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The Future of America from a Prophetic Historian

By: Steve Johnson

12/12/2008 - 27 Comments

Ever since I was a kid, I have been fascinated with Christian prophecy.

I realize that this article is going to be a bit of a stretch for most of my readers, but when you read the words of Hal Lindsey – keep in mind that it’s not me saying these things.  Fifty years ago, prophecy was thought to be just as spooky as witchcraft, but today with the influence of Harry Potter, the perception of the dangers of witchcraft have been converted to fun for kids to play with. And if witchcraft is harmless, than how bad can prophecy be?

You see, the bible is chock full of prophecies that give an explanation for everything from the creation of the world to the end of this age.  Hal Lindsey is a prophetic historian.  He has spent his life studying the prophecies of the bible and tying them to historic and current events.  Hal has written many books during his 45 years of work and is most famous for his book, “The Late Great Planet Earth”.  Over the last few years Hal has moved to the Internet, where he is the host of a half-hour weekly video program.

I have read several of his books and have been following his weekly videos for quite some time, but the last few months have been shocking.  The global financial crisis of the last few months has caused markets around the world to drop by 40-70%, which has led Hal to take another look at the end time prophecies of the bible with respect to the financial crisis.  I found some of Hal’s insight so fascinating and disturbing that I couldn’t help myself but to share a few of the things that he is saying with my fellow blog readers. 

So, without further a-do, here are a few excerpts from Hal Lindsey’s weekly Internet videos. You can watch the entire videos online at:

Hal Lindsey Video excerpt, 10/24/08
According to the prophet Daniel, the seal of global financial authority won’t be in New York or Washington, it will be in Rome.  When interpreting a dream for king Nebacknesser, Daniel foretold the rise and fall of four successive world empires; in fact the prophet said these will be the only true world empires.  The king had a dream of a statue with a head of fine gold, chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs were made of brace. It has legs of iron and its feet were partly iron and partly clay.  Daniel interpreted each as a representative of a world empire, which were Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Imperial Rome.  The two legs of iron represented the Roman empire, split between the western and eastern empire, late in the third century.  Unlike the previous three, the fourth empire had no concurrer. The forth kingdom is depicted twice – once as two legs of iron and second as an inferior entity as feet that were partly iron and partly clay.

The prophet Daniel said, “Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it even as you saw iron mixed with clay. As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united any more than iron mixes with clay. “ Daniel 2:41-43.

This is very much like what we see forming in the EU today, party strong and partly brittle.  Its member states share everything but sovereignty, leaving it without a constitution nor a central government. The EU is organized into membership layers - full members, associates and observers.  There are only ten member states (and ten toes on the statue) that have full member state status.  Daniel 9:27 predicts that the anti-Christ himself must be a prince out of the same ethnic people that destroyed the Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70. 

General Titus of Rome was the commander of the tenth legend that destroyed Jerusalem.   So the anti-Christ must be out of the ethnic Roman people.  As I’ve taught before, the book of Revelations predicts that during the final seven years before the Messiah Jesus returns.  The mark of the anti-Christ will be used to buy and sell goods throughout the world.  But, before that could happen, we would need a global central bank with a completely electronic currency. 

And now in the mist of the global financial crisis, the leaders of the EU are calling for a new world financial order, similar to the US Federal Reserve system that was setup after WWII, but on a global scale.  They are calling for a new European based Federal Reserve System with economic power to control the global banking system. This is precisely fitting into Daniels prophesy over 2000 years ago. 

Daniel then predicts how this system will come to an end.

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands-a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy.”  Daniel 2:44-45

The scenario that was predicted is right before us and time is short.

Hal Lindsey Video excerpt, 11/07/08
Much of Obama’s agenda is against the teaching of the bible.  The election of Obama is therefore the first post-Christian president in American history. If this is the new direction of America and the world, then we must realize that God has chosen to allow it.  Based on bible prophesy, I’ve taught for more than 45 years, that America must fade from prominence as a superpower.  We are prophetically in the last days – right now.  So power must shift to Europe and the revived Roman Empire. The fact that this is now happening, means the Christ’s return for the true believers is extremely close.  Remember in Romans 13, God said there is no authority but of God and that he has placed them there to ensure order and peace. So we are to pray for our leaders.  Like every other president, we need to pray for Obama.

Hal Lindsey Video excerpt, 11/14/08

Gordon Brown, Prime minister UK, 11/13/08
“My message is that we must be: international not protectionist – or Nationalistic – interventionist not neutral; progressive not reactive; and forward-looking not frozen by events. We can seize the moment and in doing so build a truly global society. … challenges we face today as the difficult birth-pangs of a new global order.”

Did you get those words?  Those words are lifted right out of the bible.  They are the words Jesus spoke when he said here are the signs of my return.  He used the familiar event of birth-pains to describe the increase in trouble throughout the world just before his return.  Birth-pains increase in frequency and intensity until the birth of the child.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, founder of Yukos Oil said,

“The paradigm of global development is about to change. The era inaugurated by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher 30 years ago is over.”

Reagan and Thatcher believed in a strong America and a strong free enterprise system without heavy government interference.  He would not submit our unique bill of rights to a global court.  The push for a global government is exactly what the bible tells will develop shortly before Jesus returns.  The anti-Christ will provide the final boost to setup the predicted one world government.

Hal Lindsey Video excerpt, 11/21/08
The events we are witnessing right now would have seemed virtually unbelievable just a few years ago, but the rapid collapse of Wall Street and global financial giants, major national retail chains and the possible failure of the auto industry, show how quickly catastrophe can develop. And it’s out of global distress and confusion that the anti-Christ will arise.

In Conclusion

If Hal is right about this, then America is not going to recover from the global financial crisis that is underway.  There are several scenarios in which this could happen and I think the most threatening of them is if the financial crisis leads to a currency crisis (run on the dollar) and the world moves away from pricing oil in dollars to Euros.  If the US increasing their supply of currency so much that it begins to lose value around the world against every major currency, than nations would be forces to sell their dollar positions for safer currencies. 

The US would lose its economic dominance overnight, followed by a loss of political dominance and the void would be filling by the strongest nations of the present time. And you thought the news about the US in a recession was bad.  This could be the recession that takes the US off the map.

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