After giving it a bit of a rest for a couple of days I am back with the speculations I hinted to in Give it a rest. When I wrote that I was thinking partly about some of the poorly conceived interpretations of the Revelation you find on the net, especially you tube. When the false Messiah comes as the deceiver/Anti-Christ, I think we can assume that it’ll be someone carismatic, someone with a lot of influence over people, someone we believe has the power to unite. I could be wrong of course, but if we are going to be surprised it probably won’t be any of the likely candidates.
The list of Anti-Christs is long, and most US presidents make the list. Ronald Reagan and Michail Gorbachev were presidents of the USA and Soviet Union at the same time, but they were both labeled Anti-Christ. Today many are absolutely convinced that Obama is the one. The Pope is also a regular candidate and each time the Pope fails to deliver there are always some that say they’ll get it right next time. I believe even Prince William and the new Prime Minister of Greece have been labeled Anti-Christ as well. I am surprised George Bush didn’t make the list, or maybe he did? He seems to have made a bigger issue out of faith than any other recent president, but I don’t think even he was playing in that league.
I don’t mean to ridicule anyone, but let’s say I am skeptical. The entities I mentioned are of course likely candidates in the present world, but that could change rapidly. I suspect the present leaders will only play the role as initiators. I don’t think this is going to be that easy, as Jesus stated in Mark 13:32. We don’t know the when and probably not the who and the where either. We just know we need to be ready.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert ! You do not know when that time will come.”
I guess this means we have to continue our routines and not do anything extraordinary (like some Jehova’s Witnesses that quit their jobs in the 1970’s because they believed they were being raptured). These things will come to pass and I believe our job is not being caught off guard, not being deceived. That’s why it might be a good idea to be public about what we believe in. When secular people take a look at Christians, what are they seeing? I guess that would depend on who they are staring at and listening to. If the first glimpse is of Steve Quayle they might get completely floored, or decide they never want to approach those lunatics again. I’ve never seen him; only listened to him on talk radio. Let’s just say he doesn’t come across as a fragile, delicate little creature. He’s more like an elephant in a china shop, but to some people Quayle might be the right messenger. We need a variety of different messengers.
Or imagine a couple of men man that have never read the Bible or heard a Christian speak, walk into a church. The first thing that meets them is a bunch of highly questionable characters shouting about a man that was nailed to a cross, and this man is splashing his blood all over his followers. That is supposed to make us clean? Then they tell these confused men that they’re going to be annointed in God’s grace. Ok, I think we’ll just back out of here, very quietly. No sudden moves and nobody gets hurt.
In Norway we call this speaking Canaan. There is a reason you don’t hear this in public, or maybe we should be more visible? We used to be. The first pentacost, described in Acts 2: 1-6, must have been a really crazy day. Perhaps there are parts that it would be wise to save for later, but the Book of Revelation certainly has some ideas that are worth talking about in the public sphere. When I studied theology at a university 20 years ago the professors didn’t exactly go into the prophecy. We studied the different theories, but mainly the leading scholarly unerstanding that this book didn’t have any relevance passed the first century, and some even question whether it belonged in the Bible at all. I believe it is relevant, however.
I do believe it should be there, and that it is speaking to us today too, also if you don’t go into the spiritual meaning. People could benefit from reading the Revelation, not because this is something dramatic and sensational, but because it is a good study of current events. It explains how to bring down a civilization, how it will be brought down.
People have been talking about the return of Jesus for 2000 years. It’s been a long time since I studied the Bible, so I am not going to serve you some mumbo jumbo trying to pass for theology. I do like following the news, however, and I’m going to speculate about some of the current events that could lead to something far down the road. This is why we might be getting somewhere this time.
Global power/take over
I’m not sure it’s a good idea to spend a lot of time listening to and watching videos on you tube about what a hellhole the Earth is turning into. Not without the hope we Christians have at least. There’s a lot of doom and gloom about planet x, asteroids, supervolcanos, poleshift, the magnetic field weakening, disease, terrorism, wars etc. You get a lot of that if you watch Discovery, History Channel and National Geographic Channel as well.
One of the things we are waiting for is one political system and one leader. Personally I believe we have a long distance to go yet, but we might be seeing the beginning of it. The new political system is not going to be achieved through war, but through diplomacy. That doesn’t seem very likely at the moment, but I think that’s the whole point. In order for the world to really believe this could happen, it has to be apparent that war didn’t give us the desired result. But for now too many people still believe weapons can fix everything.
First some background on Russia.
Russia was in deep shit, financially, and has spent some years regaining strength. They have been losing more and more geopolitical influence however. I think recent events shed light on the present situation in Ukraine for example. Crimea used to be a part of Russia, but the former leader Nikita Krutsjov gave it as a symbolic gift to Ukraine in 1954. It marked the 300th anniversary of Ukraine becoming a part of the Tsardom of Russia. Wikipedia. Ukraine was probably very corrupt and mismanaged, but when the president the Ukrainians had elected themselves was removed from power, and the new leaders decided to make Crimea a part of Ukraine, Russia understandably got upset.
Crimea had become a part of Russia in 1917, was downgraded to an oblast in World War 2, and as previously mentioned transferred to Ukraine in 1954 (Ukraine was a Soviet republic, so it wasn’t really like giving it away). When Ukraine became independent in 1991, Crimea was granted autonomy, but they have had close ties to Russia, and the Russians have a large navy base there. Wikipedia
I think this explains some of the anger in Russia. Putin was under a lot of domestic pressure, and I think he felt that this was absolutely the last fight he could withdraw from. This could, however, have been the last opportunity for a friendly relationship between Russia and the USA/EU. I am just speculating of course, but I think we are seeing the start of a return to the world before the Soviet Union fell apart. Russia has become more a apart of Europe in recent years, but I think this will push them towards China. It is possible we are seeing a state of war between the USA and Russia already, a sort of clandestine war where forceful diplomacy and aggressive economic measures are being used. Russia is probably a lot more vulnerable than the USA as they get 70 % of their export income from oil and gas. If influential countries agree to keep the oil-prices low, I believe Russia will bleed heavily. I don’t know much about econmics, but I think this is at least contributing to the enormous instability of the Russian currency. If this is true the USA and Saudi Arabia most likely planned this long before the crisis in Ukraine started.
There could also be a risk for the US in doing this, if that is what they are doing. Russia and China are coming closer towards a new currency that could become a global system, like the US dollar is today. It seems like the new war is economical, but at the same time there are clear signs that Russia is testing Europe. There have been several “situations” where Russian military planes are deliberately violating the air space in Norway and Sweden, and they they have come literally within a few meters (less than 100 m from civilian traffic in Sweden and Denmark and 20 m from Norwegian F-16’s). These flights have gone as far south as Portugal before they returned north. Something seems to have changed. Maybe they dont have the means to play the money game? We know Putin is very good at playing a strategic games, so who knows, maybe this is a part of a plan? I don’t know what it means, but I believe it means something.
Western leaders have been talking a lot about bringing democracy to Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt (but not to allied countries like Saudi Arabia). We may give them the benefit of the doubt, and admit that their intentions were noble, but the result is possiby the opposite. The fighting between Muslims doesn’t have much to do with faith. It’s mostly about political power. After the prophet Muhammad died in 632 those who wanted the Prophet’s closest associates to take over his position became Sunni Muslims. Those who wanted Muhammad’s descendants to inherit the power became Shia Muslims. This is how Islam split into two main branches.
Saddam Hussein came from the Sunni minority in Iraq and ruled over the Shiite majority. The situation is the opposite in Syria, a Shiite minority rules a Sunni majority. One of the reasons it is so difficult to make peace in this region is that it is easy to arouse the old enmity between the two groups, and to disrupt the fragile peace, which has maintained a certain balance. We are seeing a secterian division today that terrorists exploit. The problem is that we are forcd to resort to short term measures where we support terrorists and other enemies for periods because there is a bigger threat we need to deal with first. We see this in Syria where it is not always clear what kind of alliances we have because everyone wants to get ISIL out of the way. To use a hackneyed phrase, this is an unholy mess.
We may think that bombing these countries to smitherens, and getting rid of the dictators we used to support, will set things straight, but that’s just half the job. What we are seeing now is trying to stabilize these countries, but that is going to take a long time. If we are not willing to do that job for decade after decade these societies will be very vulnerable to terrorists and new dictators. That’s a good place to start for the first one that comes along with a peaceful solution. There are some that have suggested a Muslim as Anti-Christ, and that is not an unreasonable suggestion. I believe the traditional view is that antichrist will be of Roman descent, a christian or jew, so that wouldn’t be quite according to the Scripture, but I think the possibility of peace between Christians and Muslim would have many ignore the flashing warning lights.
The other thing is that the Bible says that a lot of people are going to die. That doesn’t seem very likely as the population just keeps growing.
To many in the West this is a very biblical concept, but not a reality, like it is to many in the developing world. It’s not likely to happen here anytime soon, so we don’t think much about it. This is one of the reasons I believe we need to prepare. Is it possible with widespread famine in Europe for example? This may surprise many people because that is actually quite possible. So far food shortage and malnutrition has been most relevant to Africa and Asia, but according to the German plant geneticist Hans-Jörg Jacobsen that’s our future. He says it’s not reaistic to increase the amount of farm land, so we need to grow more on the existing land. That can be done through genetic engineering.
Science always wants to tell us that they have the answer, and these days GM crops are going to prevent famine, but studies show that they don’t perform especially well. I’m not going to repeat all the information, but I recommend you read this article from Institute of Science in Society (ISIS). It basically says that conventional seeds gives a better result. That was in 1998, and you might say that things have improved. Not really.
This farmer from Iowa is just one of many that have returned to conventonal seeds as that was more profitable. This is another article about farmers abandoning GMO seeds. These farmers have a chance to recover, but some are not that fortunate.
Farmers in India were promised much better harvests and income if they changed to GMO seeds. These farmers loaned the money, and when the harvest failed, and they lost their land, they committed suicide. When this article was published in 2008, 125 000 farmers had killed themselves in “the suicie belt.” There is still a strong caste system and exploitation of poor people with low rank in India, so these families probably ended up more or less as slaves. I believe it’s truly evil people forcing the world to produce and eat this food when they know the result.
The result in the long run could be less food. These seed producers have said they are not going to do it, but they are capable of producing sterile seeds so that the farmers might have to buy new ones every year. There is also an alternative where the farmers have to buy a special chemical every year to get the GMO-advantage. We don’t know what the consequence will be, but these things could be a preparation for a world that welcomes a false Messiah.
I could have written about vaccines and disease too, but I’ll save that for another post. What I have outlined here isn’t something that will culminate soon. I think there will be a long development, but I believe something has started. Everybody waited for something to happen in 2012 becuse they were looking in the wrong place, which is anywhere but the Bible. I believe something happened, something that will develop slowly.
But there is hope as C.S. Lewis reminded us of shortly after World War 2: