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2009 In Review

The Year In Prophecy- Part 2

By Ron Graff

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Economy

3 - Major movements toward Global Governance

Financial Chaos

The economy has begun to recover from last year’s financial storm, but there are still many problems, and some things about the world have changed forever. The United States is in a much weaker condition financially, and our current government evidently plans to lead us into a socialistic way of life.

New World Order

When Nikita Khrushchev was the leader of the Soviet Union in the 50’s and ‘60’s, he predicted that various countries would fall into the lap of socialism like “ripe apples.” It was implied that even the United States would someday succumb to this inevitable destiny. At the time it seemed absurd to nearly every American. But one of Newsweek’s cover articles this year exclaimed, “We Are All Socialists Now.”

It seemed that no one expected the great economic collapse last year. In a matter of weeks, untold millions of people all over the world lost a large percentage of their savings and investments. Where did that money go? At the beginning of the unexpected crisis, major unknown investors harvested huge profits from the stock market. Was it a coincidence that so many of the super-rich decided to cash out at the same time? Now they have the funds that we lost! And when the time is right, they will buy back the properties and the stocks that have plummeted in value. The very rich will be richer still, and the majority of middle class people will be reduced to lower income status. Socialism is not a true “share the wealth” program. It has an extremely wealthy “elite” at the top that controls the government and the economy.

Whether or not America will resist this “fall” remains to be seen. But political analysts have warned that democracies are in danger once the majority of the people realize that they can use their vote to provide government benefits to themselves.

Europe has, for the most part, already adopted a form of socialism. Russia and China are socialist, and the global economic crisis is the perfect opportunity for greater government intervention to institute socialism everywhere.

Rev 13:15-17

Mark of the Beast
The end result of this slide toward socialism could be the One-World economic system that is foretold by the Bible. It used to be hard to imagine what could bring the whole planet to the point that an economic dictator (Antichrist) could literally control all the buying and selling around the world. In Revelation 13:15-17 we read:
He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Economic Issues





New World Order
Now it doesn't take much imagination to understand how such a thing will happen. Here is a brief review of some of the many news stories during the year that indicate that the financial crisis has pushed us into a one-world government state of mind.

In January, the venerable Henry Kissinger said that the global economic crisis has weakened the United States' position of leadership, but it also provides an opportunity for building new international relationships. He also warned that the alternative to a new international order is chaos.

Britain’s Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, warned the nation not to retreat from globalism in the face of the crisis. He said, “We could view the threats and challenges we face today as the difficult birth-pangs of a new global order -- and our task now as nothing less than making the transition through a new internationalism to the benefits of an expanding global society."

In April, speaking in Prague, Barack Obama said, "All nations must come together to build a stronger, global regime,"

In June Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told an international gathering in Moscow that a new world order is needed to deal with the many challenges arising in the international political arena. He said, "Western-style capitalism is falling apart, marking the end of the age of Imperialism."

In September, a new report published by The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development said that U.S. dollar should be replaced as the world’s standard reserve currency. This world currency would be managed by an as-yet undetermined financial regulatory organization.

In October, The Independent, a British newspaper ran the headline, “The end of the dollar spells the rise of a new order. "Secret meetings" between finance ministers and central bank governors in Russia, China, Japan and Brazil have met to consider a scheme originated by Gulf Arab states to stop using dollars for oil trading. The proposed change will substitute a combination of currencies including the Japanese yen, Chinese yuan, the euro, gold and a new unified currency for key Arab Gulf states over the course of the next nine years

Terrorism


Terrorism

The continued threat of global terrorism is another impetus toward world government.

The “Surge”, a military offensive in Iraq against Al Qaeda began in 2008, resulted in a much safer environment during this past year. But terrorism has spread to many places, and has taken various forms.

Terrorism In Pakistan, a strong military offensive was waged by the government there against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, which have grown considerably, and were beginning to take control of parts of Pakistan. At one point there was some question about the outcome of the struggle. In June Abu al-Yazid, the top Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan said that they would like to control Pakistan's nuclear weapons. He said, "God willing, the nuclear weapons will not fall into the hands of the Americans and the mujahideen would take them and use them against the Americans." Fortunately the Pakistanis succeeded in driving them out of the cities, back into the mountainous border between their country and Afghanistan. This is the area where it has been assumed that Osama bin Laden is living.

In May North Korea conducted a nuclear test and launched a number of missiles. Few commentators thought that North Korea would actually use one of their nuclear devices in war, but Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University asked: "Could this guy believe he could sell a nuclear bomb to Osama bin Laden? ...Why not?" It would be easier, he said, than helping Syria construct a nuclear reactor, which the North Koreans are accused of having already done.

After months of debate about what to do in Afghanistan, where terrorists were gaining the upper hand again, President Obama announced plans to send 30,000 more troops to bolster military efforts there, but added that he plans to begin withdrawals by July 2011. The goal will be to train competent Afghan security forces to carry on the fight against the Taliban.

Liberal groups were unhappy to see any troop increase. Conservatives objected to a fixed timetable for withdrawal, thinking that this could signal to enemies simply to lie low and wait.

In November the U.S. suffered its second-worst terrorist attack in the middle of Fort Hood, a huge army base in Texas. Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded many more. Hasan, an Army Psychologist, was born in America, but was a lifetime Muslim. He was a career soldier, but complained of being harassed for his Muslim beliefs after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was shot, but has recovered somewhat.

Further investigation showed that Hasan had terrorist connections and disturbing behavior, but such things were overlooked because of “political correctness.” It turns out that he attended the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. in 2001 while two of the 9/11 hijackers attended the same mosque.

At the time, the mosque's ultra-radical imam was Anwar Aulaqi, thought to have connections with Osama bin Laden. The imam also knew people involved in raising money for Hamas, a Palestinian group on the State Department's terrorist list, according to the FBI.

On Christmas a 23-year old Nigerian, Abdul Farouk Umar Abdulmutallab, attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines jet over Detroit. He had concealed 80 grams of PETN, a compound related to nitro-glycerin used by the military, in his underwear. When he tried to detonate the explosive all that resulted was a fire. A brave passenger pulled him from his seat and put out the fire. He failed in his mission because the detonator may have been too small or was not in "proper contact" with the explosive material. Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen took credit for planning the attack. Subsequent analysis showed that there were multiple failures of the national security system to allow Abdulmutallab to even board the plane. The matter is being investigated and debated at this time.

Fearful Events

One World Developing - Ron's Blog


Climate Change

In Copenhagen the United Nations held a highly publicized Climate Change Conference. The gathering makes another strong argument for the development of a One-World Government. In spite of the release of controversial e-mails from some climate scientists that global warming calculations are not accurate, thousands of enthusiastic delegates from all over the globe met to further their plans to limit carbon emissions and provide up to $150 billion in aid to developing countries to gain their cooperation.
European Union


4 - Unification and Influence of the European Union


An example of the process of world government

The progress of the European Union is seen by many as an example of how global government can be constructed. This has been an important year for the EU because its member nations have finally ratified its constitution, The Lisbon Treaty, and have elected its first set of permanent officers. They will begin their work on Jan. 1, 2010.

Former Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy takes office on January 1 as the first permanent president of the union. He hailed 2009 as “the first year of global governance.”

Lady Catherine Ashton, British Commissioner of Trade, was elected as EU High Representative. She will head up a new EU foreign ministry made up of 3,000 diplomats with 200 EU embassies and a big budget for peacekeeping missions.

The EU represents 500,000,000 people, a larger population and larger total economy than the U.S. A new study in September about the economic crisis showed that Europe is now the richest region in the world. North America's wealth plummeted by 21.8 percent, the steepest decline in the world. European assets only dropped 5.8 percent.

Dan 2:41-43

Rev 17:9-14
To prophecy students the formation of the EU has always been fascinating. Starting with Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about an image that depicted coming world empires (Daniel 2), the final form of human world government will be an outgrowth of the Roman Empire. The gold head of the image was Babylon. The silver chest and arms stood for Medo-Persia. The brass waist and thighs represent Greece, and the iron legs symbolized Rome. The final form was the feet, half of iron from Roman days, and half clay. The ten toes of the feet corresponded to ten horns on the seven-headed beast in the book of Revelation (Daniel 2:41-43; Revelation 17:9-14). Will there be a final world empire that would start with ten nations in some sort of a union, and then grow to global influence?
Revived Roman Empire

New World Order
In our generation we have seen such a union come into existence. The first step toward the formation of a European super state was the Benelux Agreement on June 8, 1948. This was a treaty between three very small countries, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Several years later, in 1957, in the city of Rome, and with a document called "The Treaty of Rome," those three countries joined with three other countries, Italy, France, and Germany to make the EEC (European Economic Community) which we call the Common Market. Today the organization is known as the EU (European Union). In 1973 the United Kingdom came in along with Ireland and Denmark, making a total of nine nations. In 1981 Greece became the tenth member of the union.

The EU now has 27 member nations and recently spawned a related organization known as The Union for the Mediterranean. This larger organization includes 43 nations from European, Middle Eastern and African nations all around the Mediterranean Sea. Libya's Muammar Gaddafi declined to join, calling it "another Roman empire."

At the heart of all of this, the original 10 nations have a separate powerful existence, The Western European Union. The WEU is relatively dormant at this time, but is bound together for mutual defense if it is ever needed.

Mideast War

Peace


Leadership in Middle East Peace process

In a December 4, 2009 article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, commentators William Nitze and Leon Hadar say that the European Union could bring peace to the Middle East. They believe that the EU must stop depending on US policy on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Their Union for the Mediterranean is already a step in the right direction, bringing together EU members with non-EU countries that border the Mediterranean, including Israel and the PA.

But the main European contribution to inducing the two sides to make peace – and to eventually sustain it – would be the offer of EU membership to Israel and Palestine. They believe that joining the EU would help the Israelis and Palestinians economically. It would also provide laws, rules and norms of behavior that would help them succeed.

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