Volume XXXI Issue VIII September 2012
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An End Time Empire Of Iron And Clay!
“And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”Daniel 2:41-44
“And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.”Zechariah 14:12-13
“Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? When I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.”Isaiah 50:2
In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will once again examine the current events of our day and the indicators that we are drawing ever closer to the glorious return of our King and Saviour, Jesus Christ. As we carefully study the Holy Scriptures and review the news headlines from around the world, it becomes apparent that prophecy is now being fulfilled on a continual basis. We are now seeing the stirrings of a one-world beast system rising up while Satan works at a feverish pace to inflict his will upon the captive inhabitants throughout much of the world.
The empire that Satan is now attempting to establish appears very powerful and tends to frighten many people. In fact, we read in Revelation 13:4, “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” Thankfully we also know from the Scriptures that Satan’s attempt to establish a one-world government, a one-world religion, and a one-world monetary system will ultimately end in failure. In Daniel, chapter 2, we read of a large statue, which represents the powerful empires which have been established throughout history. Represented in the statue were the empires of Babylon, Medo-persia, Greece, Rome, and a final empire, which Satan is now trying to set up. Although this empire may seem outwardly powerful, it is represented by iron mixed with clay and therefore will be unable to stand. Conversely, we are assured in Daniel 2:44 that the Kingdom of Jesus Christ will overcome the entire world, and it will stand forever.
We have seen many attempts in recent years to put the pieces of Satan’s antichrist system together. One such example is the European Union, which united many European countries together under a common economic system. Although the European Union once seemed very strong and the euro eventually became one of the foremost currencies in the world, the system is now in great danger and could collapse altogether if something is not done to stabilize it. This represents just one of the pieces of the iron and clay empire, and although the entire one-world system will never be fully established, we can be certain that Satan will continue his attempts to seize control of this world and mankind until time has fully ended and our adversary has been destroyed. Thankfully, the children of God do not have to be assimilated into Satan’s worldly system of slavery, which is doomed to complete and utter failure. For as it says in Colossians 1:12-13, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.” You can be a part of God’s everlasting Kingdom, written of in God’s Holy Word. If you have not yet fully given your heart to God, I urge you to do so now.
Portents Of Danger In The Continental United States!
In recent months Barack Obama has been quietly tightening his control on the American people through the passage of significant legislation and executive orders. Most notably, the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens if they are deemed to be a threat against national security. The most recent iteration of the Act was passed by the House of Representatives on May 18, 2012, and is now awaiting approval from the Senate. (1) The newest version of the act reaffirms the language which was added last year, allowing for Americans to be arrested and detained indefinitely.
In the April 2012 edition of the Last Trumpet, I wrote about an executive order signed by Barack Obama in March 2012, entitled “National Defense Resources Preparedness,” which allows the government to seize control of national resources such as food supply and production, energy resources, water resources, and transportation. (2) The Obama Administration struck again on July 6, 2012, when an executive order entitled “Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions” was issued, which will allow the government to seize control of all communication systems in the United States during a time of emergency. Section one of the executive order states the following, “The Federal Government must have the ability to communicate at all times and under all circumstances to carry out its most critical and time sensitive missions. Survivable, resilient, enduring, and effective communications, both domestic and international, are essential to enable the executive branch to communicate within itself and with: the legislative and judicial branches; State, local, territorial, and tribal governments; private sector entities; and the public, allies, and other nations. Such communications must be possible under all circumstances to ensure national security, effectively manage emergencies, and improve national resilience. The views of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public must inform the development of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications policies, programs, and capabilities.” (3) The order also stipulates that the Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized to seize control of “commercial, Government, and privately owned communications resources when appropriate.” (4)
When we consider the ramifications of the provisions found in the National Defense Authorization Act and the recent executive orders signed by Barack Obama, it becomes clear that the United States government has grown increasingly nervous regarding the potential for a crisis on American soil. In fact, a report, written by retired U.S. Army Colonel Kevin Benson and published in the Small Wars Journal, presents a hypothetical scenario in which a civil war breaks out in the year 2016. In Colonel Benson’s scenario, members of the Tea Party seize control of Darlington, South Carolina, and place the mayor of the city under house arrest. They then set up checkpoints on nearby interstate highways and place a chokehold on the American transportation system while simultaneously building up their supply of weaponry and ammunition. (5) In the report, Colonel Benson concludes that the United States military must not hesitate to fight against their fellow Americans, stating that “Americans will expect the military to execute without pause and as professionally as if it were acting overseas.” (6) The article further states, “Army officers are professionally obligated to consider the conduct of operations on U.S. soil.” (7)
Meanwhile, reports have surfaced indicating that the United States Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling massive amounts of ammunition. A news report, dated March 13, 2012, states that the government agency has ordered up to 450 million rounds of .40 caliber ammunition from weapons contractor ATK in Minnesota. (8) Further reports indicate that Homeland Security has also ordered an additional 750 million rounds of ammunition of various types. (9) Although it is not unusual for Homeland Security to purchase large amounts of ammunition, their recent acquisitions are much larger than usual. In 2009, the agency only purchased 200 million rounds of ammunition. (10)
Will there be widespread unrest in the United States or even a civil war? Only God knows for sure; however, the government does seem to be preparing for something, and they have been keeping quiet about their plans. It is also interesting to note that Russia, a nation whose government has grown increasingly critical and antagonist toward the United States, was recently discovered to have been operating a nuclear powered submarine in the Gulf of Mexico. The submarine, which was armed with missiles, operated undetected in U.S. waters for several weeks, and the United States Navy did not detect the underwater vessel until it was already leaving the area. (11)
High Tensions In The Middle East!
Tensions in the Middle East have risen to new heights in recent weeks according to numerous news reports. In late July 2012, Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi threatened to use chemical and biological weapons if foreign governments should dare to launch an attack against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “No chemical or biological weapons will ever be used, and I repeat, will never be used, during the crisis in Syria no matter what the developments inside Syria. All of these types of weapons are in storage and under security and the direct supervision of the Syrian armed forces and will never be used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression,” Makdissi declared. (12) It other words, the Syrian regime claims they will not use their chemical weapons against the Syrian people, but they are willing to use them against foreign governments, such as the United States. In response to the threat, Barack Obama has warned the Syrian government that America is willing to launch an attack against them if they begin preparations to use chemical weapons. “We cannot have a situation in which chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people. We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is, we start seeing a whole bunch of weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation,” Obama stated. (13) In response to Obama’s threat against Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared, “Direct military intervention in Syria is impossible because whoever thinks about it… is heading towards a confrontation wider than Syria’s borders.” (14) Meanwhile, Mohsen Rezaie, who serves as secretary of the Expediency Council in Iran and is an adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has warned that Syria must not be allowed to fall into American control. “If Syria falls into the hands of the Americans, the Islamic Awakening movement will become American. But if Syria maintains its policies, the Islamic Awakening will take root in Islam,” Rezaie said. (15) As of this writing, the Syrian conflict has lasted over seventeen months and has claimed the lives of an estimated 23,000 people. (16)
The tension between Israel and Iran has also escalated with each side issuing threats against the other. Regarding the impasse between Israel and Iran, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak stated, “They [Iran] have a choice to make. They can either negotiate in a way that tries to resolve these issues and has them abiding by international rules and requirements and giving up their effort to develop their nuclear capability. But if they don’t, and if they continue to make the decision to proceed with a nuclear weapon, we have options that we are prepared to implement to ensure that does not happen.” (17) The stern remarks from Israeli officials have had little impact on Iran who has promised a “swift, decisive and destructive” response to any attack launched by Israel. (18) Iranian officials have issued numerous vitriolic statements against Israel in recent days. “If the Zionists commit the folly and attack Iran, they will receive a crushing response from Islamic Republic’s armed forces which will lead to their annihilation,” Mohsen Rezaie boasted. (19) Some remarks from the Iranian goverment appear to be an attempt to goad Israel into launching an attack. “The existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to all humanity,” declared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (20) In another remark, Ahmadinejad declared, “The Zionist regime and the Zionists are a cancerous tumor. Even if one cell of them is left in one inch of (Palestinian) land, in the future this story (of Israel’s existence) will repeat. The nations of the region will soon finish off the usurper Zionists in the Palestinian land… A new Middle East will definitely be formed. With the grace of God and help of the nations, in the new Middle East there will be no trace of the Americans and Zionists.” (21)
It is now more likely than ever that a war will soon break out between Israel and Iran. “We are getting close to crunch time. If we do not act, it’s almost certain that Iran will go nuclear. If we do act, there’s a good chance that Iran will not go nuclear for quite some time,” stated an Israeli government official speaking on a condition of anonymity. (22) Meanwhile, a recent news broadcast on Israel’s Channel 10 News announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the US elections.” The television network’s reporter, Alon Ben-David, told viewers, “From the prime minister’s point of view, the time for action is getting ever closer.” Ben-David further went on to say that he believed even Barack Obama himself would be unable to dissuade Netanyahu from launching an attack. The report also declared that they believe Israel is planning to launch an operation against Iran before the next presidential election in the United States. (23)
We may soon see this whole world engulfed in war and strife. With so much potential for conflict, we need our Saviour now more than ever. When Jesus spoke of the “wars and rumors of wars,” along with earthquakes, famines, and pestilences, He warned that this calamity would be “the beginning of sorrows.” Yet, we know that through our God we can overcome sorrow and tribulation. For as Jesus told us in John 16:33, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
An Unsettling Glimpse At Future Technology!
As I performed my research for this newsletter, I could not help but notice there were many articles surfacing which bore a stronger resemblance to science fiction than reality. These news stories provided an unsettling look at future technology and present a time when genetically modified humans becomes the norm and electronic components are embedded directly into the bodies of men, women, and children.
At the forefront of these strange ambitions is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which is one of the research divisions of the United States Military at the Pentagon. One of the goals of the scientists at DARPA is to produce genetically modified soldiers, which can run at Olympic speeds, go without sleep for forty hours, and avoid eating for several days at a time. Research is also being performed that scientists are hoping will someday allow soldiers to regrow injured limbs. (24) Other strange technology being researched by DARPA includes an exoskeleton for human beings that would allow them to run for hours at a time and lift weights normally beyond human capabilities, contact lenses which would transmit imagery from satellites and drones to soldiers on the battlefield, and helmets which would allow soldiers to read each other’s thoughts and communicate telepathically. (25) It was also announced in May 2012 that DARPA is hoping to implant soldiers with nanosensors, which would be used to monitor vital signs of the troops and detect any illnesses they may have contracted. (26)
It has now come to light that the pharmaceutical company known as GlaxoSmithKline has begun research into bioelectronics, which they are hoping will someday allow doctors to treat a plethora of medical issues using electronics implanted or otherwise attached to the human body. According to a report by the Financial Times, bioelectronics may someday be used to treat such illnesses as stroke, epilepsy, and depression. (27)
One scientist has made the bold claim that humanity is now only twenty years away from achieving immortality through the use of nanotechnology. “I and many other scientists now believe that in around twenty years we will have the means to reprogram our bodies’ stone-age software so we can halt, then reverse, aging. Then nanotechnology will let us live forever. Ultimately, nanobots will replace blood cells and do their work thousands of times more effectively,” declared scientist Ray Kurzweil. (28) Kurzweil further went on to say, “These technologies should not seem at all fanciful. Our phones now perform tasks we wouldn’t have dreamed possible twenty years ago. When I was a student in 1965, my university’s only computer cost seven million (British Pounds) and was huge.” Concluding his article, Kurzweil wrote, “We can look forward to a world where humans become cyborgs, with artificial limbs and organs.” (29)
These truly are amazing times in which we live. Knowledge is increasing at an ever-increasing pace, and the scientific community is growing bolder in their aspirations, which now include god-like ambitions. However, I do not believe God will ever allow them to fully develop their technology, and He certainly will not allow man to achieve immortality through technology. We know from the book of Genesis that God blocked access to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. There is only one way to achieve eternal life and that is through the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Disastrous Consequences Of Drought!
As the persistent drought of 2012 continues, we are beginning to see the consequences of such a dry environment throughout the United States. According to a report released on August 21, 2012, much of the nation’s corn crop is rated as “poor to very poor condition.” Overall, 51 percent of all corn crops are underperforming with some states having an even higher percentage. The percentage points for poor crops in several states are as follows: Illinois, 73 percent; Indiana, 70 percent; Kansas, 73 percent; Michigan, 48 percent; Missouri, 84 percent; Nebraska, 41 percent; Ohio, 54 percent; and Wisconsin, 36 percent. (30) Analysts have warned that the price of corn will likely continue to rise further. “I still believe that December corn will eventually move to new highs above $8.50 per bushel, with a move about $9 likely needed to adequately ration demand in the ethanol and livestock industries,” said Arlan Suderman of Farm Futures Magazine. (31)
As a consequence of the drought, the Mississippi River, which is one of the major shipping channels in the United States, is drying up. News reports indicate that many boats and barges have run aground, and other vessels have been forced to lighten their loads, which means it costs more to ship grains and other commodities. “Everybody’s having to lighten the loads up and knock the barges [and] the size of the tows down,” said Daryl Wheeler of the Canal Barge Company. (32) The condition of the Mississippi River stands at a stark contrast from last year when the river was flooded. In fact, the river’s water levels are now a mind-boggling fifty-five feet lower than they were last year, and thirteen feet below normal. (33) Those involved in the shipping industry say the river is in its worst condition since 1988, a year in which a drought caused over one billion dollars in losses for shipping companies who operate on the Mississippi. “For the last two or three weeks, the phrase I keep hearing is, ‘close to 1988. Worse than 1988. Same as 1988.’ The estimate was that the industry lost over $1 billion. And that doesn’t include any of the ripple effects. There’s a real possibility that it will be worse this year,” declared Lynne Muench, senior vice president at American Waterways Operators. (34)
When I consider the current condition of the Mississippi River, I cannot help but think of Isaiah 50:2 which tells us, “Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? When I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.” I believe that God is using the current drought as a warning to the population at large in the United States. Sadly, it seems that few people understand this, and instead choose to persist in their actions which are displeasing to the Lord.
An Outbreak Of West Nile Virus!
In the Holy Scriptures, Jesus warned us that the human race would experience pestilences in the days leading up to His return. Unfortunately, the United States is now suffering from the worst outbreak of West Nile Virus in history. As of this writing, there have been over 1,100 cases of the disease in 38 states, and 41 people have died. (35) “The number of West Nile disease cases in people has risen dramatically. We are in the midst of one of the largest West Nile outbreaks ever seen,” said Lyle Petersen, MD, director of the division of vector-borne diseases at the Center for Disease Control. Dr. Petersen went on to say, “Those who get more ill with West Nile fever will be laid up in bed for days or a week, followed by a period of just feeling awful. And there can be a fatigue syndrome where people remain fatigued for weeks or months. It lasts longer than we used to think.” (36)
The state of Texas has been hardest hit by the West Nile Virus outbreak, and this has prompted the mayor of the city of Dallas to begin spraying an insecticide known as Duet Dual-Action Adulticide, which is known to be toxic to fish and aquatic life. Stating his rationale for the spraying, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings stated, “I cannot have any more deaths on my conscience because we did not take action.” (37)
A Stumbling Global Economy!
In these uncertain times, we are seeing many indicators that the economies of the world may be facing many challenges in the days ahead. In the United States, we have seen a lackluster “recovery,” despite Barack Obama’s assertion that the economy is improving. According to a recent report by CNBC, unemployment rose in forty-four states during the month of July 2012. (38) Meanwhile, Reuters has reported that Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is considering another round of monetary stimulus. “Many members judged that additional monetary accommodation would likely be warranted fairly soon unless incoming information pointed to a substantial and sustainable strengthening in the pace of the economic recovery,” Bernanke stated. (39) Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office has issued a warning declaring that the United States will likely suffer from another recession in 2013 if action is not taken to extend tax cuts and avoid sweeping automatic cuts to spending. (40) The possible scenario has been referred to as a “fiscal cliff” by economists, lawmakers, and the mainstream news media.
Sadly, the debt crisis in Europe only seems to be growing worse as we progress through time. According to a report from August 2012, the European nation of France is now in a recession. (41) The United Kingdom is also suffering from a recession that has now persisted for three consecutive fiscal quarters, while the second quarter of 2012 saw an economic contraction far more severe than what had been anticipated. Speaking of the recently released data in the United Kingdom, economist Peter Dixon declared, “Frankly there’s nothing good that comes out of these numbers at all. The economy looks to be badly holed below the water line at this stage. It’s a far worse period of activity than we’d expected.” (42)
It now appears increasingly likely that European nations will soon abandon the euro currency. In fact, Citigroup has declared that there is a 90 percent chance that Greece will leave the euro within the next twelve to eighteen months. (43) In response to recent events, the nation of Finland has announced that it has begun preparing for a breakup of the eurozone. “We have to face openly the possibility of a euro breakup. It is not something that anybody is advocating in Finland, let alone the government. But we have to be prepared,” stated Erikki Tuomioja, one of Finland’s foreign ministers. (44)
In closing, I know that there is so much more that could be written about the troubled world in which we live. I also realize that absorbing the news reports of today’s current events can be difficult for some people, and it is for that reason I want to remind everyone who reads this newsletter that we have a loving Saviour who will be with us every step of the way as we face the many challenges our adversary places in our paths. Yes, Satan is attempting to establish a one world antichrist system, but it is an empire of iron and clay, and it will not stand. I urge all of you to put your faith and trust in God. Thank you to all who so generously support this ministry. We at Last Trumpet Ministries are blessed to be able to serve you and will endeavor to work as hard as we can until the glorious return of our Saviour. If you have any prayer requests, please feel welcome to send them our way. We will gladly carry your petition before the throne of the Almighty. Grace and peace be unto you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.