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and Apologetics Central.
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3 – The Peace Process
Much attention was given to a long-awaited peace between Israel and the Palestinians in
2010. The year started with plans for meetings between leaders of the two people,
brokered by the US. On the first day of the year, following a visit to Cairo, Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested that he and Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas could meet later that month to rejuvenate the peace process in the Egyptian resort
town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
Before the meeting could take place, US Middle East Envoy George Mitchell met with
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and President
Shimon Peres. Their discussions were hampered a new demand from Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu for an Israeli military presence in the West Bank to stop weapons
smuggling, even after formation of a Palestinian state.
A Time Magazine article said that the US may have overestimated its ability to persuade
Israel and the Palestinians to cooperate.
In May, Mitchell launched Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. He met first with Israeli
Prime Minister Netanyahu and then with Palestinian Authority President Abbas in
Ramallah. Abbas allocated four months for the indirect talks, insisting that the main
disagreements must be discussed — control of Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, borders
and Israel's West Bank settlements.
For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu repeated his position that direct talks
should begin without preconditions. He rejected a Palestinian demand that direct
negotiations be based on the 1967 borders. Throughout the year the issue of Israeli
settlements in West Bank areas was an ongoing point of disagreement. The Palestinians
want all of the land they lost in the 1967 war, but Israel feels that those exact boundaries
would leave them vulnerable to future attacks. For that reason they have established
numerous Jewish settlements, presumably with the idea in mind that when a peace
proposal is accepted, some settlements would be kept for security reasons and others
could be traded with the Palestinians for certain areas necessary to Israel's defense.
As the year wore on a flurry of attempts were made to stimulate the peace process. In
September, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton attempted to re-launch direct
negotiations between leaders of the two groups.
The President asked the United Nations General Assembly to support an Israeli-
Palestinian agreement that would lead to the creation of an independent Palestine and a
secure Israel in a year's time. He said,
"If an agreement is not reached, Palestinians will never know the pride and dignity
that comes with their own state. Israelis will never know the certainty and security
that comes with sovereign and stable neighbors who are committed to coexistence."
In October, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak weighed-in dramatically on the issue,
telling several leaders, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, that "if the peace process
collapses, violence and terrorism will erupt in the Middle East and all over the world."
At the end of the year negotiators said that they will continue to find new ways to keep
the peace process alive.
Throughout Old Testament prophecies, there is a theme that Israel will have conflict with
her neighbors, but then be restored to a place of blessing in their own land. In the book
of Daniel there are several dreams and visions that foretold a succession of world
governments from the time of Babylon until the end of the age. Nebuchadnezzar’s dream,
which God allowed Daniel to interpret, gave the outline of this progression. In Daniel
2:26-45 the dream is explained. After Babylon there will be four other human empires,
and finally one heavenly kingdom will be established. The gold head of the image was
Babylon. History shows that the silver chest and arms stood for Medo-Persia. The brass waist and
thighs represented Greece, and the iron legs symbolized Rome. The fourth empire, which still
has not had historical fulfillment, will be an outgrowth of the old Roman Empire. It will start
with ten nations in some sort of a union, and then grow to global influence. It, in turn will be
overthrown by Messiah’s return to Earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:11-
Revived Roman Empire
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
was called 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.
While it once seemed highly unlikely that another global empire would ever be
established, our generation is witnessing forces that could very well result in an end times
global government. We will now consider some of these forces that captured headlines
4 – Natural Disasters
Experts say that the year 2010 brought the greatest mix of natural disasters in more than a
generation. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards,
landslides and droughts killed more than a quarter million people this year, compared
with just 15,000 in 2009.
Some of the biggest events were the Haitian earthquake, the Russian heat wave and
Some analysts say that the death toll from disasters is increasing because of unwise
decisions about where to build cities and poor construction practices. Others claim it is a
result of global warming because of many heat records set during the year, but that is
confusing in light of the severe blizzards at the beginning and end of the year.
New World Order
World-wide natural disasters are an impetus to global governance because of the need for
humanitarian aid after these events. It is too great a task for a few nations to try to meet
all of these needs. This concern leads to international gatherings sponsored by the United
Nations to work together on relief efforts, fighting diseases and studying ecological
questions such as global warming.
Bible Students realize that natural disasters are sometimes judgments from God,
especially when they come during or immediately after an event of prophetic importance.
However, it is unwise to be dogmatic about the exact meaning of disasters, since there are
both natural and supernatural causes of such catastrophes. At the least, these tragedies
should cause us to return to our once-strong Christian faith as a nation. And on a personal
level, they should cause non-believers to consider giving their lives to Christ.
5 – Economic Problems
The economic chaos in the world and in the United States improved somewhat last year,
but our slide toward socialism continued with the adoption of the so-called “Obama
Health Plan.” Almost immediately there was a huge negative reaction to this legislation.
Even before that, in the previous year, one of Newsweek’s cover articles announced, “We
Are All Socialists Now.” 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. The
very rich capitalized on the economic melt-down, widening the gap between the rich and
poor, and reducing the number of middle class families in the U.S.
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 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.
New World Order
Here is a brief review of some of the news stories during the year that show how the
financial crisis has pushed us into a one-world government state of mind.
In March, following the approval of the health plan, a new Fox News poll reported that
79 percent of voters think it is possible the American economy could collapse, including
large majorities of Democrats (72 percent), Republicans (84 percent) and Independents
Moreover, 78 percent of voters believe the federal government is "larger and more
costly" than it has ever been before, and by nearly three-to-one, more voters think the
national debt (65 percent) is a greater potential threat to the country’s future than
terrorism (23 percent).
A report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in April discussed how this
organization sees the International Monetary System evolving after the financial crisis. It
will take time to implement, but basically they think that the best way to ensure stability
after the crisis would be to launch a global currency.
In July Chuck Colson sounded the alarm that the massive US debt held largely by the
Chinese, could lead to an overnight collapse of our economy and a dictatorial take-over
of our government!
A Breitbart article in September picked up the same theme. University professor
Laurence Kotlikoff, imagined a doomsday scenario about an economic clash between
superpowers the United States and China, which holds more than 843 billion dollars of
US Treasury bonds. "A minor trade dispute between the United States and China could
make some people think that other people are going to sell," he wrote in the IMF's
Finance & Development review. This could result in a massive sell-off of US treasury
bonds, which would then force the government to print more money to pay for them,
leading to hyper-inflation.
Der Speigel then printed a major article, Money Is Power: An Inside View of the IMF's
Massive Global Influence in which it called the emerging G20, "that coalition of the
strongest economies, the center of power in a new world." And it called the IMF, "The
New World Order." The article explained that Europe, the United States and the United
Nations have all become too slow and fragmented to compete with "dashing powers like
India and China." (This is interesting, since the IMF, headquartered in Washington D.C.,
is an arm of the UN.)
Moral Issues and the Elections of 2010
One encouraging sign was the November elections. They were a referendum on the
careless spending and socialistic trends that had characterized the previous two years.
New World Order
6 – Political Developments
Three major trends of 2010 bear watching as we go forward into this new year.
Progress toward a global government – This was mentioned above, noting the
continued strengthening of structures such as the European Union. In the previous
paragraphs we have also shown how natural disasters and economic problems are
pushing the world toward the establishment of international organizations that can deal
with such world-wide problems.
Growth of Islamic influence and extremism - Ever since the Islamic Revolution in Iran
in 1979, there has been a renewed push for world conquest by radical elements of the
religion. While it is generally thought that this radical element is only about 10% of all
Muslims, that number still represents more than 100 million people, and they are the ones
with the most power and influence.
Christopher Caldwell's book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration,
Islam and the West. Shows that, in spite of Europe’s apparent strength and wealth, they
face a grave threat. Their culture is likely to be extinguished in the near future by Islamic
“Moreover, Europeans are politically weak,” explains Caldwell, “because their
leaders have capitulated to political correctness and ideals of diversity, which render
them unable to criticize any aspect of Islam.”
Terrorism continues to affect people everywhere, and even though there are other kinds
of terrorism, such acts by militant Islamists are by far the most numerous.
Turkey, a key player in the Middle East, has apparently become disinterested in
becoming a part of the European Union, and would like to resurrect some of the glory of
the old Ottoman Empire. Therefore, Turkey has taken a hard turn against Israel, and is
trying to re-establish its influence in the Turkic countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It has also been more friendly to Russia,
Syria and Iran. Terrorism expert Walid Shoebat points out that Turkey was the center of
the Ottoman Empire, the last Muslim coalition of nations. He explains, "In 1924, the
Caliphate was dismantled by the West, and this is why Muslims hate the West... In 1928,
four years later, the Muslim Brotherhood was born. This is the umbrella of all the Muslim
Socialistic trends in the U.S. - Florida Republican congressional candidate Allen West
told Newsmax that the United States is nearing a “tipping point” toward socialism when
more than half of all Americans are dependent on the government for financial support.
West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, points out that 49% of Americans already pay no
income tax, and once we reach a majority that are "wedded to the government" by
monthly support checks we will discover what Margaret Thatcher did. She said,
"Socialism works very well until you run out of other people’s money."
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