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There is, as we shall see, a certain universality in this plague. This preliminary feature relative to the special working ... of this plague, is pertinent, as it starts to froth.
The point should be made, and made forcibly, that there is a moral declivity appearing almost like a precipice in much of the West. While this does not mean that morals are gone, principles passé, or that pollution has no cleansing opposition, it does imply that any statuesque conception of moral opposites between East and West is no longer, at least accurate.
In much of the West, in those liberal democracies to which one refers, there is a departure so immense and so intense, currently deceptively guised in the habits of pseudo-sacred community will, its wishes and declarations, that not only do many schools impart the follies as matters of learning, at times explicitly at times implicitly, but even quasi-governmental bodies can pour the inflammatory oils of anti-Christian incitation, incantation or application onto the raging fires of youth.
Raging? alas frequently, for collective arson has been at work so long that sparks can create unthought of combustion, one of the extinguishing agents of which is now AIDS. As to that, as so often, the relatively innocent are being caught in the spiritual madness of State agencies through the results - whether total or partial is indifferent when death is concerned - of fatal and flawed philosophies.
It is as if, having escaped the radically dissimilar (in theory) and radically similar (in much moral practice) follies of Hitler and Stalin, and of their philosophies, many in the West are determined to have an outlet for autonomy, of their own. Not to be denied their fling at the fluent destinies of absolutist desires, masquerading however confusedly under the appearance of relativist ethics, they have created a communal philosophy of death.
There is a difference between the two cases, certainly. In many Western nations, there has not been the overt and physical oppression of religious freedom, (though there has been much of the subtler variety), that has occurred under Communism. Large bodies of professing Christians 'adorn' the tarmac; and still significant bodies of actual believers in and practisers of the gospel and commandments of Christ are found in these nations, or in some of them. Increasingly, however, the courage, conviction and power needed to prevail is lacking, as church after church, though by no means the whole church, comes to fade. Thus in one Australian capital, the Anglican church most noted for being 'evangelical' refused to come out in a clear and public manner in favour of... no, not anti-abortion, just this: in favour of the doctrine of creation.
If such an event in a long established and noted denomination at the alleged acme of 'spirituality' can occur, what might be said for much of the rest ? Departures from clear Biblical teaching are an epidemic, increasingly endemic to much of 'Christendom' and in danger of becoming pandemic, just as Peter (11 Peter 2:1-3) and Paul (11 Thessalonians 2) predicted, and Christ has implied (Matthew 24).
A specially significant point here to be noted is that in Victoria, an AIDS council has been baulked by one of the media from publishing an advertisement which among other things, advises the young that homosexuality is natural and that, rightly performed, it can lead the practiser of it to... a great deal of fun.
Fermented folly fragmenting the broken! Such is this situation, as the word of God designates (Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1 ff.; Romans 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:9, Romans 1:27 ff.). What then was the source of this... advice of man, given in Victoria so recently ?
This ... it was from a body intended to help the nation depart from practices not only obviously contrary to design, at the reproductive level, but contrary to physiological safeguards of the kind built in to normal heterosexual intercourse: and that in a day when the rewards, the penalties of promiscuity with unnaturalness, are becoming not merely painful, not only threatening at least a world epidemic, including a whole category of the disadvantaged, but even more than that. How would you like to have a more or less guaranteed five years or so of slow dying and increasing vulnerability to diverse diseases! Such was the state in July 1990.
Our point here is simply this: the West has avoided some philosophic follies, and fought hard, and sometimes splendidly against them, even in military combat; but it is increasingly, under the fatal seeming fascination of wholly illogical philosophies creating a hand-made grave, and carving a tomb of its own. It is time to repent, for God regards the cry of the righteous, whose righteousness is of Him (Isaiah 54:17, Jeremiah 33:16, Psalm 33:10-34:8). Meanwhile, all of this is showing the way to that Armageddon where the people as a whole will fight against... yes, The Lord! (Revelation 16:16, 19:19.) Our apologetic point here is simply this: That the predicted, virtual universal character of the revolt against the Lord in doctrine and practice (cf. Revelation 16:11) is as clearly being depicted by current events as a vastly observable trend, as by future predictions, as a coming fact. It is multi-dimensional and highly manifest.
Within this context, it should be emphasised that this is no attack on the young; but rather on the follies of men, whether in or out of government, who indoctrinate, propagandise and follow propaganda which they create, away from the absolute morals, the actual truth, the sacrificial certainties where peace lies.
The truth of the Bible has been established earlier in this work; currently we see what could be called applied theology, dealing with the fruits of its denial; and as such, this becomes practical apologetics through the force of the form and formula of fulfilment of prediction. It is not only so in direction but even in kind: the case of a remorseless renegade, learning by experience the things the spirit will not acknowledge.This will is being seen with increasing rage and ineffective opposition to the ways, word and will of the Lord (cf. Revelation 16:11, 9:21).
In full accord with the very historical meaning of the symbolically used term 'Babylon', which though focussed as we show, in Rome of the 7 hills (Revelation 17:9, cf. Extensions 3-5, pp. 946-957, with 1060 infra), is yet an approach, a projection, a rambunctiously renegade movement, a monument to confused and evil - not to say forceful (Revelation 17:6) - religion: there is also more generally, a type of propaganda. This, broadly promulgated, adopts the spirit of this sort of confused compromise. As to its specifically Roman embodiment, we shall treat this in detail in the next chapter. It can create a religion of authoritarian terror (cf. that of pagan Rome, leading on to Nero, pp. 469 supra, 902 infra; or that from Muhammad, pp. 988-990 infra), or one of barren indifference: one explicit or one implicit.
As to the latter: what is this type of propaganda, this truly Babylonian spirit of mix in religions ? It is this. The young, being frequently mentally violated with little redress, are taught through the messy spirit of this Age, that all is relative, all morals, all religion, all is convenience; and that it is most convenient to act on this basis, never asserting (publicly) anything in religion which suggests, far less asserts that any one thing is the truth. That, in this modern society, is about as near to the unforgivable sin as you can get (in its eyes). I have personally seen this manifested at high level, and with remorseless desire, in the Army, in the School system and in the area of Radio broadcasting, in tertiary teaching also, at lecturing level.
While we consistently emphasise the fact that you need to know absolute truth, in order to claim that such things as these propaganda points are so, and that on their own basis, this cannot be known, so that their whole system falls: the myth, the mirage of man continues, while he runs with rigour the race that is set before him, like a pack of lemmings dedicated to drowning in the sea that swamps their very beings.
The predictions of Revelation itemise with some detail points on the way, where the natural results of this wild assault on design, which so much of the world follows.... this refusal to heed to standard reference work on how to treat the body, mind and spirit of man... are compounded. The compounding ? The specific and indeed, not lightly undertaken (Revelation 8:1) divine wrath at the follies. This is beginning to be seen more pervasively on the scene; while some profess themselves shocked at the thought that this is so, masses continue to provoke it with a seemingly prodigious indifference (Romans 1:31, Mark 12:7, 11 Timothy 3:2-3, 11 Thessalonians 2:9-10, Luke 18:8).
Indeed, although Christ predicted the unvanquishable character of the Church which He inhabits (Matthew 16:19, Revelation 1:19), He also predicts a situation in which the faith will not have either an implicit or an explicit grasp on the globe, and history is moving towards this like an express train, directed by the Proprietor, who has declared the end of the matter:
When the Son of man comes, will He findThe world is to act its due part; the Church its own ( much falling away but the essentials remaining, if tried as by fire ); and Christ will fulfil His: in seeking the lost, keeping that which is committed to Him and in the end, instituting that judgment which, without a rejected mercy, will be according to truth ( Romans 2:2 ). Our point ? all this is preparing itself, to change the figure, like a cook's work-bench, with the ingredients of the recipe, moment by moment, year by year, becoming more conspicuous, and the heat of the oven, more tangible.
faith (or the faith) ON EARTH ? (Luke 18:8).
*18 The French Revolution had its own proto-unity calls of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, which in practice often led to the unity in death through slaughter, even of such cardinal revolutionaries as the 'sea-green immaculate', Robespierre. Now France is taking a strong lead in the European unity push which some in England rightly fear could develop a little into a homogenising putsch. Its contribution to prophetic fulfilment may be profound.
Mitterand, the President of France, appears to be in a very different quarter: his leadership is towards what Time ( July 15,1991 ) calls (emphasis added):
an autonomous EuropeanThis, the reviewer considers, is in turn to the end of France being 'the Continent's anchor'.
"defense identity," along with his goal of E.C. political union.
Seeing what is deemed a 'banalisation of politics - the end of ideology, after religion and monarchy, as the pivotal center of political life', the writer speaks of France 'practising political pragmatism instead of debating ideology'. In fact, there is seen to be a danger: France 'risks losing [pride in a singular civilization] in the homogenising vat of that mysterious entity called Europe'.
The State with its powerful, impoverishing and destructive interplay with the Protestant Huegenots, in Louis XIV's day; the State with its assault on an often corrupt nobility and church, a Romanist rule, somewhat later; the State with its 'new' eighteenth century ideologies, the State with its dripping axe, Mme Guillotine, as Dickens puts it in A Tale of Two Cities; yes and the State with failure repeatedly before the Germans, with a gloire of de Gaulle and a sophisticated civilisation, a force de frappe, its independent nuclear-deterrent, for the sake of which it pollutes the Pacific: the State, it now appears more clearly, it develops!
In which direction ? From false religion (very often, and infamously linked with the vigorous persecution for long of the Protestant Huegenots, many of whom it drove to America, many to death, some to torture); to false ideology, which had Europe in grief for decades, culminating in Bonaparte and his downfall; to what Time calls a search for identity, or rather a fear of losing or failing to gain one, as history develops.
Our point is not to generalise unduly concerning France, which is far broader and deeper than the mere emblems and implements of power, however grossly these have been misused on the one side and on the other: it is rather to discern a trend, a movement in modes or even modishness. France appears set for a maximal impact on Euromysticism, with a religious past considerably secularised, and a secular ideology considerably chastened, and a desire for... something, some quiddity, in... dear old Europe. Its tendency to compare itself with Germany is noted in this article, along with its multi-billion dollar deficits in trading with that nation, prior to the new German unification move.
German integration and French homogenisation move within the mystique of Europe with its... deep culture, on which, with its actual historical cleavage, we dwell later (Daniel File, Part B, The Coming Consummation (6), pp. 923-931 infra). The desire to avoid the realities in order to 'invent' a mystique of a unity which is not there, but which is, shall we say encouraged to be there, and which, it seems later had better be there... is something reminiscent in another vein of the last decade in Australia (see Extension C, this Chapter, infra and other references listed, to this nation).
One can see the need (with forsaken religion, to no small degree: that is, Christ increasingly relegated and the desire for ersatz undiminished), for a Europe, as many will see it, which somehow will in itself tend to suckle its young with a sort of distillate of culture, an essence of morality tinged with religion of the most general kind: all bound with the fear of conflict and the desire to rule an unruly earth, topped as with a rich cake, by a throne, an emblem set amid its lusciousness.
It is not meant by this, that royalty will return: this is the day of Gorbachev, now Yeltsin of popular vote, the day after mass-murdering Mao. A demonic 'head' will sit upon these well-cultured shoulders of Europe, to brood if not breed some mystique and personality into the mix, that essence made by beating what was there before and crushing into it some polluted vestige of the pure religion of Jesus Christ (cf. pp 750 B-E infra). That head, viewed from varied angles, always looks just the same: it is that of him who 'shows himself' that he is God (II Thessalonians 2), astride Daniel's 4th and final Empire! (q.v.).
As to that... it will, as we have just noted, be 'a plague to remember', rather as if the 'world', having bared and snared its soul, sells it. It is not of course merely one nation, but Europe that Daniel predicts for the scene: With one head (see Daniel File, pp. 911-917 infra).
*19 Extension D: on the dignity of the war syndrome. See pp. 707-709 infra.
*20 The fulfilment of Daniel 12:4's prediction of much heightened world travel, is to be seen in a further perspective. It is not merely 'travel' in the sense of business and pleasure; there is no such limit to the prediction - though of course all this is included. It is (for whatever reason) moving about the face of the earth which is to increase, to the point of becoming a characterisable feature.
An article in The Australian, November 14-15, 1992 brings to sharp focus another element: immigration, both 'temporary' and permanent.
First, of course, we are most familiar with the painful scenes of Afghans moving under duress and deadly assault, into Pakistan, as well as to less accessible mountains; and earlier Siberian 'exile' for vast numbers of Russians. Now sad scenes of populaces, in ethnic or religous groupings, leaving for... whatever may be found, are commonly seen on television - recent tragedies being found in Yugoslavia, Ethiopia, and in the case of the Kurds, in the Middle East.
The seemingly remorseless and ruthless conflict produces refugees, as if World War 11 were still being enacted - and indeed, it was in that war, a sign of our times, that such scenes became a trade-mark of the tenderness... of man in the twentieth century, man (with women and children) very much on the move, often... ably assisted at that time, by dive-bombers or other aerial supervision, machine guns and allied testimonies of man's advance (one does not say in which direction). Sad as it was, and intensely grievous, it was yet fulfilment in stark realism of the prophecy which characterised the time to come, leading on to the time of judgment, man's "moving to and fro". It lay in this: the final seizure in which "there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation". It is "at that time", Daniel was told and hence prophesied, "that your people shall be delivered" (Daniel 12:1).
In this setting, was the intensified people movement predicted1. This then is just one component of the fulfilment of this prophecy of Daniel 12.
Now we may ponder our article from The Australian. Considering for its part 'long-term social, economic and political forces', the article (by Tom Dusevic) speaks of 'enormous population movements' as 'now occurring all over the globe'.
This horde, he notes, includes ''tourists, specialist workers, economic migrants, students and refugees'', and ''they are becoming increasingly difficult for governments to control''. Thus we find the knowledge and the travel components mutually reinforcing, relative to the Danielic prediction...
An extremely relevant point, when applied to prophetic fulfilment, comes in what is attributed to a deputy secretary in the Department of Immigration, Local Govenrment and Ethnic Affairs - Wayne Gibson. "We have witnessed a revolution in global communications at least as remarkable as the spread of the railway and the steamship in the second half of the 19th century, that enabled the great waves of migration to North America of the time ... I doubt if there has (sic) ever before been mass movements of people on such a large and globally comprehensive scale."
With the sheer numbers now on earth, the multiplicity of forces, and the growing communication of concepts and cultures, the structure for mobility is in place, while the results speak for themselves. Fortifying it in this second National Immigration Outlook Conference, was an emphasis on temporary immigration, an additional force of propulsion for the predicted 'to and fro' movement, we note from Daniel. Dusevic says 'many speakers' indicated that 'globalisation would lead to more temporary movements' of migrants on a scale 'challenging the foundations of government migration policies.' For the physically minded, this may seem almost reminiscent of a Brownian movement: these however are not particles but people, predestinatively propelled, just as, in the marvel of the wonder of freedom, purposively operating. God has created freedom; but He is not its servant.
Fluidity physically, culturally, ideationally and economically, with multi-national companies vying with multinational thought: all these things together with the means of pursuing abroad pleasure, business and scholarship, while others in masses are being pursued, escaping from death: they are complex elements of the 'to and fro' sweep of man over the earth, like a spinning top, now reaching its humming whine.
What even augments this feature is the way the combination of knowledge and movement is focussed in the Conference, the former operating to augment the latter: and both to fulfil Daniel! The two together are precisely in situ, in contemporary fact, as in the envisagement of Daniel, the prophet, provider of the word of God.
*21 And what of the silent legions of the battered dead, men, women, children, with babes smashed, in some: those of the Kurds, or in Bosnia, Zaire, Chechnya... Rwanda ? lying at the altar of hatred, pride, imperialism, nationalism, genocide ... of the Unknown Passion. (Cf. pp. 579-580, 648-649 supra, 840ff. infra: the appeals and the predictions of God, often alike, lie likewise unheeded; but these, they are not dead.) Refer: pp. 1186A-C infra.
For just one of the many nuances of the nebulous aspiration of the spiritually dispossessed (the French might put it, déracinés)... of this vacuous flirtation -
there is now a name increasingly mentioned. And that ? It is: The New World Order.
- for which the U.N.
- the W.C.C. (q.v.),
- the New Age Movement, and in differing measures,
- neo-orthodoxy (q.v.),
- neo-evangelicalism (q.v.), 'community' (q.v.),
- 'post-modernism' with its dilettante existentialisms (cf. p. 833 infra),
- the World Court of Justice with its centrality,
- and the numerous European yearnings, turnings and burnings for unity, community and collectivity are phases, if not parts:
Of this the New World Economic Order, much publicised by Communist Russia that was, is in turn, one phase. The modern Babel (q.v.) is rapidly being built. The architect is in his (secluded) office (cf. pp. 750B-E infra), but assistants bustle everywhere.
The structural ingredients are forming, just as are the spiritual, the ideological and the moral - and with no mean relationship to the location for spiritual hegemony prophesied in the Bible. (Cf. pp. 660-674, 683-690, 694-695, 699-705, 717, 720-732B supra, and pp. 743-744, 749-750A, 833, 877-879, 902-931, 946-959, 967-970, 973A, 991-995, 999-1002C, 1008-1111 infra, and for detail on Rome: Part B, Ch. 10: pp. 1042 ff; 1174A infra.) Indeed on the topic of Rome there are 3 interesting nominal ingredients:
1. the Club of Rome, with its forecasts and formulations for the world.
2. the Treaty of Rome for the inauguration of what was once the European Common Market, but is already the European Union; and
3. the Roman Catholic body - these together forming a commercial, religious and political combination at a hub. Such developments must await Chapter 9 infra.
Meanwhile, with a sense of development, we observe that Hitler, like Napoleon, Stalin, and perhaps more regionally, Mao and Tojo (the latter being possible forerunners of the 'kings of the East' - Revelation 16:12-15): ALL have grasped for such power and glory, downward trail-blazers. Likewise in a little, a deft move at the new contemporary and forming structural level, could consummate many subtle steps at the psychological, deviously diplomatic and orientative levels. Daniel 11 certainly suggests a full organ prelude of specious attractiveness before blatant domination.
Such usurping action (cf. Daniel 7:8-10,25, II Thessalonians 2; Ch. 9 infra) could utilise international movements,
a spectrum of bodies and concepts (cf. pp. 127-128 supra; 837-847, 861-863, 867ff., 919-930, 965, 983, 1002A, 1009-1010 infra, and above list): as preliminaries, prototypes, patterns or as ideological tools.
this array are found
The course is laid out before us - as if by aerial survey for the forthcoming International Open - in the prophetic areas already noted (above). It is at this stage still under historical construction, and well-advanced in its observable development. The passion, the plans, the philosophy for 'play', the preliminary moral and religious bull-dozing enhanced by U.N. supra-moral Declarations in the interests of the ultimate racism (q.v.) - that of man: all these are throbbing with life. Australia, for its part, acts as if obsessed with the U.N. international supersession of its national popular sovereignty (refer U.N.). All this the W.C.C. feeds with a ferment of pseudo-moral provocations (cf. Revelation 13:11, 16:13, as to predicted type).
History is following prophecy like a lamb - alas, in this, prepared for the slaughter (cf. Revelation 16:14-21, 19:1-8). But again, though its tragedy is epochal, as the French put it, Que voulez-vous ? They crucified Christ (in a Jew-Gentile co-operation in essence), and predicted forces in a world unrepentant in its ways, are gathering like a storm, obviously increasing in power, just off the coasts of the planet.
As to the New World Order, did not President Bush speak of it with perhaps suppressed but still real enthusiasm, at the time of the international co-ordination and co-operation while Saddam Hussein was being blasted for 100 hours (stopped too soon, the suffering Kurds might well say!) ? Jeremy Lee, international Australian lecturer, gives valuable documentation of its literature and origins at the political level, in his video WHAT IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER ? The proposed regionalisation of the globe, supra-national disposal and control of resources, from bullocks to banking and grandiose global concepts, well-presaged by Communist publications, make an invaluable contribution to what ? Why for us, to the eruption of means for the fulfilment of the antichrist prophecies (q.v.) and the same very old, but New World Order, in different dress, dreamed of since Babel (q.v.).
Despite its frequent turbulent violence: before the word of God, history is surpassingly docile, like a dog which, however rambunctious, knows his master. The verification of the prophetic force of the word of God should leave all weather-forecasters lame with wonder; for their predictions frequently fail within 24 hours; but the word of God endures and abides forever, as unfazed as practical, as unhurrying as deft, as sure as steadfast, immovable, nor having any occasion for movement. It is history which moves. (Cf. p. 973A infra.) As to the word ? It directs.
1. The Jews of course are now back in their land, multiply moved ... and delivered.
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