Saturday, November 04, 2006

Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall - Chapter One - Survival Guaranteed!

Beyond Babylon: Europe's Rise and Fall

Chapter One
Survival Guaranteed!

“NEVER in a thousand years!” And yet in a twist of fate it did. The United States had surrendered. Uncle Sam was now a PRISONER OF WAR. The British and their commonwealth were fellow inmates. Israel found themselves under enemy occupation, and the Arab world was gloating.

What had gone wrong with “the New World Order?” How did we lose control and all this happen? Who would have ever believed it? The vaunted “leader of the free world” was enslaved. The DEVASTATION unleashed against America and her British allies was without precedent. Destruction was everywhere and a body
count impossible. The catastrophe was beyond calculation.

Europe gripped with a messianic furor—justified this mass destruction of the body to “save the soul.” Besides, they had the blessing of the pope. His white robes were stained with the blood of many martyrs.

Weakened by war, and in a state of shock, the WASPs began to stir when they caught wind of some good news coming from Jerusalem. Rumor had it that there were two outspoken men down there railing against Rome. Evidently they claimed Europe was a counterfeit kingdom whose days were numbered.

Supposedly, the Hebrew God was yet to establish His one-world-government. It wouldn’t be composed of human beings. They insisted that GOD was going to deliver His people—not just save them from sin, but liberate them from their enemies. And the so-called “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel” were, in large part, the scattered American and British peoples.

The captives were encouraged to hold on. They were told to keep this conviction: GOD DOESN’T LIE. He’ll continue to keep His Word and remember the agreement He made with our forefathers. Those beliefs are based on God’s track record. Historically, He’s intervened and saved us, time and again. We’re assured that we will survive to keep God’s promise alive. It’s an active agreement. But what exactly is that promise and agreement? And who are those two men in Jerusalem bringing all this to our attention? It’s time we understood!

The Plain Truth

How did God deal with Adam—the first family unit? (Gen. 5:2). He gently instructed them (male/female) on the Sabbath about the facts of life, explained the concept of cause and effect, and encouraged them to avoid the pitfalls of being proud and stubborn. Then He allowed the Serpent’s first Sunday sermon to test them on what they’d been taught.

Again, GOD first spoke to Pharaoh through Moses and Aaron, empowering them to confirm their message with miracles, and then the magicians were allowed to entertain his court. Now—in these last days of modern civilization—God’s again making His TRUTH known. If it’s also rejected, God’s Two Witnesses dismissed, then the world’s certain to fall for the perjured testimony of Europe’s defense.

The pattern is clear: if you don’t want to be “confused” with the facts, you’ll begin to believe the lies. Truth or consequences: “And for this cause God shall send them STRONG DELUSION, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth…” (2 Thes. 2:8-12). That, of necessity, demands that they were first told the truth and then left to decide for themselves what they were going to do with it.

That particular passage of scripture previews two coming attractions: the glorious Second Coming of Christ, and the sudden appearance of an individual who will precede Him and attempt to preempt Him. We’re forewarned that a counterfeit Christ will burst upon the world scene and put on quite a show.

But God is not his sponsor: Satan is exposed as the real POWER behind his command performance. And he’ll give it everything he’s got in this greatest effort to obscure the return of the true Messiah and rival the message of God’s top assistants (preparing for His arrival). There’s a real showdown coming in Jerusalem between the forces of good and evil.

Darkest Before Dawn

How can we rest assured Israel (the American, British and Jewish peoples) will survive? Especially since the GENOCIDE attempted against us will be the most BRUTAL in Earth’s history. Jesus wasn’t exaggerating when He foretold this REIGN OF TERROR: “For then there will be GREAT TRIBULATION, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
Jesus continued to show just how severe the WORLD TROUBLES are to become, threatening Earth’s citizens with extinction: “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved: but for the Elect’s sake those days will be shortened” (Matt. 24:21-22).

Did you catch it? In spite of mankind’s darkest hour, our apparent point of no return, Jesus offers us HOPE. He says we’ll survive. He will personally put a stop to those DAYS OF DREAD. The Destroyer will come to his end, and the source of this world’s conflicts will be cut off. Satan will be restrained (Rev. 20:2).

We have Jesus’ own Word that life will go on. He’ll stop the slaughter. He promises to prevent mankind’s murder. A RAINBOW will appear in the sky AFTER THE STORM—everybody (Matt. 24:30) will see Christ’s Coming. Jesus’ magnificent return—the Return of the King—isn’t reserved for a private showing: He’ll appear before a worldwide audience.

However, the counterfeit Christ won’t be Heaven-sent with all the holy angels and resurrected Saints, direct from the Father’s Throne, but will emerge from the abyss of Europe—summoned from his dark chambers in the Vatican.

Why will this madness end? It’ll end for the “Elect’s sake.” Who are they? The literal descendants of Israel! We’re the Chosen People: because “the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself” (Deut. 14:2). We’re special to God because of His special love for our forefathers. He promised to be their God and the God of their descendants. God doesn’t go back on His Word (Rom. 11:28-29).
It’s impossible for Him to retract His statement: we will be His people.

Confidence Despite Carnage

The Two Witnesses know and proclaim God’s promise. They’ve read His biblical pledge. Have you? Do you believe God will honor His agreement and keep His commitment? Your life will depend on it! Nevertheless, God will remember His sacred pact with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Lev. 26:42).

Even though we’ll be responsible for our plight, and will have gotten ourselves into this predicament, “Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them for I am the LORD their God” (Lev. 26:44).

That’s why the Two Witnesses can boldly testify on God’s behalf! They know what a merciful GOD we have! They grasp how important faithfulness is to God. “For better or for worse…” God won’t break His Word, even though we’ve broken ours.

Isaiah was horrified by our holocaust, yet he was CONFIDENT God would stop it before we were totally destroyed because of His promise: “Unless the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah” (Isa. 1:9).

Even though millions will perish and all hope seems lost, we have written guarantees that everything will work out for the best: “The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.” (Isa. 10:21-22).

Regardless of our present numbers, only a few are going to make it. But our holocaust-survivors will return to God and come back home. National repentance will result in our national restoration. The corrective punishment will have served its purpose and we’ll have learned our lesson.

Mission of Mercy

Once you realize what we’re going to have to go through, it becomes obvious that we’ll have to receive some divine assistance along the way! That is why it’s crucial that the command “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God” (Isa. 40:1) is faithfully carried out.

But then that’s the reason for God’s inspiration upon His spokesmen in Jerusalem. Their very purpose and commission reflects this brilliant hope: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are
bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God…” (Isa.61:1-2).

But doesn’t that refer to Christ? Yes, in its ultimate fulfillment. But someone has to proclaim the “good tidings” that the Day of the LORD is coming. Someone has to announce that Christ is about to return! And for further proof of a scripture that clearly refers to Christ, yet was fulfilled in part by two men (one in mind and
purpose), read Acts 13:47 where Paul applies Isa. 49:6 to Barnabas and himself.

The two anointed ones will be shining with this glorious GOOD NEWS! They’ll fulfill their mission to: “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.” (Isa. 35:3-6).

Faith and Patience

At that time, after we’ve been humbled, we’ll be healed. We’ll no longer be deaf, dumb, and blind, but will understand the message being given to us. We’re also assured when God takes vengeance, we’ll be delivered! We’re encouraged that the roles will be reversed, and the tables turned: “Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low…” (Isa. 40:4).

Without a doubt, “He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity: he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Rev. 13:10). Right in the middle of the chapter about the Beast, God puts things in perspective, offers us hope and warns our enemies.

Our American, British and Jewish brethren are to be sustained (in our coming wilderness) by the Word of God. We’re to exercise faith that God will do as He has said, and have patience waiting for Him to act, knowing a PURPOSE is being worked out. “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith
on earth?” (Luke 18:7-8).

Perhaps some will have difficulty basing all their hopes and dreams on GOD’S VENGEANCE, thinking it’s not too “Christian.” Evidently they’ll get over it though, because we’re given a glimpse that our camp guards and antagonists will be mocking our hope: “Then she [the daughter of Babylon/Europe] who is my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, ‘Where is the LORD your God?’ My eyes will see her now she will be trampled down like mud in the streets” (Micah 7:10).

Earth is about to plunge into a new age—a new Dark Age! Mankind is about to descend to an all-time low. Ironically, The European Union will consider their efforts the pinnacle of human success! They’ll misinterpret their “Tower of Babel” as enlightened and divine, temporarily uniting different peoples and nations under the one roof of Rome. Their rallying cry will be the cause of “world peace” and “Christendom.”

The Pope’s Appeal to Europe

Europe’s a body without a “soul”. Pope John Paul II was inducted into office amid reports worldwide that he felt driven to unite Europe. His support of the Polish Solidarity movement was the catalyst that caused cracks in the “Iron Curtain”
and the ultimate collapse of communism (with the great help of President Ronald Reagan).

The pope repeatedly urged Europe to “rediscover its roots.” Those roots are firmly grounded in the blood-soaked soil of the “Holy Roman Empire.” The politicians have made remarkable progress towards the realization of their dream, but only a pope can pull off the politico-religious miracles necessary to transform European unity into a living entity (Rev. 13:14-15). Even such a pope might not be fully aware that what he’s helping to create could turn against him. After all, Church and State are quite quarrelsome lovers! We’re forewarned that the growing European threat (to world peace) will cast DARK SHADOWS over our immediate future.

Daylight is running out. “Then Jesus said to them, ‘A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you: he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light’ (John 12:35-36).”

Whether we’re ready or not, it’s getting dark fast. We’re to take every advantage of the truth God’s given us, exercising our religious freedom to warn others and save ourselves. As Europe grows stronger and America weaker (Isa. 58:1), we must sound the alarm even louder. We’re not to tone it down but turn it up. We’re not to shrink back in fear of offending someone or reduce our efforts to
nothing. God curses those who don’t stand up for what they know (Jer. 48:10). We’ve got to help strengthen minds to withstand Satan’s onslaught (Ephes. 6:11).

We can ward off the NIGHT by living in the light. Light enhances beauty and exposes wrongdoing. Darkness covers both. When we act upon what God’s revealed to us, we make it a part of us and don’t have to be afraid (1 John 2:24).

If we reject this offer or neglect this opportunity, we’ll have condemned ourselves to fall under the captivating spell of darkness: “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God” (John 3:19-21).

Emotions are going to be running high! Families are going to split over spiritual disagreements and former friends will have nothing to do with each other. Lives are going to be both betrayed and lost over this RELIGIOUS WAR (Matt. 10:35-39).

Spotlight on Jerusalem

The European confederation of kingdoms will go off on a crusade to squash all opposition. The Beast will foam at the mouth against independent thought. The False Prophet won’t tolerate any dissent over his enforced doctrines. And yet, in the midst of all this madness, at the heart of this horror, will stand two men against the world. As darkness descends, God’s stars come out: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isa.60:1-2).

When the prince of darkness overruns Europe, God’s spotlight will shine upon Jerusalem. It’ll be the site of the Two Witnesses’ operations. They’ll represent God and Israel, bear the TORCH OF TRUTH, and burn bright throughout the long night. These LIGHT-BEARERS will confront Europe’s counterfeit kingdom, expose its error, and foretell its ruin. As a result, they’ll keep Israel’s faith focused and attention tuned, reciting our declaration of independence: “For unto us [Israel] a child is born, unto us [Judah] a son is given: and the GOVERNMENT shall be upon his shoulder…Of the increase of his government and peace there shall
be no end, upon the THRONE OF DAVID, and upon his KINGDOM, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this” (Isa. 9:6-7).

The heart and core of the GOOD NEWS is that the Father has appointed Christ KING. Jesus is to administer God’s Government over the Earth. Mary, knowing Daniel’s government prophecies and Isaiah’s royal decrees, was startled when the angel informed her of the role she was to play: “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God
will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).

Jesus, on trial for His very life, testified before Pilate, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world…” (John 18:37). Christ wasn’t afraid to admit that He was born to rule: it was His mission, purpose and goal in life. Is it yours? Are you afraid of your God-given potential? Even in death, Jesus was proclaimed the “King of the Jews.” But
He explained—lost to most—that God’s Kingdom was yet to be inaugurated (Luke 19:11). He would overthrow Rome and liberate Judah from foreign occupation, but in the far future—during a revival of the Roman Empire. Those events will soon take place! DAVID’S THRONE WILL PREVAIL—the Roman UN forces will fail!

Jesus—who died like a Lamb—will return as the LION OF GOD. He’ll fight for His subjects and rescue Israel from tyranny. Meanwhile, we’ve been taught how to cope with faith and patience, and endure injustice.

State Persecution

Herod wasn’t the first or last politician to persecute God’s people. Satan toys with world leaders, manipulating their minds to accomplish his diabolical purposes (Rev. 16:14). His disturbed mentality is too often revealed in troubled heads of state. The political realm—with its international tension—aptly reflects a spiritual conflict of interests (Dan. 10:13). Behind the human scenes are the true “star wars” (Rev. 12:7).

Pharaoh also “had his reasons” to accuse Israel of dual loyalty. His cold-blooded attempt to murder every Hebrew boy (to avert an imagined insurrection) cost him the life of his son and cursed his kingdom!

The forces of evil were well aware of God’s prophecy to Abraham (Gen. 15:14). It decreed Egypt’s destruction and Israel’s deliverance. In the midst of apparent defeat, Israel’s survival was insured: Moses was hid by a “righteous Gentile” and grew up in the courts where he would later appeal, “LET MY PEOPLE GO!” Passover, our Festival of Freedom, marks Israel’s independence from Egypt. The seventh day Sabbath also commemorates Jacob’s rest from forced labor (Deut. 5:15).

Then there was wicked Haman. Satan stirred him up against “those arrogant Jews” who refused to assimilate (Esther 3:8). He slandered the Jews as worthless rabble, incited the king to act intolerant, and insisted “the only good Jew is a dead Jew!” This mad call for genocide struck at the heart of Israel: Judah, the Scepter-tribe, from whom the Messiah was to come! Haman’s hatred backfired though, taking his life in the process, as well as removing many other threats to Judah’s existence. Purim celebrates this remarkable turnaround of events.

This Jewish renaissance enabled a number of Jews to return to Israel and pave the way for Christ’s Coming. Bethlehem, where David had been born and raised, awaited his descendant who was predestined to give birth to the Messiah (Micah 5:2). For that to occur, it was necessary for Jews to again be living there! (Many
would be horrified today to know that the little town of Bethlehem suffers under a Nazi-Muslim occupation. Ever since Israel’s shameful retreat they’ve sinfully permitted the City of David and Jesus to become the “Palestinian” village of Mohammed!).

The Destroyer attempted to take Israel’s life and thus defeat God’s purpose to overthrow him—in due time—from One who would be born to them Pharaoh failed and Egypt fell Haman was sent to the gallows with his ten sons, hung by his own plot to bury Judah Herod knew that Israel’s Firstborn—God’s Son—had been born and went all out to abort His Ascension to David’s throne. He also failed and the source of his Roman power was dried up and he died. Satan “can’t win for losing.”

Even Christ’s crucifixion was part of the plan. Jesus’ resurrection enables us to break Satan’s stranglehold over our lives. The devil is doomed! He knows his days are numbered and he’s getting desperate….

Precious Legacy

One of the greatest crimes against humanity was the Holocaust. Although Satan hates every human being, he especially hates those descended from Jacob-Israel (the Anglo-Saxon and Jewish peoples primarily, Joes and Jews). He knows they’re instrumental in his eventual overthrow. And out of Israel he’s targeted the Jews. They’ve borne the brunt of his brutality. Why? Because:
1. All the top positions in God’s Kingdom—under Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—will be filled with Jews. That explains the spiritual significance of “the Jewish conspiracy” theory. Satan is feeding people with half-truths and grotesque exaggerations, poisoning minds against the Jews and anything “Jewish.” He sneers at their accomplishments and turns their praise into persecution.
2. The Jews are representative of all Israel, and they (not covetous and murderous Ishmael) hold the Promised Land in trust for all Twelve Tribes of Israel (Rom. 3:2).
3. The Jews have preserved the Bible, thereby retaining the knowledge of the true God and His Sabbath and holy days (and when to properly observe them).
4. The Jews are LIVING PROOF of God’s invincible plan! No wonder the devil feels threatened by any Jewish presence and has repeatedly attempted to erase them from off the earth. (I’m reminded of “Precious Legacy.” It was an exhibition of Jewish things on loan from Prague to America. The Nazis had collected these
treasures to display in their proposed “Museum of an Extinct People”).

Jesus Christ, the KING of Kings, was born and raised a Jew. Ruling with but under Him in GOD’S GOVERNMENT, will be David—resurrected to reign over all Israel (Ezek. 37:24). King David was a Jew. Jesus’ twelve disciples, the founding-fathers of “the Christian nation” (1 Pet. 2:9), all Jews, were particularly promised: “…when the Son of man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matt. 19:28). Christ is going to fill every office in His Administration with those whom the FATHER has determined—not just the Jews, but they’ve got His Word on it for key positions.

Hitler continued Satan’s enmity against the Jews. He (possessed by the Devil himself) declared WAR on Abraham’s descendants—and lost! “The Master Race” attempted to eliminate any competition from the Chosen People—God’s Servant Nation (and what a difference in attitude and actions)—but Germany suffered defeat and went down in flames….

Every spring, Jews read in the Haggadah (a special booklet for Passover): “In every generation there are those who rise against us to annihilate us. But the Holy One blessed is He, ever saves us from their hand.” However, it goes beyond simply celebrating our miraculous past it expresses faith and confidence that God (past, present and future) will always save us: “And may we thank you with a new song for our redemption and the liberation of our soul. Blessed are You O Lord who redeems Israel.”

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS HAS BEEN PROVEN throughout the generations. Yes, He allows atrocities to occur, and governments and individuals have gone berserk for awhile, but only to a point. Then God steps in and the rest is history. Even Satan will come to his end (Rev. 20:10).

Israel, Jesus and the Jews have survived! We’ll also survive—and the whole world will survive because of us. GOD’S PLAN WILL STAND—those who oppose it will fall.

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