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WORLD EVENTS FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
Babylon Is Fallen,
Babylon Is Fallen,
Is this the 6th Trumpet War?
Many have stated that it is impossible to know whether or not we are living in the last days
before the second coming of Jesus Christ. However, below you will find dramatic proof that
these are the endtimes. The proofs below defy coincidence.
Euphrates River to Be Dried Up In Revelation 16:12, the Bible predicts that the Euphrates River
will be dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the east to invade Israel. This will happen at the time of the battle of Armageddon
according to verse 16 of the same chapter. The battle of Armageddon will be the final battle at which time Jesus will return and fight
on the side of the nation of Israel. Immediately thereafter He will establish His kingdom and usher in His one thousand-year reign of
peace. On January 13, 1990, the Indianapolis Star carried the headline “Turkey Will Cut Off Flow of Euphrates for One Month.” The
article stated that a huge reservoir had been built by Turkey. While filling up the reservoir, the flow of the Euphrates would be stopped
for one month and a concrete plug for a diversion channel built. These things have now been done. With this newly built dam, Turkey
has the ability to stop the Euphrates River at will. The conditions for fulfilling this 1,900 year-old prophecy are now in place.
China Goes to War In Revelation 9:15-16,
the Bible prophesies that an army of 200 million soldiers will launch a war which would kill “the third part of men.” Never in the
history of the world until our present generation has there been a power on earth that could field 200 million soldiers. However, the
late ruler of China, Mao Tse Tung boasted in his diary that he could field an army of 200 million. The CIA World Factbook reports
that in the year 2001, it is estimated that China has 200,886,946 men of military age, and this number is growing by 10 million per
Worldwide Numbering System Predicted In Revelation 13, the Bible prophesies that a
world dictator will soon rule over a world government. He will cause all people in the earth to receive a 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 world now has been assigned a number. In America it is our Social Security number. In the past few years, we have seen
this number extended to newborns. A child without a Social Security number cannot be declared as a dependent on an income tax
return. We have seen the emergence of electronic money, shopping with credit cards, and many people urging the abolishment of cash.
All of these things could not possibly have been fulfilled until this present time. Only after the invention of the computer could such a
worldwide numbering system be administered.
The Emergence of a New World Order Revelation 13:7 and
Daniel 7:23 prophesy the establishment of a world government. The term “New World Order” has become a prevalent phrase in the
world’s political culture. Mikhail Gorbachev made the term famous, and Pope John Paul II has referred to it repeatedly. In the
September 12, 1990 issue of the Chicago Tribune, our former president George Bush said, “Iraq is the first test for the New World
Order.” He emphatically stated that the Iraq War is Saddam Hussein against the world. The United Nations’ troops are continually
referred to as the multi-national forces. The decision has been made to establish an interdependent community of nations that will rule
the world under United Nations authority. The Bible says that this will lead us into a great world government. The formation of this
government is at hand.
or Divine Providence?
Is it coincidental that all of these major prophecies pertaining to the last times are being fulfilled simultaneously?
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No Matter What Magazine Staff
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Happens Assistant Editor
n our last editorial, we were speculat- As we teeter on the brink of what could be
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would occur. Now we find ourselves what should we be doing? Some think it’s
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shall never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44).
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Saddam: One who confronts? John the Baptist raised from the dead.” Then Jesus asked,
“Whom do you say that I am?” Peter declared, “Thou art the
You say that “Saddam” translated means “The Destroyer.” I Christ, the Son of the living God.” This is when Jesus declared,
was watching the History Channel a few weeks ago, and they “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” I
said that Saddam means “one who confronts.” have heard people state that the whole church is built on the fact
that Peter was given the keys to the kingdom, and that Peter
David was the rock on which the church was built. Therefore the infal-
libility of the pope is what makes the church invincible, because
Reply: You are correct. That History Channel documentary when everything is said and done, the pope is the final authori-
does say that his name means “one who confronts.” I have two ty on earth. Whatever he binds on earth will be bound in heav-
documents in my files: The German Tribune from March 1991, en. Is this a correct interpretation of scripture?
and the Jerusalem Post from December 1997. Both state that
Saddam means “The Destroyer.” We show the actual articles and Bob
the context in which they appear in our updated “The Iraqi War
in Bible Prophecy” video (or DVD). We re-filmed this lesson on Reply: Your question highlights a gross misunderstanding of
February 20. what Matthew 16 is teaching. Jesus was not saying that Peter’s
Sometimes in translations a word will have several possible infallibility, or the pope’s infallibility, would be the issue upon
meanings, depending upon which one the translator judges is which He would build His church. He said that He would build
more appropriate for the context. There are also different His church on the truth that Peter had declared, “Thou art the
dialects of Arabic. Both translations are valid. Christ” (the Messiah).
Last week one of our radio listeners, Deborah, forwarded a Because of their claim to the position of “Vicar of the Son of
November 16, 1998, article to us, entitled, “What’s the Name God,” popes have allowed people to bow down before them—to
of Saddam Hussein?” by Bruce Gottlieb at Microsoft’s news site genuflect, to pay homage. We read in the Bible that Peter
(slate.msn.com). The article reads: “Saddam Hussein has no fam- stopped a person from bowing before him, because it was for-
ily name. Rather ‘Hussein’ is the name his parents gave the nas- bidden. This should only be done before God.
cent dictator, and ‘Saddam’ is an epithet he adopted before he
grabbed power, and is derived from the Persian word meaning
‘crush.’ ‘Saddam Hussein’ is best translated as Hussein-Who- Bothered By Bush Bashers
Crushes-Obstacles or Hussein-the-Destroyer.” The piece credits
Professor of the Practice of Persian and Other Near Eastern I have to work to keep from getting irritated by some of the
Languages Wheeler M. Thackston, Jr. of Harvard University for angry (and in my humble opinion, irrational) callers who blame
his help in answering the question posed in the article’s title. President Bush for being the most evil Satan. You do a great job
walking the middle and while remaining cautious, not letting
people accuse him of being the Antichrist.
No Mistake Two of my oldest and closest friends have been and are very
close to him. One was his business partner in the ownership of
I have a question about papal infallibility. In Matthew 16, the Texas Rangers baseball team, and the other was a neighbor
Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” They in Midland. They attended the same church and go way back. I
responded, “Some say you are Moses, some say Elijah, some say know him distantly through these close friends, and just don’t
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see anything other than what he shows the world—what you see President Bush actually has and who some of the decision mak-
is what you get. He’s an honest, down-to-earth, smarter than he ers around him really are. We are disturbed by his membership
shows, disarmingly and genuinely nice guy. in the Skull & Bones Society at Yale. The organization is so
I suppose time will tell, but I’ll be very surprised if he is any- secret that it’s difficult to know what it’s about. We have learned
thing other than a human being trying to do his job as well as that part of the initiation ritual is to lie in a casket, supposedly
he can, and face the real challenges of this nation with courage entering into some “covenant with death.”
and honesty, not for any particular political advantage or what Is this a harmless college club, or is it something more? I
the “polls” dictate. He hasn’t taken the easy way out on some don’t know. I have never laid in a coffin, experiencing some kind
tough issues, which just delays and usually compounds the of death ritual. Still, perhaps it is harmless. I, for one, certainly
problems, but deals with most issues head-on. hope so.
Eileen H., Dallas
Division of Temple Mount foretold?
Reply: Most of us, as Americans, certainly hope that what you
are saying is true. We sometimes wonder how much control Zechariah 1:16 says, “Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am
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returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in everyone will have to use either the number of the beast, his
it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth name, or his mark. Everybody seems to focus just on the num-
upon Jerusalem.” Could this be the line that is put across the ber 666. I think it’s going to be more subtle than that. Everyone
Temple Mount by the “Quartet” so that the Temple can be built knows that prophecy. It will be done in a way to where people
on one side while the Dome of the Rock is on the other side? will feel like they’re not really taking the mark of the beast. But
if you read the prophecy it clearly gives a choice: it’s the name
Jen of the beast, or the number of his name, or his mark.
Reply: I don’t believe this prophecy has reference to our pres- Jack
ent time. Zechariah 1:12 reveals the time frame of this prophe-
cy. “Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD Reply: Well put. Many people who think they know about
of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and the mark of the beast are going to end up taking it. Jesus said in
on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation Matthew 24:24, speaking of the time of the great tribulation,
these threescore and ten years?” that if possible the very elect would be deceived.
Notice that the seventy years that Jeremiah prophesied that The question is where do we draw the line? When the mark
Israel would be captive in Babylon is referred to here. This of the beast is actually implemented, a person will have to
prophecy of the rebuilding of Jerusalem was fulfilled when Ezra, pledge allegiance to the one world governmental system and its
Nehemiah and Zerubbabel built the Second Temple. leader. If you are required to do certain things in order to access
When the passage says that a line shall be stretched forth the international economic system, that’s the time to jump ship.
upon Jerusalem, it is referring to the surveying instruments of We are certain that God will give us insight when the mark
the builders. The Knox translation renders the passage, of the beast actually arrives so that we can warn subscribers to
“Jerusalem shall see mason’s plummet busy once again.” Endtime magazine and listeners of Politics & Religion. I am sure
many others will be sounding the alarm as well.
We can presently enjoy some peace of mind knowing that the
Submerged Missiles in Euphrates system cannot happen yet. The Bible says that the Antichrist
must first be revealed. This occurs at the time of the abomina-
I had heard on the BBC that there are satellite images of four tion of desolation, which happens halfway through the final
missile sites buried under water in the Euphrates River. Is this seven-year period.
true? Could they be the four angels of the Euphrates?
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Saddam: The Antichrist? church. It’s been 15 years. Keep up the good work. —Tom
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Saddam Hussein from being the Antichrist?
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I’m a member of the John Birch Society and have seen quite a
Reply: Daniel 11:21: states that the Antichrist “shall come in few videos about the United Nations. —Chad
peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.” It doesn’t
presently seem like Saddam could fulfill this passage. He took ● Thanks Endtime and all the workers [this includes our
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from a union of ten kings. As of right now, we don’t see any way know where to turn. God has given me above and beyond
that Hussein has fulfilled that prophecy. what I need. I am returning some of it to God with this
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More Than a Mark
In the prophecy concerning 666, everyone is focusing on the Endtime thanks you for your letters. The letters we use
mark. However, the prophecy says that it is the name of the in Endtime do not necessarily reflect the views of Endtime
beast, or the number of his name, or his mark. I believe that the and/or its staff. Endtime reserves the right to edit letters
day that we see a global cashless society, which could be soon, is according to space and editorial style.
the day that prophecy will be totally fulfilled. At that time
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Babylon is Fallen, is
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city,
because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
BY IRVIN BAXTER JR. coming fall of Babylon exists, and know- When will the prophesied fall of
ing that the United States and Great Babylon happen?
The prophecy about Babylon’s Britain are attacking Iraq—the nation Revelation 16:16 announces the begin-
destruction that contains ancient Babylon, we simply ning of the Battle of Armageddon: “And
There it is—as crystal clear as it can be. must ask ourselves if the prophesied fall he gathered them together into a place
The Revelation 14:8 prophecy plainly of Babylon is at hand. called in the Hebrew tongue
predicts the future fall of Babylon. Listen There are prophetic prognosticators in Armageddon.”
to it: “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that abundance ready to quickly and loudly The next three verses record the fall of
great city, because she made all nations proclaim that the time for the fulfill- Babylon the Great. “And the seventh
drink of the wine of the wrath of her for- ment of the ancient prophecy has angel poured out his vial into the
nication.” arrived. But let’s see what the scriptures air…and great Babylon came in remem-
Knowing that this prophecy about the actually say. brance before God, to give unto her the
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cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Literal Babylon vs. Mystery
wrath.” Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at Babylon
This passage clearly teaches us that all her plagues.” The physical city of Babylon was origi-
the destruction of Babylon will take Verses 17 and 18 establish for certain nally built by Nimrod after the flood. It
place at the time of the Battle of when this destruction of Babylon was to was located on the Euphrates River, about
Armageddon. occur: 55 miles south of where Baghdad, Iraq
Since we know that the Battle of “Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions stands today. The name Babylon came
Armageddon occurs at the end of the have driven him away: first the king of from the Tower of Babel that was con-
Great Tribulation, after the reign of the Assyria hath devoured him; and last this structed there.
Antichrist and after the mark of the beast, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath Babylon became a large city of global
it is obvious that the pending war with broken his bones. Therefore thus saith the prominence around 1728 B.C. during the
Iraq will not be the prophesied destruc- LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, reign of Hammurabi. The glory years of
tion of Babylon. I will punish the king of Babylon and his Babylon were achieved under
land, as I have punished the king of Nebuchadnezzar II (604-562 B.C.). The
Another prophecy of Babylon’s Assyria.” city declined during the reign of
destruction The above scriptures teach us that this Belshazzar, and came to ruin when Xerxes,
The entire ministry of the Old particular prophesied destruction of the Persian king, destroyed it in 478 B.C.
Testament prophet Jeremiah was devoted Babylon would occur during the era of Thus Jeremiah’s prophesied destruction
to prophesying the destruction of the Babylonian empire of of Babylon was accomplished, and, just as
Jerusalem and the carrying away of Israel Nebuchadnezzar. the prophecy said, it has never been
into Babylonian captivity. He also proph- Furthermore, verses 39-40 declared inhabited to this day. Saddam Hussein
esied the return of Israel to Jerusalem that Babylon would never again be inhab- launched a project to rebuild Babylon in
after 70 years and foretold the ultimate ited. “Therefore the wild beasts of the the late 1980’s, but the effort was halted
destruction of Babylon. desert with the wild beasts of the islands by Gulf War I and has yet to be resumed.
The prophecy against Babylon is found shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell But if Babylon is never to be rebuilt,
in Jeremiah 50:1-23. therein: and it shall be no more inhabited why are two entire chapters of the book of
“The word that the LORD spake for ever…” Revelation devoted to the destruction of
against Babylon and against the land of Babylon? And why is the destruction of
the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet. Two destructions of Babylon Babylon clearly described as occurring at
Declare ye among the nations, and pub- foretold the time of Armageddon?
lish, and set up a standard; publish, and The prophecy of Jeremiah clearly stat- The Babylon described in Revelation is
conceal not: say, Babylon is taken…For ed that Babylon would be destroyed, called “Mystery Babylon.” The prophecy
out of the north there cometh up a nation never to be inhabited again. Yet the book of Mystery Babylon is found in
against her, which shall make her land of Revelation prophesies the destruction Revelation 17:3-5.
desolate, and none shall dwell there- of Babylon at the time of Armageddon. “So he carried me away in the spirit
in…Because of the wrath of the LORD it How do we reconcile what appears to be a into the wilderness: and I saw a woman
shall not be inhabited, but it shall be biblical contradiction? sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of
Clue #1 Clue #2 Clue #3 Clue #4
Revelation 17:1, 18 Revelation 17:1, 15 Revelation 17:3, 9 Revelation 17:4
I will shew unto thee the I will shew unto thee the
I saw a woman sit upon
The judgment of the great whore judgment of the great whore The woman was arrayed in
Prophecy that sitteth upon many that sitteth upon many purple and scarlet colour
heads and ten horns
And the woman…is that The waters...are peoples, The seven heads are seven
The Cardinals wear Red and the
great city, which reigneth and multitudes, and nations, mountains, on which the
Interpretation Bishops wear Purple
over the kings of the earth and tongues woman sitteth
The Vatican’s two
The Vatican City is located The Vatican’s reach spans Rome is known as
governing bodies are
Vatican inside the city of Rome all nations and languages The City of Seven Hills
Cardinals and Bishops
The Woman The Waters The Seven Heads The Clothing
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names of blasphemy, having seven heads
and ten horns. And the woman was
arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and
decked with gold and precious stones and Whetstone
pearls, having a golden cup in her hand by John L. Bryant
full of abominations and filthiness of her
fornication: And upon her forehead was a
name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON
THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF
HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF
1. Who said “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise?”
Who is Mystery Babylon?—4 A. Adam B. Abraham C. Jesus D. Stephen
clues 2. How many pieces of silver were given to Judas to betray Jesus?
A mystery is something secret or hid- A. 20 B. 10 C. 40 D. 30
den—a thing that some understand while 3. Naaman was healed of leprosy by dipping _____ times in the river.
others do not. In Revelation 17, there are A. 7 B. 2 C. 5 D. 1
several clues given to the identity of 4. Because of gross immorality, these cities were destroyed by God.
Mystery Babylon. We will discuss four of A. Heshbon-Elealeh B. Sodom-Gomorrah C. Libnah-Rissah
them here. D. Bashan-Sihon
5. What woman was first to see Jesus after His resurrection?
Clue #1—Mystery Babylon is a A. Mary Magdalene B. Phebe C. Martha D. Mary, His mother
city 6. To Paul, this king said, “Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
Notice in the above prophecy that a
A. Herod B. Agrippa C. Jehu D. Tidal
woman is used to symbolize Mystery
7. “Let God be true, but every man a _____.”
Babylon. Verse 18 of the chapter tells us
that the woman is a city. “And the woman A. Teacher B. Prophet C. Believer D. Liar
which thou sawest is that great city, 8. One of these men is not a prophet.
which reigneth over the kings of the A. Daniel B. Ezekiel C. Ishmael D. Habakkuk
earth.” 9. _____ is the name of the son, born to a virgin.
A. Ichabod B. Immanuel C. Israel D. Isaiah
Clue #2—Mystery Babylon 10. Divine providence provided bread & flesh, brought by ravens, to this prophet.
presides over a vast internation- A. Ahab B. Elijah C. Omri D. Elisha
al system 11. The history of creation, the universe and man is found in this book.
In verse 1, we are told that the woman A. Genesis B. Ezra C. Nehemiah D. Chronicles
sits on many waters. Verse 15 explains the 12. This disciple was entrusted with the care of Jesus’ mother.
meaning of the waters. “And he saith A. Peter B. James C. John D. Thomas
unto me, The waters which thou sawest, 13. The apostle John was banished to the isle of _____.
where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and A. Crete B. Patmos C. Melita D. Clauda
multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” 14. The seventh trumpet heralds the world-wide victory of whom?
Not only is this woman a city, but the A. Antichrist B. Satan C. False Prophet D. Jesus
city is apparently the headquarters over a 15. These men were the interpreters of the law.
vast international system.
A. Scribes B. Tax collectors C. Publicans D. Levites
16. This heavenly messenger interprets Daniel’s vision.
Clue #3—The city sits on 7 hills
In verse 3, we are told that the woman A. Michael B. Gabriel C. Lucifer D. none of them
rides on a beast with 7 heads. Verse 9 17. Who is the father of the first king of Israel, Saul?
reveals the meaning of the 7 heads. “And A. Solomon B. David C. Kish D. Zeruiah
here is the mind which hath wisdom. The 18. God sent _____ to the potter’s house to learn a lesson.
seven heads are seven mountains, on A. Jethro B. Jeremiah C. Amos D. Malachi
which the woman sitteth.” 19. This weapon of war, the sword, is figurative of God’s _____.
Remember, we’ve already learned that A. Might B. Strength C. Pre-existence D. Word
the woman is a city. This passage tells us 20. David danced with all his might when this item was brought to Zion.
that the city sits on seven mountains. A. The ark of God B. The spoils of war C. The golden calf
There is a city on earth that is known as D. Goliath’s head
“The City of Seven Hills.” It’s the city of
But is Rome the headquarters for an
international power that rules over “peo- Answers on page 15
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ples, and multitudes, and nations, and Hills.” Revelation 9:13-16 prophesies a war
tongues?” Mystery Babylon is to “sit” on peoples, that will kill one-third of mankind—two
The Vatican claims to rule over one bil- multitudes, nations and tongues.” Rome billion people. It states that this war will
lion Roman Catholics worldwide. is headquarters for the Roman Catholic begin in the area of the Euphrates River.
Remember, this prophecy was written Church, claiming one billion members Most of the Euphrates River is in Iraq—
long before the Catholic Church existed worldwide. the nation with which the U.S. is cur-
and long before Rome became her head- Mystery Babylon is described as being rently at war.
quarters. clothed in purple and red. The official If this war with Iraq is indeed the one
colors of the two ruling bodies of the prophesied in Revelation 9:13-16, the
Clue #4—She is clothed in Roman Church are purple and red. face of the world will be changed forever.
purple and red The cry for peace and security will give
Revelation 17:4 “And the woman was One other factor should be understood. birth to a system of global law that will
arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and In Revelation 17, God chose to use a throw the planet into one-world govern-
decked with gold and precious stones and woman—a whore—to symbolize the ment. The horrible carnage of two billion
pearls, having a golden cup in her hand Roman Catholic Church. Why? dead and the aftermath of nuclear war
full of abominations and filthiness of her It’s really very simple. In scripture, will create the perfect scenario for the
fornication:” God always used a woman to symbolize a ascent of the Antichrist into power.
There are two ruling bodies in the church. He used a virgin to represent His This unprecedented disaster will also
Roman Catholic Church: The College of true church (II Corinthians 11:2), and He accelerate the implementation of the
Cardinals and the College of Bishops and used a harlot to represent a false church— “Road Map for Peace” by the
Archbishops. These two bodies are some- as he did in Revelation 17-19. International Community, “The
what like the Senate and the House of There can be only one conclusion: The Quartet,” upon Israel and the Palestinians
Representatives here in the U.S. Vatican is the Mystery Babylon of (see article on page 22). It appears that
An article appeared in The Criterion, a Revelation. And it is this false religious the anticipated Middle East agreement
Roman Catholic publication, July 1, system that has deceived the people of the will be the confirmation of the covenant,
1988. The article was entitled, “More world that will be destroyed at the time which triggers the final seven years to
than You Want to Know About of Armageddon. Armageddon.
Cardinals.” It stated, “Cardinals wear red, The coming war with Iraq will not be
while non-Cardinal Bishops and What then is the pending war the end of the world. It will not be
Archbishops wear purple.” with Iraq? Armageddon. And it will not be the
If the destruction of physical Babylon is prophesied destruction of Mystery
So let’s review. Mystery Babylon is a past and the destruction of spiritual Babylon.
city that sits on seven hills. Rome is Babylon is future, what role will the immi- But it could very possibly be the worst
known worldwide as “The City of Seven nent war with Iraq play in Bible prophecy? war the world has ever known! ❏
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If It Wasn’t For That
AP WideWorld Phone (str)
BY IRVIN BAXTER & EDDIE SAX
any experts are con-
cerned that a war with
Iraq could spin out of Maurice Strong, acting as a special envoy of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, talks to
control resulting in reporters at Beijing International Airport on January 14th on his way to North Korea to try
World War III. We’ve to persuade North Korea to retract its decision to resume nuclear activities. Both China and
been saying this for months. Our perspec- North Korea understand that after Iraq, the U.S. will be turning its attention to them.
tive, though, is not so much political as it
is prophetic. But neither we nor the polit- pocket that it did not want revealed earli- done, which would make the fires of
ical pundits are certain. These are educat- er lest public opinion should get in the Kuwait look like a campfire.)
ed guesses, not dogma. way. In the New York Times’ “War Planners
The Bush administration had been Speak of the Risks” report, other senior
silent on pondering any worst-case sce- Rumsfeld’s catalog of risks administration officials, unnamed, shared
narios. Will military victory come with In a February 18 interview, Defense more concerns: Will U.S. military forces
blinding Afghanistan-like speed? Or will Secretary Donald Rumsfeld disclosed that be received in the Gulf with open arms or
the Jimmy Carters of the world be correct he refers to a regularly updated 4-5 page open gun barrels? After months of inter-
in expecting it to spiral into a global car- catalog of risks. With the press he was nal studies, advance planning, and exten-
nage? willing to share only two main items. As sive intelligence research, the administra-
The silence was broken on February 18. for the rest of the potential calamities on tion says it doesn’t know. Officials are also
For the first time the Bush administra- his list, well, it’s still a secret. Here is stating concerns that they may not be
tion joined the chorus openly discussing, what the administration is allowing us to able to thoroughly track terrorist opera-
as the New York Times put it, “a subject know: tions directed at U.S. interests both home
they have sidestepped during the massive 1) Saddam may use weapons of mass and abroad. Vice Admiral Lowell Jacoby,
buildup of forces around Iraq: what could destruction against his own people and director of the Defense Intelligence
go wrong not only during an attack, but blame it on us, which, according to Agency, said on Capitol Hill that his abil-
especially in the aftermath of an inva- Rumsfeld, would fit a pattern. ity to detect the proliferation of nuclear
sion.” 2) Saddam may detonate his own oil weapons around the world was being
In other words, after convincing the fields, as he did to Kuwait in the after- “stretched thin,” leaving certain areas
world, especially its own people, that math of the 1991 Gulf War, costing the such as South Asia and North Korea with
with or without a UN resolution, war is Iraqi people money they will need to less coverage than he would prefer.
the inevitable reality, the administration rebuild the nation. (Not mentioned to The Bush administration finally pre-
finally pulled a secret, crumpled, “oh-by- reporters by Rumsfeld was the immense pared the country for the very real possi-
the-way” list of catastrophes from its hip environmental damage that could be bility that this will not look like
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Afghanistan, a military victory that came
AP WideWorld Photo/Baz Ratner
with greater speed than any had predict-
ed, and with fewer casualties. “There is a
lot to keep us awake at night,” said one
official. “How long will this go on? Three
days, three weeks, three months, three
years?” They don’t know.
We don’t know either. But there is a
We remain curious as to what else was
on Rumsfeld’s 4-5 page “Catalog Of
Risks.” CIA director George Tenet let it
be known in a recent press conference that
North Korean missiles with nuclear
bombs are now capable of reaching the
U.S. west coast. In February, the country
awoke to the news that missiles had been
deployed around Washington, D.C. and
New York City. Osama bin Laden, and
Hamas leaders are openly exhorting
Muslims around the world to rise up and
fight the Great Satan, the United States Police and religious volunteers work at the scene where a homicide bomber blew himself up
of America. Our nation’s state of readiness aboard a crowded bus in Haifa, Israel, on March 5, killing 17, including a 14-year-old
against possible terrorist attacks has fluc- American Abigail Litle whose family (Baptist) lives in Haifa. Dozens were wounded in the
tuated between “Elevated” to “High attack as well. Will such terrorist acts hit the shores of the U.S.... again?
Alert.” From yellow, to orange and almost
to red. It’s a new day in the Land of the all we have are scenarios. Consider these: no, make that 1%... no, let’s go with
Free. Will this action escalate beyond the 0.1% — If only 0.1% of the Muslims liv-
borders of Iraq? It depends in good meas- ing in the U.S. are among the extremists,
The scenarios revisited ure upon whether or not the Islamic fun- then there are between 3,000-6,000 in
There is still a possibility that Saddam damentalist extremist community is our midst.
& Co. will exit quietly and take refuge on cohesive enough to hurt the United States It took about ten to bring down the
the Libyan Riviera. Meanwhile, U.S. on its own soil. Let’s take a look. Israel has World Trade Center.
intelligence is still trying to get Saddam been on the receiving end of close to 50
assassinated by his own high level offi- suicide bombers since late 2000. How Then there is China
cials. Significant effort was made to oust many committed Islamic bombers are Is it irresponsible to consider that ‘the
the regime without a war, but this effort needed to dramatically affect the U.S.? It Iraq conflict’ could open the door for
has now come and gone. is estimated that 10% of all Muslims in China to invade Taiwan, a move certain to
What will come to pass? Today we see the world fall into the category of extrem- involve the United States? Taiwanese
through a glass darkly. Tomorrow we will ists. In the U.S., there are estimated to be leaders don’t think so. Taipei Times,
have a definitive historical record. Today between 3-6 million Muslims. If 10%... February 14: “Military Ready For Chinese
Iraq War likely to
ead it y
aven’t r OW!!! trigger Chinese
If you h uld—N
attack on Taiwan!
With the war with Iraq looming just ahead, the
scenario painted in China War and the Third Temple
becomes all-the-more likely.
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Surprise Attack. The military is on a state
of alert in case Beijing decides it is going
to strike the country while the U.S. is
preoccupied with a war on Baghdad,” this
according to Taiwan, Minister of
National Defense Tang Yao-ming.
Taipei Times, February 13: “China is
developing mid-range missiles, deployed
inland, that could be used to threaten
Taiwan as a substitute for the short-range
missiles across the Strait.”
Another concern is over China’s greatly
expanded naval power, which Taiwan
president Chen Shui-bian sees as a most
serious threat. U.S. military advisors
agree and are telling Taiwan to develop
its own missile defense capability and
increase its offensive forces to be better
prepared for the expected invasion from
China. Japan is wanting to work with the Brahmos, a supersonic cruise missile, developed by Russian and Indian scientists and capa-
U.S. on a missile defense system because ble of reaching targets in India’s rival neighbor Pakistan, is displayed at the Republic Day
of fears of North Korea’s ballistic missile parade in New Delhi, India, on January 26th. Both India and Pakistan conducted illegal mis-
program, but won’t move forward with sile tests during the first week of the U.S. campaign against Iraq in the wake of another
the project for fear of angering China, Muslim terrorist incursion into India-controlled Kasmir where 24 Hindus were killed.
Beijing is concerned that such a system
would most likely be extended to include If not for the prophecy... prophecy states that a war is coming that
Taiwan. Where might this lead, and when? will kill the third part of mankind. That
Should the U.S. turn its eyes from the Friends, we all have the same informa- calculates to 2 billion people. Revelation
Taiwan Strait for but a split second, it tion, so it is up to each of us to decide for 9:14 tells us that the war will originate
appears that everyone from Taipei to ourselves. For months we have been read- from the area of the Euphrates River.
Washington knows what China will do. ing reports of what other people are say- Most of the Euphrates River is in Iraq—
Sixty suitcase nuclear bombs were ing could happen. We have combined the nation the U.S. is right now preparing
made by the Soviet Union in the 1990’s. these reports with Bible prophecy to to attack. Consequently, the possibility
All have disappeared. Unconfirmed intel- explain a reasonable way that this may all that the current war with Saddam
ligence reports allege that Osama bin come to pass. Hussein could trigger the prophesied
Laden bought 20 of them in 1998. Are Frankly, if it were not for the prophecy, apocalyptic war is very high.
any of them in the U.S.? we, like many others, would most likely On the other hand, the prophesied war
In the meantime, India has been itch- expect a quick, clean war. Thirty days, may stall for two, three or four years. But
ing to move against Pakistan and settle then install a new democratic govern- it will happen. The Bible says so. The
the battle over Kashmir. Both Pakistan ment. United States’ power is enhanced, prophecy factor increases the possibility
and India have nuclear weapons and have and we would control the second largest that it will happen now. If you are think-
given every indication that they are oil producer in the world. Then, perhaps ing that this isn’t possible, I would chal-
inclined to use them. we would install democracies in North lenge you to reconsider. ❏
North Korea has put forth the possibil- Korea and Iran, and before long, Saudi For more information, order the video “The
ity of launching a preemptive attack and Arabia. If not for the prophecy... Iraqi War in Bible Prophecy” by Irvin Baxter
invading South Korea, a situation the Jr. on VHS or DVD. Program includes a
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North Korea knows full well that George Just in case you haven’t heard, the the Bible. Call 1-800-Endtime.
W. Bush has every intention of doing to
them tomorrow as he is doing to Iraq Whetstone Answers
today. 1. C, Jesus, Luke 23:43 11. A, Genesis, Genesis
For the U.S., knocking the rogues off 2. D, 30, Matthew 26:15 12. C, John, John 19:26-27
3. A, 7, II Kings 5:1-14 13. B, Patmos, John 1:9
one at a time is easier than trying to do it 4. B, Sodom – Gomorrah, Genesis 19:23-29 14. D, Jesus, Revelation 11:15
all at once. This is another reason why 5. A, Mary Magdalene, Mark 16:9 15. A, Scribes, Ezra 7:6, 10, 12
North Korea, China, India, Pakistan and 6. B, Agrippa, Acts 26:28 16. B, Gabriel, Daniel 8:15-27
the Muslim world may seize on this 7. D, Liar, Romans 3:4 17. C, Kish, I Samuel 9:1-3
8. C, Ishmael, Check index 18. B, Jeremiah, Jeremiah 18:1-2
upcoming opportunity. Then again, they 9. B, Immanuel, Isaiah 7:14 19. D, Word, Ephesians 6:17
may not. But we cannot ignore all of the 10. B, Elijah, I Kings 17:6 20. A, The ark of God, II Samuel 6:12-15
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Opinion, Not Prediction
BY EDDIE SAX Caller: Have you been predicting that cy might come to pass irresponsible?
we are staring into the face of the dreaded Let’s go to the Bible for the answer. “The
“I am curious to know what your views 6th Trumpet war? testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophe-
would be if your ‘predictions’ don’t play Baxter: No. cy”—Revelation 19:10. The great com-
out as you believe they will.” Caller: It sounds like you have. mission tells me to testify about Jesus.
“What’s the difference between you Baxter: I’ve been saying that we could John the Revelator tells me this can be
and a fortune teller?” very well be. It’s my personal opinion that accomplished by sharing prophecy. So I
“I agree with some of what you say, but we are, but I’m not certain. do.
I believe it to be arrogant to say that you Caller: You’ve offered odds—75/25. If “I tell you these things before they
know for sure!” it doesn’t come off, what then? Does this come to pass, so that when they do come
“What makes you so sure that we’re make you a false prophet? to pass, you might believe”— paraphrase
ready for the 6th Trumpet? What makes Baxter: If I were rating this from my of John 13:19 and 14:29. Prophecy builds
you absolutely sure that the 5th Trumpet vantage point, I would say the possibility faith. That’s good.
has fully sounded?” of the U.S. going to war is about 95%, So we study the prophecies and the
“Aren’t you concerned that you might and the possibility that this war will be signs of the times. We do not let the
be leading people astray? Don’t you think the the one prophesied in Revelation Associated Press interpret the Bible for
God will hold you accountable?” 9:13-16, to be about 70% based on my us. We know more today than we did yes-
There. You have just experienced a Bible knowledge. I’m not prophesying. I terday. We have always known and taught
small sampling of the letters and emails have received no angelic visits bearing that all it might take is one disaster. One
we have received in the last week or two timetables from God. came on September 11, 2001.
regarding our ‘prediction’ that the Caller: How do I take your opinion? Would it be arrogant to say that we
upcoming war with Iraq is the war that I’m looking to you for predictions. “know for sure”? Of course not. There are
will kill two billion people. The feedback Baxter: That’s a mistake. But here’s one some things we can know for certain. The
makes sense. This is what people are hear- prediction you can take to the bank: A war will happen. That’s not arrogant.
ing. It is not, however, what is being said. war is coming that will kill one-third of Are we concerned about leading people
The joys of live radio include the luxu- the world’s population, or two billion astray and being held accountable by
ry of not having to pre-plan how some- people. That’s a prediction. But it’s not God? Absolutely. That’s why we try to be
thing will be communicated. It mostly mine. It’s God’s. What I am saying is that careful by presenting facts as facts, and
comes from the heart. Prophetic princi- the time for the war could be now. On opinions as opinions.
ples come to life through the unfolding of this I am not 100%. Although I didn’t Are we sure we’re ready for the 6th
world events. Discussions evolve. As the put a time frame on it, I knew the Berlin Trumpet? Not completely. Are we con-
program’s co-host, I will occasionally Wall was coming down 21 years in vinced that the 5th Trumpet has fully
make the tongue-in-cheek comment, advance, and taught about it long before sounded? No. Evaluate the evidence we
“Irvin, this next question is not in today’s it occurred. But frankly, I think the evi- have presented in the past and make your
script, but...” You see, there is no script. dence about this war is even more com- own assessment.
It’s a case of an ever-inquisitive co-host pelling than the evidence I had about the Is this fortune telling? No, we are pre-
pummeling the host with questions and Berlin Wall. Still, it’s not a prediction. senting reasonable scenarios based on our
requests for clarification. It’s an opinion. If this doesn’t pan out to best understanding of the information
The approach can have its downsides. I be the 6th Trumpet, it means that my God has given to us in His word.
know what we’re saying, but what are assessment was off. Forget everything you have read to this
they hearing? Are they hearing what Caller: Gotcha! point, because the most important ques-
we’re saying?— for what they hear is tion has yet to be asked. All others pale in
often more important than what we say. A responsible approach comparison. It’s this: Regardless of when
Perception becomes reality, and I have I have great respect for reasonable sce- it happens... will you be ready?
often suspected that we are not being narios based on a knowledge of Bible “Loose the four angels which are bound
heard. Case in point: “Our prediction that prophecy coupled with signs leading in the great river Euphrates,” reads
the upcoming war with Iraq will be the toward those fulfillments. This is quite Revelation 9:14-15. “And the four angels
6th Trumpet.” different from fortune telling based on were loosed, which were prepared for an
reading palms, Tarot cards, Ouija boards, hour, and a day, and a month, and a year,
For the record psychics, Nostradamus quatrains, or some for to slay the third part of men.” ❏
Here is the conversation I suspect most other such nonsense. Contact Endtime for the free brochure
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Endtime Editor Receives
n early March, dozens of major
newspapers from Washington, to
Sydney, Australia reprinted an
article by Bill Broadway from the
Washington Post about how the
Iraqi war could be a fulfillment of a
prophecy in Revelation. The story was
based in good measure on Endtime editor
Irvin Baxter Jr.’s view, and rebutted by
New Testament scholar Dr. Craig Hill
from Wesley Theological Seminary.
“During our last tour to Israel, a man
traveling by himself asked if he could tag
along with my tour group as we explored “If anyone can make Revelation understandable, [Irvin Baxter] can.” —Gayle Allen Cox,
the hill of Megiddo in northern Israel,” Dallas Morning News, March 22, 2003. For example, Baxter uses the above depiction of the
recalls Baxter. “I was delighted to have beast of Revelation 13:2 in his Understanding the Endtime prophecy home Bible study to
him. I didn’t know that he was a reporter illustrate how the separate nation-beasts of Daniel 7 merge in the endtime to form a one-
from the Washington Post.” world government.
Knowing that Endtime’s editor would
be a prime source for an article he was and faster. There is an inexplicable sober- Mr. Baxter doesn’t claim to know
writing on the impending war, Broadway ness in the air, a sense of impending everything about everything, but if any-
called Baxter on March 5th for com- doom. one can make Revelation understandable,
ments; the article appeared three days I am not afraid, just keenly aware of the he can.
later, and was cited as well by numerous solemnity of the situation. Unlike many of his peers, he doesn’t
television stations across the country. According to a recent Time/CNN poll, believe that the final battle of
After the Los Angeles Times picked up the more than a third of Americans say they Armageddon is upon us. Armageddon
story, MSNBC requested Baxter to appear now are paying more attention to how the will come, he says, but not just yet.
live on their network, an arrangement news might relate to the end of the world. According to Mr. Baxter’s interpreta-
which could not come to fruition due to Fifty-nine percent say they believe that tion of Scripture, the next major world
scheduling conflicts. the foretold events in the Bible’s book of event will be a cataclysmic war, involving
Bill Broadway’s article appears below. Revelation are going to come true. a 2 million man army, where a third of
First, we have reprinted a March 22nd I must admit I find the book of the world’s populace will be killed.
Dallas Morning News opinion column, Revelation more confusing than the cur- When such a war will happen, Mr.
which also captured Endtime’s view quite rent tax code. But I am among the 59 Baxter doesn’t know. Between whom such
nicely. —es percent who believe that the prophecies a war will take place, Mr. Baxter isn’t pos-
contained therein will come true. Indeed, itive. But how such a war will be carried
Iraqi war may turn out I believe that some already have. out, Mr. Baxter is certain: nuclear
to be a real Revelation Irvin Baxter, host of the syndicated weapons.
March 22, 2003, Dallas Morning radio program Politics and Religion, has I remember attending a Bible prophecy
News, reprinted with permission studied Bible prophecy for more than 25 conference when I was a girl.
years. He is the editor of the most widely While a gray-haired man talked of
BY GAYLE ALLEN COX circulated prophecy magazine in the symbolic beasts, a world government and
world and has authored several prophecy the number 666, I chewed my nails and
As war begins, my heart beats louder books and Bible studies. quaked.
ENDTIME MAGAZINE MARCH/APRIL 2003 17
Everything he said seemed so far- preters have been citing a new reason they trumpets warn that the Final Judgment is
fetched at the time. So far off. So “way out believe the end is coming: the impending near. “Release the four angels who are
there!” I concluded that none of it could U.S. war with Iraq. Anxious discussions bound at the great river Euphrates,” a
happen in my lifetime. Absolutely not. have arisen on prophecy Web sites, in voice commands the sixth angel of God,
It wasn’t until the events of Sept. 11 Bible study groups and churches, and at whose compliance unleashes agents of
that my childhood beliefs concerning such gatherings as last month’s 20th death who “had been kept ready for this
“way out there” things came to a defini- International Prophecy Conference in very hour and day and month and year
tive end. Tampa. Its title: “Shaking of Nations: and were released to kill a third of
After witnessing evil madmen ram- Living in Perilous Times.” mankind.”
ming airplanes into skyscrapers that ulti- Many see evidence of Iraq’s significance Then comes the clincher. In Chapter 9,
mately toppled amid dazed, dust-covered in end-time scenarios in key passages of Verse 11 — yes, that’s 9:11 — John says
people staggering through the streets of the apocalyptic book of Revelation. the leader of an army of locusts released to
New York City, I concluded that my Chapter 16, which includes the only fight humankind is named Abaddon in
childhood philosophies no longer rang mention of Armageddon in the Bible, Hebrew, Apollyon in Greek. Both words
true. carries a direct reference to the Euphrates mean Destroyer, one of several meanings
Indeed, “way out there” things could River, which runs through modern-day for the name “Saddam.”
happen in my lifetime. Iraq. “Iraq fits like hand in glove,” Irvin
Clearly, no one wants to think about 2 “The sixth angel poured out his bowl Baxter Jr., founder of Endtime magazine
billion people dying in a catastrophic war. on the great river Euphrates, and its water and pastor of Oak Park Church in
But, sadly, I can see it happening – in my was dried up to prepare the way for the Richmond, Ind., said of the role he
lifetime. Absolutely, I can. kings from the East,” writes John, possi- believes the country will play in world-
In fact, with the vociferous religious bly the apostle, of a container of God’s ending events if U.S.-led forces invade
tension in the world today, it doesn’t anger emptied on the ancient land of Iraq.
sound far-fetched in the least; it sounds Babylon, now Iraq. The kings will move Baxter, a lifelong student of Old and
inevitable. their armies through the Euphrates valley New Testament prophecies, said casual-
Of course, part of me wants to quake en route to Har Megiddo (Armageddon) ties will be tremendous, not only of com-
and chew my nails like the girl at the in northern Israel. batants in Iraq but of people in neighbor-
prophecy conference, wondering what The Euphrates appears a second time ing countries hit by retaliatory missiles of
tomorrow will bring. with one of seven angels whose blaring mass destruction and Americans who fall
But the other part of me has confidence
in whom I have believed, knowing that
The Great Tribulation is the wrath of God... right?
whatever “way out there” thing daybreak
Are all events from Revelation 4-19 contained in a 7-year tribulation?
might reveal, I need not fear. All is well
with my soul. ❏ How many times will Babylon fall during final 7 years?
Gayle Allen Cox is a free-lance writer from The Mark — 7 years? Tribulation — 3 _ years or 7?
Southeast Texas. Is Revelation written in chronological order?
Pre... Mid... Post...
Direst of Predictions Wrath of God vs. Day of the Lord. Same? Different?
For War in Iraq If 7th Seal has yet to open, how can Trumpets blow now?
End-Time Interpreters See Biblical Do the Seals open the Trumpets?
Prophecies Being Fulfilled Do the Trumpets open the Vials?
BY BILL BROADWAY
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 8, 2003; Page B09
Reprinted with permission
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victim to terrorists armed with portable LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Since 1995,
nuclear weapons. when their first book appeared, LaHaye
And other countries will take the and Jenkins have sold more than 38 mil-
opportunity to pursue their own interests lion copies of 10 novels set during the
— China trying to retake Taiwan, or end-time period known as the Great
India making an all-out assault on Tribulation. The 11th novel, to be Announcing…
Kashmir — leading to World War III, he released April 8, is titled “Armageddon”
said. The result, Baxter concludes, could and set partly in Baghdad. 3rd Annual
be a nuclear holocaust that takes the lives “Readers tell me they’re dying to know
of 2 billion people, the “one-third of who survives Armageddon for the Prophecy Retreat
mankind” stated in Revelation. Glorious Appearing,” Jenkins said in a
Such talk bothers Craig C. Hill, profes- statement. “And I can’t wait to see what 2003
sor of New Testament at Wesley they think when they get to the end.”
Theological Seminary in Northwest Interest in prophecy increases at times May 16-17 (new dates)
Washington and one of many biblical of great instability, said Mark Hitchcock, Dallas, Texas
scholars who say end-time interpreters author of several books on prophecy and Irvin Baxter Jr.
distort Scripture to fit their own point of pastor of Faith Bible Church in Eddie Sax
view. Most claim to read the Bible “liter- Edmonton, Okla. “People want to know
ally” yet take bits and pieces from books what’s going to happen, that there’s an Endtime’s 3rd Annual
written centuries apart under different end [to the turmoil], that someone’s in Prophecy Retreat will take
circumstances, he said. control.” place this year in the Dallas-
Ezekiel, one of the most popular end- Hitchcock is a member of a prophecy
time texts, was written in the 6th centu- study group run by LaHaye and generally Fort Worth area at the First
ry B.C. by a Judean priest exiled in supports the sequence of events on which Pentecostal Church, 709
Babylon who dreamed of the Jews’ return the “Left Behind” story is based: the Midway Dr. in Euless, close to
to Israel and the restoration of the temple. Rapture, the Antichrist’s rise to power
Revelation was written 600 years later, and the seven years of “hell on Earth,”
about A.D. 95, by an exiled Christian Armageddon, and the return of Jesus in The retreat will start on
leader encouraging churches in Asia the Glorious Appearing — all occurring Friday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m.;
Minor to persevere under the hardships of before Jesus’s 1,000-year reign on Earth. sessions will continue through
Roman control. He said he and other “pre-trib guys,”
Yet prophetic interpreters will take those who believe Jesus will “rapture”
the evening. On Saturday, May
verses from each and combine them to believers before the Great Tribulation, are 17, the sessions resume at 9:00
create a reading that justifies their point convinced that the Antichrist will rule a.m. and will finish by 3:00
of view, said Hill, author of “In God’s the world from a restored Babylon. That’s p.m. For those who will need
Time: The Bible and the Future.” why Hitchcock, too, thinks an invasion of
“In trying to create one overarching Iraq will be a catalyst for end-time events. hotel, we have arranged for a
interpretation, they are not allowing for According to biographers and news group rate of $45 at the
the complexity of the biblical witness to reports, Saddam Hussein fancies himself a Comfort Inn (close to church).
come through,” he said. “The irony is, in modern Nebuchadnezzar, the 6th-century Topics to be studied will
their quest for accuracy, biblical literalists B.C. king who conquered and enslaved
are forced to misread the Bible.” the Israelites and brought great prosperi- include prophecy and other
More problematic is the fatalistic ty to the land. And he has begun fulfill- valuable insights from the
worldview of apocalyptic thinking, Hill ing prophecy by rebuilding the ancient Bible, taking roads normally
said. Many who obsess about the end of city of Babylon, Hitchcock said.
the world fail to enjoy the life they have But he won’t be around to enjoy it.
not traveled on Politics &
or reach out to help others in an effort to “Once the U.S. gets Saddam out of the Religion radio nor in this mag-
improve society, he said. They become way,” sanctions will be lifted, oil wells azine. There will be plenty
“morally complacent.” will flow again at full capacity and Iraq time for Q&A with Irvin
Those criticisms are of little concern to (Babylon) will regain its power, allowing
millions of Americans who were caught the Antichrist to mount an army for an
Baxter and Eddie Sax.
up in end-time fever long before the Sept. assault on Israel, he said. The stage is thus Total cost is only $225. $100
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greater speculation on how the world Hitchcock said he supports the war
might end. because the world will be a better place
One of the greatest indicators of that without Saddam Hussein, not because —
interest has been the phenomenal success as some prophecy aficionados have said —
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