September 2016 Prophetic Observer
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By Bob Glaze
For the past several years it has become quite obvious that someone or something has created an undertow that is quickly taking this country and the world into a chaotic cesspool reminiscent of what the Bible refers to as "the Tribulation period." A systematic plunge into the abyss in the form of "lawlessness" has become the norm. Each day brings us closer to the brink of no return. However, never fear, the United Nations on its white steed is coming to save the damsel in distress.
The word for the day is "global." The United Nations is becoming more and more involved in our everyday lives with the cloaked sinister guise of helping us run our country with special emphasis on Africa, which is unable to run its own business—with the exception of South Africa. This plan cannot be successful without equality and sustainability of the "dark continent." The plan is outlined in a United Nations report entitled, "The role of the United Nations is promoting a new global human order" which will elevate the elitist even higher. This plan includes everything necessary to completely rule the world and pave the way for the "Antichrist." Since Muslim nations in Africa are the lowest common denominator, all other nations must be brought down to their level.
In their summary, this plan is an effort of the "United Nations system to reduce inequality and promote human development globally, in particular in the context of the post-2015 development agenda" (www.un.org, July 22, 2016). This report is stated within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, and the Paris Agreement. This agreement has Islam written all over it. However, in order to achieve this agenda, the United Nations must gain control over all nations. The question is, How are they going to achieve their goals?
In an article entitled "Obama Administration and UN Announce Global Police Force to Fight 'Extremism' in U.S." states, "On Wednesday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced at the United Nations that her office would be working in several American cities to form what she called the Strong Cities Network (SCN), a law enforcement initiative that would encompass the globe" (www.breitbart.com, Oct. 2015). The article continues, "This amounts to nothing less than the overriding of American laws that would henceforth be implemented in the United States itself—without any consultation of Congress at all."
The Strong Cities Network (SCN) of the United States was not launched in Washington, but in the United Nations. This has set the stage for the United Nations to send in their "blue hats" to aid and quell any disturbance that our own law enforcement cannot seem to settle in a lawful manner that suits some lawless homegrown terrorist organizations (namely, Ferguson, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Lakewood, Oakland, and Milwaukee as well as many others outside the United States). Since the United Nations is deeply involved with Islam and sharia law, those troops would more or likely be Muslim who would have no qualms about killing American citizens.
Again, Breitbart has this to say about SCN, "with Obama knowingly aiding al-Qaeda forces in Syria, how likely is it that he will use his'global police force' against actual Islamic jihadists? I suspect that instead, this global police force will be used to impose the blasphemy laws under the sharia (Islamic law), and to silence all criticism of Islam for the President who proclaimed that 'the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.'"
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced an "International Steering Committee and an International Advisory Board 'run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a leading International think-and-do-tank' based in London, whose members include veterans of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission" (www.newamericanthinker.com).
On September 29, 2015, New York mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the U. N. concerning the Strong Cities Network and was lauded for his words of support, "Thank you, Mayor de Blasio, for those kind words; for your dedication to promoting equality and expanding opportunity; and for your service to the people of this great city—the city I call home. I would also like to recognize High Commissioner for Human Rights [Prince Zeid Ra'ad] Al Hussein and the UN-Habitat program for their inspiring work and bold leadership as we work to create a future of sustainable peace, development and opportunity. … It's a pleasure to join such a distinguished group of world leaders on this historic occasion and it's a privilege to represent the Obama Administration (emphasis mine) and the United States as we inaugurate this innovative, collaborative, and critically important global effort" (www.un.org). In other words, if the Obama Administration on behalf of the U.S. Treasury doesn't get behind this effort, it will fail. This is tantamount to hiring a wolf to guide the sheep.
On March 1, 2016, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted leaders of the Strong Cities Network in Washington D.C. as part of the "Strong Cities: Building Community Resilience to Radicalization and Violent Extremism" professional exchange program (www.justice.gov). The group was to leave D.C. and travel to Los Angeles, Denver, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Chicago. The following Strong Cities Network Summit was to be hosted by Antalya, Turkey. In order to join the Strong Cities Network it has to be sanctioned by each city's mayor. Call your mayor to see if your city has joined the elite.
In an article posted on August 4, 2016, entitled "LifeZette: UN Backs Secret Obama Takeover of Police" at www.foxnews. com an "International org calls for federalization of U.S. law enforcement to be 'beefed up,' cover all of America. … The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has provided oversight and recommendations for improvement of police services in a number of cities with consent decrees." The consent decrees must come from the mayor.
"That was United Nations Rapporteur Maina Kai on July 27, a representative of the U.N. Human Rights Council, who on the tail-end of touring the U.S., endorsed a little-known and yet highly controversial practice by the Justice Department to effect a federal takeover of local police corrections departments." The article added, "The consent decrees are already being implemented in Newark, New Jersey; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California; Ferguson, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; and other municipalities."
This must be the very reason that President Barack Hussein Obama has taken the side against the local police in every instance while pretending to condemn the actions by the murderers. The Strong Cities Network, aka U.N. Human Rights Council, has already taken over these cities and is issuing the verdicts prior to the event. Just wait until a Muslim is killed committing a violent act and the local police try to take charge of the situation. The mayor could call in the global police and the situation is settled according to sharia law. This is a dangerous situation which could cause a violent race war in this and other countries, and sin would lie at the door of the White House.
The United Nations is the parent of "the new global human order" and subscribes to a threefold aspect of inequality: first, inequality within-country; second, international inequality; and third, between-country inequality which is actually based on the gap between the rich and the poor. The fact that a person is uneducated, lazy, or willingly ignorant, is irrelevant; the rich should give up part of their wealth to the less fortunate to level the playing field. The real purpose of all this is not money, but creating enough confusion, hatred, and chaos that the world will plead for someone to take control—that will be the Antichrist during the Tribulation Period.
<>The modus operandi of Satan working through the Antichrist, the Man of Sin, is deception. Paul is writing to the Thessalonians warning them of this very thing in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, "Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."
The spirit of Antichrist is active today, perhaps in the form of a global organization. Be vigilant and wary of those that represent the world, because "every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh in not of God; and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that is should come; and even now already it is in the world" (1 John 4:3).
The Richardson-Ice Debate
Some Observations from the Moderator
by Larry Spargimino
I was privileged to moderate the two-session debate between Dr. Tommy Ice and Joel Richardson. The debate was held in Oklahoma City at the Southwest Radio Ministries Conference on August 5.
Tommy Ice is a skilled debater who has effectively argued in favor of the pre-Trib Rapture. Ice is the executive director of the Pre-Trib Research Center which he and Dr. Tim LaHaye founded in 1994. For this debate, Ice was defending the view that the Antichrist will come from Europe, the Roman Antichrist View (RAV).
New York Times best-selling author Joel Richardson has been challenging RAV for several years and has developed the view that the Antichrist is Islamic and will be from the Middle East, the Islamic Antichrist View (IAV). In 2008 a book he co-authored with Walid Shoebat was published bearing the title God's War On Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible. In 2009 WorldNetDaily published Richardson's immensely popular The Islamic Antichrist. This volume is not so much a scriptural defense of IAV, but rather a comparison of Islamic and Christian eschatologies and a comparison of the biblical Antichrist and the Islamic end-time figure the Mahdi. I have read both volumes and interviewed Shoebat on God's War On Terror on our broadcasts. I have also interviewed Joseph Farah, who is a supporter of IAV. These interviews, and the study in preparation for them, intrigued me somewhat with IAV. Consequently, I thought I would run some of the favorable thoughts I had regarding IAV by some of my prophetic colleagues to see if they thought IAV had some merit. I was quickly warned that the Antichrist is European, that Richardson's views are "rubbish," and was told that "no one should waste time on such foolishness."
In 2012, WorldNetDaily published Richardson's Mideast Beast: The Scriptural Case for an Islamic Antichrist. The subtitle was compelling. Indeed there are many Scriptures plus quotations from the writers of antiquity and contemporary scholars and linguists. This volume is endorsed by Chuck Missler and Old Testament scholar Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Richardson carefully deals with dozens of Scriptures and Bible passages: Daniel 2, 7, 9:26, Daniel 8, 10-11, Daniel 12, Revelation chapters 12, 13, and 17, the Gog-Magog War of Ezekiel 38-39 (three whole chapters of the book), Psalm 83, Isaiah and "Micah 5: the Assyrian."
In March of 2016 Southwest Radio Ministries presented a "Fireside Chat" with Joel Richardson on Skype, and Douglas Woodward and I in the studios in Oklahoma City. Woodward and Richardson, though taking opposite sides, were extremely cordial. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all.
Subsequent to that filming, Woodward came out with his volume Mistaken Identity: The Case Against The Islamic Antichrist. Part I of Woodward's book has the amazing title: "What's Right with the Islamic Antichrist Theory." Doug gives ten aspects of Richardson's view that he heartily endorses. Richardson's view (1) builds on a futurist platform, (2) is pre-millennial and dispensational, (3) professes a passionate evangelical faith, (4) treats the Scripture seriously, (5) contends for the faith once delivered to the saints, (6) rightly raises the alarm about Islamic terrorism and the dangers in radical jihadists beliefs, (7) shows that the spirit of Antichrist is visibly apparent today in radical Islam, (8) warns of the deception we encounter with Islam, (9) has enlightened us on the nature of Islamic prophecy, and (10) discloses that Turkey will become a dominating power and seeks to regain status as a caliphate. Of course, Doug Woodward also presents ten things that he believes are wrong with Richardson's view.
A Closer Look At IAV
Those who hold to RAV will tell you that in Daniel 2 and 7 there are four empires mentioned: the Babylonian, the Medo-Persian, the Grecian, and the Roman. However, as we look closely at these texts we find that while the first three are mentioned by specific name the fourth, allegedly, the Roman, is never actually so called. For those who have a high, and proper, view of biblical inspiration, what the Bible specifically says needs to be taken to heart, and what the Bible does not say also needs to be taken to heart. Isn't it somewhat precarious to build a theology on something that is not specifically stated but only inferred? No doubt, the people who support RAV have various responses to this "problem," but the fact remains that an argument from silence is not a persuasive argument.
Richardson brings up another intriguing point about Daniel 2:40 and Daniel 7:23. This fourth [unnamed] empire forcefully "crushes" the others. Richardson observes that this does not describe the way the Romans operated. They were quite tolerant of other religions and even allowed the continued existence of the Jewish Temple during much of their occupation of Israel. When it was finally destroyed by the Romans the destruction came about because the foreign conscripts the Romans used to staff their army could not be restrained in their rage against the Jews. Radical Muslims, on the other hand, are totally intolerant of any religious expression that is not Islamic. The destruction of shrines and religious artifacts by the Taliban, ISIS, and other Islamic supremacist groups is well known. The forceful "crushing" of the fourth empire has all the marks of Islamic extremism. Since the Antichrist emerges from this fourth empire, he has all the marks of a radical Muslim.
But what about the statement in Daniel 9:26—"the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary"? The supporters of RAV argue that the Antichrist will come from the people who overran Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish Temple in A.D. 70, and they were Romans. Hence the Antichrist must be Roman, or at least, European. Richardson appeals to the Roman historian Tacitus, and also to the Jewish historian Josephus—two ancient witnesses of generally high credibility— who record that Titus' army was not staffed by Italians but by Syrians and Arabs. Hence, "the people of the prince that shall come" were Middle Easterners, not Europeans!
Richardson gives several quotes from contemporary scholars and historians showing the Middle Eastern composition of the Roman armies toward the end of the first century A.D. As quoted on pp. 94-95 of Mideast Beast [MeB], one contemporary historian writes:
"That Italians were increasingly replaced in the legions during this period by provincials is in itself no longer a novelty among scholars. … In the East, that is Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt, it seems clear that local recruitment was well under way under Augustus [d. A.D. 14], so that by his death only a very small number of legionaries derived from Italy or indeed any of the western provinces. … Under Nero [d. A.D. 68], when the eastern legions required supplementation…it was to Cappadocia and Galatia that [Rome] looked for recruits. This was doubtless standard procedure. [The] legions of the East consisted largely of 'orientals' [Middle Easterners]."
In addition, Bible prophecy says much about the coming war against Jerusalem. It is revealing to observe the players in this coming war. Are they European or are the combatants from "the neighborhood"? Joel 3:11-12 tells us that they are from the surrounding nations. Zechariah 12:2 says, "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem."
Messianic prophecies speaking about Messiah’s future victories describe victories over those in the Middle East who would destroy Israel. In Numbers 24 we find the account of King Balak of Moab and the prophet Balaam. Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel because the Moabites knew of Israel’s miraculous deliverance from Egyptian bondage. In the unfolding scene Balak and Balaam are on an elevated promontory looking down on the vast company of Israelites. Balaam begins to prophesy—and it is not the kind of prediction that Balak wanted to hear. Balaam begins his prophecy by informing the King of Moab what his people will do to the Moabites and surrounding nations in the latter days:
"I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. And Edom shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly. Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth in the city. And when he looked on Amalek, he took up this parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever" (vss. 17-20).
Richardson explains: "Picking up and expanding on the theme in Genesis 3, 'the mother prophecy,' the Messiah is once again seen to 'crush' the head of the seed of Satan. This time, however, Satan's seed is not quite as vague as in Genesis 3. … The Messiah comes back to crush the heads of Moab, Edom, Seir, the sons of Sheth, and the Amalekites" (MeB, 18).
The really big challenge—and it came up toward the very end of the debate—comes from 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4—"so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God": "A Muslim Antichrist would never proclaim himself to be God." Richardson writes:
"The popular belief that the Antichrist will verbally declare himself to be God and demand worship from the whole world is problematic regardless of which position one takes. It is difficult to imagine a humanistic, materialist, atheistic Antichrist mocking God and rejecting all other gods on one hand, but claim to be God on the other. … Likewise, if one believes the Antichrist to be some type of universalist, religious pluralist…this is also difficult, as the Antichrist is said not only to mock the God of the Bible, but also lacks regard for any other god. … If the Antichrist is not a Muslim, how will he cajole the 1.6 billion (and growing) Muslims of the earth to follow him? Many have claimed that Muslims will not long exist by this time. But no scenario or mechanism has been set forth that could satisfactorily explain such a massive global demographic earthquake" (MeB, 136-137).
The word "worship" (proskuneo) has many shades of meaning and, as Richardson observes, can indicate showing respect, honor, and subservience. An ancient Islamic tradition speaks about obedience to Muhammad and the caliph: "Muhammad said: Those who obey me obey Allah, the Almighty. Those who disobey me disobey Allah, the Almighty" (p. 136). Even an Islamic Antichrist can demand respect and subservience.
So, to make a long story short, what have I concluded about the debate? Richardson has done his homework and made a highly credible case for his views. The danger of following the views of highly-esteemed teachers whom we’ve met in the halls of of academia is dangerous. As a wise man once said, "Call no man master."