Commentary on world events that relate to Bible prophecy and on Rapture Ready issues world events.

Oct 24, 2011

Death of an Insane Dictator

The rule of Moammar Gadhafi has finally come to an end. The world's longest-serving dictator was killed by rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte. The facts of his death are still rather fluid, but it's clear that he died in a very humiliating way.

He was found hiding in a drainage ditch. He took cover there after a French jet bombed a motorcade he was using to escape the city. A succession of shaky mobile phone videos shows a bloody Gadhafi being dragged by an angry mob at gunpoint. Gadhafi is heard repeatedly saying the phrase "Haram Aleiko," which is an Arabic expression saying "God forbids this," as blows from the crowd rain down on his head. "This is for Misrata, you dog," said one man slapping him.

It is interesting that Saddam Hussein was captured in a similar state. Both men claimed they would die as glorious martyrs, but in the end, they were found hiding like rats. Hosni Mubarak is another dictator who suffered a shameful end this year. Mubarak still has his life, but he will probably die in prison.

It makes me wonder why someone would choose to stay in power against impossible odds that guarantee their doom. Gadhafi had plenty of time to see the writing on the wall and say, "Well folks, forty-two years is a long time. I think it's time for me to step aside and let new blood manage the affairs of Libya." He could have made a deal with the West to retire in some villa in the Persian Gulf.

There seems to be a form of insanity that comes with power. The human mind loses touch with reality when it’s given a stranglehold on power. It was Lord Acton, the British historian, who said: "All power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Our lifeline to God is our connection to sanity. If we try to stand alone as little gods, we become nothing more than fools with reprobate minds.

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man... Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen... And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1:21-23, 25, 28a).

Gadhafi had total power, and he was as crazy as a bedbug. One only needs to look at a photo timeline of the clothes he wore over the years to see his descent into madness. In the sixties, he wore traditional military uniforms; in the seventies and eighties he dressed in ornate uniforms that seemed to be loaned from Michael Jackson’s wardrobe. And in recent years, he was wearing outfits that looked like oversized cocktail waitress dresses.

My personal favorite statement of insanity by Gadhafi came when the protests first broke out in various cities. Gadhafi said the demonstrators were on drugs. In a state TV broadcast, he blamed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden for the unrest. "They give them pills at night. They put hallucinatory pills in their drinks, their milk, their coffee, their Nescafe," said Gadhafi.

The most delusional thing about Gadhafi was his claim that the Libyan people were totally devoted to him. Even as his circle of power was rapidly shrinking, he repeatedly talked about the love affair he had with his subjects. "They love me. All my people with me, they love me," he said. "They will die to protect me, my people."

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is the next logical focus of the Middle East democracy movement. Assad has killed thousands of protestors over the past few months. Since he makes Moammar Gadhafi look like Mr. Rogers, I doubt there is anything that will cause him to offer real political reforms. Assad has already said that he will bomb Israel if NATO tries to remove him from power.

The greatest mad dictator is yet to come. During the second half of the Tribulation hour, the Antichrist will have control over every nation on earth. He will be drunk with power. In the end, he will suffer a spectacular downfall at the hands of Christ.

The acting Libyan government has come up with a staggering estimate of Gadhafi's net worth. He was supposedly worth over $200 billion with assets in bank accounts, real estate, and corporate investments around the world. Wherever Gadhafi is right now, I don't think he is concerned about the riches he just lost. There is loss of far greater importance on his mind.

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26).

-- Todd

Invasion of the Mind Snatchers

A science fiction film of 1956 called Invasion of the Body Snatchers riveted me as a kid of fourteen or so. Sinister, unseen—even unknowable—diabolical entities were taking over the personhood, bodies and all, of earthlings. The protagonist, a physician, was frightened and frustrated as to how to deal with the situation, and was unable for most of the movie to convince those around him that something disastrous was being set up to destroy humanity.

Almost the whole town was replaced by the invaders before…well, you will have to see the movie—I don’t want to spoil it for you.

The storyline was a grand scheme of delusion and deception. You wanted to shout at the big screen for the people to recognize what was going on. You are being set up for falling victim to the body snatchers! But, the course of the storyline could not be changed. It was inevitable that the other-worldly beings would soon take over, as they say, lock, stock, and barrel.

I find the movie and what is happening today in real life to be analogous in several troubling respects. I’ve given this commentary the title “Invasion of the Mind Snatchers” because it has become evident that the thought processes of people of this generation are being set up for the most profound deception ever perpetrated—well, that is, except for the original deception, when the serpent beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Jesus had told His followers He would be going away from them, but would return. He answered His disciples’ questions about when things He was prophesying would come to pass. They wanted to know when the end of the age would be, and when He would return.

He began His lengthy and in-depth answer with the words: “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4–5).

So began what has become known as the Olivet Discourse. This section of Scripture is considered perhaps the most important of all prophecies in the Bible because it is from the mouth of God in the flesh. And, the very first thing Jesus told those disciples—and by way of His recorded words to them that day told us—was that deceivers would mark the very end of the age. Great deception would characterize the time just before He comes back. Jesus forewarned that His disciples must be on high alert for this particular societal condition.

The invasion by the mind snatchers is here. No matter which way we who observe the prophetic picture look, we see the delusion settling upon the thinking processes of men, women, and children. It has completely changed the character of our nation.

In America, it is relatively easy to look back and see that the entertainment industry has been a tool used by the master deceiver to pollute the common sensibility of the people. Hollywood has caused the suspension of disbelief to such an extent that the lines between fiction and fact have been catastrophically blurred. Morality guided by biblical principles has gone by the wayside in our society and culture.

The film industry, for example, has propagandized us to accept that it is okay to sleep around with other than one’s legally sanctioned spouse. As a matter of fact, the very term “sleeping with” is an entertainment industry-spawned term invented to help avoid the stigma attached to the sinful activity of having sex outside the God-ordained union of wedlock.

Deception is the progenitor of delusion—a mental illness that robs one of the ability to discern what is moral and what is not. Values clarification and situational ethics, through incessant inculcation, especially by the political, judicial, and educational progressives (liberals) since the 1960s, have declared that there are no moral absolutes (the Bible is irrelevant). The supreme evidence of how this has deleteriously affected life in the United States is seen in our political process and the results the lack of discernment has produced.

Socioeconomically, geopolitically, and every other way, deception has invaded and taken the minds of humanity farther and farther from God, thus from sanity. No element of this deceptive assault has been more deadly than has the false teachers and preachers of this Laodicean age. Strange winds of doctrine have joined forces with the humanist agenda to blow away every semblance of true spiritual discernment. These satanic psycho-babble concepts have constituted the ingredients for deception that has brought much of society to the point that it is now ready for suffering the great delusion of Bible prophecy yet future.

That prophesied delusion is outlined, of course, in 2 Thessalonians, as the apostle Paul writes:

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:7–11)

Like disease that causes dementia to progress within the human brain, the deceptive tendrils of willful godlessness are pushing this generation toward the strong delusion prophesied for the Tribulation hour.