On the beginning of December 1, 2009 the EU Lisbon Treaty became law throughout the European Union. There has been very little coverage of this in the media especially compared with its importance and almost none in the Canadian media although there was some mention of it at the time of the new leadership positions in the EU. However my main source of information and about the only substantial media source in English on this topic has been the BBC or British Broadcasting Corporation. The probable reason there was especially little coverage on December 1 of this event is that most of the work was already done by the latest deadline. On October 18, 2007 the European Union as a whole approved the Lisbon Treaty and between that time and the December deadline all the European nations separately approved it although with some special concessions to some countries such as the Czech Republic and Ireland which was the only country that by its national law has to have a referendum rather than a parliamentary vote on a matter like this. It is quite possible that this would have been a situation also in Switzerland which is famous for having referendums on many issues but Switzerland has never joined the European Union and as far as I know has no interest in doing so in the forseeable future even though it is in the middle of Europe. This Lisbon Treaty of course was billed as a way to make the European Union more efficient and more prominent on the world stage. The first part will probably come true with majority voting replacing a universal consensus or vetoes on much of the legislation being considered by the European Parliament or other bodies but the actual choice of at least the first leading positions of the European Union or European Council of the low profile candidates Herman Van Rompuy and Baroness Cathy Ashton from Britain means the promise of this treaty to give Europe a higher profile on the world stage will not be realized in the first 2 1/2 year term of the treaty and of these positions of President and High Representative or Foreign Minister of Europe. A high profile position on the world stage would have been much more the case if some high profile person such as Tony Blair or Nicolas Sarkozy had been chosen for the presidential position. However it was mentioned that some existing prominent leaders of Europe such as Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and the existing head of the European Commission Jose Barroso didn't want people in these new EU positions that would upstage them in Europe or the world stage. Both Herman Van Rompuy and Cathy Ashton are quite dedicated to a stronger and more centralized Europe and will probably work devotedly to pass legislation under the new Lisbon Treaty towards that end now that the treaty has come into effect after December 1.
From a Christian viewpoint this could pave the way for the Antichrist and the False Prophet with a more united and centralized Europe prepared for them to base their world rule from and they could still use these positions to gain the higher profile positions in Europe that were originally envisioned for them. I would therefore take this opportunity to again encourage the reader if he or she hasn't already done so to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that he was and is the Son of God who came into the world to die for our sins on the cross and the third day rise again to give us new and eternal life. I would also encourage you to admit you are a sinner before a God that is perfectly righteous as well as loving and that you can't save or justify yourself by your own good works or merit. This is what is necessary not only to have eternal life and a relationship with God but also to escape the imminent worldwide tribulation for God's judgment of the world before Jesus' second coming to give a final judgment of the world and set up His Kingdom on earth for those who become His trusting people. If you are or soon become a Christian, I encourage you to read and come to understand more of God's Word - the Holy Bible especially from a literal perspective and apply it to your life and to otherwise serve God while he gives us opportunity in this age so we can have eternal rewards or crowns laid up in heaven in addition to eternal life.
According to what I saw on the BBC and other sources the former Belgian leader Herman Van Rompuy has now officially been chosen as the first President of Europe or the European Council. His is not familiar to people outside Belgium, even to other parts of Europe as he is not very charismatic and was only Prime Minister of Belgium for less than a year. His main accomplishment was being even-handed between the French or Walloons and Flemish factions in Belgium's divided parliament and country and doing much to bring them closer together as consensus builder. This was probably his main appeal to European heads of state who were responsible for choosing the new European President and Foreign Minister. Herman Van Rompuy also has before clearly expressed his opposition to including Turkey in the European Union because of its primarily Islamic religion and culture unlike most of Europe that is nominally Christian. Mr. Van Rompuy also was formerly head of Belgium's lower house of parliament and a budgetary or finance minister where he brought much progress to Belgium in helping it better balance their national economic situation. He was a veteran member of the Flemish Christian Democratic party which is a centre-right party in the Belgium government. He also formerly worked for the Belgium central bank. He does not have any experience that I know of in the European Union and another reason he might have been chosen for European Union President is because the existing heads of state didn't want a high profile candidate selected for EU President that would overshadow them such as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Although Mr. Van Rompuy does not look like a fitting candidate for the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea mentioned in the Bible, time will tell whether he will change or whether some other more suitable candidate might soon replace him. The normal limit for a term in this position is 2 1/2 years with a possible additional second term also of 2 1/2 years. The end of the first term would probably go to the beginning of June 2012 as the start of this position might not begin until December 1, 2009 when the Lisbon Treaty is supposed to fully take effect. The Antichrist person in the Bible of course will be a matchless charismatic person who also is extremely cunning, deceitful, violent, powerful and ruthless especially in the second half of the tribulation when he will be entirely possessed of the devil. Mr. Van Rompuy especially at this time seems very far from these characteristics although sometimes power has a way of corrupting people. The Antichrist will also be the world, especially Europe's, political and military leader at least in the 7 year tribulation and these are aspects provided for at least as far as Europe is concerned for this position. The False Prophet or Beast out of the Land who will be associated with the Antichrist in the tribulation will be the economic and religious leader. However Mr. Van Rompuy would have to take much more explicit and notable leadership to be anything close to the Bible description of the Antichrist in these areas. The President of the European Union is supposed to be the new face of the European Union to the world such as the international summits like the G20, the World Economic Forum or perhaps some specialized summits like the coming environmental one in Copenhagen, Denmark so he should become more well known due to the international media quite soon. The complementary position that has also been created at this time is the Foreign Minister of the European Union or EU Council which is responsible for economic and foreign policy matters of the European Union, has now been filled for the first term by another low profile person, Baroness Catherine Ashton of Britain and could eventually lead to the Bible role of the False Prophet or Beast out of the Land.
In a meeting in Russia between top European Union authorities and those of Russia, Herman Van Rompuy was given priority in speaking on behalf of the European Union even though other main leaders of the European Union such as president of the European Commission Jose Barroso and EU Foreign Minister Cathy Ashton were also present. It was stated by some officials that the permission for Mr. Van Rompuy to be the main speaker for the European Union was meant as a sign by EU officials that the primary authority to speak on behalf of the European Union at international meetings had shifted to the post of President of the European Union at that time and continuing to this time to be held by Mr. Van Rompuy. The topics of the meeting included energy, trade and perhaps some other trade and security matters in the relationship between the EU and Russia. This story was in www.euobserver.com and called: "Van Rompuy takes centre stage at EU-Russia summit".
As has been well publicized, there has been considerable economic problems in the European Union and attempts to address them this month. Although a great deal of the problems are real the response by international investors has probably been exagerated so they can profit from a declining market by economic market by economic methods such as short selling. I may have mentioned earlier on my web site that the European Union has stipulations for the economy of its member states that no more than 3 % of the Gross Domestic Product should be the level of a country's annual deficit. But I have since learned from the EU Observer web site that there is another condition that the accumulated shortfall or the debt of any EU country should be no more than 60 % of the annual GDP or gross domestic product. The situation for Greece and some other European countries has exceeded these amounts, especially the condition for deficits, for several years in a row in some cases by large extents. There is now general agreement that stricter measures need to be taken to gain investor confidence and set the economies of the European Union countries on a sounder basis. Part of this was the recent one trillion dollar bailout from European Union central banks and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to prop up the Euro currency. There has been around May 20 or 21, 2010 a meeting of the European Council and EU country finance ministers and treasurers to address these problems and move towards a more centralized or co-ordinated European Union wide economy instead of the economy being still mostly set by the individual national governments. A main complaint against the Euro currency is that the financial policy by the countries involved has been mostly set by the individual countries representing the particular interests which can sometimes even be contrary to each other and not a European wide financial body that would set planning that would best support the good of the European Union and currency of the Euro. Herman Van Rompuy has been presiding over these meetings as his role as President of the European Union and coming to take some more responsibility and power although he is still quite low-key compared to what was originally envisioned for this role.
I still think as a bible-believing Christian that these ongoing economic problems in the European Union could lead to the rise of the Antichrist who could take over the role of the EU President by the time of the tribulation or 70th week of Daniel and rise to be the world dictator from his power base in Europe. This would be very similiar to the way Adolf Hitler and the Nazis rose to power in the early 1930s when Germany was having a time of economic problems and some inferiority on the international stage. I therefore think these economic problems and the move towards a more centralized economy and to some extent government in the European Union could also indicate that the rapture or catching up to heaven of all true Christians who have in our heart admitted we are sinners and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour who died for us and rose again could be soon. This would be immediately before the revelation of the Antichrist on earth or the Beast out of the sea through his covenant with Israel to allow them to build their third temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I would therefore urge the reader to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour how so you will be ready for the rapture and not be left behind for the tribulation and earth's darkest hour in history.
The European Union Lisbon Treaty, formerly called the European Constitution until it was somewhat watered down, was passed today by the last holdout the Czech Republic. Previously all other 26 countries of the European Union have passed this law including the Irish Republic by a second referendum in the beginning of October 2009 with all the others passing it through either their legislatures or heads of state. One of the main features of this treaty is that it will change the nature of votes in European bodies such as probably the European Parliament and European Commission so that unanimous consensus is not required any more but just a majority vote. This will make the European Union more effective and sure to pass legislation and a national veto on this legislation would be taken away in many cases. There would also be new 2 1/2 year high profile positions of President and Foreign Minister of the European Council or Europe that will represent Europe to the rest of the world. These terms I think could be renewed for a second term.
These positions and the more effective legislative process will lead to a more centralized and effective Europe that could provide a more opportune step to world prominence of the Antichrist or world ruler mentioned in the Bible who will probably arise out of Europe and who will rule the world in the 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. The foreign minister position could be held by the false prophet or beast out of the land who will reign with the Antichrist and that is also mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Now there only needs to be some last minute bureaucratic measures of the European political officials to put this treaty into law across the European Union by some time this month or in December 2009. The race to fill the two top posts will start in earnest and a good place to keep up with the news on this topic is the bbc at www.bbc.com. The fact that this treaty has now been agreed to and all hurdles are past is likely another major indicator that the tribulation and preceding rapture of the church is very near and I urge the reader if he or she hasn't done so already to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart that you are a sinner before a God who is perfectly righteous as well as loving and that you pray to God in Jesus' name to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who died for our sins and rose from the dead to give us new life. This faith in Jesus is also the condition for taking part in the rapture or catching up of the church to heaven according to 1 Thessalonians 4 and John 14.
By February 2010, it became apparent that Greece and some other countries in Europe have gotten into significant debt and other economic problems. Some of these other countries that also use the European Union Euro currency include Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland. Although it is illegal according to European Union laws for other countries in the European Union to financially bail out economically troubled countries in the European Union, it seems the European Union under the leadership of new EU president Herman Van Rompuy have proposed measures to financially assist Greece or to force it to make spending cuts in the public service or government spending that should help cut the debt or at least the deficit to a more manageable level according to the BBC and www.euobserver.com. This deficit is supposed to be no more than 3 % of Gross Domestic Product or something like that according to EU rules. It is thought if the EU doesn't take swift and decisive action against Greece and its deficit problems there would be more problems in the international money markets or stock exchanges and a further reduction of the Euro currency relative to other world currencies. There could also be more demands by some of the other financially troubled countries in the EU for financial help. It is thought that this topic of Greek and other financial troubles and the effect on the European Union would be a primary topic of the European Union Council meeting that is to be held in Brussels this month led by Mr. Van Rompuy. The main conclusions of these events are that Mr. Van Rompuy proposes tighter central European Union controls and monitoring of the financial situation of European Union countries especially those that use the Euro currency and that this is something that would certainly prepare for the Antichrist and his world government that will be centred in the European Union.
I have learned from a new video by Roger Oakland about the Emerging Church that some world leaders or recent leaders have or continue to endorse a one-world system with three aspects, a one-world political, economic and spiritual or religious system. Some leading people in the world who endorse this plan are former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the United Nations, Al Gore of the Environmental Movement, Pope Benedict for the Roman Catholic Church and Rick Warren author of the Purpose Driven Life for the Emerging Church. The quotes are all given in the video. This one-world system is definitely not of God as his system is individual nations not global government and his call to the church is to evangelize all the world not to try to reform all its institutions by joining with those of the world or non-Christians. This endeavor of these leaders and their movements to establish a one-world system will fall into the hands of Satan and the Antichrist or Beast out of the Sea and the False Prophet who will rule the world according to scriptures like Revelation 13 with a one-world political, economic, military and religious system with God or Bible believing Christians or even the Bible believing Jews and Gentiles who will then be present on earth. If you are in any of these movements or any other one that is trying to join with the world in setting up a global or one-world system, I encourage you to trust or rededicate yourself to God through His Son Jesus Christ. This needs to focus on admitting that we are sinners before a God that is holy as well as loving and that God sent HIs Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and rose from the dead to offer us new life. Jesus said of his church that it is not of this world system even as he is not of this world as I think the rapture of the church and the following tribulation for those left behind is very close and this movement towards a one-world system including in the evangelical church through the Emerging Church is a major indication of this.
In late September 2009, according to the BBC and other sources, the G20 announced significant measures that will lead to a more globalized world economy and government. To begin with in case the reader is not aware of it, the G20 is a relatively recent group of nations that includes the industrialized world's main nations that were in the G7 or G8 and the main nations of the developing world such as China, India and Brazil as well as quite a few others. Some of the measures announced in September associated with meetings of the G20 that month that have been passed and implemented or are in the process of being implemented are the following: 1/ that the G20 replace the G7 or G8 for the world body responsible for directing the economic measures of the world; 2/ that trade between consumer and exporting countries be balanced by encouraging more savings both with businesses, government and individuals in the consuming countries mostly in the west and that spending be encouraged in the exporting countries such as China and India and other parts of Asia and perhaps some other countries of the world; 3/ that efforts be made to close tax havens so countries could get the fuller amount of taxes they are entitled to according to national laws; 4/ that there be agreement on limiting bank bonuses with the excessive amounts especially in the United States having contributed to the recent and still ongoing American and world economic downturn; 5/ that nations like India and China have more voting rights and other power on world bodies like the IMF (INternational Monetary Fund) to reflect their more powerful economies and; 6/ that efforts be make to look into developing a new world currency to replace the American dollar as a world currency and that would be used to value commodities such as oil and gold because of the recent proven instability of the US dollar. All there measures are being done on a world wide basis which will lead to a more globalized economy and to some extent government.
This will further prepare the way for the one-world government and economy in the world in the 7 year tribulation under the Antichrist (the Beast out of the Sea or the Man of Sin etc.) and the False Prophet the Beast out of the Land. I would therefore more intently encourage the reader to wholeheartedly trust in the Lord Jesus Christ that he died for you and your sins on the cross and rose again to give you new life so you can be caught up to heaven before and avoid the tribulation and worldwide dictatorship on earth during the tribulation. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the condition for being caught up to heaven before the tribulation according to 1 Thessalonians 4 and John 14. The word rapture is biblical as is based on raptare which is Latin for caught up to heaven for beneficial not malicious purposes. For those who trust in the Lord Jesus Christ before the tribulation we will also come with him at his second coming in the end of the tribulation to rule the earth with him and then serve him and have everlasting joy in the new earth, new heavens and new Jerusalem for ever after the end of the 1000 year Messianic Kingdom.
According to many evangelical Bible teachers and what I believe is consistent with the Book of Revelation and other Bible prophecy there could likely be a financial crisis in the worlld stock markets and banks and other parts of the finanical sector in the end of the current church age that could set the stage for lack of confidence in cash and more confidence in an alternate perhaps electronic means of funds. This could lead to the Mark of the Beast at least on a voluntary basis at the beginning of the 7 year tribulation or 70th week of Daniel. This Mark of the Beast would be for people to buy or sell any products but also this crash of cash that could precede the rapture of the church and following tribulation could also lead to the widespread adoption of RFID technology to replace bar codes also for food and other retail products at the beginning of the tribulation. Although there have been some stock market or financial market slides recently such as in 1997 or 1198 with the asian real estate sector bubble bursting, the dot come bubble bursting, the financial sell-off after the attack of the World Trade Centre by the Muslim terrorist group Al-Qaeda in September 2001, the current problems that started from the overvalued stock markets worldwide that began in August 2007 if they continue could be the financial problems that lead to the crash of cash that lead to at least the beginning of the Mark of the Beast at the beginning of the tribulation and widespread use of RFID technology and perhaps more electronic means of funds to replace cash for regular business. The rapture of the church which will cause widespread instability worldwide including in the United States with the sudden disappearance of a couple hundred million born again Christianss worldwide could push any stability in the financial sector over the edge as has often been noted by the saying "business hates uncertainty".
As has been widely reported, I think since late 2007, the sub-prime mortgage sector of the United States housing market collapsed due to the passing of the peak of property values for residences in the United States and the beginning of decline of these values. This means that people have the same amount of debt in their mortgage but less value for their property and less assets and less net value of assets. The sub-prime mortgage means that these people were generally not in a very good position to afford their own home and had no or poor credit history often because they are poor or unemployed or perhaps because they have not been very dependable in the past in paying back debts. Other factors such as increasing unemployment especially in the manufacturing sector in the United States meant many people were no longer able to afford the mortgage payments on their homes. Much of this borrowing for these mortgages was borrowed from banks or trust or other institutions that didn't have the money on hand themselves to lend to these borrowers but they borrowed from other banks or financial institutions usually on the belief that the housing prices would continue to go up and these sub-prime mortgages would continue to be sound which of course didn't prove true. By this time at least a significant amount of these first level mortgage institutions have gone bankrupt or been severely affected by the failure of many of these sub-prime mortgages and been also forced to foreclose many of the homes bought on these terms. This has led to a tightening of credit across the financial sector not just in the United States but around the world as there was ultimately significant investment by banks of other countries in these sub-prime mortgage in the United States. This in turn has led to a slowing of investment and economic activity in general as credit becomes more difficult also for many investors or other financial institutions to get from banks. This has already led to the reduction in the US interest rate set by the Federal Reserve (the US central bank) and the central banks of other countries including a 3/4 reduction on March 18, 2008 to alleviate concern after the bailout of the Bear Sterns bank in New York City that was one of the biggest investment banks in the United States and that had heavy investment in sub-prime mortgages. The Morgan Stanley Bank with cash from the Federal REserve bought Bear Sterns for 200,000,000,000 dollars US that was a fraction of its value up to recently. There are also a couple other major banks in the US that are still in shaky financial situations and that might want a rescue from the Federal Reserve which further erodes condidence in the world financial sector especially regarding the American economy.
The reduced spending by Americans because of the housing and credit crisis has already significantly reduced the exports and balance of trade of China and Japan and other countries in Asia or elsewhere that are net exporters to the United States and has caused worry to those in charge of their economies as well. Perhaps the biggest danger on the horizon is that the tightening credit in the world financial system could make banks in Asian and other countries less willing or even unwilling to lend further to the United States either for its government or its citizens or businesses or to continue to extend existing debts to Asian or other countries from the government in the United States which now stands at about 9 trillion dollars. This includes about 1.6 trillion dollars to China, 1 trillion dollars to India and several Arab oil exporting countries or a couple hundred billion dollars each and American citizens through credit cards etc. owing also about 1 trillion dollars. This is also making the US dollar fall with relation to the European Euro, the Chinese Yuan, Japanese Yen and other currencies. If these problems continue and are not corrected soon they could lead to demands for a new international currency system to replace the current one dominated by the US dollar.
This could give rise to one based in Europe and set up by the Antichrist who will probably come out of the European Union at the beginning of the tribulation after the rapture or catching up of the Church of all true Christians who have received the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour who died for our sins on the cross and rose again from the dead to give us new life. This new currency system could be or quickly or readily lead to the Mark of the Beast that is mentioned in Revelation 13 which will probably involve a microchip under people's skin which will probably monitor how much money they have and what they have spent it on as well as their presence at any time and will be used to control the population. This mark of the beast could be initiated after the rapture to some extent at the beginning of the tribulation or 3 1/2 years after the beginning of the tribulation at the midpoint. The fact that current financial conditions point to the readiness and reason for an alternate system to the current one and a possible better worldwide currency very possibly means the rapture of the true Christians to heaven and the following tribulation and rule of the Antichrist and time of God's judgments on a world of those left behind who hadn't received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Saviour could be quite soon. There will be an opportunity then to be saved for those who hadn't heard the Gospel in the current Church Age or Age of grace. I therefore urge the reader to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour who died for your sins and rose again from the dead as soon as possible if you haven't already and if you have to continue to live for God and Jesus for the remainder of this age so you might be caught up to heaven with Jesus at the rapture and be spared the tribulation and eternity in hell after that but instead might have some blessed eternal rewards in heaven for Christian service after salvation.
These economic problems in the United States and to some extent affecting other parts of the world have continued since the early part of 2008. These problems were manifest again in September 2008 with the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers that is one of the five biggest investment banks in the United States and the sale of Merrill Lynch which is another of the five biggest investment banks on September 15, 2008. Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America. At this time the formerly largest insurance company in the world, the US base AIG, is also having financial problems and might have to be bailed out or also to go into bankruptcy. Also recently I think in August this year the US Treasury bailed out the huge real estate companies in the US Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that represent almost half of all mortgages in the United States or about 5 trillion dollars out of about 12 trillion dollars in total. All these things I believe indicate the current financial system is unsound and needs to be replaced with a new one that I believe will be done after the rapture of the church at the beginning of the tribulation when the Antichrist and the False Prophet assume control of the world. All these events in the United States are also dragging down the financial systems of other countries in the world as well. I urge the reader to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour as soon as possible as it becomes increasingly clear that the world is heading to an unprecedented crises despite some of the economic sunnyside predicters without credibility saying otherwise.
The Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States, was set up by an act of congress on December 22, 1913 and then enacted when it was passed by the US Senate on December 23, 1913. This was called the Federal Reserve Act or the Glass-Owens bill. This is according to the online web site Wikipedia under the Federal Reserve Act. On the surface the Federal Reserve was founded because of runs on the money supply when the United States didn't have a central bank. One of the worst runs on the money supply was in 1907. In practical terms however the idea of a central bank was supported by international bankers from Europe and elsewhere and ended up giving them a controlling stake in the US financial system that continues to this day. The Federal Reserve is not part of the US government but works at arms length but in association with it. According to the money expert Andy Gause the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 also says it would take an act of the US congress to expire the Federal Reserve.
The annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly took place in the last week of September 2008 at the UN centre in New York City. At this meeting each year each of the heads of state of the world are permitted some time to address the other members of the general assembly including the other leaders of the world as well as probably the ambassadors of each country to the UN and other UN officials. At this meeting President Bush of the United States tried to focus as usual on the war on terrorism but was pressed by other world leaders and their representatives to give some answers to the US led world financial crisis which to some extent President Bush did do I believe. Anyway what was at least as important was that the French President Nicholas Sarkozy, who in this last six months also has the rotating leadership of the European Union, spoke about the US led world financial crisis. Among other things Mr. Sarkozy said the current US led financial system of the world based on financial speculation had failed the world due to its greed and corruption which led to the current crisis. He then proposed a new world financial system that would probably not be centred on the United States and that would focus more on financial aid for relief and development in the third world especially in Africa. More recently in October Mr. Sarkozy or those associated with him said this new world economic system should be modelled on the Bretton Woods conference around 1945 which started the internationalization of the world economy including the establishment of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
This would probably be a help economically to the third world especially Africa but could cause them to trust too much in a world economic system that could soon be headed by the Antichrist tht could possibly be Mr. Sarkozy or someone like him with globalist agendas and that is very ambitious. This new economic system could also spread some of the bad debt and economic problems of the United States to other countries that wouldn't otherwise be as directly affected by it such as Canada. Of course we will have to wait to see what happens next but this would give me more reason to urge the reader to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ immediately so you can be taken to heaven at the rapture of the church and not be left behind to endure the Antichrist's tyrannical and ungodly rule or God's judgment of the earth and its people in the tribulation.
In November 2008, Barack Obama appointed Timothy Geithner as the designated Treasury Secretary of the United States government to replace Henry Paulson of the George Bush governmnet. Although I believe Barack Obama promised in his election campaign that he would have new faces that wouldn't be tied into the established Wall Street order but this appointment flies in the face of that. Timothy Geithner, according to a profile I read on the BBC and heard from the economist Andrew Gause, is a Wall Street insider as the chairman up to now of the New York branch of the Federal Reserve. It is comprised of private banks based in New York City mostly including the investment or other banks such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch or the former Lehman Brothers whose shady financial practices got the United States and the rest of the world into the current financial crisis. I think the idea is that Timothy Geithner might therefore be more loyal to those banks and getting money to them so they can buy up more companies than the general American taxpayer or consumer can. Timothy Geithner also served on the IMF or International Monetary Fund that is associated with the United Nations.
For these and other reasons he probably will represent and pursue the interests of the globalists and the New World Order perhaps even more than other possible choices for this position. His choice is probably an indication by Barack Obama that he is at least willing to help the New World Order make progress in the United States which will lead to the one world economy and government of the False Prophet and Antichrist soon. I would therefore all the more urge the reader trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour that he died for your sins and rose again to give you new life if you haven't already to be ready for the rapture of the Church before the tribulation. If you have trusted in Jesus already I encourage you to live for Him faithfully and witness to others about Him in whatever time remains for us on earth in this age of grace or Church age.
The Antichrist will also control the world economy through forcing people to take a mark with his number, 666, to buy or see or to worship his image. Although there is much speculation of what the mark of the beast is, I think a safe bet is that it is now being promoted and applied to replace commercial bar codes or universal product codes technology called RFID technology. RFID technology stands for Radio Frequency Identification and consists of a microchip for storing information and an antennae for tracking a product or whatever it is attached to. There had also been much speculaton about who the beast is from who has the number 666.
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