When President Trump was elected, many Christians thought this would mean a delay in prophesied end-time events, as America was “made great again”.
The opposite seems to be the case.
As Sky News put it following Mr. Trump’s announcement that the United States is pulling out of the Iran deal, the president’s proclamation sent an “earthquake” through the Middle East.
Rather than delaying prophesied events, Mr. Trump is speeding them up, laying the groundwork for rapid escalation.
Consider the following:
- The growing rift between Europe and America. Less than a month after French President Emmanuel Macron paid a seemingly highly successful visit to Washington, DC, the French today condemned America over the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, calling the decision “unacceptable.” Earlier in the week, France, Germany and the UK all expressed support for the Iranian deal, refusing to support the US.
It should be emphasized that it is not Europe distancing itself from America; it’s America that keeps on making decisions that are taking the country down a new path of isolationism.
It’s America that is changing, not the rest of the world. But changes decided in Washington are going to have a profound effect internationally.
Just today, European Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker is capitalizing on America’s decision to call once again for a United States of Europe with its own, single, unified military.
At some point, prophecy shows that ten nations in Europe will unite to form a formidable military, political and economic alliance. You can read about this in Revelation, chapter 17. “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.” (Rev. 17:12-13)
- Pressure from the US on Berlin to build up the German military.
After two world wars that were started by Germany, you would think nobody would want to rearm the country that lies at the heart of Europe. And that has been the case with every Administration since World War II. But now it’s changing, as President Trump feels that the Germans must spend more on the defense of the western alliance – which may not be an alliance much longer! Building up its military will leave Germany in the perfect position to lead the ten nation revival of the Roman Empire.
- Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, thereby recognizing the city as the “eternal capital” of Israel. No other major nation has followed America in this. This is just one decision that has changed the Middle East dramatically.
The Old Testament Book of Zechariah is a Millennial prophecy, which speaks to us today. It contains prophecies which could not have been fulfilled until the restoration of the Jewish nation exactly seventy years ago. Note chapter 12, verses 2 & 3.
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”
Judah is the biblical name for the modern nation of Israel, whose population is mostly Jewish, people who are descendants of the ancient tribe of Judah.
Given time, conflict around Jerusalem will involve more nations. Note Zech 14:2: “ For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle.”
- US support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emboldened Israel to strike at Iran in Syria. It’s worth remembering that it was Netanyahu who warned President George W Bush about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq, calling on Washington to do something. That did not work out well. Could we see greater intervention by the United States in a rising conflict between Israel and Iran? Iran this week attacked Israel for the first time.
- Add to this, the growing conflict between Shia and Sunni Islam, with the US clearly supporting Sunni Muslim countries (notably Saudi Arabia) against Shi’ite countries (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon).
- The decision to tear up the climate change treaty, signed in Paris. Mr. Macron tried to change President Trump’s mind, but failed. People may criticize the US president for many things, but he’s certainly fulfilling his election promises, including this one. The rest of the world remains committed to the treaty.
- Trade is another area of growing conflict, as President Trump puts “America First.” Here certainly the US has many grievances on unfair trade practices, but, again, it adds to the growing sense of divergence, as the US moves in a different direction from the rest of the world. Other nations continue to support globalization as a way to universal prosperity.
This growing trade war could even backfire on the US, if China decides to divest itself of US dollars. The result would be a serious downward pull on the greenback’s international value.
Even in less important areas, there has been significant change. For the first time, royal wedding planners had to announce that no politicians will be invited to next week’s wedding. This was the only way out of inviting the US president to a wedding where the bride is an American. But the alternative was a massive demonstration outside the church, thereby giving the British a security headache.
It’s not that all the changes are wrong. As an article headline in the Wall Street Journal put it: “Everything about Trump is bad, except for all his policies.” Rather, it’s the combined effect that all the changes are making that has sent an earthquake around the world. The aftershocks will be with us for some time.
Many Christians will no doubt continue to believe that Trump is going to reverse America’s fortunes and usher in a new glorious age, but it seems more likely that the radical departure from previous policies is only going to speed up the prophesied events that culminate in the return of Jesus Christ.
CBS this morning showed a few minutes of an interview with the Pope, to be broadcast in its entirety on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. This morning, the pope was talking about the Jewish seventh day sabbath being a day of rest. He actually used the terms “seventh day” and “sabbath.”