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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Prelude to the antichrist - Part 9

Western Civilization's Unrelenting Expansion - Part 2

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately
wicked: who can know it (Jeremiah 17:9)?

“Why can’t we all just get along?” is the famous question that Rodney King posed in response to the riots that engulfed Los Angeles after a Simi Valley jury acquitted four Los Angeles Police Department officers of excessive force against him after he was subdued during a traffic stop. This seemingly simple query reaches back to the beginning of human civilization without an optimistic answer: Cain could not get along with Abel; the Hittites could not live with the Hebrews; the Trojans could not settle their differences with Greece; Rome and Carthage discovered that fighting had become a way of life for nearly a century; dozens of Native American nations were annihilated by British settlers; the 13 British colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, resulting in the American Revolution; the Civil War; the French Revolution; World War I; World War II; the Holocaust; The Korean War; Vietnam; Iraq; and the list goes on.

The landscape of man’s interaction with man is tattooed with savagery. The slaughtered carcasses of innocent men, women and children are the consequence of man’s inability to “just get along.” In Caroline Alexander's The War that Killed Achilles, she says that if we took any period of a hundred years in the last five thousand, it has been calculated that on average, ninety-four of these years will be occupied with large-scale conflicts in one or more parts of the earth.[i] On its face, without a more sterile analysis of the causes of these conflicts, this statistic seems to speak to the nature of man: that he is a predator like any other beast in the field. 

There is one common thread that unites most wars through World War II, but is of necessity absent from modern warfare: Going back to the BC period of tyrannical rulers like Alexander, like Artaxerxes, like Caesar, societies sought to unleash the entire limits of their arsenal to destroy their enemies. However, when warfare crossed the threshold into the nuclear age, we moved into an era where weapons themselves became the enemy. The current state of military technology and the scale of horror that can now be unleashed on the earth place the existence of the human race in peril. When we consider that today’s hydrogen bombs carry a yield that is as much as 4,000 times greater than the weapon that leveled Hiroshima, it could be reasonably argued that it is inhumane to even possess a weapon of this magnitude. No rational individual could ever advance any justification for its use, because such use falls into the category of grave natural disasters. In his book Dark Sun, The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, Richard Rhodes puts it more succinctly: “By its very nature [the hydrogen bomb] cannot be confined to a military objective, but becomes a weapon which in practical effect is almost one of genocide.”[ii]

Western Civilization’s war making capability is unrivaled when we only consider the instruments of war that are public knowledge: NATO, the Western world’s defense federation, simply does not have a military peer. However, when one considers that it would be irresponsible for Western nations to reveal the full extent of their war-making capabilities, it is not unreasonable to conclude that their classified weapons’ arsenal widens the military chasm between the West and the rest. To be sure, non-Western nations who are members of the nuclear club can level the playing field in a non-conventional war. However, and I concede that I may be leaving some of you with the dilemma of not agreeing with my conjecture here, but who do you think was behind the cyber attack that seized control of Iran’s nuclear power station last year? 

A malicious computer program, dubbed Stuxnet, which has the ability to seize control of industrial plants, commandeered control of Iran’s nuclear facility and other industrial sites during the last half of 2010. Considering that Stuxnet surprised experts in the field of cyber-security because of its sophistication, I would suspect that only a few countries, the United States included, and even fewer hackers, have the skill to launch this attack. This is heavy drama and shows that someone is concerned about Iran’s nuclear ambitions; however, there is an even larger picture that is emerging here: This malware attack demonstrated that its author has the ability to snatch the nuclear option away from those who could counter an unconventional attack from the West. Certainly, if Las Vegas was taking bets on who the perpetrator(s) of this attack might be, I’m sure that it would be even money on the Pentagon (or perhaps Israel), but I would also offer that a highly skilled hacker may be under contract with the CIA. 

Conventional wars, or battles fought with arms that are widely available to most nations, go back to the BC-period of Egypt and Mesopotamia, but simply bombing his way to the throne of human civilization would have been too easy for satan. Sure, he could cajole evil men into decimating half of the human race with non-conventional instruments of death; however, that would betray his skillful ability to deceive. If warfare was his intended path to the apex of human government, then he could have easily set the world ablaze during the climax to World War II, because no other country would have been able to prevent a satanically inspired nuclear holocaust, but then, would those who had remained be willing to worship his hand-picked successor in accordance with Revelation chapter 13? (And 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))

Instead of forcing men to worship him as their leader; for true worship cannot be imposed upon people, I believe that there is enough scriptural evidence to conclude that satan will deceive mankind into willingly submitting itself to the son of perdition. Remember, one of the themes of this series is that he has deceived angels, pharaohs, Caesars, apostles, presidents, and the most astute of God’s people. Consequently, deceiving the world into embracing and participating in its own destruction, takes the satanic saga and the mystery of iniquity to its logical conclusion. 

Ruling the world through deceit instead of conquest will be satan’s crown achievement during his reign in this earth. By its nature, this furtive effort to seize control of world government has been cleverly concealed, and when attempts are made to expose it, cries of paranoia are leveled. The average Westerner may agree that Stalin, or Mao, or Hitler were demonically inspired; however, the notion that there is a faction within Western Civilization that is greasing the skids for the seamless rise of the son of perdition is too much of a leap for some to make. But if we agree that the antichrist will ultimately assume leadership of human civilization, then it makes sense to examine the structure that will support him. This examination would be more than an academic effort, because it will reveal that aside from the West, no other civilization has the ability to create and maintain the infrastructure that will be necessary for the administration of the end-time government (see Part 7 of this series – Introduction to Western Civilization’s Unrelenting Expansion – where I lay out my reasoning for concluding that Western Civilization is the most likely candidate to unleash the son of perdition on an unsuspecting world.)

Many Bible scholars and religious institutions have attempted to reveal the beast of Revelation. However, it may have been the late Carroll Quigley, a history professor from Georgetown University, who actually walked into the belly of the beast to provide us with a glimpse of this global, satanic scheme. His book, Tragedy and Hope, demonstrated the “hidden” Western hand behind the destruction of most of human civilization. Among other things, Quigley discusses his journey into the inner sanctum of the Western aristocracy, and reveals its intention to create a world that is forged after the ambitions of Cecil Rhodes, the European colonist whose shadow loomed very large over the southern tip of Africa during the latter part of the 19th Century. 

Most people are familiar with the scholarship that bears Rhodes’ name, but what is not as widely known is that the Rhodes Scholarship is a secret society whose aim is the preservation and expansion of Western rule throughout the world.[iii]

…to be continued

© 2011 David R. Tolson

[i] Caroline Alexander, The War That Killed Achilles: The True Story of Homer’s Iliad and the Trojan War, (New York: Viking Adult, 2009) p. xiii.
[ii] Richard Rhodes, Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996) p. 401.
[iii] Carroll Quigley, The Anglo American Establishment, (New York: Books in Focus, 1981), p. ix.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Prelude to the antichrist - Part 8

Western Civilization’s Unrelenting Expansion – Part 1

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

It is impossible to examine the history of Western Civilization without witnessing the tragic story of killing. In order to grasp the full extent of Western destruction, one must understand that the road that has led to Western dominance in finance, business, research, military and philanthropy is littered with the corpses of men, women and children who were victims of its unrelenting expansion. It is no coincidence that in the more than 500 years since the invasion of Christopher Columbus to the Americas, Europeans bearing the culture of Western Civilization have destroyed the Andean Civilization, the Mayan Civilization, Hindu Civilization, Japanese Civilization, Eastern Orthodox Civilization, and it is in the process of destroying Chinese Civilization and Islamic Civilization.[i]

Western expansion and the subsequent decline and fall of once mighty empires were the results of Western Civilization’s ability and willingness to root out established modes of thought and replace them with Western ways of thinking. Consequently, nations which once loathed Western culture are now drinking Coca Cola and eating American cuisine; wearing Levi jeans and Nike sports apparel; mimicking Rap artists and dancing to Pop music; being entertained by Hollywood reruns and syndicated, American sitcoms; and making the demand for a democratic society: economic and political self determination; higher wages and fewer taxes; along with gender, race, and class equality.

The current social unrest that is rippling throughout the Middle East and North Africa is one of history’s great surprises. Thirty years ago, fanatics from these regions were burning effigies of Ronald Reagan and desecrating the American flag. However, in one of the great ironic twists of the last thousand years, these countries have now reversed course and are crying out for Western style democracy. In fact, in an unprecedented act of defiance, the Arab league has endorsed the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya, giving legitimacy to the fledgling opposition movement that is attempting to topple Dictator Moammar Gaddafi and replace his regime with a democratic government.

The cries for democracy in the Muslim nations have gained the support of the International Community. In a historic decision last week, the United Nations’ Security Council authorized the use of force or any other measure to protect the civilian protesters in Libya, and as of this writing, France, the U.K. and the United States have said that they are taking steps to carry out this resolution. The U.N.’s action demonstrates the traction that Western democracy has acquired since the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square, when Chinese dissidents were rallying for democracy, and no country came to their aid.

It may be difficult for some to see the significance of what is transpiring in Africa and the Middle East, but the developments are truly remarkable. The unrest in Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, Libya and other parts of those regions is extremely significant, because in less than a generation, the rebel forces have discovered that dissent, fueled by cries for democracy, is more surgical than a Cruz Missile. To be sure, these countries have a long way to go before a Constitution is designed and a democracy is established, but the birds are definitely migrating West for the winter.

How is it that the landscape of human civilization has shifted so dramatically since the day that Native Americans welcomed Europeans to their shores? Well, according to military historian Victor Hanson, he argues that the West has been successful in transplanting its values to the rest of the world because of its knack for killing.[ii]

Hanson advances the notion that Western Civilization has been successful in its pursuit of cultural dominance because it has mastered the art of warfare. His examination of Western warfare does not place a moral judgement on its motives for waging war. He is only interested in its ability to fight. In fact, according to Hanson, “The Western way of war is so lethal precisely because it is so amoral – shackled rarely by concerns of ritual, tradition, religion, or ethics, by anything other than military necessity.” And he does not pretend that the Western world’s rise to global prominence was the accrued result of luck, geography and natural resources as advanced in the international bestseller Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. He simply demonstrates that Western warfare is the result of enterprising killers who apply aspects of its culture – individual initiative, strict discipline, access to an unrivaled manufacturing base, tactical adaptation and flexibility – to the battlefield.

Some would argue: Isn’t this enterprising war machine good for defending Western society and promoting its values? It certainly is, but at whose expense? Any introductory economics’ course demonstrates the fallacy of a free lunch. In other words, there are none: One man’s gain is another man’s loss. This axiom applies also to countries, to regions, and to civilizations. Western expansion has resulted in death to civilizations which had survived for thousands of years and it has triggered attrition in those which remain. According to historian Carroll Quigley, Western Civilization has destroyed or is in the process of destroying 14 of the approximate 20 civilizations that have existed in our earth. However, when we consider the untold numbers of other societies, simpler than civilizations which the West has destroyed; societies such as the Hottentots, the Iroquois, the Tasmanians, the Navahos, the Caribs, and countless others, the full frightening power of Western Civilization becomes obvious.[iii]

The carnage that lies in the wake of Western expansion is on a scale that is truly remarkable and is unprecedented in human history. No other previous world power can boast the magnitude of devastation that is affixed to the Western resume. In the five centuries since King Ferdinand issued the mandate to Christopher Columbus to “[conquer] the islands and continent in the ocean,”[iv] history notes Western Civilization’s theft of two continents; the colonization of one; the genocide of dozens of sovereign, Native American nations; the systematic rape, murder and displacement of hundreds of thousands of African families; and the theft of trillions upon trillions of dollars in world currencies, gold, oil and other natural resources. This is truly astonishing and nearly impossible for the average human to grasp.

Certainly there is no debate about the effect of the Columbus invasion. Some may just refer to it by its more acceptable euphemism, and call it a “discovery.” Nevertheless, the Columbus invasion destroyed dozens of sovereign nations, and nearly purged the Western Hemisphere of all Native Americans; resulting in the loss of their homeland, which today are called North and South America. The devastation of the Atlantic slave trade and the scramble to colonize Africa are irrefutable: Western businessmen descended upon the Dark Continent and captured millions of indigenous people for the treacherous journey across the Atlantic to auction houses littered throughout the “New World,” and they seized control of mineral-rich regions. And the current financial crisis is the result of market manipulation by Western trading houses and ranks as the greatest embezzlement in human history. In the wake of this grand theft, millions of people lost their homes, their businesses, and their livelihoods; yet, not one high-ranking executive has been held accountable for the seizure of the wealth of the working class. Astonishingly, a number of the perpetrators of this fraud are now working in the Obama Administration. (Although a discussion on the financial crisis is beyond the scope of this series, I recommend the lucid, often humorous, examination of this theft by Matt Taibbi in his new book Griftopia.)

Since the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, the forward motion of human civilization has been carefully choreographed by evil men who furtively plan to confiscate control of human government and establish a global regime that will thrust the world into the venomous embrace of the son of perdition. This fact should come as no surprise to students of biblical prophecy; however, what may come as a shock, even to those students, are the faces behind the administration that has been directing humanity’s steps toward the precipice of oblivion.

…to be continued

[i] Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope, A History of the World in Our Time, (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1966), p 7. (It should be noted that although the citation of these civilizations are from Quigley, other historians disagree on the number, names and current status of human civilization.)

[ii] Victor Davis Hanson, Carnage and Culture, Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power, (New York: Doubleday, 2001), Inside flap of hardback cover.

[iii] Quigley, p 7-8.

[iv] See Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus : 1492 - http://avalon.law.yale.edu/15th_century/colum.asp.