The real beginning of the idea of the Antichrist began with the Jewish people in the period between the Old and New Testament in the 2nd century BC. At that time Israel was under the control of the Greeks. Although this period is between the Old and New Testaments some of the major events are prophesied in considerable detail in the Book of Daniel. In Daniel chapter 11 the "little horn" or "vile person" is mentioned. This refers to Antiochus Ephiphanes who defiled the Jewish Temple in 165 BC by offering a pig or swine on it. A pig is an unclean animal or abomination to the Jews in Daniel 11:31. It also mentions that he will take away the daily sacrifice in Daniel 11:31. Those that know their God were the Jewish fighters named the Maccabees. The idea of the Antichrist was also in Antiochus Ephiphanes trying to set up an ungodly government to suppress the worship of the One true God in this case the Jewish worship of Him and to suppress their nation. This is mentioned in Daniel 11:28, 30 in the statement that he shall have indignation or anger against the holy covenant meaning Israel's covenant relationship with God. This will also be the case of the Antichrist or Beast out of the sea in the 70th week of Daniel or the Great Tribulation although he will also be against anyone placing genuine faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the promised Jewish Messiah and Saviour of the world.
In the New Testament period because it was corrupt and ungodly and persecuted Christians and didn't accept the Christian teaching that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and know Him and get His eternal life and that He will set up God's government over the Earth, the 1st century Christians saw the Roman Caesars and the Roman Empire as the Antichrist or the government of the Antichrist. This comes across very strongly in the book of Revelation. Evangelical Christians, however, believe with globalization, increasing intrusion of privacy, increase of ungodliness and the rise of the European Union that the Antichrist will be revealed soon, right after the rapture or catching up to heaven of all true Christians. We think the Antichrist will rule the world from Europe possibly Rome. He will have relations in power with the other kings of the Earth and the last days interfaith religious system that will probably be headed by the Roman Catholic Church. The Antichrist is also called the Beast out of the Sea of Perdition and the Man of Sin. The Antichrist especially in the second half of the Tribulation will be totally submissive and loyal to and empowered by the devil or the dragon - Satan or Lucifer. He will also be part of the Satanic Trinity of the last days that will be Satan's counterfeit of the Divine Trinity. The Antichrist will be like Jesus Christ in the Divine Trinity in that he will be the main Incarnation but of Satan and evil instead of God the Father and good as is the case of the Lord Jesus Christ. Besides the Antichrist will include Satan and the Beast out of the Land or the False Prophet. The Beast out of the land will most likely be Jewish as the land always speaks of the Jews and their land of Israel in the Bible while the sea often speaks of the nations or the Gentiles. The Beast out of the land will be the Satanic counterpart for the Holy Spirit and Satan will be the evil counterpart for God the Father.
One cause or topic that has been popular, especially with people around the world, who support liberal globalism or a liberal or humanistic worldview rather than biblical or other religious one and that seeks global solutions to problems rather than a focus on national governments taking the lead is the environmental movement or the green movement. This is especially true of the efforts to reduce global warming or the possibility of climate change due to increased human production of CO2 carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases that trap heat or infrared radiation closer to the surface of earth. However, much of the claims in this global warming reduction movement aren't well founded or are exagerrated and it is likely sometimes supported in significant part as an excuse to drive the movement to global government and global or one world economy focused on liberal or so-called progressive values that are often against the true God and His word the Holy Bible. Some of these conflict areas include that liberal globalism believes in saving or showing love for the earth more than the Creator God of the Bible or in saving the Earth more than encouraging oneself and other people to trust in God through His Son Jesus Christ and His death on the cross for our sins and resurrection from the dead so we can be saved or brought to be spiritually and eternally restored children of God. Liberalism also seeks to support alternate relationships such as LGBT with same sex or transexual relations or lifestyles rather than the biblical model of people being either male or female and that closer or more intimate sex should be only between one man and one woman in a marriage relationship.
Of course we at the early part of 2021 are still living with much of the Covid-19 virus or to a much greater extent the government imposed and mass media encourgaed measures said to be necessary to combat Covid-19 (that weren't thought necessary with Sars, Swine flue or the regular flu even though for instance according to the US CDC Centre for Disease Control) overall Covid-19 is only about twice as deadly as the regular flu and less deadly than the regular flu for people under 50 years old and increasingly so as we get to ages much younger than 50. These measures against Covid-19 included general social and economic lockdowns, social distancing and forced mask wearing and substantial front line PCR testing. One effect of all this is that many so-called non essential businesses have been forced to close temporarily now for several months and this has already led to a substantial number of them to go out of business permanently and cause much higher unemployment and social problems like more domestic violence, depression, suicide and drug abuse including more deaths from these worsened social problems. The solution offered by the global leaders is a global reset. As I mentioned earlier this could include a guaranteed income for the unemployed or those working only part-time or in low paying jobs and a forgiveness of mortgage, credit card or other debts if people take a digital immunity passport related to Covid-19 and agree they don't with the state they don't own any of their assets like houses, vehicles, bank account, furniture, appliances or collections, books, music or movie CDs, DVDs etc. However, another part of the global reset the globalists are now offering is to focus on providing more new jobs in a new economy based more on renewable or green energy such as solar power, wind power, conservation, geothermal energy etc. and temporarily for natural gas instead of oil or coal. In United States a program advocating more economic focus on renewable energy is called The Green New Deal is advocated especially by the more liberal Democratic Party including the Democratic Party President and Vice President Joe Biden and Kamela Harris with the still Democratic Party controlled Congress and minimally Democratic Party controlled Senate in the US. As part of this effort to have the US join in this Green New Deal and the global efforts led by The United Nations (UN) to transfer to an economy based more on renewable, the United States under the Democratic Party led by Joe Biden and Kamela Harris had the US in the form of their central bank The Federal Reserve join the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) in December 2020.
I had also not heard of the NGFS until late January 2021, but it has apparently been developing for a couple years now and was established in Decemeber 2017. I first heard of the NGFS from an article by Bible prophecy teacher Geoffrey Grider, leader of the ministry Now the End Begins, with the title You've Likely Never Heard of the NGFS, But It Controls Nearly All the World's Money and Will be Used to Force the "Green Agenda" of the Great Reset. This article was written on January 24, 2021 and is at link: https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/ngfs-network-of-central-banks-supervisors-greening-financial-system-new-world-order-emmanuel-macron/ Mr. Grider says and I did confirm it with a Wikipedia article and an article at NGFS's own website at www.ngfs.net that it was established in December 2017 as an extension of the environmentalist or green conference One Planet Summit in Paris, France and hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. The NGFS was launched at the same time in December 2017 also in France probably Paris to financial the green or renewable energy focused agenda of the One Planet Summit. The NGFS was originally established with 8 central banks but its membership now includes almost 100 central banks and other leading financial institutions of the world as a show of major support by the world financial leaders for the renewable energy and conservation based green energy movement around the world such as in the One Planet Summit. This focus on green energy including against centralized power stations and distribution of electricity by high voltage long distance power distribution lines has also been led by the United Nations for some time. Most recently the UN has been leading the efforts to transition to an economy more fully based on green or renewable energy with its Agenda 2030 or Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs which itself was an extension of the year 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the UN. The part of Agenda 2030 that deals with green energy is the part about sustainable development. (Agenda 2030 was passed by all the nations of the UN, including some observers such as the Vatican with Pope Francis one of the speakers then, at its annual General Assembly meeting in September 2015.) The Bank of France has taken upon itself to be the ongoing host of the NGFS and is one of the 8 founding central banks of the NGFS. The 8 founding members of the NGFS that all joined in 2017, according to a table on the Wikepedia article are Banque de France (Bank of France), Bank of England, De Nederlandsche Bank or The Netherlands Bank, the Bank of Finance (I think from Germany), Deutsche Bundesbank from Germany, the Swedish central bank Finansinspektionen, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the People's Bank of China from Communist or Mainland China. The list of central banks or leading world financial institutions of the NGFS includes such major bodies as The European Central Bank, the UN affiliated International Monetary Fund, now the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan, the Bank for International Settlement, the Swiss National Bank, the UN associated World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Bank of Russia, the Dubai Financial Services Authority. There are many other central banks of many other nations in both the developed and developing world and some other world or regional banking authorities including the central bank of my home nation Canada The Bank of Canada. Further support was pledged for this Global Reset to restore the world economy after the Covid-19 associated world economic lockdown and economic downturn at a virtual meeting of the leading world economy policy setting group The World Economic Forum that usually meets in Davos Switzerland. This World Economic Forum has had annual meetings of the world's top political, economic and some entertainment or social leaders for now over 50 years at Davos. The World Economic Forum was established just over 50 years ago and is still signicantly led by European businessman Klaus Schwab. Although he is now perhaps in his 70s he did quite capably interview French President Emmanuel Macron and others at their January 2021 meeting. Some other leaders such as Communist China's Chairman Xi Jinping gave more of a speech that could have still been guided by some of the same questions by Mr. Schwab and the World Economic Forum. One place these videos can be seen and where I watched some of them is on the online video source Youtube by simply typing in 2021 World Economic Forum Davos Switzerland and then the name of the national leader as I did. As some of the superrich of the world admitted at this year's World Economic Forum, the Covid-19 so-called pandemic and all the substantial response to it around the world, much of it still ongoing, such as government directed and mass media encouraged general lockdowns, social distancing, facemask wearing, and limitations to social gathering has led to accelerated concentration of the world's wealth in the richest 1 % of so of the people of the world and led to greater poverty of many other people including of people newly poor through forced unemployment through UN directed, national government dictated closing on non-essential businesses as part of general long-term economic or social lockdowns. What the world's richest people and world financial leaders through many of the central banks and financial institutions of the world are now offering as part of the solution to restore more employment but sometimes with a different focus than before the Covid-19 situation is on a global green new deal with jobs in researching and implementing more reliance on green energy such as more locally produced energy from solar power, wind power, tidal power, geothermal power and conservation. The developed top-down close control of the economy and society through the Covid-19 claimed pandemic will likely be used by the NGFS, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and others to use this newly strengthened global infrastructure to seek to restore the world economy (that they had a part in worsening) through their promoted global green new deal. This recently developed more extensive and more closely controlled economy and society through the Covid-19 experience led by the UN affiliated World Health Organization (WHO) will almost surely soon be used the world system or new world order in the 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel from Daniel 9 in God's word the Holy Bible to exert tight world control over all the people left behind on this world after the rapture or catching up to heaven in our new incorruptible, spiritual or heavenly resurrection bodies with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ of the true Church or all true Christians. This global control in the tribulation will be under Satan the devil's prepared leader The Antichrist, the Beast out of the Sea or the Man of Sin or He who causes abomination and his associate the Beast out of the Land or False Prophet especially with their enforced new currency or economic system in the world of the Mark of the Beast which will probably be an embedded RFID microchip in people's forehead or right hand without which people then on earth will not be allowed to buy or sell in the world economic system. Seeing that this ongoing Covid-19 virus sitation and the extensive measures against it by governments and other authorities of this world and beginning of the restoration of the economy and society with this global reset including by the organization of increased financial support for a global green new deal by the central banks of the world in the NGFS I would encourage the reader if you haven't already done do to personally with your heart and will as well as mind or head admit to our Creator God including and through His co-Divine Son Jesus Christ that you (as I and we as humans all are) a sinner or someone who has done wrong and has a fallen sinful including selfish human nature or inclination and receive God's forgiveness of all your sins, enable you to become one of His spiritually and eternally restored children instead of only being one of His physical childen and provide you with a new sinless born again nature in your heart in which God can dwell and work in through His come to be indwelling Holy Spirit and ensure you can spend eternity in eternal blessing with Him and His restored people the true Church or true Christians from all nations, the spiritual believing remnant of His chosen earthly people of Israel or the Jews, and the spiritually restored to God of the nations in the new Jerusalem, the new Earth and the new Heavens and also with free access to the corruption free Millennial or Messianic Kingdom over all the earth focused on restored Jerusalem and Israel after the Second Coming in glory of the Lord Jesus Christ with all His true Church and some Old Testament believers and holy angels and the glory of God the Father when He Jesus comes at the end of the tribulation to set up His visible Kingdom over all the earth and judges this sinful and generally anti-God world system led by God's main adversary the devil or Satan and in the tribulation the world's leaders the Antichrist and False Prophet.
In an article in the Bible Prophecy Ministry Now the End Begins by Geoffrey Grider dated April 26, 2020 with title Emmanuel Macron and Bill Gates Held First New World Order Virtual Meeting to Mobilize All G7 and G20 Nations in Covid-19 Global Response Team at link https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/emmanuel-macron-bill-gates-held-first-new-world-order-virtual-meeting-discussing-covid-19-global-response/ there is an eye-opening article about the global resonse to the Covid-19 virus crisis. At this virtual meeting of Emmanuel Macron with Bill Gates to lead the global response to the Covid-19 crisis said: "We will continue now to mobilize all G7 and G20 countries so they get behind this initiative. And I hope we will be able to reconcile around the joint initiative both China and the US, because this is about saying the fight against Covid-19 is a common human good and there should be no division in order to win this battle." Now the End Begins writer Mr. Grider comments on this meeting that we can consider the meeting between leaders Mr. Macron and Mr. Gates as the practical beginning of the New World Order. Mr. Griders says that is what it was in his eyes (and in mine and other Christians I have heard responses of to this meeting). About this meeting Mr. Grider further comments on this G7 and G20 global response to the regarded Covid-19 crisis led by French President Macron and Microsoft and computer and electronics related billionaire Bill Gates: "Emmanuel Macron is now in sole possession of first place in the end times Antichrist Derby, and he continues to exceed expectations." Next in this article there is a subheading that mentions there were 20 world leaders (of the G20) and global health leaders and some other business leaders like Bill Gates at this virtual meeting. This meeting was led by French president Emmanuel Macron and as the author of the article puts it: "the population eugenicist Bill Gates."
The author then mentions that the Bible prophecy ministry Now the End Begins has had a recent focus in their publication to mention each development in the world response to Covid-19. He also mentions the "astonishing speed at which all this (including the final part of the stage being set for the coming world dictator the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea (Revelation 13)) is coming together. With regard to this global response to Covid-19 led by French leader Emmanuel Macron the Now the End Begins (NTEB) article further states: "By his (Macron's) side, virtually of course, was eugenicist Bill Gates who is waiting in the wings with his syringe and digital ID for 'every person on earth'. It has officially begun." I agree an appropriate scripture verse in this connection is the following one from Revelation 17. However, I personally don't think it will fully apply until the mid-point of the 7 year tribulation 3 1/2 years after it begins with the Antichrist's false world and Middle East peace after the rapture of the true Church. "And the ten horns which thou (you) 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." Revelation 17:12, 13.
Next in this NLEB article on leadership of global response to the Covid-19 (regarded) crisis this article mentions that next will be a virtual meeting on May 4 co-hosted by Britain (and with major leadership by the UN including UN leader Guterres and WHO). This meeting was for raising funds for developing a vaccine and for personal protective equipment (PPE) for those fighting Covid-19 like surgical masks or gowns or perhaps some for equipment for patients like ventilators or masks. That meeting has been held already as of this date of writing (May 11, 2020) and it succeeded in raising at least $7 and I think perhaps as much as $10 billion worldwide through mostly online pledges or donations. The article next states there will be another global probably also internet or virtual meeting on June 4 to be also hosted by Macron and Gates to be called a "Global Vaccines Summit". The NLEB article summarizes the trends and phenomena of this global response (with continued whipped up hysteria from the mass media) to the regareded corona virus crisis. This global response to Covid-19 this ministry mentions continues to be led by French leader Emmanuel Macron and computer billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates in a somewhat sarcastic but realistic way as follows: "Emmanuel Macron is now in sole possession of first place in the end times Antichrist Derby, and he continues to exceed expectations. Yep, he's that good. His buddy Bill Gates is beaming from ear to ear, rubbing his hands with glee at the prospect of injecting nearly 8 billion people with a vaccine, and then forcing them to take a digital Immunity Passport. That's how close we are to Flight #777. This is a reference to a pre-tribulation rapture or catching up to heaven with Jesus before the tribulation with its 3 sets of 7 plagues mentioned in The Book of Revelation start on Earth. Hope you're ready. To be ready for the rapture of the true Church to heaven with Jesus we need to personally trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God or God who came in the flesh as a perfect man. We also need to trust in Jesus that He thus after living a sinless life died on the cross for all our sins and rose from the dead to enable us to have eternal life, a restored relationship with God and an eternal home in heaven. We also need to trust in this way through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a free gift from God, apart from our own good works, through thus trusting in our heart in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour.)
Next in the article there is a quote given from The Guardian newspaper (including online from the United Kingdom): "Global leaders have pledged to accelerate cooperation on a coronavirus vaccine and to share research, treatment and medicines across the globe. But the United States did not take part in the World Health Organization initiative, in a sign of Donald Trump's increasing isolation on the global stage." There was a pledge at the virtual meeting that richer nations wouldn't keep to themselves or the profits from the research from people in poorer nations of any vaccine or other medical measure developed against Covid-19. The virtual meeting in late April or early May, 2020 led by French leader Macron and Microsoft and Windows founder Bill Gates was also, as the writer Grider says, meant to give public support to the United Nations and its branch The World Health Organization (WHO). This intended increase in world support for the UN and its branch World Health Organization (WHO) is against the backdrop of the recent action by US President Donald Trump to stop US payments to WHO and criticize its leader Dr. Tedros as under control of the Chinese Communist Party (led by its leader Xi Jinping.) The author then states (and I agree) that China and the US have charged each other with "bullying and disinformation". These charges are with regard to the considered Covid-19 crisis that has limited efforts to get full co-operation in the G20 to confront the Covid-19 virus with the G20 seen as the main alternate global leadership group to the UN.
The WHO (World Health Organization) director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: "We are facing a common threat that we can only defeat with a common approach. Experience has told us that even when tools are available they have not been equally available to all. We cannot allow that to happen." A woman named Amina J. Mohammed from her Twitter account in response to and in support of the global Covid-19 response stated: "A world free of Covid19 requires a massive collective effort and today leaders came together to accelerate the search to find a vaccine. Human health is the quintessential global good. (She then ironically says: "Let's makes sure everyone is safe and no one is left behind." This is ironic because Left Behind has become almost a household term at least in North America and especially with evangelical Christians since the dramatised movie series of the Last Days rapture and tribulation led by Bible prophecy teacher Tim LaHaye was produced. In the Left Behind Bible prophecy movie series being left behind was a reference to those who don't trust in Jesus before the rapture or catching up of the true Church and left behind on earth for the tribulation and to face the time of God's wrath on this world. In the tribulation these people left behind on earth can at best be saved through trusting in Jesus then in a lot more dire circumstances than this present Church Age or Age or Dispensation of Grace.) There are more than 100 teams attempting to develop a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus including 6 already in clinical trials according to Seth Berkley who is the president or chief executive of Gavi vaccine alliance. Apparently Gavi leads immunisation campaigns in poorer nations. Mr. Berkley said it was of utmost importance that a vaccine be developed and made available to people in poorer nations as soon or early as possible with Covid-19 so they not only have a vaccine available to them late in the game as apparently happened with the vaccine for the H1N1 flu (I think the so-called bird flu).
In summary there were five committments agreed on the call for a global response to confront Covid-19. They are the following according to the NTEB article: "1/ Provide access to new treatments, technologies and vaccines across the world. 2/ Commit to an unprecedented level of international partnership on research and coordinate efforts to tackle the pandemic and reduce infections. 3/ Reach collective decisions on responding to the pandemic, recognizing that the virus' spread in one country can affect all countries. 4/ Learn from experience and adapt the global response. 5/ Be accountable, to the most vulnerable communities and the whole world." The main aspects of these articles that bothers or offends bible believing Christians such as myself and I am sure Mr. Grider the writer of this article and of our Creator God the God of the Bible and including His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of God in the Covid-19 crisis. This is due to that in what is areas currently affected or in areas likely soon to be seriously affected by Covid-19 there is little or no effort to be accountable to God the Father or His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit the One true and living Creator God of all of us human beings and of the earth and universe and the needed Lord and Saviour from our sins. These sins including pride, self-will, idolatry and immorality for all people on earth. Christians and non-Christians each come into this world as sinners by nature and practice through the disobedience to God of our first parents Adam and Eve in taking of the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. This was the forbidden fruit that God warned them not to take of so they wouldn't die (physically and/or spiritually). However this meeting and the mobilized global response to the Covid-19 virus is being exploited to get global control of the world's people by the New World Order leaders in preparation for the bible mentioned global dictator the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea or Man of Sin etc. and his colleague The Fale Prophet or Beast out of the Land. In common with these globalists in general United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres made some remarks as follows: "Not a vaccine or treatments or one country or one region or one-half of the world, but a vaccine and treatment that is affordable, safe, effective, easily administered and universally available for everyone, everywhere." Mr. Guterres said this I think on Friday, April 24, 2020 with other European Union (EU) leaders with the World Health Organizaion (WHO) to help launch the global effort to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.
In an article on April 23, 2020 on the Bible Prophecy website Now the End Begins (NTEB) there is an article with the title Prepare Yourself for the ID2020 Covid-19 Immunity Passport That Combines Digital Identity with Vaccinations, Blockchain and Nanotechnology by Geoffrey Grider with link https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/prepare-yourself-for-id2020-covid-19-immunity-passport-combining-digital-identity-with-vaccinations-blockchain-nanotechnology/ about an Immunity Passport as part of the Global Recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. According to this article the global plan for recovery to some type of normal society after the Covid-19 crisis is an Immunity Passport called the Covid-19 Credentials Initiative or CCI. The CCI is a global ill-intentioned collection of tech companies such as ID2020, Microsoft, Bill Gates, The National Health Service in the United Kingdom and Silicon Valley in the US. The author asks the important question: "What if the government said that if you agreed to take the vaccine and received the digital immunity passport, all your debts of any kind could be forgiven?" The author mentions, probably rightly, there would be a frantic rush of people willing to get the vaccination and digital immunity passport. The author mentions, I believe applying in the United States, that it is instructive to look at when there was given to citizens a $1200 "stimulus checks". He states that is was instructive that after that 84% of Americans were wanting more money from the government free.
The author extends this probable behaviour to invite us to think what the social response would be if people were informed that all their debt could be forgiven or erased. The author then restates that world government and technical including electronic and health authorities are developing an offer that people in society could be offered forgiveness of all their debts if they take the Covid-19 vaccination and digital immunity passport. The author urges the reader to consider what our response would be to such an offer. However I don't believe the Mark of the Beast (which this Digital Immunity Passport and Vaccination could be) won't be a dilemna to be forced on people to take for those of us who have become or become Christians before the rapture of the Church to heaven. This is even though I believe the tribulation is very near and the forced mark of the beast. The author mentions that the vaccination for Covid-19 compelled on people as part of the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis to some sense of normally functioning society will only be the beginning of further global control. The author mentions the ID2020 company or consortium is working on the digital immunity passport to be a globally compelled follow-up measure for people on Earth to participate in a recovery of society to some type of normal functioning. This will be after the socially and economically disruptive Covid-19 crisis. The author then shares a bible prophecy verse that is about the coming Antichrist and his globally enforced worship of himself as God but that however won't occur until after the rapture of the Church and not until the midpoint of the tribulation. However we already see part of the apostasy or falling away from sound biblical Christian doctrine or teaching in many professing Christians or in society at large. This verse says that this apostasy will precede the revelation of the Antichrist and I believe this verse and some others in the New Testament indicate this apostasy has begun at the current time at the end of the Church Age or Age of Grace before the rapture of the Church and following 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. The prophetic scripture verses about the worship that will be sought from earth-dwellers by the Antichrist (the man of sin) in especially during the second half of the tribulation and how the lack of discernment or carelessness to increasing world control we see associated with this global Covid-19 crisis is the following: "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, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was with you, I told you these things?" 2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 King James Version Bible (KJV or KJB).
In a separate but related article on April 20, 2020 by Scott Keisler with title Bill Gates Laying the Foundation for the Mark of the Beast with link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NyvWfQNfXtZDPOZgVYw6Mw5X_B6pdK-gXFyd9g1zJgA/ it is stated it was at a meeting of leading globalists at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, NY in 2016 that the global initiatitve of ID2020 was started and publicly revealed. This article also states that the globalist Rockefeller Foundation provided the start-up or seed money for the ID2020 initiative. This article also states that the ID2020 has been led by Bill Gates from its beginning in 2016 or perhaps earlier before it had been publicly revealed in 2016. The article by Scott Keisler "Bill Gates Laying Foundation for Mark of the Beast" also states, in likely connection to the ID2020 initiative, "On March 26, 2020 Microsoft filed Patent WO/2020/060606 (note that last number) which uses 'body activity' to authorize and verify cryptocurrency (or virtual electronic currency like Bitcoin and others) transactions. Examples of body activity include 'brain wave, pulse rate or body heat radiation.' Cryptocurrency is block-chain oriented and could very well serve as the currency in the coming global cashless society."Getting back to the main article I am using in these paragraphs: "Prepare Yourself for the ID2020 Covid-19 'Immunity Passport' That Combines Digital Identity With Vaccinations Blockchain and Nanotechnology on Now the End Begins by Geoffrey Grider, the author then invites the reader to do a Google search on the internet for ID2020. He states that such as search will then bring up not "theoretical surmisings" (or what some people would call conspiracy theories) but "a very rapidly-evolving global effort to bring the Covid-19 immunity passport to life" or facts about further steps to full realization of the global digital immunity passport for participation to a more normal society for people on Earth after the social restrictions during Covid-19 crisis. The author rightly notes that this digital immunity passport will at first likely be voluntary (to give a sense of control to the public that they can choose to get it or not) but will later become mandatory or required. Taking this immunity passport as well as the vaccination could be suggested then required to fully participate in a post-lockdown society. I agree that it is likely governments or other authorities could offer financial or other incentives to take them. The author again mentions that the financial incentive to take both the vaccination and digital immunity passport could be the forgiveness of all one's personal debt. (To counter the idea that governments wouldn't be willing to spend wildly to afford giving out this much money we need only look at how much money governments in Canada where I live and in the US and likely other nations are spending or giving out already to help people through and to recover from the Covid-19 financial crisis. Isn't this Covid-19 social and financial crisis at least exaggerated by globalist control seeking individuals or organizations. The author of this article, Mr. Grider, then mentions a valid point about how sometimes having control of some money can lead to a desire for more money or to more covetousness with the example of Judas Iscariot who was the disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ who was in charge of looking after the finances of Jesus and His 12 disicples (as well as perhaps some additional women disciples like Mary Magdallan and a woman named Joanna etc.): "Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the (money) bag, and bare what was put therein." Gospel of John 12:4-6.
Next, the Immunity Passport author mentions that on Tuesday (I believe the Tuesday before the date of the article or the Tuesday before April 23, 2020 which would be April 21, 2020) he mentioned that French president Emmanuel Macron secured the support of the world globalists and of Pope Francis to be the practical world leader as follows: "On Tuesday we showed you how French president Emmanuel Macron, having secured the backing of the UN Security Council to become the leader of the New World Order, has also gained the fervent backing of Pope Francis in a private phone call from the Vatican. What is one of the main planks of the platforms of both these men? They are advocating global debt forgiveness." He goes on to say it is very likely that debt forgiveness will only be personally received by anyone if they personally get vaccinated for Covid-19 and get the Covid-19 digital immunity passport. The author then gives a reminder that many people are misled to do unadvisable things when they have access to or are offered access to money that is not rightfully theirs with the example of Judas Iscariot and his being in charge of the money of Jesus and His disciples including Judas Iscariot himself.
The article author then repeats a summary of the CCI or Covid-19 Credentials Initiative and some of its members and leads into what their own home page of their web site says about them as follows: "It is called the Covid-19 Credentials Initiative, or CCI, and it is a global coven of tech entities like ID2020, Microsoft, Bill Gates, the National Health Service of the UK, and of course Silicon Valley here in America." On the CCI website they say about themselves and their purpose or mission: "The Covid-19 Credentials Initiative (CCI) is a collaboration of 60+ organizations to deploy verifiable credential to enable society's return to 'normal' in a controlled, measurable, and privacy-preserving way." The Covid Credential Initiative goes on to say of themselves: "The Covid-19 Credentials Initiative (CCI) is a collaboration of more than 60 organization working to deploy verifiable credential solutions to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Our goal is simple, we want to enable society to return to 'normal' in a controlled, measurable, and privacy-preserving way. The initiative is a direct response to the many calls for an 'immunity passport', a digital certificate that lets individuals prove (and request proof from others) that they've recovered after testing negative, have tested positive for antibodies, or have received a vaccination, once one is available. By proving some level of immunity, individuals will be able to begin participating in everyday life again."
"Using the W3C industry standard called Verifiable Credentials, we have a blueprint to move forward. Yet while the underlying tech and standards are established, the vision for immunity certificates and other related credentials is far bigger than any one organization. To move at the speed and scale required, we need true collaboration across all fronts, and we are extending an open invitation for any organization or individual looking to join this endeavor."
In relation to this Covid-19 Credentials Initiative (CCI) there is a US company that will combine nanotechnology, blockchain (cryptocurrency or electronic virtual currency like Bitcoin) for Covid-19 Immunity Passports. The author states in this connection: "US based quantum dot producer Quantum Materials Corp. (QMC) announced its blockchain-based QDX Health for transparency in disease testing and immunization for infectious diseases. The goal is to ensure the authenticity of health data and support individuals to re-join the workforce quickly. With the health data backed by blockchain, governments and health agencies can formulate new plans and safety measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 and other diseases. Additionally, individual users can assess their immunization passports using a mobile application. The app features color-coded indicators - green, yellow, and red. If the app shows the green indicator, the individual has clearance to interact in social and work environments. This indicator can be shared and authenticated by others using a QR code. 'The world must have a system that eliminates the fears and anxiety of not knowing who is able to return to work', said Les Paull, CEO of QMVT, the unit responsible for sales and marketing of QMC's innovations. The solution is hosted on the Microsoft Azure cloud and can integrate with existing EMR systems. It is based on the Hyperledger Sawtooth enterprise blockchain (virtual electronic currency) and for smart contracts, it's using the Digital Asset Modelling Language (DAML). Yesterday, Ledger Insights reported on the COVID Credentials Initiative (CCI), which uses digital identity to develop "immunity passports". Members of the initiative include Evernym, ID2020, uPort, Dutch organization TNO, Microsoft, ConsenSys Health and consultants Luxoft and many others."
On the MIT Technology Review twitter account there is an illustration of a workplace monitoring tool they developed that can at least be used in global response to the Covid-19 crisis. They say on their web site: "This new workplace monitoring tool issues an alert when anyone is less than six feet apart. Amazon is also using similar software to monitor the distances between their warehouse staff." The author of the article then mentions, and I agree, that this article about Covid-19 vaccinations and a digital immunity passport as part of a possible global authority supported recovery of society around the world from the possible somewhat exaggerated Covid-19 crisis. This recovery response to a restored somewhat more normal society for people on earth will involve not just Bill Gates and the ID2020 plan but also with the Covid-19 Credentials Initiative over 60 other high tech companies worldwide. The author mentions he has always said, as I have also and I believe is clear from the plain wording of the scripture from Revelation 13 in the New Testament of God's word the Holy Bible something about the Mark of the Beast. The Mark of the Beast most detailed description in the Book of Revelation states it will be implanted or injected under the skin (in the right hand or in the forehead) and will be globally enforced in the tribulation. Mr. Grider also states the social recovery phase from the Covid-19 crisis using the digital immunity passport could be the last leadup to the Mark of the Beast He also states that this globally organized Covid-19 recovery plan sought by Microsoft founder and director Bill Gates, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and others to be universal for everyone on planet Earth using Covid-19 vaccinations and digital immunity passports.
In an article in April 2020 on the CNN web site by contributor to CNN and Director of the Red Lines Project David Andelman with title France' Macron positioning himself as leader of the world or the link https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/15/opinions/emmanuel-macron-world-wide-ceasefire-leader-andelman/index.html the author states that French leader Emmanuel Macron is taking advantage of an opportunity towards greater world leadership. At the beginning of the article Mr. Andelman states that Mr. Macron has had to deal with many difficulties already governing his own nation of France but is now seeking to put himself in place to take the office of world leader. As Mr. Andelman states for the last several decades this position has been separately or shared effectively between the leaders of China, Russia or the United States. And I further agree with Mr. Andeleman when he says in regards to Mr. Macron seeking to take advantage of the current global leadership vacuum that "right now, he has no real challengers." According to other sources, such as the article from Global News about Pope Francis regarding this same worldwide ceasefire deal attempt, this deal was initiated by the current United Nations leader Antonio Guterres. Mr. Macron is taking a central role in further promoting the global ceasefire deal. This global ceasefire deal would include seeking to get a much greater ceasefire in current war-torn areas of the world such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. (In the other article about Pope Francis' role Libya was also mentioned specifically as one potential focus for such a deal and I have seen some efforts of the UN in connection with this global peace deal in the Holy Land (Israel and the Palestinian territories)). According to Mr. Andelman, Mr. Macron's efforts to get a global ceasefire or make progress to reduce health or other resources that could be needed for the wounded or those needing hospitalization. Part of the purpose of this resolution is to minimize losses due to war in such areas so health resources would be available in those nations. to fight a possible serious wave of the Covid-19 virus and associated required hospitalizations, injuries or deaths. In this CNN article he states in this connection: "There are five permanent members of the UN Security Council (France, China, Russia, Britain and the US) and four of the five are on board, according to Macron." Mr. Andelman goes on to say about French leader Emmanuel Macron's efforts to secure this global peace deal: "Macron also says he hopes to secure the agreement of the final member, Russia's Vladimir Putin, within hours. Mr. Andelman did mention the global peace initiative was started by UN leader Antonio Guterres but had not had much world support until Mr. Macron and then Pope Francis put their support and promotion behind it as he stated as follows: "UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had already called for an 'immediate, global ceasefire,' observing that 'the fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war', though with no real buy-in until Macron weighed in."
Mr Andelman then rightly notes such a UN Security Council associated global ceasefire, since it is currently viewed as non-binding, might not in itself stop the agression in different sides in current significant conflicts in the world. Such conflicts include the Middle East, China and the US in the South China Sea etc. However Mr. Andelman said this global ceasefire deal could be "a start" in that direction. Mr Andelman goes on to say about French President Emmanuel Macron's championing of this UN initiated global peace proposal during the Covid-19 crisis: "And Macron indicated his intention to raise it with the G20 during a worldwide conference call of the group's finance ministers Wednesday evening. The concept was broached in his interview on Radio France International when Macron also debuted the idea of a moratorium on all debt payments by African nations as a means of helping to control what promises to be potentially the most devastating continent-wide target of the coronavirus because of the lack of resources."
Mr. Andelman goes on to state the reduced role of the US in world leadership partly because of its cutting off ties with the World Health Organization because of its suspicion that the WHO co-operated and is subservient to China. This suspicion in the US and other nations is because Ethiopia (Where Dr. Tedros the current WHO leader comes from) owes China at least 15 to 20 billion dollars. However I believe US President Trump is right to suspect WHO's and their current director Dr. Tedros' partiality to China to the possible point of limiting the blame to China for the Covid-19 crisis. This limitation of blame. This limitation of blame of the Chinese Communist leadership was for not notifying the international community sooner of the severity of Covid-19 and possibly US President Trump is right to cut off ties of the US with the World Health Organization (WHO). However, I do agree this limits the ability of the US to lead an international response and solution to WHO or possibly their leadership in the world in other ways. Mr. Andelman states how US world leadership could be affected in this Covid-19 crisis and earlier withdrawals by the US from international relations could lead to more leadership of the world from elsewhere such as by Europe such as by France under their current leader Emmanuel Macron as follows: "But where would such Macron initiatives leave the United States? Clearly with a more diminished presence on the world stage than ever at a time when only the greatest, most intense universal action can prevent global catastrophe. A global backlash has already greeted Trump's ill-timed and even more ill-conceived pledge to turn off all subsidies to the World Health Organization at the very height of the most profound challenge to global health in a century." (However, personally I think the Covid-19 threat has at least been substantially exaggerated with medical or other authorities in the US and probably elsewhere attributing many deaths and serious injuries to Covid-19 when some other often previous or underlying condition are more responsible for the hospitalization or deaths in a significant fraction of these cases.)
(Also the leadership in the world of China has been significantly reduced because of the Chinese Communist Party under leader Chinese Communist Chairman Xi Jin Ping suppressing information about the severity of Covid-19 to the outside world. The Chinese Communist Party leadership allowed the relatively free flow of the virus from people infected in China whether they were Chinese nationals or people of other nations at that time living or visiting China to people in the rest of the world. Also it is starting to look now, as of early May 2020, that it could be more likely that the virus did come from one of the Virus or disease labs of China near Wuhan rather than the live (wet) animal market in Wuhan as the Chinese communist government has been saying although it still looks like it was an accident that the virus escaped from the lab rather than deliberate.) However, the lack of transparency and responsibility of the Chinese communist government in containing this Covid-19 virus to the regional area of Wuhan in China in the early going but allowing it to spread over the world makes Chinese leadership in the world less desirable in a global peace initiative. Also that China has been getting more agressive militarily at least in the disputed waters off its coast with neighbours from South East Asia or Japan probably hinders its ability to lead an international global ceasefire from military conflicts or wars as well.
Mr. Andelman also mentions that French President Macron has been in the lead in maintaining some of the traditional unity of European nations in the European Union during this time of the so-called Covid-19 crisis: "A number of European countries also began closing borders - long open for decades under the frontier-free European Union - to their neighbours, hoping to contain the pandemic's spread. Macron has been in the forefront of those anxious for the EU to maintain its integrity, its open borders and democratic systems in the wake of Britain's exit from the continent. At the same time, he has taken the lead in pressing, successfully, for the entire 26 nation European system to close its external frontiers, possibly until September. Right now, they are formally closed until May 15." Mr. Andelman summarizes the opportunity generally but even more with the Covid-19 crisis of the international vacuum in global leadership. He explains how Europe, especially through French President Emmanuel Macron, (who I think is currently one of the best candidate's to be the biblical Antichrist, Beast out of the Sea or Man of Sin etc. mentioned in the Bible as world dictator in the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel as following: "Indeed, it would appear that the world could use a new leader in this time of crisis - one who is prepared to put global interests above personal or political aggrandizement. And until the United States is prepare to offer such an individual, there may be no better to fill that void than France's young, fresh voice: Emmanuel Macron."
As most people in the world now should be aware the still lingering Covid-19 crisis has led to a serious reduction on human rights and restrictions on normal social functioning. There is probably some real disease associated with the Covid-19 virus I still believe. Even with keeping up with the topic closely from different perspectives for several months now, I still believe that the response from governments, health authorities and the media of the extent or seriousness of the disease and the required public response have been substantially excessively done. For instance, normally in an epidemic there is quarantine of those who test positive or who are found to have the disease. However, in this case not only those who are found to have the Covid-19 disease but effectively everyone is compelled to be quarantined at least in their own home. Also many people are still being refused to operate their business and through the government, health authorities and media being urged to stay at home unless for essential purposes with the social isolation orders. This denies freedom of movement and freedom of assembly which are some fundamental human rights. Also churches have been forced to be closed and this has made it more difficult for people, who might be anxious at this time of public crisis or partly imposed public crisis, to get Bible-based counselling. On the other hand secular or possibly New Age psychology counsellors are being given generous referrals through the media, health and government for anyone who is anxious in this Covid-19 crisis. Also some of this Covid-19 crisis is being managed in a top down basis by some world leaders. Some of these world leaders include the United Nations including their current Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the UN Security Council,or by leaders of some of its permanent members such as Emmanuel Macron of France and the WHO leader Dr. Tedros. Dr. Tedros and WHO are probably influenced by the freedom suppressing Communist Party of China) and committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) that is a branch of the United Nations. Also there could be still some neglect by world authorities of some medical science that could make the real part of the Covid-19 crisis more limited such as to be sure that people who are lacking it, not least people at nursing homes or long term care homes or hospitals or other seniors get enough Vitamin D. I have already seen in two new independent studies that Vitamin D substantially strengthens and improves the immune system and reduces the more deadly aspects of Covid-19. Also there was a clear conclusion by South Korean scientists that people initially thought to be re-infected with Covid-19 were all in fact false positives. This South Koren study concluded that medically it is not as likely as thought that people can be re-infected with Covid-19. This should reduce the risk or basis for predictions of world extended social limitations related to a claimed but not proven possibility of a second wave of the regarded Covid-19 pandemic. All of these limitations on human rights including the forced greater reliance on the internet and automatic tellers or checkouts at stores, especially if continued to this extent, will much more extensively prepare the world for the likely impersonal and more centrally controlled rule of the Antichrist, beast or he who makes a covenant with Israel and the world for one week of seven years.
One of the first things that should be noted about the prophecy of seventy weeks of years in Daniel 9 is that Daniel himself and those he initially wrote to were all Jews or Israelites and their main holy city was earthly Jerusalem in Israel. It should also be noted. It should also be noted the the author of this prophecy, the prophet Daniel, and the people of Judah or Jerusalem who were some of the Israelites were 500 or 600 years before the Lord Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Church or Christianity and this prophecy is focused on the Jews or Israel and not on the Church or Christians. So Daniel by the leading of God through His Holy Spirit starts this prophecy in verse 24 of Daniel 9 as addressing it especially to Daniel and his people (the Jews and/or Israelites) and Jerusalem. Next three things are mentioned that this prophecy will include. They are to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins and to make reconciliation for iniquity. All three of these were accomplished when the Redeemer of Israel and then Saviour of the world the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah) died for all our sins as is mentioned later in this prophecy. Part of Jesus's salvation work was to also rise from the dead on the third day later which he did. Next three more objectives that are to be part of this prophecy are mentioned. These are to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up the vision and the prophecy and to anoint the most Holy (place). These are also part of this prophecy and are all associated with the last part of it called the Consummation (or Fulfillment). This Consummation is a reference to the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah) and Son of God coming from heaven in His Second Coming to set up God's Kingdom on Earth and judge the world. The world system that Jesus will judge includes its last leader the Antichrist or he who makes a covenant for a week and becomes the one who causes abomination in that 70th week of this prophecy or the tribulation period.
Next in verse 25 we are given the starting point in time of this prophecy and the ending point of the first 69 (62 + 7) weeks of years which is 483 years. (These are years of the Babylonian calendar of 360 days each that not only Daniel then in Babylon but also the Jews in Israel were then living under the authority of.) The beginning of these 69 and all 70 weeks of years was when the walls of Jerusalem were built even in troublous times. This was by the decree of Persian king Artaxerxes, who later had rule over Israel, in about 445 BC and his later is preserved elsewhere in the Old Testament or Hebrew scriptures in Nehemiah chapter 2. The end point of these first 69 weeks or 483 years was until Messiah the Prince. This is a reference to the public offer of the Lord Jesus Christ as Messiah to His fellow Israelites after the flesh around 32 AD. This public offer of Jesus of Himself as Messiah to Israel at what has been called His triumphal entry when He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey fulfilled in the New Testament in Gospel of Matthew 21 and Gospel of Luke 19. Next in verse 26 God gives through Daniel to His fellow Israeles directly and indirectly to all of us in the world including those of us presently on earth some events that happen after the first 69 or 70 weeks or years are completed and before the 70th week starts.
The first of these events after the 69 weeks was that Messiah would be cut off which means to die violently or young. Both these aspects of death were true for Jesus of Nazareth when He died by cruxifiction at apparently about 33 years of age shortly after He offered Himself as Messiah to the Israelites of that day. (It should be kept in mind that people of other nations than the Jews or Israelites had a part in Jesus' death through the Gentile Roman Empire. Some of the Roman Empire authorities were the governor Pontius Pilate and the Roman soldiers. Also some Jews or Israelites such as Jesus' disciples did not support His death on the cross and these disciples were all Jewish or Israelite.) Jesus the Messiah also died for us and to pay our sins and not for himself as this prophecy also mentions. Next the people of the prince, that are the Romans especially Roman soldiers under then general Titus will destroy the city and the sanctuary. This was fulfilled in 70 AD when they destroyed Jerusalem and the Jewish Herod's or Second Temple standing in Jerusalem until then. Next are mentioned there would be after that a flood or abundance of desolations in a war. This is unfortunately still being fulfilled and getting worse in many places and many people in this world with persecution and incitment against Jews or Israelites. These anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic persecutions includedthe Spanish Inquisition, the Nazi Holocaust, Britain closing the borders to the Holy Land to Jews fleeing Europe during the Holocaust and the Russion pogroms among others and the current rising anti-semitism.
All these things brings us up to the last and 70th week of years and final part of this prophecy in verse 27 of Daniel 9. This verse and 70th week starts with the pronoun he which would in grammar refer back to the next previous singular subject noun. In this case this is the prince as in the people of the prince mentioned in verse 26. This means the he of verse 27 must in some way be similiar to the prince as the people of the prince. Most teachers and students of Bible prophecy from a literal perspective believe this means the antichrist who is referred to in verse 27 will be of a revived Roman Empire and be a military general and an emperor of that revived Roman Empire. This is because Titus, the prince as in people of the prince, was of the original Roman Empire and was then in 70AD a Roman general and soon after that (by about 79 AD) became emperor after his father Vespasian died. Next, it should be noted the he of verse 70 who is the Antichrist or last days Satanic world ruler who is yet a little in the future since the events of verse 27 have never fully been fulfilled, will confirm a covenant with many for a week. This is also a week of 7 years which is also the time of the tribulation in the Book of Revelation in that major New Testament prophetic book. This phrase also states that the Antichrist will confirm a covenant for that period of time. Another word for covenant is treaty, pact or, agreement including in the sense of peace treaty or peace pact and this will involved many which probably means many nations. Also to confirm something means to use some related elements that have already been established which means this peace treaty by the Antichrist will use at least some elements of world peace attempts especially as we shall see next in the Middle East especially involving Israel established by world powers such as by the United States, the United Nations, the European Union or others such as Russia, Israel or Arab nations. The time of these Middle East peace treaty attempts to the time of the Antichrist especially in recent history and for what time remains ahead until this false peace agreement or treaty by the Antichrist with the world especially Israel. This is generally how the Antichrist, Satan the devil's counterfeit of the true God's annointed one Jesus Christ, will reveal himself to the world at the beginning of the tribulation.
There is further light or information given to us of this treaty that the Antichrist will make with the world especially Israel and reveal himself as false Christ or false Messiah at the beginning of the tribulation. (This revelation of the Antichrist will be immediately after the entire true Church or all true Christians are raptured or caught up to heaven since the Church is not mentioned in this last week of Daniel's prophecy relating to the tribulation period. The day of Pentecost was when God started the Church or the collection of true Christians by sending down His Holy Spirit into the hearts of the first disciples of Jesus and was recorded in Acts 2 in the New Testament. The Church Age which started almost 2,000 years ago to the time of the rapture to heaven of the true Church. This Church Age in the Seventy weeks of Daniel 9 prophecy would be on one hand after Messiah being cut off (the death on the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah) and mostly after the people of the prince destroying the city and the sanctuary (Jerusalem and Herod's Temple) in verse 26 and on the other hand to the beginning of the 70th week of seven years in verse 27 with the confirmation of a false world but especially Middle East peace with Israel by the Antichrist. Next in verse 27 we are told, as God originally revealed through Daniel to his fellow Jews or Israelites in his day, that in the midst of this week of seven years the Antichrist will cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease. This means the Antichrist or false Messiah or man of sin or beast out of the sea will 3 1/2 years after he is publicly revealed stop the animal sacrifices (sacrifices) and oblations (wine offerings poured on the animal sacrifices). The animal sacrifices will be in the first 3 1/2 year half in the 3rd or tribulation Jewish temple with a Levitical priesthood and sacrificial system as mentioned in the Old Testament book of Leviticus. The Antichrist will include this Levitical sacrificial system restoration as part of his seven year peace treaty with Israel at the beginning of the tribulation and beginning of verse 27. The Antichrist half way through the 7 year tribulation will break this treaty with Israel and the other nations of the world to fully take control of the world and the people left behind on it for the second half of the tribulation.
This 3 1/2 year midpoint of the tribulation is mentioned a couple times as 42 months or 1260 days in the Book of Revelation chapters 11 to 13 with these number of days again based on the Babylonian calendar. Later on this calendar was largely adopted by the Jews or Israelites with 360 days in a year. Also you can't make something to stop like these sacrifices if they haven't started before. This is one reason that which is one reason why Bible believing Christians and Jews believe confirming the covenant includes the Antichrist agreeing with Israel to allow the resumption of their animal sacrifices and the rebuilding of a Jewish temple on the site of their former Jewish or Israelite temples on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel. Next in verse 27 is mentioned that after the Antichrist stops the Jewish Levitical sacrifice and oblation he will take over this 3rd Jewish temple in Jerusalem for worldwide enforced worship of himself as God there. This act of the Antichrist is mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2 or Revelation 13 in the New Testament and referred to by the Lord Jesus Christ in His Olivet discourse in Matthew 24:15. The devil has always coveted the worship of humans as He knows that worship by humans is what is most precious to the true God and this worship of humans to the devil or Satan or Lucifer suits him, especially his characteristic of pride. The devil through his agent the Antichrist, who will be then be totally possessed of the devil as mentioned in Revelation 12 and 13 after the devil is kicked out of heaven for good half way through the tribulation and the antichrist, will then go into the holy of holies or most holy place of the tribulation temple to be worshipped as God. This act of the Antichrist, beast out of the sea, little horn or man of sin taking over this third Jewish temple and going into the holy of holies there to be worshipped as God is what is meant by the overspreading of abomination (something intolerable or detestable). This act by the Antichrist will make this Jewish temple (the temple of God) and its holy of holies spiritually desolate. This enforced worldwide worship by the Antichrist from everyone on earth of the Antichrist as God and to take his mark in their forehead or in their hand, perhaps with an embedded microchip including a pledge of allegiance to him by the person receiving it. The Antichrist having people killed or driven into hiding if they refuse to worshp him as God or receive his 666 mark will continue until the end of the seven year tribulation and the end of the second 3 1/2 years of the tribulation to the Consummation.
This Consummation will be the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah) from heaven to earth with the glory of God the Father (the Skekinah glory), many of the holy angels and all true Christians and some other already raised Israelite or other Old Testament saints such as mentioned in scriptures like Matthew 26:64, Mark 14:62, Matthew 13:41, 49-50, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, Revelation 19. Jesus the Son of God and part of the Godhead also became perfect man and then a resurrected man in glorious body. Jesus will return as God in a glorified human body and at the end of the tribulation will judge the world including the antichrist the desolate or desolator and set up God's visible kingdom on earth such as in Revelation 19:17-20:6. Again this consummation with be the establishment of everlasting righteousness etc. mentioned in the last three phrases of Daniel 9:24. To anoint the most Holy (place) means that Jesus will move in bodily into the holy of holies in the Millennial or Messianic Kingdom Temple as in Ezekiel 43 and 44 but also with the Shekinah glory of God the Father from heaven with God the Father as the Skekinah glory to enter in or hover over that temple. So I believe all the current power grab and limitations of social movement or gathering or work etc. by world authorities are setting the stage for the very soon fulfillment of these last days events. These are the last days events mentioned or implied in the last part of the prophecy the 70th week of 7 years of this prophecy of the 70 weeks of Daniel 9. In particular this Covid-19 crisis is leading to what will happen next of major prophetic events on earth with the false peace including with Israel to allow rebuilding of her temple in Jerusalem and the revelation of the Satanic Antichrist to start the 7 year tribulation. This confirmed peace treaty with Israel by the Antichrist (the beast out of the sea of Revelation 13 or he who causes abomination of Daniel 9:27) will be after the preceding rapture or catching up to heaven of all the true Church or true Christians from all nations on earth. It is true that we (all people on earth) are and continue to suffer the limitations of human rights and social freedom and some people afflicted with the disease of Covid-19 at this time together, as the mass media, health and government authorities are fond of telling us here in Canada at least. However, we who are now on earth will not all be in the tribulation together but only those who are left behind on earth who didn't trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour before the tribulation and preceding rapture of the Church to heaven. To trust in the Lord Jesus includes to trust in Him as the One who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead to bring us into a restored relationship with God and secure us an eternal home in heaven before the rapture of the Church and following tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. The scripture reference to the prophecy of the 70 weeks of Daniel in Daniel 9 is as follows:
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy (your) holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity (lawlessness), and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and the prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy (place). Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice adn the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abomination he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that being determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:24-27
One of the aspects of behaviour that God through the Apostle Paul emphasizes for people who are or become Christians to live for God in general but especially in the last generation before the rapture of the Church is godly living. Godly living includes refraining from fornication or sexual immorality (which I admit can sometimes be difficult with increasing temptations that way in the world but I am by God's grace trying to make some effort to be faithful to Him in this way too but I long for Jesus to come for me and the rest of His Church right away.) On the other hand, God through the Apostle Paul, gives instruction to Christians to godly living to have godly or unselfish love towards especially fellow Christians including while we are in this world. Not least in the last generation of the current Church Age before the rapture of the Church to heaven and following tribulation. The tribulation will still have on earth people who are left behind on earth and have to cope with the Antichrist and God's wrath with the plagues mentioned in the Book of Revelation etc.
God through the Apostle Paul also encourages Christians in his time and throughout the present Church Age. This encouragement to Christians is again not least what could likely be the last generation of the Church Age for God's primary people, His chosen spiritual or heavenly people the Church or born again Christians. The encouragement or challenge in this section is to be quiet and do our own business whether this is secular work, studying, Christian service formally or informally or some combination. It could be that this last part of this chapter, verses 11 and 12, is even more ironic or appropriate if the rapture or catching up to heaven of Christians happens right away. The great difficulty to work now is because all of worldwide society and our leaders have made it more difficult still for many people to work including Christians including those who were working until recently. This is because of the perhaps too excessive measures towards social isolation and physical distancing. These restrictive measures involved the closing of many businesses or organizations in what are supposed to be public measures directed by the United Nations allied World Health Organization to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus and its effect of causing serious respiratory disease or even death.
Next, starting in verse 13 of 1 Thessalonians 4 is a main passage about the rapture or catching up to heaven of the whole Church or all true Christians who become the particular object of God's grace. This is because to be saved in the sight of the true God in His word the Holy Bible we have to humble ourselves and admit we are sinners (at least that we are not contiuously sinless in word, thought and deed which is still being sinners by God's measure in His word the Holy Bible), to also need to trust in God's Son Jesus Christ for salvation and God's perfect righteousness through Him as a free gift. (as in Ephesians 2:8-10 or Romans 6:23, 1 Peter 3:18 etc.). We trust in Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour through trusting that He died on the cross for all our sins and rose from the dead to give us God's eternal life and restored relationship. This relationship with God was lost because our sins and the sins of the first man and woman Adam and Eve we as human beings are all descended from) with Him. Trusting in Jesus is not only the condition of being saved or having God's forgiveness and eternal life but also in taking part in the rapture of the Church and not being left on earth for the tribulation as in verse 14 of 1 Thessalonians 4. It might or probably is mostly true that we (everyone now on earth including all Christians as well as all non-Christians) are all in this Covid-19 international crisis together. (I often hear this message on the mass media from the government or public health advertisements still). However all we who are earth during the last generation before the rapture or catching up to heaven of the complete Church before the 7 year tribulation then second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to judge this world and set up God's kingdom visibly over all the Earth won't be in the tribulation together. The true Church won't be with the rest of the people on earth in the tribulation since God considers those who trust in Him through His Son Jesus Christ as people of His grace He will spare from that. One other reason I believe we are in the generation that will see and experience for Christians without physical death of being raptured or caught up to heaven before the tribulation is because there are still some people on earth who saw the Jewish nation of Israel be re-established on earth in 1948 alive. In 1948 Israel again became a Jewish nation for the first time since 70 AD or maybe about 600 BC. I believe the generation especially of Jewish or Israelite people who eye-witnessed Israel become a state or nation on earth again in 1948 are the aspect of the fig tree sending out its shoots in Matthew 24:32-35 or Luke 21:29-32. This prophecy of the fig tree referring to the national restoration of Israel includes that some of that generation will still be physically alive when not only the rapture of the Church but following tribulation and Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Messiah) (part of all these things as in Matthew 24) are fulfilled.
The passage in the rest of 1 Thessalonians 4 goes on to give more details of the rapture of the entire true Church including all true Christians from the time of Pentecost almost 2,000 years ago to the time of the rapture in the very near future. This will involve the Lord Jesus Christ coming to the air for His true Church made of all true Christians or every nation on Earth who had by then personally received Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour. When Christians are caught up from earth to the air at the rapture of the Church we will each be changed into our eternal resurrection body and brought back to heaven with Jesus. Jesus will meet us in the air or the outer atmosphere of Earth or near outer space after he comes to there from the third or highest heaven.
It is very popular now, and I think it has been very popular for some time, who often refer to and know this Bible verse some of whom might now want to go to heaven right away to quote verses such as those in Matthew 24 that no man knows the day or hour of Jesus' coming again to mean we can't have any idea when that time is even for Christians. However the passage at the beginning of 1 Thessalonians 5 says differently. Although we still as Christians, and certainly those who are still not Christians, can't know the exact day or hour when Jesus will return at His Second Coming or preceding rapture of the Church to heaven as focused on here in 1 Thessalonians 5 we can know the approximate time. That is what is meant that we should watch for Jesus to come from heaven to take His Church to heaven before the tribulation and that that day should not come upon us as a thief (unexpectedly or not knowing even the approximate years). This is because there are many signs in God's Word the Holy Bible for people at the end of the Church Age or Age or Dispensation of Grace which is when I believe we are now living in. I believe this places us currently in the Bible prophecy timeline a little before the rapture of the Church but especially of the immediately following 7 year tribulation, 70th week of Daniel or time of God's wrath on earth and the people then left behind on earth. These signs are mentioned in a number of passages throughout the Bible or the word of God in the New or Old Testament such as natural phenomena or human social behavour on Earth in Matthew 24 getting worse, the list of moral decline in 2 Timothy 3, the trend towards world government in preparation for the Antichrist in the tribulation in Revelation 13 or the re-establishment of Israel as a nation on Earth as in Matthew 24:32-35, Ezekiel 37 etc.
Lastly in 1 Thessalonians verse 9 or chapter 5 there is a mention to Christians that God has not appointed us to wrath but to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. I and a significant number of other Christians who strive to interpret or study God's word the Bible literally in context including keeping a distinction between God's chosen heavenly or spiritual people of this age who are the Church or true Christians and God's chosen earthly people Israel. Israel is God's focused people in most of the Old Testament, the early parts of the Gospels especially Matthew, Mark and Luke and of the 7 year tribulation and following Millennial or Messianic Kingdom of Jesus after His Second Coming at the end of the tribulation. We who are (mostly literal) bible believing and part of evangelical or born again Christians believe verse 9 or 1 Thessalonians 5 is a reference that all true Christians. True Christians have in our heart admitted we are sinners to God through Jesus in prayer and received Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour. A promise to all true Christians, including those physically alive on Earth at the end of this present Church Age is that we will be spared enduring God's wrath poured out to people on earth during the tribulation. We who are true Christians before the rapture will also be saved from the presence of sin on earth at the rapture or catching up of the whole true Church before the tribulation starts as mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-58, John 14:1-3, Philippians 3:20-21 or Revelation 4:1-3. In Revelation 4:1-3 the Apostle John is a picture of the pre-tribulation rapture of the entire Church. This verse, verse 9 of 1 Thessalonians 5, is I believe, another indication from God's word that all we who are earth now in what is likely the last generation before the last days events of the rapture of the Church, and then for those non-Christians left behind on earth the 7 year tribulation, then the Second Coming of Jesus with His true Church from heaven to earth and establishment of God's visible Kingdom on Earth. The pre-tribulation rapture to heaven of all true Christians will not be together with all the rest of the people now on earth in this last generation who haven't yet or end up not before the rapture of the Church and following tribulation on earth. The true God's way to become a true Christian or part of God's true Church is by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as one's personal Lord and Saviour and admitting to God the Father in Jesus's name that one is a sinner (not always sinlessly perfect according to His word the Holy Bible) in His sight. The scripture passage in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:9 states how God wants Christians to live on earth especially in the last generation of the Church Age before the rapture of the Church before the tribulation. This scripture passage then states the actual details of the rapture or catching up to heaven of the true Church and some verses encouraging watching for Jesus's coming for His Church. The scripture passage then states that, especially if we trust in Jesus before the rapture, can by God's Holy Spirit in the Bible and events on earth etc. indications of the approximate time of the pre-tribulation rapture of the Church. Finally this scripture passage then states that we as true Christians who trust in Jesus won't be all in it together in the 7 year tribulation on earth after the rapture with those who haven't trusted in the Lord Jesus as personal Lord and Saviour before the rapture of the true Church and following tribulation is also as follows:
Furthermore then be beseech (urge) you, brethren (brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus), and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye (you) ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel (body) in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence (sexual immorality), even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness (sexual action outside of marriage in this life), but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit. But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren (brothers and sisters in Christ) which are i Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep (physically dead). For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout. with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds (of earth's atmosphere or air), to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord (be then brought with him to heaven as in John 14:1-3). Wherefore comfort one another with these words. But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety (or security); then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep (be spiritually inattentive), as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that are drunken (spiritually with over pre-occupation with things of this world (world system or age) are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:9
In an article from The Guardian online newspaper with title US and Russia blocking UN plans for a global ceasefire amid crisis by Simon Tisdall on April 19, 2020 there is an initial statement that the UN initiated global ceasefire is backed by dozens of nations and many human rights groups and charities. In other articles on this topic it was stated that this attempted global ceasefire is not binding. This Guardian article states that it has been the US and Russia that have blocked the UN and UN Security Council from making this UN initiated global ceasefire binding. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in this regard requested an immediate stop to conflicts involving governments and armed militias in all war-torn regions about a month ago. The UN leader stated in this regard: "The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war." The Guardian article notes that the US Trump administration was hindering the strong promotion of this global ceasefire proposal by at least 50 or 60 nations, including some main US allied nations such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany. It was also stated this global ceasefire involved promotion by human rights groups, many charities and the Roman Catholic pope from bringing this measure to be an international binding one.
It was French President Emmanuel Macron who offered a draft UN Security Council resolution that would make this UN initiated global peace deal non binding. As a non-binding resolution it would therefore be more difficult to enforce in order to get around US and Russian objections to it. This resolution introduced by Mr. Macron apparently welcomes the appeal for a global ceasefire by UN Secretary General Guterres and expresses support for it. However the French led variation of this global ceasefire call would not be binding and would permit some leeway for leaders of UN states that they think is necessary to protect their national interest. Mr. Tisdall says of the US objection to the initial binding version for a global ceasefire: "The US objections arise from White House, Pentagon and State Department concerns that an all-encompassing measure could hinder their ability to prosecute military operations against (Islamic) terrorist groups, for example Isis in Iraq, and other targets that are deemed hostile to US interests." Author of this article Mr. Tisdall also states some of the basis for Russian objections to a universal binding global ceasefire as follows: "Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, is believed to have similiar reservations regarding the impact on Russian military operations in Syria and on Moscow's unacknowledged support for proxy groups and non-state militias in war-torn countries such as Libya." A recent report of the more binding initial form of the proposed UN initiated global ceasefire on the website of the UN foreign affairs thinktank Foreign Policy Institute states: "both (US and Russian) governments fear that a universal ceasefire could potentially constrain their own efforts to mount what they consider legitimate counter-terrorism operations overseas." The author of the Foreign Policy report, Colum Lynch, said in addition about US reluctance to back the earlier more binding global ceasefire proposed by UN leader Antonio Guterres: "The US is also concerned that a blanket ceasefire could inhibit Israel's ability to engage in military operations throughout the Middle East." This last statement was supposed to be a reference to actions in other countries by Israel such as recent airstrikes on targets in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Some foreign policy analysts also stated that some of the American objection to a binding global ceasefire was because the US wanted to continue to have freedom to carry out attacks related to Iran. These attacks on Iran or Iranian interests in other nations on pro-Iranian militias in Iraq or to implement strikes against Iran's military leaders such as the recent one by a US drone that killed terrorist mastermind the Iranian Revolutionary Guards general Qassem Suleimani.
On March 23rd, with regard to this proposed global ceasefire, Guterres "appealed to warring parties across the globe to end hostilities and join together to fight Covid-19 instead." Mr. Guterres said in this context: "End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world. It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now. That is what our human family needs, now more than ever." The global ceasefire call by UN leader Guterres was earlier publicly supported by a significant number of charities, religious organizations and human rights groups. Pope Francis publicly spoke out in support of the global ceasefire in his Easter message from the Vatican. In April Henrietta Fore, leader of the UN children's fund UNICEF, warned: "250 million children living in the 'waking nightmare' of conflict desperately needed warring parties to stop fighting as the pandemic spread." Over 50 nations (now I believe at least 60) have supported Guterres's initiative on the proposed global ceasefire and this includes some NATO allies. Spokespeople for these nations in a co-signed letter voiced their concern that the UN Security Council hadn't yet taken action to implement this global ceasefire. However this letter wasn't signed by Russia or the US. This letter stated in part: "As the global Covid-19 pandemic spreads, we are concerned about the plight of women, children, and all civilians caught in armed conflicts ... these populations are already impacted disproportionately by armed conflict." The combined nation letter also stated: "An immediate global ceasefire would markedly reduce these impacts, allow for much-needed humanitarian assistance and protection, and hopefully diminish the spread of Covid-19."
Support for this Covid-19 related global ceasefire was also expressed by the United Kingdom in the person of the UK foreign secretary (minister) and acting Prime Minister as follows: "(it's) the fight of our lives and we must unite against it". There however continues to be some mixed messages from US officials. Kelly Craft the US ambassador to the UN gave her public support for a global peace deal and that the French revision of the UN peace deal could be agreed on soon. A spokesman for the US State Department mentioned to Foreign Policy as an example of hesitation to back the proposed global peace deal: "The United States supports the secretary-general's call for a global ceasefire, but have noted that we will continue to fulfil our legitimate counter-terrorism mission." More universal agreement on this global ceasefire proposal has also been limited by the US in calling Covid-19 the "Wuhan virus". Foreign policy analysts say, likely rightly, the US president's language about the Covid-19 virus would have led to a Chinese veto in the UN Security Council. The US also didn't support some of the wording of the joint nation letter that was quite supportive of the UN related World Health Organization (WHO).
In this Guardian article, writer Simon Tisdall said of the optimism that more full agreement can be obtained for it by world leaders according to French President Emmanuel Macron, one of the foremost supporters of this deal: "Macron nevertheless expressed optimism on Wednesday that the draft resolution would be agreed. He said he had spoken personally to Trump, China's president Xi Jinping, and the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, and all had offered their backing." Mr. Tisdall further said: "Macron said he was hopeful Putin would also come onboard, and that a video summit of the five permanent members of the security council would be held to announce their agreement."
This Guardian article noted also that if there was such a joint public statement by all the permanent members of the security council it might improve the public esteem and regard for the Security Council. Mr. Tisdall noted the low public regard for the UN Security Council in saying it has been criticized for their lack of forceful Covid-19 response and that the global ceasefire might still disappoint global disarmament activists that continue to demand "an unconditional truce and an effective, joined up international response." Mr. Tisdall then notes that if the post powerful nations can choose what parts of the UN-mandated global peace they uphold and what parts they ignore "then non-state actors and terrorist groups may decide to do likewise." In different conflict areas of the world there has been some support for the global ceasefire by one or more sides of conflicts in a number of areas. However the proposed global ceasefire has emboldened some of the combatting parties in some other conflicts. For instance, in the more sympathetic response examples, the coalition led by Saudi Arabia declared a ceasefire in Yemen and there have been more peaceful developments in conflicts in Columbia and the Philippines. However a main example of exploiting the peaceful intentions of the UN and French President Macron led global peace effort was from one of the parties in the long duration war in Afghanistan. There ISIS called on its fighters to attack the "crusader nations" while they are pre-occupied with the Covid-19 virus crisis.
In an article by the United Nations Security Council dated April 23, 2020 with the title Palestinian-Israeli Cooperation to Combat Covid-19 Pandemic under Threat by New Push for West Bank Annexation, Special Coordinator Warns Security Council with link https://www.un.org/press/en/2020/sc14167.htm there is a summary of the response to this issue by each of the present members of the UN Security Council. There is significant focus on the impending new policy of Israel to annex some of the West Bank or Judaea and Samaria near the Jordan River. The Jordan Valley frontier annexation plan by Israel is meant by Israel as a security buffer against any possible future invasion by Muslim nations to its east such as Iran, Iraq or Jordan across the Jordan River. Such an invasion by Islamic nations to the east of Israel happened in 1948 by Jordan and Iraq and perhaps was planned in 1967 or 1973. The 5 permanent members of the UN that each have veto power over any UN Security Council resolutions. As a result of these powers UN leader Antonio Guterres and French President Emmanuel Macron are attempting to especially get support form for a global ceasefire duing the Covid-19 crisis so monetary and personnel or other resources can be more focused on recovery from the Covid-19 crisis than attending to injuries, deaths or destruction of property from war or other conflicts. There were statements in this regard by each of the 5 permanent members the US, Russia, China, France and Britain. There were also statements by Israeli and Palestinian representatives to the United Nations and perhaps to its Security Council.
In this report, the Russian representative on the UN Security Council probably gave the most direct mention of the UN's efforts for a global ceasefire amid the regarded Covid-19 crisis and its application to the Israel Palestinian territories area. The Russian representative said the UN Secretary General's promotion of a global ceasefire is should have particular focus on the Palestinian issue. He referred to the Israeli Palestinian conflict as the longest running crisis in the Middle East. The Palestinian representative to the UN Security Council expressed his gratitude for the cooperation between both sides (Israel and the Palestinians) on addressing Covid-19 related health concerns. However, he expressed concern about the possible spread of Covid-19 in the Gaza Strip and the people there in a crowded environmnet already with much poverty. The representative encouraged greater efforts to deliver medical equipment to people in the Palestinian territories especially to those in the Gaza Strip. The representative also went on to state Russia's desire for peace in the holy land including during the current pandemic and partly in the framework of the new UN effort for a global ceasefire as follows: "While the situation in the Middle East is being aggravated by the pandemic, the Russian Federation's support for a just and fair solution, based on relevant United Nations resolutions and with a sovereign Palestinian State, remains unchanged. Expressing regret over continued reports of Israeli settlement activities, demolitions and deadly clashes, he joined other speakers in urging the parties to avoid any provocative actions or unilateral steps."
The French representative, would no doubt be very conscious of the global peace initiative during the Covid-19 crisis initiated by UN leader Guterres and given much greater promotion by French president Macron. He stated his and France's support for a two-State solution in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) but also expressed his concern for the proposed annexation by Israel of part of the West Bank. This was even though Israel's Jordan Valley Annexation plan is more of a defensive measure by Israel. The French representative stated that France and its allies in Europe have regularly spoken against annexation of part of the West Bank which he stated would be viewed as a violation of international law. He said more specifically: "'Such steps if implemented would not pass unchallenged and shall not be overlooked in our relationship with Israel'". He also warned Israel not to call for any further tenders or carrying out other measures to construct any new Jewish settlements in the West Bank or so-called East Jerusalem. He said there was no alternative than for the two sides to work together in confronting the Covid-19 in the regarded pandemic. The French representative went on to say about what he and France desired to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic in the framework of UN resolutions. This framework likely includes the proposed global ceasefire for the part in Israel and the Palestinian territories as follows: "While Israel should guarantee the continued delivery of medical equipment and allow humanitarian evacuations from Gaza, the Palestinian Authority is also responsible for providing medical aid and supplies. France is mobilizing 3 million euros to support the Palestinian response to Covid-19, along with 71 million euros mobilized by the European Union."
The UN Security Council representative from China expressed China's concerns about the Israeli proposal to annex what China called the Occupied Palestinian Territory. He or she which he or she viewed the Israeli Jordan Valley Annexation plan as running counter to international law and relevant Council resolutions. The Chinese representative also stated that the main priority between Israel and the Palestinians should focus in responding to the pandemic (in their relations with each other). He encouraged both sides in the Holy land to maintain and increase cooperation in the public health and security areas. The representative went on to say: "For its part the international community should turn the Covid-19 crisis into an opportunity to invest more effort into the political process, commit to a two-State solution and work towards an early resumption of peace talks."
The reprentative from the United Kingdom complimented co-operation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority with regard to Covid-19 "as an example of the responsible approach that is needed at this difficult time." The British representative encouraged Israel to help the Palestinian economy to still function relatively well and assist in continued stability for the economy under the Palestinian Authority. The representative to the Security Council from the United Kingdom also said: "He had deep concern about reports that the new Israeli governing coalition has reached an agreement paving the way for annexation of parts of the West Bank." He went on to say: "Any such unilateral moves would both damage efforts to restart peace talks and contravene international law."
There was a different perspective, that was more supportive of Israel, from the representative to the UN Security Council from the other of the five permanent Security Council members the United States. The US representative emphasized that the present effort to stop the spread of Covid-19 in Israel and the Palestinian Authorities and maintain some focus on the long term goal of a Middle East peace. With a possible reference to the US initiated Deal of the Century proposed Middle East peace plan she said: "Welcoming 'true leadership ... that puts aside politics and makes bold decisions for the well-being of Israeli and Palestinian people' and that "Washington is committed to helping leaders make choices that save human lives and honour human dignity." The US representative mentioned that the US committed $5 million to support Palestinian hospitals and households. The representative also reiterated that the US would continue to monitor how US assistance could be best used in the future. She stated that in consideration of progress in Israel towards a unity government, Israel can count on "the United States' unwavering support". The US representative stated a conclusion about how actions and relations by and between Israel and the Palestinians in the time of the regarded Covid-19 crisis. This concluding statement gave consideration of the US proposed Deal of the Century Middle East peace proposal and to some extent the global ceasefire proposed in the time of Covid-19 by UN General Secretary General Antonio Guterres and promoted further by French President Emmanuel Macron as follows: "The incentives for peace and progress between Israelis and Palestinians are stronger than ever."
The writer of this report, Palestinian-Israeli Cooperation to Combat Covid-19 Pandemic under Threat by New Push for West Bank Annexation, Special Coordinator Warns Security Council, was Nickolay Mladenov. He commended the citizens and authorities of Israel and the Palestinian territories for cooperating on a much more extensive basis in their work together against the Covid-19 virus spread. He added that Israel must make greater efforts to look after the health of everyone under their authority. Mr. Mladenov then criticized Israel for the proposal by its government to annex some of the West Bank (Judaea and Samaria) near the Jordan Valley as more fully part of Israel. Israel wants this Jordan Valley Annexation as a security buffer from potential attacks from Muslim nations such as Iran and Iraq to its east, Israel was granted authority over this area under the US administration led by President Donald Trump in their Deal of the Century Middle East Peace Deal. Mr. Mladenov stated that such an annexation move by Israel would deal a significant setback to the international including UN backed two state solution for an Israeli Palestinian peace deal. He was implying the Jordan Valley Annexation plan would take away some of the land that the liberal globalists led by the UN want to make part of a Palestinian state, violate international law. The international law referred to are the ones they want to acknowledge but not the Balfour Declaration or the San Remo Agreement that are also international law. Mr. Mladenov also stated Israel's Jordan Valley Annexation plan would close the door to talks in the future by the Israeli and Palestinians or international peace talks brokers.
He said both sides should seize the opportunity for unity or co-operation, with perhaps also having the UN global ceasefire initiated by present leader Antonio Guterres and further promoted by current French president Emmanuel Macron in mind. He said this opportunity was provided to Israeli and Palestinians from the Covid-19 regarded pandemic and their work together so far in combatting it. He also stated that the Israeli government should turn back from threatening to annex the Jordan Valley frontier area of the West Bank. Mr. Mladenov stated in these regards: "I strongly urge Israeli and Palestinian leaders to seize this moment to take steps towards peace, to reject unilateral moves that will only deepen the wedge between the two peoples and undermine the chances for peace." Mr. Mladenov probably had not only the long-standing UN backed two state solution or Oslo Accords but also the more recent current UN Secretary General initiated global ceasefire in mind. Specifically the consideration of these peace proposals could be when he noted the two main Israeli parties (the Likud Party led by its leader Benjamin Netanyahu and a main leader of the former Blue and White Party now I think called the Israel Resilience Party and its leader Benny Gantz) agreed to form an emergency national unity government. It's true that part of the basis of that agreement to form a united government was for annexation by Israel of the Jordan Valley frontier part of the West Bank. However the Israel unity government agreement was also designed to avoid a fourth election in just over a year and to better make a united effort to confront the regarded Covid-19 pandemic. In this connection, Mr. Mladenov noted that the Palestinian Authority (PA) led by Mahmoud Abbas threated in response to cancel the "implementation of all existing bilateral agreements" with Israel. Mr. Mladenov added in this regard, again probably with seeing these new areas of disagreement between the Israeli and Palestinians as an obstacle to further realization of the UN backed two-state solution and global ceasefire initative: "The looming political crisis detracts from significant co-operation between Israeli and Palestinians, alongside the United Nations and other partners, to combat the spread of the coronavirus."
UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov stated the United Nations (UN) has committed $34 million to attend to Covid-19 or other public health and humanitarian needs in the Middle East. He detailed some of the UN help to confronting the Covid-19 related crisis in Israel and the Palestinian territories. These include over one million supply items including lab equipment, personal protective gear and several thousand Covid-19 tests. He mentioned these supplies or equipment reached hospitals and clinics either through UN channels or through the Palestinian Ministry of Health and that the UN has started a program of training health personnel to confront Covid-19 in the Gaza Strip. In addition he stated: "Israel is also providing support to Palestinians in combatting the pandemic, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has opened its health services to non-refugees in Gaza."
However he stated Palestinian officials still mentioned there was a lack of medical equipment. He stated that now only two of six hospitals in East Jerusalem. East Jerusalem includes all of the Old City of Jerusalem including the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount was where the biblical Solomon's or First and Zerubbabal-Herod's or Second Jewish Temples stood before. The Temple Mount is also where Bible prophecy says and Jewish Temple activists already want to build the next Jewish temple stood before. The Temple Mount is what the Muslims call Haram al-Sharif or the Noble Sanctuary or Al-Aqsa mosque are properly prepared to handle cases of Covid-19. He added the closure of a Covid-19 testing clinic in the Jerusalem area mostly Arab neighbourhood of Silwan on April 14 was a concern. Mr. Mladenov urged support for managing staff of all prisons and detention centres of what he called vulnerable individuals they are in charge of. He also noted that the Covid-19 crisis is substantially heavily affecting (increasing) (abuse such as domestic abuse as in other areas of the world) women and exacerbating inequality. He also mentioned the Covid-19 crisis and lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinian territories could lead to a loss for the Palestinian economy of $1 billion. He stated there was a larger loss because the Palestinian Authority doesn't have access to "many conventional financial tools" such as international banks etc.
Mr. Mladenov noted there was a significant decrease in conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian sides. However he said there were still several new rocket launches from Gaza in the review period. He gave credit to Hamas, responding to the parties launching these rockets, arrested eight "civil society activists" (or unaligned Islamic terrorists). Mr. Mladenov referred to these independent Gaza terrorists' plans by stating his belief that they "have been questioned by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)." He then mentioned that (probably in reference to Israel in response to the rocket launches into its territory) some of the crossing points to Gaza were blocked and some other substantial limitations to movement of people and maybe vehicles were implemented. He also mentioned violent incidents continued here and there around or from Gaza and this led to 3 Palestinians killed and 25 injured with several Gaza Palestinian leaders arrested and soon after released. At the same time Mr. Mladenov mentioned there was a continued concern that "water and hygience structures could be targetted".
There was also direct response from Palestinian and Israeli representatives to the United Nations Security Council who commented on this Security Council meeting devoted to the UN guided response to the Covid-19 regarded pandemic. The UN Security Council meeting sought a Covid-19 virus response in the Middle East within the context of the UN supported two state solution or more recent UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres initiated and French President Emmanuel Macron promoted global ceasefire in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Mr. Mladenov mentioned part of the Palestinian response in this context as follows: "Speaking following the briefing, the Permanent Observer for the State of Palestine appealed for urgent international support for UNRWA and respect for the (UN) Secretary-General's 23 March appeal for a global ceasefire, which was endorsed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas." The Palestinian representative stated about the UN response to the Covid-19 in the UN supported two state solution and call for global ceasefire: "This must include a call on Israel to cease its war on the Palestinian people" The Palestinian UN Security Council representative emphasized what he called: "the need to release prisoners and lift the "amoral" longstanding blockade of Gaza." The Palestinian reprentative added that while many (in the world) are suffering at this time, the pain of the Palestinian people is unique, "having endured 53 years of oppression." The Palestinian representative stated that although the Palestinian Authority was making efforts to halt the spread of Covid-19 Israel in his view hadn't been persuaded to stop its "illegal activities." The Palestinian representative mentioned specifically and somewhat contentiously in this regard: "Most flagrant has been Israel's new annexation push, on which it forges ahead with blatant contempt for the Council's resolutions." The Palestinian representative, neglecting some of their own positions including giving priority to giving money to families of some of their Islamic terrorists who were killed by Israel for killing numbers of Israelis. Some other anti-Israel possible Palestinian proposals include insisting any Palestinian state not maintain any Jewish people. Some of the Palestinian Authority leadership are really more interested that Jewish people not have any state of their own above than the Palestinian Authority's ostensible main concern that the so-called Palestinians have another Arab state in the Holy Land. In this connection the Palestinian representative to the UN Security Council mentioned that Israel's annexation move would lead to "a collapse of any chance for peace through a two-State solution." The Palestinian respresentative stated the result as he saw it of Israel taking control of some of the West Bank (Judaea or Samaria): "The result, we all know, will be a one-State solution of apartheid." He stated such an outcome must be especially avoided. The Palestinian representative encouraged the international (or global) community: "not to let the naming of a so-called 'emergency Government' in Israel distract from illegal actions, adding: "Now is the time to become more humane, more giving, not more brutal and more insatiable."
The representative of Israel to the UN Security Council emphasized that Covid-19 "doesn't distinguish across borders, peoples and Governments 'show their true colours.'" The Israel representative described some of Israel's contribution to confronting the spread of the Covid-19 virus within the UN (or possibly US) supported Middle East peace proposals. These anti-Covid-19 measures include that Israel is supplying resources for the UN response (to Covid-19), enabling the movement of medical supplies and food into Gaza and carrying out training of Palestinian health workers. He also mentioned Israel had donated health equipment, including (Covid-19) testing kits to the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli representative to the UN Security Council said in contrast to some of these good-will efforts of Israel to the Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority to decided to act in a way of "hate and libel." The Israeli represenative mentioned that (such as in Medieval Europe) Jews have through history been blamed for initiating epidemics and he rejected slanderous attacks by the Palestinian Authority. (I believe the Israeli representative to the Security Council referred to some Palestinian spokesperson's encouragement of the idea that Israeli soldiers were spreading Covid-19 to Palestinians in Palestinian Arab territories such as the Gaza Strip). The Israeli representative clarified that Israeli soldiers were risking their lives to limit the spread of Covid-19 (by bringing relevant medical equipment or supplies etc.) for the benefit of both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. He mentioned there could be serious consequences (probably at least in significant part meaning the Palestinians could be left on the outside of a future further implementation of the US President Donald Trump led Deal of the Century wider Israeli Arab peace deal) if: "The Palestinian Authority remains willing to spread lies to 'score a few cheap political points.'" The Israeli representative to the UN Security Council reminded the other participants at the meeting of a national government who is a more real threat to international peace: "The Iranian regime has asked for sanctions imposed against it to be lifted amid the pandemic, even as it launched a new (possibly military) satellite. The Israeli representative to the UN Security Council added: "Iran cannot be permitted to use the outbreak (of Covid-19) to advance it nuclear agenda."
As far as response by the ten other representatives of temporary members of the UN Security Council there was substantial commendation for co-operation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This co-operation was in reference to Israel enabling delivery of medical equipment and supplies and some training of health personnel in Gaza to help confront the Covid-19 virus or its spread in the Palestinian territories especially the more poverty stricken Gaza Strip. Also, as summarized by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov, regarding the statements of other current representatives on the UN Security Council: "As Council members delivered statements, several emphasized that the current fragile period requires both parties to avoid any provocative action - including incitement, settlement activity, demolitions and settler violence - that might undermine their tenuous cooperation in combatting the pandemic. Others insisted that Israel, as the Occuplying Power, bears a special responsibility to keep Palestinians safe against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic." This was also the context of many of the other ten Security Council temporary member state's representatives statements on other aspects of the reponse of the two sides in the Holy Land, Israel and the Palestinian Arabs, in the regarded Covid-19 crisis. The 10 non-permanent UN Security Council member representative made statements regarding dealing with incitement (still some military acts and other incitement especially by the Palestinian authorities as well as regarded illegal Israeli settlement expansion should be in the context of the United Nations supported two-state solution or Oslo Accords and probably now also the more recent promoted global ceasefire. These condemnations of these so-called illegal Israel settlements in the West Bank (Judaea and Samaria) or East Jerusalem are even though these settlements are within lands entitled to the Jews in the Balfour Declaration and the unconditional Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants and conditional Mosaic Covenants of our Creator God with His chosen earthly people Israel in God's word the Holy Bible. This global ceasefire that could also apply to the Middle East is the one initiated by current UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres, promoted especially by French President Emmanuel Macron and other global leaders especially since the start of the regarded Covid-19 virus pandemic.
Just as a review, the United Nations has their General Assembly meetings for about two weeks every year in September. These involve leaders and major officials of all nations on Earth. There are both meetings on special topics usually with a global focus as well as the General Debate in which each nation's leader or representative has the opportunity to address the leaders and representatives of all other nations in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York City. The leaders of nations speaking at the General Debate and also at some of the special topic meetings also have the opportunity to address specific concerns from a global perspective managed by the United Nations to the world in general by way of written reports and in some cases video recording of the meetings and points of concern. There is usually a primary topic for the overall General Assembly Meeting of the United Nations. This year (2019) the official theme statement was: "Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion." A particular focus of this year's United Nations General Assembly was a progress review and recommittment to implemenation of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
These SDGs are a continuation but expansion of the earlier UN Millennial Development Goals (MDGs) set in the year 2000. While many but not all of these goals in themselves are good also from a biblical Christian viewpoint, the main problem from a biblical Christian viewpoint is that these SDGs and the United Nations in general has come to be guided by a very humanistic and multi-faith rather than biblical Christian focus and priorities so that in some cases the values they pursue or the emphasis they place on how to fulfill them turn out to be anti-Christian or anti-biblical and more likely are leading up to the government of the anti-Christ that the kingdom on Earth of the true Christ Jesus of Nazareth after His Second Coming with the glory of God the Father and His Church and Holy Angels and other saints from Israel and the nations from Heaven to Earth. Some examples of good goals are improving or preserving the environment, helping provide work and basic income to all people, ending world hunger, or limiting violence.
Some of the problems from a biblical Christian view is that the United Nations as also with other humanists or liberals including other liberal globalists more and more support relativism and regard all religions as the same and if anything treat Bible believing Christians more oppressively than other faiths or people of other faiths or of no faith at all because the humanists or liberals including at the UN don't like the biblical Christian position that the God of the Bible and His Son Jesus Christ is the only true God and the only true Saviour from sin for people of all nations or ethnic groups. Many of the humanistic people at the UN also promote other non-Christian values such as pursuing improvement of the environment at all costs so that Christians would regard them as worshipping the creation more than the Creator and also that the United Nations and their actions and policies including with Agenda 2030 or the SDGs have a reverse view on morals putting lesbians, homosexuals, or transexuals the LGBT on some what of a pedestal as the most noble people including who to promote inclusiveness regarding rather that the biblical Christian position which would include more strict morals and having intimate sex only between one man and one woman in marriage generally for life and not regarding well the efforts to change the sexual identity a person is conceived and born with seeing that initial sexual or gender identity as God's will.
This two day meeting focused on a review of progress and discussion on how to go forward with the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals was the first fully focused meeting in this topic since they were adapted in the UN General Assembly in 2015. This and following information in this paragraph are based on a report from the official UN web site www.un.org with the article Sustainable development summit a remindar of "the boundless potential of humanity". This article said the meeting closed on an optimistic note with UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed stating that the SDGs and the position of the people at the meeting talking about them showed: "the boundless potential of humanity to create a better future for all." Amina Mohammed in summarizing the summit mentioned to the representatives present that she was heartened by the "spoken word, the voice of youth, the committment of civil society, the power of an active citizenry and the leadership of our governments" in implementing in all nations of the world the UN SDGs. Deputy Secretary General Mohammed said she had made three conclusions from the summit: "a renewed commitment from world leaders to implement the Agenda (Agenda 2030 and the component SDGs), which she described as critical to respond to the world's greatest challenges; an acknowledgment that the Goals (SDGs) are off track, and a determination to step up efforts to achieve them; and clarity on the task ahead, with a decisive decade left to 'nurture more ambitious global action; local action and people action'".
Mr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande who is the new 2019 annual President of the UN General Assembly stated that the 10 years approaching the 2030 deadline of the Agenda will be a "Decade of Implementation" and he expressed his hope that "we will ensure more integration of the 2030 Agenda into our National Development Plans, mobilize resources and invest in programmes and sectors that are more likely to engender greater acceleration". Mr. Muhammad-Bande underlined the private sector participation in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at the SDG Business Forum (https://www.sdgbusinessforum.org/). That forum took place on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 and it featured "actions, innovative technologies and sustainable financing strategies, aimed at creating a better world for all". He said in summary of the SDG business forum: "I am confident that the business leaders that joined us this week will continue to encourage and inspire actions". He also said: "While governments are responsible for national implementation, they are unable, on their own, to achieve the goals".
Also commenting on the results of the UN SDG Summit, Liu Zhenmin who is the UN's Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs was encouraged by the complete commitment of the UN to support Member States (nations) to help them realize the promises they made to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals for "people and the planet today, and for the generations to come". Under-Secretary-General Zhenmin said in summarizing: "It is encouraging to see that the momentum to step up action is growing, with over 100 new Acceleration Actions (initiatives to speed up progress on sustainable development and boost action on climate change, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all> registered for the goals ahead of the SDG Summit". Lastly the 74th (2019) General Assembly President Muhammad-Bande near the close of the SDG Summit to look forward to the 2020 Summit of the United Nations. At that Summit the Member States of the General Assembly (193 nations) and other participating partners will again report on what they are doing to further implement the SDGs especially within their nation. The problem on this SDG Summit and the General Assembly and much of the United Nations work, goals and philosophy in general is that they are quickly leading to a one world government, economy, religion and even military without the true God and His Son Jesus Christ as true Saviour or His Word the Holy Bible as their main guide or God's people of this age The true Church or called out assembly of people as the main guideline for improving government, economy, religion or even the military on earth but the UN continues to be focused on implementing sometimes by compulsion a liberal or humanistic globalism on all nations and individuals on Earth. This UN focus will likely lead to the revelation of the Antichrist the Beast out of the Sea and the False Prophet the Beast out of the Land with Satan the devil or dragon or serpent to openly and visibly lead the world including the UN as in Revelation 13 extremely soon in the tribulation right after the rapture or catching up to heaven of true or biblical Christians as in 1 Thessalonians 4, 1 Corinthians 15 and John 14. I would therefore urge the reader to if you haven't already done so to admit you have sinned against God according to His Word the Holy Bible and receive in prayer God through His Son Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour and trust in Jesus that He died on the cross for also each of our sins personally when He died on the cross and can and does give eternal life and a restored relationship with God through His as a spiritually and eternally restored child of God. Then you can be assured you won't be left behind to face Earth and society's darkest time in the tribulation as well as you can be assured you will have a blessed eternity with your own residence in heaven John 14:1-3 and not have to worry about ever ending up in hell or the lake of fire we all deserve for our sins John 5:24-29.
The Sustainable Development Goals can be found at (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/ sustainable-development-goals/) are the following and are 17 in total: "1/ No Poverty, 2/ Zero Hunger, 3/ Good Health and Well-being, 4/ Quality Education, 5/ Gender Equality, 6/ Clean Water and Sanitation, 7/ Affordable and Clean Energy, 8/ Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9/ Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 10/ Reduced Inequalities, 11/ Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12/ Responsible Consumption and Production, 13/ Climate Action, 14/ Life Below Water, 15/ Life on Land, 16/ Peace, Justice Institutions, 17/ Partnerships for the Goals.
Mr. Sassoli is from the centre left and stated in his acceptance speech that he wanted to reform the European Parliament and return the European Union to its vision of peace and equality from the previous war and nationalism in Europe. He alse said a better solution needed to be found to handle illegal immigrants. Many of these illegal immigrants have come across the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya and other parts of Africa through Libya. I believe Mr. Sassoli recognized Italy especially and to some extent Europe in general were continuing to face an unsustainable level of illegal immigration and that this is intensifying the nationalism and so called populism in Europe from people who see some of the traditional European majority and majority culture being eroded by high levels of illegal immigrants including from Africa or the Middle East with a large portion of these illegal immigrants being Muslims. Mr. Sassoli also voiced some concern about Brexit with the ongoing process of the United Kingdom leaving the EU and that is also probably what he meant by his desire to strengthen democracy and the role of the European Parliament so EU citizens feel they have a larger role in what happens in the EU including in immigration, culture or other matters and don't feel they are being abandoned with an open immigration, liberal values agenda from the EU capital of Brussels without any say for people who might not agree with furthering of these values such as social conservatives. The social conservatives would include Europeans would want to preserve at least some of the remaining professing Christian values, churches or other institutions that are being threatened by Europe receiving more non-Christian immigrants including many illegal ones and by special interest groups such as multi-faith or same sex and LGBT groups that promote their agendas at the expense of traditional Christian values.
From this article on the BBC about the selection of Mr. Sassoli for new EU Parliament leader it seems he and those in the EU Council who selected him want to give some room for EU citizens to have more of a voice including on migration so EU citizens and nations will feel more a part of the European Union and want to stay part of it and not to support movements or political parties that advocate political separtion from Europe as with the UK Brexit or for the nationalist or populist parties that rose up to counter the general liberal globalism promoted by the mainstream EU leadership based in Brussels for some time. From a Bible prophecy viewpoint Mr. Sassoli could have been selected so more Europeans will continue to support the main EU leadership even as it gets overall more liberal and globalist including with some of the other new EU leaders so more people in Europe might be accepting the course of events there that could be quickly leading up to the revelation of the Antichrist and new worldly and Satanic world dictator or the man of sin or the beast after the true Church is very soon taken to heaven at the rapture of the Church. I would encourage the reader of this article, if you haven't already done so, to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour who died on the cross for our sins and rose again so you can not only have eternal life and an eternal home in heaven and be a restored child of God but also be taken to heaven before the tribulation and not be left behind on earth during the tribulation. If you have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God before the tribulation and rapture of the Church you also won't have to face the deception of the Antichrist when he first comes in as a wolf in sheep's clothing through a false Middle East and perhaps world peace focused on Israel and the Temple Mount in Daniel 9:27, or his more open demonstrated Satanic and controlling nature in the second half of the tribulation but can instead come from heaven with Jesus and all the true Church or called out from all nations of the world people of the true God when God the Father in His Shekinah glory and the fullness of the Godhead bodily in God the Son Jesus Christ come to Earth at the end of the 7 year tribulation to set up God's kingdom on Earth and for God to judge the world and so you can reign with Jesus and the true Church and restored to God Israel and the saved of the nations. This rule of God through Jesus and restored Israel, the saved of the nations and the true Church will be focused on what will be the capital of the world in the Messianic or Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ after His Second Coming which will be Jerusalem and the promised land of Israel for God's chosen earthly people Israel. The true Church will probably then more directly rule the cities of other parts of the world in the Millennial Kingdom or the visible phase in time of the Kingdom of God on earth.
According to a recent article in the EUObserver "Who are the EU's new leaders", the new leader of the European Commission will be the German politician Ursula von der Leyen. She will replace outgoing European Commission leader Jean Claude Juncker from Luxembourg later this year (2019). Most recently and since 2013 Ursula von der Leyen has been Defence Minister of Germany under the government of Angela Merkel. She is only one of the current cabinet ministers of Angela Merkel's government to have been in office in all four terms of Angela Merkel's government. Von der Leyen was minister of family affairs and youth from 2005 to 2009 and minister of labour and social affairs from 2009 to 2013.
Von der Leyen is a daughter of a high European Union official (director-general) of the European Commission who was in office since 1958 when the European Commission began. She was born in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium and moved from there when she was 13 years old of Lower Saxony, Germany. Her father was prime minister of that state of Germany from 1976 to 1990. She graduated as a doctor of medicine in 1991. She was Angela Merkel's candidate for president of Germany in 2010 but she was blocked from office by more conservative members of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Socialist Union (CDU/CSU). Angela Merkel herself leads the CDU. Von der Leyen spoke out against measures taken by Hungary to limit illegal immigrants coming to their border. She is also dedicated to a European superstate and in favour of a united states of Europe and a European army.
The nomination for new European Council President is Charles Michel from Belgium. Mr. Michel replaces Donald Tusk as the European Council President and Herman VanRompuy before Mr. Tusk. Charles Michel is the son of Louis Michel who was a previous European commission person in the development and humanitarian aid department. Mr. Michel was the Minister for Development Aid in Belgium for four terms from 2007 to 2010. In one of those terms Herman VanRompuy was Belgium Prime Minister with Mr. VanRompuy being European Council President from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Michel became president of the french language liberal party Mouvement Refermateur (MR). There was also three Flemish parties in the government of Belgium. This government collapsed when Mr. Michel and the MR Party and two of the Flemish parties signed the UN Global Compact for Migration with the other Flemish party opposed to signing it or then refusing to continue in the government. Belgium political analysts summarize Mr. Michel as being a dealmaker rather than a visionary with a dealmaker quite important in the different political parties in Belgium politics. (The UN Global Compact for Migration) is a very liberal globalist UN agreement that would facilitate illegal immigration including to Europe across the Mediterranean from Africa and through Greece etc. from the Middle East or other parts of Asia or into the US from Latin America.)The other main position for which there is a nomination for the new term is for the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs. This position is the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the European Union. The nominee for this position is Josep Borrell who was a long-term member and eventual leader of the Spanish socialist party PSOE. Mr. Borrell first ran for office in 1975 and became a councillor for Madrid in 1979. He after that had the posts of Finance Secretary of State and Minister of Public Works and Transport before becoming party leader in 1998. Mr. Borrell left office as party leader after a fraud investigation of him and after that the fining of him for 30,000 Euros for insider trading with an energy company. Mr. Borrell grew up as a baker's son in north Catalonia. Before entering politics he also worked on building sites, farms, restaurants and vineyards. He received training as an engineer in Madrid and earned masters degrees in the US and France.
Mr. Borrell was also a member for Spain of the committee that drafted the no longer in force European constitution in 2001. As part of this draft he is seen as the person mainly responsible for keeping out references to Christianity out of it and has said derogotory things about God before on record such as his statement: "When it comes to democracy, human rights and equality, God is a recent convert. He was comfortable for centuries with slavery". Mr. Borrell is also a supporter/promoter of same sex and other LGBTI "rights".
According to Israel National News, Mr. Borrell is also quite anti-Israel and anti-Semitic as mentioned in their recent article: "EU's next foreign minister a critic of Israel". Israel National News mentions in this article about Mr. Borrell that he was a long time leader of the Spanish socialist party (PSOE) and that he has been nominated to replace Federica Mogherini for EU Foreign Policy Minister and that she was also not popular in Israel. Part of the reason Ms. Mogherini was not popular in Israel was that she strongly supported the now endangered nuclear deal with Iran and her general support for Iran and that she supported the Palestinian demands at least as much as those of Israel in Middle East peace negotiations. Israel was hoping with more popularity for right wing or conservative parties and members including in the European Parliament as well as in many national European parliaments that the European Union would have new leaders more supportive of Israel's positions in the holy land or in international affairs. Israel National News says that the likely approval of Mr. Borrell for new EU foreign minister seems to continue the EU bias towards Iran or the Palestinians etc. at the expense of Israel. Mr. Borrell apparently showed his support for Iran including when he was Spanish foreign minister by making comments supportive of Iran. One such quote in an interview for a newspaper by him was the following: "Iran wants to wipe out Israel, there is nothing new here, we have to live with it". In the previous year (2018), Mr. Borrell stated his country of Spain is willing to recognize Palestine as a state even if the European Union doesn't reach a consensus or unanimous decision on the topic.
Although some good candidates for Antichrist including from Europe have come and gone such as British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Spanish leader Javier del Sonona, Italian leader Romano Prodi, French leader Nicolas Sarkozy and German leader Angela Merkel among others there could be some new candidates with these new leaders for the EU. If not most if not all three of the above new leaders would be good supporters of liberal or not biblical Christian globalism based in the revived roman empire of the European Union. For example the new EU Commission leader Ms. Von der Leyen supporting a federalist or more centralized European Union with a stronger EU army as well as her own considerable political background including as German Defence Minister would certainly support a revived roman empire under the Antichrist as last days world dictator based in Europe during the 7 year tribulation. So would her insistance of allowing into Europe illegal immigrants and her opposing the checks against this of European nations like Hungary. The long term of experince of the new EU Council President in politics in Belgium including as rising up to leader of the liberal French political party in the Belgium national parliament and his reputation in the EU as a capable deal-maker would also fit in well with the Antichrist or his inner circle as ruling the world from Europe to impose the devil's worldly values at the expense of Biblical Judaeo Christian values of the true and living God. Mr. Michel's initiative in signing Belgium onto the UN Compact for Migration also shows he supports liberal globalism above national sovereignty which would mostly likely make him consistent with the values of the Antichrist or Beast Out of the Sea and Man of Sin, False Prophet and the devil Satan as well. Lastly Mr. Borrell with his anti-God values, support of socialism and LGBT "rights" and past efforts to repress Christian values from the EU constitution as well as his Anti-Israel or Anti-Semitic demonstrated bias including while in political office and in the media shows that he would also have characteristics of the New World Order and its leaders including those during the 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel (Daniel 9:27) when God will plague this world as in the Book of Revelation and the devil will rule the world with strong anti-God of the Bible values and persecution of believers in the true God of the Bible in the 7 year world dictatorship of the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea. This dictatorship of the Antichrist includes that he will insist all people left then on Earth must worship him as God from his throne in the then rebuilt tribulation temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem or be killed or remain in hiding. This rule of the Antichrist will only end at the end of the 7 year tribulation when the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God comes from Heaven to defeat him (the Beast Out of the Sea or Antichrist) and the rest of the world system at Jesus' Second Coming (Revelation 19, 20, Matthew 26:62-65, Revelation 1, 2 Thessalonian 1, Zechariah 14, Joel 3, Psalm 24, 2, Zephaniah 3). Seeing these new leaders of the European Union each have in some major aspects (and perhaps others besides the above) some major anti-biblical values or goals that are more consistent with worldly government soon to be led by Satan's man the Antichrist which could be filled by any of these three or some other politicans like Immanuel Macron leader of France or perhaps still outgoing EU Commission leader Jean Claude Juncker or some other high profile European leader, I would encourage the reader, if you haven't already done so to admit you are a sinner according to the true Word of God the Holy Bible and in the true God's sight including God the Son Jesus Christ and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that He died on the cross for all our sins and rose from the dead to give us eternal life. If you have done that or do that as soon as possible before the tribulation and revelation on Earth of the Antichrist as world leader when he makes a false Middle East including with Israel and perhaps world peace you can not only have eternal life through Jesus and a restored relationship with the true God through Him and have an eternal home in heaven and be part of God's restored eternal family from all nations the Church but also be taken to heaven at the rapture of the Church and not have to worry about being left behind on Earth during the tribulation. If you have or do before the rapture and immediately following tribulation you can also look forward to coming back from heaven with Jesus at the end of the tribulation with the rest of the true Church and some Old Testament saints and holy angels and glory of God the Father to judge the world and set up God's Kingdom on Earth based in Jerusalem through restored Israel, the saved of the nations and the true Church.
In December 2017 negotiators for the United Kingdom (UK) or Great Britain and the European Union (EU) reached an agreement on the main issues for the first round of Brexit or Britain leaving the European Union talks. All phases of these talks are scheduled to be completed before early 2019. The next round of talks will focus on the new basis for economic trade between the UK and the EU after the UK leaves the EU by early 2019. In this round of talks there were basically three issues that have each been now satisfactorily agreed on in the view of those in power in both the UK and EU. These issues are for the UK to give some compensation money to the EU for expenses of the UK leaving the EU. This amount will total around 35 to 39 billion pounds according to the BBC or about 40 to 45 billion euros according to EU Observer. A second main issue that was discussed and agreed upon in this round of talks was the status of the land border between the UK's part of Ireland that is Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland in the South that is not part of the UK but is maintaining its membership in the EU. This matter was partly solved by delaying some of the details to the second round of Brexit talks. However there was an agreement that Northern Ireland would stay as part of the UK and mostly with its laws and that there wouldn't be a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. This latter measure is to maintain some of the freedom for individuals and goods across the border that had been gained with the Good Friday agreement that brought more power sharing and peace between Roman Catholic and Protestant factions in Northern Ireland. The other main measure of the three agreed to between the EU and UK in this first round of Brexit talks was the matter of citizen rights both of citizens of the EU living in the UK and of UK citizens living in the EU. There are approximately now 3 million EU nationals in the UK and about 1 million UK citizens in the EU. Whose law EU citizens in the UK lived under was a major area of contention beween the European Union and the UK Brexit supporters. According to EUObserver, removing the authority of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg over EU nationals in the UK was a main goal of Brexit supporters while maintaining the authority of the ECJ over these EU nationals in the UK was a main goal of the EU. According to this EU Observer article What are the key points of the Brexit deal both sides compromised. What was agreed was that the EU will maintain some indirect or partial influence of the ECJ over their nationals in Britain. This will be done by the UK continuing to take ECJ case law into account for cases involving EU nationals in the UK. The courts in the UK will also be able to but aren't required to up to 8 years after the end of the Brexit negotiations in early 2019 to consult the ECJ about law for rights for its citizens in other countries such as the UK. Putting these EU citizens' rights in the UK for after Brexit will be overseen by the EU Commission and an autonomous UK national department. This agreement also established that nationals of the EU that are away from the UK for more than 5 years or nationals of the UK that are away from a nation of the EU for more than 5 years would lose their residence status. The agreement states, according to the BBC, that UK nationals living in a EU nation would have the same rights as citizens of that EU country but that they would lose them if they moved to another EU nation.
In general, the Brexit process is continuing and making progress and will become more entrenched after the Brexit deadline in early 2019 whether there is a soft or hard Brexit that is whether most of the details of the separation process between the UK and EU are agreed on beforehand or not. However from a Bible Prophecy perspective in which the Antichrist according to Daniel 2 and 7 likely will come from a Revived Roman Empire and from Daniel 9 in the 70 weeks of years and from Revelation 17 likely come from Rome or the European part of the Revived Roman Empire where Roman culture that continues to some extent in general in Europe and in some ways particularly through the Roman Catholic Church are more maintained. North Africa, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon were also part of the Roman Empire before but they are now clearly under Arab or Turkish and Islamic culture and religion which is much more different than earlier Roman Empire culture compared to what is maintained in Europe. Israel was also part fo the Roman Empire but it has now regained much of its Jewish culture and religion which is also farther from Roman culture and religion than the extent of Roman Empire culture and religion maintained in Europe. Therefore most likely the Antichrist and his power base in the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel will be in Europe. England, but not Scotland or Ireland were part of the initial Roman Empire.
In Daniel 7 a beast with ten horns representing the revived Roman Empire led by the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea in the tribulation will have three of those horns or three regions of the world taken out and replaced by a little horn (the Antichrist being himself the little horn). Each of these horns are regions of the world since it says in Daniel 7 that this beast will devour the whole world. The division of the world into 10 regions will likely follow the divisions that were adopted from the globalist Club of Rome that I heard are already followed to some extent in the world in such spheres as the banking and computer worlds of business. Three of these regions are Russia and Eastern Europe, Western Europe and English North America (the US and Canada). I believe these are the three regions that will be the power base of the Antichrist, Little Horn or Beast out of the Sea or Man of Sin in the 7 year tribulation after the rapture of the Church. Of course the UK both geographically and culturally is a main link between Western Europe and English North America so I think that is further reason that the Antichrist will likely restore the UK to be culturally, politically and economically associated with the rest of Europe and English North America in the tribulation. This would include to reverse any status of the UK separated from mainland Europe that will be effect by that time.
I believe the rapture of the true Church of Christians who have personally trusted in Jesus alone for salvation through His death on the cross for our sins and resurrection from the dead to restore us to God the Father and the following tribulation on Earth for those left behind is now very near likely within only a few years. Therefore I don't think the Brexit agreement if it does go into effect in 2019 before the rapture will remain in effect very much beyond that before the rapture of the Church and beginning of the reign on earth of the devil's man the Antichrist. However the Antichrist will only reign on Earth for seven years and still be under limits of the true God Father, Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit as mentioned in God's word the Holy Bible. I would still urge the reader to trust in the LOrd Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and SAviour who died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead to give us God's resurrection life and eternal blessed relationship with Him and so you can also avoid being left behind on earth for the darkest hour of those dwelling on Earth in the tribulation.
At the Chinese Communist Conference that happens in the Chinese capital Beijing there will be over 2000 Communist Party delegates. This is the regular 5 year conference that has the review, promotion or replacement of many of the leadership positions including some top leadership positions as one of its main objectives according to the BBC and other sources. This conference has a closed door format. Current Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping was generally thought to be given a further term as overall Chinese leader and this was what happened. At this conference there is also selection of who else rules or continues to rule China for the next 5 years in other top positions in the Chinese Communist Party under its top leader who continues to be Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping. There were expected to be and actually was a large turnover of other leading positions under Chinese President Xi in main policy making group called the Politburo Standing Committee and could be compared to a collection of top Secretarial or Cabinet Minister positions in the US or other western governments. At this conference there are also major national policy decisions made and announced for China for the next 5 years or longer.
To welcome the congress delegates there are extensive greeting banners and festival decorations or patriotic entertainers. On a more sombre note Beijing was also at the 5 year communist congress time on high security alert with much heavier coverage of security police which had effects including longer lines at railway stations and other transportation centres due to extra security checks. Due to all the extra security and probably some roads being closed or disrupted due to the conference some restaurants, gyms, nightclubs and karaoke bars temporarily closed down during the conference and Airbnb and some other room-sharing businesses limited operations at the time due to decreased demand. The austerity or anti-corruption initiative launched by Chinese President Xi near the beginning of his first term in 2012 led to a more limited congress this time including reports from China that there less extensive welcome features at Beijing hotels such as decorations and extragavent meals.
A common expectation of China watchers is that this conference would result in more concentration of Chinese power in the hands of its leader Xi Jinping which is certainly what happened looking back on the conference. At the conference it is anticipated that the Chinese Communist Party will amend its constitution to include a prominent place for the philosophy of President Xi Jinping which is called "Xi Jinping thought". This did happen and promotes him to the top level of Chinese Communist Party leaders such as founder Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping who succeeded Mao and opened China to capitalism. President Xi has increased control within the Communist Party with a widespread anti-corruption crackdown although the there were numerous officials who were fired or demoted due to not being in full agreement with Xi Jinping and his party faction as much as those who were demonstrating corrupt behaviour or speech. In the last 5 year under Xi Jinping he has led the firing of over 1,000,000 people in the Communist Party or related bodies. Under Mr. Xi in his first term of office since 2012 there has also been an increased anti-corruption crackdown on Chinese society in general including heavier censorship in the media including the internet and arrests of lawyers and activists. There was also more limitations put on Christians and probably other religious groups in China in President Xi's first term such as ordering Chinese Communist Party officials who wouldn't fully commit to communist doctrine including atheism to leave the party and for Christian and other religious groups to put Communist doctrine including atheism and the supremacy of the communist leadership above biblical or other Christian teaching or the religious teaching of followers of other religions. In Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping's first term China has seen increasing modernization and restructuring and has become bolder in a global basis. Probably due largely to continued economic and other success and more prominent global status for China, Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping still is supported widely by general Chinese citizens.
On the 2nd page of the BBC article: "China' Xi Jinping opens "New Era" for country and the world" at the 19th 5 year Chinese Communist National Congress in Beijing in late October 2017 the Chinese leader mentioned in his main speech the socialist or communist model or China's society and government. He further mentioned that he wanted to offer "a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while maintaing their independence." The BBC article continues: "At home China is already a surveillance state accelerating its ability to listen to every call and track every face, online posting, movement and purchase. Expect it now to export not just the governance model but the cyber weapons to make that work." There was further coverage of this surveillance program in Wired Magazine online in an article with the title: "Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens" also posted at the end of October 2017. This article further explained how China has built up online profiles of all its citizens. China uses or is threatening to use these citizen profiles much more shortly to reward people with positive profile who do and say things positive to the Communist Part including Party Leader Xi Jinping that could help people more easily get into good universities, get a good job, get a good marriage partner or get medical or other government services. Those citizens who said or did things that Xi Jinping or the Chinese Communist party didn't like would be denied good jobs or university placements etc. under this system. This system could also and will probably be a version of a program the Satanically possessed Antichrist. He will rule the world for the 7 year tribulation especially the worldwide more tyrannical last 3 1/2 years. The mark of the beast system of the Antichrist will probably only let people buy or sell unless they had the mark of the beast that could include goods and services and be based on their online and otherwise government profile of people. To then refuse this mark would be to risk being killed by the the Antichrist in Revelation 13, the Beast out of the Sea but to take it would to sell one's soul eternally to the devil and spend eternity in the lake of fire according to Revelation 14. That these things are having their stage set now on a global basis, from both China and the west, should alert the reader and I as a blood bought by God's Son Jesus Christ restored child of God urge you as soon as possible, if you haven't already, to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that He died on the cross for all our sins and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life and a restored relationship with our Creator and then come to be Saviour God. If you trust in the Lord Jesus Christ before the very soon coming rapture of the Church, that will be just before the Antichrist is revealed on Earth through his confirming a Middle East and perhaps worldwide Peace Treaty (Covenant) as in Daniel 9:27 that will allow Israel to build their third Jewish temple on the Temple Mount you can be also assured you will be taken to heaven with the rest of Jesus' and God the Father's true Church. God's true Church is His people called out to Himself from all nations through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you trust in Jesus before the rapture or catching up to Heaven of the Church you can also be assured you won't be left behind on earth during Earth's darkest day of the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel including the great tribulation.
According to sources such as the BBC article on October 7, 2017 with the title: "Communist Party congress: How China picks its leaders" the selection process of China's top leaders is given in general. This process takes place in Beijing at the Great Hall of the People there that is China's equivalent of a parliament building or congressional building. Over 2000 delegates from all over China who are members of the Chinese Communist Party gather at that time and place every 5 years such as last month (October 2017). First the about 2300 and over 2000 Communist Party of China delegates elects the authoritative Central Committee that has approximately 200 people. The central committee then selects the Communist Party Politburo. This Chinese Party Politboro then selects the Politboro Standing Committee. The present number of members of The Chinese Party Politboro is 24 and of the Chinese Party Politboro Standing Committee 7 although there is some slight differences in these numbers over the years and at different 5 year meetings. Although there are votes for these positions by the delegates or central committee etc., actually the leaders that are eventually selected have been chosen beforehand and these votes at the 5 year congress just make it official. The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee also selects the top leader the Chairman or General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the country. It was expected beforehand that Xi Jinping would be re-appointed as the top leader of China for a second 5 year term and this is what actually happened. The unwritten but usually held to age limit for politboro members is 68 years old after which they are expected to retire. There would usually be one of more appoinees in the Politboro especially the Standing Committee in their 50s who could be trained as the next Communist Party General Secretary and Chinese president. However this time it turned out that only 1 other former Standing Committee member than Mr. Xi was retained and the 5 new members selected were all in their 60s which could mean that Chinese President Xi Jinping, already in his 60s, could have his way paved for an exceptional 3rd five year term in 5 years from now in 2022 at the next 5 year Chinese Communist Party General Congress Meeting. This and the fact that many other top leaders that were chosen at this meeting, including of the Communist Party Politboro Standing Committee, were mostly loyal to him and of not much competing power more centralizes and increase his power over the Chinese Communist Party and of the country for at least the next 5 years.
Perhaps the greatest achievent of Chinese President Xi Jinping in his first five year term was a significant reform of the Chinese armed forces. This gives signficant insight into China's near term political goals according to political analyst Cheng Li as referred to in a BBC article China congress: Military facelift a sign of bigger changes. Chinese President Xi showed determination to take different substantial measures in reforming China's armed forces and this has significant altered China' People's Liberatin Army (PLA). One early and needed reform by Mr. Xi was to fire many top generals who were regarded as corrupt due to such practices as selling military titles. In addition Chinese President Xi showed persistent determination to re-organize and bring up-to-date China's armed forces. President Xi's military reforms have been centred on limiting the four "general departments" of the PLA that had acted as in practice another branch of the government under military leadership. This former arrangement had limited the power of the civilian controlled Central Military Commission (CMC). President Xi also thoroughly changed China's military structure from a Russian style military focused on the army to what policy analysts call a "Western-style joint command". Mr. Xi also quickly advanced "young guards" to highest official positions in the military. According to the BBC years will be required to more completely determine these reforms' effects on the Chinese armed forces or beyond that. However Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping is carrying out further reforms. Based on the substantial number of military and police representatives at the 5 year Chinese Party Congress where promotions or installations of new leaders are reported there could well be the largest replacement of high-level officials in the Chinese military in Chinese Communist history. There will be an exceptional 90% of first time people among the total 300 military representatives at this congress. Also remarkable is that no more than 17% or seven out of 41 of the military delegates with full membership in the last or 18th Central Committee will keep their positions going forward from this current 19th Communist Party congress. This will also be an unprecedented replacement fraction in the military delegates at a 5 year Communist Party congress. Probably the new Chinese armed forces leadership will be comprised of Chinese President Xi's long-standing friends General Zhang Youxia, General Li Zuocheng and Admiral Miao Hua and commanders of the PLA army, navy, air force and strategic support force who were just received more advanced positions. These military commanders on the new Chinese joint military command are familiar for length and depth of military service, war or war games experience, and academic knowledge of current war strategy or practices. The high degree of turnover in the top military positions at this congress also indicates more general Chinese leadership changes especially more centralized power for Chinese President Xi Jinping going forward from this congress. All things considered there could be as high as 70% of delegates from the 2012 Chinese Party Central Committee who will not be sitting as part of the current 2017 19th Chinese Communist Party Central Committee.
From a Biblical Christian viewpoint this makes it much more likely Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in the inner circle with the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea and the False Prophet when they come to rule the world in the very soon coming 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. However it is still most likely based on God's word the Holy Bible, particularly from Daniel 9 and Revelation 17 that the antichrist himself will come from the revived roman empire especially Europe.
The first foreign policy trip of new US president Donald Trump included important western religious centres including Saudi Arabia, the place of the origin of the Muslim faith, Israel, the place of the origin of the Jewish and Christian faith and the Vatican the place of the origin of the Roman Catholic branch of Christianity. President Bush's trip also included stops in Brussels, Belgium to talk with representatives of the European Union (EU) and with other leaders of NATO the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that has traditionally been seen as a collective defence organization especially against the Russian dominated Soviet Union in the cold war and with still some role in that way against Russia currently. He also made a stop in Sicily, Italy for a meeting of the western plus Japan heads of state in the G7 world political group. According to a report in the online source axios on May 29 called The shadow secretary of state there was a claim made that a White House official told this source axios that it was President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner who had organized the first part of Trump's trip to the centres of the world's main western religions to speak to 3 of the largest world religions. This later turned out to be an attempt to get them all on an alliance against Islamic terrorism particularly Iran and Isis.
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