By Gary Kah (A frequent Stand Up For The Truth guest)
Well, here we are, the much anticipated year 2012 has finally arrived ? the year in which the world as we know it is supposed to end. The countdown to December 21st is on, with more one-world/new age events being planned for the next twelve-month period than any other stretch of time in recent memory.
Meetings on the itinerary include a host of interfaith gatherings designed to bring the religions of the world together in order to facilitate a ??Quantum Leap?? into the ??New Spiritual Order.?? While this may or may not be the year in which the one-world agenda comes to fruition, the Bible warns that a time of unprecedented worldwide deception spearheaded by the Antichrist (also known as the Beast or Lawless One) will take place in the final days of human history ?C just prior to the return of Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 24, Revelation 13 & 14, II Thessalonians 2). Only God knows how much time we have to freely share His message of hope and forgiveness; however, new age globalists are pulling out all the stops to make their dream of an occult world order come true.
The momentum is expected to build through the spring and summer, accelerating next fall when over 300 spiritual leaders representing the world??s religions come together in Rome. Their purpose will be to draft a charter intended to pave the way for a ??new global consciousness.?? The drafting of this charter will be overseen by a group of influential religious leaders ?C including two prominent Vatican cardinals, a former Italian prime minister, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, and new ager Barbara Marx Hubbard, among others.
Then, on December 21 ?C 28, the New Group of World Servers (NGWS) will be sponsoring a worldwide occult meditation festival. The NGWS has been inspired by the writings of Theosophist Alice Bailey who founded Lucifer Publishing Company in 1922, before changing its name to Lucis Trust two years later. (See chapter two of my book The New World Religion for complete documentation.) It is Lucis Trust and World Goodwill ?C sister organizations derived from the work of Alice Bailey ?C that are the guiding bodies behind this ??festival?? week. Their hope is that the occult meditations/activities occurring simultaneously throughout the world during that week will enable ??group fusion?? to bring about their desired global transformation.
During this worldwide occult spectacle, a new ??birth of the world?? is to be celebrated. Dubbed ??Birth 2012,?? New Age leader Barbara Marx Hubbard is calling December 22, 2012, a ??global birthday.?? She is working with other new age figures, hoping their efforts will bring about the global evolutionary leap that will finally unite the world spiritually, socially, and consciously. In short, December 22 has been designated the launch date for unveiling their new world order.
The Occupy Movement
Not coincidentally, the Occupy Wall Street movement is serving as a platform for New Agers who support a one-world/socialist financial system, which is needed to undergird their coming spiritual order. In fact, a group working with Occupy Wall Street is now proposing a global currency system to replace the currencies of individual nations. Aaron Klein, an investigative journalist who has been tracking this development, reports,
An online group calling itself ??OWS Currency?? is working to devise an ??alternative currency system for participants at Occupy Wall Street,?? according to the group??s charter. ??Occupy Wall Street and subsequent occupations prove that the people are eager for a new system,?? states OWS Currency. ??Let??s help them build it.??1
Klein goes on to link the push for a new financial system by the Occupy movement to organizations funded by internationalist George Soros, and to avowed Marxists, some of whom have close ties to the White House.2
Not surprisingly, on October 19, Mikhail Gorbachev ?C the former leader of the Soviet Union ?C threw his support behind the Occupy movement in an address titled ??Perspectives on Global Change,?? given before a crowd of 3,600 at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Here are a few excerpts from his speech:
??We are reaping the consequences of a strategy that is not conducive to cooperation and partnership, to living in a new global situation?-??
??The world needs goals that will bring people together?-I believe America needs its own perestroika.?? (italics in original)
??The entire world situation did not develop properly,?? said Gorbachev. ??We saw deterioration where there should have been positive movement. My friend the late Pope John Paul II said it best. He said, ?(R)We need a new world order, one that is more stable, more humane, and more just.?? Others, including myself, have spoken about a new world order, but we are still facing the problem of building such a world order?-problems of the environment, of backwardness and poverty, food shortages?-all because we do not have a system of global governance.??
He commented on the changing world: ??We cannot leave things as they were before, when we are seeing that these protests are moving to even new countries, that almost all countries are now witnessing such protests, that the people want change,?? he said. ??As we are addressing these challenges, these problems raised by these protest movements, we will gradually find our way towards a new world order.??3
Although the Occupy movement initially spread to dozens of cities throughout the United States, by mid fall many common sense Americans began questioning the true motives of the movement. Scenes like those in downtown Boston, which reflected a new age/interfaith religious element, threw up red flags among Christians. The Associated Press reported,
?-Dewey Square is crammed with tents and tarps of Occupy Boston protesters, but organizers made sure from the start of this weeks-old encampment that there was room for the holy. No shoes are allowed in the ??Sacred Space?? tent here, but you can bring just about any faith or spiritual tradition. A day??s schedule finds people balancing their chakras, a ??compassion meditation?? and a discussion of the biblical passage in Luke. Inside, a Buddha statue sits near a picture of Jesus, while a hand-lettered sign in the corner points toward Mecca.4
Occupy protesters show disdain for Jews.
At first, a number of liberal Jewish groups were supportive of the movement. However, their enthusiasm seemed to wane in November when swastikas and anti-Jew billboards began appearing among demonstrators. In New York, several cars were reportedly set on fire by anti-Jew protesters.
For now at least, the Occupy movement has leveled off. It may be regrouping to make a stronger stand in the months ahead. Its organizers have big plans, significant funding, and the support of some of the nation??s major unions and the expanding New Age/Interfaith movement. Their goal, I believe, is to create instability and demand for a new world order.
Growing Unrest in Europe
While the situation in the US is unpredictable at best, matters in Europe are becoming more tense by the day. On December 5, the S & P security ratings agency warned 15 European Union countries of potential downgrades. The treasury bonds of Portugal, Ireland, and Greece have already been downgraded to junk status.5 Spain and Italy aren??t far behind.
Only a few weeks earlier Professor Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the IMF, rattled nerves by warning that the world is ??looking straight into the face of a great depression.??6 The IMF reported that loans had doubled to almost 200 percent of GDP ?C an unprecedented level of credit growth and about twice the intensity of the Japanese bubble in the late 1980s. EU commissioner Olli Rehn slashed growth forecasts from 1.6 to .5 percent for 2012, stating that ??recovery has now come to a standstill.?? Humayun Shahryar from the hedge fund Auvest offered the bleakest assessment, predicting the Eurozone faced a ??major economic collapse,?? perhaps with double-digit drops in GDP. He explained, ??European banks are massively over-leveraged and almost every one [of them] is worthless?-This is going to be worse than 2008 because they have run out of bullets. The sovereign states are not strong enough to stand behind the banks.??7
Niall Ferguson, a Harvard History Professor, elaborates:
Europe??s problem is not just that governments are overborrowed. There are an unknown number of European banks that are effectively insolvent if their holdings of government bonds are ??marked to market?? ?C in other words, valued at their current rock-bottom market prices.
Accurately anticipating such a crisis, the Vatican issued a special report on October 24, offering its solution. The 18-page document explicitly calls for the establishment of a ??global public authority?? and a ??central world bank?? to govern over financial institutions which have become outdated and ineffective. The world authority to be created would be given ??universal jurisdiction.??9 Here are some excerpts from the report:
In fact, one can see an emerging requirement for a body that will carry out the functions of a kind of ??central world bank?? that regulates the flow and system of monetary exchanges similar to the national central banks?-Of course, this transformation will be made at the cost of a gradual, balanced transfer of a part of each nation??s powers to a world authority and to regional authorities, but this is necessary at a time when the dynamism of human society and the economy and the progress of technology are transcending borders, which are in fact already very eroded in a globalized world.
(Source: Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority, The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Vatican City, October 24, 2011.)
Already moving in this direction, the European Commission has recently taken steps to more closely integrate the economies and finances of its EU member states. On October 21, for example, European Council president, Herman Van Rompuy, put forth a proposal for a single ??Treasury?? to oversee tax and spending across the 17 eurozone nations. His announcement came after Europe??s finance ministers met in Brussels to find a way out of the eurozone crisis. Mr. Van Rompuy, who according to British sources is close to the German government, suggested plans for a ??finance ministry?? to be based either in Frankfurt or Paris.10
Jose Barroso, President of the European Commission, has gone so far as to openly call for a Federal Europe ?C a United States of Europe.11 This idea is rapidly gaining momentum across Europe, being viewed as a potential way out of the deepening financial and political crisis.
Europe, which is setting the tempo for the rest of the world on globalization, must be persuaded to take the next step into a fully integrated, multinational regional government which would conveniently fit into a system of global government (under a world political authority). In the mind of determined globalists, every crisis presents an opportunity to advance their agenda ?C which includes the creation of regional federated governments that can easily be merged into a world government. European leaders are pushing hard toward this goal. This time, given the enormity of the crisis, they may finally have the leverage to achieve it.
Interestingly, while Europe wrestles to reshape itself, the blame for its problems ?C which are being used to force this change ?C is increasingly being directed at the Jews. This sentiment is particularly well advanced in France, but is now spreading across other Eurozone countries including Germany, Greece, Spain, and Italy. History seems to be repeating itself.
Nightmare in the Middle East
Although Europe is in the midst of a worsening crisis, it is nothing compared to the nightmare faced by the Middle Eastern countries, especially Israel. The Jewish nation finds itself surrounded by governments intent on its destruction. The so-called ??Arab Spring?? uprisings which were supposed to bring freedom to the people, are instead moving Arab nations toward an Islamic caliphate that will threaten the stability of the entire region.
After the recent elections in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is now in firm control of that country. Things are headed in the same direction in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and other nations where ??The Brotherhood?? has a growing presence. The Muslim Brotherhood, it should be noted, has birthed most of the known terror groups in the Middle East. These same groups are also receiving support from Iran.
Ironically, while the West has applauded and even directly supported the Arab Spring, Iran sees itself as the principal beneficiary of the movement. Iran??s Ahmadinejad envisions building a multi-nation Islamic caliphate that will lead the charge to annihilate Israel. At present, he is only a few months from having a nuclear weapon. If nothing changes, by April of this year, Iran is expected to have five nuclear bombs in its arsenal.12
It is widely suspected that recent explosions at two Iranian military installations were the work of Israeli covert operatives trying to delay or stop Iran??s development of surface-to-surface missiles that would be used to deliver nuclear bombs. If Israel were to launch an open preemptive strike targeting Iran??s nuclear sites, it would have the effect of further solidifying support for Iran among radical Muslims in the region. On November 27, Iranian Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi warned that Israel would be attacked with 150,000 missiles if it launches any military action against the Islamic Republic.13 If Israel does nothing, however, it will only be a matter of time before she comes under attack. Our sources in the Middle East are telling us the situation is precarious and anything could happen at any time.
The Iranian government seems to be doing everything in its power to provoke Israel. According to DEBKAfile, in early December, Iran??s rulers ??upgraded?? their strategic objective of wiping Israel off the map and extended it for the first time to the more ambitious one of ??annihilating the Jews worldwide.??14 DEBKAfile reports:
?-the ayatollahs in Tehran and Qom unleashed a virulent campaign of anti-Semitic propaganda in their sermons. A new book and a film were released for wide distribution on orders from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?-.Under the title ??How Israel should be destroyed,?? this book was awarded the best book prize at the Khorassan book fair when it was first displayed there on Thursday, Dec. 1?-.The book??s editor Hojjat-ol-Eslam Mohammad Ebrahim-Nia stresses that this prescription has the force of a fatwa (religious edict) and is binding on every Muslim?-.The anti-Semitic film, ??The Sabbath Hunter,?? has been circulating for some time but was a flop with Iranian movie audiences. Now the Supreme Leader has ordered it to be screened at every university in the land. The Basij students who rampaged through the British embassy in Tehran this week were made responsible with getting it widely shown.15
While Iran??s leaders are stoking the flames of war, Iran??s close ally, Syria, is in complete upheaval. Syria??s situation is perhaps the most complex in the Middle East. If Arab Spring protesters eventually win out, they would likely be dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood under a new Syrian regime. Another possibility: If President Bashar Assad??s power continues to be threatened, he might do something desperate to solidify his control ?C like invade Jordan or Israel. Assad??s government recently armed its medium-range missiles with chemical warheads and has warned it would launch them at Tel Aviv if Syria is in any way attacked or threatened.16
No outcome in Syria looks favorable for Israel or the pursuit of freedom. The unfolding situation in Damascus could well tip the scales toward war in the Middle East, and therefore bears close watching. (Russia has reportedly sent a large number of gas masks to Damascus. 17 Other reports indicate that a number of US troops exiting Iraq have been redeployed in Jordan along that country??s border with Syria.)
Some may wonder, where does Iraq fit in? The tragic fact is that Iran now holds sway over Iraq. After nine years of war and the deaths of nearly 4,500 US troops and at least 150,000 Iraqis, in many respects the country is currently more unstable and more likely to go the direction of radical Islam than when Saddam Hussein was in power.18
Saddam Hussein was a Sunni Muslim. Sunnis have long been at odds with Shiite Muslims, who control Iran. The Iraqi government being left in charge as US soldiers come home is predominately Shiite, with strong loyalties to their Iranian Shiite brethren. The fact is, Saddam??s Sunnis kept the more radical Shiites in check and served as somewhat of a counter to Iranian dominance in the region. In other words, as long as Iran and Iraq had to contend with each other, they didn??t have much time or resources to stir up trouble elsewhere. Now, all bets are off. US intervention threw off the balance of power in the region.
Some of the fall-out from this sad reality can be seen in the Iraqi treatment of Jews and Christians. The handful of Jews remaining in the country are in constant danger, and the persecution of Christians has gone viral. Prior to the American occupation, Iraq had a sizeable and even vibrant Christian community of 1.4 million. However, most of Iraq??s Christians have since fled the country due to intensified persecution. Only about 500,000 Christians remain in Iraq, and many of them are trying to get out. The Christian Post recently reported, ??Persecution makes the Christian community smaller each year, with churches as well as households being targeted and causing worshipers to flee.??19
Islamic terror groups have had a favorite slogan for several decades: ??First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.?? This means of course, first the Jews then the Christians will be targeted for persecution, subjection and elimination.20 This hatred is now playing out in parts of the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere. (Please take a moment to read the adjacent report ??Persecution of the Saints,?? which gives a brief overview of the plight of Christians in these regions.)
The Road Ahead
As we enter 2012, things won??t be getting any easier for Bible-believing Christians and conservative Jews. Satan has worked long and hard to get our fallen world to this point. God??s Word predicted such times would come. We shouldn??t be surprised.
While I am not caught off guard by current developments, I am grieved and deeply saddened by the fact that so many people are filled with hatred and despise the very truth that could save them. The question for me as a Christian becomes what should I do ?C how should I respond?
As the world drifts ever closer to the crisis point that will give rise to the nefarious leader described in Scripture, the warning signs the Lord is permitting us to see are reminders that our time is short and this earth is not our permanent home.
As James put it, our life is like a vapor that appears for a while and then vanishes (James 4:14). This being the case, we must travel lightly, not being weighed down by the temporary and often vane pursuits of this life. Rather, we must keep our hearts and minds focused on matters of eternity, recognizing that our reward is not of this world but awaits us in Heaven.
Keeping an eternal perspective in an increasingly depraved and materialistic world is no small challenge. We can only be victorious in this area by maintaining a close daily walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord, I believe, is allowing us to see the signs of the times to draw us closer to Himself. As we draw near to Him, the Holy Spirit empowers us to be obedient and surrendered to doing God??s will in our lives. This, in turn, impacts those around us for His glory and honor.
Peter said it well:
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. ?D I Peter 2:11-12
At a time when hatred for Christians is on the rise and many are being persecuted for their faith, it is important that we do not let our love for each other ?C and even for those who may despise us ?C grow cold. Jesus exhorted his followers,
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you?-Do to others as you would have them do to you?-Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
?D Luke 6:27-28, 31, 35-36
Similarly, in Romans chapter 12, Paul wrote,
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good?-Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse?-Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men?-Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ??Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,?? says the Lord?-Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ?D Romans 12:9, 14, 17, 19 & 21
The bottom line is this: In the process of hating and exposing evil ?C as we are commanded to do ?C we must at the individual level never stop loving the sinner. In order to fulfill the Great Commission given to us by Jesus (Matt. 28:19-20), we must continue to represent Him with dignity before those who hate us, remembering that we too were once enemies of Christ before we embraced His love and accepted His forgiveness. With this in mind and as we embark on a new year, let us abide in Jesus and let His love and grace live through us to reach those who desperately need Him. ??
What You Can Expect in 2012
- Barbara Marx Hubbard: Her New Age Christ’s Selection Process (mountainstreampress.org)
- Neale Donald Walsch and Conversations with God (mountainstreampress.org)
- A “New” Dark Age – In Politics and in the Church (lighthousetrailsresearch.com)
- “Christian” New Age Sympathizer Leonard Sweet: (Part 1) Warren, Sweet, and Sweet’s “New Light” Heroes (mountainstreampress.org)
- 2012: Prophecy or Panic? (standupforthetruth.com)