Monday, August 29, 2005

PROPHECY IN THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT

In May of 1948 Winston Churchill and Konrad Adenauer met at the Hague with others to conduct a meeting with the aim of integrating the economies of post-war Europe calling "for a United Europe" and established an "advisory consultive body of ten (later fifteen) states, the Council of Europe, as a parliamentary assembly at Strasburg."(1)

In March of 1957 The Treaty of Rome was signed,
which established the European Economic Community (EEC), better known as the Common Market. The EEC treaty, with 572 articles over almost 400 pages,... looked forward to eventual political union in Europe, and sought economic integration as an essential step on the way. The project originated in the head of the French economic planning commission, Jean Monnet, whose ideas were pushed along by the energy of Foreign Minister Paul-Henri Spaak of Belgium. Within the three large nations (Germany, France and Italy), agreement was obtained by the efforts of the leaders of the respective Christian-Democratic parties: Adenauer, Schuman, and Alcidi de Gasperi. The Catholic religious background of all three was a significant factor in their willingness to turn from nationalistic to international economic methods, while Spaa's Socialist prestige helped reconcile the Left to the scheme.

This treaty established the methods and time schedule by which the signatory countries, as well as other nations that might wish to join, could integrate their economies into a single, more expansive, system. Tariffs and other restrictions on trade between them were to be abolished by stages and replaced by a common tariff against the outside world. This whole process was to be achieved by stages over many years.(2)

The institutional organization for carrying on this process was:
a European Parliamentary Assembly of supranational party blocs of Christian-Democrats, Socialists, and liberals sitting and voting together irrespective of national origins; a Council of Ministers representing the member governments directly; an executive High Commission of nine that is enjoined by law to "exercise their function in complete independence" of their national governments; a Court of Justice with powers to interpret the treaty and settle disputes; two advisory groups (the Monetary Committee and the Social and Economic Committee); a European Investment Bank to channel funds for integrative and development purposes within the Community; the Overseas Development Fund ....; a European Social Fund for industrial retraining and unemployment compensation...

These organizations have some of the aspects of sovereignty from the fact that their decisions do not have to be unanimous, are binding on states and on citizens who have not agreed to them, and can be financed by funds that may be levied without current consent of the persons being taxed. On the whole, the supranational aspectsof these institutions will be strengthened in the future from provisions in the treaties themselves.

This process will lead to the
disintegration of the modern, unified sovereign state and the redistribution of its powers to multilevel hierarchical structures remotely resembling the structure of the Holy Roman Empire in the late medieval period.(3)

These multilevel hierarchical structures are exactly what is being implemented now in the western hemisphere between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. See Reality Check.(The previous article)


Daniel's Dream of Four Beasts


In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.

Daniel said:'In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.

The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle.

And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear.

After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard.

After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast-- terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns. Daniel 7:1-7 NIV

He gave me this explanation:'the fourth beast is a fourth kingdom that will appear on earth. It will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. Daniel 7:23 NIV

What is the meaning of Daniels vision?

Tim Lahaye tells us in Revelation Unveiled:(4)
Daniel's four beasts in chapter 7 represented four future kingdoms, beginning with the lion, which represented the Babylonian empire. Then he saw a bear which represented the Medo-Persian Empire, followed by a leopard representing the Grecian Empire, and a nondescript beast, portraying the Roman Empire. These four animals, representing the four world kingdoms, are most interesting, for no world powers have existed other than the four described by Daniel, who wrote at the beginning of this chain of conquests.
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John's Vision


"And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear, and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority." Revelation 13:1-2 NIV

John pens his description when the last governmental beast is in control; therefore his description is in reverse order(of Daniel's description). Whereas Daniel began with the lion, John ends with the lion. Because these two prophets lived 600 years apart, Daniel was looking forward to what would come to pass in relationship to these world kingdoms, but John is looking backward, for the Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Grecian, and Roman Empires have already appeared on the world scene.

The late Dr. David L. Cooper noted that the symbol of the beast can either refer to a king or his kingdom depending on the Holy Spirit's point of view. Some details about this beast can only apply to an individual, whereas others apply to his kingdom. We find that the beast opens his mouth and speaks blasphemy, indicating a reference not only to a kingdom but to a specific personage.(5)

We learn from Revelation 17:9-10: "This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads"(Revelation 13:1-2) "are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he will remain for a little while."

Some have suggested that since the city of Rome is built on seven hills that she is the one designated here as the beast with seven heads and by extension therefore the Roman Church.

However Tim Lahaye believes and states that
The seven heads of this beast are mentioned in Revelation 17:10 as kings of the Roman empire. I am inclined to believe that the first five (kings) represent five kings of the Roman empire through John's lifetime; the existing king Domitian was the sixth; thus we have the five that were, the sixth that is, and the seventh who is to come, referring to Antichrist at the end of time. [Note the gap in time "the other has not yet come"].

In Revelation 17:11 we read "The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction." This strongly suggests that the Antichrist is the seventh head.(6)
"He will remain for a little while" (v.10) "and is going to his destruction" (v.11).

Conclusion


What is the point of this discussion?

The point is that history proves the truth of Revelation. That Satan is setting up his final 10 kingdom confederation in our lifetime through actual historical figures, and organizations such as the Club of Rome, the Trilateral Commission, and the Council on Foreign Relations implementing the "disintegration of the modern, unified sovereign state and the redistribution of its powers to multilevel hierarchical structures remotely resembling the structure of the Holy Roman Empire" from which the Antichrist will arise.

Epilogue


"Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to You! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." Revelation 12:12 NIV

Steve

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END NOTES


(1)Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, A History Of The World In Our Time, (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1966) republished by GSG and Associates, San Pedro, California, p. 1283.
(2)Ibid. p. 1285-1286.
(3)Ibid. p. 1286-1287.
(4)Tim Lahaye, Revelation Unveiled, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1999) p. 215.
(5) Ibid.
(6) Ibid. p. 262.

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