Obama's trip through Europe and the Middle East has revealed his government's position on several vital issues including the European Union, Russia's role in her defense, Turkey's role in Europe, the West's relationship with Islam, and his views on Israel.
Welcome to the Bible in the News, this is Jonathan Bowen joining you.
This week we have seen a flurry of political glad-handing on an international level. President Obama has been on a whirlwind tour visiting the G20 summit in London; a NATO summit in Strasbourg, France; hopping over to Germany; a meeting with the Turkish parliament; and a quick jump over to Iraq to visit the American troops.
This week on The Bible in the News we intend to follow Obama on his journey as at each juncture he has been unveiling his policies.
Obama's Frog Spirit Thinking
During this week, we have witnessed that Obama is possessed with the frog-spirit demons of the French Revolution. While in Strasbourg, he had the following to say when addressing the French:
First, because, for all our differences, there are certain values that bind us together and reveal our common humanity: the universal longing to live a life free from fear and free from want, a life marked by dignity and respect and simple justice. Our two republics were founded in service of these ideals. In America it is written into our founding documents as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In France, liberte -- AUDIENCE MEMBER: Egalite. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Absolutely -- (laughter, cheers, applause) -- egalite, fraternite. Our moral authority is derived from the fact that generations of our citizens have fought and bled to uphold these values in our nations and others.
Obama is espousing the doctrine of Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, know to us as Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. It should not surprise us, as it was France who gave the statue of “liberty” to America to celebrate their successful revolution against the British.
The book of Revelation reveals the roll of the frog spirits during the 6th vial in the time of the end:
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:13-14)
With the doctrine of French philosophers, which inspired the original “founding fathers” to revolution, still running thick in the veins of democrats like Obama, we should expect his policies to be those which would “gather the nations of the whole world to the battle of God Almighty”. Whether he realizes it or not, he will be participating with the frog spirits which:
“… gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:16)
So let us examine the policies he has been revealing and see if our expectations come true.
OBAMA Promotes European Union
One of the striking messages Obama has delivered in Europe is the support for a European Union. The Bible clearly speaks of the coming together of the fractured nations of Europe into a cohesive unit that will eventually make war with the Messiah of Israel as he re-establishes the kingdom of God on earth, centered in Jerusalem. We read in Revelation 17:12-14:
“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.These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”
While speaking in Strasbourg he commented on Europe’s past. He related the revolutionary spirit to the creation of the European Union:
It is a revolutionary world that we live in, and history shows us that we can do improbable, sometimes impossible things. We stand here in a city that used to stand at the center of European conflict, only now it is the center of European Union. We did that together.
Now we must not give up on one another. We must renew this relationship for a new generation, in a new century. We must hold firm to our common values, hold firm to our faith in one another. Together, I am confident that we can achieve the promise of a new day.
We take for granted the peace of a Europe that's united, but for centuries Strasbourg has been attacked and occupied and claimed by the warring nations of this continent. Now, today in this city, the presence of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe stand as symbols of a Europe that is united, peaceful and free. (Applause.)
Now, we take this peace and prosperity for granted, but this destination was not easily reached, nor was it predestined. The buildings that are now living monuments to the European Union -- unity was not drawn from simple blueprints. They were born out of the blood of the first half of the 20th century and the resolve of the second. Men and women had to have the imagination to see a better future and the courage to reach for it. Europeans and Americans had to have the sense of common purpose to join one another, and the patience and the persistence to see a long twilight struggle through.
Now, we would obviously take issue with the notion that the creation of the European Union was not predestined. We have just read the scriptures that state otherwise. However, Obama supports the humanistic achievements to “build” the edifice of Europe, founded on the principles of the French Revolution. He looks to give Europe the place in the world he believes it deserves, and the Bible states it will take.
In recent years, we've allowed our alliance to drift. I know that there have been honest disagreements over policy, but we also know that there's something more that has crept into our relationship.
In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad.
On both sides of the Atlantic, these attitudes have become all too common. They are not wise. They do not represent the truth. They threaten to widen the divide across the Atlantic and leave us both more isolated.
NATO is beginning to come apart at the seams due to fundamental differences in how Europe and the West view the world. The Bible does not speak of an East-West hostility, rather Daniel speaks in Chapter 11 about a “king of the North and a King of the South” who will be operating in hostility at the time of the end:
And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. (Daniel 11:40)
We know that Europe and America will become more isolated one from another in the end, but the efforts of Obama to give Europe its proper place in the world will further bolster the status and image of the European Union, moving it forward to the role described for it in the Bible.
Russia’s Place in European Defense.
The Bible clearly paints the picture in Ezekiel 38 and Daniel 11 of a military alliance that sees Russia, Germany, France and the other nations of continental Europe combined in a military force. We read in Ezekiel 38, of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal (the Russian confederacy) allied with Gomer and “all his bands”. Historically, according to Josephus and Herodotus, the Gomeric bands include France and Germany. These nations gather under the influence of the Frog Spirits to the Battle of Armageddon.
During his visit to France, Obama gave a joint press conference with French President Nicolas Sarkozi. A question was asked about Russia’s place in European defense:
A question to both Presidents. Would you agree to have the Russians join European defense system? And are you expecting the Russians really to exert tough pressures upon Iran to stop their military nuclear program?
Obama waffled a little on the answer:
I had a terrific meeting, a bilateral meeting during the summit with President Medvedev. I think there is a great potential to improve U.S.-Russian relations. I think that it is important for NATO allies to engage Russia and to recognize that they have legitimate interests. In some cases we've got common interests. But we also have some core disagreements….
I do believe that the United States and Russia, the Europeans and the United States, all have an interest in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and that there should be a mechanism that respects Iran’s sovereignty and allows them to develop peaceful nuclear energy, but draws a clear line that we cannot have a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Obama would believe it is possible for Iran to have a peaceful nuclear energy program – just not nuclear weapons. On both counts, of Russia and Iran, Obama is ignorant of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:17-20).
James poses the question when he writes:
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. (James 3:11-12)
Apparently, President Obama’s ignorance of the scriptures is helping to shape his foreign policy. It is a good thing, that ultimately, the Lord is in control.
Sarkozi, in response to the same question was little more revealing:
Very simply, I have always said to President Medvedev that the days of the USSR are over, that the Berlin Wall had come down, and that around Russia there were no satellite states any longer and that he needed to respect that.
But by the same token, with the problems the world faces today we're not going to reinvent the Cold War. So it's excellent news this proposal that President Obama has made to reengage with President Medvedev, to come up with new agreements between Russia and the United States. We don't need -- the last thing we need is a new Cold War. We need the world getting together; we need the world to unite. And we need Russia to shoulder its responsibilities, because it is a great country, a great power, to help us find a solution to the Iranian crisis.
So there again I think I can say that France and the United States are on the same -- working on the same page. We are not against Russia. I mean, the Warsaw Pact is way behind us. We want to work with anyone who's prepared to work with us, very honestly, very openly, to have a security zone or area -- and I hope very shortly -- between Europe and Russia a common economic space.
Sarkozi has a false sense of security regarding Russia, and he is welcoming Russia to “work together” and “unite” in “shouldering its responsibilities” and he is looking for a “security zone” between Europe and Russia with economic benefits.
Turkey in the EU
The scripture paints the picture of Europe being confederate with Russia, but also with Turkey. Daniel 2 paints a picture of the confederacy of Nebuchadnezzar’s image standing up together to oppose the kingdom of God. Ezekiel depicts the grand invasion of the land of Israel in the later day being inclusive of Turkey. We read in Ezekiel 38 v 6 of Gomer and Togarmah. Gomer is the ancient name of Galatia or Asia Minor (modern Turkey) whose “bands” migrated west, according to Josephus. Togarmah is the area of northern Turkey which spills over into Armenia and Georgia. So this region is to be confederate with the rest of the invaders in the time of the end.
While addressing the Turkish Parliament Obama gave his support to Turkey joining the European Union.
Let me be clear: the United States strongly supports Turkey’s bid to become a member of the European Union. We speak not as members of the EU, but as close friends of Turkey and Europe. Turkey has been a resolute ally and a responsible partner in transatlantic and European institutions. And Turkey is bound to Europe by more than bridges over the Bosphorous. Centuries of shared history, culture, and commerce bring you together. Europe gains by diversity of ethnicity, tradition and faith – it is not diminished by it. And Turkish membership would broaden and strengthen Europe’s foundation once more.
Again, Obama is unwittingly supporting the work of the angels in preparing the chess board for the last round. He seems completely ignorant of world history, save and except when it relates to America itself. He sees the great edifice of Babylon being constructed in Europe as the solution to the world’s problems, undoing the work of the Almighty in preventing man from rising up against him since the time of Babel in Genesis 11.
Obama On Islam
Obama’s views on Islam are also of great interest, especially as it will colour relations with Israel. In Strasbourg Obama stated:
I've sent a clear message to the leaders and peoples of Iran that, while we have real differences, we also have mutual interests and we seek new engagement based on mutual respect.
And it is in that spirit that America and Europe must reach out to the vast majority of Muslims in our nations, and in all nations, who seek only hope of peace and partnership and the opportunity of a better life.
Blinded with Humanism, Obama does not see that there is no “mutual” respect with certain nations. Israel pulled out of Gush Katif based on this policy of mutual respect. The Palestinian population has not upheld their end of the bargain – to allow Israel to live in peace, but has used this area as a staging ground for missile attacks against a civilian population. Flesh is never satisfied. This policy of “reaching out to Muslims” spells disaster for Israel, save and except that, “The Most High rules in the kingdom of men” (Dan 4:17). It certainly paints a clear picture of the new administration’s position on Israel.
American Position Regarding Israel
While in Turkey, Obama addressed the Turkish parliament stating:
In the Middle East, we share the goal of a lasting peace between Israel and its neighbors. Let me be clear: the United States strongly supports the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security. That is a goal shared by Palestinians, Israelis, and people of good will around the world. That is a goal that that the parties agreed to in the Roadmap and at Annapolis. And that is a goal that I will actively pursue as President.
We know that the road ahead will be difficult. Both Israelis and Palestinians must take the steps that are necessary to build confidence. Both must live up to the commitments they have made. Both must overcome longstanding passions and the politics of the moment to make progress toward a secure and lasting peace.
The United States and Turkey can help the Palestinians and Israelis make this journey. Like the United States, Turkey has been a friend and partner in Israel’s quest for security. And like the United States, you seek a future of opportunity and statehood for the Palestinians. Now, we must not give into pessimism and mistrust. We must pursue every opportunity for progress, as you have done by supporting negotiations between Syria and Israel. We must extend a hand to those Palestinians who are in need, while helping them strengthen institutions. And we must reject the use of terror, and recognize that Israel’s security concerns are legitimate.
There can be no doubt now that the two state solution is America’s sole platform. Again blinded by the humanistic notion of man being basically good, Obama wants to see “mutual respect”, and is putting his confidence in the Palestinians to do the right thing, forgetting that the collective will of the Palestinian people elected the terrorist organization Hamas to the government. So much for man’s propensity for good.
Obama stated during a town hall meeting with Turkish youth,
In the Muslim world, this notion that somehow everything is the fault of the Israelis lacks balance — because there’s two sides to every question. That doesn’t mean that sometimes one side has done something wrong and should not be condemned. But it does mean there’s always two sides to an issue.
I say the same thing to my Jewish friends, which is you have to see the perspective of the Palestinians. Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen.
If a Jew were to look at the Middle East through Muslim eyes he would not see the state of Israel at all, as we noted when visiting England in the past. The Muslim map does not include two states… just one, Palestine.
Even with all this “humanistic rhetoric” floating around, the European Union is also considering “diplomatic sanctions” against Israel. A German magazine reported Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has proposed cancelling the planned participation of Israeli diplomats in a number of EU meetings. Asselborn said that "further diplomatic preferential treatment can not happen without conditions.” The new Israeli government, he explained, must "prove through its actions that it will accept a Palestinian state."
So Israel has a “two state gun” held firmly to its head by both America and Europe, it would appear it will be a rocky road for Israel for some time to come, especially with its allies linking up with its enemies to force it into an impossible solution.
America should reflect on the history of Britain who tried to ally herself to the Arab states to secure her oil supplies during and after WWII. She tried to play both sides of the conflict in the Middle East. God promised Abraham in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” When Britain turned against Israel she lost her empire. America has been trying to follow Britain’s steps – trying to appease the Arab or Muslim states. Perhaps this little economic earthquake may remind America of the role the scriptures have in store for her yet… as the protector of Israel in the time of the end.
The purpose of God will be moved ahead:
…my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)
Tune in next week as we continue to watch the Bible in the News.