All Because Of Just One Man...

By Garner Ted Armstrong

Note: Following this article, see the additional commentary "There is no judgment in their goings."

From time immemorial, mankind has sought to achieve peace by forming a world government. Nimrod, the founder of Babylon, was the first to attempt it. Then came Nebudchadnezzar, Cyrus, Alexander the Great, Constantine, and the Roman Emperors. Each, in his turn, attempted to subjugate the entire world into one religion, one philosophy, one language, one world government. Under the leadership of just one man, of course.

They were followed by Genghis Kahn, Attila the Hun, Napoleon, Bismarck, Hitler and Stalin, and Hirohito of Japan. Despots, dictators, emperors and kings – imbued with mystical self-delusion of grandeur and mission – many believed they were chosen by divine providence to rule the world.

In each case, dissidents were hacked to death, burnt, tortured, starved, and forced to either choose horrifying death or submit to the will of the leader. Countless millions now lying in their graves, or having rotted in the soil unburied, or eaten by the fish in the sea, were once moved to tears and swearing oaths of allegiance by the evil oratory of just one man. Armies marched from Mongolia to the German plains; from England to Africa; from France to Manchuria carrying the banners of their leaders; inspired by visions of subjugating “lesser” races, and imposing the “true religion” and political ideology of their leader – just one man.

There were and are many lesser maniacal would-be rulers; Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il Sung, Jong Il, Mao Tse Tung, Maomar Kadaffi, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein – each imbued with an egocentric, narcissistic vision of self importance and divine mission. Just one man.

Hitler attempted to unite Europe, and bring Britain and America to heel by an abortive attempt at resurrecting the old “Holy Roman Empire.” Hitler was a self-deluded would-be “Savior of Western Civilization,” who believed his mythical “Aryan super race” was superior to the Bolsheviks and Slavs, or for that matter to any other race. He believed he was establishing a pseudo-millennium; his much vaunted “thousand year Reich.” With arrogant contempt for the masses, he believed only he knew how to rule the world; how to arrange human breeding patterns; how to use “sub-humans” such as the hated Jews for brutal labor, serving their superior Aryans, and, along the way, as human fodder for bizarre medical experiments.

Stalin was no less a brutal dictator, responsible for the murder of countless hundreds of thousands of his own countrymen; carrying out purges of his entire Russian officer corps; slaughtering dissenters wholesale.

Emperor Hirohito of Japan was believed by the Japanese people to be a direct descendant of the sun goddess – believed to be “divine.” The code of Bushido was ultimately xenophobic, hateful and contemptuous of all lesser races; believing the Japanese were the superior race among all others. Japanese soldiers could imagine no greater honor than to “die for the Emperor.”

In retrospect, one marvels at the demoniacal powers possessed by Hitler; his ability to cause an entire nation to vicariously seek outlets for its fears, hatreds, frustrations and aspirations in the foam-flecked oratory of its “Fuhrer,” or “Leader.” Just one anguished, self-deluded, maniacal, demon-influenced man. How utterly amazing it is in retrospect that the entire world was eventually writhing in anguish; locked in a global war that cost the lives of countless millions, laid waste whole nations and large cities, all because of the fanatical ego of just one man.

Look at the incredible morass of fear, terror, uncertainty and the threat of war which has occurred because of the mindless hatred in the mind of just one man – Osama bin Laden. Though the United States is now fixated on Saddam Hussein, it was the Saudi terrorist, bin Laden, who sent his fanatical, suicidal minions into the United States to hijack commercial jet airliners, turn them into flying bombs with helpless, screaming victims aboard, and smash them into the symbols of American economic and military might.

The US responded by the military overthrow of the nation of Afghanistan, where the Saudi exile, bin Laden, had operated training camps under the protection of the “Taliban.” Once this had been accomplished, the US turned its attention to Saddam Hussein of Iraq, whose alleged possession of the weapons of mass destruction presents a clear and present danger to the world. Saddam, like Nebudchadnezzar, Cyrus, Saladin or Hitler, possesses an ego as large as those who went before. He imagines himself as going down in history as the great Arab leader and proprietor of the Prophet’s Quran who utterly annihilated the Jewish state of Israel.

Along the way, he dreams of subjugating Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and, truth be told, Syria, Egypt, and other nations. Saddam did not calculate on the United States doing anything about his attempt to annex Kuwait as his “nineteenth province.” An Assistant US Secretary of State had mistakenly allowed Saddam to come to the conclusion that Kuwait was outside the sphere of US interests shortly before he invaded. He certainly did not expect Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other gulf states to join a “coalition” against him in the gulf war, and felt betrayed by fellow Arab and Islamic states.

Now, having once felt the swift and brutal effects of US power, Saddam seeks to accomplish his dreams by stealth, misdirection, lies, subtleties, and the clever manipulation of world public opinion. He is playing for time. The carefully studied games he plays are paying off big time with the anti-war sentiments in Europe, Russia, China and much of the rest of the world. Single-handedly, Saddam has managed to make a mockery of the UN, cause serious breaches in NATO, and cause liberal Democrats and Hollywood “peaceniks” to harp continually about the “illegitimacy” of George Bush’s election as President. Saddam’s clever maneuvers have divided Americans, Britons, most Europeans and citizens of nations around the world. Today, one can view incredible insults, bawdy and vulgar names being hurled back and forth in the “chat rooms” on the Internet, as Americans slug it out concerning their views on war and peace.

All because of just one man.

Soon, one such man will emerge, perhaps out of the chaos in the Middle East which will ensue following a war; a man who will fulfill the Biblical prophecy of the mystical “King of the South,” who will so irritate Europe that a multilateral European force will eventually occupy the Middle East. Who is this man? I do not know yet. I know what he will do, but I do not yet know from which nation he will come, or how he will come to power.

Daniel’s prophecy says, “And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.       

He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom [Esau: Turkey], and Moab [likely Syria and Iraq], and the chief of the children of Ammon [Jordan; the Hashemites’ are the modern Ammonites].

“He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape [the ancient “King of the South” was Ptolemy of Egypt].

“But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans [Put, a son of Ham; perhaps the Pakistanis] and the Ethiopians [Cush, an older son of Ham; probably the modern Indians] shall be at his steps.

“But tidings out of the east and out of the north [Russia and China are to the north and east of Palestine] shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain [between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, in Jerusalem]; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him” (Daniel 11:40-45). This prophecy is extremely detailed. Its time setting is obvious. It is at the “time of the end” predicted by Jesus Christ, who portrayed such a time in His famous “Olivet Prophecy,” of Matthew 24 and Luke 21.

Anciently, the “King of the South” was Ptolmey Soter, who was one of a line of lesser Pharoahs of Egypt. The “King of the North” was one of the Seleucidae line, of Syria. Wars raged back and forth between these vying powers, with Palestine right in the middle of all the conflict.

Antiochus Epiphanes was the final Seleucid king who warred against Ptolemy and sacked Jerusalem. Also, once Antiochus Ephiphanes is introduced in Daniel’s lengthy 11th chapter, the personality never changes from that introduction until the mystical “King of the South” of the future. Antiochus was a type of Hitler, who in turn is a type of the Beast who will, in collusion with the “Great False prophet” invade Israel and set up their headquarters in Jerusalem.

Notice how, as each succeeding Seleucid king acceded to the throne, one “Heliodorus” was eventually overthrown by Antiochus: “Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the glory of the kingdom [Heliodorus was the “tax collector;” the Kaiser was from the “Hohenzollern” family; the name means “Tax collectors”]: but within few days he shall be destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle [Hitler did not come to power by a military coup].

“And in his estate shall stand up a vile person [Hitler, who is a type of the coming Beast], to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries [He so imbued the German people with his myth of their super race status that they followed him blindly].

“And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant [Hitler’s “blitzkrieg” tactics; the rapid deployment of fast armored divisions, advanced like a sudden flood over the lowlands, Belgium Denmark, and France. Ultimately, the “prince of the Covenant” then King George of Britain, and eventually the successor to Queen Elizabeth, will fall before this evil, vile person of the future – the Beast].

 “And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people” (Daniel 11:21-13).

Antiochus was merely a previous type of the coming Beast. Hitler was also a type of the same future dictator of a United States of Europe.

Jerusalem and its immediate environs are the focal point of Bible prophecy. The Bible is a “Middle-Eastern Book.” Christ’s Olivet Prophecy was given in full view of the skyline of Jerusalem, with the temple of the Herodian period clearly visible to His disciples.

Christ had foretold a time when “not a stone of the temple would remain atop another in Jerusalem,” and His disciples asked Him “...Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

“All these are the beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:3-8). The word “coming” has been interpreted to mean Christ’s second coming. But this is not what the disciples meant. They were living in the “here and now,” not 2,000 years into the future. They were asking when Christ would accede to the THRONE OF ISRAEL; when He would restore the greater Davidian and Solomonic Kingdom. See Acts 1:6 for the proof. “Parousia” in the Greek means “The Revealing,” or the ascendancy of a King.

Today, we live in a day of “wars and rumors of wars.” A ridiculous, farcical group of disunited non-nations pretends to be a world government, but is helpless and ineffective; a monumental failure; nothing except an anti-American body of bickering propagandists; a sounding board for the animosities, jealousies, hatreds and suspicions of dozens of irrelevant nations. Yet, the US goes hat in hand to this ludicrous body, wanting its blessings before acting in US interests. Still, many nations pretend the UN is like a world-ruling body, and give lip service to it so long as its resolutions do not impinge on that nation’s sovereignty and nationalistic aspirations.

“Wars and rumors of wars” might as well be the headlines of every daily paper! We are truly living in the times of which Christ warned.

Christ’s prophecies included the coming INVASION OF JERUSALEM by the Beast and the False Prophet: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

“Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

“Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

“Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

“And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

 “But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day [proving that keeping the Sabbath will still be obligatory at the time of the end]:

“For then shall be great tribulation [a great time of WORLD TROUBLE], such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be [a time never eclipsed by past events; a time of such horrors that will be worse than World War II].

“And except those days should be shortened [by Divine intervention], there should no flesh be saved [not a man, woman or child would be left alive!]: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:15-22).

The “Abomination of desolation” is a despicable, hateful, abomination in God’s sight which will CAUSE “destruction and desolation.” Anciently Antiochus Ephiphanes set up a statue of Jupiter Olympus in the Holy of Holies and swine’s blood was sacrificed unto it — an ultimate abomination. The Romans set up their pagan standards there under Titus in 71 AD when Herodian Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed; their standards were worshiped as gods, and this was another abomination and destruction.

God’s word says a future false religious leader will, like Nebudchadnezzar, cause a great IMAGE to be built; cause it to SPEAK by the power of Satan, and that millions will be deceived into accepting this man as a “Prince of peace” who has brought “peace” to the Middle East at last! “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4). He will be called “holy;” he will be “worshiped!”

He will also use the power of the Beast’s armies to murder all who oppose him and his false, mystery religion: “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb [he appears Christ-like], and he spake as a dragon [as Satan: see Revelation 12:9].

“And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him [though an ecclesiastical figure, he uses the military of the Beast], and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed [State worship, just as in Hitler’s day].

“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men [a pseudo-Pentecost miracle; this will convince millions of doubters],

“And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast [but the very elect will not be deceived!]; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

“And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak [which church is it who has speaking, weeping, bleeding, perspiring statues and idols?], and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” [See Hally’s Handbook, p. 726 concerning the number 666] (Rev. 13:11-18).

Here then, is the Biblical scenario: A coming “king of the South” will “push at” a “King of the North.” The Seleucidae were eventually eclipsed by the emperors of Rome. The so-called “Holy Roman Empire” ruled Europe for vast periods of time. Bismarck and Hitler effected weak resurrections of that same system. Today, Europe receives about 90 per cent of its energy supplies from the Persian Gulf region. Germany, France, Russia, Switzerland and other countries have been complicit with Iraq in building its defenses, its infrastructure, and some firms have contributed to Iraq’s nuclear, chemical and biological programs. All covet Iraqi oil; all are suspicious of US designs, and all want guarantees they will be among those first on the scene in the event of a regime change in Iraq.

Should the Middle East be entirely reconfigured, which the death of Saddam and his henchmen would most definitely accomplish, all the great powers would be scrambling to see that they received their own share; that not any one of them gained hegemony; that the US did not end up “owning” most of the oil of the Mideast.

If a future Islamic leader were to emerge as the prophesied “king of the South,” and impose an oil embargo on Europe, it would satisfy the prophecy of Daniel 11:40-45, and result in Europe, which could then be united as the Beast of Revelation, invading the Mideast! Could the great false prophet claim such an invasion was justified in order to “save the Jewish state from extinction?” Could he claim it was time for the “mother church” to return to the place of her birth? Could the United European forces descend on Palestine in the guise of “peacekeepers,” occupying Egypt, Jordan and many other countries in order to SAVE ISRAEL?

However all of the prophecies play out, Daniel’s 11th chapter cannot be ignored. It indicates that the Beast power will respond to a “push” from an Islamic power, and will descend “like a whirlwind,” with overwhelming military force into the Middle East.

The King of the South may well become known in a very few years.

He will be, like all those before him, just one man. How tragic it will be, and how tragic it has been throughout history, that “just one man” and his swelling ego and narcissism can wreak such havoc.

But Jesus Christ was also “just One Man.” The difference is He is now once again very God, and will soon intervene in human affairs, putting down the Beast power and the false prophet! “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

“These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:12-14). At His second coming, the first task before Him will be to administer God’s own JUSTICE to the posturing great false prophet, and the swaggering “beast” or military dictator of the ten nations: “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

“That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

“And the beast was taken [seized; arrested!], and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

“And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh” (Revelation 19:11-21).

This is hardly the “Jesus” of the nominal world of professing Christianity today! The “honk if you love Jesus” bumper stickers, and the woman singing “One Day at a time, Sweet Jesus,” can hardly be remotely connected to the war-making, conquering ruler, the real Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of God, and the future King of Kings of all the world. 

Isaiah prophesied of Christ: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse [Jesse was David’s father], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

“And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

“And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

 “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.”

This is not the picture of Christ in the minds of millions of professing Christians! They do not view Him as a coming CONQUEROR who will INVADE THIS EARTH and RULE it with a rod of iron for one thousand years! Nor do they expect to rule it WITH Him (Revelation 2:26).

But the false images, visions, concepts and doctrines of men do not alter the purpose and plan of God Almighty! While millions of duped, deceived people pray to their false gods and adhere to their false religions concocted by “just one man” (such as the religion of Islam -- the invention of just one man, Mohammed), and as millions marshal behind “just one man” and go to their deaths at his behest, Jesus Christ awaits that precise moment when, if He were not to intervene to save mankind from itself, all humanity would be utterly destroyed as a result of the toadish ego of just one man.

Christ tells us, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

Watch the Middle East. Watch Europe! It is time, and past time, for God’s people to WAKE UP, and realize the incredible DANGERS we face in this insane world! Christ also warned, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

“And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” But HOW COULD THEY NOT KNOW, when Noah had been warning them for nearly 120 years! Just like people today, the warning and witness has fallen on deaf ears; many grow weary with watching; many like to sink down into their own little personal lives, unaware, uninterested, uninvolved. Christ warned, “Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

“Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:37-44).

 

There is no judgment in their goings

By Garner Ted Armstrong

Britain is vying with the US for the ultimate in lack of equity, fairness and justice. Consider the case of a British farmer, one Tony Martin, whose house had been burglarized and robbed about 24 times. Unfortunately, the criminals miscalculated on the night of August 21, 1999, and tried to burgle Martin’s home while he was in. The homeowner grabbed a shotgun, confronted the three men who had invaded his home, and managed to kill one and wound another, while the third burglar escaped.

It was discovered the trio of crooks had actually been in court more than 110 times between them on criminal charges. But the British legal system decided to prosecute Tony Martin for murder. It did so with zeal and great alacrity, found him guilty of murder, and sentenced him to life in prison.

Eventually, Martin’s appeals found their way to the highest court, which reduced his conviction from murder to manslaughter, thus requiring that he spend a mere seven years in prison. He applied for parole in January of 2003, and was denied. Assumedly, this homeowner who tried to defend himself is considered a threat to British society.

Meanwhile, the crook who led the invasion of Martin’s home, one Brendon Fearon, who is a career criminal with 34 convictions (whatever happened to the “three strikes and you’re out” concept?), was allowed to walk free in August of 2001, after serving only half of a three year jail sentence. A leading London newspaper revealed that the burglar, Fearon, had been given 5,000 pounds sterling of taxpayer’s money to help him sue Martin for wounding him. The burglar now alleges he deserves compensation from Martin because he doesn’t enjoy his former sports of kick boxing and ju-jitsu any more; tears up in movies where the actor dies, and is “depressed when TV shows contain gunfire.”

His claim also contains the assertion that his injuries prevent him from “going back to work.” He is a professional burglar.

God says of Britain, “Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned [and therefore “fallen” or useless].

“Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not” (Hosea 7:8,9). Further, “Their drink is sour [a characteristic of the British]: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye [asking for bribes]” (Hosea 4:18).

Isaiah says of the US and Britain, “None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

“They hatch cockatrice' eggs [poisonous snakes], and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

 “Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

“Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

“The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace” (Isaiah 59:4-8).

Amen to that.

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