Reporter Michael Hastings published a book called Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign. In it, he described the intriguing personal effect that the president had on the journalists covering him on the campaign trail.
In an interview about his book, Hastings told msnbc’s Martin Bashir, “But that’s the presence of Obama, even on the press corps—even on the people who follow him every day. When they’re near him, they lose their minds sometimes. They start behaving in ways that are juvenile, and amateurish, and theyswoon” (emphasis mine throughout).
Can you explain that? What a terrible indictment against our media! What is going on? Reporters swooning and acting like nervous teenagers around a politician—is that normal? I don’t remember ever reading anything like this in American politics!
The mainstream media regularly just go along with what the president says, even at times when it can be easily proved false. What is causing such actions?
Even Hastings himself admitted to getting caught up in this behavior around the president. “I do,” he laughed. “I totally—oh man!”
This reporter thought this was funny. Is it really funny? No, it is an unparalleled, colossal disaster!
Hastings described an opportunity he had to ask questions of the president. “Did I ask the hardball questions?” he admitted with a smile. “No, I did not”—opting instead to ask the “soft” questions.
Why would that happen? Can Satan have such an influence? Yes he can! And that is only the beginning!
What happens when most of the media just follow along with whatever the president says? What is going on? That is totally aberrant behavior! It seems these supposed professionals have lost all consciousness of their responsibility as journalists!
Without a free and truthful media, a republic cannot survive!
Why aren’t more people talking about this dangerous trend? This is serious beyond measure!
What you see there is a direct symptom of the spiritual reality I described in the first chapter. The devil, who comes as “an angel of light,” is using his powers of deceit and intimidation to get a stranglehold on this nation!
The Prophet Daniel gave another incredible end-time prophecy that I believe gives us an even more specific indication of what is happening in America today.
The book of Daniel is only for this end time—and for no other time (Daniel 12:4, 9).
The specific prophecy that I want to focus on is in Daniel 8. The last part of Daniel 8:17 reads, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end” (Revised Standard Version). In verse 26, God told Daniel to seal up the vision, “for it relates to thefar future” (Moffatt). It is true that many of the events described in this chapter were fulfilled in type in the centuries after Daniel recorded them in 550 b.c. However, even those events point to this prophecy’s primary fulfillment—which occurs in the end time, just before Christ returns.
Beginning in verse 9 is a prophecy of a “little horn” that arose from one of the four divisions of the Grecian Empire. Virtually all commentaries agree that this refers to Antiochus Epiphanes, a dictator who obtained rule in Palestine in 176 b.c. through deceit and flattery. What they overlook, though, is that this also has an end-time fulfillment.
The details of this prophecy have very personal, emotional meaning to me—because we dealt with an Antiochus in the Church of God. And Satan used that man to destroy the Church! This man “magnified himself even to [against] the prince of the host [Jesus Christ], and by him the daily sacrifice [the Work of God] was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down” (verse 11). This is speaking of this Antiochus-like man inside the Church of God being used by the devil to destroy God’s Work. The “daily sacrifice” is speaking about the work of the temple—God’s Work. This is another, more spiritually detailed prophecy of the events described in 2 Thessalonians 2.
“And an host [a demon army] was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression [because of the sins of the people in God’s Church], and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered” (Daniel 8:12). People were transgressing, so they didn’t have God’s power. As a result, this army of demons was able to march in and destroy 95 percent of God’s people spiritually.
I have written a lot about how this prophecy was fulfilled in the Church, and you are welcome to read it. My booklets Daniel—Unsealed at Last! and Daniel Unlocks Revelation explain this passage in detail.
However, this prophecy also directly applies to you.
That army of demons is still around. They wrecked the Church, and then they moved on to other areas! Now they seek to bring down nations!
Targeting Those at the Top
Beginning in Daniel 8:23 is a prophecy of “a king of fierce countenance” rising up in the “latter time.” This aligns with several other prophecies that refer to a mighty political leader who is about to emerge to lead the final resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. He is also a type of Antiochus. He will be somewhat in the mold of Adolf Hitler, yet with far more subtlety and smoothness. But he is going to lead that European power in destroying America, Britain and the Jewish nation called Israel! This terrifying event is prophesied in dozens of scriptures.
This is the way Satan operates. In order to destroy God’s Church, he managed to plant a spiritual Antiochus right at the top, who desecrated the spiritual temple and cast the truth to the ground. And in order to destroy the nations of Israel, Satan brings a political Antiochus who will lead an army right into the Holy City, Jerusalem, to begin his physical assault (e.g. Daniel 11:31; Mark 13:14; Luke 21:20). The United States, Britain and Israel (the Jewish state, biblical Judah) are all prophesied to fall together at the hands of that European power (Hosea 5:5).
Biblical prophecy shows that Satan leads both the first spiritual Antiochus and this last political Antiochus.
Is it possible that he uses the same strategy to weaken physical Israel in between those two attacks?
Does he have another Antiochus-type who undermines the nations of Israel and prepares them for their destruction by the Holy Roman Empire?
The highest office in the world’s number one superpower, which happens to be a descendant of ancient Israel, would have to be a big target for Satan, wouldn’t you think? I am certain of it.
Most people say they believe the Bible. I’d like you to think about the example recorded in 1 Samuel 16:14 of a king who was troubled by an evil spirit. 1 Samuel 19:9-10 show this spirit provoking King Saul to try to kill young David.
Do you believe it is possible that an evil spirit could get right in there with the king of Israel? It has happened—a number of times, in fact.
The Apostle Paul made a profound statement in 2 Corinthians 2:11. He said that we had better not be ignorant of the devices of the devil, or else we will become his victims.
God lives and so does the devil! The devil lives! People scoff, but they won’t be scoffing long; they’ll soon realize how ignorant they were of his devices and wiles.
What Kind of Man Is This?
Read Daniel’s entire prophecy to see what sort of man this Antiochus is. History also gives us important insight.
Daniel 11:21 says this leader obtained rule through deceitful lies and flatteries. George Rawlinson’s A Manual of Ancient History says, “Antiochus, assisted by Eumenes, drives out Heliodorus, and obtains the throne, 176 b.c. He astonishes his subjects by an affectation of Roman manners.” Antiochus Epiphanes gained control by pretending to be someone he really wasn’t.
We must always look out for the devil for this reason: He comes as an angel of light, but he is just the opposite! (e.g. 2 Corinthians 11:14).
In 168 b.c., Antiochus pillaged and desecrated the Jews’ temple in Jerusalem. “Throughout the turbulent changes of its past history,” Werner Keller wrote in The Bible as History, “Israel had been spared none of the horror and ignominy which could befall a nation. But never before, neither under the Assyrians nor under the Babylonians, had it received such a blow as the edict issued by Antiochus Epiphanes by which he hoped to crush and destroy the faith of Israel.”
The goal to crush and destroy Israel’s faith comes from the devil. This is not just the work of a human being. Antiochus was a tool in Satan’s hands—just as he will be in this end time. The devil hates Jews, and Israel, and God’s plan. There really is a being who rules this world, and if he can get enough power over the people, they develop rabid hatred for anything related to the true God!
Antiochus hated the Jews because Satan was so close to him, and he to Satan. Today, that hatred is intensified. Satan is full of wrath because he knows his time is short.
Daniel 11:22 in the Moffatt reads, “The opposing forces shall be swept before him and shattered, and so shall God’s high priest.” Antiochus would even go so far as to murder the Jewish high priest. History confirms that Onias iii was high priest in Judea at the time and that Antiochus put him to death in 172 b.c.
Rulers before Antiochus had typically treated the Jews well. But Epiphanes’s ruthlessness toward the Jews far surpassed that of his fathers (verse 24). And that is only a type of the affliction coming upon three nations of Israel in this end time!
Verse 30 says Antiochus was deceitful with certain people inside the temple. We saw that happen in God’s Church. This man found some people “inside the temple” who would betray God, and he allied himself with them, and had “indignation against the holy covenant.”
The “abomination that maketh desolate” in verse 31 is an army that smashes Jerusalem. It desecrates the holy place and takes away the daily sacrifice (see also Daniel 8:11, 24). Starting in 168 b.c., Antiochus butchered the city’s inhabitants and looted the temple. Tradition says that he built a statue of Jupiter Olympus in the holy of holies—the holiest place inside the temple. The Anchor Bible says he tried to enforce his Hellenization policy upon the Jews “even to the extent of completely exterminating them and their religion.”
Do you hear any talk about trying to wipe Israel out today?
According to Rawlinson, the Jews “were driven to desperation by the mad project of this self-willed monarch,” speaking of Antiochus. In a sense, this is already happening to a degree with the Jewish state of Israel today.
The Obama administration is demonstrating in a number of ways that it does not like the Jews. Israeli leaders recognize that the alliance between these two nations can no longer be trusted, and they are being “driven to desperation.” They must be asking why this administration harbors such antipathy for them! They don’t understand—and even the people who have that bitter feeling toward them often don’t understand!
British commentator Melanie Phillips made this observation: “To an astonishing silence by the media on both sides of the pond, the U.S. along with the UK and a number of European governments is leading the West into an abyss” (Dec. 21, 2012).
The proof to support her statement is abundant. For example, look at the bankruptcy in America’s foreign policy. The U.S. and others have given power to Islamist extremists who are hostile to the free world. We have handed Egypt and Libya to some of our worst enemies! That is the state of American foreign policy today.
There is abundant proof that America is now actively and intentionally supporting Islamist rebels in Syria. American agents are funneling weapons to the rebels, making no attempt to keep them from the Muslim Brotherhood and the even more extreme Salafists.
Don’t our leaders realize that these bloodthirsty Islamists are jeopardizing the Middle East and especially Israel? The astonishing answer is yes, they do.
President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel to be the United States’ secretary of defense. This former Nebraska senator has consistently spoken out against Israel, and for Palestinians, terrorists and Iran. He has voted against sanctioning Iran to stop its pursuit of nuclear weapons; he voted against labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization; he has declared that a military strike against Iran is not an option (President Obama said he would not tolerate a nuclear Iran, but he has done nothing to stop them); he urged President Bush to establish “direct, unconditional” talks with Iran; he wants to establish diplomatic relations with Tehran; he has said repeatedly that sanctioning Iran will isolate America.
Mr. Hagel refused to sign a letter asking the EU to name Hezbollah a terrorist organization. In fact, during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, he said Washington should “engage Iran and Syria,” the nations that back the Hezbollah terrorists. He accused Israel of “sickening slaughter” and “the systematic destruction of an American friend: the country and people of Lebanon.”
Over and over again through the years, when nearly all of his fellow senators agreed to sign various letters of support for Israel, Hagel has been one of the few—sometimes the only one—to refuse. He supported the “Saudi Peace Initiative,” which calls for Israel to forfeit the Golan Heights, the West Bank and parts of Jerusalem, including the Jewish Quarter.
Why, then, would President Obama want to make this man secretary of defense? Here is Phillips’s answer—and it is profound: “What therefore is the factor that Obama brings to the West’s dismal foreign-policy table as illustrated by these truly appalling choices? Malice. Against the West, and also against the ancient civilization that lies at the heart of its moral codes.”
What is the ancient civilization that lies at the heart of America’s moral codes? She is talking about Judeo-Christian history—and the morality of the Bible.She is absolutely right in saying that the current administration of America views that civilization—along with its moral law—with malice.
You see that hatred for law in everything it does. Its decisions spring from the same lawless mindset that was exposed in the Bork nomination process, as I described in Chapter 1.
Caroline Glick wrote, “Obama wants to hurt Israel. He does not like Israel. He is appointing anti-Israel advisers and cabinet members notdespitetheir anti-Israel positions, butbecauseof them. … Obama wants to fundamentally transform the U.S. relationship with Israel. [T]he most urgent order of business for Israelis is to stop deluding ourselves in thinking that under Obama the U.S. can be trusted” (Dec. 16, 2012).
Never has there been such a hateful foreign policy in America toward our best ally in the Middle East.
Israel is facing extermination, and the U.S. is backing and supporting the radical Arab terrorists! It is forcing the Israelis to look for help elsewhere. If you continue to watch, you will see that Israel will turn to Germany for help, along with Britain (Hosea 5:13)—and the Germans will commit an enormous double cross against them. This is prophesied in Scripture, and we can see events leading step by step to that end.
Irrational Foreign Policy
How much is the devil influencing America’s foreign policy today? Many people would scoff at such a question. But in looking at the decisions this administration is making, I’m hard-pressed to think of any that don’t have the effect of weakening America and strengthening the forces of evil in this world.
In December 2012, it was revealed that al Qaeda had established a new base in Libya. America bombed Libya—and since then has done nothing to help the moderate Arabs get control! It’s almost always the worst of the people who rise to power—especially when they are supported by a powerful Iran, which is the biblically prophesied “king of the south.” (Our free booklet The King of the South will explain that to you.)
The Philadelphia Trumpet said that just such a political transformation would happen both in Libya and in Egypt (see our October 2011 cover story, “Egypt and Libya to Join Iran’s Terror Network”). In fact, we said that before anything had happened in Libya. How did we know? We looked in the Bible, saw what God had prophesied, and believed Him. And the proof is plainly evident today.
In Syria, reports say that Bashar Assad has hundreds or even thousands of tons of chemical weapons and the ballistic missiles to deliver them. Intelligence reports say he’s already been mixing these chemicals and has been pouring sarin nerve gas into missiles. Just a single drop of that poison will kill—and each missile holds a much larger amount! Assad is apparently threatening to use it on his own people.
This is the same gas that Saddam Hussein inflicted on the Kurds who were rebelling against him—his own people. Reports spoke of sheep and goats in the field dropping over dead; lifeless birds would fall out of the sky. These are weapons of mass destruction! They don’t just kill one person with a bullet—they kill thousands, even millions, depending on how they are used.
What if the terrorists get control of those chemicals? Do you think they won’t bring them to the U.S.? They hate Americans as much as or more than the Jews! On December 7, 2012, authorities caught two Pakistanis who are American citizens trying to get a wmd. Can you imagine what would have happened on September 11 if, instead of just knocking down buildings, the terrorists had dumped sarin nerve gas all over New York City?
If you understand that Satan has been cast down, and is in a frothing rage because his time is short, you know that we can expect to see these devastating weapons put to use! I think this could have a lot to do with the burning of Israel’s cities prophesied in Isaiah 1:7.
JewishPress.com ran an article titled “Has Obama Decided to Get Rid of Jordan’s King Abdullah?” on November 22, 2012. It talked about how a State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, stated that there was “thirst for change” in Jordan’s leadership. King Abdullah and his cabinet were greatly disturbed by this statement. This is probably the most peaceful country in the Middle East, the Arab nation that is friendliest toward America! Why would he say such a thing? A few hundred people demonstrated against the government, and America acts like they want to see King Abdullah removed from power! Just a couple years ago, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against the government in Iran, and the Obama administration said nothing! What is wrong with these people?
This too is an indication of Satan being cast down and exerting his influence at the highest levels. Every decision they are making in foreign policy and just about everything else is dangerously wrong. And we need to prepare ourselves for more terrible decisions.
America has done nothing helpful about Syria, with its witch’s brew of wmd. We really have done nothing in Libya—we won’t even go in and fight for our own ambassador and his American supporters. We won’t speak out against what’s happening in Libya. In Egypt, after that nation had peace with Israel for 30 years, we helped kick Hosni Mubarak off his throne, and we would not speak out against Mohamed Morsi essentially declaring himself pharaoh of Egypt and a bitter enemy of the Jewish nation.
Can you explain these decisions with any logic?
Many people can see that these are disastrous decisions. But we must understand that this isn’t simply the result of ineptitude on the part of this administration, or naivety about how the world really works. We are seeing the aftereffects of a calculated, aggressive, satanic attack aimed at weakening and ultimately destroying the nations of Israel, starting with the world’s most powerful nation!
The more time that passes, and the shorter Satan’s time gets, the angrier he grows. Now he has been revealed so anybody ought to be able to see him and the crises he’s causing—especially in America, Britain and Israel, but also throughout the world!
‘By Reason of Transgression’
The obvious question arises, why would God allow such a terrible thing to happen? The answer is back in Daniel 8:12. That verse describes this satanic spirit army wreaking destruction within God’s Church. And notice: It says it was “by reason of transgression.” The sins of the people gave Satan his opening. Their prayers to God are not being answered. That is why Antiochus can do all of his dirty work: because there’s so much sin going on inside Israel. That was woefully true of spiritual Israel, God’s Church, and it is equally true of our nations today. Our people are saturated in sin and lawbreaking of every imaginable type—and proud of it! That’s why God punishes us with such a devastating curse!
The sin within gave the devil his opening. Once Satan got inside, he went right into the sanctuary,working through the leaders at the top, and cast the truth to the ground! That is how Satan destroyed God’s Church. I watched it happen before my eyes.
That kind of massive destruction can’t be done from the bottom—only from the top!
Now Satan and his mighty armies of demons are destroying the superpower of Israel the same way. The values that helped make America great are being cast to the ground—from the top!
The American people are to blame—“by reason of transgression”! Because of their weighty sins, God will not bless them. Instead, they are being cursed.