The 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg (Germany) church on October 31, 1517 was celebrated a couple of days ago (see Ecumenical celebrations of the Protestant Reformation; what about sola Scriptura and the white horse of the Apocalypse?). Instead of this being a celebration of the sins of the Church of Rome, it was mainly a time where various Greco-Roman religious and political leaders promoted ecumenical unity. Of course, this is what we in the CCOG long expected (watch Pope Francis’ Celebration of Reformation’s 500th Anniversary and World Council of Churches Peace Plan).
Speaking of anniversaries, the 2nd of November, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration related to the ultimate establishment of a Jewish state. Jews have been celebrating, but Palestinians protesting, the declaration (see The Balfour Declaration and a prophecy?).
More in Europe are getting frustrated with the USA and its President Donald Trump. Germany, in particular, has been vocal, and we are seeing some expect that former German Defense Minister, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will re-enter German politics (see Germany past point of no return with USA? Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg ‘will become more important in German politics again’). Prophecy tells of the rise of a Germanic power that God will use to punish places like the ‘Samarian’ USA (Isaiah 10:5-12). Karl-Thoedor zu Guttenberg is likely to once again enter politics in Germany and is one to watch–he wants Europe to develop more technology and take other steps that are consistent with biblical prophecies.
We continue to see rumblings in Catalonia and elsewhere in Europe for governmental changes (see Catalonians want democracy to work; Pope Francis wants Europe to be more united). I have been teaching for years that the Bible shows that Europe will have to reorganize and that the ten kings listed in Revelation 17 do not simply represent 10 currently existing countries, but will include some type of groupings or regions. Interestingly, Pope Francis called on the EU to use creativity to deal with issues like Catalonia (see Catalonians want democracy to work; Pope Francis wants Europe to be more united). Reorganization of Europe is prophesied (Revelation 17:12-13), and the Pope’s urging of creative solutions is consistent with that.
We continue to see steps taken to reduce the influence of the US dollar around the world. Yesterday, Russian Prime Minister called for an end to a dominant currency for trade (the US dollar) and proposed supporting China’s plans to bypass the dollar while also asking China to look at a Russian payment system (see Russia and China meet to dethrone US dollar dominance). The time will come when the US dollar will lose its status as the world’s dominant reserve currency and this will affect the US much worse than the ‘experts’ who do not properly understand biblical prophecy (e.g. Habakkuk 2:6-8) realize. Speaking of Russia, Paul Craig Roberts is concerned that Russian investigations, etc. are setting the USA up for Armageddon and defeat by Russia (see ZH: One Day, Tomorrow Won’t Arrive, Paul Craig Roberts: Armageddon). While it is Europe (cf. Daniel 11:39), not Russia, that is prophesied to takeover the USA, it remains my position that Russia will assist. But, we still have until at least 2021 before the USA will be taken over, and I do not believe it can be before 2022 at this stage.
There was a storm that caused hundreds of thousands to lose power in the Northeast of the USA this week (see ‘Severe storm leaves about 700K without power in Northeast;’ Puerto Rico, Dominica, St. Martins, and Virgin Islands still suffering; Will you consider the St. Lucia Prime Minister’s warning?). Around that time, when commenting on the devastation that recent hurricanes caused in the Caribbean, the Prime Minister of St. Lucia (a small island nation in the Caribbean) stated:
‘We continue thinking there’s tomorrow. Tomorrow has arrived.’
Jesus spoke of a time of troubles (Mark 13:5-8) that occur BEFORE the start of the great tribulation (Mark 13:19-24). Troubles have decimated Dominica, St. Martins, Puerto Rico, and parts of the Virgin Islands (as well as parts of Cuba). The people and leaders in those lands realized that something bad like this could happen someday, but generally did not take the steps needed to prevent widespread devastation.
What will happen to the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand will, in many ways, be worse (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:21-22). The great tribulation will come (Matthew 24:21), watch and pray and get your spiritual house in order (Luke 21:34-36)–most will NOT (Luke 21:34-35; 1 Thessalonians 5:3-6; Revelation 12:14-17).
Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.
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