QUESTION: Since, the citizens of the United States (not me) will be electing a new president this year and in view of the coming World War III, whom do you believe will be the next President correlating with Bible prophecy to bring about World War III? I know the Father puts it into the minds of the Wild Beast to bring about his day, but just wondering who do you think the next president will be, possibly this will be last president during the coming great tribulation and Armageddon.

There is no way of knowing these kinds of details. I certainly do not use a crystal ball or Tarot cards, not that they would be of any use anyway.

We naturally assume that things will go forward in an orderly manner. That is because that is all we have known. In America there is a presidential election every four years and it seems like the whole time in between that cycle is one very long political campaign. But I am not assuming that there will be another election, even though it is only eight months away.

This certainly is an unusual campaign though. And obviously people who do not live in America and even the non-voting Jehovah’s Witnesses, can’t help but notice the craziness, particularly with the Trump campaign. The so-called establishment are reportedly determined to prevent Trump from even gaining the nomination, even though he is looking like the presumptive nominee. Trump has warned that if the will of the people is thwarted by some convention shenanigans then there might be riots in the street. On the other hand, given his racist rhetoric people-of-color, so-called, have threatened to revolt if he is elected. So, there is a lot of controversy. The political extremes are causing a polarization of the population. It seems that people are being incited to a great outrage, maybe even civil war under certain conditions.

But besides that, the front-runner in the Democratic party has a huge legal cloud hanging over her due to her illegal transmission of classified information during her time as the Secretary of State.  Although her party controls the Justice Department and it has, not surprisingly, shelved any further investigation of the matter until after the election, the FBI is not so easily controlled. There are dozens of agents working on the case and they could drop an indictment on the leading candidate for presidency right at a crucial moment in the run-up to the election. That could also outrage a lot of her supporters and throw the whole presidential race into chaos. 

There is another factor to consider. At some point in the not too distant future either the politicians will have to find the will to do the unthinkable, and that is shut down Wall Street and wipe out the two quadrillions of unpayable derivatives that have been placed as side bets on a collapsing underlying economy, or they will themselves be swept away in the Tsunami when the damn inevitably breaks.

As I have pointed out in various articles —most recently on the rejuvenated Updates page in an entry entitled “London’s Empire Is a Bit Wobbly —the certain knowledge that the Empire’s monetary and financial system is in a terminal phase is pushing them headlong to foment global war. In the event the inevitable crash occurs before the November election the incumbent president could conceivably cancel the election, which would make the sitting president America’s first dictator. So, there is a powerful dynamic at work, an undercurrent steering current events.

But like I said, I have no way of knowing the details. No one does. These are just possible scenarios. With the system becoming more and more unstable anything can happen. A assassination of one of the candidates is possible or a terrorist event – anything.

A FATALLY WOUNDED HEAD RECOVERS

However, I can speak with some certainly as regards the ultimate fate of the United States. Of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses are focused on the tribulation and Armageddon as the next big things on God’s calendar. And certainly that will be the ultimate end of all nations. But I have an entirely different perspective based upon my understanding of certain prophecies.

Just as a point of reference, consider what the 13th chapter of Revelation states: “Now the wild beast that I saw was like a leopard, but its feet were like those of a bear, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And the dragon gave to the beast its power and its throne and great authority. I saw that one of its heads seemed to have been fatally wounded, but its mortal wound had been healed, and all the earth followed the wild beast with admiration.”

The Watchtower’s interpretation of the symbolism involved is very credible. The seven-headed beast symbolizes the succession of empires that have oppressed God’s people since the time of Pharaohs’ Egypt. The reasonableness of that explanation is why Jehovah’s Witnesses do not question any of it, which is unfortunate because we should question the timing attached to it. Specifically, was the head of the symbolic beast really afflicted with a mortal wound back during the First World War a century ago? Is there any way to determine if the Watchtower’s interpretation is correct? Yes, there is. But you have to use your powers of reason in an honest way.

First, as most readers know the Watchtower teaches that the seventh head of the beast is the Anglo-American duo, which I do not question. Even allowing for the fact that the alliance did not really form until WWII, let’s assume the British Empire was ruling as the neo-Roman Empire as the sixth head of the beast in 1914. Is there anything we can point to in history that would validate the Watchtower’s point of view? A fatal wound surely signifies the utter collapse of a particular political entity. That being true, what evidence is there that either the British Empire or America suffered anything that could be described as a collapse during the war? Surely even elementary school students know that Britain, America and their allies were victorious.

Second, the 13th chapter goes on to reveal that the death and revival of the head of the beast initiates a judgment period, whereby those who wonder admiringly over the death-defying prowess of the beast do not have their names written in Jehovah’s book of life. They are marked with 666, signifying their everlasting doom. Now, I have presented this question to Jehovah’s Witnesses before and no one has an answer. But, here it is again: If people have already been consigned to everlasting death due to their political allegiance to the beast, why do Jehovah’s Witnesses bother preaching a message of hope and salvation to the masses of the doomed?

To be sure, the reason Bethel is compelled to concoct such an untenable interpretation is because the fatal wound comes about as an immediate chain-reaction event to the ouster of Satan and the demons from heaven. And the Governing Body are well aware of that connection too. And, just to emphasize the point: The demons are cast down when the Kingdom comes to power.

Because the Watchtower is committed to clinging to 1914 until the bitter end they are also forced to place the mortal wounding of the beast in that same time frame too, even though it is demonstrably untrue. Conversely, because there is no evidence that the leading nations of the world suffered anything analogous to a mortal wound and recovery in 1914 or any time since then, neither are there grounds for believing that the Kingdom has come to power or that the great dragon has been hurled down. 

Now, once we are convinced that the beast has not been struck down yet, and assuming we actually believe the Scriptures, that opens up our minds to understanding a whole range of prophecy in a new light —and by that light, a glimpse ahead of the things that must shortly take place.

What the deathblow actually signifies is the collapse of the Anglo-American world power —not the imaginary one in the past, but a future crash of the most powerful nation on earth.

“EACH AGAINST HIS BROTHER AND HIS NEIGHBOR”

This event is portrayed in Isaiah, Ezekiel and Daniel as the downfall of “Egypt.” Having been the first great nation and the first head of the symbolic beast, as well as the original king of the south, Egypt represents America at the time the Kingdom comes to power. 

Of interest in the opening words Isaiah’s prophecy of the fall of “Egypt” it foretells civil war, saying: “Look! Jehovah is riding on a swift cloud and is coming into Egypt. The worthless gods of Egypt will tremble before him, and the heart of Egypt will melt within it. I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians, and they will fight one another, each against his brother and his neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.”

In actuality, Babylon conquered ancient Egypt, but because it was a judgment from God, Jehovah is spoken of as if riding on a cloud like a war chariot and coming into Egypt.

RIOT POLICE IN ACTIONBecause the prophecy really speaks to the fall of “Egypt” at the coming of Christ, which is apparent by what is stated in the 20th verse regarding Jehovah sending a grand savior to his people in “Egypt,” which had no apparent application to the Assyrian invasion or the Chaldean conquest, it is noteworthy that God foretells that he will incite “Egyptians against Egyptians” —civil war. Not only that, but Jehovah chides the “Egyptians” for their foolishness, their political paralysis and ineptitude that is the underlying cause for their nation being delivered up to a “hard master.”

Verses 12-15 could easily apply to America at this point in time as no politician seems to have any idea how to lead the nation out of the enveloping crisis: “Where, then, are your wise men? Let them tell you if they know what Jehovah of armies has decided concerning Egypt. The princes of Zoan have acted foolishly; the princes of Noph have been deceived; the chiefs of her tribes have led Egypt astray. Jehovah has poured out on her a spirit of confusion; and they have led Egypt astray in whatever she does, like a drunk staggering in his vomit. And Egypt will not have any work to do, whether for the head or the tail, the shoot or the rush.”

While politicians make endless speeches about how they are going to make America great, as stated already, what politician would dare call for shutting down Wall Street and the Federal Reserve bank? ‘That’s our money machine! Don’t touch Wall Street.’

They have been deceived into supposing that money has some value. They have fallen for the trap of selling the nation into indebtedness and eventual servitude. They have rolled the bankers’ Trojan horse into their gates. Placing the fate of the nation with the managers of the global casino, fighting the Empire’s senseless wars, making enemies around the world, funding the very terrorists they pretend to be fighting —Jehovah has indeed “poured out on her a spirit of confusion.”

The impending downfall of America will shock the world. Likening Egypt to the grandest tree in his garden of treelike nations, Jehovah states in Ezekiel: “At the sound of its downfall, I will cause nations to shudder when I bring it down to the Grave along with all those going down into the pit, and all the trees of Eden, the choicest and the best of Lebanon, all that are well-watered, will be comforted in the land down below. They have gone down to the Grave with him, to those slain by the sword, together with his supporters who lived in his shadow among the nations.”

Egypt going down into the pit, the Grave, coincides with the fatal wound upon the head of the beast, which causes it to go into the abyss —only to emerge as a beast that then will begin speaking as a dragon.

The end of America will spell the end of democracy. That will begin the new world order, during when all of Jehovah’s judgments will be carried to completion.

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