The Government Who Would Be God

In studying verses in the Bible that
speak of how the "beast" will ultimately be accepted as "god," I've
been struck by the flurry of developments wherein the governments of
the world are claiming dominion over things that clearly belong to the
LORD. This is a significant fulfillment of Bible prophecy; yet
many believers don't connect such government intrusion with the
relevant Biblical prophecy.

Scripture tells us how the end times
world order will be characterized by a massive political
power (the first "beast" of Revelation that rises up out of the
sea), and an all encompassing religious power (the
second "beast" that rises up out of the earth). Both are detailed in
chapter 13 of the last book of the Bible:

"And I stood upon the sand of the
sea, and I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and
ten horns, and upon his ten crowns...And I beheld another beast coming
up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as
a dragon." (Revelation 13:2, 11).

Government Manifests Itself As God

The first beast, the emerging world
government, and its various national and international branches,
continues to seek to show itself to be "god" through its claim that it
"owns" the air, the land, the seas, the water,
and everything else. This is clearly an encroachment on the exclusive
rights of the LORD, but it fulfills the prophecy of two "beasts" that
are to rise up and cause the world to obey their agenda.
Although 'pop' religious tradition has taught millions that the
"Antichrist" will help the Jewish people build a temple through a
supposed treaty (and then enter into that temple and declare himself
to be "god"), that fiction grossly distorts what the Scriptures
actually say. The key text in this is found in II Thessalonians 2
where we learn that when that "man of sin" is revealed, he

"....opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." (II
Thessalonians 2:3-5).

Notice how the verse doesn't say he will
be elevated above God Himself, but above "all that is called"
God - a hint that there is something else going on here. When he is
installed in the "temple" he doesn't become God, he is simply seen
"as" God, or functioning in a god-like capacity. This
understanding is confirmed when the verse concludes by telling us that
by performing in this fashion, he will be "shewing" or 'proving' to
all the world that he is God - and yet we know that the beast can
never be God. What's really going on here?

Readers will remember the Old Testament
passage describing Lucifer's fall, as he says "I will be
like
the most high" - as opposed to 'I will be
the most high.' This is because Lucifer can never actually be
God - so he seeks to convince the creation that he is god by
seizing authority over the things of God.
This is why, incidentally, that Jesus said Satan "savourest not
the things that be of God" (Matthew 16:23). Lucifer isn't
concerned with the "things" of God, nor does he reverence or honour
them; he manipulates and uses them to seek his own egocentric agenda
of self-glorification. But what are the "things" of God?

The Earth Is the Lord's, And The Fullness Thereof

This marvelous Psalm (Chapter 24
verse 1), tells us that God owns everything. Of course, Genesis also
tells us that He made everything, and John tells us that
JESUS CHRIST
, as the only begotten Son of God, is the one that
performed the creative work:

"All things were made by him; and
without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:3).

The Psalmist writes of God and tells us
"the sea is his, and he made it, and his hands formed the dry land."
(Psalm 95:5).

Genesis tells us He made the air in the
"firmament," and he made the trees, the grass, and the vegetation that
generates the oxygen we breathe (Genesis 1:11,12). The Bible tells us
that God "gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons...." (Acts
14:17). God made all the streams, rivers, and springs, and He is one
that "sendeth waters upon the fields." (Job 5:10). Even "the silver is
mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts" (Haggai 2:8).

Thus, because the prophets tell us the
"beast" government will elevate the Antichrist onto the throne
of the world, we would expect to see the governments of the world seek
to take authority over the "things" of God - in order that the final
leader may "show" himself to be like God. And that is precisely what
is occurring.

The Government Says They Own The Air

Although American Christian leaders
rarely address the issue, the numerous alphabet agencies in the
federal government of the United States, as well as international
associations created by treaties between nations, already claim
they own the "things" of God - including the very air.

For example, in the transportation
field, one cannot fly through the air unless they are properly
licensed by the FAA (the Federal Aviation Administration), and
each nation has its own "airspace" which they claim they own.
There is also an international (read global) version of this
authority created through the enactment of treaties that claim power
over anyone flying through the air. While it is obvious some
form of order (such as air traffic control systems) is needed to avoid
dangerous and potentially chaotic conditions in the sky, that's not
the point. The fact is, the governments of the world have assumed
they own the sky.

In communications, the situation is
similar as the FCC (the Federal Communications Commission) will
not allow anyone to broadcast or send transmissions (such as radio
signals) back and forth any appreciable distance without paying
exorbitant "licensing" or legal fees in order to be "qualified" so
they can be granted "permission" to use the "air." Furthermore, there
are international governing bodies, such as the WARC (the World
Administrative Radio Conference) and the ITU (International
Telecommunications Union) that claim authority over the air
on a planetary basis.

A great insight into the truth of
prophecy was gained by a precious few when radio technology advanced
to such a degree that low cost broadcasting became available under a
system called Low Power FM (LPFM). This was about to
open the door to thousands of new Christian radio stations to preach
the Gospel on a very local level - but the effort to ban legal LPFM
was spearheaded by the trade association of the Christian
broadcasters of America -- so they could protect the 'turf' of
their million dollar corporations.

This amazing situation was another
manifestation of Revelation's second beast (organized religion) the
one that had "two horns like a lamb" (a symbol of Christianity); the
same beast that tells the people not to follow the great
commission and preach the Gospel, but to obey the dictates of the
first beast - the government. It is self evident that
organized religion (including the so-called "Christian" power
structure) supports the government and teaches the people to obey
the government - even when the souls of men are at stake.

The Government Says They Own The Seas

Recently, we learned that the United
States Senate was considering giving up American sovereignty over the
oceans to the United Nations. As incredible as it
sounds, under something called The Law of the Sea Treaty (with
the very appropriate acronym of LOST), the world governing body
known as the United Nations is to be given authority over the
oceans of the world.

Many Republicans and Democrats have
urged ratification of the international treaty, which will give the UN
dominion over 70 percent of the earth's surface - to say nothing of
the natural resources involved. This is not a joke, for the
original LOST treaty was actually signed while Bill Clinton
was in office, but the Senate failed to ratify the treaty.

The oil industry is very
interested in seeing this treaty enacted because it benefits the huge
multi-national energy corporations that back the present Republican
dominated government. Furthermore, as the present occupants of the
White House all come from the oil industry, it should
have surprised no one that former oil industry executive (and George
Bush's Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice has urged the
LOST
treaty be approved. This will give the
United Nations
the power to tax the seas.

The Government Says They Own The Rain

Here in the Northwest where Christian
Media
is located, we frequently get a lot of rainfall; thus we
weren't surprised to hear the residents of Washington are now being
confronted by a Senate bill requiring anyone collecting rainwater on
their property to get a permit from the government!

As laughable as this sounds, this absurd
situation should not be taken lightly, for regional and local
governments already require permits for just about everything
else, including fences, pets, vehicles, trash disposal, and much much
more. If this crazy effort to claim they have the authority to
tax the rain
is ever approved, the government would then need
to have 'rainwater police' to be sure their statutes are being
enforced.

Here in Oregon, we already have
equally oppressive laws in force as it's even illegal to cut a dead
tree for firewood just to keep warm without government permission -
and of course there is a fee involved. However, the corrupt and greedy
leaders of government that play-god here in Oregon has gone even
further.

They're now proposing a new tax they
call a mileage fee. In addition to the gas tax and the
multitude of vehicle taxes, they want to charge people for every mile
they travel. Using wireless radio technology (with a another licensing
fee paid for using the air, of course) the Road User Fee
Task Force (RUFTF) is attempting to pass legislation
charging people a per mile fee for traveling in Oregon. It's unclear
whether or not the fee will also apply to joggers,
bicyclists, or those that walk for exercise.

Grass, Herbs, Water, And Computers

Although GOD made the grass, we
actually have laws on the books here in the West which mandate which
type of grass may be grown on a person's lawn. Meanwhile, the
FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently "redefinded"
numerous natural herbs as "drugs" which now require FDA
approval to distribute. An even larger threat is already scheduled to
become law this August.

The Codex Alimentarius is a
global treaty that regulates everything from vitamins to
herbs
. If you drink dandelion tea, use a natural herbal
compound for regularity, or take minerals for your health, the new
Codex has already been given global authority over these
things. Thus, the United Nations associated treaty grants the
global government of the UN control over practically anything
that grows out of the ground.

On a similar front, in what has been
dubbed the "water wars," corporations and governments are vying for
control of fresh drinking water sources around the world. In Africa,
Asia, Europe, and the Americas, powerful forces are clashing for
control of a dwindling water supply. Water wars and disputes
over rivers and streams are presently raging from places as divers as
Tasmania and Ethiopia, to Pakistan and Israel. Many have predicted
that water will likely be the catalyst for a final showdown that will
produce a horrifying war in the Middle East - where the water is
already very scarce.

Meanwhile, the UN Working Group on
Internet Governance (WGIG) continues to issue documents
detailing the globalist momentum that is building toward pulling
control of the Internet away from the United States, and
placing it in the hands of the UN. To put it bluntly, an oppressive
world government is coming at us like a hurricane. Thus, the
"beast" that Daniel described as "dreadful and terrible, and strong
exceedingly....[which] devoured and broke in pieces" (Daniel 7:7)
anything in its way is already in power.

Showing Himself To Be God

Although there is an
individual man that is to fulfill the prophecies of the
Antichrist
, the Scriptures indicate the "beast" government will
precede his inauguration. The second beast of Revelation
(the religious "beast") is similar, for although there is an
individual False Prophet, he is also to be preceded by the "beast"
church.

Even as the government of the beast
seeks to "show" him to be god by controlling the water, the air, the
seas, and the earth (domains which clearly belong to GOD), the
False Prophet uses his religious authority to "cause the earth and
them which dwell therein to worship [read obey] the first beast
before him..." (Revelation 13:12). Thus, whenever church leaders
misquote Romans 13 and tell us we are supposed to obey
the evil governments of our time, they are manifesting themselves as
emissaries of the False Prophet.

That crucial text in II Thessalonians
2 applies here, for as the beast government ascends to power, the
text tells us that "man of sin...[will] sit in the temple of God,
showing himself that he is God." (II Thessalonians 2:4). The false
prophets in the "Christian" church refuse to teach the people the
"temple" mentioned is the same Greek word Paul used when he
said our bodies are the "temple of God." (I Corinthians 3:16). It's
also the same word Jesus used when He motioned to Himself and
said "destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (John
2:19).

Indeed, when the devil tempted Christ,
and "set him on a pinnacle of the temple" (Luke 4:9), it is a
different word that is used for "temple" - and that word
always means a building; whereas the "temple" the beast
will "sit" in, is the spiritual temple of the church. Thus, the
installation of the Spirit of Antichrist in the church
has already occurred - but God has promised He will preserve a
remnant that has ears to hear the truth. To put it another way, you
should look very closely at this, for it is much later than you think.

May 1 2005 - James Lloyd

Copyright © 2005 Christian Media Network

See Also

Blood Beast Of Babylon

How Governments Disarm Citizens

The Sand And The Sea: The Two Beasts Of Revelation

A Beast With Ten Horns

The Beast That Was

The Beast With 7 Heads Revisited Again

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