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Two Coming Kingdoms

Source: Art Sadlier, Sunday November 1st 2009

Daniel tells us about a coming world- wide kingdom that will dominate the world in the last days. He tells us that this kingdom will be a revival of the old Roman Empire. Today the leaders of the EU boast that they are the return of the old Roman Empire.

From Daniel and John in the book of Revelation we learn several things about this final gentile empire. We learn that, in some respects it is actually two separate kingdoms, (see Rev. 17:10-11).  The Revived Roman Empire actually has its beginning at the start of the tribulation period.

The Revived Roman Empire is described in Revelation 17:12. “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.” The one hour is described in other places as 3 ½ years. Antichrist comes on the scene as leader of the Revived Roman Empire, signs the Peace Treaty with Israel and the nations and the tribulation period begins. Verse 13 describes the transition from the Revived Roman Empire to the World-Wide kingdom of Antichrist which takes place at the mid-tribulation point. “These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.”  Antichrist proceeds to enslave and to crush the whole world for the last 3 ½ years of the tribulation period. He forces, on pain of death, the whole world to worship him.

It is astounding to read these prophecies which were written 2000 to 2600 years ago, and then see these scenarios unfolding before our very eyes.

Today the infrastructure of the Revived Roman Empire is forming before us as we look on. As of today, 26 members of the EU have signed the Lisbon Treaty, the last holdout is Czech President Vaclav Klaus, the other day he agreed to sign it. When he does, all 27 nations will lose their national sovereignty. For want of a better illustration they will become like a United States of Europe. Power will be centralized in the hands of a few men, ultimately ten men and the Antichrist (Rev. 17:12).  The fact is that today there are only ten permanent members of the EU, all others are associate members (see the article on our website April 8, entitled, “The Ten Toes of Daniel’s vision – Now in Existence”). Today a ten nation confederacy exists, waiting to be empowered. That ten nation confederacy is called the Western European Union.

In a few short weeks the EU will choose a New Super President, in this man’s hands will be placed unprecedented power. This will undoubtedly be the office Antichrist will occupy. A second man is to be chosen, a Foreign Minister, he also will be given great power.  Could it be perhaps, that this second man will ultimately turn out to be the False Prophet?  The EU is about to become a totalitarian super state.  The stage is now set for the Revived Roman Empire and the Antichrist to suddenly appear.

Simultaneously with forming of the infrastructure for the Revived Roman Empire is the forming of the infrastructure for the worldwide Kingdom of Antichrist, presently referred to as a World Government. A former science adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Lord Christopher Monckton, says the real purpose of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Dec. 7-18 is to use global warming hype as a pretext to lay the foundation for a one-world government.

He went on to say, "At the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December, weeks away, a treaty will be signed."  "Your president will sign it. Most of the Third World countries will sign it, because they think they're going to get money out of it. Most of the left-wing regimes from the European Union will rubber stamp it, virtually no one won't sign it," he told the audience of some 700 attendees.

"I read that treaty and what it says is this: that a world government is going to be created. The word 'government' actually appears as the first of three purposes of the new entity.

“The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to Third World countries, in satisfaction of what is called, coyly, 'climate debt' – because we've been burning CO2 and they haven't. We've been screwing up the climate and they haven't. And the third purpose of this new entity, this government, is enforcement."

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, stated in an article in the New York Times, relating to the Copenhagen conference, “A deal must include an equitable global governance structure.”

Today there is a seeming conspiracy of many world leaders, a conspiracy to deceive the world into accepting a World Government.  Issues like global warming, pandemics and world- wide economic recession are being used to frighten men and nations into surrendering national sovereignty and freedoms. Last spring, Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the UN, stated that we have 50 days to save the planet from destruction by global warming. Last week Prime Minister Gordon Brown made the same statement. All of this, in spite of the fact, that evidence is mounting, that the United States is headed toward a cooling cycle that may last decades.

We know that at recent conferences, the Global recession has been used to enable a group of men to gain a strangle hold on the world’s economy. Repeatedly, we are hearing about ongoing moves to establish a new world currency, which would also facilitate control over the nations of the world.  In a similar fashion the swine flu pandemic is being used by the WTO to exercise control over the nations of the world.

The infrastructure is being laid for a world-wide totalitarian government. That infrastructure will continue to grow until the mid-tribulation point when Antichrist will take control of it and establish his monstrous rule over the entire world.

Bible prophecy is being fulfilled exactly as it was given by God 2000-2600 years ago. These and other fulfilled prophecies prove beyond any possibility of a doubt that God is the Sovereign Lord of the universe and that He knows the end from the beginning. The inexplicable question is why men do not bow before Him and acknowledge His Lordship?

Why is it that so few seem to be able to grasp what is happening?  The answer I believe is found in Paul’s epistle to the Thessalonians, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1 Thess. 5:4-6. The implication of these verses is troubling.