All the Kings Horses. . .
Vol: 20 Issue: 30 Friday, May 30, 2003
President Bush is meeting with a deeply divided Group of Eight in Evian, France, to attempt to set a course for the future that has eight different visions. The challenge facing the president is to whittle them down to a one workable plan.
The Europe of today is not the same Europe that existed when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. Europe and America had a common enemy in the Soviet Union. When the Soviet Union fell, a power vacuum was created that has yet to be adequately filled.
No longer threatened by the Soviets and resentful of the Americans, the Europeans banded together in a single, common market, fully expecting to fill the vacuum created by the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The problem was that nobody could decide who was going to be Boss. The French think Europe s common language should be French, that Paris should be the capital of Europe and that they have the recipe for European greatness to the exclusion of all others.
The Germans think that they should be Boss because the French are always late and only the Germans have the discipline and the will to shape Europe for the 21st century.
The Belgians think that the EU s capital is in Brussels because of Belgian history makes it a major player in European politics, instead of realizing the capital is located in Brussels precisely because it is insignificant and no threat to the French or Germans.
The British can t quite make up their minds if their destiny lies with the Europeans next door with whom they have almost nothing in common but geography, and the virtually indistinguishable Americans across the Atlantic.
The Europeans have divided themselves along three basic lines. There are those European states who oppose the United States, those who support the United States, and those who wonder why the other two are making decisions for Europe based on how well they like the United States.
Of course, the divided Europeans don t see it that way. Instead, they blame the United States for dividing them. How, one might ask, did the United States divide them?
Every state in Europe bases its relationship with the United States on the current situation in the Middle East. The Europeans are biased in favor of the Arabs, whereas the United State s bias favors Israel.
There are many more Arabs in Europe than there are Jews, and the Arab population tends to get nasty if they think their host governments are getting too cozy with Israel.
On the other hand, the Middle East is a morass of Arab dictatorships, whereas Israel is the only genuine, Western-style representative democracy in the Middle East. The United States could not abandon Israel to the Arab dictatorships and expect democracy to flourish elsewhere.
The Bible characterizes the final form of world government as partly strong and partly weak, like iron mixed with miry clay (Daniel 2:43) saying that they shall not cleave to one another, even as iron is not mixed with clay .
But that partly strong and partly weak government predicted by Daniel will eventually be unified by a powerful prince of the Roman Empire who will win his authority by confirming the covenant between Israel and the many (Daniel 9:27).
That event is what the Bible says kicks off the 7 year Tribulation period. So, let s stop and look at this in detail.
Daniel lived in Babylonian captivity almost six hundred years before Christ. Daniel lived before the Roman Empire replaced the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great, which replaced the Persian Empire, which conquered the Babylonian Empire during Daniel s lifetime.
Daniel predicted the rise and fall of all four, and said that Rome would not be conquered, but would be revived in the last days.
The two legs of iron in Nebuchadnezzar s image were symbols of the Roman Empire which grew so large it split into two empires, one run from Rome, the other from Constantinople.
It was the feet of this image — ten toes mixed with iron and miry clay, of whom Daniel said, in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. (Daniel 2:44)
Take stock of the current situation. President Bush is meeting in France with the G-8 to discuss the divisions in Europe over Iraq. Why was Europe divided over Iraq? Take a look at the countries that opposed toppling Saddam. Now examine their position regarding Israel.
The friendlier they are to Israel, the more likely they were to support toppling Saddam. Draw any conclusion from that you like, but the significance is this.
It s all about Israel. Whether it is the summit in Evian, or the United Nations, or Iraq, or Iran, it all boils down to Israel. Where is President Bush off to when he leaves the G-8 meeting (early)? To Israel to meet with Abu Mazen and Ariel Sharon.
North Korea HAS nuclear weapons and is doing its level best to pick a fight with Washington, but there is no major prophetic connection between North Korea and Israel.
Consequently, US attention is focused primarily on the Israeli road map, secondarily with Iran, Israel s sworn enemy, and is only giving Pyongyang peripheral attention.
Zechariah said that in the last days, the whole world will be focused on Israel and on Jerusalem to the exclusion of all else.
Zechariah said that Jerusalem would be a cup of drunkenness to all the nations. Only a handful of nations recognized the need to topple Saddam Hussein, a dictator whose crimes against humanity put him in the same category as Hitler or Stalin.
The rest continue, even after the extent of Iraq s suffering was known, to criticize the war as unnecessary while crying out for justice for the suffering Palestinians.
How drunk is that?
Zechariah said that in the last days, all that burdened themselves with Jerusalem will be cut in pieces (Zechariah 12:1-3).
Every nation that has entered into friendly relations with Israel will attest to the truth of that prophecy.
It is staggering to know really KNOW that we are that generation that was chosen to be the eyewitnesses to the unfolding of God s Plan for the Ages.
The redemption of the Church, the reconciliation of Israel, the judgment of the nations and the Second Coming of Christ.
And we get to watch.
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