What one believes has more than just personal, individual consequences. It has ramifications for the whole world. A case in point is the modern West. Those who embrace the Western European breakaway sects (whether Roman Catholic or Protestant) which have rejected union with the life-bearing Orthodox Church, will at some time or another, despite some exceptions, manifest a form of ‘West is best’ mentality, be it the Pax Britannica, a global Papal monarchy, Americanism, etc.
It is Americanism that concerns the world today. The Dispensationalist American vision of itself as the Messiah nation and best friend of God’s chosen people, ethnic Israel, once again has the world on the brink of a major disastrous war. The history of this ideology is summed up here:
The history of the West is to be accounted for only after the schism of the Church. At that time, Catholicism became the head of purely “Western” trends. After a certain period of time, however, certain elements of Catholic teachings retained from the heritage of the Orthodox unity of the Church came into contradiction with the main trajectory of the West’s development. The Reformation appeared as a fracture. At that moment, the most “Western” trends isolated themselves and became concentrated in the Protestant type. Protestantism spread precisely in those countries and among those peoples who moved in the direction dictated by the schism – estrangement from the East, arrogant contempt for “savage peoples,” the identification of themselves and their technological development with the peak of civilization, and the individualistic and rationalistic trends which were no longer satisfiable within the Catholic framework (although they, in turn, were an essential step away from the traditional and faithful spirit of the original teachings of Orthodoxy)
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Source: https://www.geopolitica.ru/en/article/crusade-against-us, opened 10 April 2018
Without a doubt, the Dispensationalist view continues to inform the global political outlook of many in the States. Here is one very recent ensample:
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Overshadowing that time of the confirmation of the covenant and the Rapture is the invasion of Israel by Gog of the far north, or Russia. If we think chronologically, Ezekiel writes of that in Ezekiel 38 and 39, following his telling of God’s promise of an everlasting covenant for Israel. Then in Ezekiel 40, he begins a detailed description of how to build the temple.
To me, it seemed impossible for there to be a way to get Russia, now in the Middle East, back up to the far north, with her back turned away in disinterest in anything down south. And then, God would turn her around, put hooks in her jaws, and drag her back upon the mountains of Israel for that destructive war Ezekiel describes in Ezekiel 38-39.
Then it exploded in my mind!
God has already done that at the end of the Cold War when the Soviet Union was dismantled and Russia was in defeat and shame. Her back was turned on Israel. Then, Vladimir Putin rose up with Russian pride possessing him and began to see the plunder possible in the Middle East, and especially Israel. Gog is already down there, ready to pounce.
The coming signs of the times certainly involves this, the Gog-Magog war. Notice particularly though, that Ezekiel does not mention the Rapture nor how the temple is allowed to be rebuilt. That is all of secular doings, while he is concerned with Israel activities. He goes directly from the promise of an everlasting covenant to the war, then the temple’s rebuilding in Ezekiel 40.
Signs of the Times
Joel’s prophecy in Joel 2 of a great battle “before that great and awesome day of the Lord” could be descriptive of the Gog-Magog war except for one thing. Joel’s battle is said to be “before” that “great and awesome day of the Lord,” while the day of the Lord mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 results in Israel being at “peace” and secure for Gog’s failed attempt to plunder Israel’s wealth. This fits into the picture after that initial, introductory day of the Lord.
Joel’s prophecy seems to indicate a more deadly, awesome time of judgment that would occur during the last half of the tribulation period such as at the battle of Armageddon. This period is also called the Great Tribulation, indicating a greater and more awesome judgment, though that first half of the period is not without its share of tribulation.
Signs of the Times
When current events happen and are identified with Bible prophecy, it stirs up excitement in the hearts of those who have been watching those things. The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has brought the destiny of the nation of Israel front and center because of his intention of solving Israel’s difficulties in the Middle East. He has ordered the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and he has put together an envoy headed by his Jewish son-in-law that has been busy on the renewal of peace-agreement talks with a view of success.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, has stated that Israel is not against a two-state solution to arrive at an agreement of peace with the Palestinians; it is they who are against it. The Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel’s existence at all. An imposed covenant by the United Nations could be the result in the not-too-far future.
An event explosion of that nature would launch the Rapture and the seven years of tribulation in which the body of Christ, the true church, will have no part here on earth.
Thus, there will be the unfolding, like the rose by my front window, of the events of the coming of Jesus at the sound of the trumpet!
Source: Gene Lawley, http://www.raptureready.com/2018/04/06/signs-of-the-times-unfold-gene-lawley/, opened 10 April 2018, via olivetreeviews.org
See also https://onenewsnow.com/church/2018/04/09/the-importance-of-americas-relationship-with-israel
The peoples of the States, having been taught such demonic beliefs for more than 100 years, are easy prey for manipulation. In Syria, what looks like another staged chemical attack has been launched at the behest of the Western powers to give them cover for launching a large-scale war against Syria and, through her, against Russia, their arch-enemy:
The Skripal poisoning was about setting the stage for war with Russia. It was Step 1: Lie about, demonize, and dehumanize your opponent. The chemical attack in Syria was the payoff of this smear job, or Step 2. The Western Powers are now getting ready for Step 3: Actual war. All the machinery is in place:
(Both via drudgereport.com, 10 April 2018)
Hopefully, wiser heads will prevail. Some of Pres Trump’s most outspoken supporters are urging him not to attack:
As they and others say, there is no reason for the [u.] S. to be involved in Syria. Those in the Middle East neighborhood should figure out how best to resolve the fighting there.
Closer to home, it is hoped that the South will figure out that being part of Washington City’s empire is not worth it after all and will peacefully depart from it. She has a lot of ideological detoxing to go through (constitutionalism, Dispensationalism, etc.), but we pray she will get there eventually and become a friend of Russia, praying earnestly for Russia’s ongoing healing from Communism that she might lead the world once again in spreading the Orthodox Faith:
Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!
Anathema to the Union!