Light for the Last Days

Signs of the Times – 29th April 2020

The EU, Emmanuel Macron and the New World Order.

The EU is in crisis and one man who is offering to lead the way out is France’s President Emmanuel Macron.  Is this significant?

The revival of an entity like the Roman Empire in the last days is implied in such passages as Daniel 2, Daniel 7, Revelation 17.  Revelation 17.11 speaks of five kings that have fallen (empires preceding the time when John wrote Revelation), one that is (the Roman Empire) and one that is to come (the revived Roman Empire of the last days’ prophecy).  Out of this entity the beast or antichrist will arise: ‘There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition.’

One interpretation of prophecy is that the EU is the revived Roman Empire, bringing European nations together under the Treaty of Rome.  Its aim is to unite the nations of Europe to bring peace and prosperity in place of centuries of conflict between European nations.  Now the EU ideal is in deep trouble because of financial issues relating to the Euro and the Coronavirus pandemic.  Borders are going up, reversing the EU policy of open borders, and nations are acting in their own interests, not as a unity of European partnership.  There is a growing financial crisis in southern European countries, Italy especially, which threatens the existence of the Euro currency.  

The deepening divisions among European nations over their response to the coronavirus pandemic caused Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to warn that if the EU proved unable to help member states in their hour of need, it was in danger of collapse. “If we do not seize the opportunity to put new life into the European project, the risk of failure is real,” Mr Conte said.

Into this crisis, France’s President Macron is making a pitch for EU leadership, challenging Angela Merkel and Germany.  He is telling the EU that it faces a “moment of truth” as it reckons with the devastating financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, warning that “the populists will win” and the bloc will splinter if it is unable to unify in its response.  The French leader said there was “no choice” but to set up a fund that “could issue common debt with a common guarantee” to finance member states according to their needs rather than the size of their economies. 

Emmanuel Macron is also busy on the world stage.  He has made a call for global peace, saying he has backing for a world truce during the coronavirus pandemic and is hopeful he can secure Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support.  Speaking on French radio, Macron said he had secured the agreement of several of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to back a call by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for a global ceasefire.  Macron said that China, the US and the UK were on board and he was optimistic about Russia.  “President Xi Jinping confirmed his agreement to me,” said Macron. “President Trump confirmed his agreement to me. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed his agreement to me. I think President Putin will definitely agree too.”

Pope Francis gave him his backing, calling for an “immediate global ceasefire” and an end to weapons manufacturing in a special address after Easter mass on Sunday.  “This is not a time for continuing to manufacture and deal in arms, spending vast amounts of money that ought to be used to care for others and save lives,” he said.  Macron had phone meeting with Pope on April 20 at which he received Pope’s blessing and full support in his attempt to ‘reset the world economy.’

Macron also took a leading role at a virtual meeting of world leaders on the Covid 19 crisis, along with Microsoft billionaire, Bill Gates. The purpose was to find global unity and common purpose in order to defeat the virus.  Gates is funding efforts to find a coronavirus vaccine which he wants to be given to all people on earth, along with a programme for a global digital ID.  Macron told the meeting: “We will continue now to mobilise all G7 and G20 countries so they get behind this initiative. And I hope we will be able to reconcile around this 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.”.  

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 Organisation initiative, in a sign of Donald Trump’s increasing isolation on the global stage.

On this point CNN posted an article with the headline, ‘France’s Macron positioning himself as leader of the world.’  It concluded, ‘Indeed it would appear that the world could use a new leader at a time of crisis – one who is prepared to put global interests above personal or political aggrandisement.  And until the United States is prepared to offer such an individual, there may be no better to fill that void than France’s young fresh voice, Emmanuel Macron.’ 

Emmanuel means ‘God with us’.  So is Macron the man with the plan who will take up world leadership in the coming tribulation time?  We cannot say for sure, but from my understanding it is likely that the antichrist is around on the world stage already, if we are nearing the time of the seven year tribulation time that will precede the coming of the Lord Jesus to the earth.  He should be a reasonably young man, not an aged politician in his 70s, with time and energy to implement his plan (Macron is 43).  Most likely he should emerge out of the EU, with an interest in promoting global peace and Middle East peace (the rider on the white horse of Revelation 6.2, who promises peace and safety and the ‘prince to come’ of Daniel 9.26-7 who makes the seven year covenant with Israel).  Note that Macron has also shown a desire to work for a Middle East peace settlement.  I am not saying Macron is definitely the man, and against this we have to recognise that he is unpopular amongst many in France.  But he is certainly someone to watch, especially if he does come up with a plan to hold the EU together and takes a significant place in EU leadership.

When he was inaugurated as President of France in 2017 the ceremony took place in front of the pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris.  Macron was silhouetted against the pyramid and the image of the ‘eye in the triangle’ appeared, the occult symbol of the New World Order’ on the back of the dollar, that prophecy teacher Barry Smith used to make so much about.  He strode onto the podium to the sound of the Euro anthem, not the French national anthem, the Marseillaise.  The Euro anthem is set to the music of Beethoven’s 9th, the Choral Symphony, which uses the words of the German poet Friedrich Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’: 

Freude, schöner Götterfunken
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,

English translation

Joy, bright spark of the gods (note plural gods),
Daughter of Elysium,
Drunk with fire we tread
Heavenly one your sanctuary.
Thy magic power re-unites
All that custom has divided,
All men become brothers,

Schiller was certainly not thinking of the God of the Bible in this poem, but pagan gods who inhabit a ‘heavenly place’ that uses ‘magic power’ to unite humanity.  Schiller was a noted Freemason, along with the other famous German poet of his time, Goethe.  His poem is looking to the occult realm with the aim of unifying humanity under a demonic power.  This is the spirit behind the EU anthem that Macron chose to celebrate his victory in France’s election. Watch this space. 

China, Coronavirus and prophecy.

Here are some points from the introduction to a talk I gave by livestreaming for The Bridge Christian Fellowship on April 19 the subject ‘Coronavirus crisis – where are we at in the light of prophecy?’  The three options I put forward were:

  1. We are already in the tribulation.
  2. We are in the ‘beginning of sorrows’ period leading up to the tribulation.
  3. Neither, just another crisis which will be resolved, leaving the end time events still some time off.

My conclusion was number 2 of these options and for my reasons for getting there you will have to look up my talk at The Bridge website 

My talk began with a focus on China’s role in the crisis.  Here are some main points.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has created an antichrist regime with all power in hands of the CCP and the party leader Xi Xin Ping.  It is exercising a growing control over society via its hi tech digital system, with millions of very high powered cameras all over the country capable of picking out a single face from a crowd.  This has shades of ‘Big Brother is watching you’ as in George Orwell’s 1984.  The Party also monitors phone calls, opinions expressed on social media, which Internet sites you look up (those considered dangerous to the regime are already censored and blocked).

It is developing systems to control financial transactions via its credit score system, which affects people’s ability to buy and sell.  Mobile phone users are required to provide facial scans and DNA ID to access the system.  These are then fed into the security system so people can be tracked wherever they go, physically or in cyber space.  You get good points on the credit score system for good behaviour and good opinions acceptable to the CCP and bad points for bad behaviour and bad opinions.  Giving talks like I am doing here in China or even listening to it would get you very bad points, which can affect your ability to buy and sell and travel.  The government has said that the virus may be spread by bank notes which is another way they are pushing for the elimination of physical cash, so that all financial transactions will be electronic and therefore capable of being monitored.  China is now working to create its own digital currency.  The functions of the “pilot” digital wallets include conversion between cash and digital money, account-balance check, payment and remittance.  The ultimate goal appears to be a cashless society.

China is clamping down on Christians and all religious groups.  Amnesty International estimates around a million Uighur Muslims are held in ‘re-education’ camps designed to eradicate their Muslim faith and make them accept CCP ideology.  It has divided churches into official (registered) and unofficial (unregistered) churches.  Official churches are controlled by the CCP, with no freedom to preach the Gospel, teach anything from the Bible that might offend the Party, allow children to attend Sunday schools, engage in any form of open evangelism, distribution of literature or Bibles.  Pastors must submit their sermons to the authorities before giving them and services are monitored by the ever present cameras and microphones.  Because of these restrictions thousands of Chinese Christians have joined unregistered churches. These flourished during the previous years of greater freedom after the Mao era but are now experiencing persecution and restrictions reminiscent of that time.  In February the CCP brought in further religious laws requiring religious communities to have the approval of the Religious Affairs Office Activities, for all rallies and programmes.  It states that  Religious organizations must “spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party” by educating “religious staff and religious citizens to support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party” and adhering to “the directives on religions in China, implementing the values of socialism.”  

A Chinese Catholic priest commented: “In practice, your religion no longer matters, if you are Buddhist, or Taoist, or Muslim or Christian: the only religion allowed is faith in the Chinese Communist Party.”  Significantly Daniel 11 reveals that the antichrist will be against all gods, not just the true one:  ‘Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the [q]God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.’  2 Thessalonians 2.3-4 also reveals that the Man of Sin (antichrist) ‘opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits c]as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.’

During the lockdown in China, the authorities continued their attack on Christians,  preventing them from accessing live-streamed church services.  “Our first and only online gathering was blocked by the government soon after it started,” said a pastor of an unofficial house church in the south-eastern province of Jiangxi. The church had suffered police harassment before the coronavirus outbreak, and was forced to change venue at least five times.  David Curry, head of Open Doors USA has warned “China is creating a “blueprint” “system of persecution for the future” that could be sold to persecute people across the globe.’  The antichrist agenda indeed.

Regarding the virus crisis, the authorities have gone with the story that it originated in the market in Wuhan where live animals were being sold.  Some people ate infected meat and caught the coronavirus from some kind of bat infection.  A great deal of evidence is coming to light that the true origin was the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory where scientists have been harvesting, developing, and testing novel coronaviruses on mammals using grant money from the U.S. government under former President Obama.  Indian researchers scanned the novel coronavirus genome and found evidence that it was artificial construct made in a laboratory not something that passed from animals to humans. They were then put under immense pressure from China to suppress this information.  

From the beginning China has covered up information about virus.  The authorities were first alerted to the danger by Dr Li Wenliang in December 2019.  He said it was capable of being passed from person to person and could lead to a dangerous epidemic.  He was threatened with arrest if he did not keep quiet about it. Later he died of virus.  The government allowed it to spread for 6 weeks including holding a banquet for tens of thousands of people in Wuhan at time of Chinese New Year.  Travellers from Wuhan then went around China and the world, taking the virus with them.  By January 20 they realised danger and lockdown began, ending up with 500 million people under the most severe lockdown in human history. 

During this time there was censorship of anyone getting true information out.  The Mail on Sunday (April 19) has an article ‘China’s disappeared’ showing how many people who tried to speak the truth were arrested and disappeared.  People like Mr Fang who posted a video he had filmed of people dying of the virus and body bags piling up outside a hospital clearly overwhelmed by casualties at a time when China insisted the virus was under control.  It was seen 200,000 times before censors took it down and Mr Fang was taken away by the police.  There is abundant evidence that figures for deaths from the virus have been vastly understated by government (around 4000).  The reality is likely 10 or 40 times higher. Locals in Wuhan believe around 40,000 died there, with reports of mass cremations of dead bodies in Wuhan.  

There is concern that as China emerges from the lockdowns before the west and restarts its economy, it will use this to its advantage and increase its influence and dominance in the world.

Global lockdown.

By the time China acted with its lockdowns, the genie was already out of the bottle and the virus spread around the world through late February and March.  It was particularly severe in northern Italy where China has bought up many factories in Lombardy, staffed with Chinese workers.  It has now spread across every continent – Europe, Asia, N and S America, the Middle East, and Africa.  Now we see a large proportion of humanity in lockdown, a totally unprecedented situation in human history.  

The lockdown is creating massive human problems.  If it is short lived, we may get over it, but if it goes on a long time it could be fatal for many.  Some good things happening, people talking of community spirit, helping each other, supporting front line workers and doing some good deeds, which are then featured in the news to try to keep us happy and content with the situation. But staying at home for most of the day is creating great stress for many, loneliness, boredom, family tensions, difficulties getting food and basics for life and reports of domestic abuse on the rise.  Above all there is great anxiety about jobs, finances, and health.  

The economic situation is most serious as we see High Street stores going to the wall, along with restaurants and pubs and any industry connected to tourism and travel.  Then you have energy companies which can’t survive with oil selling at $30 a barrel. The nations that rely on oil exports for their economies are also facing problems.  The property industry is going into the red along with the rental sector, which may not survive a long period like this.  As a result the prospect is for a huge increase in unemployment, loss of earnings on shares and savings, and potential for people and businesses to become bankrupt.  

The governments of the world are pouring money into the system to keep it alive. The UK government has begun pumping taxpayer money into the economy with a total of £330 billion committed so far. That is ten times the amount committed in fiscal stimulus during the 2008 crisis.  It is estimated the lockdown is costing the UK £2.4 billion a day and will reduce the UK’s GDP by a staggering 31%.  The US government has created a $1 trillion ‘rescue package’ for Americans which may involve mailing cheques to everyone in the post.  And this is just for starters, with astronomical figures of dollars, pounds and euros being promised to go into rescuing their economies.  The International Monetary Fund estimated global government debt levels will surge to 96.4% of the global economy and warned that this could lead to fresh waves of global unrest.

Where is the money coming from?  Banks speak of ‘helicopter money’ which is really money created of nowhere, which leads to massive debt, unemployment and a financial crisis way beyond 2008.  If the next move is chronic inflation you have a recipe for social and economic collapse.

One result could also be a ‘new, new world order’ as the post war western dominated world order, dominated by western liberal democracies faces unprecedented stress and comes close to collapse.  Former UK Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair are now calling for an emergency world government to take over.  UN Secretary General Guterres is calling for power to be given to the UN to raise a 10% tax on rich nations to cope with the fallout of virus, which some would see as a step on the way to the UN’s goal of Agenda 21 and global government.  

To add to this Prophecy News Watch has published an article which relates how Bill Gates and other influential leaders are working on a global ID and vaccination programme as the solution:suggesting another global solution –  Global Digital ID as part of a vaccination program.

‘Gates was busily working to establish global digital ID infrastructure long before the outbreak, which is now being promoted as a way to combat the virus.  ID2020–a project initiated by Bill Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, transnational pharmaceutical corporations, and technology firms–is pushing the concept that every human on the planet needs biometric verification because “to prove who you are is a fundamental and universal human right,” according to the ID2020 website. 

The certificate of immunity is the pathway that Gates sees for introducing his Global Digital ID certification.  Last month Gates was asked about such a certificate on a Reddit forum and said the following:   “Obviously, some kind of recording and tracking mechanism that relies on technology to alert — in context of discussing coronavirus — “who has recovered,” versus who has “been tested,” versus who has been administered a vaccine, “when we have one.”

Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest men in the world, is already leading the charge to fund the construction of several factories that will be looking for a vaccine for this new virus and has suggested “larger public gatherings may not resume until broad vaccination has taken place.”

“As countries begin to lift coronavirus lockdowns, biometric identification can help verify those who have already had the infection, and ensure that the vulnerable get the vaccine when it is launched, health and technology experts said,” reports Reuters.  A biometric ID system can keep a record of the infected and those getting the vaccine, said Larry Dohrs, Southeast Asia head at iRespond, a Seattle-based nonprofit that launched its technology last month.

Under the “digital inclusion” initiative, Bill Gates has already been pushing for India’s Aadhaar digital ID system to expand around the world prior to the outbreak. The World Bank is heavily invested in the project.

Gates said in a 2018 CNBC interview that it was “too bad” if someone thought that Aadhaar was a privacy issue and that those who refuse to be tagged by this system will eventually become outcasts and denied basic services.

If you believe this is dangerously close to China’s “social credit” system, you’re not far off the mark.   Such a vaccine will eventually become mandatory and those who resist will be blacklisted as public health criminals. They will be locked out of society, similar to Chinese citizens suffering under China’s totalitarian social credit system. 

Biometric data, ID technology, health ratings / vaccination records, and digital commerce are all merging and advancing to the next level. 

While we don’t ultimately know what final form the “Mark of the Beast” described in the Book of Revelation will take – these trends all appear to be a foreshadowing of what may be to come.’  Prophecy News Watch.  

Persecuted Christians and people living in poverty.

As well as China the spread of the virus is threatening Christians under persecution around the world.  In neighbouring North Korea, where rumours abound of the death of dictator Kim Jong UN, the regime continues to claim that the country has zero coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, the efforts to ramp up containment of the virus suggests the regime is hiding the truth. The virus poses a particular threat to the estimated 50,000 Christians detained in filthy, cramped prison camps, enduring starvation and torture at the hands of North Korean authorities.

U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback has called for the release of such prisoners of conscience in light of COVID-19.

In Iran, one of the places hit hardest by the coronavirus, Christians are especially concerned. For the underground churches that used to meet secretly in houses, congregants now meet virtually on encrypted apps like Telegram. Christian prisoners face the most intense threat in Iran’s inhumane prisons.   Iran’s notoriously oppressive regime has already released thousands of prisoners for fear the virus would spread among prisoners. However, the regime refused to release several Christians imprisoned for their faith.

Some countries in Africa have only recently implemented coronavirus lockdowns. As Christians in Nigeria begin to worry about COVID-19, their fears are compounded by threats of violence from the terrorist group Boko Haram and Fulani militants who often target Christians to be kidnapped or killed. Amid a global pandemic, these attacks have not stopped. Some 350 Christians have been killed so far in 2020 by Fulani militants and the Boko Haram terrorist group.  Many Christians have been forced from their homes and are now living in impoverished camps.

In Pakistan poor Christians affected by the lockdown, are being refused food aid unless they repeat the Muslim confession of faith.  In India, cultural discrimination against Christians is endangering Christian healthcare workers. Reports are surfacing that government officials are choosing to send Christian nurses to care for contagious coronavirus patients because Christians are considered “expendable” in India.  This long-standing discrimination against religious minorities has been getting worse in recent years. This incident during a pandemic is only a reflection of the hostility religious minorities in India face on a regular basis.

At the same time the world is at risk of suffering widespread famines “of biblical proportions” within just a few months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN has warned.  David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), said that even before Covid-19 became an issue, the planet was facing the “worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two”.  He cited wars in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, locust swarms in Africa, frequent natural disasters and economic crises including in Lebanon, Congo, Sudan and Ethiopia. Mr Beasley said 821 million people go to bed hungry every night all over the world and a further 135 million are facing “crisis levels of hunger or worse”. And new World Food Programme analysis shows that as a result of Covid-19 an additional 130 million people “could be pushed to the brink of starvation by the end of 2020”.

All of which could lead to massive unrest in affected countries and millions of deaths.  Famine is very much a part of the end time prophetic picture as we see in Matthew 24.7: For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.’  Also Revelation 6.5-6, the third seal implies famine: ‘So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”  A denarius is a day’s wages, so about £50 in our money, which will just buy you a very small amount of food, not enough to live on.

Earthquakes and volcanoes around the world and environmental problems.

As well as wars, famines and pestilences, the Bible prophesies an increase in earthquakes for the last days.  There is no question that is happening now.  2020 has already seen a great increase in seismic activity, earthquakes and volcanoes.  

In the last month there have been explosive volcanic eruptions at Mt Etna in Sicily, Anuk Krakatau in Indonesia (near the Krakatoa eruption that caused huge devastation in the 1880s), in the Russian far east Kamchatka peninsula, and concern over growing volcanic activity around Reykjavik Iceland and at the Popocatépetl volcano close to Mexico City.

There have been moderately strong earthquakes over 6 on the Richter scale in the last month, affecting the Croatian capital Zagreb, Bali, Indonesia, New Zealand’s south island, two off coast of Japan, Myanmar, Honduras, the Kermadic islands in the Indian ocean, Salt Lake City, Idaho in USA, the Philippines, the Kamchatka Peninsula and the central Pacific area.  There have been around 6000 small earthquakes near Reykjavik, and many in California.  All of this is much more than normal.  Earthquakes in various places.

There have also been forest fires raging near the Chernobyl Nuclear power station in Ukraine, affecting the territory contaminated by radioactive material.  This is causing a risk of radiation to the surrounding region including Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.  

Seasonal rains continued to strengthen in most parts of East Africa during the fourth week of April 2020, leading to a significant increase in rainfall which triggered deadly flash floods in Ethiopia and Somalia. Around 83 000 people have been displaced.  There have also been unusual storms causing flooding in USA and Congo.

Tony Pearce

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