Jun 14, 2010
The Moral Deficit
Just as I was about to publish last week's "Nearing Midnight" article, the International Monetary Fund released a project that showed deficit spending would push the U.S. national debt past the magic 100 percent of GDP by as early as 2012. This level is an important milestone because every single time a nation has amassed a debt equal to its total economic output, it has defaulted.
I didn't stop the presses because the information in my article already made it perfectly clear that we face a very dark economic future. Another reason not to go back and add more evidence is that there is a greater shortfall at work here.
Western civilization is suffering from an ever-expanding moral deficit. We will never be able to fix all the other problems that afflict our nation until we first close this gap. History has shown that a moral or religious code is necessary for the long-term survival of a culture or civilization. The Roman Empire fell because it lost its moral compass.
The European Union framers rejected a biblical approach to its moral code. They made no mention of God or the Christian heritage in their constitution. Because of the absence of divine morality, the EU is now collapsing under the weight of monetary corruption and a public that sees the government as its own sugar daddy.
Nothing tops the greed found in corporate America. As one economist once said, "While Japanese CEOs might commit hari kiri and British CEOs resign, Americans fight over the size of their bonuses when their firms fail."
I see our standards slipping away. For years, I've kept track of the growing acceptance of the gay lifestyle. A new poll by the Gallup organization shows we have now reached a very dubious milestone. By a margin of 52 to 43 percent, most Americans now find homosexuality morally acceptable.
People who defend gays can now rest in the knowledge that they are in the majority. The few remaining folks on the opposing side now run the risk of committing hate crimes. I'm sure gay groups will now make the push to get federal protection for their sexual orientation.
The moral deficit shows in the type of leaders we have in our nation. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh recently got married. This is the fourth time Rush has tied the knot with a woman. Members of the liberal media were left scratching their heads when it was made known that Elton John did the singing at the Limbaugh wedding. The gay icon was paid a million bucks for his services.
One of the problems of relying on secular leaders for moral leadership is that the term "family values" is constantly being redefined. Men like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Bill O'Reilly are helpful in holding back the liberal onslaught, but they are no substitute for biblical morality.
There was once a time when alcohol, divorce, and school truancy were the hot topics for any debate on ethics. Today, if a politician talked about moral issues, he would be labeled as a right-wing extremist. The focus of our political leaders is now almost exclusively on financial or foreign-policy issues.
The problem is no better in our Christian media. I can't recall the last time I heard a preacher talk about something as simple as divorce. There are four major Christian satellite networks in this nation. As I click through them, I quickly notice their most popular subject today is "you." They talk about "getting your miracle," "feeling better about yourself," and "making the best of your life." Yet when I flip though the Bible, and I find a remedy for "sin" to be its most common subject of discussion.
I'm not hopeful that we as nation will ever close the moral deficit. We’re at the point where immorality is feeding on itself. There is still opportunity to rescue people who come to realize that sin comes with a hefty price tag.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).
EU as Reviving Rome in Question
Is the European Union (EU) on its way to dissolution? Do the developing economic cracks that seem all but impossible to repair mean that it's over for the EU?
More to the point of our concern here--if the EU were to fail, does it mean that we who believe we are seeing the Roman Empire reviving in the EU are wrong? Thus, will the area out of which Antichrist is foretold to emerge not be western Europe, rather, from somewhere else?
Are those correct who as of late proclaim the "prince that shall come" of Daniel 9:27 will emerge from the eastern leg rather than the western leg of Nebuchadnezzar's dream-vision (Daniel chapter 2)?
These questions cross my email quite frequently these days. Europe's economic problems are worse than those of the United States, it is generally agreed by monetary experts. Could it be that Humpty-Dumpty, who fell apart with the decline and fall of the ancient Roman Empire, who was then patched together in the 1950s and has been coming back together in a major way since, is now on its way to taking another great fall?
I defer in matters of high finance to the experts, such as my friend Wilfred Hahn, when it comes to precisely laying out the case for what is likely to happen in Europe's, America's and the world's precarious economic positions. But there are some important matters within what I believe we see happening, from biblically prophetic standpoint that should be interjected.
The Bible tells us that a group of ten ally together out of common self-interest. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the Beast (Revelation 17:13). The large multinational nation groups of today simply have too many conflicts of interest to be any effective consequence in today’s geopolitical environment. Developments in Asia today also, we believe, play a decisive role in these last-day machinations of ten kings. (Wilfred Hahn, "European Union: Is the Revived Roman Empire Finished?)
It makes perfect sense that the many turf fiefdoms held by the powers large and small across the planet will never--under anything approaching normal circumstances--give in to a central authority. Such acquiescence will have to be wrested from their grip in a painful manner.
One thing is sure: The beast system of Antichrist (Rev. 13: 16-18) will manage, ultimately, to get all governmental entities to give him their power and authority (Rev. 17: 12-13). That power and authority will consist, at its base, of economic control. Hahn correctly surmises, because he relies upon Bible prophecy, that ten entities (called "kings") will ally out of common self-interest. Seven of the ten will willingly give up their power and authority, and three will have it ripped from their grip by the most powerful tyrant ever to draw breath (Dan 7: 24).
Whether the power is taken by willing acquiescence of the seven heads of the entities involved or it is taken by force, as seems to be the case of the three kings having their power and authority stripped from them by the beast in Daniel 7:24, the deed will be done.
It is no surprise. Recent crushing fiscal issues and events point to the inescapable reality that something is going to have to happen soon, or world economic implosion will result.
Again, Wilfred Hahn writes:
Recent events are therefore of no surprise. What is always unpredictable in crisis situations, is the specific catalyst that prompts a reappraisal of risk…the sudden awakening to reality. (Ibid.)
I believe that catalyst--the crisis that will cause all sovereign leaderships to realize they must come together to give up their desperately held-onto turf kingdoms--will be the Rapture. The ensuing chaos will cause most everyone left behind to re-think their worldviews. The prince that shall come will have the answers they seek--at least, they will believe him to have the answers.
As expressed before in this column, I'm convinced that a completely changed economic order, based upon Special Drawing Rights (SDR) or a system of electronic funds transfer (computer units, not hard currency of any sort) will be acceptable to most leaderships around the world. The ten kings of Revelation 17:12-13 that correspond to the entities of Daniel 7: 24 will perhaps be, in my scenario, ten pan-continental trading blocs modeled on the eurozone prototype. Thus, Daniel's prophecy of the ten-toes final humanistic system of government that Christ's return will smash to pieces will be fulfilled.
I agree with Wilfred Hahn that the current apparent crumbling of Europe in no way means the EU is finished as the prime candidate for the Reviving Roman Empire. The crisis that will bring everything into perfect prophetic alignment, in regard to the 666 beast government, will, I'm more and more convinced, be the shout from heaven: "Come up here!" (Rev. 4: 1)