Prophetic Fulfillments of 2012

As we assess the prophetic fulfillments of 2012, we will consider six major prophecies given for the times immediately preceding the Second Coming of Jesus and the Battle of Armageddon. They are:

  • World War III

  • Beginning of Final 7 Years

  • World Government

  • Holy Roman Empire Reborn

  • Rampant Homosexuality

  • 666 – Mark of the Beast

 Prophetic Fulfillments of 2012

By Irvin Baxter

Looking back on 2012, we will see that the signs indicating the approaching Second Coming of Christ continued to accelerate during the year of 2012.

 

World War III

Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.

 

Revelation 9:13-16

We know three things for certain about the Sixth Trumpet War from this prophecy: 1) The war will kill one-third of the human race. 2) It will begin from the area of the Euphrates River. 3) An army of 200 million soldiers will participate in this war.

 

Four nations house the Euphrates River: Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The prophesied war will begin from one or more of these nations.

 

Between the civil war raging in Syria and the dispute over Iran’s ongoing nuclear enrichment, the Euphrates River Basin has been the number one focus of the world’s attention throughout 2012.

 

Iran

The United Nations, led by the United States, has levied four levels of economic sanctions against the nation of Iran because it has refused to stop its nuclear enrichment program.

 

Both Israel and the United States have said that they would not allow Iranians to develop nuclear weapons, even if military action were required to stop them.

 

Most observers believed Israel would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the spring of 2012 before Iran was able to move its enrichment facilities underground. However, the United States urged Israel to wait, giving diplomacy a chance. Israel, not wanting to alienate her number one ally, waited.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu focused almost his entire speech on the Iranian threat at the UN on September 27, 2012. His graph, showing Iran’s progress toward obtaining enough nuclear fuel to build a nuclear bomb, was reproduced on the front pages of publications around the world. Netanyahu’s graph depicted the red line when it would become too late to stop Iran’s drive toward possessing nuclear weapons.

 

During all this time of stalling and debate, Iran continued to enrich uranium and to move its enrichment facilities underground. It was reported that the critical enrichment facilities would be completely moved before the US presidential elections on November 6, 2012. Most Middle East observers believed Israel would launch its attack against Iran’s nuclear production capabilities before Iran became immune from an Israeli strike. However, President Obama did not want an Israeli attack against Iran and a possible full-blown war immediately before the presidential elections.

 

It is not known what President Obama promised in order to forestall Israel’s attack against Iran, but the strike never occurred. In his speech at the UN, Obama did promise that Iran would never be allowed to build a nuclear bomb or to possess the means of building a nuclear bomb.

 

Iran Reaches Immunity from Israeli Attack

In October of 2012, Iran moved the last of its centrifuges into the underground facility at Fordo. The event that Israel said she would never allow to happen had, in fact, happened. The possibility of an Israeli air strike against Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility had now been taken away. Israel’s choices were narrowed to a ground invasion of Iran, the use of nuclear bombs in a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, the US conducting an attack on Iran, or accepting Iran as a nuclear power.

 

At press time, President Obama continues to insist that there is still time for diplomacy to work with Iran. The latest statement from the Obama administration was that Iran must begin to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by March 2013. However, so many deadlines have been set and broken that no one has faith in them any longer. Meanwhile, Israel’s options continue to shrink, and the fear in Israel grows that Iran will suddenly announce that she now possesses a nuclear bomb.

 

Attack on Iran in 2013?

Many political observers and even some government officials have expressed the opinion that the US will attack Iran sometime in the first half of 2013, if diplomatic efforts fail. Iran’s leaders have stated repeatedly that, if the US or Israel attacks Iran, it will trigger World War III. That leaves every person on earth with the disturbing question, “In the year 2013, will the conflict with Iran erupt into the Sixth Trumpet War that will ultimately wipe out one-third of the human race?”

 

Syria

If Iran does not serve as the flashpoint for the prophesied Euphrates River War, the expanding conflict in Syria certainly could. Since the demonstrations against the Bashar Assad government began in 2011, in excess of 40,000 Syrians have been killed. The West desperately wants to replace the Assad regime with a government that will be subservient to the UN.

 

Both Hillary Clinton and President Obama have stated emphatically that Bashar Assad must leave power. However, a UN resolution calling for Assad to step down was vetoed by Russia and China. Since President Obama is a firm believer in global governance, he has been unwilling to lead an invasion that the UN would not approve. However, the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey have supplied money and military equipment to assist the rebels in their war against Assad. Russia, in the meantime, has continued to insist that the Syrian conflict is an internal matter and that outside forces must not interfere.

 

Chemical Weapons

It has been known for many years that Syria possesses a large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. President Obama has warned Assad against using those weapons in the Syrian conflict. He has stated this would be a red line for the US. Assad has stated that he would never use these weapons against his own people, but would feel free to use them if external forces invaded Syria.

 

Around the first of December, satellite reports indicated that the Syrian government had begun the process of activating its chemical weapons. It appeared this was happening because Assad’s hold on power was slipping from his grasp. Again, the US warned that the use of these weapons against the people of Syria was a red line that Assad should not cross.

 

As the conflict increased in intensity, Turkey requested that NATO move anti-missile defenses into Turkey along its Syrian border. NATO moved quickly to fulfill this request.

 

General Hassan Firouzabadi, the Iranian armed forces chief, said the planned deployment of NATO Patriot missiles along Turkey’s border with Syria “could lead to a world war.” Firouzabadi said Iran wanted its neighbor Turkey to feel secure but called for NATO not to deploy the Patriots in its easternmost member state, which also borders Iran. “Each one of these Patriots is a black mark on the world map, and is meant to cause a world war,” he said. “They are making plans for a world war, and this is very dangerous for the future of humanity and for the future of Europe itself.”

 

Firouzabaki’s remarks were accentuated a few days later when it became known that Russia had sent a dozen mobile batteries, each carrying a pair of Iskander missiles, that were fixed into position opposite Turkey and another dozen, opposite Jordan and Israel. The West and Israel have no answer for the Iskander’s hypersonic speed of more than 1.3 miles per second with a 280 mile-range and a 1,500-pound warhead, which destroys targets with pinpoint accuracy. It is also nuclear-capable.

 

The thing that makes the Syrian conflict so dangerous is the potential of drawing the major powers into conflict. The US has 12,000 troops poised along Syria’s southern border with Jordan and 400 troops manning the Patriot missiles in Turkey, while Russia maintains its deep-water naval base in Tartus, Syria, with several hundred Russian marines on the ground there. Additionally, Russian specialists accompany the new Iskander missiles just installed in Syria.

 

Complicating the situation even further, Iran has several thousand of its elite troops in Syria fighting alongside Assad’s forces. In addition, Iraq is serving as a corridor for the shipping of military equipment into Syria. As we can see, this means all four Euphrates River powers have been drawn into the Syrian conflict.

 

Do all these factors indicate that we are on the brink of the Euphrates River War spoken of in Revelation 9? The possibility seems very strong. If the conflict in Syria or in Iran erupts into full-blown war, the possibility of one-third of mankind being annihilated in 2013 becomes very real.

 

Middle East Agreement – Beginning of Final 7 Years

The two prophecies that appear to be next on God’s timeline are World War III and an agreement on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The prophecies are not crystal clear on which of these events will come to pass first. However, it appears that World War III will precede the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.

 

Very significant developments leading to a Palestinian-Israeli agreement occurred during 2012.

 

Before his first term began in 2009, President Obama stated that he would push for a Middle East peace agreement from the first day of his presidency. He certainly lived up to that promise. The day after his inauguration he appointed former Senator John Mitchell to be his special envoy to the Middle East. Mitchell had been successful in diffusing one of the world’s greatest conflicts—the battle between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. It was believed that, if anyone could find a way toward peace in the Middle East, Mitchell could.

 

However, the Obama administration made a strategic error from the outset. They openly stated that Israel should stop all building in the “occupied territories” including east Jerusalem. No US president had ever made this demand.

 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas quickly picked up on this shift in US policy. He aligned himself with the Obama position stating that Palestinians would not participate in peace negotiations unless all building in the settlements was frozen. Israel found herself faced with an alliance between her best friend and her worst enemy.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, realizing the precariousness of Israel’s new predicament, decided to call the Palestinian bluff. He declared a ten-month freeze on settlement building beginning on November 25, 2009. Still, Abbas refused to come to the peace table. Netanyahu reiterated what he had said to President Obama before. He stated that the Palestinians weren’t really interested in peace, but that they were really plotting the total annihilation of the State of Israel.

 

On September 2, 2010, 24 days before Israel’s building moratorium expired, Abbas finally returned to negotiations. His plan was obvious: Restart the peace talks in order to save face with the US and then pressure Netanyahu to extend the building freeze. This would indicate that all of the occupied territories were up for negotiation including east Jerusalem.

 

When Netanyahu refused to extend the building freeze, the Palestinian contingent abruptly walked out of the talks. From that time onward all attempts to resume the peace talks have failed.

 

Appealing to the World Government

Since the 1967 Six-Day War, Israel had stated that she would not return to 1967 borders because they were not defensible. Furthermore, Israel had officially annexed east Jerusalem in 1980. On the other hand, the Palestinians had insisted that every inch of the land gained by Israel in the 1967 War had to become part of the projected Palestinian state, including east Jerusalem as the new Palestinian capital.

 

Knowing that Israel would never agree to these terms, Mahmoud Abbas made the decision to forsake negotiations and to appeal to the United Nations. He openly declared that the Palestinians would apply for membership in the UN on September 23, 2011, at the 66th General Assembly of the UN. When it became obvious that this was Abbas’ intended course of action, Israel and the US began to marshal opposition to Palestinian membership in the United Nations. The US indicated that, if necessary, it would use its veto power at the UN Security Council to prevent approval of the Palestinian application. However, the US disliked using its veto and was able to muster the required eight votes on the UN Security Council required to defeat the measure.

 

On the same day, September 23, 2011, that the Palestinian application was rejected, the International Community issued a new invitation to negotiation to the Palestinians and Israelis. A very aggressive timetable was set, calling for a total peace agreement to be concluded by December 2012.

 

The Palestinian and Israeli peace teams met a few times in response to this call by the International Community. However, their positions were irreconcilable. Abbas announced he would apply for non-member state recognition before the UN General Assembly in 2012. He knew the US had no veto power in the General Assembly. He also knew the Palestinians had a guaranteed majority there since 132 of the 193 nations at the General Assembly had already recognized the State of Palestine.

 

The US and Israel lobbied the nations of the world against granting Palestinian statehood. However, they both knew it was a lost cause. Anything affecting Israel always went against Israel negatively in the UN General Assembly.

 

The US could have stopped the action if it had been willing to put all of its political and financial muscle behind doing so. If the US had informed the UN that all financial contributions from the US to the UN would cease if Palestine statehood were recognized, the UN would have found a way to deny the granting of statehood.

 

It was obvious that the Obama administration didn’t really want to stop the recognition of Palestine within 1967 borders and with east Jerusalem as its capital since this was the very stance that President Obama himself had supported during the first four years of his administration. He and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had repeatedly demanded that Israel stop all building in the pre-1967 territories, including east Jerusalem.

 

Seeds of Armageddon Sown—November 29, 2012?

With the recognition of the Palestinian state within 1967 borders and with east Jerusalem as its capital, Israel became an illegal occupying state in the eyes of the UN. Israel would have to agree to terms with the Palestinians or eventually become the object of international sanctions and possibly even military action by the International Community.

 

Zechariah 14:2 prophesies that “all nations” will come against Israel at the Battle of Armageddon. It appears that the seeds of Armageddon were sown on November 29, 2012!

 

World Government

Several specific prophecies are given in the Bible foretelling the establishment of a world government upon the earth immediately before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

Daniel 7:23 states,

 

The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

 

This prophecy goes on to say that this world government and its leader, the Antichrist, will rule the world for 3½ years. The world government will then be destroyed by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming.

 

Another prophecy foretelling this same world government is given in Revelation 13:5-7. Verse 5 states the Antichrist and his world government will continue for 42 months (3½ years). Verse 7 discloses that the power of the Antichrist will be worldwide:

 

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given to him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

 

World Government Forming Now

The focus of world attention has been on the Middle East throughout 2012. World events have never been more confusing.

 

What is the Arab Spring? Is it the emergence of democracy and freedom in the Arab world? Or is it a battle between Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims? Or is it really an effort by the Western powers to gain control over the oil riches of the region?

 

Even more confusing is the relationship of the US to al Qaeda. We blamed al Qaeda for the 9/11 attacks on the Trade Towers in New York. Then we claimed the War on Terrorism was against al Qaeda. However, when we launched our war against Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, we suddenly found ourselves fighting side-by-side with al Qaeda. Now in Syria al Qaeda has joined forces with the rebels to topple the government of Bashar al-Assad. The United States is also working to overthrow the Assad regime. So once again the US finds itself fighting shoulder to shoulder with the forces of al Qaeda. It’s all very confusing.

 

Order Out of Chaos?

Since its beginning one of the guiding principles of Marxist revolution has been “order out of chaos.” This principle simply states that if enough chaos and confusion can be generated it becomes easier for the Marxist to grab power and to replace the old order with their new world order. Magicians are experts at focusing their audience’s attention on what they are doing with their left hand while they are performing their “magic tricks” with their right hand.

 

Likewise, when the world’s attention is focused on one particular set of events, many times other critical developments are occurring that escape our notice. This was particularly true in 2012. While our attention has been locked on Egypt, Libya, Iran and Syria, the drive to establish a one-world government has been proceeding rapidly.

 

Following are some of the news reports that document the huge strides that have been taken towards world government during 2012:

 

UN Plans Global Welfare System

Article: UN Wants World Tax to ‘Help the Poor’

 

Infowars.com – February 3, 2012

 

The United Nations wants a world tax imposed on all financial transactions to fund a global model of social services that will provide ‘needy people’ with a basic income, free healthcare, education and housing.

 

“No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.”

 

The UN is planning two global taxes to pay for this global welfare program and to provide the United Nations with an independent source of revenue. They want a world tax imposed on all financial transactions and cap & trade taxes that would force businesses and individuals to pay for exceeding their assigned carbon emissions quota. These two taxes combined would generate an incredible amount of revenue, supplying the finances to enable the UN to become a bona fide world government.

 

This represents the UN’s latest attempt to fleece Western taxpayers under the utopian rhetoric of global socialism and to reinvigorate the pursuit of a one-world government.

 

According to the report, the new global tax is designed to be a progressive scale, with higher earners paying more to help provide “all needy people with a basic income, healthcare, education and housing.

 

World Government Refuses to Approve the Toppling of the Syrian Government

Article: US ‘Disgusted’ at Russia, China UNSC Veto on Syria

 

Reuters – February 4, 2012

 

Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution on Saturday calling for Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign, prompting the US delegate to react with “disgust” that the permanent council members had thwarted international action to stop 11 months of violence.

 

Editor’s note: Though 13 of the 15 members of the security council voted for the resolution, Russia and China are two of the five permanent members of the council that possess veto power over UN Security Council actions.

 

Editor’s note: Most UN members believe the veto power of the five permanent members should be abolished so that the UN could function as a true world government of equal states. However, this change has not yet been accepted by the world body. Russia has been Syria’s ally and number one supplier of military equipment for many years-thus the veto.

 

CFR Launches ‘Council of Councils’

Article: CFR Convenes “Council of Councils” Linking Leading Foreign Policy Institutes From Around the World

 

Council on Foreign Relations – March 12, 2012

 

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched an international initiative to connect leading foreign policy institutes from around the world in a common conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. The mission of the Council of Councils is to find common ground on shared threats, build support for innovative ideas, and inject remedies into the public debate and policymaking processes of member countries. The founding membership of the Council of Councils includes leading institutions from 19 countries, roughly tracking the composition of the Group of Twenty (G20). The network will facilitate candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus building among influential opinion leaders from established and emerging nations. CFR will convene the inaugural Council of Councils conference on March 12-13 in Washington, DC. Participants will tackle four major themes at this first gathering:

 

• the overall state of global governance and multilateral cooperation

 

• the status of the nuclear nonproliferation regime (with a focus on Iran)

 

• the dollar’s future as the world’s reserve currency

 

• the criteria for humanitarian intervention, in the wake of regime change in Libya and the ongoing crisis in Syria

 

The group will also consider long-term structural reforms that would enhance the global governance capacity of leading international institutions. CFR President Richard N. Haass said, “The defining foreign policy challenges of the twenty-first century are global in nature. The Council of Councils draws on the best thinking from around the world to assess emerging threats and opportunities and formulate responses to them.”

 

CFR’s International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program aim to identify the institutional requirements for effective multilateral cooperation in the twenty-first century.

 

Editor’s note: Multilateral cooperation is the globalists’ way of saying world government.

 

Only World Government Can Prevent Climate Catastrophe

Article: Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe

 

Scientific American – March 17, 2012

 

Human societies must now change course and steer away from critical tipping points in the Earth system that might lead to rapid and irreversible change. This requires fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions toward more effective Earth system governance and planetary stewardship.

 

To be effective, a new set of institutions would have to be imbued with heavy-handed, transnational enforcement powers. How do we create new institutions with enforcement powers way beyond the current mandate of the UN? Could we ensure against a malevolent dictator who might abuse the power of such organizations?

 

Editor’s note: This last question is very interesting!

 

Australian Senator Calls for World Government

Article: Australian Globalist Senator Bob Brown Calls for World Government

 

The Globalist Report – March 28, 2012

 

The Globalists have officially infiltrated the Australian Government and have now admitted on record that they want Australia to lead the world to introduce global government and the New World Order.

 

Australian Globalist, Greens Party leader and unofficial leader of the Australian Labor Party, Senator Bob Brown, has been quoted as saying that the “world should be ruled by a new global parliament under the auspices of the United Nations.”

 

Senator Bob Brown then went on the say that “Australia should to take the lead in establishing a global parliament to govern issues such as nuclear proliferation, international financial transactions and poverty.”

 

These comments made by Globalist Senator Bob Brown prove that the government is now actively seeking global government and the New World Order. Senator Bob Brown even went as far to describe how a global government would function. He was quoted as saying “a global government should consist of a bicameral (two houses) parliament with equal representation from every nation.”

 

UN Plans for World Government Taxes

Article: The Tab for UN’s Rio Summit: Trillions Per Year in Taxes, Transfers and Price Hikes

 

FoxNews.com – April 20, 2012

 

The upcoming United Nations environmental conference on sustainable development will consider a breathtaking array of carbon taxes, transfers of trillions of dollars from wealthy countries to poor ones, and new spending programs to guarantee that populations around the world are protected from the effects of the very programs the world organization wants to implement, according to stunning UN documents examined by Fox News.

 

The main goal of the much-touted, Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, scheduled to be held in Brazil from June 20-23, and which Obama Administration officials have supported, is to make dramatic and enormously expensive changes in the way that the world does nearly everything—or, as one of the documents puts it, ‘a fundamental shift in the way we think and act’.

 

• More than $2.1 trillion a year in wealth transfers from rich countries to poorer ones, in the name of fostering ‘green infrastructure’, ‘climate adaptation’ and other ‘green economy’ measures.

 

• New carbon taxes for industrialized countries that could cost about $250 billion a year, or 0.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product by 2020. Other environmental taxes are mentioned, but not specified.

 

• Major global social spending programs, including a ‘social protection floor’ and ‘social safety nets’ for the world’s most vulnerable social groups for reasons of ‘equity’.

 

• Even more social benefits for those displaced by the green economy revolution—including those put out of work in undesirable fossil fuel industries. The benefits, called ‘investments’, would include ‘access to nutritious food, health services, education, training and retraining, and unemployment benefits’.

 

But the whopping green ‘investment’ list barely scratches the surface of the mammoth exercise in global social engineering that is envisaged in the UN documents, prepared by the Geneva-based United Nations Environmental Management Group (UNEMG), a consortium of 36 UN agencies, development banks and environmental bureaucracies, in advance of the Rio session.

 

But even so, the tools are intended for only one final aim. And they have the full endorsement of UN Secretary General Ban, who declares in a forward to the document that “only such integrated approach will lay lasting foundations for peace and sustainable development”, and calls the upcoming Rio conclave a “generational opportunity” to act.

 

Former Head-of-State Convicted by World Court

Article: Hague Court Convicts Taylor of War Crimes

 

Reuters – April 26, 2012

 

For the first time in the history of the world, a head-of-state has been tried and found guilty before a world court. A world court system is essential if the planned world government is to be able to enforce its authority upon the world.

 

World government took a big leap forward on April 26, 2012, when an International Tribunal found former Liberian president Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape, murder, and destruction of civilian property. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

 

Taylor protested his innocence and charged that International Criminal Court prosecutors paid witnesses to testify against him. He was speaking at his sentencing hearing at the ICC in The Hague.

 

“Witnesses were paid, coerced and in many cases threatened with prosecution if they did not give statements,” Taylor declared.

 

Taylor charged that the case against him was a conspiracy by the United States and other Western powers. Taylor also questioned why former US President George W Bush, who he alleged had admitted to ordering torture, was not being brought to face a court, asking: “Is he above the law?”

 

When heads-of-state can be tried before a world court, national sovereignty no longer exists.

 

Pope Calls for World Government

Article: Pope Benedict XVI’s Call for Global Government

 

Religiousleftexposed.com – June 4, 2012

 

In his encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), Benedict said, “In the face of the unrelenting growth of global interdependence, there is a strongly felt need, even in the midst of a global recession, for a reform of the United Nations Organization, and likewise of economic institutions and international finance, so that the concept of the family of nations can acquire real teeth.” This new “political, juridical and economic order” would “increase and give direction to international cooperation for the development of all peoples in solidarity. To manage the global economy … to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: for all this, there is urgent need of a true world political authority.”

 

UN Wants to Tax Internet

Article: UN Could Tax US-based Web Sites, Leaked Docs Show

 

CNET News – June 7, 2012

 

The United Nations is considering a new Internet tax targeting the largest Web content providers, including Google, Facebook, Apple, and Netflix that could cripple their ability to reach users in developing nations.

 

The European proposal, offered for debate at a December meeting of a UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union, would amend an existing telecommunications treaty by imposing heavy costs on popular Web sites and their network providers for the privilege of serving non-US users, according to newly leaked documents.

 

Lawyers Now Accompany Armies into Battle

Article: IDF Makes Int’l Law Class for Field Commanders

 

JPost.com – July 24, 2012

 

Since the establishment of the International Criminal Court, the long shadow of international law has increasingly imposed its influence on the nations of the world.

 

Israel now requires each of its company, battalion and brigade commanders to attend classes on international law. They must learn which targets are legitimate and which of them would violate the guidelines set by international law. They must learn how to determine what is considered proportional force that may be used when they are attacked as opposed to excessive force.

 

Israel now has 20 full-time international lawyers working with the commanders of its forces. These lawyers meet with the commanders as they lay their plans for battle during times of conflict. The lawyers advise the commanders concerning legitimate targets and those that would be considered a violation of international law. The precautions are now being taken because each commander and each governmental official knows that violations of codes of war could result in trial and imprisonment by the International Community.

 

How far away from world government are we? It sounds like we are already in it!

 

Is it Time for a World Tax?

Article: UN Urges Countries to Impose Global Taxes to Boost Aid

 

Reuters – July 5, 2012

 

The United Nations on Thursday urged countries to impose international taxes to raise more than $400 billion a year, such as a carbon tax, a currency transaction tax and a billionaires tax, to offset cutbacks in aid by many countries amid global economic turmoil.

 

The United Nations has no authority or mechanisms to enforce an international tax and can only urge its 193 members to do so.

 

Proponents of world government know that a system of global taxation is necessary if the United Nations is to become the one-world government that they envision.

 

Putin Makes Prophecy-Fulfilling Suggestion

Article: Putin Makes Global Proposition to Europe

 

Pravda.Ru – October 7, 2012

 

President Vladimir Putin believes that the level of cooperation between Russia and the EU does not correspond to the potential of the parties. Putin invites the Europeans to create a joint market that would stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

 

Putin said during a session at the Foreign Ministry, “We could put an ambitious goal with Europe – to build the joint market from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean in the amount of trillions of euros,” Interfax reports.

 

Putin’s proposal is particularly interesting when we remember that the Bible prophesies the very union that he is suggesting.

 

In Revelation 13:1-2, a beast is depicted symbolizing the world government of the endtime. This beast has the mouth of the lion (Great Britain), the body of the leopard (Germany), the feet of the bear (Russia) and the ten horns of a ten-nation alliance from Europe that has not yet manifest itself. The prophecy depicts this world government alliance of the last days dominating the world. We’d better pay close attention to what Putin is saying!

 

Russia, China—Don’t Ignore International Law

Article: Russia, China Warn West Against Syria Intervention

 

Reuters – August 21, 2012

 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday warned the West not to take unilateral action on Syria, saying that Russia and China agree that violations of international law and the United Nations charter are impermissible.

 

Russia and China have opposed military intervention in Syria throughout 17 months of bloodshed and have vetoed three UN Security Council resolutions backed by Western and Arab states that would raise pressure on Damascus to end violence.

 

Lavrov, cited by Russian news agencies at a meeting with China’s top diplomat, was speaking a day after US President Barack Obama said US forces could move against President Bashar Assad if he deploys chemical weapons against rebels trying to overthrow him.

 

Russia and China base their diplomatic cooperation on “the need to strictly adhere to the norms of international law and the principles contained in the UN Charter, and not to allow their violation,” Interfax quoted Lavrov as saying at a meeting with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo.

 

“I think this is the only correct path in today’s conditions,” Lavrov said.

 

Learning to Live within World Government

Article: Students Promote Israel’s Compliance with Int’l Law

 

JPost.com – August 22, 2012

 

Members of Israel advocacy group Stand With Us gather in first conference over Israel’s image on the international stage and its compliance with international law.

 

“Those who hate and desire to annihilate Israel must not be permitted to mis-brand Israel as a cover for their own heinous acts of terrorism…. This conference attempts to give up-and-coming international attorneys the ability to understand the important issues of the day,” said Heideman.

 

“This initiative is all the more impressive because it is spearheaded by Israeli students concerned about how legal minds of the future are viewing their country…. To fully appreciate the balance that Israel is striking every day between upholding the highest humanitarian standards and complying with international law, you need to come here,” said Stand With Us Israel Director Michael Dickson.

 

Americans Oppose World Government Tax

Article: GOP Platform Opposes UN Global Tax Plans

 

The Washington Times – August 22, 2012

 

National Republican Party officials on Wednesday put their party officially on record opposing United Nations attempts, some backed by Democrats in Congress, to assess a special tax on Americans and give the money to Third World nations.

 

In a resolution, the Republican National Committee made clear its objection to ‘three global taxes and a global monetary governance mechanism to raise $400 billion a year to aid developing countries’.

 

Why We Must Surrender Sovereignty to World Government

Article” Sovereignty and Globalization

 

cfr.org – originally published February 17, 2006 and re-printed on September 23, 2012

 

Editor’s note: Richard Haass is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations. It has been reported that over fifty percent of all cabinet members in the last 60 years have come from this private club, whether Republicans or Democrats were in power. Following are quotes from “Sovereignty and Globalization” by Haass.

 

“Moreover, states must be prepared to cede some sovereignty to world bodies if the international system is to function.

 

This is already taking place in the trade realm. Governments agree to accept the rulings of the World Trade Organization because on balance they benefit from an international trading order, even if a particular decision requires that they alter a practice that is their sovereign right to carry out.

 

Some governments are prepared to give up elements of sovereignty to address the threat of global climate change. Under one such arrangement, the Kyoto Protocol, which runs through 2012, signatories agree to cap specific emissions. What is needed now is a successor arrangement in which a larger number of governments, including the United States, China and India, accept emission limits or adopt common standards because they recognize that they would be worse off if no country did. All of this suggests that sovereignty must be redefined if states are to cope with globalization.”

 

“Globalization thus implies that sovereignty is not only becoming weaker in reality, but that it needs to become weaker. States would be wise to weaken sovereignty in order to protect themselves, because they cannot insulate themselves from what goes on elsewhere. Sovereignty is no longer a sanctuary.”

 

“Necessity may also lead to reducing or even eliminating sovereignty when a government, whether from a lack of capacity or conscious policy, is unable to provide for the basic needs of its citizens.”

 

“Our notion of sovereignty must therefore be conditional, even contractual, rather than absolute. If a state fails to live up to its side of the bargain by sponsoring terrorism, either transferring or using weapons of mass destruction, or conducting genocide, then it forfeits the normal benefits of sovereignty and opens itself up to attack, removal or occupation. The diplomatic challenge for this era is to gain widespread support for principles of state conduct and a procedure for determining remedies when these principles are violated.

 

The goal should be to redefine sovereignty for the era of globalization, to find a balance between a world of fully sovereign states and an international system of either world government or anarchy.”

 

UN Still Pushing for Global Tax

Article: As the UN Opens its General Assembly Session, it is Already Thinking Up New Global Taxes

 

FoxNews.com – September 28, 2012

 

A one percent tax on billionaires around the world. A tax on all currency trading in the US dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound sterling. Another ‘tiny’ tax on all financial transactions, including stock and bond trading, and trading in financial derivatives.

 

New taxes on carbon emissions and on airline tickets. A royalty on all undersea mineral resources extracted more than 100 miles offshore of any nation’s territory.

 

The United Nations is at it again: finding new and ‘innovative’ ways to create global taxes that would transfer hundreds of billions, and even trillions, of dollars from the rich nations of the world — especially the US — to poorer ones, in line with UN-directed economic, social and environmental development.

 

International Observers Assert Authority to Supervise US Elections

Article: International Observers Say States Out of Line

 

Politico.com – November 1, 2012

 

“The group hosting international election observers said Thursday that state officials in Iowa and Texas are needlessly blocking access to the decades-old process the United States already has agreed to,” an official said Thursday.

 

Thomas Rymer, a spokesman for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, said the group will abide by election laws after officials in those states warned about possible criminal prosecution if the observers came within hundreds of feet of polling places.

 

Officials from Texas and Iowa viewed the presence of international observers as an intrusion on US sovereignty by promoters of global governance.

 

ICC—Biggest Leap into World Government Since the UN

Article: Hague’s Criminal Court Celebrates 10th Anniversary

 

JPost.com – November 18, 2012

 

The International Criminal Court is celebrating its tenth year anniversary. The ICC is the world’s first permanent world court claiming jurisdiction over every person on earth. Already, the court has issued warrants for the arrest of two heads-of-state, demonstrating that no one is exempt from its power.

 

It is very likely that the ICC will be the court used to prosecute any individual that resists the authority of the coming world government prophesied in scripture.

 

The ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, entered into force on July 1, 2002.

 

World Community Tries to Gain Control of Internet

Article: US, UK and Canada Refuse to Sign UN’s Internet Treaty

 

BBC News – December 13, 2012

 

For years the United Nations has attempted to lay claim to control of the Internet since it is, in fact, the worldwide web. The United States has always resisted international pressure to surrender control of the marvelous invention to which it gave birth.

 

It has happened again. On December 12, 2012, at the World Conference on International Telecommunications, a majority of the world’s nations approved a treaty on international communications, which increased transparency in international mobile roaming charges and competition.

 

Matters were complicated by an African bloc of countries calling for a paragraph to be added to the treaty’s preamble stating that: ‘These regulations recognize the right of access of member states to international telecommunication services’.

 

The US and its allies contended this was an attempt to extend the treaty’s regulations to cover Internet governance and content. As a result, the US, Canada and UK said they could not ratify the treaty.

 

Holy Roman Empire Reborn

The Bible prophesies that the Holy Roman Empire will be reborn just before the Second Coming of Jesus to the earth. That was fulfilled on November 3, 2009, when the 27 nations of the European Union adopted the first-ever European constitution.

 

(See Endtime’s DVD, Holy Roman Empire Reborn)

After World War III, the center of world power will shift from the United States to the European Union. The Antichrist and his religious partner, the False Prophet, will emerge from the European Union to lead the world government for three and one-half years. Their reign will end with the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Jesus.

 

Throughout its 1,000-year history, Germany has been the center of the Holy Roman Empire. Now that the HRE has been reborn, Germany is once again exerting its dominant role in Europe.

 

Throughout 2012, one European state after the other has gone to Germany, hat-in-hand, asking for an economic bailout. Bailouts have been granted, but always with strings attached. Germany has mandated certain economic reforms as conditions for the bailouts. The scripture is proven to be true: The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Proverbs 22:7)

 

Following are news quotes from 2012 that demonstrate the loss of sovereignty and the emergence of the United States of Europe just as the Bible foretells:

 

Greeks Rage at Erosion of Sovereignty While Leaders Haggle Over Deal

The Independent – February 17, 2012

 

Greek leaders express frustration and anger at the rapid erosion of their country’s sovereignty by German and Eurozone leaders, but see no alternative but to accept quasi-colonial control in return for the €130bn rescue package.

 

Swaminomics: Is Germany Trying to Win World War III?

Economic Times – February 12, 2012

 

Germany lost World War I and World War II. Wags looking at the Eurozone crisis say Germany is now winning World War III, without any weapons, through sheer economic domination of Europe.

 

Ministers Ponder Creation of EU Super-President

EU Observer – April 20, 2012

 

Ideas kicking around in a reflection group of select EU foreign ministers include merging the roles of the EU Council and European Commission presidents.

 

A senior EU source told this website following a meeting of the club in the Val Duchesse stately home in Brussels on Thursday (19 April) that the new supremo would have more power than either Herman Van Rompuy or Jose Manuel Barroso do today but also more “democratic legitimacy” because he or she would be elected by MEPs.

 

10 Countries for a United States of Europe

Presseurop – June 20, 2012

 

Ten EU foreign ministers participating in a “study group for the future of Europe” aim to exert pressure to transform the EU into a federation along the lines of the US. Together they have prepared what the front-page headline in Die Presse describes as a “Plan for transformation into a European state.” On 19 June, the ten ministers* presented an initial report to the EU officials who will likely benefit the most from the initiative: Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker.

 

The “study group for the future” initiated by Germany’s Guido Westerwelle, which does not currently include an official French representative, proposes to put an end to the dominance of national government leaders and give greater authority to the European Commission – in particular the European Commission president, who will be elected by universal suffrage and granted the right to form a “governmental team”, making him or her the most powerful politician in Europe.

 

* Foreign ministers from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

 

Eurozone Crisis: United States of Europe May be the Only Way to Save Euro

Guardian.co.uk – June 4, 2012

 

The USE – United States of Europe – is back…for the eurozone, at least. Such “political union”, surrendering fundamental powers to Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg, has always been several steps too far for the French to consider.

 

But Berlin is signaling that if it is to carry the can for what it sees as the failures of others there will need to be incremental but major integrationist moves towards a banking, fiscal, and ultimately political union in the eurozone.

 

It is a divisive and contested notion, which Merkel did not always favor. In the heat of the crisis, however, she now appears to see no alternative.

 

The next three weeks will bring frantic activity to this end as a quartet of senior EU fixers race from capital to capital sounding out the scope of the possible.

 

Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European council, Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank, Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg leader and longstanding head of the eurogroup of single currency countries, and José Manuel Barroso, chief of the European commission, are to deliver a eurozone integration plan to an EU summit on 28-29 June.

 

All four are committed European federalists.

 

In the third year of muddling through, the choices facing Europe’s leaders are getting starker – the death of the euro or the birth of a new European federation.

 

Euro Founder Admits Some Nations May be Forced to Leave

Telegraph.co.uk – August 8, 2012

 

One of the founding fathers of the euro admits that some states may be forced to abandon the single currency, but insists Germany would be better off staying in.

 

Editor’s note: The Bible says the kingdom of the Antichrist will be an alliance of ten nations. The Antichrist must rise from Europe; yet the European Union presently has 27 member states. Could a shakedown of the EU over the economy result in the emergence of the prophesied 10-nation union?

 

Barroso calls for EU ‘federation’

FT.com – September 12, 2012

 

“Europe must evolve to ‘a federation of nation states,’” Europe’s top official has said, as he pleaded for deeper integration among the EU’s 27 members and an overhaul of the bloc’s treaties to end its ongoing economic turbulence.

 

“The fiscal crisis had revealed the need for a leap forward in political integration to complement the closer co-operation member states had already begun to embrace to harmonize their economic and fiscal policies,” José Manuel Barroso said in his annual “state of the union” address.

 

“I call for … a democratic federation of nation states that can tackle our common problems, through the sharing of sovereignty in a way that each country and each citizen are better equipped to control their own destiny,” the European Commission president said. “In the age of globalization pooled sovereignty means more power, not less.”

 

European Union Wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

Reuters – October 12, 2012

 

The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize for its long-term role in uniting the continent, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday, an award seen as a morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis.

 

The committee praised the 27-nation EU for rebuilding after World War Two and for its role in spreading stability to former communist countries after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

“The EU has been a key in transforming Europe ‘from a continent of wars to a continent of peace,’” Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said in announcing the award in Oslo.

 

Tony Blair: the EU Needs a President

Telegraph.co.uk – October 29, 2012

 

Tony Blair has said the EU would be better off with a directly elected president, as he warned deep political rifts between countries could lead to a break-up.

 

In a move interpreted by some as a job application, the former prime minister said the EU could do with a strong leader approved by the people.

 

Welcome to Berlin, Europe’s New Capital

FT.com – October 22, 2012

 

While the German capital has deliberately eschewed the trappings of imperial power, the fact is that Berlin is increasingly the de facto capital of the EU. Of course the EU’s main institutions – the commission and the council – are still based in Brussels. But the key decisions are increasingly made in Berlin.

 

Will Greece have to leave the euro? Ultimately, it will be Germany’s call. Will politicians support further bailouts for southern Europe? The vital debates will take place in the Bundestag in Berlin – not in the European parliament. Who does the International Monetary Fund call about the euro crisis? The most important conversations take place with the German government and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt – not the European Commission.

 

This shift in power from Brussels to Berlin has been accelerated by the euro crisis. Naturally, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel still has to go to summits in Brussels and strike deals. She was there only last week. But the euro crisis means that Ms. Merkel is now incomparably the most important leader at the table.

 

Rampant Homosexuality

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 

      Luke 17:28-30

 

We know the prominent societal condition during Lot’s time was homosexuality. Lot lived in Sodom, the city that gave homosexuality its name. Jesus prophesied that the same societal conditions Lot faced would be prominent at the time of His Second Coming.

 

The advance of homosexuality during 2012 was unprecedented. In 2011, President Obama had ordered US Attorney General Eric Holder to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court.

 

Then on May 9, 2012, Obama came out openly in support of same sex marriage. Many thought his open endorsement of two men or two women being married would result in his defeat in the November presidential elections. However, they obviously underestimated the moral shift that the United States had undergone.

 

On November 6, 2012, a majority of Americans voted for a president they knew favored same-sex marriage.

 

“…As it was in the days of Lot…even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

 

Following are excerpts from news items that appeared throughout 2012. They illustrate the continuing slide of our world into the moral conditions that permeated society at the time of Lot.

 

Gay Couple Receives Obama Congratulations on Wedding

ABC News – December 20, 2011

 

A gay couple in Brooklyn, N.Y., was surprised to find a letter in their mailbox six months after their wedding congratulating them, but they were more surprised to find it was from the commander-in-chief.

 

Matt Katz, 32, and Aaron Lafrenz, 36, were married at the Katz family’s Brooklyn home on July 23, 2011, the day before gay marriage became legal in New York State. The following day, the two went to Brooklyn borough hall and were among the first gay couples to legally be married in the state.

 

This December, Katz and Lafrenz received a letter in their mailbox congratulating them on their same-sex marriage. The letter had the White House seal indented in the paper and the signature of one Barack Obama on the bottom.

 

Tel Aviv Voted Best Gay City of 2011 on LGBT Website

JPost.com Staff – January 11, 2012

 

Tel Aviv, Israel was voted the best gay city of 2011, according to an online poll on LGBT travel website gaycities.com.

 

Tel Aviv garnered 43 percent of the vote, far ahead of the next competitor, New York City, which raked in 14%.

 

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai welcomed the news, saying that the city has “dramatically improved its connection to the gay community.”

 

“It is today an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of the city,” he said.

 

Ventura Girl Scout, 14, Calls for Cookie Boycott Over ‘Radical Homosexual Agenda’

CBS – January 13, 2012

 

A Ventura County Girl Scout is at the center of a national controversy after she released a video calling for a boycott of the group’s popular cookies over what she calls a “radical homosexual agenda”.

 

The girl — who has only been identified as 14-year-old “Taylor” — cited the recent decision by Girl Scout officials to allow a 7-year-old “transgender” boy to join a Colorado-based troop last fall.

 

In a video that first appeared Wednesday, Taylor linked proceeds from cookie sales “to push a radical homosexual agenda at the expense of the Scouts’ safety.”

 

Federal Judge Finds ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ Unconstitutional

CNSnews.com – February 23, 2012

 

A federal judge in San Francisco says the US government cannot deny health benefits to the wife of a lesbian court employee by relying on the 1996 law that bars government recognition of same-sex unions.

 

US District Judge Jeffrey White ruled Wednesday that, because the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutionally discriminates against same-sex married couples, the government’s refusal to furnish health insurance to Karen Golinski’s wife is unjustified.

 

Homeschoolers Can’t be Taught ‘Gay’ Sex Sinful

WND – February 28, 2012

 

Homeschooling families will soon be forbidden from teaching that homosexual sex is sinful as part of their schooling program, according to the government of Alberta, Canada.

 

Under the province’s Education Act, homeschoolers and religious schools will be banned from “disrespecting” people’s differences, Alberta Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk’s office told LifeSiteNews just last week.

 

“Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences,” said Donna McColl, Lukaszuk’s assistant director of communications. “You can affirm the family’s ideology in your family life, you just can’t do it as part of your educational study and instruction.”

 

Great Britain: Don’t use the words husband and wife! Coalition’s same-sex wedding reforms would axe terms from official documents

Mail Online – March 16, 2012

 

Reforms to allow same-sex marriage will see the words husband and wife removed from official forms, it was revealed last night.

 

Tax and benefits guidance and immigration documents must be rewritten so they no longer assume a married couple is a man and a woman.

 

And private companies will be told to overhaul paperwork and computer databases containing the words.

 

Marriage certificates could even be affected by the Coalition proposals, with rules possibly axing terms such as bride and bridegroom.

 

The reforms – promised by British Prime Minister David Cameron last autumn and set out in a consultation paper launched yesterday – intend to open civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples for the first time.

 

New versions of documents will ‘replace references to husband and wife with the more neutral terms spouses and partners’.

 

The cost of the red tape revolution demanded by the ‘Equal Civil Marriage’ plans will run into millions, according to an official analysis published alongside the consultation paper.

 

Proposed Law Would Force Churches to Host Gay Weddings

Fox News – April 23, 2012

 

Religious liberty groups are blasting a proposed ordinance that would force churches in Hutchinson, Kan. to rent their facilities for gay weddings and gay parties.

 

The Hutchinson City Council will consider adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the protected classes in the city’s human relations code. They are expected to vote on the changes next month.

 

According to the Hutchinson Human Relations Commission, churches that rent out their buildings to the general public would not be allowed to discriminate “against a gay couple who wanted to rent the building for a party.”

 

LGBT Lawyers Sue Pastor for “Crime Against Humanity”

C-FAM (Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute) – April 26, 2012

 

A law firm known for publicity-seeking tactics is suing an American minister in US Federal Court because he criticized homosexuality in Uganda.

 

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) says pastor and attorney Scott Lively committed “persecution,” a “crime against humanity” as defined in the Rome Statutes of the International Criminal Court.

 

CCR filed the case in the US on behalf of a Ugandan advocacy group called Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and are using the Alien Tort Claims Act, an old and very controversial US statute that allows foreigners to sue in US court for violations of international law committed outside the US.

 

NC to Add Marriage Amendment to Its Constitution

News Observer.com – May 8, 2012

 

North Carolina has become the 31st state to add an amendment on marriage to its constitution, with voters banning same-sex marriage and barring legal recognition of unmarried couples by state and local governments.

 

The Rev. Billy Graham appeared in a full-page ad supporting the amendment, and others in his family recorded pro-amendment messages.

 

Amendment opponents had former President Bill Clinton and his former chief of staff Erskine Bowles record telephone messages to voters. President Barack Obama’s campaign put out a statement saying he opposed the amendment.

 

Obama Says He Supports Same-sex Marriage

CNN – May 9, 2012

 

President Barack Obama, who previously said his views on the issue were “evolving,” said Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage.

 

The announcement puts Obama squarely at odds with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who opposes same-sex marriage.

 

“At a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News.

 

Obama: Michelle Influenced Gay Marriage Decision

Washington Examiner – May 9, 2012

 

First Lady Michelle Obama contributed to the president making his long-delayed declaration of support for gay marriage, which he positioned as an outgrowth of his Christian faith.

 

Obama indicated that he chose to support gay marriage – after previously opposing it as a Senate candidate – in order to conform to his understanding of Christianity.

 

“We are both practicing Christians,” he said, referring to himself and his wife. When we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

 

Editor’s note: It’s amazing that a person can take a position exactly opposite to what the Bible teaches and blame it on Christianity. Here’s what the Bible says about homosexuality.

 

Old Testament: If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. (Leviticus 20:13)

 

New Testament: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Romans 1:26-28)

 

Appeals Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act

Reuters – May 31, 2012

 

A federal appeals court on Thursday found a law that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples unconstitutional, in a case with implications for gay marriages across the United States.

 

The Boston-based Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit concluded that the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples.

 

Black Pastors Group Demands Meeting with Obama Over Gay Marriage

Washington Times – June 1, 2012

 

The Coalition of African-American Pastors has demanded a meeting with President Obama to try to change his mind on his personal embrace of same-sex marriage.

 

The pastors fired off a letter this week to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asking him to set up the meeting with the president, and painted their quest as a civil rights cause.

 

“I can promise you personally, as an organizer of the civil rights movement in Nashville, I did not march one inch, one foot, one yard for same-sex marriage,” said Rev. William “Bill” Owens Sr., founder of the coalition and organizer of the letter.

 

While saying they are proud of Mr. Obama’s success and calling him the “fulfillment of our dreams for our sons,” Mr. Owens and the 19 other religious leaders who signed his letter said the president’s evolution to embrace same-sex marriage “has broken our hearts by using his power and position to endorse as a civil right something that is simply wrong.”

 

It’s Official: Obama ‘1st Gay President’

Newsweek – June 20, 2012

 

Despite the fact Barack Obama is married with two children, Newsweek magazine is dubbing him “The First Gay President” on its latest cover, crowning him with a rainbow-colored halo.

 

The cover comes in the wake of Obama’s newly declared support for homosexual marriage in America.

 

Exclusive: Mary Cheney Marries Longtime Partner Heather Poe

The Daily Caller – June 22, 2012

 

Mary Cheney, the openly gay daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has married her long-time partner Heather Poe.

 

In a statement provided to The DC, both the former vice president and his wife, Lynne, said they are “delighted” the couple could have their “relationship recognized.”

 

“Our daughter Mary and her long time partner, Heather Poe, were married today in Washington, DC,” the Cheneys said. Poe and Mary Cheney have two children: Cheney gave birth to a son in 2007, and a daughter in 2009. They live together in Virginia.

 

Pentagon Holds First Gay Pride Event

The Washington Times – June 27, 2012

 

The Pentagon on Tuesday saluted open gays in the ranks, with a civilian lawyer calling on fellow homosexuals to “stretch a little” and become more visible inside the military in the drive for benefits for same-sex couples.

 

The celebration was broadcast on the Pentagon cable channel with the title “LGBT Pride Month Event.” The initials stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender.

 

France Set to Ban the Words ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ from Official Documents

Telegraph.co.uk – September 24, 2012

 

France is set to ban the words “mother” and “father” from all official documents under controversial plans to legalize gay marriage.

 

The move, which has outraged Catholics, means only the word “parents” would be used in identical marriage ceremonies for all heterosexual and same-sex couples.

 

The draft law states that “marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender”.

 

It says all references to “mothers and fathers” in the civil code – which enshrines French law – will be swapped for simply “parents”.

 

The law would also give equal adoption rights to homosexual and heterosexual couples.

 

Gay Characters at Record High on US Television

Reuters – October 5, 2012

 

New shows “The New Normal,” “Girls” and comedy “Go On” have helped US television rack up a record number of gay, bisexual and transgender characters, gay rights group GLAAD said on Friday.

 

In its 8th annual report tracking gender and ethnic diversity on television, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said on Friday there will be 111 LGBT characters in regular or recurring roles on scripted shows across US television.

 

Inclusive TV shows now range from crime and medical series like “Grey’s Anatomy”, to long-running teen dramas like Canada’s “Degrassi” on Teennick and British period favorite “Downton Abbey” with its duplicitous gay butler Thomas Barrow.

 

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said the increasing numbers reflect “a cultural change in the way gay and lesbian people are seen in our society.”

 

Anti-Gay Marriage Protesters Rally in Paris

AFP – November 18, 2012

 

Thousands of Catholics and other opponents of French government plans to legalize gay marriage and same-sex adoption marched in Paris on Sunday, a day after more than 100,000 turned out across France for the cause.

 

The protesters included several young people wearing cassocks, a Christian clerical garment. Others waved the French flag and banners depicting the Christian cross and other emblems.

 

Pope Says Future of Mankind at Stake Over Gay Marriage

Telegraph – December 21, 2012

 

Pope Benedict XVI has weighed in on a heated debate over gay marriage, criticizing new concepts of the traditional family and warning that mankind itself was at stake.

 

“In the fight for the family, the very notion of being – of what being human really means – is being called into question,” the Pope said in Italian during an end-of-year speech.

 

He cited feminist gender theorist Simone de Beauvoir’s view to the effect that one is not born a woman, but one becomes so – that sex was no longer an element of nature but a social role people chose for themselves.

 

“The profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious,” he said.

 

The defense of the family, the Pope said, “Is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears.”

 

 

666

666–The Mark of the Beast. It’s the most famous prophecy in the Bible. Its message is crystal clear. A time is coming very soon when every person on earth will be required to have a mark or a number, without which he or she will not be permitted to buy or sell. In practical application, a national ID card or number will be required to hold a job. Of course, with no job, a person will have no money with which to buy and sell.

 

One more condition of the prophecy is what makes it so ominous. Each person will have to “worship” the Antichrist and his world government in order to have his national ID card or number validated. Worshiping the Antichrist probably refers to some form of pledging allegiance. Without “pledging allegiance” to the Antichrist and his one-world government, the individual will be frozen out of the global economy. However, if any person does pledge allegiance to the Antichrist, the prophecy states the punishment will be eternal damnation. Revelation 14:9-11 says it this way:

 

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

 

The alarming thing is that almost every nation on earth either already has a national ID system set up or is in the process of setting one up right now. Many nations took significant steps toward establishing or enhancing their national ID systems during 2012.

 

India

In 2010, India ordered 1.2 billion ID cards, one for each of its 1.2 billion citizens. The goal was to implement a nationwide program to register and assign a one-of-a-kind ID number to every Indian resident—some 1.2 billion people—by 2020 and to meet an interim goal of issuing 600 million IDs by 2014. By April 2012 India had enrolled 200 million people in its Unique ID program.

 

Once the system is in place, people in India will be able to provide their 12-digit number, show fingerprints and iris scans, and immediately a central database will be able to authenticate that they are who they say they are. It is also projected that the national ID system will be used for opening bank accounts and then eventually for purchasing things electronically.

 

Sweden

In March of 2012, it was reported that more and more businesses in Sweden were moving away from accepting cash. There are towns where even banks no longer accept or dispense cash. Everything is being done electronically. Bills and coins now represent only 3 percent of Sweden’s economy. Sweden is almost a cashless society already.

 

Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced in the spring of 2011 that Russia would launce a Universal Electronic Card (UEC) in 2012. This card is intended to eventually replace all local, regional, and national forms of ID, providing a central database through which Russians can access everything from medical insurance to ATMs. According to the official website, the UEC will be adopted by around 1,000 national and regional services along with about 10,000 commercial enterprises. The mayor of Moscow has already declared it will be able to handle public transportation there, and we can expect similar adoptions throughout the nation.

 

The cards were scheduled for rollout beginning in January of 2012. However, this has been delayed because the cards are not yet available and the system is not working properly.

 

The revised distribution plan is to give cards to all who apply for them in 2013. The following year, cards will be issued to all citizens, unless a person makes a written statement of refusal.

 

Pakistan

Pakistan’s National Database Regulatory Authority launched the country’s new Smart National Identity Card in October of 2012. It held the launch at the eighth symposium of International Civil Aviation Organization on identity documents, biometrics and security standards.

 

The Smart National Identity Card contains 36 security features. The Pakistani government has invested Rs 200 billion in developing smart card IDs with biometric verification for use in humanitarian assistance and financial inclusion programs. It also plans to roll out e-Government services such as insurance, pension disbursement and e-voting, with the cards.

 

United States

In the US, the battle against a national ID card, deceptively called Real ID, has been fierce. The deadline for implementation has been changed from May 11, 2008 to December 31, 2009 to May 11, 2011 to January 15, 2013. With the January 15, 2013 deadline fast approaching, Homeland Security has been ominously quiet on the issue. With many states still in non-compliance, it appears this deadline won’t be met either.

 

However, after seven years of continual pressure, some of the states seem to be coming around. Even those states that have laws on their books forbidding compliance with Real ID are, in fact, moving to comply.

 

The National Conference of State Legislatures says it’s not trying to get repeal legislation reintroduced into the US Congress and instead is focusing its efforts on changing the Homeland Security Department’s implementing regulations in order to allow states to save face by complying with the law without admitting they’re doing so.

 

Technology Prepares for the Mark of the Beast

Hitachi Electric announced a new camera technology that can scan days of camera footage instantly, finding any face that has ever passed the camera’s lens. Hitachi claims the new technology can scan 36 million faces per second!

 

FBI Launches New Generation Identification Program

In 2012, the FBI officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project that will attempt to accumulate and archive information about each and every American. The cost? $1 billion!

 

As of July 18, 2012, the FBI reports, “The NGI program … is on scope, on schedule, on cost, and 60 percent deployed.”

 

All Students Must Wear RFID Badges

With the beginning of its 2012 fall semester, John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas launched the Smart ID program for all its students. Each student was given an ID badge containing a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip enabling the school to track students from the time they board the school bus in the morning till they exit the school bus in the evening.

 

Andrea Hernandez refused to wear the tracking technology on religious grounds. She said it was getting too close to the prophesied Mark of the Beast in the Bible.

 

After meeting with school officials repeatedly, Andrea received a letter suspending her from school as of November 26 if she did not agree to wear the badge by that date.

 

On November 21, it was announced that a district court judge for Bexar County, Texas, had granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the Northside Independent School District from expelling Andrea from school. The fight to force compliance is continuing.

 

Just Barcode Everyone at Birth

In May of 2012, science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon argued that everyone should be given a barcode or an implanted chip at birth. She asserted that this would solve mistaken or stolen identity problems for life.

 

Moons proposal brought a quick response from Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst at the ACLU: “To have a record of everywhere you go and everything you do would be a frightening thing.” He warned of a “check-point society” where everyone carries an internal passport and has to show their papers at every turn.

 

“Once we let the government and businesses go down the road of nosing around in our lives…we’re going to quickly lose all our privacy,” Stanley said.

 

When barcoding or chipping every person at birth is being openly and seriously discussed, can the Mark of the Beast be far behind?

 

Questions on Everyone’s Mind

Q: When will the national ID card become the Mark of the Beast?

 

A: When a pledge of allegiance to the Antichrist or his one-world government is required in order to validate your national ID card or your ID number.

 

Q: Why fight against the national ID if it is not the Mark of the Beast?

 

A: If we can stop the national ID, the mechanism for the Mark of the Beast will not be in place when the Antichrist wants to implement it.

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