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    • $3.00 Volume 10/Number 6 January/February 2001 Prophetic Fulfillments of the Year 2000 WORLD EVENTS FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE What to Expect in 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • PROOF THIS IS THE ENDTIME THIS ARTICLE IS REPEATED IN EACH ISSUE OF ENDTIME FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR NEW READERS. Many have stated that it is impossible to know whether or 3. WORLDWIDE NUMBERING SYSTEM PRE- not we are living in the last days before the second coming DICTED: In Revelation chapter 13, the Bible prophesies of Jesus Christ. However, below you will find dramatic that a world dictator will soon rule over a world govern- proof that this is the last times. All of the proofs below ment. He will cause all people on the earth to receive a taken together defy coincidence. number without which they will be unable to buy or sell. We are seeing this prophecy fulfilled before our eyes in a most astonishing way. Nearly every human being in the 1. EUPHRATES RIVER TO BE DRIED UP: In world now has been assigned a number. In America it is our Revelation 16:12, social security number. In the last few years we have seen the Bible predicts this number extended to small children. A child without a that the Euphrates social security number cannot be declared as a dependent on River will be dried an income tax return. We have seen the emergence of elec- up to prepare the tronic money, shopping with credit cards, and many people way for the kings are urging the abolishment of cash. All of these things could of the east to in- not possibly have been fulfilled until this present time. Only vade Israel. This after the invention of the computer could such a worldwide will happen at the numbering system be administered. time of the battle of Armageddon 4. THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW WORLD according to verse ORDER: Revelation 13:7 and Daniel 7:23 prophesy the 16 of the same establishment of a chapter. The battle of Armageddon will be the final battle at world government. which time Jesus Christ will return and fight on the side of We recently have the nation of Israel. Immediately thereafter He will estab- seen the term “new lish His kingdom and usher in His 1000-year reign of world order” being peace. used by the leading On January 13th, 1990, the Indianapolis Star carried the political people of our headline “Turkey will cut off flow of Euphrates for 1 world. Mikhail month.” The article stated that a huge reservoir had been Gorbachev has made built by Turkey. While filling up the reservoir, the flow of the term famous, and the Euphrates would be stopped for one month and a con- Pope John Paul II has crete plug for a diversion channel built. These things have referred to it repeat- now been done. With this newly built dam, Turkey has the edly. Finally our ability to stop the Euphrates River at will. The conditions former President, for fulfilling this 1900 year old prophecy are now in place! George Bush, in the Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1990, said “Iraq is the 2. CHINA GOES TO WAR: In Revelation 9:15- first test for the new world order.” He stated emphatically 16, the Bible prophesies that an army of 200 million that the Iraq War is Saddam Hussein against the world. The soldiers will launch a United Nations troops are continually referred to as the war which will kill multi-national forces. The decision has been made to estab- “the third part of lish an interdependent community of nations that will rule men”. Never in the the world under United Nations authority. The Bible says history of the world, that this will lead us into a great world government. We can until our present gen- see this happening right before our eyes. eration, has there been a power on COINCIDENCE OR DIVINE PROVIDENCE? The earth that could field Euphrates River can be dried up, the necessary 200 million 200 million soldiers. man army is available, a worldwide numbering system is However, the late possible because of the computer, and now the new world ruler of China, Mao order is appearing. Tsetung boasted in his diary that he Is it coincidental that all of these major prophecies pertain- could field an army of 200 million. We see that this ing to the last times are being fulfilled simultaneously? prophecy pertaining to the very last times could not ever have been fulfilled until now. Hardly! Source: Endtime Magazine, P.O. Box 2066, Richmond, IN 47375, 1-800-Endtime This page may be copied and distributed freely.
    • contents presenting world events from a biblical perspective COVER STORY 8 Prophetic Fulfillments of the Year 2000 While the world slept, Year 2000 was packed full of events with major prophetic implications. Irvin Baxter Jr. analyzes the most important of these events in this article, his annual year-in-review. F E AT U R E A R T I C L E S 12 What to Expect in 2001 Endtime editor Irvin Baxter Jr. gives us a glimpse at prophecy AP Photo/Ruth Fremson fulfillments likely to occur this coming year: Events that might Page 9 trigger the final seven years, Revelation's 6th Trumpet, cashless society, global religious unity and UN empowerment. 14 UN Adopts Plan for World Government When the World Community adopted the Millennium Declaration, they adopted the principles of the Earth Charter, authored by Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice Strong. The Millennium Declaration is being hailed as one of the most important documents of our time. It calls for World Government. 20 Chernobyl Shuts Down When Russia closed the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on December 15, 2000, the secular world was reminded of the AP Photo/Eyal Warshavsky Page 12 ominous Third Trumpet prophecy in Revelation. Did Chernobyl fulfill this prophecy? When does coincidence become fact? And what are we to do with this information? 30 Prophecy Retreat 2001 Join Irvin Baxter for an exclusive 4-day prophecy retreat. D E PA RT M E N T S 4 Editorial 6 Letters 15 Whetstone 24 World Review 26 Mideast Update Page 30 29 Crossword 31 Seek & Find and Answers Endtime’s World Wide Web Address: http://www.endtime.com E-mail: endtime@endtime.com Endtime is published bi-monthly by Endtime, Inc., 1301 South 8th Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Subscription price is $24.97 for 12 issues. Periodical postage paid #009267, ISSN# 1066-6885, Richmond, IN, and additional mailing offices. © 2001 Endtime, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Endtime, PO Box 2066, Richmond, IN 47375-2066. For subscriptions call 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week 1-800-ENDTIME. Other inquiries call 1-765-962-6344 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST) Cover: Endtime Archive, AP WideWorld Photo/Avi Ohayon/GPO HO
    • EDITORIAL Exploit Time! T he question is not… “Will How can we possibly doubt that we are Endtime photo the looming endtime on the brink of beginning the final seven prophecies happen?” The years when the status of Jerusalem and only question is… “When?” the Temple Mount are the most hotly How can anyone deny that contested issues on earth today? we are watching the establishment of a Since the year 2000 is the first year world government when our world is on that China’s population of military-age the verge of implementing an men reached the 200 million mark, can International Court system that can try we ignore a prophecy that declares that individuals from every nation on earth an army of 200 million will destroy one- without the approval of their home third of the world’s population? country? When on June 26, 2000, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Indigenous M A G A Z I N E S TA F F peoples and Wiccans signed a charter to EDITOR establish the United Religions, can we IRVIN BAXTER JR. ignore the prophecies of a coming global EDITOR’S ASSISTANT religion? Irvin Baxter Jr., Endtime Editor MARY BETH STIGLEMAN When 1,000 religious leaders converge OFFICE MANAGER on the UN to adopt a plan for global gov- not pass until all things be fulfilled. If we JANA ROBBINS ernance and one week later the largest are ever going to carry out the great com- CIRCULATION ever gathering of heads-of-state convene mission, we must do it now! The time for JUDY BAXTER CHRISTI BENJAMIN at the UN to approve the same docu- talking about total commitment is over. PAULA GULLEY ment, dare we ignore the prophecy of a Now is the time to act! MICHELE JACK union of politics and religion in the We are the people that Daniel proph- LORA KENDALL TRACEY KIDWELL endtime? esied about when he said, “they that SAMANTHA LEGG The simple truth is this—the endtime know their God shall be strong and do KARA MCPEAK JEFF RICHEY referred to throughout scripture has now exploits!” Ladies and gentlemen, it’s ex- JESSICA TURNER arrived. We are that generation that shall ploit time! Let’s go for it! ❏ SHERI WOODRING NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR What is Endtime Magazine? DAVE NORTHROP In 1968, Irvin Baxter Jr. discovered the United States and other modern nations in the Bible. He also found the Berlin Wall in the Bible and that one day it was to be torn down, reuniting Germany, and that event WEBMASTER would be the catalyst to spark an international movement called the "New World Order." These things have DAN BARKLEY now come to pass. Irvin Baxter Jr., a Pentecostal minister, began Endtime Ministries in 1986 when he wrote A Message For STAFF WRITERS JOHN L. BRYANT The President, a book explaining the major prophecies of the Bible which he had been teaching since 1968. N. TERI GROTTKE After the fall of the Berlin Wall, prophetic fulfillment accelerated rapidly. The decision was made to EDDIE SAX launch Endtime. The purpose of the magazine is to explain the prophecies of the Bible and to show that they are now being fulfilled in intricate detail. RADIO OPERATIONS Articles focus on the soon return of Jesus Christ, the truth of the Bible, and the need for salvation. JIM STIGLEMAN Endtime does not deal with doctrinal controversies, as valid as they may be. This will be left to other pub- RESEARCH lications. HAROLD HENWOOD STATEMENT OF FAITH: We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, that Jesus Christ is the KATHY MCKINNEY Savior of the world, and that He will come again to establish a kingdom that shall never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44). Those who are born again (John 3:3-5) will have eternal life and rule as kings and priests with Christ ACCOUNTING forever. DEBBIE BARKLEY 4 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • Prophecy Tour 2001 United Nations-Egypt-Israel March 27-April 7 (12 days) e lin ead g! p D hin n-U oac Sig ppr Moses grimaced when he saw the whip of the Egyptian taskmaster snake across the back of the A Israeli slave. Anger welled up in him when he saw the angry stripe that was left across the Jewish back. At that moment, he made up in his mind that he and his people were leaving that place! It took forty years, but leave they did. The excitement was high as they headed north toward the long-dreamed-of “Promised Land.” Little did Moses know that it would be forty years before he would stand on Mount Nebo, gazing longingly into the land of Israel. That was as close as he would ever get. In Egypt: The overseas portion of Prophecy Tour 2001 will begin by walking in the footsteps of Moses and the children of Israel in the land of Egypt. We will visit Goshen where they lived while in Egypt and see the brickyards where they toiled. Believe it or not, bricks are still being made there till this day! While in Egypt, we will also see the Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, the Cairo Museum and visit Old Cairo. We will then travel north through the Sinai desert, across the Suez Canal, finally arriving in the land of Israel. In Israel: Stand on the Mount of Olives where Jesus will stand when He returns—Visit the Temple Mount itself where the Third Temple will soon be built—See the cornerstone intended for the rebuilding of the Third Temple—At the Temple Institute we will see the vessels and the garments already pre- pared for resumption of temple worship—Visit the Garden Tomb and the Garden of Gethsemane—See the site of the coming Battle of Armageddon—We will visit Judean settlements where Jesus prophesied great tribulation will come in the near future (Matthew 24:15-16)—Boat across the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water. And much, much more! At the United Nations: Prophecy Tour 2001 will begin in New York City at the United Nations—the seat of world gov- ernment. A guided tour will take us through the chambers of the UN where decisions are made that change the course of the world. A one-hour briefing by a UN official has been arranged especially for the members of our Endtime Prophecy Tour. We have just scratched the surface concerning the things you will experience in the land of the Bible. There is no doubt that Prophecy Tour 2001 will be the trip of a lifetime! I hope that you can join my wife, Judy, and me as we experience the UN, Egypt, and the Holy Land together. Eddie Sax, co-host for “Politics & Religion,” and his wife Charlotte will be with us on the tour. It will be a great time. Don’t miss it! The cost for the entire 12-day United Nations, Egypt, and Israel tour will be $2195 plus tips and taxes. You can insure your place on the tour by sending your deposit of $250 to Endtime, PO Box 2066, Richmond, IN 47375. Total payment will need to be made by February 16. If you have further questions, you may call us here at 1-800-endtime. Irvin Baxter Jr. — Tour Host Call 1-800-ENDTIME for more information. (Ask for Christi at extension 226 or Debbie.)
    • Letters to Endtime Good series It’s either one or the other. The idea that people like Hitler, My husband and I have seen your “Understanding the Stalin and Mao are given authority from God is hard to rec- Endtime” series twice. It is excellent. We are viewing the last oncile. I do not believe that God would have us cooperate lesson tomorrow night with another couple. We are not sure with men such as these, but rather resist them and the evil what to see next, but we are deciding on it tomorrow. We they would perpetrate on the weak and helpless. think you are an excellent teacher and have incredible in- sight. M. Dougherty Coreen A. Reply: The conflict between Satan being the god of this age and God ruling in the affairs of men has caused many of us to wonder. Reply: Thanks for your kind words. If you intend to continue The fact is, both statements are right. Satan is the god of this age, on with prophetic studies, I would suggest that your next series of but he can only operate within the parameters that God sets for him. lessons could be Understanding the Endtime—Level 2 and then An example of this is when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem Level 3. If you feel you should move to a study of more general and the Jewish temple in 586 BC. It wasn’t really God’s will that Bible themes, I recommend our course, “Your Bible—A Whole Jerusalem be destroyed, but it was allowed to occur for the purpose New World.” of judging the people of Judah for their sin. Those people in Judah, who lived godly lives, were commanded by the prophet Jeremiah to not fight against Nebuchadnezzar, but to willingly go into Babylon. Where does it say… God told them that he would bless them during the prophesied sev- I want to find out where it says there will be a one-world enty years of captivity if they would do this. Daniel, Ezra, currency and a one-world religion. Love your show. Nehemiah, the Three Hebrew Children and many others obeyed this instruction; consequently, they rose to positions of great re- Joe W. sponsibility in the government of Babylon and later of Media-Persia. Reply: The Bible doesn’t actually say that there will be a one- On the other hand, Judah’s King Zedekiah resisted the invasion of world currency. It would probably be more accurate to say that the Nebuchadnezzar and was destroyed. economic system of the Antichrist will be a cashless society. The conclusion is this: We must understand the times so that Revelation 13 says that everyone will have to have a number with- we can pray according to God’s will and act according to God’s out which a person will be unable to buy or sell. I think using a plan. The prophecy of Daniel 11:32-33 speaks of the times in number for buying and selling refers to the cashless society that is which we now live; “And such as do wickedly against the now coming into being. Of course, a personal identification num- covenant shall he (the Antichrist) corrupt by flatteries: but the ber, a credit card number or a social security number is required in people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. order for the emerging electronic economic system to function. And they that understand among the people shall instruct Concerning a one-world religion, Revelation 13:8 tells us, many…” By understanding the times we can avoid the evil and “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the beast align ourselves with the good. We also know from this prophecy or the Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life exactly what we should be doing. This endtime prophecy says of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” We know that we who understand shall instruct many. This scripture is the that there will be two leaders in the endtime world government— reason we published the course “Understanding the Endtime.” the Antichrist and the False Prophet. The Antichrist will head the one-world government, and the False Prophet will head the one- world religious system. Daniel 7: Modern nations vs. historic I just received your Understanding the Endtime manual and have been pouring over it. Daniel 7 describes four beasts. You Who’s in charge here? interpret these as being of modern (our) time, yet other peo- I love your radio program. You are the only person I have ple’s interpretations describe them as the lion being Babylon, ever heard make sense of Daniel and Revelation. My question the bear as Media-Persia, the leopard as being Greece and the is this: Satan claims that the kingdoms of the world have been fourth beast as Rome. Can you give me scripture that supports handed over to him, and he can give them to whomever he your view versus the others? wants. The Lord did not dispute this claim. How does this Thanks so much for your program and literature. square with Paul’s teaching that all authorities are descended from God and their authority is a symbol of God’s authority? In Christ, My common sense tells me these two ideas do not square up. D. Sorenson 6 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • Reply: Daniel 8:20-21 explicitly says that the ram is the symbol broadcasts keep me so up-to-date on world events and how of Media-Persia and that the goat is the symbol of Greece. Why they relate to Almighty God’s plan for our world. I know would God symbolize Media-Persia with a bear in chapter 7 and when I listen to your show and read your magazines that I’m switch to a ram in chapter 8? Why would he use a leopard to sym- getting a true interpretation of what is going on throughout bolize Greece in chapter 7 and then use a goat to symbolize Greece the world. in chapter 8. This would simply not be consistent. Furthermore, The information you give is never reported by the networks there is no proof whatsoever that Media-Persia was ever symbolized and frankly missed by most of the religious community, be- by a bear nor was Greece ever symbolized by a leopard. cause they have not understood the scriptures like you have. I Daniel 7:11-12 tells us that the fourth beast (the Antichrist) will am praising and thanking God every day more and more be- be destroyed and given to the burning flame. It goes on to say that cause of the blessing I receive from your ministry. One can the rest of the beasts (nations) prophesied in Daniel 7 will, at this never take for granted the value of correct information. same time, have their dominion taken away, but their lives will be Thank you and may God keep blessing you. prolonged for a season and a time. This simply teaches us that all of the nations of Daniel 7 will Your Brother in Christ, be on the earth at the time of the Antichrist. The powers sym- Craig W. bolized by the first three beasts will be allowed to live into the Quinlan, TX millennium. They will be the mortals over which the church of Jesus Christ will rule during His 1,000-year reign. Trusting Mao I have a Chinese Christian friend who I am introducing to Appreciation your ministry. In fact, last night he went to his first I have listened to the program for two months. I am so Understanding the Endtime Bible study. However, he says moved by what was heard on my short-wave. I am enclosing a that the Chinese Army is less than two million in number. I yearly Faith Offering of $300. told him about Mao Tsetung’s claim that he could field 200 million soldiers, but he said Mao was not someone to put any Bro. Waisale credence in. So, this morning I researched this on the inter- Western Province, net. I found that he is correct. Every number I found was less Papua New Guinea than 2 million. In fact, China is in the process of reducing its manpower in favor of high-tech weapons. What do I say to him? Thankful for opened eyes Thank you for all that you do. Endtime Ministries has truly T. Hersh opened my eyes and changed my life. Keep up the good work! Granbury, Texas Tonya H. Reply: You are correct concerning the number presently active in the Chinese armed forces. However, the 1999 CIA Fact Book dis- closed that China had 198 million men of military age (15-49), and Seven thunders that this number was increasing at the rate of 10 million per year. I am a new subscriber to your magazine. I have very much This illustrates that China has the potential, if there were a full mil- enjoyed my first few issues. I listen to the archived broadcasts itary mobilization, of fielding an army of 200 million, the exact of “Politics & Religion” whenever I can from your website. number of the prophesied army in Revelation 9:15-16. I have a question about the seven thunders that utter their voices in Revelation chapter 10. What are the voices, and why is John told not to write their words? Thank you for the work that you are doing. D. Calhoun Endtime thanks you for your letters. Reply: I wish that I could answer your question. For many The letters we use in Endtime do not years I have puzzled over the seven thunders and the fact that necessarily reflect the views of Endtime John was commanded to not write what they said. At this time, God has not seen fit to allow me to know this, and perhaps we and/or its staff. won’t know until we meet Him in the rapture. Endtime reserves the right to edit let- ters according to space and editorial Networks not keeping up with it? style. I would like to take the chance to tell you guys what your ministry is worth to me. The Understanding the Endtime course has literally changed my life. Your lessons and daily E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 7
    • COVER STORY Prophetic Fulfillments of theYear 2000 by Irvin Baxter Jr. AP WideWorld Photo/Roland Weihrauch T he year 2000 was supposed to be the year the world’s computer systems came crashing down, throwing us back into the dark ages. Some loudly proclaimed that the world’s economic system would crash, ushering in a cashless system that would feature the dreaded mark of the beast. It didn’t happen. Y2K only evokes memories of stored canned-goods, bot- tled water and perhaps an electric generator that we don’t know what to do with. So why did the prognosticators miss it so badly? Simply because their predic- tions were not founded on scripture. There was no biblical basis for contend- ing that Y2K would be the “mother of all disasters.” So does the failure of the Y2K predic- tions diminish in any way the critically important prophecies presently on the U.S. President Bill Clinton after he was presented with the International Charlemagne Prize. The verge of fulfillment? Not in the least! award goes to world leaders each year who promoted European unity as a safeguard against fu- This long-anticipated year of 2000 was ture world wars. President Clinton recently signed the charter of the International Criminal Court, actually packed full of events with major which is the first permanent system for the prosecution of war criminals. prophetic fulfilling implications. Events actually transpired this year that directly affect the most important prophecies be little more than an impossible fairy As I sat in Carnegie Music Hall in pertaining to the endtime. tale. It just didn’t seem plausible that the Pittsburgh on June 26, 2000, the diverse religions of the world could ever prophecy suddenly was all too real, as The prophesied global religion find common ground. Yet the prophecy though written in Technicolor. I For 2,000 years the prophecy of a of Revelation 13 boldly declared a time watched as Episcopalians, Catholics, global religious system has lain dormant when the whole world would merge to- Muslims, Buddhists, Jews and even in the book of Revelation—seeming to gether politically and religiously. Wiccans, to name a few, joined them- 8 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • selves together in a great Interfaith cele- AP Photo/Ruth Fremson bration of the constitution signing for the United Religions. The hope that had been nurtured for several years was that the United Religions could bring unity to the reli- gious world with the same success that the United Nations had brought unity to the political world. It seemed like the im- possible dream. However, I saw with my own eyes the merging of Indigenous peo- ple and Wiccans (witches) with Jewish rabbis and Roman Catholic priests. I watched in unbelief as a Hindu lady led the Interfaith conclave in prayer. As she warmed to her prayer, she fell into the earth-worshipping refrain…Ahm. My hair stood on the back of my neck as Christian, Jew and Wiccan all joined with the Hindu worshipper in the eco- logical obeisance…Ahm. “So this is how a global religion will work,” I thought. Correct that…is work- ing! Clinton’s Charlemagne prize I admit being startled when I saw the article, “Clinton Wins Charlemagne Prize.” Why in the world would our U.S. president be bestowed with the “Charlemagne Prize?” I immediately understood what it was all about. Charlemagne was the first em- peror of the Holy Roman Empire. It was in 800 AD when Pope Leo III placed the crown on Charlemagne’s head with the declaration, “I hereby crown you em- peror of the Holy Roman Empire.” That’s how the prophesied Holy Roman Empire was born—that infamous, but prophesied An Israeli border police officer calls for an ambulance as an unidentified body lies on the street union between church and state. moments after a car bomb exploded in a Jerusalem marketplace. Two people were killed and 21 But how did the Charlemagne Award were injured. As a result of Arafat's recent terror campaign against the civilian population of Israel, suddenly re-emerge here in the year Jewish support for Barak's peace initiatives has plummeted. 2000? The article explained. Every year the Charlemagne Award is given to the individual who does the most to promote time will occupy the position of the False Day War did the entire city of Jerusalem the unification of Europe. Because of Prophet. This recently begun practice of come back under Israeli control. Clinton’s leadership in the Bosnian con- awarding the Charlemagne Prize lets us When the Oslo Accords were signed flict and then in Kosovo, he was deemed know that the prophesied revival of the in 1993, dealing with the status of the most deserving of the year’s Holy Roman Empire is underway. Jerusalem was put off until later. The Charlemagne Prize, given in Aachen, Palestinian and Israeli positions on Germany. Solving the Jerusalem question Jerusalem were simply not reconcilable. But what does this have to do with Zechariah 14:2 prophesies that But everyone knew that the Jerusalem prophetic fulfillments in the year 2000? Jerusalem will be the issue that brings all issue would have to be resolved before Simply this—the Bible prophesies the re- the nations of the world into the land of there was finally peace in the Middle vival of the Holy Roman Empire during Israel for the final Battle of Armageddon. East. the time of the Antichrist and the False Since 70 AD, the city of Jerusalem had With the deadline of September 13, Prophet. The Antichrist will fill the role been out from under the control of the 2000, which Arafat had set for the decla- of Charlemagne. Whoever is pope at the nation of Israel. Not until the 1967 Six- ration of Palestinian statehood, looming E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 9
    • Prophetic fulfillments of the year 2000 just ahead, President Clinton, Ehud APWideWorld Photo/David Karp Barak and Yasser Arafat made their way to Camp David. The summit began on July 11th. For two weeks Arafat and Barak struggled to forge a peace agree- ment that would bring 3,000 years of Arab-Israeli animosity to a close. But on July 25th, the talks broke down. Soon it was revealed that the status of Jerusalem, and more specifically, the status of the Temple Mount could not be resolved. Temple Mount will be shared After the Camp David talks broke down, Barak disclosed that the only thing they had not been able to resolve was the Temple Mount. When the Palestinians and the Israelis reached this impasse, President Clinton offered a bridging proposal. He proposed a sharing arrangement for the Temple Mount. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, left, talks with United Nations General Assembly President Harri Muslims would worship at the Al Aqsa Holkeri of Finland at the United Nations Millennium Summit Friday, September 8, 2000 at the UN. Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and Israelis would be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, presumably north of the to see how these events turn out! sovereignty forever. Dome of the Rock. Barak was apparently Even though Israelis are permitted to prepared to accept this compromise, but Middle East conflict visit the Temple Mount, and even Arafat said, “We just can’t.” becomes internationalized though Sharon had been there several The amazing thing about these devel- Once Yasser Arafat saw that he had times before, Arafat saw the perfect ex- opments is that Revelation 11:1-2 gotten all he could from Ehud Barak cuse for launching a new round of prophesies that the Temple Mount will through negotiations, he decided it was terrorism. The word was given and the be shared in the times just ahead. John time to play the violence card again. attacks began. This new Intifada has was told to measure the temple, but to However, he needed an excuse for been named the Al Aqsa Intifada. not measure the outer court of the tem- launching a new Intifada. Events in As the death toll began to mount, an ple because it would be trodden down of Israel soon offered the excuse that he was urgent summit was called in an attempt the Gentiles. looking for. to stop the violence. Arafat, Barak, Clinton’s bridging proposal provided Much of Israel was shocked by how Egyptian President Mubarak, along with for the exact arrangement prophesied in much Barak had offered to surrender at representatives from the U.S. and the scripture. Although Clinton’s solution Camp David. Every Israeli prime minis- European Union gathered at Sharm el was not accepted at this time, it soon will ter had held that Jerusalem could never Sheik for the meeting. Most significantly, be in one form or another. be surrendered or divided. Yet Barak of- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was fered to make considerable areas of in attendance. Temple Mount under Jerusalem Palestinian territory. The UN has a terrible track record of UN sovereignty The straw that really broke the camel’s anti-Israeli bias. Consequently, Israel had In the weeks after Camp David, efforts back happened after Camp David. It was never before allowed the United Nations continued to reach a final agreement. reported that Barak was now willing to to become a player in the Middle East Barak floated the idea of placing the permanently surrender all of the Temple peace process. Now, thanks to Barak, the Temple Mount under the control of the Mount to the Palestinians. Most Israelis, UN has become a participant in the United Nations. even though they desperately want peace negotiations and is being consid- This proposal has incredible prophetic peace, couldn’t believe that Prime ered as an administrator of the Temple implications. II Thessalonians 2:3-4 Minister Barak was willing to give away Mount. states that the man of sin (the the site of Israel’s First Temple, the A few weeks later, the Palestinians ap- Antichrist) will sit in the temple of God, Second Temple and the place where God peared before the UN Security Council claiming to be God. Since the Antichrist chose to place His name. requesting that a UN force intervene in will become an international figure, it is Ariel Sharon, the leader of Israel’s the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. Only the easy to see how he could stand on the Likud Party, felt that a line had to be threat of a U.S. veto stood between Israel Temple Mount claiming to be sovereign drawn. He paid a visit to the Temple and the threat of invasion by the World there, if the Temple Mount were placed Mount, while declaring that Israel’s holi- Community. under UN sovereignty. We can only wait est places must remain under Israeli Events of the year 2000 certainly have 10 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • set the stage for the prophesied time fulfilled at any time. It appears that In order for this Magna Carta of the when all nations, under the UN banner, Turkey’s Ataturk Dam is the mechanism New World Order to be effective, it was will come against Israel for the Battle of that God will use for this fulfillment. felt that it should command the support Armageddon! The Bible prophesied the role of of both the religious leaders and the po- Russia and Turkey in the Battle of litical leaders of the world. Prophetic role of Armageddon over 2,000 years ago. The Consequently, plans were laid to con- Turkey and Russia Jerusalem Post now reports that Russia vene a meeting of 1,000 religious leaders The first sentence of the article burst and Turkey have emerged as new players from around the world at the United upon my brain with the force of an ex- in the Middle East. The stage for the Nations on August 28-31, 2000. The re- ploding bombshell! It read, “Slowly, coming Battle of Armageddon is already ligious leaders, representing virtually almost imperceptibly, Turkey and Russia being set. every major religion on earth, did meet have emerged over the last few days as This development is yet another at the UN, and the Millennium new players in our violent drama” prophetic fulfillment of the year 2000, Declaration was adopted. (Jerusalem Post, 11/26/00). which lets us know that we are living in One week later, September 6-8, 2000, Why should this seemingly innocuous the endtime! the largest ever meeting of heads-of-state statement hit me with such impacting met at the UN for the Millennium force? Simply this—the article an- U.S. and Israel sign Summit. They too adopted this docu- nounced that Turkey and Russia are now International Court Statute ment called the Millennium becoming key players in the Middle East It was announced on the last day of Declaration, which some have called the conflict. The prophecies of the Bible tell the year 2000 that President Clinton world’s Declaration of Interdependence. us that Turkey and Russia will be central signed the International Criminal Court Thus the plan for culminating the long participants in the Battle of Statute of Rome. The U.S. had originally march into one-world government was Armageddon. refused to sign the statute when it was fi- completed and adopted just in time for Ezekiel 38 clearly states that Russia nalized in Rome on July 17, 1998. the dawning of the new millennium. will be the dominant force that will lead Clinton states that he will seek alter- Oh, by the way, the Bible specifically a coalition of nations against Israel for ations to the treaty before he asks the prophesies the emerging of a world gov- the final battle of this age. Verse three U.S. Congress to ratify it. ernment for the immediate future. speaks of Gog, the chief prince of The adoption of the International (For more information on the Meshech and Tubal. Webster’s Third Criminal Court is one of the most omi- Millennium Declaration, see the article, International Dictionary defines nous developments ever! Once in force, “UN Adopts Plan for World Meshech as Moscoe (or Moscow, the every person on earth would be subject Government” in this issue of Endtime.) capital of Russia). to arrest and trial before this world court Ezekiel 38:6 prophesies that the house system. A person tried at the World No, Y2K did not develop as some of Togarmah will accompany Russia in Court would not have the protection of thought, but you can see that the fulfill- the invasion of Israel. Togarmah is the the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of ment of endtime prophecy has been in ancient name for the land of Turkey. Rights. full gallop during the year 2000. We Revelation 16:12 states that the The establishment of the should certainly not make the mistake Euphrates River will be dried up to make International Criminal Court is one of that the Bible prophesies some would way for the kings of the east to come the biggest and most fearful steps toward make in the endtime. down against Israel for the Battle of world government that has ever been II Peter 3:3-4 tells us that “…there Armageddon. On January 13, 1990, The taken! shall come in the last days scoffers, walk- Indianapolis Star carried an article on its ing after their own lusts, And saying, front page headlined “Turkey Will Cut Plan is adopted for Where is the promise of his coming? for Off Flow of Euphrates for 1 Month.” The world government since the fathers fell asleep, all things article explained that Turkey had just Believers in world government have continue as they were from the begin- completed construction on a huge dam contended for a long time that there ning of the creation.” called the Ataturk Dam. They then pro- needed to be a document that would It is obvious that not all things are re- ceeded to cut off the flow of the serve as the charter of the new global maining the same. As a matter of fact, Euphrates for thirty days, allowing the order. Mikhail Gorbachev and Maurice everything is not the same as it was one newly-built reservoir to fill up. Strong authored such a document in short year ago in 1999. Our world is on a The implications of this report are March of 2000. They called it the Earth fast track to Armageddon. The prophe- nothing short of amazing. The ability to Charter. cies are sure, and Jesus Christ is soon to dry up the Euphrates River is now in Certain leaders felt that the Earth return to this earth! Are you ready for place. At the mere touch of a button, the Charter needed to be adopted to the His return? dam can be raised, and the flow of the structure of the United Nations. Euphrates will stop. Turkey is the nation Consequently, they incorporated the (Jesus said that we must be born again in with its hands on the controls. principles of the Earth Charter into a order to be ready. Request Endtime’s free A prophecy, that has seemed impossi- new document called the Millennium brochure, “What Do You Mean—Born ble for 2,000 years, suddenly can be Declaration. 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    • FEATURE ARTICLE What to expect in 2001 by Irvin Baxter Jr. AP Photo/Eyal Warshavsky I n order for us to understand what events are likely to occur in 2001, we need to know what the Bible prophesies for the times ahead. We will focus on five major prophecies that are in the process of being fulfilled: 1. The confirmation of a covenant concerning Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, 2. A massive war that will kill one-third of the world’s population, 3. Establishment of a cashless society, 4. Emergence of global religious unity, 5. Formation of a world government. The confirmation of the covenant Daniel 9:27 foretells an event called Opposition Likud party leader Ariel Sharon gestures toward a stretch of the Jordan Valley, which the confirming of the covenant. lies in the West Bank, during a campaign stop at the Israeli army Tuvlan outpost, January 3. Through study of the prophecy, we know Sharon, the leading contender for prime minister of Israel in the upcoming elections, put a kinder, that this covenant will have to do with gentler spin on his tough talk, saying that in the name of peace he would not speak of territorial the status of Jerusalem and the Temple concessions to the Palestinians. Mount. We also know that this event will take place seven years before the Battle of Armageddon. So why should July of 2000. President Clinton, Ehud breaking news is reporting that an agree- we think it is very possible that this con- Barak and Yasser Arafat are desperately ment concerning Jerusalem and the firmation of the covenant will take place wrestling with these issues as this issue of Temple Mount could be reached within in 2001? Endtime goes to press. days. It is totally possible that the final Until the rebirth of the nation of Israel So the central issues that will be in- seven years could have begun by the time in 1948, there had been no Jewish au- volved in the confirmation of the you are reading this magazine. thority in Jerusalem since the time of the covenant are the burning issues dominat- Revelation 11:1-2 prophesies the shar- Jewish exile in 70 AD. There has only ing the Mideast negotiations at this ing of the Temple Mount. According to been Jewish access to the Temple Mount present time. It appears quite possible the passage, Jews will control the area of since Jerusalem was reunited in 1967. that when some kind of agreement is the temple itself, but the “outer court” Negotiations concerning the status of reached concerning Jerusalem and the will be under Gentile control. This is the Jerusalem and the Temple Mount were Temple Mount, we will have witnessed exact solution to the Temple Mount dis- held for the first time at Camp David in the confirmation of the covenant. Late- pute that President Clinton proposed at 12 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • Camp David, and this is what will soon ing cashless society is only a matter of 2000, 160 heads-of-state came together happen. We don’t know whether this time. Progress toward this electronic eco- at the UN for the Millennium Summit. arrangement will be arrived at by agree- nomic system will continue in the year They also unanimously adopted the ment, by unilateral action, by war or by 2001. Millennium Declaration. United Nations intervention. But we do The Millennium Declaration sets for- know from the prophecy that the Temple Mount will be shared. “The year 2001 ward the vision, the philosophy and the plan of action for the New World Order. One-third of mankind will die could very well be We will hear much about the Millennium Declaration and its princi- Revelation 9:15-16 prophesies, “And the four angels were loosed, which were the most important ples in 2001 as the United Nations pushes to make its one-world govern- prepared for an hour, and a day, and a year of prophetic ment vision a reality. month, and a year, for to slay the third On December 31, 2000, President part of men. And the number of the fulfillment since Clinton ordered the signing of the army of the horsemen was two hundred International Criminal Court Statute of thousand thousand: and I heard the the year that Rome. This statute provides for the number of them.” establishment of a permanent This passage gives us the most omi- Jesus Christ was International Criminal Court that will nous prophecy of the entire Bible. It states that an army of 200 million will crucified. So what enforce the edicts of the global govern- ment of the UN. The ICC statute must trigger a war that will kill one-third of the world’s population. There is one na- should we be be ratified by 60 nations before it can ac- tually begin to operate. Twenty-seven tion at this present time that can field an army of 200 million—China. The 1999 doing?” nations have now given ratification. It is very likely, given President Clinton’s CIA Fact Book stated that China had signing order, that the remaining ratifica- 198 million men of military age (15-49). A global religious system tions will occur in 2001. That figure topped 200 million in the The greatest strides ever were made to- The establishment of an international year 2000. ward the prophesied one-world religion court system is the most horrendous de- Zhang Wannian, the most powerful in the year 2000. The signing of the con- velopment since the world government military leader in China next to stitution of the United Religions and the structure of the UN was launched in President Ziang Zemin, stated in holding of the Millennium Peace 1945. It will have the power to arrest and November of 2000 that war over the Summit at the United Nations were the place on trial citizens from anywhere in Taiwan issue was certain within the next two most important advances into the world, whether that citizen’s govern- five years. We know for certain from Interfaithism to date. We can expect this ment approves or not. This court system scripture that this war has to happen be- campaign to promote Interfaithism and will undoubtedly be the mechanism used fore the last three and one-half years of the acceptance of all religions as valid by the Antichrist to perpetrate the Great the final seven year period. Since we are forms of worship to continue. Tribulation upon mankind. Thank God, obviously on the brink of the final seven The Vatican has just admitted for the this time of great persecution is prophe- years beginning, the China War could first time that the present pope, John sied to only last for three and one-half happen at any time. There is nothing in Paul II, suffers from Parkinson’s disease. years! the prophecies that preclude this war Many in the Roman Catholic Church from occurring before the final seven expect this illness to force John Paul’s What should we do? years begin. resignation. If this should happen, the The year 2001 could very well be the next pope will certainly play a critical most important year of prophetic fulfill- A cashless society role in the fulfilling of endtime prophecy. ment since the year that Jesus Christ was Revelation 13:16-18 speaks of a time It is totally within the realm of possibil- crucified. So what should we be doing? when every person on earth will have to ity that the new pope could be the False I Timothy 4:16 tells us that we must have a number, without which he will be Prophet himself—and he could take of- save ourselves and then save those that unable to buy anything or sell anything. fice in 2001. will hear us. Jesus said that this gospel of This 2,000-year-old prophecy of an eco- the kingdom must be preached in all the nomic system controlled by numbers One-world government world, and then the end would come. seemed to be an impossibility until the The year 2000 witnessed the two most World evangelism must be accelerated at invention of the computer and then the significant steps into world government an unprecedented rate! Internet. since the United Nations was born in If you are not a partner with Endtime The fulfillment of this prophecy could 1945. Ministries, please consider joining us in happen so easily now. Each year the The Millennium Declaration was this final thrust to “teach all nations.” If move toward electronic banking and e- adopted by 1,000 religious leaders who you would like to do this, call us right commerce escalates. It is obvious that gathered at the UN on August 28-31, now at 1-800-endtime. the fulfillment of the prophecy of a com- 2000. One week later on September 6-8, Together, we are racing the rapture! ❏ E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 13
    • WORLD GOVERNMENT WATCH UN Adopts Plan For World Government Is Mikhail Gorbachev the Guiding Hand behind the New World Order? by Irvin Baxter Jr. AP WideWorld Photo/Pier Paolo Cito O n August 28-31, 2000, one-thousand religious leaders converged upon United Nations’ world government headquarters in New York for what was called the Millennium Peace Summit. This was the first religious meeting ever held at the United Nations. The stated goal of this religious con- clave was for the world’s religious leaders to demonstrate solidarity with the politi- cal leaders of the world by signing a document called the Millennium Declaration. The religious leaders adopted the Declaration, and the pur- Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev delivers a speech in front of Pope John Paul II and pose of the meeting’s initiator, Ted Government leaders and members of Parliaments of the World gathered in Paul VI Hall at the Turner, was accomplished. Vatican in occasion of their Jubilee, November 4, 2000. The following week on September 6-8, history’s largest meeting of heads-of-state was convened at the UN. World leaders even heard of? Is there something going answer to peace on earth have yearned came to open the fifty-fifth session of the on that we need to know about? for a statement of purpose, a unifying be- UN General Assembly, to usher in the United Nations Secretary General lief system, and a plan of action. The 21st Century and to join the world’s reli- Kofi Annan stated that the Millennium globalists believed that a defining docu- gious leaders in signing the Millennium Declaration is one of the most important ment was needed in order to rally the Declaration. documents of all history. Is he overstating peoples of the world toward taking the So what is the big deal about this doc- the fact, or is there something of tremen- needed remaining steps into the envi- ument called the Millennium dous importance transpiring here? sioned promised land of global Declaration? Why would religious lead- governance. ers and political leaders spend millions of The Millennium Declaration The turn of the millennium, with all of dollars just to gather for the signing of a For many years those people who be- its symbolism, seemed to be the perfect document that most people have never lieve that world government is the time to produce and adopt the desired 14 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • Whetstone Radio Log by John L. Bryant Politics & Religion 1. Who challenged Jesus with: “If thou be …”? with Irvin Baxter Jr. A. Pilate B. Satan C. King Agrippa D. Caesar Red indicates new or change *Live Broadcast 2. He was angry when God spared Nineveh. AR Ft. Smith KFSA 950 AM 3:00 pm* A. Jonah B. Haggai C. Zechariah D. Saul CA Santa Maria KGDP 660 AM 2:00 pm 3. To replace Saul as king of Israel, who did God choose? San Luis Obispo KWQH 97.1 FM 2:00 pm A. Solomon B. Ahab C. David D. Joseph CO Colorado Springs KCBR 1040 AM 2:00pm* 4. What percentage of Pharaoh’s army was destroyed in GA Macon WBML 900 AM 6:00 pm IN Indianapolis WXLW 950 AM 2:00 pm the Red Sea? Ft. Wayne WLYV 1450 AM 3:00 pm A. 25% B. 50% C. 75% D. 100% (all of them) Richmond WHON 930 AM 3:00 pm 5. Encompassed seven days, by faith, the walls of this South Bend WHME 103.1 FM 4:00 pm* city fell down. KS Wichita KSRX 1360 AM 4:00 & 10:30 pm A. Jericho B. Sodom C. Jerusalem D. Athens LA New Orleans WLNO 1060 AM 3:00 pm* MD Baltimore WBMD 750 AM 11:15 am 6. “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Denton WKDI 840 AM 11:00 am name of Jesus Christ,” was spoken by whom? MA Worcester WCRN 830 AM 4:00 pm* A. Peter B. James C. John D. Thomas MI Battle Creek WOLY 1500 AM 4:00 pm* 7. What did Joseph want to do when he first saw Detroit WLQV 1500 AM 6:00 pm Benjamin in Egypt? Lansing WLCM 1390 AM 4:00 pm* Flint WSNL 600 AM 11:00 pm A. Hide B. Weep C. Arrest him D. Shout MO Poplar Bluff KOKS 89.5 FM 3:00pm* 8. What will not be forgiven? Mexico KMFC 92.1 FM 1:00 pm A. Theft B. Blasphemy C. Murder D. Gossiping St. Louis KXEN 1010 AM 3:00 pm* 9. Who said “If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean”? NC Durham WFTK 1030 AM 10:30 & 4:15 pm A. A thief B. A murderer C. A leper D. A liar NE Omaha KCRO 660 AM 3:00 pm* OK Muskogee KMUS 1380 AM 4:00 & 10:30 pm 10. Reportedly, who wrote the first five books of the Old Claremore KMYZ 1570 AM 4:00 & 10:30 pm Testament? Tulsa KTRT 1270 AM 4:00 & 10:30 pm A. Abraham B. Moses C. Noah D. Adam Altus KKVO 90.9 FM 3:00 pm* 11. In what river did John the Baptist baptize Jesus? OR Portland KKSL 1290 AM 1:00 pm* A. Euphrates B. Nile C. Abana D. Jordan KPBC 1640 AM 1:00 pm* TN Memphis KSUD 730 AM 1:00pm 12. Who’s son was sick at Capernaum? TX Corpus Christi KCTA 1030 AM 4:00 pm A. Peter’s B. Paul’s C. Nobleman’s D. Century’s Dallas KVTT 91.7 FM 3:00 pm* 13. He wrote two books of the Bible that have only one Daingerfield KEGG 91.9 FM 11:00 am chapter each. Midland-Odessa KKKK 101.3 FM 3:00 pm* A. John B. Peter C. Jude D. Timothy VA Hampton Roads WPMH 1010 AM 3:30 pm Lynchburg WBRG 1050 AM 2:30 pm 14. Which one of the judges was very strong? WA Spokane KTRW 970 AM 1:00 pm* A. Samson B. Samuel C. Jephthah D. Boaz KTRW 96.9 FM 1:00 pm* 15. What does the word Gospel mean? WV Point Pleasant WBGS 1030 AM 8:00 am A. Good-bye B. Good weather C. Good news WI Milwaukee WEMP 1250 AM 5:00 pm D. Good Lord WHRI 6.040 9:00 am 16. In the Christian armor, what is the shield? Worldwide via Shortwave WHRA 17.650 2:00 pm A. Salvation B. Faith C. Truth D. Patience North America, South WHRI 5.745 4:00 pm* 17. A captive in Babylon, this prophet interprets dreams America, Europe, Russia, WHRI 9.495 4:00 pm* and handwriting. Africa, Israel WHRA 7.580 8:00 pm A. Shadrach B. Meshach C. Abednego D. Daniel Times shown are for U.S. Eastern WHRI 5.745 11:00 pm WHRI 7.315 11:00 pm 18. What is the fourth book in the New Testament? Pacific Rim Nations: China, KWHR 9.930 0800 UTC A. John B. Mark C. Matthew D. Luke Japan, India, New Zealand KWHR 17.780 0200 UTC 19. What is the fourth book in the Old Testament? A. Leviticus B. Genesis C. Exodus D. Numbers Internet www.endtime.com 24 hrs. 20. Hezekiah sent to this prophet for advice when Assyria Call 1-800-Endtime to find out how to get came against Jerusalem. Politics & Religion on the air in your city. A. Nathan B. Isaiah C. Ahijah D. Samuel Answers on page 31 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 15
    • un adopts plan for world government global agenda. Thus the world planners AP WideWorld Photo/Pavel Volberg produced the unifying document and ap- propriately called it the Millennium Declaration. The Gorbachev factor In April of 2000, Endtime interviewed the head of the Earth Council, Mr. Maurice Strong. Mr. Strong was also the chairperson for the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and, more recently, was enlisted by Kofi Annan to head the Secretariat for UN Reform. During the interview, Mr. Strong hap- pened to mention that he and Mikhail Gorbachev had authored a new docu- ment called the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter was designed to be a state- ment of basic values, which would provide an ethical foundation for the emerging World Community. It was to be an expression of interdependent prin- ciples for a sustainable way of life and a In spite of the UN's anti-Israeli bias, Barak, left, invited UN head Kofi Annan, right, to join the Middle East peace talks at Sharm el Sheik. UN involvement in Middle East affairs was nil for 55 setting of common standards by which years, but now, in this new era of UN empowerment, Annan has his foot in the door. the conduct of all individuals, organiza- tions, businesses, governments, and transnational institutions would be concerning the principle from the Earth with basic principles of equity and social guided and assessed. Charter (EC) and then the Millennium justice. Those who suffer, or who benefit Strong mentioned during the inter- Declaration (MD). From this compari- least, deserve help from those who bene- view that he and Gorbachev had hopes son we can see that Mikhail Gorbachev fit most.” that the Earth Charter would be adopted is exerting powerful influence on the as the mission statement and the plan of course of our world from behind the Principle 3: Respect for nature action for the World Community at its scenes. EC—“Protect and restore the integrity Millennium Summit in September. of Earth’s ecological systems, with special When I heard that a document called Principle 1: All nations and concern for biological diversity and the the Millennium Declaration would be people are interdependent natural processes that sustain life.” signed at the Millennium Summit, I nat- EC—“We stand at a critical moment MD—“Prudence must be shown in the urally wondered if this could, in fact, be in Earth’s history, a time when humanity management of all living species and Gorbachev and Strong’s Earth Charter must choose its future. As the world be- natural resources.” under another name. comes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great Principle 4: Free Market system Earth Charter vs. Millennium peril and great promise.” must be replaced Declaration MD—“We reaffirm our commitment EC—“Fundamental changes are Once I was able to get my hands on a to the purposes and principles of the needed in our values, institutions, and copy of the Earth Charter and the Charter of the United Nations, which ways of living. We must realize that Millennium Declaration, I anxiously have proved timeless and universal. when basic needs have been met, human compared these two documents. What I Indeed, their relevance and capacity to development is primarily about being discovered did not surprise me. They inspire have increased, as nations and more, not having more.” were basically the same document. peoples have become increasingly inter- “Promote the equitable distribution of The bottom line is simply this…when connected and interdependent.” wealth within nations and among na- the religious leaders and political leaders tions.” of the world adopted the Millennium Principle 2: Wealth MD—“The current unsustainable pat- Declaration, they adopted Mikhail redistribution terns of production and consumption Gorbachev’s plan for one-world govern- EC—“Promote the equitable distribu- must be changed.” ment. tion of wealth within nations and among So that each of you can see this for nations.” Principle 5: Sustainable yourself, we have listed below several of MD—“Global challenges must be development the major principles included in each managed in a way that distributes the EC—“Adopt at all levels sustainable document and have provided quotes costs and burdens fairly in accordance development plans and regulations.” 16 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • MD—“Prudence must be shown in AP WidoeWorld Photo/Martin Gnedt the management of all living species and natural resources, in accordance with the precepts of sustainable development.” Principle 6: Eradicate poverty EC—“Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.” MD—“We resolve, therefore, to create an environment—at the national and global levels alike—which is conducive to development and to the elimination of poverty.” Principle 7: World government EC—“The choice is ours: form a global partnership to care for Earth and one another or risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life.” “We are at once citizens of different nations and of one world in which the local and global are linked.” Former Soviet president, communist, Mikhail Gorbachev. MD—“Responsibility for managing worldwide economic and social develop- ment, as well as threats to international resentative organization in the world, enormous impact on our world,’ General peace and security, must be shared the United Nations must play the central Assembly President Harri Holkeri said among the nations of the world and role.” during his end-of-year press conference should be exercised multilaterally. As the at UN Headquarters in New York. most universal and most representative The purpose of citing the above quotes “Mr. Holkeri said he was ‘very pleased’ organization in the world, the United is not to comment on the good or bad of that the General Assembly had estab- Nations must play the central role.” these principles. We merely want to lished a follow-up mechanism to the show that both the Earth Charter and Millennium Summit. ‘What the Principle 8: Disarmament the Summit Declaration deal with virtu- Assembly did was to identify whose re- EC—“Demilitarize national security ally the same issues. We also want to sponsibility it is to implement the systems to the level of a non-provocative illustrate that, contrary to the opinion of Declaration and how to monitor this defense posture, and convert military re- some, ex-Soviet leader Mikhail process in a pro-active way,’ he said, sources to peaceful purposes, including Gorbachev is still very much a player on adding that the plan he had elaborated ecological restoration.” the world scene. to ‘firmly establish the Summit “Eliminate nuclear, biological, and Furthermore, it is vital that we fully Declaration as an integral part of the on- toxic weapons and other weapons of appreciate the pivotal role that global going work of the UN’ had also been mass destruction.” planners see the Millennium Declaration endorsed by the Assembly last week”. MD—“To ensure the implementation, playing. United Nations Secretary General by States Parties, of treaties in areas such Kofi Annan had this to say about the im- as arms control and disarmament.” Millennium Declaration—the portance of the Millennium Declaration: agenda for world government “Indeed, my main hope for 2001 is that it Principle 9: The United Nations On December 21, 2000, the UN will be the year when things really start is the answer NewsCentre issued the following release: to change and when the world sees the EC—“In order to build a sustainable “Calling last September’s Millennium Millennium Declaration not just as global community, the nations of the Declaration ‘one of the most important words” (Annan press conference, world must renew their commitment to documents of our time,’ the President of 12/20/00). the United Nations.” the United Nations General Assembly Make no mistake. There is no docu- MD—“We solemnly reaffirm, on this today, emphasized the importance of ment in existence today, outside of the historic occasion, that the United keeping alive the momentum generated UN Charter itself, more important to the Nations is the indispensable common at the Millennium Summit in New York, establishment of world government than house of the entire human family, where over 150 leaders gathered to de- the Millennium Declaration. And don’t through which we will seek to realize our fine—and find ways to overcome—the forget…Mikhail Gorbachev has his fin- universal aspirations for peace, coopera- problems facing the world today. gerprints all over it! tion and development…” “‘If we can achieve the targets of the Can the one-world government “As the most universal and most rep- Summit Declaration, we will have an prophesied in the Bible be far behind?! ❏ E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 17
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    • PROPHECY INSIGHT Chernobyl Shuts Down Prophecy Comes to Light by Eddie Sax AP WideWorld Photo/Pool T he Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant closed on Friday, December 15, 2000. The event made front-page news worldwide, as people reminisced about the world’s worst nu- clear disaster. There was no champagne. Nobody reveled in the glory of it all. The nostalgia was dark. So dark, in fact, many of the news reports filed on the event in- cluded a Bible reference—an ominous prophecy from Revelation. You see, it so happens that the very name of the power plant, Chernobyl, ap- pears in the 8th Chapter of the book of Revelation. And the event described fits what happened when the accident oc- Employees of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant watch a large screen in the plant's recreational curred. hall as a switch is thrown shutting down Chernobyl's third reactor, December 15, 2000. The third The disaster occurred on April 26, reactor was the last functioning one at the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986. 1986, in the Ukraine, part of the then- Writing on the screen top right reads: “Live”. Soviet Union. Many innocent people died that day. More died in the ensuing weeks. And millions, yes millions, more died, but many were saved. This is be- quoted by the secular media…well, it just will be laid to rest long before their nat- cause many were made aware of the brings a smile to the face of prophecy ural time—their bones helplessly prophecy and came to trust in the truth teachers and Bible lovers of all types. A infected with the radioactive material of God’s Word. After all, what other con- star will fall from heaven, reads the Cesium-137. clusion can a person come to upon prophecy. It will be a burning star, and it The Chernobyl meltdown occurred realizing the Bible predicted the will fall upon one-third of the rivers. during a test of the plant’s safety systems. Chernobyl catastrophe 1,900 years in ad- These waters will become poisoned, and Human error was involved. Six errors to vance? many people will die because of the poi- be exact. The results were devastating. soned waters. And, oh yes, the star will Many died. The prophecy have a name. It will be called But there were other results. Many The thought of Bible prophecy being Wormwood. 20 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
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    • chernobyl shuts down — Prophecy comes to light How did this happen? Did God Almighty reach into His unabridged dic- tionary and select a name for this prophecy at random? Or did He fore- know this would be the name of the site 5/4 of the world’s worst nuclear disaster? This is a question every person must answer 5/8 for themselves. Coincidence? One in 500,000? One in 2.5 million? Or the 4/27 hand of God? 5/3 4/28 There’s more. 5/5 5/2 Many will die from the waters Let’s look at the specific wording of the 4/29 prophecy: “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, 5/6 Chernobyl burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon 5/1 the third part of the rivers, and upon the Saturday April 26 fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third 4/30 part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, be- cause they were made bitter.” Path of Radiation Cloud (Revelation 8:10-11) Notice that many would die when the Third Trumpet blows. How the deaths compared to the millions who have been force it blew the two million pound con- would occur is very specifically stated in poisoned with radiation. Over 200 mil- crete lid off of the reactor. It went into verse 10. It would be because of the wa- lion are estimated to have experienced the air, and came down cocked leaving ters—the waters would be made bitter. excess exposure, 3.5 million seriously. the atmosphere fully exposed to a nu- They would become “wormwood.” But are the deaths linked to the water? clear fire for the next three weeks. A Relatively speaking, the number of second explosion hit just a few seconds deaths that resulted directly from the The winds blew, the rains fell after the first explosion. Radioactive ma- meltdown itself, about 125,000, were few The first explosion came with such a terial was blasted one mile up into the “Ma’am, I’ve Heard a Rumor – Do E ndtime editor Irvin Baxter Jr. relates how he first came to un- derstand the significance of this prophecy: To conclude that the Third Trumpet prophecy was fulfilled ever, is of God. Even though there have been mistaken inter- pretations, there are also true and correct interpretations that God intended for someone to understand. in 1986 was contrary to everything I had been taught in the Starting in late 1986, I began to hear rumors that the past. Like many others I was made to understand all of my life Russian word for wormwood was Chernobyl. I sloughed it off. that the 7 Trumpets would sound during the Great Tribulation. Frankly, I was busy, and I thought this was just another one of I started looking in my Bible for proof. To my astonishment I those prophecy rumors. I disregarded it for a number of years. found none. There are no scriptures which teach that the In 1995, however, I was sitting in my office writing our Trumpets would all be contained within the final 3 1/2 year Understanding the Endtime course. We were behind on our Great Tribulation, or even within the final seven years. deadlines, and I was working very hard at my computer that I have been teaching prophecy for over thirty years, and a lot particular day. Things were coming together really well, and I of wild theories have come across my desk. I receive mail con- was excited. I was flying; making tremendous progress! Then, stantly telling me why Henry Kissinger is the Antichrist. Some while I was all alone in my office, I felt like the Lord spoke to explain how, if you let this letter equal this letter, and that let- me and said, “Do you remember that thing you heard about the ter equal that, then multiply the sum by nine and turn your Russian word for wormwood being Chernobyl? I want you to result upside down, you end up with the number 666. Of check that out.” course, we all know that Ronald Wilson Reagan was going to I was all by myself. It was just me and God. I said, “God, you be the Antichrist, because Ronald has six letters, Wilson has know I don’t have time to do that right now. I’m very busy. I six letters and Reagan has six letters. Yes, there are a lot of wild have got to get this course done. I’m three months behind, and theories out there about Bible prophecy. Bible prophecy, how- I don’t have time to spend three or four weeks in the library 22 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • sky. The wind caught the radiation, and be affected. It does not specify the third carried it into Scandinavia, Northern part of what. Europe’s waters? The earth’s Italy, Germany, Great Britain and, in a “The prophecy of waters? The Bible is silent on this issue. diluted form, to the east coast of the Were one-third of Europe’s waters made United States. Then the rains came. It rained inces- the Third Trumpet bitter? Maybe. We don’t know. We’ll never know. But God does. Shall we santly for the next five days. The radioactivity was transferred from the emphasizes that overlook the preponderance of other proof because this one detail cannot be clouds down into the soil. The most deadly thing about the rain was that the the waters were nailed down? When is enough enough? Again, this is a decision that everyone water flowed into the rivers. These deadly rivers then wound their way made bitter by a will have to make individually. It is not a salvation issue. throughout all of Europe. Remember the prophecy. It says that star called On the tenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, Ukrainian writer many men died because of the waters — Victor Lychyk penned an article for the because the waters were made bitter. As ‘Chernobyl.’” Ukrainian Weekly, May 26, 1996 entitled, these waters flowed through Europe, “Did the Bible Predict the Chornobyl everyone who drank of those waters ab- greater the rainfall, the greater was the Nuclear Disaster?” Endtime requested sorbed the nuclide Cesium 137 into their amount of radioactivity. Much of Europe permission to reprint the article. The re- body. Cesium 137 has a half-life of thirty was affected. To those who write The quest was denied. You can see it in full at years. It goes into the bone marrow and Name off as coincidence, consider that h t t p : / / w w w. u k r w e e k l y. c o m / can lay there for thirty years before it the Bible said many would die. Many Archive/1996/219619.shtml. causes cancer. died. But it’s more specific. It foretold Chernobyl closes. Secular papers, Doctors and scientists say that the what they would die from. Gunshot? upon reflection, quote Revelation’s worst is yet to come. Generations will be Great hailstones? The beast? A black Third Trumpet, but they know not what affected. They do not even know how to horse? No. Many would die because the to do next. But you do. There are still predict the far reaching implications of waters were made bitter. many out there to be saved. ❏ the Chernobyl nuclear accident. Name your own odds. Then multiply these odds by 500,000 and you will be Endtime carries the video, “Chernobyl – Coincidence? staring at your personal level of coinci- The Taste of Wormwood.” Pricey at $30, The prophecy of the Third Trumpet dence to overlook. but it does get the point across. See Order emphasizes that the waters were made The prophecy says “the third part” of Form. Irvin Baxter Jr.’s Seven Trumpets bitter by a star called “Chernobyl.” The the rivers and fountains of waters would video is another outstanding resource. oes Chernobyl Mean Wormwood?” trying to prove whether this is true or not true.” You have to ‘chernobyl.’” She then proceeded to rattle off the most horri- understand — it was just me and Him. We were just… sort of ble string of information you have ever heard in your life. having a conversation. To tell you the truth, the thought of “I don’t doubt that what you are telling me is true,” I replied, stopping my work on Understanding the Endtime, and launch- “but I am going to write an article on this, and I would like to ing into what I felt would be a wild goose chase was somewhat have documentation. Is there any way you can help me with annoying. It seemed unreasonable. this?” But then, it was as though the Lord spoke back to me, and She called me back twenty minutes later with books and said, “Look, it won’t take you any time. Just call the library, and page numbers proving that Chernobyl was the Ukrainian and they will do the research for you.” Russian word for wormwood. Well, seeing Who it was, I was a little afraid to disregard Just before I hung up the phone, I said, “Ma’am, I have to ask what I was hearing. In frustration, I yanked the drawer open to you one more question. It’s not normal that you would have my desk, pulled out my phone book and dialed the reference known all of these things off of the top of your head. How did department at our public library. I said, “Ma’am, this is Pastor you happen to know this?” Irvin Baxter. I have heard a rumor that the Russian word for This was her response: “Well, I’m working on my doctorate wormwood is Chernobyl. Is there is any way that you could re- in Russian right now, and I have just been studying these search that for me and tell me whether or not it is true?” things.” What she said stunned me. “Yes, that is true. You see, the Needless to say, when I hung up that phone I was in awe. It Russians used to take wormwood for medicinal purposes, and made me reappraise the whole Third Trumpet prophecy. I now the wormwood would turn their tongues black. The Russian had proof that the Russian word for wormwood was word for black is ‘chernin.’ This is why they called wormwood Chernobyl. E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 23
    • by Eddie Sax W o r l d Eye on the beast… the authority the tribunal may have over to assist Taiwan in maintaining a self-de- Kofi Annan chose Palermo, Italy, the American citizens… fense capability very seriously,” stated the Mafia’s backyard, to hold the UN’s his- Kofi Annan blasted the U.S. and other report. “This is not only because it is toric global crime fighting conference. western nations for not contributing mandated by U.S. law in the Taiwan Delegates from 150 nations seek to ap- peacekeeping troops to the UN opera- Relations Act, but also because it is in prove the new “Convention Against tion in Sierra Leone. The diplomatic arm our own national interest. Chairman of Transnational Organized Crime.” The of the UN is asserting that the entire the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Henry treaty will become international law ability of the United Nations to mount Shelton, stated that it was imperative to after 40 countries ratify it and conform to future peacekeeping operations is at risk keep China from becoming an enemy of its guidelines. Allegations have arisen because of the lukewarm international the U.S. “I’m firmly convinced that we that the building used for the conference response to pleas for troops for Sierra need to focus all elements of U.S. power was built by the Mafia itself. “The palace Leone… and diplomacy on ensuring that China of the anti-mafia was built by the Mafia. Ted Turner has offered to make up the does not become the 21st Century ver- All of it, from the foundations to the $35 million difference between the dues sion of the Soviet bear”… roof,” said the newspaper La that the United States owes to the More Pentagon reports: For the first Repubblica… United Nations for 2001 and the amount time the U.S. military finds itself unable Pope John Paul II hosted a conference Congress is willing to pay… to confidently predict the outcome of a on “Globalization, Economy & the The UN Mission in Kosovo is issuing military conflict between China and Family.” The Vatican has been very in- about 300,000 identification cards to Taiwan because of what it calls “intelli- volved in globalization matters for Kosovo residents. Many Kosovo gence gaps.” They are also decades, as the organization itself is Albanian refugees said that their docu- recommending a new policy toward U.S. global in nature. Just economics and ments were taken by the Serbs during arms sales to Taiwan. Beijing is not ex- wealth redistribution were discussed… 1999’s NATO intervention last year. The pected to take the news well. The most Richard C. Holbrooke, the Clinton UN registration effort was used for the significant part of the Pentagon’s findings administration’s ambassador to the recent municipal elections in the reveals China no longer lacks the capa- United Nations, leaves his post in province… bility to successfully invade Taiwan… January. His next job will keep him in Within hours after his presidential vic- New York City. He will work for the And in the Far East… tory speech, China issued a warning to Council on Foreign Relations… Many had voiced concern earlier in president-elect George W. Bush not to The International Monetary Fund will 2000 when the U.S. paraded high cause friction over Taiwan… be bailing out Argentina to the tune of Chinese military officials through sensi- American intelligence sources report $39 billion. The aid package is an at- tive areas of U.S. military bases. Would that China just conducted its third inter- tempt to rescue Latin America’s third the Chinese learn too much? Such “mil- continental missile test. The Washington largest economy from the severe eco- itary exchanges,” however, have been Times reports that more tests are ex- nomic problems it has been experiencing happening for years. And now it has pected in mid-January… for more than two years. It was expected been learned, according to China’s mili- that Argentina would be defaulting on tary newspaper, the Beijing Junshi Israel and the Middle East… foreign debt repayments due in 2001. Wenzhai, that the concerns were If Israel does not get far-above-average The IMF is an arm of the UN. The bor- founded. America’s most up-to-date tac- winter rains, the nation’s water shortage rower is servant to the lender… tics and strategy military have, in fact, in 2001 will be “catastrophic,” according The UN War Crimes Tribunal has been guiding Chinese army training pro- to Uri Saguy, chairman of Mekorot, the summoned United States Army Chief grams. They are well equipped to take on public utility that has developed Israel’s General Eric Shinseki to provide evi- the U.S. “Know the Enemy and there- national water supply systems since 1937 dence in the 1998 detention of a Bosnian fore Defeat the Enemy,” read the report. and today supplies 66% of the country’s Serb suspect. Shinseki at the time com- The enemy referred to is the U.S.… water needs. Saguy said the decision- manded the U.S. “peacekeepers.” The A new Pentagon report to Congress makers in the government only react to U.S. is protesting the subpoena and is says there are three scenarios that could catastrophes and will only do something keeping Shinseki silent claiming “com- lead to a major war with China. The when the taps run dry. To make matters pelling operation security concerns,” and three are: China launches an amphibious worse, Israel has international commit- asserting that the tribunal lacked the au- invasion of Taiwan, China blockades the ments to supply water to the Jordanians thority to summon Shinseki directly. island, or China launches an air attack. and the Palestinians from sources that Some in the U.S. are uncomfortable with “The United States takes its obligation are rapidly drying up… 24 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • R e v i e w In an unprecedented move, the World resolutions, as well as the demand for Army’s Russian operations, the Moscow Bank gave a $12 million emergency Israel to withdraw from the Golan court held that “we are a militarized or- grant to the Palestinian Authority. “This Heights… ganization bent on the violent overthrow is a highly unusual move for the World A quote from Israel’s peace partner: of the Russian government and represent Bank since the bank usually provides “The Palestinians are waging a war of in- a security threat to the Russian govern- loans rather than grants,” said Joseph dependence that will end only when the ment”… Saba, World Bank director for the West last Israeli settler leaves the territories. Germany approved gay marriages on Bank and Gaza affairs. “However, the se- When Palestinians become a majority in December 1. Some of the tax benefits vere economic shock affecting the the Holy Land, they will decide whether were not approved, but the relationships Palestinian economy calls for a rapid re- to allow the Jews to have a state.” Faisal will have legal recognition. Couples can sponse that should not impose further Husseini, Palestinian Minister for take the same surname, share household financial burdens on the Palestinian Jerusalem… insurance and act as the next of kin in Authority.” The economy has been crip- On December 20, Faisal Husseini key medical decisions. The right to adopt pled by border closures put in place by posed a hypothetical question in an in- children was excluded. The state of Israel for security reasons. Twenty per- terview with the Jerusalem Post. Saying Vermont has already approved laws giv- cent of the population has been unable that another earthquake is expected at ing gay marriages the same legal status as to get to their jobs, which are in Israel. It the Temple Mount any year now, he heterosexual marriages. Canada is debat- is not expected that the grant money will asked, “What would happen if the ing similar proposals. The Dutch Senate be spent on weapons… mosque were destroyed and Israel was (Holland) has passed laws allowing gay Bill Clinton officially delayed moving still the sovereign power? If Israel agreed marriages the same legal status as hetero- the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to let us rebuild the mosque, there would sexual ones, including the right to adopt to Jerusalem for six months. George W. be a civil war within Israel. If she did not, children… Bush has the authority to move it the day there would be a religious war between Cuba’s communist dictator Fidel of his inauguration, and promised to do Moslems and Jews.” It is interesting that Castro hosted both Russian president this early in his election campaigning. an earthquake is prophesied for this very Vladimir Putin and a delegation from Such a move would be a good prophetic area of Jerusalem in the times just ahead China in mid-December. Putin’s aim was move for the U.S., because it would sig- (Revelation 11:13, 16:18, Ezekiel 38:19, to reestablish close ties to the communist nal U.S. support for Israel and place Zechariah 14:4)… island nation, which had been broken off further distance from the International ten years ago. He condemned the U.S. Community. It is possible, however, that Last but not least… economic embargo of Cuba. China’s Bush has reconsidered the move at this Thank you, Toshiba. Its new PC Card Foreign Trade and Economic time in light of the current political situ- Fingerprint Reader will allow users to log Cooperation Minister Shi Guangsheng ation… on to their Toshiba laptops by placing a signed two accords with Castro intended Israel is anticipating a regional war finger in the device. In addition to the to boost trade between the two commu- with the Arab world, including Iraq and convenience, users will enjoy a higher nist countries… Iran, if the Hizbullah should attack on level of security. No passwords, no user The European Union is assembling an the northern Israeli border. Israeli names. Just you… army—the EU Rapid Reaction Force, National Security Adviser General Uzi George W. Bush announced plans to and Russia now wants to be included. Dayan says they would retaliate against create a White House “office of faith- The planned 60,000-member EU army is Syrian military installations in Lebanon. based programs.” He says he will explore independent of NATO. Friction Such a move, it is expected, would result the role religious organizations may play abounds. Recall, NATO was originally in Iraqi and Iranian intervention. The in programs that the government tradi- established by the U.S. and European U.S. has urged Syria to back off… tionally administers. Bush envisions countries to stand in opposition to the On December 1, the UN General faith-based organizations receiving fed- Soviet Union. We now see possibly de- Assembly followed its general custom eral funds in such a way that they are not veloping an army comprised of Europe and condemned Israel. It strongly criti- hindered by government interference… and Russia, with the U.S. on the outside. cized its policies toward Palestinians and The Salvation Army may have to sus- In another interesting move, it was an- called its presence in Jerusalem and the pend humanitarian operations in nounced on December 18 that Russia is Golan Heights illegal. The U.S. ab- Moscow because of a Moscow city court planning a new security alliance. This stained from the vote that claimed ruling on November 28. “Since we have one will include Arab nations such as Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem illegal, the word ‘army’ in our name,” said Iran, and nations in the Far East, includ- and voted against all Palestinian-related Kenneth Baillie, head of the Salvation ing China and India… ❏ E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 25
    • MIDEAST UPDATE Sharon Turns the Tide Irvin Baxter Jr. AP WideWorld Photo/Eyal Warshavsky Barak forced to resign It’s almost bizarre the way events have unfolded in Israel since the last issue of Endtime. When it was made public how much Prime Minister Barak had offered to give away at Camp David, his coali- tion partners began to forsake him like rats leaving a sinking ship. Barak had out-liberaled the liberals. The issue that even Barak’s partners couldn’t swallow was the offer he made to permanently place the entire Temple Israeli protesters stand with placards outside the walled Old City of Jerusalem, Monday, January Mount under Palestinian sovereignty. In 8, 2001. An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 Israelis streamed into Jerusalem in defense of the his 1999 election campaign, Barak had Temple Mount that they would have to cede under the current U.S. Middle East peace plan. The promised that he would never surrender writing projected onto the wall reads “Jerusalem, I pledge my allegiance to you.” Jerusalem. Yet one short year later he of- fers to do just that. As the indignation grew against what that Benjamin Netanyahu would defeat Barak. As it turned out, Sharon became Barak was willing to surrender, it finally Barak in an election by 20% or more. the opposition party’s nominee. That became obvious that the Knesset would However, there is a law in Israel that, in part of the story turned out just like vote no-confidence in Barak, which case of a prime minister’s resignation, Barak planned it. However, the rest did would force new elections for both Prime only members of the Knesset are permit- not. Minister and the entire Knesset. ted to run for the prime ministership. When Netanyahu was defeated in the Who is Ariel Sharon? Slippery as an eel 1999 elections, he resigned from the Ariel Sharon is Israel’s modern warrior Before the no-confidence vote could Knesset. This made Netanyahu ineligible hero. He fought in the 1948 War of be completed, Barak stunned the nation to run against Barak. Barak’s resignation Independence, in the 1956 Suez and the world by tendering his resigna- had eliminated his number one rival. Campaign, in the Six-Days War of 1967, tion. Why would he do such a thing? It This left only Ariel Sharon to run and then was the hero of the 1973 Yom turns out that there was a method behind against Barak. At the time of Barak’s res- Kippur War. Sharon’s nickname “bull- his madness. ignation, polls indicated that Sharon was dozer” pretty much says it all. When All the polls in Israel were showing only 3 or 4 percentage points ahead of something needs to be moved, even if 26 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • the job is not pleasant, Sharon is your AP WideWorld Photo/Michel Euler man. When it became known that Barak had offered to surrender the Temple Mount, Sharon scheduled a visit to the site of the Holy of Holies to declare, “We will never surrender this site of our First Temple and our Second Temple. Arafat used Sharon’s visit as an excuse to launch a new round of terrorism for which Sharon has received much of the blame. Barak thought that Sharon, at 72 years of age, would be easy to defeat. But it hasn’t quite turned out that way. As a matter of fact, the latest reports are placing Sharon 28 percentage points ahead in the polls with the election a mere four weeks away. The tide has turned Many lovers of Israel have watched Israeli protesters stand with placards at the entrance of the walled Old City of Jerusalem near the with dismay as the Jewish nation seemed Jaffa Gate leading to the Christian quarter, January 8. The Temple Mount has now become the powerless to stop the blasphemous poli- sole remaining issue of contention in the Middle East. Not coincidentally, the Bible prophesies that cies of Ehud Barak. It was as though the such will be the case. Jewish people were sheep without a shep- herd. When Sharon walked onto the Temple Mount, declaring that Israel Formula for Armageddon Promised Land. Even though she will must never surrender the place that God Many opponents of Ariel Sharon say teeter on the brink of defeat and total an- chose to place His name, the tide in that a vote for Sharon is a vote for nihilation, Israel’s Messiah will intervene Israel began to turn. Armageddon—and they may be right. in that last battle and will save her. It is Over the next two months, a new un- We don’t yet know the path that events at Armageddon that redemption will derstanding dawned on the people of will take. But we do know that Israel has come to Israel. Her enemies will be de- Israel. They had been shocked that their an unavoidable date with Armageddon. stroyed. And “…the LORD shall be king leader, Barak, had offered to surrender so While all the connotations concerning over all the earth: in that day shall there much to the Palestinians. They had been Armageddon have been bad, perhaps we be one LORD, and his name one” more shocked that Arafat had rejected should be reminded of the positive side (Zechariah 14:9). Furthermore, Israel this offer, demanding even more. The of what will happen there. It is at will finally know what that one name of Israeli public finally realized that Arafat Armageddon that Israel will fight for her the LORD is—Jesus! ❏ would never be satisfied until they were driven into the sea. ENDTIME MAGAZINE Nov-Dec 1999 - Sept-Oct 2000 Suddenly the appeasement policies of ENDTIME, INC. 0 0 - 9 2 6 7 January 4, 2001 Ehud Barak became abhorrent to the BI-MONTHY SIX 12.48 (24.97 2 YRS) 39,446 37,743 16,712 16,823 vast majority, and the unapologetic 1301 S. 8th St. Richmond, IN 47374 16,888 15,541 Israeli policies of Ariel Sharon suddenly 1301 S. 8th St. Richmond, IN 47374 33,711 32,253 675 made a whole lot of sense. 1,048 0 0 On Monday, January 8th, a Jerusalem Endtime Incorporated, 1301 S. 8th St. Richmond, IN 47374 1,048 675 rally was held. This rally was for the sole Irvin Baxter Jr. 1301 S. 8th St., Richmond, IN 47374 34,759 32,928 4,687 4,815 purpose of demonstrating Israel’s support Jana Robbins, 1301 S. 8th St., Richmond, IN 47374 0 0 for an undivided Israeli Jerusalem. 39,446 37,743 Between 300,000 and 400,000 Israelis Endtime, Incorporated 1301 S. 8th St., PO Box 2066 JAN-FEB 2001 96.98% 97.95% Richmond, IN 47374 linked hands all the way around the Old 01-04-01 City of Jerusalem. With the words “Jerusalem, I pledge” projected onto the wall near Jaffa Gate NONE NONE and torches blazing along the ramparts, the crowd sang in unison, “If I forget thee O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning.” E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 27
    • The Good Side of Armageddon by Irvin Baxter Jr. T he mere mention of the word Armageddon evokes ominous images of apocalyptic slaughter, nuclear holocaust and blood flowing to the horse bridles. We never look at the bright side of the Bible’s prophecies about the world’s final war. But, believe it or not, there is a bright side, a very bright side. It is at Armageddon that the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ (Revelation 11:15). This is the time when the failed human governments of this earth will be abolished, and we will crown Jesus King of kings and Lord of lords. The Jewish people will bear the brunt of the Battle of Armageddon. Scripture indicates that one-third of Israel could possibly be destroyed in that battle. On the other hand, it is at Armageddon that the Jewish nation will end its 4,000-year search for the Messiah. Zechariah 14:3-4 indicates that Jesus will intervene on Israel’s behalf and that He will actually stand on the Mount of Olives. It is at that time that Israel will rush to the Mount of Olives to greet Him! According to Zechariah 13:6, they will notice the nail scars in His hands and feet and will ask how they got there. The answer will remove the veil from Israel’s eyes, and the entire nation will embrace Jesus as their Messiah and their Lord. What an incredible turn of events! One minute, Israel will be fighting for her very existence. The next minute, she will be Call 1-800-Endtime glorying in the face-to-face introduction to her Messiah! It is also at Armageddon that the tyrannical one-world gov- ernment of the Antichrist will be destroyed. At this same time, the Antichrist and the False Prophet will be cast alive into the lake of fire. Another major event that happens at this time is described in Matthew 24:30-31, "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: ant then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather to- gether his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to Please consider making the other." So, as you can see, not all is doom and gloom when we think a tax-deductible of Armageddon. Yes, tragic things will occur there. But ab- solutely wonderful things will happen there as well. gift to Endtime The next time you think of Armageddon, look beyond the catastrophic events that are destined to occur. Know that it is at Armageddon that the Old World Order will be abolished and the true New World Order of Jesus Christ will be perma- You Make it Possible nent ushered in! ❏ 28 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • CROSSWORD PUZZLE 1 1 3 2 3 6 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 11 9 13 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 17 18 19 20 21 22 22 23 24 25 26 27 Across 28 29 1. Speak 30 31 32 33 2. Esther, abbr. 34 30 32 35 31 36 37 38 4. Destroyed 39 39 36 40 10. Beryllium, symbol 11. Jehovah has become my salvation 38 41 42 14. Illicit sex 43 44 41 44 42 17. Physical education, abbr. 18. Opposite of stay 45 47 19. Enan's son 46 47 48 22. “...___ thine house...” Ruth 4:11 50 51 53 53 49 54 23. Destruction 26. Accomplish 50 51 52 53 54 57 55 56 28. Pigs 59 57 57 58 59 60 58 30. Outfield, abbr. 60 61 62 62 63 64 32. People 33. Here, Old English 65 36. “...Shallum, and Telem, and ___.” 66 66 67 69 67 Ezra 9:1 37. “Helez the Paltite, ____...” 2 Sam. 23;26 66. Accordingly, Old English 24. Esteem 39. Reconcile 67. A son of Bela (1 Chr 7:7) 25. People who live there 40. Single (Deu 6:4) 27. “...either good___bad.” 41. “...____of the house...” Down Gen. 31:24 2 Chr. 8:16 29. Purposed 42. Revelation, abbr 1. “ ... God created ___ heaven ...” 31. Accomplished 43. Royal males Gen 1:1 34. Spoke 44. Total (Num 1:2) 3. Prevent 35. Rule, Old English 45. An altar (Josh. 22) 5. Ecclesiastes, abbr. 38. After six 46. Nations 6. opposite of in 48. “...____him in vestures...” 47. Range of large hills 7. Disgusting things Gen. 14:42 50. View 8. Shoham's brother 49. We 53. Utilize, Jer. 46:11 9. Induim, symbol 51. One of the two things God 55. “...___ turn many away...” Mal. 11. “See, ______ field..” 2 Sam. 14:30 created 'in the beginning' 2:6 12. Ghost 52. “... testified to his ___...,” 58. Even (Phile 1:9) 13. An interval Ex. 21:29 60. Fight between countries 15. “...to fetch ___.” Ex. 2:5 54. Seeing organs (Mal 1:5) 61. Intoxicated 16. Arsenic, symbol 56. Possessive pronoun 62. “...___, saith the LORD.” 18. Who Jesus is 57. “Sufficient ___the day...” Hag. 2:17 20. Potipherah was a priest of this Matt. 6:34 63. A tree (Is. 44) (Gen 41:45) 59. Particular 65. Bright red 21. Crowds 64. “...between Bethel and ____;...” 31 Answers on page E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 endtime 29
    • Join Irvin Baxter Jr. on Prophecy Conference Exclusive S c h e d ule 4-Day Retreat Pittsburg, CA February 14-16 United Pentecostal Church Pastor Donald O’Keefe 925-458-1106 Speaker: Dan Barkley Orlando, FL February 21-22 United Pentecostal Church of Apopka Pastor Mike Williams 407-889-3802 Speaker: Irvin Baxter Jr. Poplar Bluff, MO March 2 Bluff City UPC Pastor Ted Elledge 573-785-7631 Speaker: Irvin Baxter Jr. Indianapolis, IN March 9 The Quaker Hill Conference Center will be the site of the retreat where you will be able to discuss Indiana Convention Center the latest developments in prophecy with “Politics & Religion” host, Irvin Baxter Jr. and co-host, Sagamore Ballroom Eddie Sax. Photo by Stevenson Speaker: Irvin Baxter Jr. Dallas, TX E ndtime Ministries is holding its God’s Word, seeking His face and under- March 23 first Prophecy Retreat standing the prophecies He gave to us for Arlington Convention Center Thursday, May 31 through the times in which we are living. The es- Grand Hall Sunday June 3, 2001 in tate, built in 1855 by the Quakers, is Speaker: Irvin Baxter Jr. Richmond, Indiana. Join Irvin conveniently located two miles from Baxter Jr., Politics & Religion co-host Endtime headquarters, and very close to Eddie Sax and the staff of Endtime at the the church where Rev. Baxter pastors. Lansing, MI April 20 beautiful and secluded Quaker Hill The cost is $599 per person, based on Life Christian Church Conference Center. double occupancy, and includes lodging, Pastor David Stephens Participation will be limited to 50 peo- meals and ground transportation. Quaker 517-394-5433 ple. Hill is located 35 minutes from the air- Speaker: Irvin Baxter Jr. In this exclusive four-day retreat, par- port at Dayton, Ohio, and 80 minutes ticipants will study prophecy, as well as from either Indianapolis or Cincinnati. receive other valuable insights from the Ground transportation will be provided Bible. They will also take part in two live from Dayton only. radio broadcasts and two church services. The concept for Prophecy Retreat Call 1-800-ENDTIME The intimate 30-acre Quaker Hill 2001 was born out of numerous requests to schedule your Conference Center provides an idyllic through the years from followers of conference. atmosphere for intimacy, focus and fun. Endtime and “Politics & Religion.” Call Participants enjoy each other’s cama- 1-800-Endtime to sign up or for further raderie over the four days while exploring details. ❏ 30 endtime JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001 E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com
    • SEEK & FIND AND ANSWERS Seek & Find By N. Teri Grottke One World Government AFTER HEADS SAND W S D A E H E R O F E P T B M H T I A F AGAINST HEALED SAVE H A P O W E R M W I D G M S N O G A R D ANOTHER HEAR SAYING BEAR HERE SEAT O Y T O V E R C O M E A A S U T E E F L BEAST HORNS SELL S I G H T H O S E C L T E M A M F I I E BEHELD HUNDRED SIGHT E N H U N D R E D N O P U V I V R V R O BOTH IMAGE SLAIN S G K D Y W H Q C O M I N G A S E E N P CAUSETH INTO SPAKE R E D A O T O T S A E B S F T H W A E A COME LAMB SPEAK I I L N E W R U B E H E L D R F M M B R COMING LEOPARD SPEAKING S L N L A P N O N T H G I R R E A N E D DEATH LIFE STOOD 0 E E T T D S S K F D H W I O S N E L A H DOETH LION SWORD 1 A X O A O P S W O R D E M T A E R G R E DOWN LIVE TABERNACLE DRAGON MANY THAT 2 N E L B H C I H W C H H Y S K R E T F A EARTH MARK THEIR 3 O R I E H T D O O T S D E R E D N O W R EXERCISETH MONTHS THERE 4 T C F R E R E C E I V E A A N A H H D T FAITH MUST THEREIN 5 H I E N O K Y S S F S M O A L B T T E H FEET NAME THEY 6 E S S A P H A N U D Z S H H T E O D A R FIRST NAMES THOSE 7 R E L C E T T P A A S H T N O M D T T H FOREHEADS OPENED UPON 8 O T A L N I D E S M C T H E R E I N H W FORTY OVER WERE 9 O H I E E W H T S N I A G A L I O N L S FREE OVERCOME WHICH 0 P L N Y D E D N U O W Q S P E A K I N G FROM POOR WHOSE GREAT POWER WITH HAND RECEIVE WONDERED HATH RIGHT WOUND HAVE RISE WOUNDED Crossword By N. Teri Grottke 1 T E L L 3E S T 6 D E S O L A T E B 10 H 11 T 11 I C U 13 B B E Whetstone Answers J E S U O P 17 S P E F O P R N I T C A T I S O M N S N G O A H I R A O M 22 I N T O B R C O N S U M M A T I O N D O S W I N E L D N A D R 1. B, The Tempter (Satan), Matt. 4:3,5 11. D, Jordan, Matt. 3:13 T O F T H E M H I T H E R 2. A, Jonah, Jo. 3:7, 4:1 12. C, Nobleman’s, Jn. 4:46 T 30 32 R 31 U R I I R A I T S 3. C, David, I Sam. 16:1-13 13. A, John, Check Index A G R E E L T 39 R B 36 O N E E 4. D, 100% (all of them), Ex. 14:28 14. A, Samson, Jud. 14:5-6 L 38 I F O U N D A T I O N R E V K I N G S I 44 D T 41 T S U M 42 E 5. A, Jericho, Heb. 11:30 15. C, Good News, Check Dictionary E N L E D I A I 47 N 6. A, Peter, Acts 2:30 16. B, Faith, Eph. 6:16 D P E O P L E S M O U N T A I N S 7. B, Weep, Gen. 43:29-30 17. D, Daniel, Daniel 2:1-45, 5:10-29 50 T 51 E 53 53 U 54 N T R E 8. B, Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost 18. A, John, Check Index B E H O L D U S E 57 S R D I D 9. C, A leper, Mark 1:40 19. D, Numbers, Check Index 59 57 A W U Y E T W A Y 58 T 10. B, Moses, Check Bible References 20. B, Isaiah, Isa. 37:1-2 60 D R U N K E N M E H Y 62 A S H T E T S C A R L E T A 66 T H E R E F O R E 67 T 69 D I R I E-mail: endtime@endtime.com, Website: http://www.endtime.com JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2001endtime 31
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    • ANALYSIS: Did the Bible predict the Chornobyl nuclear disaster? (05/26/96) ANALYSIS: Did the Bible predict the Chornobyl nuclear disaster? by Victor Lychyk The April 26 anniversary of the world's worst nuclear power plant accident at the Chornobyl power station in Ukraine has drawn attention to the massive amount of problems that remain or are even growing 10 years after the explosion and fire occurred. At conferences and lectures, as well as in the mass media, the catastrophic ecological, medical and economic consequences of the accident have been examined. Some have suggested the accident and its far-reaching and deadly effects could have been predicted and, therefore, avoided. For example, on March 27, 1986, exactly one month before reactor No. 4 exploded, an article appeared in the weekly newspaper Literaturna Ukraina that described in detail numerous problems that had besieged the plant during the construction, then in progress, of reactor No. 5. They included errors in planning, shortages and defects in construction materials, and low worker morale. Author Liubov Kovalevska, then editor of the Prypiat newspaper Trybuna Enerhetykya, did not limit herself to problems surrounding the fifth reactor. Rather, she pointed out that "the problems of the first energy block were passed on to the second, the second to the third, and so on. And together with this they expanded...and there were a huge number of unsolved problems." While at the time Ms. Kovalevska was reproached and demoted by local officials for writing this piece, her article came to be cited by many both in Ukraine and the West as a warning that should have been heeded in order to avert the disaster that would occur just one month later. Was the accident prophesied? Is it possible, however, that the Chornobyl disaster could have been predicted or, more precisely, prophesied much earlier, nearly 2,000 years ago in the Bible? To answer this question, let us first examine what the word "chornobyl," after which the town and nuclear plant are named, means in Ukrainian. The term "chornobyl" refers to a plant that belongs to the genus Artemisia and the species vulgaris. It is described as a "perennial herbaceous plant with a brownish-black stem used in medicine; a variety of wormwood." In fact, all plants of the genus Artemisia are commonly referred to as wormwood. Wormwood is noted for its strong fragrance and bitter taste. Its extract is used for making alcoholic beverages such as wormwood wine or vermouth. Medicinally, it has been used to expel worms from the body and received its name because of this function. The Bible contains several references to wormwood. The one that concerns us here occurs in the last book of the New Testament, Revelations. In this book the apostle John describes the vision he received of the Apocalypse that will occur at the end of the world. In Revelation 8 he writes: "And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of water. And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters because they were made bitter." http://www.ukrweekly.com/Archive/1996/219619.shtml (1 of 4) [1/18/2001 2:06:06 PM]
    • ANALYSIS: Did the Bible predict the Chornobyl nuclear disaster? (05/26/96) The burning star In this passage, wormwood is clearly a harbinger of great misfortune. If the images presented here are interpreted in terms of the disaster at Chornobyl, then the great burning star could symbolize the explosions and fire at the plant. The fire lasted for 10 days and was marked by heroic efforts of numerous clean-up workers, or "liquidators." Ultimately, hundreds of thousands of liquidators were dispatched to the forbidden zone in the months following the accident. Many of them have since died or have fallen ill as a result of the massive doses of radiation that they received. The rivers and fountains of water Another aspect of the misfortune described in these verses is the deadly contamination of a great amount of water. If we look at the location of Chornobyl on the map, we find that it is situated on the Prypiat River, not far from where it flows into the Dnipro River's Kyiv Reservoir, the third largest reservoir in Ukraine, with a surface area of 922 square kilometers. One of the major uses of this reservoir is to store drinking water. Immediately after the reactor explosion, researchers noted radioactive contamination of the Dnipro, Prypiat and other rivers. During the past 10 years, the over-all level of radioactive contamination of river water itself has fallen, though it should be noted that radionuclides tend to settle on the bottom of the river. So the potential for future contamination remains. According to a recent report in The Washington Post, "the immediate hazard" is that the sarcophagus, the structure that houses destroyed reactor No. 4, is deteriorating and "leaching radiation into the ground water that slowly is making its way to the nearby Dnipro River. Radioactive contamination of the Dnipro would threaten drinking water for Kyiv, just downstream, and many other Ukrainian cities." According to Ukrainian physician, medical researcher and Ukraine's current Ambassador to the U.S. Yuri Shcherbak, it is not only radiation from the decaying sarcophagus, but also from hundreds of hastily made "burial sites" filled with radioactive waste in the 30-kilometer exclusion zone around Chornobyl that "may account for the substantial contamination of the sediments of the Dnipro River and its tributary, the Prypiat, which supply water for 30 million people." These repositories of radioactivity must be removed if further contamination is to be prevented. Returning to the passage from Revelations, it is possible that the rivers referred to are the Prypiat and Dnipro (among others), and that the "fountains of water" are the Kyiv Reservoir and other affected sources of drinking water. The source of contamination: wormwood It is understandable why the apostle John uses wormwood as a symbol for the substance that makes the water bitter and contaminates it. As noted above, wormwood is proverbial for the bitter taste of its extract. Yet the bitterness of wormwood is to be understood not only literally, in terms of its flavor, but also figuratively, in terms of a bitter experience. After all, we see in this passage that the water it poisoned caused the deaths of many. This figurative usage of wormwood goes as far back as the Old Testament. In the Book of Amos, for example, the author-prophet writes "You have turned justice into poison, and righteousness into http://www.ukrweekly.com/Archive/1996/219619.shtml (2 of 4) [1/18/2001 2:06:06 PM]
    • ANALYSIS: Did the Bible predict the Chornobyl nuclear disaster? (05/26/96) wormwood" (7:12). The author of Lamentations bemoans the fact that "He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood" (3:15) and also writes about "Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall" (3:19). This meaning of the word has survived through the ages up to modern times and is found in many cultures and languages, including English. In the Oxford English Dictionary, for example, the second meaning of wormwood is an "emblem or type of what is bitter and grievous to the soul." This meaning is echoed in other lexicographic references and in literature. In Shakespeare's "Hamlet" (Act III, Scene 2), the title character uses this word in an aside to the audience. In mid-19th century America, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" that "My life is bitter as wormwood." And the name of the star... While the connection between wormwood and bitterness may be clear, one can still ask why John chose to name a star after this plant. The answer may lie in taking a closer look at the wormwood plants themselves. We already know that wormwoods comprise the genus Artemisia. According to the botanic system of classification, Artemisia belongs to the family Asteraceae, which belongs to the order Asterales which, in turn, belongs to the subclass Asteridae. What the family, order and subclass name all have in common is their root, namely, aster, which is the Greek and Latin root meaning "star". The root aster is in all likelihood used to describe the numerous plants in these groups because their shape in some way resembles that of a star. If we think of plants that belong to the other Asterales, such as asters, marigolds, daisies and sunflowers, the resemblance to the star shape becomes clear. The very word sunflower suggests a star-like appearance because the sun is, of course, a star. While the flowers of the wormwood may not be as obviously reminiscent of a star as the sunflower or the aster, it may be possible that something about the wormwood's appearance, in addition to its taste and meaning, caused John to choose it as the name for the star in the quoted passage. Prophecy or coincidence? It has been suggested that there are numerous similarities between the events described in Rev. 8:10-11 and the Chornobyl nuclear power plant disaster. The burning star recalls the explosion and fire, the poisoned rivers and fountains of water in the Bible bring to mind the contaminated rivers and water reservoirs affected by the Chornobyl plant's unleashed radioactivity, the name of the Biblical star Wormwood has the same meaning as the name of the Ukrainian town where the disaster occurred. Do the similarities between the tragedy at Chornobyl and Revelations 8:10-11 imply that this Biblical passage contains a prophecy that has been fulfilled, or are they merely a coincidence? This is a decision that everyone will have to make individually. However one answers this question on this, the 10th anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster, everything must be done to ensure that the destroyed but still dangerous reactor is safely sealed, the present situation is contained, those people affected by the explosion receive the care they deserve, and all necessary precautions are taken so that no such nuclear catastrophe occurs in the future. If one accepts Rev. 8:10-11 as prophecy, then at least such measures would ensure that these verses represent a prophecy that has already been fulfilled, and do not contain the prophecy of a worse disaster yet to come, a prophecy to be fulfilled if the appropriate measures are not taken. http://www.ukrweekly.com/Archive/1996/219619.shtml (3 of 4) [1/18/2001 2:06:06 PM]
    • ANALYSIS: Did the Bible predict the Chornobyl nuclear disaster? (05/26/96) Victor Lychyk Ph.D. is a Slavic linguist, who works as a translator and independent researcher. He has contributed articles to Canadian Slavonic Papers and the Journal of Ukrainian Studies. Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, May 26, 1996, No. 21, Vol. LXIV | Home Page | About The Ukrainian Weekly | Subscribe | Advertising | Meet the Staff | http://www.ukrweekly.com/Archive/1996/219619.shtml (4 of 4) [1/18/2001 2:06:06 PM]