SHAPE OF THE FUTURE (4D)

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4 – WHERE ARE WE HEADED?

4-A. Merger – Two Separate Beasts Become One “Iron and Clay” Dominion
4-B. “The Kingdom Shall Be Divided”
4-C. Role of Technology in the Antichrist and False Prophet’s New World Order
4-D. What the Future Holds
         On the Political-Economic Level
         On the Religious Level

4-D. What the Future Holds

We human beings are naturally curious to know what the future holds. Trying to predict the future, however, can be a risky business. As time marches on and future reality begins to unfold, we often observe that those confident predictions from the past have missed their target altogether.

Regardless, based on what we have learned so far, following are some suggestions as to the direction world events may be heading in the near future. These suggestions may wind up wide of the mark, or they may come fairly close. Whatever the case, perhaps they will satisfy some of our curiosity, or if not that, at least give us something to think about.

On the Political-Economic Level

Regarding the present state of the world (in terms of the iron-clay symbolism of Daniel 2), it would appear that the power pendulum has swung towards the “clay” side - due mainly to the rise of western Capitalism. This “clay” influence has spawned a rather self-satisfied and complacent culture in the western world. And to preserve its wealthier way of life, the West has often employed tactics that have brought much hardship to less developed nations in the Third World. And as we have learned previously, instead of diminishing the amount of warfare, the forces of “clay” have actually done much to aggravate and lengthen the wars of the 20th Century.

And so “clay”, being an undesirable substance and without much value, aptly symbolizes this decadent aspect of Western society that is so intoxicated with materialism. This commercialized culture of modern times was symbolized in Revelation 17-18 as “the great harlot… with whom the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” (17:1-2)  But that is a separate study beyond the scope of the present one.

As for the “iron” type of regime, we can find in both the Russian and EU empires evidence of ancient Rome’s heritage: Russia has emphasized more the military aspects, whereas Europe has emphasized the administrational aspects of ancient Rome. And this pattern will likely continue.

On another level though, the culture and structure of these two superpowers have converged a great deal. During its formative stages, and while the Soviet Union was still standing, Europe’s planners were trying to structure the EU in such a way that it could easily merge with the Soviet Union at some future time.

Although the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 threw a monkey-wrench into that plan, nevertheless, it is worth noting that it did exist, and chances are that many powerful people still hope to bring it about. (See news article in Appendix for an interesting behind-the-scenes look at some of the machinations towards a Euro-Russian “convergency” that were going on in the 1980s.) Another “monkey wrench” came recently with the debacle resulting from the turmoil in Ukraine.

Despite all of this, chances are that certain powerbrokers are still at work trying to achieve this EU-Russian alliance. And they may yet achieve their goal.

Anyway, this behind-the-scenes plan to extinguish the old rivalry between capitalism and communism did exist, and probably still does, as a way to pave the way for the EU and Russia to work together more closely. It appears the long-term goal was to create a successor to the old Soviet Union, a new totalitarian society. According to what we have deduced so far, this new dual empire would seem to fulfill what the Daniel 2 “image” symbolized as the iron and clay feet” of the End Time – a society that will allow both militarism and materialism to flourish under the banner of the Antichrist.

In previous sections we studied how the iron-and-clay combination has been around for some time, starting all the way back in feudal times. In today’s world all nations are part iron and part clay to varying degrees. They are split between civilian and military rule, the captains of industry and the captains of war, between the “iron” legacy of Rome (republican government backed up by the military) and the more recent commercial interests of “clay” who have guaranteed their own survival by making the iron power dependent on them.

For this reason national leaders are obliged to represent both business community and military establishment. The Antichrist too will have to represent both sides. If there’s one thing military and political rulers have come to accept in today’s world, it is the necessity of accommodating the interests of big business. “And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the (fourth) kingdom shall be partly strong (ruled by the army/government), and partly broken (army/government kept in check by business interests).(Daniel 2:42 – KJV. For more detailed information on this verse see the Appendix in section 4B of this study.)

As further preparation for this upcoming totalitarian society, the western world – in the EU especially – has come under the sway of democratic socialism. In this type of government, found mostly in countries that can afford it, there have emerged huge welfare systems. Governments, of course, should be responsible to care for the needy amongst their people. But in many countries the pendulum has swung so far in that direction to the point where their citizens expect to be pampered by the state without much effort on their part.

But when days of turmoil come, a nation of such docile citizens, depending so heavily on the state to provide security, is not likely to protest against restrictions on freedom. At such a time a strong leader can arrive on the scene to guarantee security and protection – whether against terrorist threats, an economic crash, or whatever emergency might arise – and be welcomed with open arms.

As for Russia, she once had lived under totalitarian regimes in the bygone era of communism. Because of this heritage, her citizens too may find it easy to switch to the security of a more controlled society. Probably too, there exists a strong undercurrent of repressed nationalism, a desire to return to superpower status as it was in the glory days of the Soviet Union. It would not be hard to imagine that, during a time of turmoil, the two empires might agree to join forces as a way of strengthening their collective hands against whatever forces are threatening to de-stabilize them.

Russia needs European money and administrative prowess. The EU needs Russia’s resources and strong-arm policing. Russia can flex its “iron” muscle to Europe’s advantage on the international scene as well; this will help to spur the implemention everywhere of the mark-number” system of controlled economy. In the meantime Europe can use her financial and media influence to pave the way for the Antichrist to rise in Russia and exalt him into demagogue status in the eyes of the world.

This partnership of the Antichrist and False Prophet “heads”, accompanied by the Russian and EU “beasts”, has great potential to capture the world’s allegiance and dominion. And that is a major development we can expect to see coming along in the future.

Another one is the following: the fall of Western commercial capitalism. This will happen in a sudden and catastrophic way (as outlined in the Revelation 17-18). Because of the impending collapse of the capitalist world’s financial system and accompanying disorder, it looks as though the pendulum will swing more to the middle away from laissez-faire principles to a more controlled and regulated economic system. In the new economic-political arrangement that will follow, the forces of “iron” will rise to greater prominence while the “clay” influence diminishes. In future the two powers of “iron and clay” will co-exist on a more equal basis than they do at present.

This new world order will be presided over by the Antichrist and False Prophet. And it may seem benign for a time. As new regimes often do during their rise to power, this new order too will rectify many of the problems that have been plaguing the world – such as its financial chaos and Mid East turmoil. Hitler Germany was a good example of a regime that started off well, bringing prosperity and employment, correcting the injustices of the Versailles Treaty; but without the love and wisdom of God, the nation soon began to spiral downwards into a tyranny of hatred, war, and persecution.

Likewise, the new world order of Antichrist and False Prophet, as a regime that glorifies man and denies God’s presence, will, starting with the catastrophic collapse of Western capitalism, be drawn by the Dark Forces into a final, horrific tailspin.

Jesus Himself predicted it, that man’s final government would usher in a time of “great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:21)

On the Religious Level

Earlier in this study, it was proposed that the materials of the Daniel 2 “image” were meant to symbolize the “spiritual geography” of empires. If that is the case, then it should be possible to see how the new iron-clay regime will manifest itself in the sphere of religion.

From Revelation 13 we learn that the Dragon, through his two agents (Antichrist and False Prophet), will serve up to the world their new religion: a combination of materialism and militaristic demagoguery. This is not a religion as we usually think of it, but in the modern secular world, since this is what people could easily devote themselves to, then it would qualify as a “religion”.

The clues about this modern religion are given in the Revelation Book, especially in phrases like “worship the beast/dragon”, “image of the Beast” and “mark of the beast”. Besides being “religious” terms, these also point to certain aspects of modern technology, which are relevant, not to those in olden time, but to us who are familiar with modern inventions – in this case, media communications, computerization, cashless buying and selling. These inventions provide the infrastructure needed to institute the world’s new secular religion; they are the props that facilitate its operation.

Now it so happens that neither the “mark” nor the “image” is the Antichrist Beast’s creation. They are both engineered by the False Prophet Beast; but he does promote them in the name of the Antichrist. So there is quite a mixing here of the two Beasts’ activities on the religious level, which seems to match what Daniel’s prophecy says about the mixing of “iron and clay”.

Because of this combination, the resulting spiritual effect has much greater power to capture the loyalties of mankind than if only one Beast were to dominate. And for this reason it looks as though the forces of Darkness are working hard to “mix” these two as much as possible. “And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they (iron and clay) shall mingle (or “mix”, same word in Hebrew) themselves with the seed of men.” (Daniel 2:43 – KJV) ◊ The iron and clay mixture happens for an expedient purpose – so that the final world government can more effectively mix in with mankind and rule over the world more completely. It’s like a play on words.

◊ In recent times there has been some speculation about this “mingling” phrase in Daniel 2:43, and many have interpreted this verse as a reference to the mingling of demonic angels with the “seed of men”. To learn more about this subject, refer to Appendix 1 in the post “Alien Gospel: Fact or Fiction?”

If “iron” only were ruling the world, the masses might feel too much the oppressive weight of dictatorial rule. Myanmar is an example in modern times of a regime that has been all government and military – an “iron” rule. But it was stifling, and it caused the nation’s economic growth to stagnate.  

On the other extreme, if only “clay”were ruling the world, the masses might be satisfied materially (in the developed world), immersed in their materialism (busy worshipping Mammon), but such a society would not feel any great need to follow a demagogue. Much of western society tends in this direction, and in most of its regimes the “clay” forces seem to have the upper hand.

So this “clay” power has counteracted the “iron” features inherited from ancient Rome to quite a degree in the modern world. And the future Antichrist regime, in spite of causing the collapse of the “great harlot” of commercial capitalism, will yet have to include this other secular religion of materialism. If people aren’t interested in worshiping the Antichrist demagogue, they will give him their allegiance anyway just to be able to continue their pursuit of material wealth. Having in place this balanced “iron and clay” religious framework will provide an effective means of capturing the world’s spiritual loyalties for a time.

In preparation for this last short-lived kingdom of the forces of Darkness, the infrastructure has already been set into place in our modern world. But to hasten its formation, these Dark forces may use the False Prophet to engineer a worldwide economic crash. This will focus attention on a demagogue figure who can restore the world’s economy, as the Scripture in Revelation 13:16 indicates: “He (False Prophet) causes all… to receive a mark… that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark of the beast (the Antichrist).

However it happens, to engineer such a great re-organization of the world’s commercial system would likely require the trigger of some dire need or emergency situation that has arisen in the world. Through this upheaval in the world’s economy, the False Prophet could install his new secular religion – materialism combined with demagoguery. And the nations of the world are well prepared for this. Over the last few centuries, they have built within themselves the iron-clay infrastructure that will allow both the Beast and False Prophet regimes to operate in and rule over them. “They (the “iron and clay” kings and their kingdoms) shall mingle themselves with the seed of men.”

Now that the system, or infrastructure, is in place and has been in operation for some time, this sets the stage for the demagogue leaders – Antichrist and False Prophet – to make their debut. As we learned earlier, the “beast” and “head” symbolisms are interchangeable. And now that the “beast” (the system) is fully developed, or almost so, then the “head” has the needed platform to make itself known. Right now we seem to be in that crucial in-between stage. The iron and clay infrastructure is already here. But the religion hasn’t quite arrived.

Nevertheless, during the last century these two “cultures of darkness”– the secular versions of Materialism and Militarism – have manifested themselves and seem to have headquartered themselves in different quarters of the world. If and when these two “cultures of Darkness” (represented by the EU and Russia, or maybe China and Russia?) join forces against their rival, the American superpower, it won’t be long before the religion also arrives in its full manifestation.

The two “heads” (False Prophet and Antichrist) will then come to the fore, leaders of their respective empires presumably, and demagogue figures before the world. On this religious level, the symbolism is more obvious: Russia representing the “iron” kingdom, out of which arises the Antichrist “beast from the sea”, and the EU the “clay” kingdom out of which arises the “beast from the earth” who, like a false prophet, lends its support to the new “emperor”.

In conclusion, the scenarios mentioned above can give some idea of what will come to pass. Of course, it is somewhat speculative, and based on the assumption that the meaning of the symbolisms in Daniel 2 and Revelation 13 have been interpreted correctly. As time goes on, the picture will become clearer, and adjustments to the above forecasts will, almost certainly, have to be made. But for now, hopefully, this will give a rough and accurate-for-the-time-being picture of what the future holds.

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Appendix 

Former Dissident Warns of EU Dictatorship Paul Belien 
The Brussels Journal (Excerpts of article) – 27 Feb, 2006

       Vladimir Bukovksy, the 63-year old former Soviet dissident, fears that the European Union is on its way to becoming another Soviet Union… Excerpts of interview with Vladimir Bukovsky
        Paul Belien: You were a very famous Soviet dissident and now you are drawing a parallel between the European Union and the Soviet Union. Can you explain this?
        Vladimir Bukovsky: I am referring to structures, to certain ideologies being instilled, to the plans, the direction, the inevitable expansion, the obliteration of nations, which was the purpose of the Soviet Union. … The ultimate purpose of the Soviet Union was to create a new historic entity, the Soviet people, all around the globe. The same is true in the EU today. They are trying to create a new people. They call this people “Europeans.”
        According to Communist doctrine as well as to many forms of Socialist thinking, the national state is supposed to wither away. In Russia, however, the opposite happened. Instead of withering away the Soviet state became a very powerful state, but the nationalities were obliterated. But when the time of the Soviet collapse came these suppressed feelings of national identity came bouncing back and they nearly destroyed the country. It was so frightening.
        PB: But all these countries that joined the European Union did so voluntarily.
        VB: No, they did not. Look at Denmark which voted against the Maastricht treaty twice. Look at Ireland [which voted against the Nice treaty]. Look at many other countries, they are under enormous pressure. It is almost blackmail. Switzerland had to vote five times in a referendum. All five times they have rejected it, but who knows what will happen the sixth time, the seventh time. It is always the same thing. It is a trick for idiots. The people have to vote in referendums until the people vote the way that is wanted. Then they have to stop voting. Why stop? Let us continue voting. [That is, it would only be fair to allow nations the option to vote themselves out of the EU.] The European Union is what Americans would call a shotgun marriage.
        PB: But we have a European Parliament which is chosen by the people.
        VB: The European Parliament is elected on the basis of proportional representation, which is not true representation. And what does it vote on? The percentage of fat in yoghurt, that kind of thing. It is ridiculous. It is given the task of the Supreme Soviet. The average MP can speak for six minutes per year in the Chamber. That is not a real parliament.
        In 1992 I had unprecedented access to Politburo and Central Committee secret documents which have been classified, and still are even now, for 30 years. These documents show very clearly that the whole idea of turning the European common market into a federal state was agreed between the left-wing parties of Europe and Moscow as a joint project which [Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev in 1988-89 called our “common European home.”
         The idea was very simple. It first came up in 1985-86, when the Italian Communists visited Gorbachev, followed by the German Social-Democrats. They all complained that the changes in the world, particularly after [British Prime Minister Margaret] Thatcher introduced privatisation and economic liberalisation, were threatening to wipe out the achievement (as they called it) of generations of Socialists and Social-Democrats—threatening to reverse it completely. Therefore the only way to withstand this onslaught of wild capitalism (as they called it) was to try to introduce the same socialist goals in all countries at once. Prior to that, the left-wing parties and the Soviet Union had opposed European integration very much because they perceived it as a means to block their socialist goals. From 1985 onwards they completely changed their view. The Soviets came to a conclusion and to an agreement with the left-wing parties that if they worked together they could hijack the whole European project and turn it upside down. Instead of an open market they would turn it into a federal state. [The original concept of the EU organization was well-intentioned, but as so often happens, in time beneficial schemes and inventions get appropriated by the wrong people and misused for the wrong cause.]
        In January of 1989, for example, a delegation of the Trilateral Commission came to see Gorbachev. It included [former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro] Nakasone, [former French President Valéry] Giscard d’Estaing, [American banker David] Rockefeller and [former US Secretary of State Henry] Kissinger. They had a very nice conversation where they tried to explain to Gorbachev that Soviet Russia had to integrate into the financial institutions of the world, such as Gatt, the IMF and the World Bank.
        In the middle of it Giscard d’Estaing suddenly takes the floor and says: “Mr President, I cannot tell you exactly when it will happen—probably within 15 years—but Europe is going to be a federal state and you have to prepare yourself for that. You have to work out with us, and the European leaders, how you would react to that, how would you allow the other East European countries to interact with it or how to become a part of it, you have to be prepared.”
        This was January 1989, at a time when the [1992] Maastricht treaty had not even been drafted. How the hell did Giscard d’Estaing know what was going to happen in 15 years time? And surprise, surprise, how did he become the author of the European constitution [in 2002-03]? A very good question. It does smell of conspiracy, doesn’t it?
        Luckily for us the Soviet part of this conspiracy collapsed earlier and it did not reach the point where Moscow could influence the course of events. But the original idea was to have what they called a convergency, whereby the Soviet Union would mellow somewhat and become more social-democratic, while Western Europe would become social-democratic and socialist. Then there will be convergency. The structures have to fit each other. This is why the structures of the European Union were initially built with the purpose of fitting into the Soviet structure. This is why they are so similar in functioning and in structure.
        It is no accident that the European Parliament, for example, reminds me of the Supreme Soviet. It looks like the Supreme Soviet because it was designed like it. Similarly, when you look at the European Commission it looks like the Politburo. I mean it does so exactly, except for the fact that the Commission now has 25 members and the Politburo usually had 13 or 15 members. Apart from that they are exactly the same, unaccountable to anyone, not directly elected by anyone at all. When you look into all this bizarre activity of the European Union with its 80,000 pages of regulations it looks like Gosplan [state planning committee of the Soviet Union]. We used to have an organisation which was planning everything in the economy, to the last nut and bolt, five years in advance. Exactly the same thing is happening in the EU. When you look at the type of EU corruption, it is exactly the Soviet type of corruption, going from top to bottom rather than going from bottom to top.
        If you go through all the structures and features of this emerging European monster you will notice that it more and more resembles the Soviet Union. Of course, it is a milder version of the Soviet Union. Please, do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that it has a Gulag. It has no KGB—not yet—but I am very carefully watching such structures as Europol for example. That really worries me a lot because this organisation will probably have powers bigger than those of the KGB. They will have diplomatic immunity. Can you imagine a KGB with diplomatic immunity?
        Meanwhile they are introducing more and more ideology. The Soviet Union used to be a state run by ideology. Today’s ideology of the European Union is social-democratic, statist, and a big part of it is also political correctness. I watch very carefully how political correctness spreads and becomes an oppressive ideology … What you observe, taken into perspective, is a systematic introduction of ideology which could later be enforced with oppressive measures. Apparently that is the whole purpose of Europol. Otherwise why do we need it? I watch very carefully who is persecuted for what and what is happening, because that is one field in which I am an expert. I know how Gulags spring up…
       
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