With the third and final debate tonight, what kind of fireworks will we see? Will the race be over after the debate tonight? Will someone score a knockout punch? My friend John Price, author of THE END OF AMERICA, published this newsletter yesterday. With his permission, I’m sharing it with my audience. John wrote the foreword to my book, THE NEXT GREAT WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. He and I think alike on many counts. I thought you might enjoy this. I encourage you to read his book and mine if you want to get a biblical perspective on what might be brewing in geopolitics and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, even as we watch the Trump/Clinton debate tonight.
Will the 2016 Election Take Place? Will it be Stolen?
“Her people all roar like young lions, they growl like lion cubs” (Jeremiah 51:38).
Verse 39 describes the people of the Daughter of Babylon as being “aroused”. Verse 49 says,“one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler”. The internet is replete with speculation that the November 8, 2016 election will not occur. Others are claiming that the election will be stolen. Conspiracy theories? Radical rantings? Maybe. Maybe not.
The President today warned of violence after the election. The truth is that there are intriguing arguments in support of these concerns. Let’s look at America in mid-October, 2016, with just about three weeks to go before the scheduled elections.
I. If Candidate Trump Goes into the Lead
Is Russia interfering with the 2016 US election? The Clinton campaign has claimed since this summer’s embarrassing Democratic National Committee leaks that Russia was behind the hacking and was trying to elect Donald Trump. Russian officials have denied any interference with American campaigns or elections. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told CNN that the claims were “flattering, but baseless, with not a single fact” to prove it.
If the only entity making claims of Russian interference in US elections was a political committee, that would be interesting, but of no great concern. However, 30 days ago the United States federal government weighed in, making the same claim – that Russia had hacked into the election systems of 26 states. At the time of that claim the White House announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had been given executive authority to protect US elections from Russia. Last Friday the DHS and the Office of Director of National Intelligence in a joint statement said, “We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities”. Notice that the statement did not say that their conclusion was based on facts in evidence, only on “scope and sensitivity”, whatever that means.
The Friday release was quickly followed last Sunday by an incredible Meet the Press interview with Vice President Joe Biden. The Vice President of the United States promised a “clandestine” cyber-attack, in retaliation for Russia’s alleged hacking interference in the US presidential election. He said, “We’re sending a message. We have the capacity to do it. It will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact.” Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked Biden if the American public will know the message was sent. He replied succinctly, “Hope not”.
The federal government includes the National Security Agency (NSA), the CIA’s Center for Cyber Intelligence and the Information Operations Center (IOC). The Edward Snowden release of internal document showed that the CIA requested $684 million in 2013 for computer operations, in addition to $1 billion to the NSA. The point is that the US government certainly has the resources to prove, with facts in evidence, that Russia actually has interfered with US electoral systems. But, thus far, no facts in evidence have been produced to back the claim that Russia has interfered with America’s upcoming election.
All of this has led many to conclude that the White House is spoiling for a cyber war with Russia. Our Vice President has already promised that America will cyber-attack Russia. The Kremlin wasn’t happy, calling the threats by the US “borderline insolence” and saying “The threats directed against Moscow and our state’s leadership are unprecedented, because they are voiced at the level of the US Vice President” Russia promised to “take measures to protect (our) interests, to hedge risks”.
Thus, the stage is set. Will the US launch a cyber-attack before November 8th? Will Russia respond? Those who fear a cancellation of the upcoming elections are concerned that the President will take executive action to set aside the November 8th vote by the American people. The following is a view of what might happen soon in a speech from the Oval Office:
‘Good evening, my fellow Americans. You may have heard by now that over the last few weeks the nation of Russia has attacked our nation’s electoral systems in the various states. Some electoral systems have been taken down completely, others have been downloaded with tens of thousands of advance votes on behalf of a candidate for President. It has become abundantly clear that the 2016 elections have been fatally compromised. It is now impossible for any American to have confidence that the election results will reflect the will of the American people.
“It is the unanimous opinion of the members of my Cabinet, the Directors of the FBI and the DHS, that in order to insure a fair and honest election that we must postpone the November 8th elections until we deal with Russia, and until we can guarantee a future election devoid of hacking and interference by any nation, candidate or political party. Accordingly, I have today signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending all US elections, in the various states and the District of Columbia.
‘Just as President Eisenhower federalized state employees in the Arkansas National Guard in 1957, I have included in the Executive Order the federalization of state, county and local election officials in each voting jurisdiction. The Order instructs these federal agents to desist from any further electoral activities relating to federal, state and local elections until further notice, hopefully early next year. Any Governor or other elected official who attempts, in any way, to countermand this Executive Order will face the full consequences of the law. We must insure that the next election, when it occurs, will be free of foreign interference. America must remain the land of the free, which it cannot do if our elections are compromised and Americans lose confidence in the electoral results. May God bless you and may God bless America.”
Hopefully, such a speech will never be given. But the claims and threats coming out of Washington, DC is just the last month raise several questions, such as:
a.) What military or national leader tells another nation in advance, ‘we are about to attack you’?
b.) When the VP said he hoped Americans don’t find out when America cyber-attacks Russia, does that mean that the White House could launch the attack in such a way that we won’t really know if Russia attacked our electoral systems first? Or, did the US attack first? If we cyber-attack Russia surreptiously, without public knowledge, can the White House then claim that Russia attacked us first? Why else keep the details of our attack a secret?
c.) Would a postponed election lead to what Jeremiah prophesied? Or would clear electoral fraud have the same result, if there is an election? Is America headed for widespread violence? Jeremiah prophesied future rumors of “ruler against ruler”. If the election is suspended by Executive Order how many Governors or Secretaries of State in the various states will comply and how many will refuse and continue with the elections in their state? Those who refuse to comply with election termination would surely face arrest. Hollywood likes to telegraph coming events. In this regard check out the most recent screening of Designated Survivor, in which the President orders the arrest of the Governor of Michigan. Humh.
d.) Many writing on the web are speculating that a financial collapse or an actual shooting war in Syria, involving America and Russia, could be used to justify suspending the upcoming elections. Maybe. Maybe not. Jesus told us to “watch” and to understand our times. These next few days may determine what happens on the globe for many years in the future.
“And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus” (Revelation 17:6)
“And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth.” (Revelation 18:24)
II. If Candidate Clinton Surges Further into the Lead
Why suspend the November 8th Presidential election if the chosen successor to the Oval Office is significantly ahead in the polls and quite likely to win, win big? Only the Lord knows what will happen in the next three weeks, so these matters are speculation. What John has told us, though, in his Book of Revelation is that the Daughter of Babylon will experience the killing of large numbers of God’s people in the time before it is destroyed. “Strangers” will come into God’s sanctuaries. Christian martyrs are dying every day in the Middle East. Why should we, as Americans, expect that persecution based on our faith rising to the level of martyrdom won’t come to the US?
If the upcoming election looks in the next few days like a slam dunk for candidate Clinton there would be no apparent need for a cyber-war, or a financial collapse or a nuclear war. In that case, hold the elections, count the votes (in some cases count them again and again) then prepare for the Inauguration on January 20th.What will happen in the new administration is ultimately that which God allows.
Hillary Clinton is quoted as saying that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed”. Think about that. A candidate for President of the United States promises that she wants to “change” “religious beliefs”. Is that in the job description of the Chief Executive? Her campaign Chairman, John Podesta was part of an e-mail chain in which it was said that there should be a “Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship” and that the Clinton team should “plant the seeds of revolution” to change Catholic teaching.
III. After the Election and Before the Inauguration
Assuming that the November 8th election actually occurs, there is a major issue of concern after the election and before the Inauguration on January 20, 2017. The Weekly Standard revealed that the White House is planning to back a resolution to be adopted by the United Nations Security Council which would call for dividing Israel’s land by creating “two states” and investing the Palestinians with control over part of Jerusalem as their new capitol. Since the creation of the UN the United States has always backed Israel in the Security Council. The emanations coming out of the Administration are that, for the first time, the US will not veto an anti-Israeli resolution. One Israeli leader said “Obama is laying the groundwork for UN & EU sanctions on Israel”. Another Israeli leader said that there is rising concern that the President “won’t have Israel’s back” at the UN after the November elections.
Aaron David Miller, a former State Department Middle East negotiator said that the President “will likely do something” in the Israeli-Palestinian realm before his term in office is complete. He said, “I can’t imagine that the President, let alone Secretary of State John Kerry, will be able to leave this one alone”.
The danger to America, as readers of THE END OF AMERICA know, is any such action against Israel will cause God to enact and enforce Genesis 12:3 – “those who bless (Israel) will be blessed and those who curse (Israel) will be cursed.” Christian and Jewish Americans should not only be highly wary of what may happen before and election day (assuming there is an election), but also what the US may do to Israel between the election and the Inauguration. The future of the United States of America will quite obviously change, either for the better or for the worse, in the days between now and January 20th.
Many of God’s people are frustrated by the 2016 Presidential campaign. The ultimate answer is to take our concerns and frustrations to the only place in which true and just solutions can be granted – the Throne Room of the Most High God. Prayer is an essential in these next few days. God bless.