Light for the Last Days

Donald Trump and globalisation.

Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election was the major shock event of 2016, greeted with horror by most of the journalistic world, including Sam Kiley who accused him of mounting a ‘hateful hate-filled campaign’ and using ‘anti-immigrant racism’ to win the election.  They fear this could lead to racial conflict and some kind of fascist state. There are also fears that Trump’s policies could lead to war with China or with Iran.  Economists have said his economic policies could cause the US economy to crash.  Opponents of Trump have called for protests across America on January 20th, the day of his inauguration and for an ongoing revolution against his Presidency.  Those who voted for Trump have been accused of being too ignorant to make the right decisions and some have questioned whether elections are now the best way to appoint governments.  If the people make the wrong decision in an election or a referendum, should the elite be able to overrule and reverse their choice?

On the other side of this argument are those who see his election and the UK’s Brexit vote as a rejection of that elite who want to impose their will on the world through the globalist agenda.  One way this has happened is through international trade agreements, to turn the world into a ‘single market’ with uniform laws, rules and regulations. The European Union is the clearest example of this happening, with its succession of treaties giving power to the EU as the supranational government over Europe.  We gave details of this in our Spring 2016 edition (available on request).  

One of the features of this kind of government is the support for mass migration into the wealthy nations of the world.  António Guterres, the incoming Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) told a room of policymakers in Europe on 23rd November that “migration is not the problem but the solution”, and said politicians should ignore voters. He said European nations have no right to control their borders and that they must instead take in floods of the world’s poorest people.  He insisted that every European Union (EU) nation must be forced to “share the burden” of mass migration.  He went on to declare: “We must convince Europeans that migration is inevitable and that it is the multiethnic societies which are multicultural and multireligious who are building wealth.”

This kind of thinking is rejected by Europe’s populist leaders who are doing well in the polls, mainly because of their promises to restore flagging economies, reverse the continuing trend of unemployment, stem the flow of migrants from the Middle East and Africa and, in some cases, even leave the EU.

The globalist way of thinking encourages people to see themselves as citizens of the world, not of their nations of birth. The ‘multi-religious’ aspect of this programme causes a conflict with biblical Christianity, especially the claim that there is one way to God through Jesus Christ who said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except by Me.’ John 14.6.  This belief must now be replaced with the idea that all gods are equal (or that there is no God).  If you don’t go along with this you are accused of being a bigot, a racist and a threat to the peace.

The people driving this process are generally motivated by a humanist world view that influences much of our educational system and media.  This view rejects biblical moral values and replaces them with a relativistic moral outlook that supports homosexual marriage, abortion on demand and now transgender rights.  Those who resist this process and speak out for biblical morality are condemned as homophobic and intolerant.  In both the USA and Europe freedom of speech is being taken away, especially in the workplace, as lawsuits are taken up against those who express ‘politically incorrect’ views.  Many of those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law are Bible believing Christians, wishing to express their faith and their objections to the imposition of what the Bible clearly identifies as sinful behaviour.   

Across Europe and America there is a growing reaction against this process.  Many Christians in the US supported Trump seeing him as someone who would work against this global governance agenda.  His rival, Hilary Clinton, was seen as supporting it.  She previously said, ‘My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.’   That sounds like an American version of the European Union, to be linked up with other trading blocs in a coming global government.  She also took an anti Biblical stance on moral issues and was expected to appoint a liberal leftist judge to the Supreme Court, giving liberals a majority.  This could have led to further legislation on abortion, homosexual rights and transgenderism, causing legal action against Christians who oppose these things and leading to the suppression of biblical Christianity in the USA.  

Despite his own obvious moral failings in the past, Trump expressed a Christian faith and said he would support Christian family values.  He chose a born again Christian, Mike Pence, as his vice President and said he would appoint conservative judges to the Supreme Court. He also appealed to pro Israel Christians in the USA by giving support to Israel and promising to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Trump promised to oppose the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) agreement that the Obama administration has been working on.  Along with the TIPP agreement between the USA and the EU this was part of a series of interlocking treaties and international agreements, which would bring together about 60% of the world’s economy and 22% of its population.  It is seen by its opponents as another part of the global governance process, along the lines we have already described.

Speaking about Donald Trump’s victory, Nigel Farage wrote in the Daily Telegraph (11/11/16):  ‘This is the year of the political revolution.  First we had Brexit, which was the first brick that was knocked out of the establishment wall.  Then in the US we had in political terms a remarkably similar event.  … The age of supranational government, of nation states giving away their sovereignty and control of their borders is over.’  

Farage looked forward to further progress in this direction in 2017, beginning in Italy where the leading opposition group, the Five Star Movement, wants to bring Italy out of the Euro currency.  In Holland, France and Germany there will be elections in 2017 in which anti EU parties are expected to do very well.  In Holland Geert Vilders is riding high in the polls on an anti-EU programme which is particularly focussed on opposition to the Islamisation of Dutch cities through large scale Muslim immigration.  If Marine Le Pen of the anti-immigrant Front National wins the French Presidential election she has proposed a referendum to take France out of the EU.  

Some of these anti-globalisation movements are quite unsavoury and could well set off racial and social conflict. They will no doubt face determined reaction from pro globalisation forces, as we are seeing here in Britain, where legal and political measures have been set in motion to try to prevent Brexit or water it down so that very little really changes.  

We also see the possibility of another round of economic crisis.  Already debt is piling up in major economies of the world and there are predictions of a coming economic storm.   Mr Trump’s promise to make ‘America great again’ may be unattainable, because US debt has nearly doubled under Obama’s presidency.  It is now heading towards $20 trillion, with every taxpayer now owing $149,000 of national debt.  The Bank of America has warned that a recession is imminent, and unavoidable.  Professor Otmar Issing, the first chief economist at the European Central Bank (ECB) and architect behind the creation of the Euro, has said the Euro will fall like a house of cards.  For the past year there have been rumours of the imminent collapse of Deutsche Bank, Germany’s largest bank, which would most likely bring the Eurozone down with it.  Italy’s banks are on the verge of collapse which could also trigger the next round of crisis.  China has built up huge debts and is being warned of a ‘full-blown banking crisis’ coming.  

Commenting on this Michael Snyder wrote on Prophecy News Watch:  

‘The noose is tightening on the global economy and, once again, the mainstream media is too biased or too dumb to see it. The progression of global decline should be apparent to anyone paying attention since 2008. The only question is, when will the average citizen become aware? My feeling according to current trends is, very soon.  … The elites want to be free to conjure crisis after crisis after crisis; to have the option to collapse the system only to replace it with something identical in nature but even more oppressive in its function. They want to create chaos today so that greater centralisation can be purchased in the future through mass fear.’  (Prophecy News Watch).  

Michael Snyder is here claiming that the elites are not too bothered about the anti-globalisation forces at work in Europe and America and could even use them in their ultimate aim of collapsing the system and then creating a new ‘New World Order’ out of this.  Bible prophecy does indicate a form of global government coming into being in the last days of this age.  In Revelation 13 we read of the rise to power of the beast, also known as the antichrist: ‘The dragon (Satan) gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.  And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marvelled and followed the beast.’ Revelation 13.

One possible reason why the world may marvel and follow this one is that he offers a solution to the political and economic crisis coming on the world – i.e. he heals the ‘mortal wound’ to the world system.  The solution he offers will be a dictatorship in which he ‘makes war with the saints’ and leads those in opposition to him into captivity or death (Revelation 13.10).  He will also bring in some kind of economic control system, which it will be required to enter in order to buy and sell.  ‘He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.’   Revelation 13.16-18.

This antichrist will meet his end as the armies of the world gather at Armageddon (Revelation 16.16) and are defeated by the returning Lord Jesus Christ coming as King of kings and Lord of lords to bring in His Millennial kingdom (Revelation 11.15, 19.11-20.6).

Tony Pearce

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