By Jim Simmons
No one can know the answer to this question with absolute certainty. There are reasons to believe that the current global financial crisis (GFC) is not the crisis that will trigger a final One World Economy. The reasons are:
1. The 10 kings or kingdoms are not in place (Daniel 2:42; 7:7, 24; Revelation 13:15-18).The final GFC will occur during the Tribulation Period under the rule of the Antichrist. This final crisis will parallel the tribulation judgments found in Revelation 6 through 16, especially during the Great Tribulation (last 3.5 years). It is during this time that the “mark of the beast” will be given to those who have rejected Christ in order to be able to transact business (Revelation 13:16-18).
2. The Antichrist has not taken his position as world ruler (Daniel 7:7-8, 20-21). [Both of these things have to occur, and they must occur in chronological order]
Without a doubt, the current GFC has taken a heavy toll on the U.S., as well as other countries. Although the GFC has been destructive, it does not qualify as an event that is outside normal human history (Wilfred Hahn).
The following article, with a couple of exceptions, is taken from the book, The Last Generation: Prophecy, Current World Events, and the End Times by Jim Simmons. In the first article, "The Last Generation" (Posted on the BPT BlogSpot in late January 2009], we reviewed the three pillars that must be in place during the Tribulation Period. They are: a One World Government, a One World Religion, and a One World Economy.
SHADOW GOVERNMENT BEHIND THE SCENES
What we see is not as it seems. Consider the visible personages and current events, i.e., our current administration, the tremendous debt of the U.S. and the World, crooked politicians, the decline of the dollar, bankruptcy, bailouts, healthcare reform, Mid-East turmoil, etc., etc. The people who are our decision makers are basically front men and women.
HIDDEN HANDS: PULLING THE WORLD INTO A GLOBAL SUPERSTATE
There are rich and elite, covert Americans who have pushed for a United Europe, according to declassified American documents. In the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. intelligence community ran a covert operation to push for a United States of Europe. It directed and funded the European federalist movement, and behind the scenes were the usual suspects from the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, long controlled by One World enthusiasts keen to abolish the nation state.
As we shall see, the visible rulers are front men and are not necessarily the ones pulling the strings. We need to go behind the scenes. Who is really governing world events? Who is running the show? According to former Prime Minister Disraeli in 1844,
“The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.Nelson Rockefeller, one of the main financiers of the New World Order, wrote in 1962 in The Future of Federalism,
“The nation state is becoming less and less competent … Sooner perhaps than we realize there will evolve the basis for a federal structure of the free world.”The implication: there are people with money pulling the strings behind the scenes with an agenda toward a European Superpower and One World Government.
INTERNATIONAL BANKING ARISTOCRACIES
The large banking institutions were owned by family dynasties. For example, the banking dynasties of Rothschild include five pivotal nations [member states] in Europe. The family privately owns the Central Bank of England. The respective governments do not own the Bank of England, the Bank of France, or the Bank of Germany, as most people believe, but they are privately owned monopolies. This also includes America’s central bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, which is also owned by private family dynasties, i.e., Kuhn Loeb, Goldman Sachs, and the Lehman Brothers.
The above family dynasties preside over multiple banks, many of them with interlocking directorates. Most of these banks are private partnerships run by family dynasties.
FAST FORWARD TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
In 1966, Carroll Quigley authored a book titled Tragedy and Hope: A History of Our Time. According to Tal Brooke, author of One World, it literally “rocked those who saw it when it first came out.” Quigley was a Harvard and Princeton professor emeritus. Today [time of book, 1966], according to Quigley, the power of a certain group of bankers is colossal.
Quigley confesses to being an “insider” and confidant of this elite group. His 1300-page book named major insider power groups attempting to manipulate a world socialist order. Quigley supported the plan but no longer wanted to do it undercover.
TRAGEDY AND HOPE
Tragedy and Hope was Quigley’s magnum opus. Even though he supported the plan, he revealed too much information. The Macmillan first edition in 1966 literally disappeared almost over night, even from the public libraries.
As professor at the Foreign Service School, one of his students in the 1960s was William Jefferson Clinton. Clinton was deeply impacted by Quigley. He referred to Quigley as his mentor and as one of the two people who were most influential in his life. [I did obtain a copy of Quigley’s book and footnoted from it while writing my book, The Last Generation.]
The insiders are composed of the super rich and elite family dynasties. The insiders have a plan. They are pushing for a New World Order, where the money and the power are concentrated in the hands of a small elite group at the top. Satan also has an agenda. It has been unfolding throughout history. He has created a Covert World Empire with an intricate, behind-the-scenes plan.
There are no accidents. In my opinion, Satan’s plan includes the Global Financial Crisis. It is part of the agenda to move us toward globalization. It is being carried out by these invisible powers [insiders] behind the scenes.
As we have seen, these invisible powers are working behind the scenes, pulling the strings of the front men who are visible and are in the headlines of our newspapers and other forms of media. Don’t be deceived. It is important to know your enemy and how he operates.
The ultimate power behind the scenes is Satan and his kingdom. Satan is a master manipulator and is the “father of lies” (John 8:44). He hides in the dark places undetected by most people. His ultimate goal is to be worshipped as God.
We, as believers in Jesus Christ, also know the future through divine revelation from God’s Word. He tells us what to expect. His ultimate prophetic plan cannot be altered. God is still in control no matter how bleak things may appear on the outside.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, there is no time like the present. Read the gospel of John, especially chapter three. Ask Jesus into your heart. He will not let you down. The pieces of the prophetic puzzle are almost all in place. The rapture may be a lot sooner than we think.
This article was taken primarily from The Last Generation: Prophecy, Current World Events, and the End Times. Any information used in this article that did not originate from the author is footnoted in the book.
focalpointpublications.com or amazon.com.
One World by Tal Brooke and Tragedy and Hope: A History of Our Time by Carroll Quigley may be ordered from amazon.com.
See also a January 2010 BusinessWeek article titled "Debtor Nations: The Debt Bomb Facing the World" by Mark Scott.