On March 16, 2013, I was interviewed by Jan Markell, Founder and President of Olive Tree Ministries. Jan has written eight major books with prominent Christian publishing houses. She has produced a dozen DVDs, some featured on Sky Angel. At one time she traveled full time across America as a speaker. Since 2000, Jan has been broadcasting her nationally syndicated "Understanding the Times" radio program over the airwaves and Internet. It is a great source of news and commentary-driven information.
Jan and I spent the one hour radio program discussing the characteristics and heritage of the Antichrist, called The Man of Lawlessness, and the False Prophet. We remind people that the catastrophic calamities happening today are setting the stage for the Tribulation when all this mystery unfolds.
Jan Markell: Where do you think America fits into the Antichrist's kingdom? I talked to Mark Hitchcock about this awhile back. Where do you think America fits into this scenario? Will it be that the United States will have just declined and therefore had to move into the European Union?
Dr. Reagan: It could very well be that the United States will be absorbed into the EU. I think that we are going to see a great decline of the United States. I have said that for many years, and Terry James and other Bible prophecy teachers agree with that. We are going to continue to decline because we are just not a major player in the end times. No mention of America is one of the great mysteries of Scripture.
We are so close to the end with the signs of the times that so clearly reveal that we are living on borrowed time, and yet at this moment the United States is still the major world power. Something has to happen that is going to remove us from that position. We could run scenarios all day long, like an atomic weapon attack, or a terrorist attack that is so great like somebody gets on top of the Empire State building and opens a shoebox full of the white powder and people are dying right and left, or someone could just simply float a merchant ship into New York Harbor with an atomic bomb in it and blow the whole place up, and this nation would be in absolute chaos. There are a lot of scenarios. The one I think most likely is that the Rapture will occur and when that occurs we are going to lose more key leaders in business, government, and military than any other nation in the world would lose. I'm hoping that will be it, but who knows. It may even be a tremendous economic collapse.
Jan Markell: The Rapture is what Mark Hitchcock feels will be the real game changer.
Jan Markell: I think the decline of the United States is going to be is a combination of events, but one of the biggest elements in that is going to be the push for globalism, this one world system. America has to come in line with that one world system.
I have a short sound bite from Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, including even Chuck Missler, talking about this global system. David, I would like your take on it when it is completed.
According to the Bible in the last days, all of the world will be gathered together in sort of a global community. Ruled by this one man. Empowered by Satan. Known as the Beast, or the Antichrist, or the Man of Sin, or the Son of Perdition.
In Revelation 13 we read, "And all the world marveled and followed the Beast. So they worshipped the Dragon who gave authority to the Beast. And they worshipped the Beast saying, 'Who is like the Beast? Who is able to make war with him?'"
Now, the Bible has indicated that at the end times as it calls it there is going to be a global leader rising. He is going to be the most attractive guy the world has ever seen. The world is going to embrace him. Incidentally, he is a man of peace. He is a financial guy, not a military guy. He becomes very militarily powerful so, "Who can make war with him?" is the cry.
In 1995, hundreds of political, business, and religious leaders joined together in San Francisco for the first annual State of the World Forum. Their mission statement is to build the first global civilization. Proposals included creating a common language, creating a single currency, and uniting and accepting all religions. One of the religious leaders said, "The universe is seeking to fulfill itself through us." As we study world events, we must conclude that the world is working towards a new world order.
It is interesting as you examine what is going on in each country, not just in American, but also in the major countries of Europe, there seems to be a hidden agenda being followed towards a global, socialists, and centralized government. We see that trend in this country. The Bush administration made that quiet clear. The current administration is also clearly marching to that agenda. We see in Britain, France, and Germany the politicians are subverting their own national interests towards a dream of a one world government. There are lots of reasons for that. The idealists believe that it might be the best for the environment and the earth. Others point out, the real driving force probably is nuclear proliferation.
Now, the world is heading for a disaster, and as you grapple with these issues the conclusion you come to is the only answer — global supervision. Most of the leadership in the world is pursuing an agenda that presumes that there is going to have to be a single administration of the planet earth. And, the challenge before mankind is how do you get there non-violently?
Jan Markell: A global civilization is going to have quite a lot of problems to deal with. Your thoughts on this?
Dr. Reagan: I would agree with Chuck Smith and Chuck Missler's thesis that we are headed towards a world government. There are many, many trends in that direction, and also toward a world centralized religion I don't think that it is going to be achieved peacefully though. I don't believe that at all. The Antichrist may rise to power peacefully in Europe. He will be as I said a dynamic, charismatic leader who the Europeans will be fawning over.
But, when he starts trying to rule the world, the Bible says that in the first half of the Tribulation one-half of all of humanity will die. Revelation describes a conventional war that morphs into a nuclear war. Staggering that one-half of humanity is going to die during the first 3 1/2 years. The Bible says during the second half of the Tribulation, two-thirds of the Jews are going to die. He clearly is going to conquer the world militarily.
And so, I don't think that the Man of Lawlessness will be a man of peace, but only when he initially arises. Very quickly when he is crossed he will resort to military power. He will conquer the world and he will be successful.
Probably the ones who will respond most negatively to the Antichrist's rulership will be the Muslim world. I think they will really resent the idea of a European leader who wants to rule the whole world. I believe that God will work through the Antichrist to bring judgment upon the Muslim world. I also suspect most of those dying during that time are going to be from the Muslim world. Once he conquers the Muslim world, I think the whole world will then fawn over him, and the whole world will adore him. Now, whether it's sincere admiration or whether it's because they are afraid of their lives, I don't know. It's probably a combination of the two.
In the third segment of Jan Markell's interview of Dr. David Reagan about his book The Man of Lawlessness: The Antichrist in the Tribulation, they will address the Antichrist and False Prophet's heritage, and whether they are alive today or not.