Jun 25, 2012
Donation Drive July to September
For nearly 25 years, Rapture Ready has been a dominant force in Bible prophecy. I started the site in the green-screen days when most people only the knew the web as something spun by a spider. Back then, there was no Google or Bing where I could list the site. I had to list the content of the site on what was called news groups.
When the Web as most people know it came with the release of Netscape in 1995, RR still managed to outlast most sites from that starting point. Of around 100 prophecy sites listed on the first version of Yahoo's category-based index, only 5 remain in operation. The secret to having a successful website is the ability to stay the course. I started with the idea that it was my duty to do something that contributes to the kingdom of God, and I plan continue with that goal until the Lord returns.
One of the key factors that has allowed RR to flourish is all the people who have contributed in some way to the site. I am very grateful to the folks who have helped on the RR news page, the message board, RR Radio, and the Soapbox page with various articles.
The work of our featured and Soapbox writers deserve special praise for this quarter. There has never been a time when we've had this many writers. Last year, I added a second Soapbox page because the first one had become too long. It hasn't even been a full year, and the new page is already half the size of the original one.
Two years ago, the articles under the Newest Articles section would average around 5,000 to 7,000 views in any given month. Now, it is common for them to receive 10,000 to 15,000 views. The king of submitted articles is "The Post Rapture Survival Guide," with over 2 million views. Written by Kurt Seland in 1999, the article has been blessed by every major media event the site has experienced. I have not heard from Kurt since he sent me this commentary, so I'm sure he would be shocked to learn of the eternal reward his single article has racked up for him.
I've been neglectful in asking for prayer for the site. I am totally convinced that the reason RR has been so successful is because I periodically ask saints to prayerfully intercede for this web ministry. Please pray that God will guide us in what do in these last of the last days.
I want to thank everyone who has helped financially support the site. The summer months of June, July, and August have always been our slowest months for donations. We still have the same level of foot traffic as the rest of the year, but summertime distractions get in the way of people responding to RR's financial needs.
It's not like the rest of the year will be any less hectic. In the next few months, we are going to have what could be the most important election in nation's history. Europe is in the process of a financial meltdown, and at any moment, the Middle East could erupt into open warfare. We also have the big Mayan doomsday prediction to look forward to. As we get closer to the Tribulation hour, I firmly believe that investment in the gospel message should be our chief concern.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:19-21 NIV).
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Principalities and Globalism
The G-20 met this last week in Mexico to try to reach some degree of consensus on how to globally govern the rest of us. The phrase “some degree,” in combination with the word “consensus," in my view, constitutes what is known as a non sequitur, or nonstarter. The sentiment, thus expressed, does not follow. Consensus is just that–consensus; i.e., it strongly implies harmony without substantial opinion to the contrary.
In international community diplomatic parlance, however, “some degree” is as close to consensus as it gets. And, this quandary is at the heart of the distress and perplexity world leaders face in trying to govern the rest of us in a global way. Globalism–as it has always been attempted–has been an abject failure. The contentiousness is just too great when efforts are made to get the nations of the world to agree on anything, much less on things as monumental as creating a one-world order. All such monolithic projects have failed miserably since the Babel builders saw their attempt at world order under one man, more or less, come crashing down when God destroyed the tower under construction and scattered the would-be, new-world-order masters and their subjects to different locations around the world (Genesis 11).
There simply is not consensus in the matter of globalism.
The individual egos among world leaders are themselves monumental–as titanic as the tower of that Genesis 11 account. The lyrics in a country song sum up the gargantuan egos of today’s national leaderships: They are "legends in their own minds."
Because of the pride and arrogance--not to mention the greed and lust--rampant within so many countries, neither consensus nor anything close to it can ever be reached to produce a single, governing global entity. Yet those of us who study God’s prophetic Word believe there is ultimately to be a global order under one dictator, the man of sin, the Antichrist.
Since there can never be harmony on a worldwide scale that will bring order like that indicated in Revelation 13:16-18, how will the beast's regime come to fulfillment? While thinking on such things, I was struck with the realization–upon reading an article by my friend Wilfred Hahn—that globalism is, itself, a non sequitur, a nonstarter.
Hahn, an expert on global economic matters whose articles appear on Rapture Ready, wrote the following, quoting Moisés Naím, the well-known former editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine and former executive director of the World Bank:
When was the last time you heard that a large number of countries agreed to a major international accord on a pressing issue? Not in more than a decade.… These failures represent not only the perpetual lack of international consensus, but also a flawed obsession with multilateralism as the panacea for all the world’s ills. It has become far too dangerous to continue to rely on large-scale multilateral negotiations that stopped yielding results almost two decades ago. So what is to be done? To start, let’s forget about trying to get the planet’s nearly two hundred countries to agree. We need to abandon that fool’s errand in favor of a new idea: minilateralism. By minilateralism, I mean a smarter, more targeted approach: We should bring to the table the smallest possible number of countries needed to have the largest possible impact on solving a particular problem. (Wilfred Hahn, "
The Bible on the Next World Leader," Eternal Value Review, www.eternalvalue.com; see also, Newest Articles, raptureready.com)
This recommended minilateralist approach seems to precisely foreshadow the global configuration that will vault Antichrist to his dictatorship and sustain his power. It will be constructed by the principalities the apostle Paul exposes as recorded in Ephesians 6:12.
We see this global arrangement for the climax of history just prior to Christ’s return in the following scriptural passage: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast” (Revelation 17:12-13).
Since the prideful human power wielders will never easily come to consensus on governing on a worldwide basis, the most powerful dictator ever to be upon planet earth will use his demonic force of will to wrest control from the holdouts.
After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. (Daniel 7:8-9)
Watching the G-20 in action last week–or perhaps watching the inaction of the
G-20 would be more appropriate terminology— makes ever more obvious that the
minilateral approach is likely the methodology that will be used by the powers
and principalities of Ephesians 6:12 to bring about Satan’s final form of