(Revelation 19:11-21)

The Apostle Paul writes,

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; and avoid such men as these. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Paul also writes regarding the second coming of Christ,

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Thus we see from the above verses that prior to the return of Jesus Christ in the last days, there will be a falling away and a rise in hypocrisy and self-seeking which will pave the way for the antichrist as prophesied by the Daniel,

And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate. Dan 9:27

The antichrist will rule for 7 years, and at the beginning he will bring about world peace and fool many nations, however, his true ugly nature will be seen in the middle of his rule, that is after three and a half years. 

Another major conflict in the last days is seen Ezekiel 38 and 39. 

 And the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 "Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 "And I will turn you about, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops-- many peoples with you. 7 "Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. 8 "After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them. 9 "And you will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you." (Ezekiel 38:1-9)

A great northern confederation of nations moves against Israel. According to this prophesy, the invading army comes from the uttermost parts of the north. If one takes a map of the world and draws a line north of the land of Israel he will inevitably come to the nation of Russia. Also Gog is described as the "prince of Rosh" and biblical scholars like John Walvoord link this as the root for the word Russia, Meshech to Moscow and Tubal to Toblosk. The northern confederacy consists of nations like Iran (Persia) forming a confederation with Russia coming against Israel. Presently there is growing economic disparity and discontent in Russia.

However, the end of this northern confederacy is also prophesied,

"And I shall call for a sword against him on all My mountains," declares the Lord GOD. "Every man's sword will be against his brother. 22 "And with pestilence and with blood I shall enter into judgment with him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 "And I shall magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the LORD."  (Ezekiel 38:21-23)

What is surprising is that Russia would make such a move in the light of the present strength of the United States of America! Unless, something has happened to America by the time of fulfillment of this prophesy?

In the book of Revelation, chapters 17 and 18, the Bible talks of the great whore who is described as

And the woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:18

A city or nation that reigns over the kings of the earth, who could she be? Could it be America, which today is the most powerful nation in the world? 

A few decades ago in the US there was such propaganda against communists mainly focusing on the Soviet Union. However, China even after the Tiananmen Square massacre enjoys a favored nation status with America. Recently a large debt of Pakistan to the US was cleared without payment; was this to gain the support of Pakistan in the Iraq war? Was America sharing the spoils of conquest? This is the harlot spirit and the nations of the world committing acts of immorality and living sensuously with her. However,

And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, 'Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.' Revelation 18:9-10

The whore is destroyed in an hour - nuclear destruction by the ten horns which represent the nations evolved from the old Roman Empire as seen in the book of Daniel. Is this Russia unleashing her nuclear arsenal against the US before making the move in the middle east as prophesied by Ezekiel? Or a planned terrorist strike?

The lack of discernment in the present day US-Iraq war is shocking. Everyone but Americans seems clear that this war is about oil and I quote,

 "WE ALL knew the invasion of Iraq was about oil. Here was the country with the second largest proven reserves of crude and the easiest to extract. The invader-country, on the other hand, was the world's largest consumer of oil and it now imports more fuel than it produces. The U.S. is also home to most of the largest petroleum extracting and producing companies."

The war has escalated global terrorism. Also Israel seems quite interested in the developments. Again I quote:

 "DOHA April 10. Even as the U.S. military campaign in Iraq is yet to wrap up, early signs are emerging of how the Washington's allies Israel, Jordan and Kuwait are planning to engage a post-war Iraq in a commercial and political network that would have far-reaching ramifications on the region.

As the battle for Baghdad began, the Israeli Minister for Infrastructure, Yosef Paritzky, brought on the agenda, the revival of oil pipeline from Mosul in northern Iraq to the Israeli Mediterranean port of Haifa that has been in disuse since 1948.

 The original pipeline from Mosul reached the Israeli port via the Syrian mainland. But with Syria in the firing line, both from Israel and recently from the U.S., there is talk about diverting this pipeline's route.

 Instead of heading towards Syria, the Mosul pipeline, it is now proposed, could transit into Israel via Jordan."

This is a war driven by greed and selfishness, an aspect which is clearly seen in both World War I and II. In World War II though many may consider England as a liberator, they were also occupying nations and plundering their wealth. They have been labeled as the biggest drug trafficker of all time (please see Time Asia article also)! The Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1998 CD edition captures this dark history,

The first major national efforts to control the distribution of narcotic and other dangerous drugs were the efforts of the Chinese in the 19th century. Commerce in poppy (opium) and coca leaf (cocaine) developed on an organized basis during the 1700s. The Manchus of China attempted to discourage opium importation and use, but the English East India Company, which maintained an official monopoly over British trade in China, was engaged in the profitable export of opium from India to China. This monopoly of the China trade was eventually abolished in 1839-42, and friction increased between the British and the Chinese over the importation of opium. Foreign merchants, including those from France and the United States, were bringing in ever-increasing quantities of opium. Finally, the Manchu government required all foreign merchants to surrender their stocks of opium for destruction. The British objected, and the Opium War (1839-42) between the Chinese and the British followed. The Chinese lost and were forced into a series of treaties with England and other countries that took advantage of the British victory. In 1858 the importation of opium into China was legalized by the Treaty of Tientsin, which fixed a tariff rate for opium importation. Further difficulties followed. An illegal opium trade carried on by smugglers in south China encouraged gangsterism and piracy, and the activity eventually became linked with powerful secret societies in the south of China.

Today drug addiction is rampant in America. Are they reaping what they have sowed?

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year, equal to total consumer, investment and government spending, plus the value of exports, minus the value of imports. Both India and China were the most affluent regions in the world for many centuries.

However, when the British came to India for trade, they deceptively took control by setting Indian against Indian, completely destroyed its moral fibre and ruined its economy. Robert Clive, a clerk in the East India Company is described as (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1982 Edition, Macropedia Vol 4, page 741)

"Young Clive was a difficult boy and was sent to several schools, including the Merchant's Taylors' School in London, without visible profit. In 1743, when 18, he was sent to Madras in the service of the English East India Company. At Madras, Clive was moody and quarrelsome, attempted suicide, and once fought a duel."

In 1751 Chanda Sahib besieged his rival Muhammed Ali in the fortress of Trichinopoly. While Chanda Sahib was occupied in Trichinopoly, Clive with 200 European and 300 Indian soldiers captured Arcot, the capitol of the Carnatic. This was the beginning of the English occupation of India using Indian to destroy Indian. Clive was honored and rewarded like Colonel Tim Collins in the recent Iraq war.

Through bloodshed such as the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre in April 1919 were they driven out of India. The following year after the massacre, Mahatma Gandhi launched his first Indian Satyagraha ("clinging to the truth") campaign; he was well aware of the atrocities of the British against the Boers. Over the years Indians have foolishly sacrificed their personal integrity and lives for crumbs from the English table.

The impact of the "British Empire" is clearly seen on India and China in the earlier figure outlining the nation's GDP over the centuries.

The present greed and foolishness of America in Iraq will open the door for World War III. I pray that Christians in America will wake up and stand in the gap for their nation, breaking the stronghold of the spirit of colonialism. Righteousness exalts a nation, but greed and manipulation of others for self-gain will destroy it; we reap what we sow - many fold.

Let Christians not be complacent, but heed the words of of the Lord to King Solomon,

 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Christians, God will hold us responsible if we do not stand in the Gap for our nation (Ezekiel 22:23-31)

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