Friday, 12 September 2008

A brief comment on "the ten horns"

A brief comment on "the ten horns"

Article in association with Emmanuel

What are the "ten horns" according to the Scriptures, and what will these do?

12 “And the ten horns that you saw mean ten kings, who have not yet received a kingdom, but they do receive authority as kings one hour with the wild beast. 13 These have one thought, and so they give their power and authority to the wild beast. 14 These will battle with the Lamb, but, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them. Also, those called and chosen and faithful with him [will do so]. (Revelation 17)

Apparently, the "hour" in which these "ten kings" receive authority has not yet arrived. Soon we will see the full meaning of this vision.

The prophecy indicates that these are the "ten horns" that will destroy "
Babylon the Great."

16 And the ten horns that you saw, and the wild beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her devastated and naked, and will eat up her fleshy parts and will completely burn her with fire. (Revelation 17)

As we have seen they will also "fight against the Lamb". These events together surely mark the end of our system. Emmanuel deduces that the time of the authority of the "ten kings" will begin in fall 2008, when the "great tribulation", will begin and ends in spring 2012 when they will fight their final battle with the Messiah. I would like to add, that I feel that the beginning of the Great Tribulation and the power of those 10 kings could well be two separate events. The power of the ten kings might be a reaction of the global community, a result of the events of the Great Tribulation!

However, within the United Nations the Security Council consists of two groups: five permanent members and ten non-permanent members.

The five permanent members are:

1. United States of America
2. The
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

3. France
4. The
Russian Federation

5. China

The first three nations make up the bloc led by the "king of the south" and the last two, the bloc constitutes the "king of the north".

The ten non-permanent members are (in brackets the year when their mandate expires):

Belgium (2008)
Indonesia (2008)

3. Panama (2008)
South Africa (2008)
Italy (2008)
Burkina Faso (2009)
Viet Nam (2009)
Costa Rica (2009)
9. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (2009)
Croatia (2009)

It seems possible although we can not be certain about it, that the ten non-permanent members are those who correspond with the "ten horns", only in the sense that they "have not yet received a kingdom." Sure, it's hard to imagine that these nations exert great authority, but you never know.

Surely the first five members currently dominate the decisions of the world, whereas the others have been relegated to the background. So it seems unlikely that the Big Five are the ten horns.

On the other hand, maybe the "ten horns" represent ten years in which the Quartet for the
Middle East, an association of nations organized by the United Nations to implement peace between Israel and Palestine, exists.

Either way, a time of change is approaching. Already for some years now efforts are being made to radically reform the Security Council. However, it appears that some unforeseen event will open the way to a sudden reformation and the placing of the "disgusting thing causing desolation".

A BBC World Service poll that surveyed 23 countries finds nearly universal support for dramatic reforms in the United Nations in parallel with a desire for increased UN power in the world. Majorities throughout the world favor adding permanent new members to the UN Security Council, with most favoring adding
Germany, India, Japan, and Brazil. Most favor giving the UN Security Council the power to override the veto power of the permanent members, including majorities in three of the permanent member states: the US, Britain, and China: in France and Russia citizens are divided.

The poll of 23,518 people was conducted for the BBC World Service by the international polling firm GlobeScan together with the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the
University of Maryland. The 23-nation fieldwork was coordinated by GlobeScan and completed during December 2004 in most countries.

The poll reveals that expanding the UN Security Council to include new permanent members is supported by a majority in 22 of the 23 countries. These include majorities in four of the current permanent members, the
United States (70%), Britain (74%), France (67%), and China (54%). Russia is the only country polled for which support is a plurality (44% in favor), though opposition is quite low (28%). On average for all countries, 69 percent favor expanding the permanent membership. Majorities in favor are especially robust in Italy (86%), Canada (84%), Germany and Australia (both 81%), and Spain (80%). Besides Russia, support for expanding the permanent membership is relatively modest in Mexico (52%), Chile (55%), and South Korea (56%).

Of five countries that are widely discussed as candidates for permanent membership,
Germany and Japan are especially popular. Germany is favored in 21 countries (14 majorities, 7 pluralities) with an average of 56 percent across all countries. In the two remaining countries, China and South Korea, opposition is mostly to expanding Council membership in general—not focused on Germany. Japan is favored by 20 countries (16 majorities, 4 pluralities). However, Japan lacks support from three close neighbors, two of which are on the Security Council: Russia is divided (41% in favor, 10% opposed to Japan specifically and 28% opposed to expansion in general), China has a majority (51%) opposing Japan, and in South Korea 32% were opposed to Japan and 40% to expansion in general. On average 54 percent favor Japan’s membership. For both Germany and Japan, developed countries are a bit more enthusiastic than developing countries.

A majority of countries also favor
India and Brazil, but in each case the average is not a majority. Sixteen countries favor adding India (9 majorities, 7 pluralities), with two countries divided and 5 opposed to India specifically or to expansion in general (3 majorities: China, Germany, and South Korea, and 2 pluralities: the Philippines and Turkey). On average 47 percent favored India with 19 percent opposed, and another 17 percent opposed to any expansion of the Security Council. Attitudes toward Brazil are remarkably similar, with 16 countries in favor (10 majorities, 6 pluralities) and 47 percent overall in favor (18% opposed to Brazil and 17% to all expansion). Four countries are opposed to Brazil specifically or to expansion in general: majorities in South Korea, and pluralities in China, Russia, and Turkey. Indonesia, France, and Germany are divided.

South Africa receives less support, with ten countries in favor (5 majorities, 5 pluralities); seven countries divided and six countries with opposition—to South Africa or to expansion in general—by a plurality (China, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, and Turkey) or a majority (South Korea). On average, 43 percent favor South Africa and 21 percent are opposed (plus 17% opposed to all expansion).

In all countries but one, more people favor than oppose the idea of giving the UN Security Council the power to override the veto of a permanent member. Respondents were asked about the right, held by each of the five permanent Security Council members, to block any resolution with a veto, and were told: “Some people have proposed that this should be changed so that if a decision was supported by all the other members, no one member could veto the decision.” Respondents in the US, Britain, France, Russia, and China were reminded in the question that their own country would lose the veto: for instance, Americans heard that “if a decision was supported by all the other members, no one member, not even the United States, could veto the decision.” In the US, 57 percent favor giving up the absolute veto (34% opposed), Britain is similar at 56 percent (35% opposed) and in China a 48 percent plurality is in favor (36% opposed). Overall, citizens in 21 countries favor ending the absolute veto (16 majorities, 5 pluralities), with an average of 58 percent in favor and just 24 percent opposed. However, two permanent members are divided:
France and Russia (France, 44% in favor, 43% opposed; Russia, 25% in favor, 29% opposed, with 46% not answering).

There is an extraordinary degree of consensus in favor of the UN becoming “significantly more powerful in world affairs.” This prospect is seen as “mainly positive” in every country (21 majorities, 2 pluralities) and by an average of 64 percent. A mere 19 percent on average sees this prospect as mainly negative. Especially enthusiastic are
Germany (87%), Spain (78%), Indonesia (77%), and the Philippines (77%). Six in ten Americans (59%) favored it, with only 37 percent opposed. The only two countries to have just a plurality in favor are Turkey (40% to 24%) and Argentina (44% to 22%).

Steven Kull, director of PIPA comments, “Very large majorities all around the world are calling for the UN to become more powerful in world affairs. Consistent with this sentiment there is broad support for making the UN Security Council more representative by adding new members, and making it less unwieldy by giving the UN Security Council the power to override the veto of a permanent member. Most striking, even citizens in three of the five permanent member states are willing to give up their absolute veto power, and the other two are divided. The readiness for dramatic change is very palpable.”

Doug Miller, President of GlobeScan says, “Results suggest that the tight control of the United Nations by a few countries may soon be history. There is strong popular support for the democratization of the UN system.”

The 63rd session and our dates

The most likely time for the start of the "great tribulation" and the placing of the "disgusting thing causing desolation" is this autumn 2008. Therefore, it could be a result of the decisions taken by the United Nations General Assembly’s 63rd session. We will watch closely.

It may not be coincidental that their general assemblies always are held around the beginning of autumn. This year’s session might have a very ugly outcome.

In 2008 the Opening Session of the General Assembly will take place on
September 16, 2008. The General Debate will begin on September 23rd and end on October 1, 2008.

We therefore must consider closely what will happen at the UN Headquarters in
New York. 7 times of lunar years since the fall of the Twin Towers are fulfilled September 24, 2008.

Michael & Emmanuel

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