Meltdown and Ezekiel 28
I just got done watching the 4-part investigative documentary by the CBC & al Jazeera called Meltdown. You can see the videos at http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/meltdown/
The titles are:
· The men who crashed the world
· A global financial tsunami
· Paying the price
· After the fall
The fourth one, "After the fall," showed several influential people saying that there needs to be some sort of global regulation of economies. If the world is so interconnected that a burp here can cause disaster there, then there has to be some sort of way to prevent the burps.
An example given was the fact that the bursting of the housing bubble in the U.S. had huge ramifications around the globe. What happens when China and India with their 1.5 billion people become leading economies, and through greed and all they have housing bubbles too? There is evidence that China already has a housing bubble.
This brings to mind the following SoP quote:
A General Movement Represented.—“I ask our people to study the twenty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel. The representation here made, while it refers primarily to Lucifer, the fallen angel, has yet a broader significance. Not one being, but a general movement, is described, and one that we shall witness. A faithful study of this chapter should lead those who are seeking for truth to walk in all the light that God has given to His people, lest they be deceived by the deceptions of these last days.” (Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 17, p. 30). (4BC 1162).
Ezek. 28's first section is a message to the prince of Tyrus who is a man who thinks he is God, and the second section is a message to the king of Tyrus who was the covering cherub. The prince seems to parallel the papacy, and the king is the real power behind the throne. Thus we seem to have the beast of Rev. 13 and the dragon of Rev. 12 paralleled by the prince and king of Tyrus of Ezek. 28.
With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches. (Ezek. 28:4-5)
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned. (vs. 16)
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick. (vs. 18)
The passage pertaining to Tyrus actually begins with chapter 27. In chapter 27 we have the following countries, regions, cities, or peoples listed in the KJV as contributing to the economy of Tyrus, with some overlap:
Sounds like a global economy, does it not?
Rev. 18 borrows some of its language and imagery from Ezek. 27.
The 4BC 1162 statement above is taken from a June 15, 1911, letter found in SpTB17a, which pamphlet was entitled The Unwise Use of Money and the Spirit of Speculation. It warns against allowing commercialism and chance to enter the work.
It seems to me that 100 years ago God warned us that a "general movement" toward a globalized economy would lead to the final movements, and that that movement would be fueled by speculative commercialism.
The logic seems sound that with a global economy there must be some sort of global regulations to prevent more meltdowns, since an economic problem in one place causes disaster everywhere. That requires an authority above all sovereign nations.
How such trends might lead toward having the papacy end up being that authority, the moral compass for the world, or involved in some way, is easy to see. But that could only happen if the world ignores the Vatican Bank's own shenanigans, the Vatican's lack of a constitution, particularly a constitution guaranteeing civil and religious freedom, the Vatican's insistence on infallibility, and the Church of Rome's inappropriate handling of child abuse, fornication, and adultery.