God doesn't change. Nor does human nature. We, like Israel in Old Testament days, tend to forget that God is the One who has blessed our nation. So, when we today ignore His ways. He once again withdraws His protection and turns us over to the natural consequences built into His creation. [See 1 Corinthians 10-1-13]
Based largely on Propaganda, the Dialectic Process & Pragmatism (the ends justify the means)
(based on Christian values)
(based on pragmatism & corruption
By the people
By those who control the masses
The masses would be controlled through the Hegelian dialectic (consensus) process by globalist leaders who would view the world through the new filter of globalism. Polls, propaganda, simple slogans, and continual conflicts would be essential to its success. In fact, the greater the perceived crisis, the faster the leader can assume the coveted political powers that true freedom forbids. President Clinton has already mastered these totalitarian strategies, as Mikhail Gorbachev suggested in a 1993 editorial:
"Bill Clinton will be a great president if he can make America the creator of a new world order based on consensus."*
That consensus demands a felt crisis, and today's moral crisis -- created by trading moral boundaries for sensual freedom -- serves the purpose well. The absence of absolute boundaries leads to social chaos which, in turn, calls for social controls that would have been unthinkable under the old paradigm. In other words, the official promotion of sensual indulgence serves a political purpose. Aldous Huxley summarized it well in Brave New World:
"As political and economic freedom... diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase. And the dictator... will do well to encourage that freedom.In conjunction with the freedom to daydream under the influence of dope, movies and the radio, it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude." (page page xvii)
America has been blessed with unusual freedom for more than two centuries. But now -- as multitudes reject God's Word, justify immorality, laugh at evil, and embrace depravity -- the protective walls of justice and integrity are fast eroding. In their place, we see a rising tower of global tyranny.
Americans are no longer safe from the persecution that has tested the faith of Christians through the centuries. In fact, God warns us that the global battle against Biblical Truth will surely intensify. While we don't know His timing, He tells us to be alert-- always ready to follow His way, trustHis grace, and demonstrate His strength -- no matter how fierce the foe.
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Ephesians 6:12-18
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BE ALERT TO THE SIGNS OF OUR TIMES!
"Blessed is he who reads andthose who hear the words of this prophecy
and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near." Revelation 1:2-4
"Jesus... said to them: 'Take heed that no one deceives you. 'For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and willdeceive many. ...And because lawlessnesswill abound, the love of many will grow cold." Matt. 24:4-5, 12.
“Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many.... But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand." Mark 13:5-6, 23
“...take heed that you not be deceived. For Many will come in My name, saying 'I am He,' and 'The time has drawn near.'" Luke 21:8
"....when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them....But you, brethren, are not in darkness so that this day should overtake you as a thief." 1 Thess. 5:4-4
"...the day of the Lordwill come as athief in the night." 2 Pet. 3:10-11.
"Blessed is he who keeps the words of this prophecy in this book." Rev. 22:7.
BEGINNING OF 'BIRTH PANGS'(war, famines, earthquakes, plagues...)
"Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places." Matt. 24:7
"Nation will rise against nation... There will beearthquakes... and... famines and troubles. These are the beginning of sorrows." Mark 13:8
"There will be great earthquakes... famines and pestilences..." Luke 21:11
SEAL 1.White horse: "went out... to conquer" [tactics include deception]
SEAL 2. Red horse: "take peace from the earth... kill"
SEAL 3. Black horse: "had scales... [weigh] wheat..."
SEAL 4.Pale horse: "to kill with sword... hunger... death... [wild] beasts..."Rev. 6:1-8
"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake." Matt. 24:9
"...they will deliver you up to councils, and you will be beaten.... But when they arrest you and deliver your up, do not worry... what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that, for it is not you who speak but the Holy Spirit." Mark 13:9, 11
"...they will... persecute you...you will be brought before kings and rulers for My name's sake. But it will [be]... an occasion for testimony." Luke 21:12-13
"...the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service."John 16:2-3
SEAL 5: Persecution: "I saw... the souls of those slain for the Word of God and for the testimony which they held." Rev. 6:9
"...we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment [compared to God's glorious eternity], is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
DECEPTION, BETRAYAL, APOSTASY, "FALLING AWAY"...
"And then many will be offended, will betrayone another, and will hate one another..." Matt. 24:10
"...brother willbetray brother to death, and a father his child, and children willrise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all men for My Name's sake." Mark 13:12-13
"...the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.... "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind..." Rom. 1:18-32
"...in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves... proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents... despisers of good... lovers of pleasure..." 2 Tim. 3:1-5
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but... they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." 2 Tim. 4:2-4
"And many will follow their destructive ways... the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words..." 1 Peter 2:2-3
FALSE PROPHETS WILL DECEIVE MANY
"Many false prophetswill appear and deceive many people. ... For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders... to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Matt. 24:11, 24.
"For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, the elect." Mark 13:22
"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spiritsand things taught by demons." 1 Tim. 4:1
"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies... and will bring the way of truth into disrepute." 2 Pet. 2:1-9
"For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity." 2 Pet. 2:18-19
GOSPEL PREACHED IN THE WHOLE WORLD
"And thisgospelof the kingdom willbepreached in the whole world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come." Matthew 24:14
"...you will be brought before rulers and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them. And the gospel must first bepreached to all the nations." Mark 13:9-10
"I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who live on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue and people." Rev. 14:6
Note from Berit: While God's Word is unchanging, absolute, and totally worthy of our trust, my understanding is incomplete. I don't know His timing, but I believe He wants us to take His warnings and revelations to heart. This chart is merely my prayerful attempt to list His Scriptures in the order He seems to show us. As Paul wrote, "Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known." 1 Cor. 13:12
THE EMERGENCE & GLOBAL REIGN OF THE ANTICHRIST
"Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him... that day will not come until the rebellion [apostasy] occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed."2 Thess. 2:1-3
"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thess. 2:9-12
Note: Keep in mind that while John describes his end-time revelations in chronological order, the scenes God shows Him are not always chronological. Some events or personalities are mentioned in several visions -- usually in a slightly different contexts. (The same was true of Daniel's Old Testament visions. While each was introduced chronologically, some of the content overlapped.)
For example, in Revelation 17:3-6, John introduces the beast that existed in the past, but "is not" currently:
"I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast,which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven headsandten horns.... The beast... was [in the past], andis not [now], and will ascend [future] out of the bottomless pit..." Revelation 17:3-8
That beast would "ascend" in a future time. But four chapters earlier (in Rev. 13:1) we see the return of that anti-Christian beast. In that scene, the beast "is" already. It has revived and returned after the healing of its deadly wound:
"I saw a beast rising out of the sea [apparently the visible exit of the pit], having seven heads and ten horns... and on his heads a blasphemous name... and his deadlywound was healed." Revelation 13:1-3
"I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns....
"The womanwas... adorned with gold and precious stones... having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornications....
"The beast... was, andis not, and will ascendout of the bottomless pit..."
"And the ten horns which you saw on the beast... will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire.
"For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled." Rev. 17:3-4, 8, 16-17.
This event (in Rev. 13) follows Rev. 17, as you saw in the note above:
"I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns... and on his heads a blasphemous name.... And the dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority....
"... his deadly wound was healed..."
"And it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them...All who dwell on the earth willworship him, whose names have notbeen written in the Book of Life..." Rev. 13:1-2, 7-8
"I saw another beast coming out of the earth. ...he exercises all the authority of the first beast... whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs... even makes fire come down from heaven...
"...he causes all... to receive a mark ...no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark..."Rev 13:11-13, 16-17
"...another angel followed saying, 'Babylon is fallen, is fallen,... because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication." Revelation 14:8
"And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying 'Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit..."Rev. 18:2
[Notice that the beast and Babylon -- two centers of evil --clash with each other, even as they are linked together]
GREAT DISTRESS ON EARTH
"The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?"
"For there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened." Matt. 24:21-22.
SEAL 6. "There was a great earthquake, and the sun became black... the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell... the sky receded as a scroll... every mountain and island was moved out of its place. ...men... hid themselves.... and said..."Fall on us and hide us ... from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?'" Rev. 6:12-17
GOD'S PROTECTION IN THE MIDST OF CALAMITY
(Old Testament protection while the wicked are punished):
"...put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within [Jerusalem]. ...do not touch anyone who has the mark."Ez. 9:4,6. [This is God's protective mark; not the beast's mark]
"The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them." Psalm 34:7
"For if God... did not spare the ancient world... but saved Noah...and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot who was oppressed with the filthy conduct of the wicked.... then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly... and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment." 2 Peter 2:4-9
"Do not harm the earth, the sea or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads."Revelation 7:3
MOUNTAINS MELT, SIGNS IN THE SKY, 1st TRUMPET
"The LORD is coming. ... The mountains will melt under Him and the valleys split like wax..." Micah 1:3-4
SEAL 7 &The 7 Trumpets.
TRUMPET 1: "hail and fire followed, mingled with blood... thrown to the earth, and a third of the trees were burned up..."
TRUMPET 2: "something like a great mountainburning with fire... and a third of the living creatures in the sea died."
TRUMPET 3: "a great star fell from heaven... a third of the waters became wormwood; and many... died from the water, because it was made bitter." Rev. 8:7-11
SIGNS IN THE SKY, the 2nd, 3rd & 4th TRUMPETS
"The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble; the sun and moon grow dark, and the stars diminish their brightness." Joel 2:10
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken." Matt. 24:29
"But in those days, following that distress, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken." Mark 13:24-25.
"I will show wonders in heaven above.... The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into bloodbefore the coming of the great and notable day of the Lord." Acts 2:19-20.
TRUMPET 4: "a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened....
"I heard an angel... saying with a loud voice: 'Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet..." Rev. 8:12-13.
THE 5th & 6th TRUMPETS & the 2 WITNESSES
TRUMPET 5:"Then the fifth angel sounded...
...he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose.... And the sun and the air were darkened....
"...locusts came upon the earth.... They were commanded not to harm... any green thing.... but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads... they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months... In those days men will seek death and will not find it..." Rev. 9:1-6.
TRUMPET 6:"the four angels who had been prepared for the hour... were released to kill a third of mankind....
"By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed.... But the rest of mankind... did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols ... and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts."Rev. 9:13-21
"I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy [1,260] days...These have power to shut heaven so that no rain falls... and to strike the earth with all plagues....
"When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them....
"...after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them.... they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, 'Come up here...'" Rev. 11:3-13
The 7th (last) TRUMPET & CHRIST coming in the CLOUDS
TRUMPET 7: This section on the last trumpetbegins in Revelation 11 and concludes in Revelation 14. There is an interlude starting in chapter 12 where the scene shifts to an earlier (and most vital) event.
"We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed... in the twinkling of an eye, at the last TRUMPET. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised... incorruptible." 1 Cor. 15:51-52.
"...in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished..." Rev. 10:7
"Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven saying, 'The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever..." Rev. 11:15.
"...and behold,a white CLOUD, and on the CLOUD sat One like the SON OF MAN, having on His head a golden crown and in His hand a sharp sickle.... And another angel came out... So He who sat on the CLOUD thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped." Rev. 14:14-16 [See note]
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with theTRUMPET of God; and the dead in Christ willrise first... Then we who are alive... shall be caught up together with them in theCLOUDS to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord." 1 Thess. 4:16-17.
"...in the night vision... One like the SON OF MAN, coming with the CLOUDS of heaven. ... His dominion is an everlasting dominion..." Dan. 7:13-14
"Then the sign of the SON OF MAN will appear in heaven... all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN coming on theCLOUDSof heaven with power and great glory.
"And He will send His angels with a great sound of a TRUMPET, and they will gather together His elect ..." Matt. 24:30-31
"...they will see the SON OF MANcoming in the CLOUDS with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and will gather together His electfrom the four winds." Mark 13:26
"...they will see theSON OF MAN coming in a CLOUDwith power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads,because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:27-28
"Behold, He is coming with CLOUDS, and every eye will see Him.... And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him." Rev. 1:7-8.
The Greek word for reap (theros) can also be translated "harvest" or "gather." The same word is used in the next scene, which deals with the gathering of all who refuse to trust God and repent. They would face "the great winepress of the wrath of God."Rev. 14:17-20
We don't know the timing between the two events. God's schedule isn't tied to our sense of time, and throughout the Bible we see prophecies that show similar events to be fulfilled at different times. Often, the first fulfillment is a sign of the coming of the second event. I tend to believe that we (who are joined to Jesus by faith through the cross) will be saved from the next set of terrors: the 7 BOWLS of wrath described in Revelation 16. But obviously, the "wicked" would still be alive to face the judgment.
The words of Jesus in Matt. 13 don't reveal the timing of all these things, but it does add insight into the "harvest" or "reaping" we see in Revelation 14:
“He who sows the good seed is the SON OF MAN. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but thetares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire." Matthew 13:37-42
7 BOWLS OF WRATH
"Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, 'Go and pour out the BOWLSof the WRATH OF GOD on the earth.' So the first went and poured out his bowl..." Revelation 16:1-2
BOWL 1:"...foul and loathsome sores" broke out on people who had accepted the mark of the beast .
BOWL 2& 3: "the sea" and rivers turn into blood.
BOWL 4: People are scorched with fire.
BOWL 5:Utter darkness, sores and pain. Rev. 16:2-10
BOWL 6: "unclean spirits" come from the mouths of the dragon, beast and the false prophet. They "go out to the kings of the earth.... to gather them to the battle of....Armageddon." Rev. 16:10-16
BOWL 7: Lightning, a massive earthquake... The great city split... The "fierceness" of God's wrath fell on Babylon.... Huge "hailstones" rained down on the people. Rev. 16:17-21
START OF THE MILLENNIUM
"I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast... and had not received his mark.... And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years." Rev. 20:4-5
START OF THE MILLENNIUM
"I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast... and had not received his mark.... Andthey lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years...." Rev. 20:4-5
"Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second deathhas no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years." Rev. 20:6
"He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit... so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while." Rev. 20:2-3
AFTER THE MILLENNIUM
"When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations... to gather them for battle...They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God's people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown…" Rev. 20:7-10
THE GREAT WHITE THRONE & THE JUDGMENT
"As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat.His clothing was white as snow.... Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.The court was seated, and the books were opened." Dan. 7:9-10
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ..." 2 Cor. 5:10
"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it... And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God....And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged....The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged...." Rev. 20:11-13
NEW HEAVEN & NEW EARTH
"Then I saw anew heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. ... I, John, sawthe Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Rev 21:1-2
"And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them. ...they shall be His people..." Rev 21:3, 5
"Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the lamb's book of Life."Rev. 21:27
NO MORE TEARS OR MOURNING
"He will swallow up death forever... the LORD God will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away...." Isaiah 25:8
"To console those who mourn...give them beauty for ashes... joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness... that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
"I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow." Jer. 31:13
"God willwipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then, He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new." Rev. 21:4-5
GOD'S LIGHT AND THE WATER OF LIFE
"...and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!" Ps. 23:6
"He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he will be my son." Rev 21:6-7
"The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and the Lamb is its light."Rev. 21:23
"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb." Rev. 22:1
"The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life."Rev. 22:17
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35-39
Note from Berit: This chart may not be finished. I will continue to update it as God leads. Please help us by sharing your insights and letting us know if we have left out relevant Scriptures. We pray that this outline of Scriptures will encourage you to discern "the signs of the times" and to stand firm on the Rock of His Word until the day of His long-awaited coming! As He told us,
"Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near." Revelation 1:2-4
"If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Revelation 22:18-19
Questions and comments from our visitors:
From Daniel Le Blanc: "I was hoping to see a place where the Rapture would be given and referenced. I’ve held back from forming a final conclusion after reading many opinions written by those more gifted than I. In some cases I was astonished to have to read page after page of opinion, scripture, points developed and restructured, followed by more opinions, scriptures, etc.
"The Rapture (I pray there is one) would occur before God sends His Divine Wrath upon mankind just before His return. If this is correct than the only question is: Where does God indicate in the Scriptures when (not a specific date) He will send His Wrath?"
Berit's Response: I tried to just put Scriptures in a topical and chronological order, avoiding words that are not used in the Bible. The word “rapture” doesn’t occur in the Bible, so I just brought together Scriptures that describe the event usually indicated by the word "rapture." I don’t have all the answers, but I pray that God will guide me in understanding His message to us in His Word.
As for the timing, it fits under the 7th and last Trumpet. I tend to believe that Jesus' coming in the clouds to gather His elect happens before the 7 bowls of wrath are poured out. The warning and encouragement in Luke 21 indicates that the final outpouring of God's wrath will occur after the "escape" He has promised His people:
“...take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing...and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly.... Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things....and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:8-9, 29-31, 34-36
From Lynda Wolfe: "Thank you for your Biblical view on eschatology - so many times people try to fit their pre-conceived ideas from fictional books into end time outlines. It is such an encouragement to see that there are others out there who hold to the Bible as the final authority. Never give up on the Truth! I appreciate your site and the integrity of the articles. May God Bless you for your work.
Berit's Response: Thank you, Lynda, for sharing our concerns. I appreciate your warning about misleading influence of "Christian" fictional books. We tried to illustrate that problem in our 2002 review of The Indwelling, "Left Behind: New Age Imagery Helps Popularize Prophecy:
"Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have used a Jewish Christian character, Tsion Ben-Judah, to take their readers on an imaginary journey toward another 'bright light.' Their story echoes the details described in countless New Age and neo-pagan testimonies. Ponder this portion:
"'Tsion began feeling a tingle....The clock still read 12:57, but he felt as if he were floating.... He saw himself asleep on the couch. He had heard of out-of-body experiences but had never had one, or dreamed one.... He felt weightless, moving higher.... despite his incredible lightness of being, he felt as conscious and aware as he had ever been. Though he knew he was unconscious, he had never been so attuned to his senses.'
"After a six-page interlude, the heavenly scene continues with the appearance of a 'face ringed with hair massive as prairie grass.' 'Are you Jesus the Christ,' asks Tsion. 'No, son of the earth, I am merely one of his princes,' answers Michael, the archangel.
"The earthly man and the heavenly angel begin a discussion of theological questions -- some of which God Himself had left unexplained in His Word. But never mind the uncertainties, the authors have created both the needed answers and the authority figures to communicate them. Caught up in the thrills of the plot, it's easy to forget that... neither Tim LaHaye nor Jerry Jenkins have divine access to the extra-biblical visions they plant in the minds of their captivated readers. Instead they illustrate akey danger of Biblical novels: re-imagining God's Word in the context of enticing man-made visions....
"Every word of God is pure... Do not add to His words..." Proverbs 30:5-6
"You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it..." Deuteronomy 4:2
"If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life...." Revelation 22:18-19
From Rick Beltz: "The white horse of Rev. 6 is NOT conquest. It is religious deception, which we find all over the world in pagan Christianity."
Berit's response:Thank you for alerting me to this issue. Your message encouraged me to highlight the warnings about deception in other passages. Yes, deception is everywhere! And as Truth and factual thinking erodes, the forces of deception multiply fast.
"But Revelation 6:2 actually says, "behold, a white horse. And he who sat on it had a bow... and he went out conquering and to conquer." I have to be true to the words written in the Bible. According to other New Testament Scriptures (cited in the early parts of this chart), "deception" is part of the conquest, but my intention and hope is to rely fully on God's Word.
More from Rick Beltz: The word "conquer" or "conquering" in the Greek is as follows from Strong's: 3528 nikao (nik-ah'-o); from 3529; to subdue (literally or figuratively): KJV-- conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.
It is not the type of conquering as in war of a soldier on a horse with a bow and arrow or even modern warfare. The word in this case reflects the fact that this is Satan's world and God has allowed him and his churches to "conquer" and deceive the world because Adam & Eve and all their descendants chose to believe Satan rather than God."
"SEC. 605. (a) There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the `United States Secret Service Uniformed Division'. Subject to the supervision of the Secretary of Homeland Security, the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division shall perform such duties as the Director, United States Secret Service, may prescribe.... Under the direction of the Director of the Secret Service, members of the United States Secret Service Uniformed Division are authorized to--...make arrests without warrant for any offense against the United States committed in their presence..." USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorizaton Act of 2005
"The President has proposed the most significant transformation of the U.S. government in over a half-century by consolidating the current confusing patchwork of government activities into a single entity--the Department of Homeland Security...." FEMA Region VI
"The President calls on each governor to establish a single Homeland Security Task Force for the state, to serve as his or her primary coordinating body with the federal government." Organizing for a Secure Homeland, White House
"Every few hundred years in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation. . . . We are currently living through just such a transformation. It is creating the post-capitalist society." Peter F. Drucker, Post-Capitalist Society.
Few would deny that America faces a major crisis. But the greatest threat to freedom may be a veiled government "solution" rather than the obvious threat of terror. Yes, international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction call for a wise and strong response, but our new Department of Homeland Security brings radical changes that threaten the very foundations of our nation.
Some of the changes are structural; they deal with the transformation of the republic itself. Others are designed to draw all Americans -- young and old from coast to coast -- into community
consensus groups that would manipulate minds, change values, build a collective world view, and promote a form of solidarity that clashes with all the wise warnings of our founding fathers.
Looming over those revolutionary changes stands an inter-governmental surveillance network symbolized by the all-seeing eye
in the pyramid. This Masonic symbol, whose roving eye covers the planet with its probing and penetrating rays, first appeared on a defense department website featuring TIA (Total Information Awareness). It must have raised some concern, since the image disappeared a few months later. See Surveillance
Some of these changes were planned decades long ago.
[See Chronology of the NEA] More recently, former president Clinton tried to persuade Congress to pass similar anti-terrorism measures after the bombing of the Oklahoma federal building. But he failed. Americans were not yet ready to relinquish their rights to freedom and privacy. Now, thanks to a greater crisis, the planned laws, intrusive policies, high tech surveillance and vast networks have been put in place. What does it all mean to ordinary citizens like you and me?
Three Problems with Homeland Security
On November 19, 2002, President Bush celebrated the passage of the Homeland Security Act with these words,
"The United States Congress has taken an historic and bold step forward to protect the American people by passing legislation to create the Department of Homeland Security. This landmark legislation, the most extensive reorganization of the Federal Government since the 1940s, will help our Nation meet the emerging threats of terrorism in the 21st Century."
Do you wonder what this "most extensive reorganization" entails? I did. And after a week of perusing the White House and Homeland Security websites, I see that Al Gore's promise to "reinvent government" is nearing fulfillment. Fueled by today's anxious atmosphere, the former administration's plan to weaken the old "checks and balances" has been speeding ahead with relatively little public opposition. This massive project bears three distinct marks. It includes -
A mind-changing process: the facilitated group dialogue first used in the USSR to establish a new public consciousness that reflects collective ideals.
Standards and Assessments that hold all sectors of society accountable to top-down polices and an ultimate goal: what human resources must be, do and believe in order to build a world free from conflict and terror. The promise of "local control" means little when the end results ("outcomes") are measured and rewarded at the top.
1. The interconnected systems
Remember the words of the 10th Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively...."
A White House document titled, "The National Strategy for Homeland Security," admits that "American democracy is rooted in the precepts of federalism -- a system of government in which our state governments share power with federal institutions."
 But this "strategy" ignores the wise restrictions placed on the federal government. Ponder this statement:
"The Administration's approach to homeland security is based on the principles of shared responsibility and partnership with the Congress, state and local governments, the private sector, and the American people.... The federal government will employ performance measures--and encourage the same for state and local governments--to evaluate the effectiveness of each homeland security program."
Guess who would be the controlling partner? It would not be the state! In a government partnership between unequal members, the one who sets the standards, defines the terms, and pulls the purse-strings will always rule. Through its calculated distribution of much-needed government grants, the federal government holds all its partners accountable to its top-down
Those partners include a vast network of local, state and national government systems, organizations, agencies and offices. This interlocking web also includes all kinds of private entities and churches. In fact, every part of society has been assigned a place in this massive web. And -- as our government joins hands with corporations, private agencies, "civil society" and faith-based organizations around the world -- we may soon be trapped within the politically correct boundaries of the "common values" and "community oneness" so often touted by former President Clinton and
second executive order on Federalism set the stage. It redesigned and redefined the relationship between states and the White House. Neither Congress nor the Bush administration chose to challenge it.
But, as you will see, the federal power grab goes far beyond the 10th Amendment and the original "separation of powers." In the end, we may well see Clinton's vision of government controlled community oneness fulfilled. But by the time the manipulated masses have tuned their minds to the collective heart beat of the new "greater whole", the personal freedom we have treasured may be history. [See Capacity Building]
2. The mind-changing consensus process
Since the dialectic process has been explained repeatedly on our website, I will simply refer you to the best expose we have: "An analysis of Community Oriented Policing (COPs)" by San Diego Detective Phil Worts. He quotes from a Justice Department brochure which defines the department's federally funded COPS program -- now linked to Homeland Security:
COMMUNITY POLICING - WHAT IS IT?
Shift in philosophy about police duties vs. community responsibilities to a team concept of Total Quality Management [TQM] of the community.Re-identifying the police role as a facilitator in the community.
Leaders of the community (law enforcement, government, business, education, health, civic, non-profit, medical, religious, etc.) collaborating to identify problems in the community, what the significant impact on people will be, and suggesting solutions to those problems.
Identifying common ground, where all factions of a community can work together for the COMMON GOOD of the community in a broader problem-solving approach. Forming a partnership between police and the rest of the community where each is accountable to each other and the community as whole. (Emphasis added)
In other words, explains Mr. Worts, we are seeing a "transformation from a constitutionally empowered local police force performing their duty to keep the peace to that of a change agent working within the community to affect a Marxist paradigm shift." He continues,
"Pay close attention to what the influential German Marxist Georg Lukacs had to say about who the facilitators are in the community: 'The institutions in socialist society which act as the facilitatorsbetween the public and private realms are the Soviets. They [facilitators] are the congresses [diverse groups], which facilitate the debate [dialoguing to consensus] of universal problems [social issues] in the context of the everyday.”
In other words, this system was being tested in the last century, and its persuasive suggestions for change were effectively linked to relevant events, felt needs and the current crisis.
If this complex and transformational process sounds confusing, please read Mr. Worts' article. And remember that a driving force behind the global shift to TQM has been Peter Drucker, a management guru to governments as well as churches and corporations. Business Week onlinecalls Drucker a "social communitarian" who "brings a communitarian philosophy to his consulting."
Next, consider a 1998 training manual titled "Basic Facilitation Skills for Law Enforcement" used by the San Diego and Chula Vista COPS programs. It explains the function of the facilitator who must guide the group toward a pre-planned consensus, then warns potential community facilitators that some of their group members may try to block the process or hinder group consensus. These resisters might refuse to compromise their convictions or ignore the standard ground rules for group consensus (respect all members and their views; don't argue or debate; share feelings, not contrary facts or beliefs; be willing to compromise for the sake of unity....) The brochure's labels for such unacceptable behavior includes -
Aggressing: "deflating the ego or status of others; attacking the motives of others.
Blocking: "arguing too much on a point; rejecting ideas without consideration; resisting; disagreeing and opposing beyond reason; bring up dead issues after they have been rejected or bypassed by the group." [Those "dead issues" may not have been dead. Facilitators often ignore contrary voices in order to successfully declare consensus at the end of a meeting]
Isolating: "Acting indifferent or passive; resorting to excessive formality... will not voice concerns in the meeting but sabotages agreement afterwards."
Special Pleading: "Introducing or supporting suggestions related to one's own pet concerns, philosophies or biases...."[Though all participants are required to share their feelings and concerns, people who bring concerns that are politically incorrect are often ridiculed, shamed or reprimanded]
The last two pages in the COPS manual deal with a strategy called "Force Field Analysis." This transformational tool helps change agents or facilitators measure and use the social and mental forces that work for or against his goal. This is important to our topic, not because of what such analysis accomplishes, but because the specific "force field" chart used by the COPS program to illustrate this process came from a 1951 manual on brainwashing titled Human Relations in Curriculum Change. Its chapters are written by leading behavioral psychologists of the times, such as Kurt Lewin.
Our government has provided countless opportunities for group training in this dialectic process, and hundreds of thousands of eager volunteers have responded to our president's continual invitations. In communities across the country, the "AmeriCorps," Citizen Corps, Neighborhood Watch and other participatory community programs beckon the masses to join their groups. The goal is full participation; all Americans are called to serve their country at this time of need. For example,
"The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.
"The Citizen Corps mission will be accomplished through a national network of state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils, which will tailor activities to the community and build on community strengths to develop and implement a local strategy to have every American participate.... If there is not a Citizen Corps Council in your area, please contact your State Citizen Corps representative and work with your local officials to get one started." Citizen Corps
You may want to compare this network of councils with the Soviet hierarchy of councils (or soviets). Both sets of councils are accountable to the polices or standards set at the top of the pyramid. Both operate in local cells or groups that seek consensus through the dialectic process and are accountable to the higher council. Both match the new global vision of solidarity, community, collective thinking and dedicated service to a Greater Whole.
One such example is the President's Council on Sustainable Development. Like more than 150 similar national councils, it is accountable to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. While not formally linked to Homeland Security, the new network of governmental systems and partnerships means that the massive grass-roots network (a "civil society" committed to the UN ideology) will also be supporting community efforts to organize dialectic groups under the umbrella of Homeland Security. The two fit together, for the primary goal of Sustainable Development is not "saving the earth" but social transformation through trained facilitators and the dialectic process.
If you follow the links from the Department of Homeland Security website, you will find both Citizen Corps and Service Learning. To understand how these nice-sounding terms are used to change values, blot out absolute truths and build solidarity through the dialectic process, read
Serving a Greater Whole. It explains that community service or "service learning" is not simply showing compassion and serving the needy. The real purpose is to involve everyone in the consensus "process." To build the new community -- and to share in the "Capacity Building" encouraged by President Bush as well as by the United Nations -- we must learn to think collectively. "Separateness" is out; solidarity is in.
Corinne McLaughlin, a theosophist (she follows the occult teachings of Alice Bailey) became the first task force coordinator for the President's Council on Sustainable Development under Bill Clinton. She also taught this transformational process at the EPA, the Pentagon and the Department of Education. In her book, Spiritual Politics, she wrote,
"There really is only one sin--separateness. War is more likely to spring from rampant nationalism, ethnocentrism, and intolerant religious fundamentalism--all extreme and separative attitudes...."
Her solution? It echoes Clinton's values: "What is needed as a cure for separateness is a deep sense of community--that we're all in this together." Both knew that community participation was key to the envisioned government control.
3. National and international standards
Those who set the standards and define the terms will rule the systems. Those who manage the resources and determine the consequences of failure will control their "partners" and enforce compliance. The promise of "local control" is meaningless when federal funding is tied to federal standards and policies.
solidarity and learn about the UN standard for community participation. Following UN guidelines, every community must be assessed and monitored for its social capital. At the 1996 UN Conference on Human Habitats (Habitat II) I asked Ismail Serageldin, Vice President of the World Bank, to define social capital for me. Ponder his answer (which I recorded) in light of today's national drive to broaden the web of partnerships, community service and consensus groups:
"Social capital is the interaction between people -- the sense of solidarity or shared values that exists between them.... It is the number of voluntary associations which people enter at the grass-roots level and create a community of willingness and solidarity between them."
Neither the standards nor the transformational agenda are new. Most of the systemic changes took place before George W. Bush became president. As early as 1922, New York Mayor John Hylan warned the people that -
"... the real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of self-created screen. It seizes in its long and powerful tentacles our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers and every agency created for the public protection."
Today, the top of the pyramid is international, and the Bush administration has neither slowed nor blocked this silent shift. Instead, the White House has pushed the agenda forward and won legal support through a Congress that has been all too reluctant to slow the advance of the new world order. (Yet, it deserves thanks for one victory: it blocked the TIPS program -- at least for the time being. The Justice Department probably won't be asking mail carriers to spy on the community they serve.)
By now, you may have realized that this three-pronged transformation matches the "Third Way" politics touted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. It also parallels the socialist vision of Amitai Etzioni, the founder and today's main spokesman for communitarianism. H
is message deals with the new education system, but it matches the three-pronged structure established under the banner of Homeland Security:
SYSTEM: "The good society is a partnership of three sectors: government, private sector, and community.... While these... may change with social condition, in a good society the three sectors seek to cooperate with one another.... "In order to encourage communities' role in social services, all state agencies should have citizen participation advisory boards. Their talks would be to find ways for citizens to participate as volunteers in delivering some services currently carried by the state. They should also play a role in providing timely, relevant and informed feedback on the performance of service providers."
PROCESS: "Third Way governments do best when they resist the rush to legislate good behavior. When there is a valid need to modify behavior, the state should realize that relying on informal community-based processes is preferable...."
STANDARDS: "To ensure that this core education principle will be heeded, an annual assessment should be made in all schools of the educational (as distinct from teaching) messages they impart, and of their approach to character formation."
Prevention, profiling and potential terrorists like us
Do you wonder who might be targeted by this vast, interconnected system? The three categories of suspects are:
1. Foreign terrorists abroad
2. Foreign and domestic terrorists in the US
3. Potential domestic terrorists
Much of the
Homeland Security focus is on the last category. In its chapter on "Domestic Counterterrorism," the National Strategy states, "The attacks of September 11... have redefined the mission of federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.... Law enforcement agencies... should now assign priority to preventing and interdicting terrorist activity within the United States."
Notice the word "preventing." It is important, because it shifts the public emphasis from catching criminals to exposing potential terrorists. It also shifts our government's administration of justice from the judicial and legislative branches to the executive branch.
Many have tried to define a "terrorist". Some definitions are so open-ended that almost any conservative or home-schooling parent could be suspect. The Homeland Security Act is more precise. Section 2 defines "terrorism" as any activity that--
(A) involves an act that --
(i) is dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources
(ii) is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States...and
(B) appears to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction....
Reading this definition, you and I have every reason to feel safe. Right? But with today's emphasis on prevention, our leaders have prepared lists of potential terrorists. What might they be looking for? Or rather, who might -- in their eyes -- be willing to use violence in order to "intimidate or coerce a civilian population" or "influence the policy of a government"?
In Muslim lands, an author who wrote a contrary book would be guilty. But what about in America?
Would lobbyists be suspect? Radio hosts? Christian organizations?
The FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) gives us some clues. The White House's National Strategy explains the part played by the JTTFs in Homeland Security:
"We will build and continually update a fully integrated, fully accessible terrorist watch list. When we have identified any suspected terrorist activities, we will then use all the tools in our Nation's legal arsenal... to stop those who wish to do us harm.
"...the FBI is expanding the Joint Terrorism Task Forces, now operating in 47 field offices, to all 56 FBI field offices by August 2002."
One of those 56 FBI field offices -- located in Phoenix, Arizona -- printed a three-fold flier several years ago. The back panel introduces the JTTFs mission: "...the purpose of this information sheet is to assist uniformed patrol officers in identifying potential domestic terrorism. Domestic terrorism is defined as: Groups or individuals operating entirely inside the US, attempting to influence the US government or population to effect political or social change by engaging in criminal activity."
The front panel states, "If you encounter any of the following, call the Joint Terrorism Task Force." Its list of suspects justifiably included "Hate Groups" such as "Skinheads, Nazis, Neo-Nazis (usually recognized by tattoos), KKK, White Nationalists...." But it also listed some surprising suspects:
-'defenders' of US Constitution against federal government and the UN (Super Patriots)
- groups of individuals engaged in para-military training
Common Law Movement Proponents
- No drivers license
- Refuse to identity themselves
- Requests authority for stop
- Make numerous references to US Constitution
- Claim driving is a right, not a privilege
- Attempt to "police the police"
Single Issue Terrorists
- Lone individuals
Do you still feel safe? I smile as I ask that question, for
I may well be listed in their vast, integrated system of databanks tracking American suspects. Some years ago, a federal investigator in New Mexico heard a local radio program discussing the United Nations and its agenda. He went to the station, interrogated the staff and included questions about previous guests. One of the two names he mentioned was mine. Apparently, we were suspect because we valued the US Constitution and exposed the power, influence and aims of the United Nations. [See A Terrorist? Me?]
If you wonder why "lone individuals" would be listed, read The UN Plan for Your Mental Health. Al Gore summarized the "danger" in a 1992 address to a Communitarian meeting in Washington, DC. He said, "Seeing ourselves as separate is the central problem in our political thinking."
To make sure no one is "separate" or "lone," the community programs you saw earlier have been designed to involve every person in group dialogue. As stated in the National Strategy:
"All of us have a key role to play in America's war on terrorism. ... In order to defeat an enemy who uses our very way of life as a weapon--who takes advantage of our freedoms and liberties--everyAmerican must be willing to do his or her part to protect our homeland."
By fall 2003, DHS Secretary Tom Ridge will have 170,000 employees in his department. "The DHS will serve as a central hub of intelligence analysis and dissemination, working with agencies throughout the federal government such as the FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, the DOD and other key intelligence sources." www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/theme_home6.jsp
Although his wife, Michele Ridge, is not an official "partner," she will serve his purpose as "the hired national spokeswoman" for Communities That Care (CTC). According to an article titled, "Mrs. Ridge promotes survey on sex, drugs," the CTC "developed the youth survey used in more than 400 communities nationwide to collect personal information from students to help local governments justify federal and foundation grant applications."
 Majoring in "the field of prevention science," the CTC is a "complete prevention planning system for a healthy community" provides "hands-on training" in leadership, community planning, "strengths assessment," implementation and evaluation -- all the TQM skills and technology needed to transform a community and measure compliance.
In contrast to the silent, behind-the-scenes work of the CTC, the following agencies and offices were officially transferred to DHS: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Secret Service, Coast Guard, Customs Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Federal Protective Service (FPS), Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).
Specific functions were transferred from the FBI, the INS, Departments of Justice, Defense, Health and Human Services, Commerce, Energy and Agriculture.
No one mentioned the "Secretive U.S. Court" established in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA]. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle described its power:
"Cloaked in secrecy and unknown to most Americans, a seven-judge court has been busy in a sealed room at the U.S. Justice Department approving 'black bag' searches, wiretaps and the bugging of homes in the interests of national security. The court, which has been operating for more than 20 years, has approved more than 10,000 government applications for clandestine searches and surveillance of foreigners, immigrants and U.S. citizens -- and only one request has ever been denied.
In its anti-terrorism proposals, the Bush administration is asking Congress for a broad expansion of the enormous powers already granted to the executive branch under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA].... "Civil liberty advocates say they fear the government will take advantage of the administration's proposed change and use the pretext of intelligence gathering under FISA to go after other criminal activity, making an end run around the stricter Fourth Amendment protections in criminal law.... They argue that the total secrecy of the process has eliminated any public accountability to ensure that the process is not being misused."
With the additional power and authority granted our President by the USA Patriot Act and the Homeland security Act, the FISA Court fades in significance and shock value. With today's technology, there are few limits to the ways that our government can manipulate, monitor and spy on American citizens without our knowledge. And while our government's right to personal information expands, the taxpayers' right to be informed shrinks. So it's not surprising that the Justice Department would draft a sequel to the Patriot Act with "sweeping new power." Were they trying to guard this secret bill until a greater crisis would set the stage for its acceptance?
While America's founders built a government that would be accountable to the people, this monstrous new system turns the old Constitutional safeguards upside down. Today the people are accountableto unthinkable policies, rules, regulations and politically correct values, while much of our government hides its words and intentions behind a veil of secrecy.
Again, Al Gore sheds light on this revolution. Of course, his system of government control would be marketed to the masses under the banner of the "environmental crisis" rather than today's current crisis:
"Adopting a central organizing principle – one agreed to voluntarily – means embarking on an all-out effort to use every policy and program, every law and institution, every treaty and alliance, every tactic and strategy, every plan and course of action – to use, in short, every means to halt the destruction of the environment . . . .
"Minor shifts in policy, moderate improvement in laws and regulations, rhetoric offered in lieu of genuine change—these are all forms of appeasement, designed to satisfy the public’s desire to believe that sacrifice, struggle and awrenching transformation of society will not be necessary." Emphasis added
A Biblical perspective
In the midst of these changes, our God still reigns! Nothing escapes His watchful eyes. And nothing happens that doesn't in some way serve His plan. Today as always, He is our high tower and our Hiding Place. Nothing touches His people but through His love and for our ultimate good.
He is also the Truth. And He tells us that our battle is not "against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
Evil is not simply militant terrorists who would destroy America or the Communist leaders in North Korea who defy UN agreements and mock our military forces. Evil is far more subtle. It is in us and all around us. It holds us captive and it blinds us to the truth. That's why Jesus gave His life to set us free.
Two of the most dangerous evils we face are (1) the popular illusions that replace reality in our minds and (2) the psycho-social strategies that immunize our minds to God's unchanging truths. Both are vital to the three-pronged "quality management" system that has risen like a monster out of the sea and now spreads its tentacles into every part of this planet.
To stand firm against these and other forces that deceive and destroy, please see Brainwashing & How to Resist It. Know the tactics and how to resist. Then pray that God guide our leaders, guard our freedom, equip our children and protect our homes. Remember, when we trust and follow God, He makes us "more than conquerors" through Christ. Romans 8:37
5. This top-down agenda may appear to reflect grass-roots
opinion. That's the goal of the continual polls and political responses. But those polls enable managers to gauge and manipulate public opinion. They show the social forces that must be countered or strengthened in order to progress toward the goal. See Force Field analysis.
7.Georg Lukacs, The Process of Democratization, p 46.Soviet can mean an individual, someone who practices the dialectic, or a political system.In Russia, the soviet system consists of a hierarchy of councils, from the local level all the way to the top echelon, the Supreme Soviet Council.In this context, the soviet is the system, particularly the local council.
9. Basic Facilitation Skills for Law Enforcement. Presented by Agent Nicolle DePriest, Chula Vista Police Department, in conjunction with the Regional Community Policing Institute, Sand Diego, California. (Regional Training Academy, COPPS curriculum, May 1998).