Alarm Signals of Our Authoritarian Age
When I was very young, I wondered what it would be like to live in an authoritarian society that was like Hitler’s Germany or the Soviet Union. There is no need to wonder anymore because my worst nightmare has largely come true. We are now in an age where censorship and control is the primary goal of various groups.
People who own smartphones are increasingly having fewer options when it comes to the repair of their devices. Apple has designed their iPhones so that they will stop working if you try to fix a camera or replace a bad microchip. You are now basically renting your smartphones from the manufacturer.
Yahoo news was once my favorite source for world news. I hardly go to the site now because most of what is posted is propaganda. For many years, Yahoo News allowed people to post comments about various news items. About two years ago, they started shadow banning people who post comments that contradict the liberal agenda. In the early part of this year, Yahoo removed all comments from their site.
The once powerful conservative-leaning news aggregate Drudge Report has been taken over by some shadowy leftist organization. There are rumors that Matt Drudge had a mental breakdown and sold the site to a tech giant. The traffic for Drudge Report has crashed, and I don’t think the people running it care. They probably consider their investment to be valuable in having the opportunity to brainwash conservative readers.
President Trump likes to bash CNN for its ratings fall. The left doesn’t care about traffic flow, earnings or the reputation of their news outlets. Their only fixation is power. If they can turn America into a dictatorship, there will be no Fox News. Everyone will have no choice but to get their news from CNN or one of its clones.
Another site that is pointless to visit is Twitter. There were a few conservative voices on this social media site that I liked, but they have been largely shut down. Actor James Woods posted last week about how bad it has gotten on Twitter: “Evidently you can’t even have an opinion on Twitter anymore. ‘Open forums’ by definition allow the free exchange of opinions. ‘Publications’ editorialize and suppress.”
I watched the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, testify before a Senate subcommittee about censorship. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz absolutely tore into him for blocking a New York Post article on Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.
“Let’s be clear: The New York Post isn’t just some random guy tweeting. The New York Post has the fourth-highest circulation of any newspaper in America. The New York Post is 200 years old. The New York Post was founded by Alexander Hamilton,” he scolded Dorsey.
“And your position is that you can sit in Silicon Valley and that you can tell them what stories they can publish, and you can tell the American people what reporting they can hear; is that right?”
It was chilling to listen to Dorsey’s response because Dorsey had no emotional reaction to Cruz attacking his company. When it comes to censoring information that benefits people on the right, any lie or action is valid.
Glenn Greenwald is a rare liberal who cares about truthful reporting in the news. A couple weeks ago, he resigned from a publication he founded due to censorship. Again, I don’t think Greenwald’s colleges have any clue of the irony in what they did. These people have a mind of Satan and will do anything their master asks of them.
Prophecy scholars made a huge mistake on the timing of the rise of authoritarianism in the last days. Some people thought the Antichrist would be the one to set up a Nazi-like society. The reality is that it is here now. When the Beast of Revelation is revealed, there will be very little for him to establish. His job will be to implement the technology that is ready to go.
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six” (Rev 13:16-18).
Biden, Israel, and Peace Prospects
Prefacing this with the fact that the election is far from settled, with the possibility of the Supreme Court having to weigh in, I wanted to look for a moment at what a Joe Biden administration would portend. Particularly, how the relationship between Israel and the United States would be changed is an issue that bears serious consideration.
First to think on is that, according to Mr. Biden’s own words over a number of months during the campaign, America will immediately rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. That means that the nation would again be brought into the drive for globalist control. The US Treasury and other assets would be again available for the internationalists to plunder at will.
With the House of Representatives controlling much of the money outlay and with a president who believes in the new world order objectives, there would be few safeguards against the imposition of a global tax against US citizens. We would pay for our “excessive” carbon emissions and other infractions of the PCA.
Our temperatures in our homes would eventually be governed by our would-be global masters. Fuel prices for our cars—and for all forms of transportation—would skyrocket. At the same time, America would become totally dependent on other nations for any fossil fuel imports.
All that is disconcerting to anyone who loves our nation and its independence from confiscatory influences from outside our borders. Added to the controls by the new world order forces would be the influx of millions of immigrants, mostly illegal, whom Mr. Biden’s political party would use to create a voter base that can never be overcome by any opposition.
Imposition of a one-payer health insurance, government run, would mean that the citizens would eventually lose private insurance coverage and would instead pay heavy duties in premiums in order to pay for the government programs that would first serve those same illegals and their needs. We would be put on waiting lists that would make today’s waits in doctors’ offices seem but a few minutes in length.
We could look at dozens of ways our lives might change under uncontrolled impositions by a Biden administration. But to look at all of this from the Bible prophecy perspective, we only have to consider how America’s relationship with Israel would change.
We remember how the Obama-Biden administration dealt with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Recall how, when Netanyahu came to call at the White House, upon Obama’s request, the president had him enter from the rear portions of the White House. Then, after only a few minutes of talking with the Prime Minister, Obama abruptly left, saying he was going to dinner upstairs with family.
It was a snub of the first order—a thing unheard of in civil diplomatic interaction.
So with that track record, and one that is much more egregious in some cases, can we expect anything better from a President Biden?
But the real worry in regard to a Biden administration will be the dangers to which Israel will almost certainly be exposed.
Again, Mr. Biden has stated on numerous occasions that he will return to old ways in the matter of America and Israel. Of specific worry are his statements that we will return to the “Iran Deal,” which President Trump immediately exited once coming into office.
Remember the reported $150 billion in cash that Obama sent to a runway concourse in Iran, to the Ayatollahs’ anti-Israel regime. It was stated that it was money that was wrongfully kept that had belonged to Iran during the Bush years. This allegation has never been fully explained or proven.
Mr. Biden wants to bring America again into the “nuclear deal” between Iran and much of the Western world, which once included the US. The following news excerpt tells how this has our strongest ally in a great deal of consternation.
Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden’s position on the Iran Deal could lead to war between Israel and Iran, Settlements Minister Teach Hanegbi warned on Wednesday night.
“Biden has said openly for a long time that he will go back to the nuclear agreement,” Hanegbi said. “I see that as something that will lead to a confrontation between Israel and Iran.”
The minister told Channel 13 News that he, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and most Israelis saw the Iran Deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015 as “mistaken—and that’s an understatement.”
“If Biden stays with that policy, there will, in the end, be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran,” he stated…
[Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Zvi] Hauser argued that “today, everyone understands the agreement wasn’t enough to prevent” Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and “countries of the free world know this is their test” – to stop Tehran from doing so.
A nuclear Iran would trigger an arms race, in which Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt would develop their own nuclear weapons, Hauser warned.
“No one sees Iran’s behavior, creating instability in the Middle East, and thinks its right to let them win,” he added. “Neither the Americans nor Israel will allow a nuclear Iran.” (“Israeli Minister Warns of War if Biden Returns to Iran Deal:
‘If Biden stays with that policy, there will, in the end, be a violent confrontation between Israel and Iran,’” Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post, Israel News, November 5, 2020)
However things shape with regard to the election outcomes, one thing is certain. God’s hand is in all of it. We can’t help worrying as human beings concerned with the well-being of our families and our nation. But as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we know the ultimate outcome is glorious beyond all imagination.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)