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April 19, 2003

I have speculated about the future before, and many, but not all of my theories have come to fruition.Certainly, Iím not a prophet but merely a man born in these last days to proclaim the truth of the Gospel.

The truths of the Gospel are these; that all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory(Romans 3:23).That is the reason God sent His Son to die for the sin's of the world (John 3:16), to be raised again the third day, and to ascend back to heaven to take His place at the right hand of the Father (I Corinthians 15:3, 4); and with it our victory over death and hell (I Corinthians 15:54-57).You see, our sin's are paid; all we have to do is accept this free gift.If anyone goes to hell they do so with their sin debt paid in full.One other truth, no one comes to the Father except they come through Christ Jesus (John 14:6).You canít get to Him by being good or by doing something heroic, buy only through repentance and faith in the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).†† Will you come to the Lord today? 

Over the last few weeks I have outlined what I believe will happen in the near future and paralleled it with scripture.Certainly, much of it is built on speculation and theory.Itís possible that both Bush and Blair will have become distant memories by the time the Lord comes back.Itís also possible that a man could come from obscurity, a virtual unknown, to rise to world domination.Although, a good story twist, I donít see that happening. 

Personally, I donít think we have enough time for another world dynamic duo to be developed.Itís pretty plain in the scriptures that two world bodies will rule the world.The dominant ruler will be Mystery Babylon and her subservient partner will be the antichrist and his ten-nation kingdom (beast that she rides on-Revelation 17). 

Itís also plain that this end-time Mystery Babylon will be wealthy, powerful and will make the kings of the earth rich, ďFor all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies (Revelation 18:3)Ē.But even with all they (Mystery Babylon) have to offer it will not save them from the wrath to come, for in one hour they will meet their doom (Revelation 18:19). 

Many Bible scholars have claimed that Iraq will be Mystery Babylon, but hereís a problem I see with that theory.The Bible makes a point of mentioning that the sea merchants and shipbuilders will stand afar off and weep over this once great empire.With the exception of about 30 miles Iraq is completely land locked.They couldnít possibly be seen as a world leader of shipped imported goods.† 

But thatís not all!This future world power will also be bewailed by the kings of the earth (v. 9) and the merchants on land saying who will now buy our merchandise (v. 11).For ďthe merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing (v. 15)Ē. 

These kings and merchants of the world must have felt some protective comfort from Mystery Babylon because verse 15 states that they stood ďafar off for the fear of her tormentĒ.This leads me to believe that the world felt pretty safe and secure as long as this country was in charge.It also draws the conclusion that they were strong proponents of free trade throughout the world.With them completely destroyed who would protect their interests and freedoms.The countries of this world may hate the U.S., but when theyíre no longer around to protect them and buy the majority of their goods, theyíll mourn. 

It is following this great victory by the antichrist that I believe he will proclaim himself to be God.Most will accept it as fact after his great destruction of the most powerful nation in the world.ďAnd they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? (Revelation 13:4)Ē. 

One more important point!I have heard people tell me for years that the future antichrist will come from some small insignificant country (like Jordan or Syria) and/or will come out of obscurity to rule the world.That could happen if the Lord allows it to, but I donít see it for this reason.In Daniel chapter two, we find that King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and Daniel was granted divine revelation to interpret the dream.As you know, the dream states that from that time forward there would be five world empires; the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Grecian Empire, the Old Roman Empire, and the New Roman Empire.Of course, the last empire will be lead by the antichrist.But the point I want to bring home is this!Each of the previous four empires was large and powerful, and some ruled for many centuries.These empires werenít weak and insignificant powers of their day and the kingdom of the antichrist (which is numbered as one of the world powers) wonít be either.They will be an established and powerful world body just as the others were. 

I have to say that we really donít have enough time for a country like the United States to rise up in Iraq (or anywhere else), rule over the world, and import all their goods.Nor do I see anyone on the horizon lording power over the European Union (the future kingdom of the antichrist) other than the United States. 

Unless the Lord changes things dramatically, I believe these two world bodies will be the harlot and beast described in Revelation 17.They will rule together with the U.S. taking the leadership role.But it will be the antichrist that will broker a peace agreement with Israel due to the lack of trust the Arabís will have for the U.S.The European Union will be given the responsibility of both protection and promotion of Israel and Palestine.But I donít believe this agreement will be made until after an E.U. permanent leader is in place. 

Is it really that simple?Is the United States Mystery Babylon?Is the European Union the future kingdom of the antichrist?Will Tony Blair be the first permanent leader of the E.U., forge a dynamic partnership with the U.S. and eventually sign the peace agreement with Israel?Will Mr. Blair, in the future, betray the U.S. and then turn on Israel?And will he one day stand up in the middle of the Jerusalem temple and declare to the world that he is God? 

I hope this article has been helpful in sorting out what the future may hold.I wish you a Blessed Easter as we remember what this day means to every believer and the hope it represents to those yet to be saved.

Pastor Malone

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