Thirty five years ago I watched people scratch their heads with a puzzled look on their faces when I told them that Europe would become a powerful nation around the turn of the century. When I addressed what would happen in the United States they listened but I may as well have been reciting verses of Shakespeare in Lithuanian.
My message is easier now for many people to understand but there is yet no rush to alter the course of the nation or even the simplest behavioral patterns of everyday life, even among conservatives.
America has always been engrossed in its own politics and national life to the point of not seeing beyond its nose, which in our case, is the Pacific and the Atlantic. Now with a President who prior to his election described himself as "a citizen of the world" and his decision to submit America's sovereignty in part to the will of the United Nations we may want to take another look at the prophecies that have long predicted these events.
We are barreling blithely ahead with our unvetted President at the helm toward the fulfillment of prophecy, the shifting of world power and what will surely lead up to the Battle of Armageddon itself. These events will transpire regardless of how many believe or contrarily how many disbelieve them. They will not be changed or altered one whit by any exercise of men or angels. Prophecy is pre-written history and it is a pre-view not a prediction.
The accuracy in the fulfillment of all, pre, mid and post exilic prophecy coupled with the now fulfilled Messianic prophecies is what assures us, as it once did the Apostle Peter. It is what caused Peter to say "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ," and along with Peter we know we have what is known as "…a more sure word of prophecy." (2Pet 2:16, 19)
Never before has the term 'The devil is in the details' been more apropos than it is today in the news coming out of Europe. Now that the Irish are to ratify the European Union's Lisbon Treaty all that remains is the choosing of a president. Calls have been made from across the continent for a more charismatic leader to match or surpass any from the U.S. or any other world leader.
Paul-Henri Spaak, the onetime secretary general of NATO and the first ever president of the UN General Assembly, once said "We do not need another committee. We have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man and be he god or devil, we will receive him."
Oddly enough that leader will come in his due season and will be the incarnation of the devil himself. No, he will not look like the devil but he will be an attractive, statured and well poised political, military and economic genius fully aided by the ruler of the 'kosmos' ( the satanic ruler of the world system of evil) and he will indeed be well received as Paul-Henri Spaak has said.
The obstacles remaining to the EU dream are presently Poland and Czechoslovakia. The Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, stands alone against the might of the emerging EU and is also an outspoken opponent of the hyper-concern over global warming. In fact Klaus has labeled the entire global warming hype as a complete hoax.
Klaus along with millions of others in and out of the political class recognize global warming for what it is, a panic driven unifier being used as a sort of capo de causa or cause of causes or a base from which to gain political power from the unsuspecting. Green is a screen that is sufficiently blinding the eyes of a pro-modern world that hasn't much else going for it anyway.
In America top level leaders are ignoring the best advice of a lifetime military expert and failed presidential candidate (McCain) on how to approach the rising need for more troops in Afghanistan. It should be no surprise that millions of ordinary citizen are ignoring the rants of another failed presidential candidate (Gore) on the subject of global warming. At least one of them is actually an expert on their subject.
The first choice out of the gate for Europe is unquestionably Britain's Tony Blair. Runners up for first choice are Jan Peter Balkenende, François Fillon, Herman Van Rompuy, and Jean-Claude Juncker. According to scripture it will not be the first choices over the EU that will prevail but shortly after the forming of the union begins another figure will arise to usurp authority and displace three others in the top levels and thereby emerge as just what the doctor ordered.
Many beloved Catholics have not been well taught in eschatology and among Protestants the trends are not going well. Beleaguered with the prosperity gospel, the emergent church, dominion-ism, liberalism and a plethora of equally crazy new distractions the Protestant brethren need a shaking among themselves. Don't worry, it's on the way! The church is hovering somewhere between distracted and naïve and it will take a serious jolt to bring it in for a landing.
Students of prophecy have held for years that although the antichrist will come from Europe the dreaded false prophet spoken of in scripture will most likely come from an entirely different nation. Those who think it is America and that he is here today also realize that he will continue in power until the actual physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ who then personally removes him from power. Let's see.
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Rev 19:20)
Don't worry, eschatological and prophetic declarations will not be heard, heeded or believed by overwhelmingly large numbers of people like global warming hype, but that too is prophesied. The world will heed what it likes but prophecy will streamline down the track like a powerful freight train screaming to its final destination. Even those who understand these things would prefer that it didn't have to happen this way but they are people who are true to their God and ultimately true to themselves.
We can hardly concern ourselves with the fact that the message is hard to take, seemingly crazy or almost completely misunderstood by most people. It comes from the most trusted source in history and it warns the most precious commodity on earth…men and women. It is as sure as the rising of the sun and is the only message that if heeded, can assure us that we will continue to see the rising of the sun in our future.
Copyright ©2009 Rev. Michael Bresciani