwhile, Israel is a formidable force with possibly the third- or fourth-most-lethal nuclear arsenal on earth. Antichrist will talk them out of that defense in their making the “covenant with death and hell.” Then God’s heavenly force will have to intervene, else God’s promise to Abraham will not come to pass. And, that will never be!
God will deliver Israel. There is absolutely no doubt. He will deliver you and me, too. He has promised—and His promise is forever.
Here is how to be assured of God’s delivery of your soul so you will live forever with Him in the glory of eternity.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
While we memorialize June 6 each year as D-Day, we think about all the honored dead killed in action as they invaded the beaches at Normandy and at other places. Adolf Hitler had been the cause of starting World War II with the invasion of Poland, and Japan had brought America into the conflict by attacking at Pearl Harbor. Thus was brought about the killing of millions throughout those horrific years of death and destruction.
The murder of as many as 6 million Jews in the genocide of the Holocaust added to the numbers of the many millions who gave their lives to stop the evil that threatened to kill, destroy, or enslave the entire world.
Hitler, Tojo, Mussolini, and all those responsible for bringing about all the death and destruction are dead and gone. But the source of all death and destruction is alive and well at this very moment.
All we have to do to realize that the evil of murder and destruction continues is to consider the May 24 mass murders in Uvalde, Texas. It was the latest of a never-ending series of such shootings throughout America’s recent history. Nineteen young children and a teacher were shot and killed in their elementary school by an 18-year-old man who was thought to have mental issues exacerbated by bullying and hours spent dwelling on Internet maliciousness.
The result of Salvador Ramos’ descent into becoming the murderous shooter is chronicled here, in part:
The gunman who slaughtered 19 kids and two teachers at a Texas elementary school reportedly exhibited increasingly bizarre behavior leading up to the rampage – including cutting up his face with knives just “for fun,” friends said.
Gunman Salvador Ramos’ friend Santos Valdez Jr., 18, said the two had been close, playing video games and basketball regularly, until his friend’s behavior began to “deteriorate,” the Washington Post reported…
Valdez said he last interacted with Ramos just two hours before the attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Valdez also described how Ramos used to drive around with another pal and shoot people at random with a BB gun – and also egged people’s cars.
He said Ramos last year posted on social media images of automatic rifles that “he would have on his wish list” – and a few days ago, he posted photos of two rifles he referred to as “my gun pics,” the paper reported…
Friends and relatives also said Ramos had been bullied throughout middle school for a speech impediment – a stutter and lisp, according to the Washington Post…
Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother before heading over to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with two assault rifles around 11:32 a.m. local time Tuesday, according to officials. (“Details emerge on Texas school shooter Salvador Ramos’ behavior before massacre,” by Yaron Steinbuch, NY Post, May 27, 2022)
No sooner had the story of the shooting broke than political entities making up the “get-rid-of-the-2nd-Amendment of the Constitution” began their rants. “Guns must be more strictly controlled because they kill children,” went the enraged rhetoric–same as always.
Members of the party of the anti-gun sort, like President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, immediately started proclaiming on camera that the murders of the children were attributable to guns, and to save future children’s lives, there must be more legislation and regulations against guns. They ranted that it was unconscionable that these children were murdered by guns, and said the “gun lobby” was responsible.
Their hypocrisy is what is unconscionable. These two politicians, so quick to go before the cameras to declare the tragedy of nineteen children murdered by guns, champion the same satanic ideology that say it is okay–even preferable—to murder more than 2,700 children each day in their mothers’ wombs. The “abortion lobby” is perfectly fine in their infanticide. It’s okay to murder children by abortion, but a travesty that nineteen children are murdered by guns.
The devil is alive and well and is the source of murder and destruction. According to His Word, God’s way of thinking puts this upside-down ideology espoused by the blustering politicians in the same category as that of mankind’s worst enemy.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he spiked a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44)
Today’s commentary is written in somewhat of a circumspect way. That is, it is offered with the cautionary note that the meaning I have a question about within the Scripture I will in due course reflect upon could be off the mark. Still, I believe that there is good evidence–swiftly growing evidence—that the perspective offered here likely has at least a due amount of, if not validity, at least a degree of credibility.
Looking from the vantage of my soon to be eighty years on the planet, the changes we’ve witnessed in our culture have been amazing. But from the year of my birth, 1942, until 1963 or so, the transition was relatively without societal disruption.
We had the constant fears associated with nuclear threat during the Cold War. There was the integration/segregation upheaval in 1957 and forward. But, again for the most part, it was a smoothly humming along culture and society in America.
Then, from 1963 onward, the American experience lurched from crisis to crisis, from protest to rioting. Then came the beginning of the development of national schizophrenia. And you and I have witnessed a volcanic eruption of upside-down cultural and societal thinking and behavior leading to this very moment.
Think of it…those of the leftist ideology go into an insane rage, shouting that the constitutional right to own guns must be destroyed for the children’s sake–so the children’s health and right to live is no longer threatened. Those of the same leftist ideology champion wholeheartedly the murder of 2,700 babies per day through abortion.
They say that people can be whatever sex they want to be–rather than how they come into the world gender-wise. They have inculcated even the youngest among us to think this way. If parents object to schools having this insane curriculum, the FBI of our nation gets involved—not to grab the culprits who are teaching our kids this madness, but to threaten the objecting parents as being domestic terrorists.
We have transvestites telling stories to kindergartners, seducing the little ones with stories of how alternate lifestyles are preferable over what was formerly the norm.
They give awards and trophies to men who compete against women in women’s sports and beat their women opponents by a mile, setting records in the women’s sports.
They are more and more saying adults can have sexual relations with children—that this is more natural than adults refraining from such activity.
They declare that men can have babies–that is, they can birth babies from their own bodies, the same as women give birth to babies.
And this is where I jump off into speculative prophecy that might or might not be on the mark. To me, the postulation, as I said, has, if not validity, at least credibility.
America and the world have gone insane–and just in the past decade or less, it has seemed to have made the leap into absolute depravity. We are now under the last-days oppression of the spirit of Antichrist. Of this, there is no doubt. This isn’t speculation. This is observable to any believer in Jesus Christ who seeks true discernment. We are seeing the way paved for that “man of sin, the son of perdition” to step onto the stage of history.
I believe we can discern this ever-increasing influence and imposition of the Antichrist spirit, in part, by considering the latest war on women.
That war, sparked and fueled by the Antichrist spirit, began, I believe, in those 1960s I mentioned earlier. The feminist movement, while purporting to be to win women greater standing and respect, instead inflicted upon the gender degradation and decline.
And now we see an intensification of the war taking place. I present the following as evidence.
These changes are just the latest example of the ongoing colonization of British healthcare by the transgender movement.
It has been a truly weird experience to watch women being pushed, inch by inch, out of spaces once reserved for them as the transgender movement advances through the culture. In order to ensure that men claiming to be women feel at home in their farcical appropriated womanhood, an entire dictionary of terminology has sprung up to replace the word “woman” and any other word that might indicate that women are … well, women. Thus, we now have “birthing persons.” “Pregnant people.” Women are “menstruators.”
Feminists have been forced to watch their erasure with some measure of horror — but if they protest, they are told they are TERFs (Trans-Exclusionary-Radical-Feminists, which means feminists who do not consider biological men in dresses to be their sisters) and shouted down — sometimes with violence, almost always with ugly threats.
And so it continues. In the UK, where gender ideology spread faster than Covid, the official advice on the websites of the National Health Service (NHS) have begun to excise the word “women” wherever it can be found. According to reportage by the Daily Mail, it is now “missing from the landing pages of three sections explaining cancers only found in biological women.” Information concerning ovarian, womb, and cervix cancers have been disassociated with “women” — despite the fact that only women suffer from these cancers…
These changes are just the latest example of the ongoing colonization of the NHS by the transgender movement—recently, NHS hospitals have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on gender neutral bathrooms, and midwifery students as Edinburgh Napier “were being taught biological men could get pregnant and trans men could give birth even if they have a penis … In a coursebook that has since been revised, trainee midwives were given detailed instructions on how to treat a male-to-female trans person during childbirth.
That’s impossible, of course, just as it is impossible for a man to give birth or contract cervical cancer. But none of that matters — only the feelings of trans activists matter now. (“UK healthcare system removes the word ‘woman’ from webpages about womb and ovarian cancer,” Jonathon Van Maronm, LifeSite News, April 26, 2022)
And here is my prophetic pondering on the matter of the war on women that is obviously ratcheting up at this time so near Antichrist’s coming on the scene.
I’ve always wondered over what is meant in the following Scripture, with regard to the reference to women.
Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. (Daniel 11: 37)
It is obvious that there is an attack on the God-created matter of gender (“male and female, He created them”–Genesis 1:27). Particularly, we have witnessed an assault on the importance of the female gender. My intellectual curiosity, and even more my spiritual intuition, leads me to ask whether this reference to women by the prophet Daniel (that Antichrist has no desire for women) is perhaps, in part, wrapped up in the war on women we are experiencing in these closing days of the age.
In God’s holy eyes, men and women have equal standing. Each has a divine purpose. Heaven is, and will be in the future, populated by men and women who are absolutely magnificent in every respect. (I have personally seen them, but won’t go into that again here.)
To be part of that glorious place Jesus has prepared for all who are prophetically destined to live there for eternity, in magnificent, new, perfect bodies, here is the only requirement:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9–10)
America’s health can be clearly seen as in unprecedented danger, as Lucifer’s blueprint for establishing the New World Order becomes clearer.
Former US Representative Michele Bachmann seems to be the only well-known person who senses the full extent of the danger. She is speaking out and there is, to this point, muted response from elected officials charged with the responsibility—that is, elected—to keep us safe.
The danger involves the attempt of the Biden administration to turn over America’s sovereignty in the matter of health-mandating to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Bachmann said, when speaking to Steve Bannon on The War Room:
This is the biggest global power grab that we have seen in our lifetimes.
She went on to say:
This authority that they will be given will impact 99.4% of all the people in the world. There are 193 nations belonging to the UN. The Biden administration is bringing amendments that were proposed that all nations of the earth cede their sovereignty over their national health care decisions to the WHO.
She then laid out the true evil wrapped up in this presidential administration’s desired action if the proposed matter is voted on and passed by Congress.
This means that the WHO would have decision-making authority to intervene in the United States government policy and any nation of the world without our permission. For instance, the lockdown where you see 26 million people today locked down in Shanghai, China. They can’t leave their apartments or homes. The WHO would have the authority to be able to enforce that here in the United States, on whatever pretext they want. They don’t have to show data. They could do this.
She made clear the dangers involved in summation.
What this does, bottom line is that it creates a platform for global governance through the WHO.
She emphasized the time-critical factor in dealing with the matter.
This is what people need to know. It’s time-sensitive. No one knew about this. The Biden administration gave these proposed amendments to the WHO on January 18. No one knew this until April 12, less than a month ago. But in less than two weeks, the delegates will vote on this in Geneva, Switzerland. The Biden administration has already released a list of countries, forty of the most powerful countries in the world, including Canada, the EU, and the UK, and Australia. These countries are going along with the Biden administration’s insane push to give sovereignty over to the untrustworthy WHO.
This indeed seems to be perhaps the strongest attempted actions yet of the globalist factions in America to bring the nation under the powers and principalities of Ephesians 6:12. While the end of the age looms larger than ever, Satan’s minions, both demonic and human, now observably, rather than merely under the dark veil of surreptition, are on the offensive.
My friend Daymond Duck gave the following further assessment of the noose-tightening we’ve been seeing.
The situation will continue to get worse because Biden and the Democrats won’t face the real problem (they have turned their back on God and the truth) Build Back Better is about weakening America, globalism is about establishing a godless world government and religion, abortion and the gay agenda are contrary to Scripture, a Disinformation Governance Board is about denial of free speech, etc. (“Worse Than The MAGA Crowd,” Daymond Duck, May 13, 2022, raptureready.com)
The vote on turning over control of the nation’s sovereignty to the Ephesians 6:12 principalities and powers, I presume, will be taken by the time this commentary is published/posted. God’s Restrainer is still restraining. We still can see the derision of Psalm 2 afflicting the luciferian forces in America and around the globe while they try to bring in the Antichrist regime.
Before the noose can tighten beyond remedy, Jesus will call the Church to Himself (Revelation 4:1). You want to be one of the believers who hears that call so you can avoid the deadly reign of the Beast of Revelation chapter 13. Here’s how you can escape that last seven years of God’s judgment and wrath.
Last year, in a discussion at a conference in Munich, they had a “fictional” simulation in which a lab-modified version of monkeypox was intentionally released via aerosols in train stations in the fictional country of Brinia by agents of a terrorist group operating in neighboring Arnica. This mid-May outbreak in Brinia quickly spread to the rest of the world. The exercise scenario concludes with over three billion cases and 270 million fatalities globally.
The conference was called Strengthening Global Systems to Prevent and Respond to High-Consequence Biological Threats: Results from the 2021 Tabletop Exercise Conducted in Partnership with the Munich Security Conference.
(As part of the scenario development process, NTI conducted a virtual consultation with experts in December 2020.)
How “coincidental” it is that, IN REALITY, someone who traveled to “Africa” brought monkeypox to “Britain” (he was diagnosed on May 7), starting the current outbreak that has now begun to spread in other countries as of mid-May 2022!
EXERCISE SUMMARY: The scenario reveals that the initial outbreak was caused by a terrorist attack using a pathogen engineered in a laboratory with inadequate biosafety and biosecurity provisions and weak oversight. Through intentional modifications made by Arnican virology lab scientists sympathetic with the Arnican terrorists, this monkeypox strain is assumed to be more contagious than naturally occurring monkeypox. The lab-modified strain is also engineered to be resistant to the smallpox vaccine.
The release in Brinia results in 150 initial infections on May 15, 2022. By June 1, travel from Brinia has seeded infections in the rest of the world. The combined global pandemic leads to more than three billion cumulative cases and more than 270 million deaths by the end of December 2023. At the peak of the pandemic, nearly 500 million individuals are infected at the same time, and there are 161 million people simultaneously in need of hospitalization.
Remember Event 201?
The Event 201 “pandemic exercise” on October 18, 2019, was hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Event 201 simulates an outbreak of a novel zoonotic coronavirus transmitted from bats to pigs to people that eventually becomes efficiently transmissible from person to person, leading to a severe pandemic. The pathogen and the disease it causes are modeled largely on SARS, but it is more transmissible in the community setting. There is no possibility of a vaccine being available in the first year.
Since the whole human population is susceptible, during the initial months of the pandemic, the cumulative number of cases increases exponentially, doubling every week. And as the cases and deaths accumulate, the economic and societal consequences become increasingly severe.
The first known case of coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019 (several weeks after the October 18, 2019 Event 201 “simulated coronavirus pandemic exercise”). However, it is estimated that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was likely circulating undetected for at most two months before the first human cases of COVID-19.
Officials confirmed a case of COVID-19 in Thailand on January 13, 2020, the first recorded case outside of China.
WHO’s situation report for 30 January 30, 2020, reported 7818 total confirmed cases worldwide, with the majority of these in China, and 82 cases reported in 18 countries outside China. WHO gave a risk assessment of very high for China, and high at the global level.
On March 11, 2020, deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction, the World Health Organization (WHO) made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
And we all know the rest of the story.
Folks, how stupid do the globalist elites think we are? Then again, many are deceived.
2 Timothy 3:13 tells us that in the last days, “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
“For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt” (Job 11:12).
We who look into Bible prophecy and try to understand things taking place that might have prophetic significance are often accused of approaching all this through an Amerocentric prism. That is, we concentrate too much on how it might apply to America.
If we do this—and I concede that we do in much of our analysis—we look through this prism because America, as a nation, is so obviously guilty before God. This nation is the most materially blessed in all of human history. America is also one of the most spiritually blessed, in that the nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles by men who, if not Christian, at least chose to tether our founding to the unmovable pillars of biblical morality and reverence for human life.
I say America is guilty because it takes a very little look into matters to see that we have strayed about as far from biblical precepts for conduct of life as possible.
We’ve looked at the term apostasia lately. I expressed that I believe this term, found in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, might be both a spatial or physical departure and a spiritual or defection from faith departure. That portion of the scripture is as follows.
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. (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
The term “falling away” here is the word apostasia in Greek, the language used to present the New Testament.
While I continue to believe apostasia means “spatial departure,” certainly students of Bible prophecy, if honest in their analysis of American society and culture, can’t but conclude that there has taken place a profound apostasia, or spiritual departure, in this highly blessed nation.
We cannot look to American society and culture in general to determine whether it is true that there has been a profound departure from the faith–a spiritual apostasia. The vast American populace of any generation has and is now in a lost condition. That is, people who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior are in the great majority. These have not fallen away, as prophesied in the 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 passage above. They can’t because they have never been in the salvation category; one cannot fall from a position they have never occupied. The only way to fall away is to have once been in that higher position.
Now let’s not get confused. We aren’t talking about losing one’s salvation. Nothing and nobody can snatch the believer from God’s mighty hand once they have experienced salvation through belief in the Lord Jesus Christ–God’s only way to redemption and Heaven for eternity. (Read John 14: 6 and Romans 8: 38-39).
Apostasia, in the spiritual sense of falling away, or spiritual departure, involves those who have falsely professed Christ as Savior—who have professed only in the faith system of Christianity, but not in Christ, Himself, for their salvation. They have never truly believed in God’s one and only way to Himself in the redemption process.
So, in the spiritual sense, America is likely the most notable nation of this last-days falling away or apostasia. America has the largest number of professing adherents to the system called Christendom, but those aren’t necessarily a part of the true Christian faith. The question, then, is do we see a movement away from that faith system known as Christendom? The following gives a resounding answer:
NAPLES, Florida (LifeSiteNews) – A “Christian” church in Florida plans to host on Saturday an LGBTQ “Youth Pride Conference,” featuring a drag show and a “sex education” talk by a Planned Parenthood speaker.
The event, which is being run by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), is advertised as “an exploration of LGBTQ issues facing today’s youth,” “organized by and for LGBTQ students.”
The host church, the Naples United Church of Christ (Naples UCC), styles itself as a “progressive church in terms of openness to a wide theological spectrum and the wide variety of lifestyles and orientations in our culture.”
In addition to a drag show featuring “local drag queens,” the event will hold a variety of talks during breakout sessions, with themes including “Forbidden Queer Literature,” “Inclusive Sex Education,” with Kathryn Ross, who works for Planned Parenthood, “Coming Out,” and “Navigating a Religious Identity.” (“Christian’ church to host LGBT youth event with drag show, ‘sex ed’ talk from Planned Parenthood,” LifeSite, Rapture Ready News, May 18, 2022)
America has, it would seem, been chosen in a way by God for special purposes, including to be the physical protector of Israel during its rebirth and to the end of this age. Therefore, America has been blessed by the Almighty, from her own birth, with founding fathers who held to godly precepts.
No other nation has been more steeped in the Christian faith than has the United States. Therefore, the Amerocentric view in consideration of whether we can see spiritual defection or apostasia in this time so near the end of the Age of Grace (Church Age) is relevant and even essential.
It is sad to consider that our nation might have already lost God’s blessings, but we must consider that possibility.
We can, individually, continue to receive our God’s blessings by remaining faithful in every way to His high calling–to look to Jesus Christ with all our praise and to look to Him to guide our pathways.
Above all, we must do our utmost to avoid the mistakes of the people God condemns no matter the generation. We see that condemnation in His words through the prophet Jeremiah.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 8: 12)
Advancing forces of wickedness, using tactics and strategies we’ve become familiar with, continue their juggernaut ways. We’ve watched and warned for literally years that worship at the altar of Mother Earth will be at the center of Satan’s blueprint for bringing all into compliance with, ultimately, Antichrist’s regime. It seems clear that America, under the current administration, is leading the way in implementing those aforementioned tactics and strategies.
In what seems almost a mockery of Heaven’s Supreme Court of Justice, we are witnessing formation of Satan’s preparation for the next era of human history that will be the worst of all, according to Jesus. The reason we can know this is a force of wickedness, in my estimation, is the deceiving nature of those fomenting a spirit of dictatorial behavior.
One US representative of the Democrat Party I heard referenced on a radio program was giddy over the updated development of Biden’s Executive Order 12898. Rep Nancy Pace, in a threatening tone and with a raised voice, said that the airlines had better adhere to the new demands of the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), or they would “be outta here!”
But to understand the reprobate minds foisting this new control implementation, OEJ, through executive order, one has only to know their nature regarding children and abortion, then look at and listen to the wording in their declared action to save “Mother Earth.”
This wicked mindset, as we know of late, has them raging as ravening wolves in packs. They are enraged at the leaked Supreme Court decision to impose certain limitations of abortion—not end it, but limit it.
These packs of evil minions are part of Satan’s blueprint—the part that hates humanity and wants the destruction of as many of us as he and his minions can manage. They are in a rage, threatening the “conservative” Supreme Court Justices if they don’t change their minds and vote against the imposed limitations on Roe v. Wade and the abortion process. They have surrounded the Justices’ homes and have dealt other ominous threats and assaults, as we know.
They have seen to it that between 60 million and 70 million babies have been murdered in their mothers’ wombs (or even after birth). They have championed using the aborted baby parts for various things, both medical and other. This political party can only be deemed by Heaven as the party of death.
Yet here is a portion of what this same party of death says regarding their promise to save “Mother Earth” through their environmental demands.
“This is a historic moment that environmental justice communities have been working toward for decades. President Biden and Vice President Harris are, for the first time ever, bringing the voices, perspectives, and expertise of environmental justice communities into a formal advisory role at the White House,” said Cecilia Martinez, Senior Director for Environmental Justice, CEQ. “The advisory council builds off the important work of EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and will provide input and recommendations to senior leaders across government as this administration works to clean up toxic pollution, create good-paying, union jobs in all communities, and give every child in America the chance to grow up healthy.” (“White House Announces Environmental Justice Advisory,” White House press release, March 29, 2022)
Look again at the very last line in the announcement: “and give every child in America the chance to grow up healthy.”
Satan is the father of lies, the Scripture tells us. Even he can’t keep his minions from occasionally mistakenly exposing the lies with which he so masterfully deceives.
He has brought about the death of millions upon countless millions of babies in America and around the globe. The death count is still mounting. There are some with sensibilities within America who are trying to at least slow the rate of this infanticide. The demonic forces, both human and supernatural, are enraged, gnashing their teeth and howling viciously like carnivorous beasts at those who want to deprive them of their killing babies. Yet the same political party that carries out Satan’s murder of millions upon millions of little ones wants us to believe that they want to save Mother Earth so the children can live in and enjoy a clean environment.
To say that their attempts to deceive are duplicitous is one of the great understatements of all time.
But the lying treachery is exposed. The ”justice” that the evil forces of this world want–such as “environmental justice”—emanates from the one who wants to usurp God’s throne and destroy His creation called man. Supreme justice will one day soon deal with the deceivers and would-be masters who would implement their wicked, hell-spawned dictatorships through lies and deceit.
The Lord wants us to stand against evil in these closing hours of this quickly fleeting age. Christ’s call to His Bride, the Church, can’t be too far distant.
The prophet Daniel’s words might well be apropos for our present time: “But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32b).
Certainly the words of the Lord Jesus are 100 percent to be taken as for these times so full of signs of His imminent call to us.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 24:44)
Just about the time I’m over being surprised and amazed by an astounding development that points to the lateness of the prophetic hour, another emerges from the fog of the future. There are now so many such surprises that I should be ashamed to be so surprised and amazed. I’m supposed to be watching for just such things to be happening. All of us should be watching, according to our Lord’s own words.
And what I say unto one, I say unto all. Watch. (Mark 13: 37)
We now have going at the same time “wars and rumors of war.” Think on the assault on Ukraine and the threats and fears of nuclear conflict and World War III. I just, while writing this, heard on a news program that a UK pundit said Putin could start World War III within just days. We are seeing the prolific rise of godlessness, with “evil men and seducers growing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” Think on the deception of the American presidential election and the now-proven stealing of votes. Think on the so-called pandemic, with many lies now being revealed–the deception that continues today. Think on the satanic attack on children, with attempted inculcation from the tender age of five years up about the most disgusting side of human sexual debauchery. Think on the apostasy with even pastors claiming to be Christians “refusing to endure sound doctrine, but having itching ears, that embrace, every wind of strange doctrine.” Think of the current pope preaching that there are many ways to God, that all religions lead to God, and even atheists will one day be in Heaven.
We are indeed seeing the Tribulation storm thundering across the prophetic horizon. My next book, TRAJECTORY: Tracking the Approaching Tribulation Storm, will point in great detail at the things we see coming at this generation in waves no previous generation has faced. This is how it must be at the end of the dispensation of Grace. God’ Word foretells these things that will culminate in the Great Tribulation and the glorious, triumphant return of Christ (Revelation 19: 11).
But preceding the Tribulation itself will be the Rapture of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, that profound moment the Apostle Paul called “the twinkling of an eye”—the Rapture of the Church—will take place before World War III, before the Tribulation, the last seven years of horror leading to Christ’s Second Advent.
Thinking on all this, the latest of the preparation for Antichrist’s reign during those—or at least a part of those—years of horror, the Tribulation, made my watcher/discernment meter light up. The Biden administration’s skullduggery, in this latest development, is nothing less than blatant.
The occupant of the White House has, through executive order, created an agency that would do the old Soviet KGB proud.
The DGB (Disinformation Governance Board) was created and blatantly placed in order to make sure all information is administered by the US government. This was done only a day or two after Elon Musk purchased Twitter. This purchase by Musk, who believes in the First Amendment and free speech, took away–or will greatly lessen—the leftist control of everything Twitter governing board members do that deny free expression. And it will end leftist controllers having say over who is banned from the platform.
Satan was declared by God’s Word to be the prince of the power of the air. He controls the airwaves of broadcast for the most part at this moment, and that control will become hyper-ratcheted up in the coming interval leading to the Rapture. It will be total control in the Tribulation itself.
The following excerpt further frames the matters.
In his classic novel “1984,” George Orwell warned the world of the dangers of government addicted to power. One where the narrative was controlled by the state and the people were forced to bend a knee. Truth-telling became the cardinal sin of Orwell’s dystopian state, where a power hungry state reigned in on shutting down free speech and was all guided by what Orwell termed the Ministry of Truth.
A propaganda branch of the state, in his book, whose priority was to control all forms of public information where industries like journalism, entertainment and art were all controlled by Big Brother, and the state told you what the truth was actually in their mind, which was the truth accepted.
Now, the people had no say in any of it. They were forced to listen and they were forced to follow. Now, Orwell’s book was meant as a warning to the world that this kind of society could become reality under the wrong people if the wrong people were in charge.
But, it looks like the Biden administration is taking Orwell’s work not as a warning, but as their own manual. Now, yesterday, the White House announced a brand new department called the Disinformation Governance Board. I’m not kidding. A board aimed toward tackling disinformation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. (“Kilmeade: George Orwell’s dystopian society becoming a reality with Biden’s latest action,” Brian Kilmead, Fox News staff, April 28, 2022)
So we see yet another proof of what’s coming. The Antichrist’s control over every aspect of life on this judgment-bound planet will look much like George Orwell’s fictional dictatorship. It will no doubt be even more deadly, with people losing their heads for not denying Christ when they become believers during that horrendous time.
We can say with some degree of assurance: With Mr. Biden’s DGB, we have our own Ministry of Truth. The slogans of Orwell’s 1984 novel are already coming in view upon the prophetic horizon with the implementation of the Biden executive order, combined with all the “wokeness” we’ve had stifling free speech.
War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength
The present American government leadership, from the directive bipartisan governance of the party with the primary power, has determined to block any freedom of speech Elon Musk might have planned in reversing Twitter’s dictatorial, information dominance. It is easy to see how the globalist control is on the rise. That means Antichrist is about to step upon the stage for his inglorious reign during planet earth’s last few years before Christ’s return.
You don’t want to be here during that time that will far exceed the terror of Orwell’s vision of evil. Here is how you can avoid the coming regime of death and destruction.