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From Sound the Trumpet!, March 2014
“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.” (II Thessalonians 2:3)
The coming world government is something that surfaced in the heart of Satan at the time of his fall from grace.
Satan's goal is stated in Isaiah 14:13-14: "I will exalt my throne above the stars (angels) of God…I will be like the most high."
By the permissive will of God, Satan became the ruler of the world of unregenerate men. "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." (II Corinthians 4:4)
In Luke 4:6 we read the devil's words to Jesus, "And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it." This power was temporarily granted to Satan by God.
Satan had bragged that he could govern the kingdom better than God. God said in effect, let's put that to the test. For the last six thousand years the test has been playing out, the record of the scripture and the story of history has revealed Satan's utter failure. During the coming tribulation period
Satan will make a final climactic attempt to take control of the world of men.
In John 14:30 Jesus acknowledged Satan as the god of this world, "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me."
But Satan's opportunity was a limited one, he immediately set out to make his ruler-ship permanent and to replace God altogether.
Satan's first attempt took place on the plains of Shinar in Babylon (Genesis 11:1-4). His goal was to gather the whole world together to establish a world government to consolidate his rule over men. Remember that Satan is not omnipresent; so he had to bring the world of men together to control them.
In conjunction with that he sought to establish a world religion to cause men to worship him.
SATAN HAS A THREE-FOLD AGENDA FOR THE FUTURE
1. A world government and a world religion.
2. A Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
3. To annihilate Israel.
Today we want to think about the world government that Satan is going to attempt to bring about.
The Word of God describes how Satan's attempt to establish world government will unfold. Daniel says there will be a revival of the old Roman Empire. The European Union, today claims that they are the revived Roman Empire. Daniel tells us that this will consist of a federation of ten states.
Today the EU, as the result of the threat of economic collapse, is actually in the process in of re-making itself into a union of federated states. Recently ten foreign ministers of ten European nations met to plan how to bring this about.
A careful reading will reveal that the actual revived Roman Empire will not come together until the appearance of Antichrist and the beginning of the tribulation period. What we see in Europe today is only the preparation for the revived Roman Empire.
Both Daniel and John tell us about the coming Antichrist who will rule over the revived Roman Empire and transform it into a worldwide kingdom at the mid-tribulation point.
The official seal of the EU today pictures a woman riding a beast. More recently the EU currency has the image of a woman riding a beast.
This very scenario is foretold Rev 17:3, "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." This symbol predicts the coming union of the revived Roman Empire with the coming worldwide church. The ecumenical movement of the last hundred years is now coming to fruition; we are obviously standing on the threshold of a worldwide church in union with a world government.
The European Parliament building in Strasbourg is designed after an artist's conception of the tower of Babel. The message is clear and it has been clearly stated by EU officials. They have made it known in their plans that they intend to bring the world together in new unprecedented union.
One official stated that they intend to finish that which began at Babylon so many years ago. The stage is now set for this program of Satan to begin to unfold.
This program of Satan is often called, "The New World Order" and it is simply a world government. John prophesied, nearly 2000 years ago about a coming world government and a coming world dictator, the Antichrist. John said in Rev. 13:7, "...and power was given him over all kindred, and tongues, and nations".
In the last 50 years the call for a world government has been growing. In 1950 a Senate Foreign relations committee introduced the following resolution. "Whereas: in order to achieve universal peace and justice, the present Charter of the U.N. should be changed to provide a true world government constitution".
Another statement reads, "World government is coming, in fact, it is inevitable. No arguments for or against it can change that fact."
Harry Truman said, "It will be just as easy for nations to get along in a republic of the world as it is for us to get along in a republic of the United States."
One of the pillars of a world government will be a world currency. The control of men and nations is facilitated by the control of the resources that sustain them.
Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt said, "The new world order is a world that has super-national authority to regulate world commerce and industry; an international organization that would control the production and the consumption of oil; an international currency that would replace the dollar; ...and an international police force to enforce the edicts of the New World Order".
No better description of the kingdom of Antichrist could possibly be given. It is described in Revelation 13:16-17, "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name."
I do not believe that this One World Government will appear until the antichrist comes to power, but I believe the stage is now being set for his appearance.
One of the stage setting events will be the collapse of the US dollar and the establishment of a world currency. The present monetary crisis suggests the dollar is in grave danger of collapse.
The International Monetary Fund and the UN are calling for a single world currency. These men know that there is coming a monetary collapse and they are laying the ground work to establish a new economic order.
We see the preparations for the new world order accelerating in the present monetary crisis. There are many secular experts who are sending wave after wave of warnings of financial collapse.
One analyst states, "The entire global financial system has been floating on the fumes of the US Federal Reserve’s Ponzi scheme. So now with the Fed announcing the first tapering, and then the second, you can already see chaos engulfing the world as the Fed’s global financial scheme is collapsing. This collapse is engulfing the entire world, from Russia, to South Africa, into China and emerging markets across the globe."
"We are in a gigantic financial asset bubble," warns Swiss adviser and fund manager Marc Faber. "It could burst any day."
Billion-dollar investor Warren Buffett is rumored to be preparing for a crash as well. The "Warren Buffett Indicator", also known as the "Total-Market-Cap to GDP Ratio", is reaching sell-alert status and a collapse may happen at any moment.
The World Bank's former chief economist wants to replace the US dollar with a single global super-currency, saying it will create a more stable global financial system.
The bubble of private debt, which we have seen inflate in China since the Lehman crisis, is unlike anything the world has ever seen. Never before has so much private debt been accumulated in such a short period of time. All of this debt has helped fuel tremendous economic growth in China, but now a whole bunch of Chinese companies are realizing that they have gotten in way, way over their heads. In fact, it is being projected that Chinese companies will pay out the equivalent of approximately a trillion dollars in interest payments this year alone. That is more than twice the amount that the U.S. government will pay in interest in 2014.
Over the past several years, the U.S. Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England have all been criticized for creating too much money. But the truth is that what has been happening in China surpasses all of their efforts combined.
All of the preparations for world government are continuing. The pace has noticeably quickened in recent days.
On March 30, 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "The world is facing an important shift in global history." He went on to say, "Revolutionary change is sweeping the Arab world, with repercussions that will be felt everywhere and by all." He also says, "We face no less epochal change in other spheres – from climate change to fighting global poverty to advancing human rights."
We are reminded of the words of David Rockefeller, "We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis..." There are those who have worked for years to bring about world government. David Rockefeller further stated, "When the right crisis comes along, the people will accept world government."
Former President George H. W. Bush said:
"I see a world of open borders, open trade and, most importantly, open minds; a world that celebrates the common heritage that belongs to all the world’s people ... I see a world building on the emerging new model of European unity ... The United Nations is the place to build international support and consensus for meeting the other challenges we face, the threats to the environment, terrorism, drug trafficking, refugees We must join together in a new compact - all of us - to bring the United Nations into the 21st century."
There is a European Super State coming and it will set a course for the nations of the world to follow. The order is first a Super State in Europe and following that a World Government.
Our world has entered a new era, we are now seeing a flood of transformations which are gathering momentum and are unstoppable. The ground work for this situation has been years in the making.
This situation in Europe is unfolding just as the prophet Daniel and John in the book of Revelation, prophesied that it would.
The world has for some time now been watching the Euro currency as it stands on the edge of collapse, such a collapse would bring chaos to Europe and an opportunity for a gigantic transformation.
It has been suggested that when the Euro zone was created, those who brought it about knew that the system would not work. They knew that a common currency held by many independent countries could not survive as long each country managed its own economy. It has been further suggested that the intention, in the first place, was to bring monetary and economic chaos and collapse in order to ultimately create a union which would come under central control. Such a union would be a European Super State. This new state, though unknown to those men, would be the setting for the kingdom of Antichrist. The strategy is to tear down the old in order to bring in the new.
The preparations for this New World Order have been long in the process and seem about ready to break upon a blind and unsuspecting world. The question arises,
WHAT IS HOLDING BACK THE UNFOLDING OF THESE THINGS?
The answer is found in II Thessalonians 2:2-3, "That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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 topic of this chapter is obviously the tribulation period, "That day shall not come" refers to the tribulation period. The tribulation period will not begin until something happens and that something is the rapture of the church.
I believe, after much consideration, that the term, "falling away" refers both to:
the great last day's apostasy, and
the rapture of the church.
The term "falling away" means departure. In one case it would be departure from the Word of God and in the other it would be departure from the earth.
When the church is raptured Antichrist will appear on the world scene and begin his career. We see a glimpse of his career in verse 4, "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
He opposes God and he sits in the Temple demanding the world's worship.
In verse 6-7 we have the answer to our question, what is holding back the unfolding of the tribulation period? "And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way."
Paul says the thing that is holding back the appearance of Antichrist is the withdrawing of the Holy Spirit's restraining ministry. The Holy Spirit's restraining ministry is carried on in the world in the lives of believers.
Through the righteousness in the believer's life, the Holy Spirit convicts men and women of sin and righteousness and judgment to come.
Paul says that although sin is already at work in the world there is coming a day when sin will be for the first time revealed as it really is. Sin will no longer be sugar coated. Men and angels will see sin as it really is in all of its repulsiveness and vileness. The veil will be lifted for the first time as the catastrophic "Day of the Lord" judgment breaks upon the world.
We read about the climax in Revelation 20:12-15,
"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
My dear friend we are standing on the very threshold of Day of the Lord judgment. At any moment you could be engulfed in the destruction which is certain to come! Do not wait one more moment. Cry out to God to save you.
"He that believeth on him is not condemned. but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18).
No deeds of ours are needed to make
Christ’s merits more:
No frames of mind or feelings can add to His store:
Tis simply to receive Him, the Holy One and just:
Tis only to believe Him –
It is not try but trust.