In part one of this message we shared how the United Nations
and its International Court of Justice are prime candidates for
fulfilling the role of the judicial branch of the Anti-Christ's
future world government. We shared that this world court has
a constitution called the Rome Statute and that it is headquartered
in the European Union which was founded by the Treaty of Rome.
The Roman origin of both of these entities was shown to have
a direct correlation with Bible prophecy regarding the Anti-Christ.
We then shared how Israel has refused to ratify the Roman
Constitution of the World Court due to the anti-Israel bias having
been shown by its members and how a 7 year offer of immunity
from prosecution has been offered to Israel if it will only submit
to the court's authority.
These facts were also shown to harmonize with what God has
foretold for Israel in these last days when the whole world will
hate and sit in judgment of her and how the Anti-Christ will
strengthen a 7 year covenant with Israel and her neighbors.
We will now look at the growing strength of the World Court,
its unfair animosity against Israel and the probable issue at
hand that will directly affect the course God has chosen for
the fulfillment of His prophecies.
It is a sad fact that the vast majority of Israelis do not
believe the words of God found in the Bible. Israel had been
one of the chief proponents for the establishment of an entity
such as the international Court of Justice, but were blind
to the prophecies which warned them that to do so was like a
man helping build his own gallows.
Constantly the Scriptures remind the people of Israel that
the world is destined to side against her and that she will only
find true justice at the hands of God's Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Instead, Israel has helped to build a Frankenstein, a monster
destined to seek the destruction of its creator. The power of
the World Court has taken root so that even the strongest ally
of Israel, the United States is finding itself lined up in its
sights. The United States recognized the fearful potential of
the International Criminal Court, as it was known on the day
of its formal birth in 2002, and immediately tried to distance
itself from the court's control.
Quoting from an April 12, 02 Los Angeles Times article
which headlined, "U.S. wary of new global tribunal"
we read, "UNITED NATIONS - As dignitaries from around the
world gathered at the United Nation's headquarters Thursday to
celebrate the ratification of the International Criminal Court,
State Department officials said the united states would take
steps to "divorce" itself from the new global tribunal.
"A page in the history of humankind is being turned,"
Hans Corell, the U.N. Undersecretary for legal Affairs, said
as the United Nations received ratification documents from 10
more nations in a ceremony here, passing the threshold of the
60 countries needed to put the court in business.
The Bush administration would like to see that page turned
back, U.S. officials said a few hours later...In the packed U.N.
chamber where delegates gathered Thursday morning to witness
the ceremony, the U.S. seat was left conspicuously vacant - a
deliberate signal, Prosper said, of U.S. disaffection. "We
felt there was no role for us to play, and no need for us to
attend," he said. "Our intention is to be divorced
from the process."
The U.S. found itself in a quandary since former President
Bill Clinton signed the original 1998 international agreement
establishing the court. President Bush subsequently nullified
Clinton's signature, maintaining that Americans do not fall under
the court's jurisdiction. Through President Bush's efforts America
was able to obtain 2 years of exemptions from the dictates of
the World Court. This would soon change.
The United States concerns about becoming a target of the
world court became a reality just 26 months later as was reported
in a June 18, 04 associated Press article which headlined,
"U.N. chief fights U.S. exemption to world court."
We quote, "United Nations - Defying the United States,
Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the U.N. Security Council
on Thursday to stop shielding American peacekeepers from international
prosecution for war crimes...The Bush administration argues that
the International Criminal Court - which started operating last
year - could be used for frivolous or politically motivated prosecutions
of American troops.
The 94 countries that have ratified the 1998 Rome Treaty establishing
the court maintain it contains enough safeguards to prevent frivolous
prosecutions...council nations that support the court say nobody
should be exempt."
Just six days later it was reported in a June 24, 04
Baltimore Sun article that the U.S. would no longer have immunity
from the world Court. In the article which was subtitled, "Soldiers
may be prosecuted in International Criminal Court" it was
stated that, "...immunity for U.S. troops will expire June
30...U.S. diplomats had sought to renew a two-year-old resolution
that barred the court from prosecuting soldiers who are part
of U.N.-mandated missions...[but] are not parties to the Rome
Statute, which created the court...[the U.S. conceded] defeat
Wednesday...[to] the court [which] is the world's first permanent
tribunal for war crimes.'
The hard-wired fact of Bible prophecy that the restored Roman
Empire and not the United States will be ruling the earth before
the return of Jesus Christ is in evidence this very day. The
prophecies which foretell that this last days Roman revival will
align the world against Israel is foreshadowed in the defeat
of the U.S. to gain immunity. If Israel's most powerful earthly
ally could not withstand the court's growing power, how can Israel?
Since 2002 Israel has found itself on the receiving end of
numerous unfair cases brought against it before the World Court,
but not until July of 2004 has she been thoroughly placed under
the court's condemnation. The issue is over a wall.
Unique and unheard of in modern history, the tiny nation of
Israel is enclosing itself behind protective walls that stand
as high as 26 feet in some places to protect its cities from
The success rate of these wall for providing increased safety
is beyond dispute. Yet, Israel had been condemned by the World
Court and then the United Nations. It is of the greatest prophetic
significance that Jerusalem is mentioned also in the court's
A July 10, 04 Rocky Mountain News article which headlined,
"Israel's wall condemned" reported that, "THE
HAGUE, Netherlands - The highest U.N. court issued sweeping condemnation
of Israel's occupation policies Friday.
The court sided with the Palestinians in declaring that Israel
must tear down the 425-mile-long security barrier it is building
in the West Bank.
In a sharply worded advisory opinion - far harsher than Israel
expected - the International Court of Justice said Israel should
compensate Palestinians harmed by the structure and return property
confiscated for its construction.
In addition to finding that the barrier violates international
law, the court also called for a negotiated peace settlement
that would see the establishment of a Palestinian state "as
soon as possible."
The 15 international judges were unexpectedly united in backing
the majority of the decisions by a vote of 14-1. Only the American
judge dissented, in line with Washington's position that the
court is not the right venue to consider the security barrier.'
The decision cannot be imposed on Israel, but the Palestinians
and the Arab League said they would seek action at the United
Nations to force Israel to comply.
The ruling came in response to a request by the U.N. General
Assembly in December for an opinion on the legality of the barrier
- a complex of high concrete walls, razor-wire fences, trenches
and watch towers.
Much of it is near the pre-1967 border, but parts cut deep
into the West Bank, isolating more than 200,000 Palestinians
from their neighbors and livelihoods, the court found.
Palestinians say - and the court agreed - the barrier could
lead to the demarcation of a new border and be "tantamount
to de facto annexation." If security were the only issue,
the Palestinians said, the barrier could be built on the Israeli
side of the 1967 border.
"Israel is under an obligation to terminate its breaches
of international law; It is under an obligation to cease forthwith
the works of construction of the wall being built in the occupied
Palestinian Territory, including in and around East Jerusalem,
to dismantle forthwith the structure therein situated,"
said the ruling, read by court president Shi Jiuyong of China.
The 59-page decision was far more critical than Israel anticipated,
going beyond the issue of the wall to declare Israeli settlements
illegal and to accuse Israel of taking action to deny Palestinians
their right to self-determination."
On July 11, 04 the Denver Post reported in an article
which headlined, "Palestinian -Israeli battle over barrier
is moving from world court to the United Nations," that
after bringing the case before the world body's members in the
General Assembly, they would, "then go to the 15-nation
Security Council, which can order action."
On Wednesday, July 21, 04 a Colorado Springs Gazette
article which headlined, "U.N. demands Israel tear down
barrier" reported, "The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly
adopted a resolution Tuesday demanding that Israel comply with
a world court decision and tear down the barrier it is building
to seal off the West Bank.
The vote was 150 in favor, 6 opposed - including the United
States - and 10 abstentions.
The assembly's vote, like the opinion of the international
court of Justice, is not legally binding, but both have symbolic
value as international statements of support for the barrier's
Israel for now finds itself precariously protected from the
actions of the U.N. Security Council by the sole veto power wielded
by the United States; a country that in 2004 finds itself vulnerable
to the same condemnation proceedings exercised by the World Court
and the U.N. to condemn Israel.
The mention of Jerusalem in the Rocky Mountain News article
was insignificant in comparison to what was more fully revealed
by syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer in the July 18, 04
Co. Spgs. Gazette. Mr. Krauthammer reported that, "among
various principles invoked by the International Court of Justice...is
that...it is a violation of international law for Jews to be
living in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem." Mr. Krauthammer
then highlights the absurdity of this ruling by mentioning Jews
have inhabited the Old City of Jerusalem since it became their
capital 3,000 years ago.
The significance of all of this to students of Bible prophecy
is overwhelming. By the panoramic prophecy found in Zechariah
12:1-9 Bible students already knew that those living at the close
of the age would not only witness Israel being a nation once
more, but that Judah would once again possess Jerusalem as the
strength of its governors, that is its capital.
Prophecy students also know that the issue of Israel and her
possession of Jerusalem will become the focus of global importance
and disdain. The World Court in 2004 is making these prophecies
a growing reality at an astounding pace.
How near might we be to the catching up of the Church to heaven
by the Lord before the 7 year tribulation begins, as prophesied
in I Thessalonians 4:15-18 can be considered in light of the
issue of Israel's walled villages?
In Ezekiel 38:8 & 11 we are shown that Russia (Magog)
and its confederates will one day invade Israel. It is to be
a time of tangible safety for Israel and a time when its population
is living in unwalled villages. That is not now, nor can it be
during the latter part of the 7 year Tribulation Period when
all the world is set on destroying Israel.
In order for Israel to be dwelling safely in unwalled villages
the present wall being built must be taken down and a substantial
peace treaty must be put in place. The United Nations World Court
of Europe is being empowered to one day, in the not too distant
future, coerce Israel into accepting a 7 year peace covenant
or else face a global consequence.
Soon major Middle East wars and acts of terrorism will shake
the nations. The political climate will then be ideal for a war-torn
world to accept the solutions imposed by a global authority that
has proven its interests go far beyond the walls of Israel.
Israel will agree to take down its wall in compliance with
a peace covenant that will be intended to last 7 years. In exchange,
Israel will be ostensibly granted 7 years of immunity from global
prosecution and will be supported in rebuilding God's Temple
on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
During the first 3 ½ years of this peace treaty, after
the walls have been dismantled by Israel, the Russian invasion
of the Middle East, described in Chapters 38 & 39 of Ezekiel,
At the mid-point of the 7 years the issue of the Jewish worship
at the Temple In Jerusalem will become a major point of contention
by the Anti-Christ according to Daniel 9:27 and he will break
the covenant. He will then reveal his satanic nature during the
last 3 ½ years as he, "...opposes and exalts himself
above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he
sits as God in the temple of God..." according to II Thessalonians
Jerusalem will then become a whirlpool, drawing all the nations
to Israel as they prepare to meet their destruction when Jesus
Christ returns to the Mount of Olives (see Rev. 19:11-21 &
Zech. 14:3-4 & 9-12).
In the June 24, 04 Baltimore Sun article we shared where
it was reported how the Rome Statute has made possible "the
world's first permanent tribunal for war crimes" and in
related articles how the focus of the E.U. based court is to
judge against Israel's God ordained rights to her land.
The truth of the matter is, it is the world that is going
to soon be judged by God and its Anti-Christ leader will find
himself one day standing before the one and only true permanent
tribunal after he has used his awful authority to torment and
kill the tribulation saints during the final 3 ½ years
of his broken covenant.
Quoting from Daniel 7:25-27 we read, "He shall speak
pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints
of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then
the saints shall be given into his hand for a time and times
and half a time.
But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away
his dominion, to consume and destroy it forever.
Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the
kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people,
the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and all dominions shall serve and obey Him."
Jesus Christ is coming soon to call up every born again member
of His Church to join Him in heaven. He must do so before the
7 year countdown between Israel and the Anti-Christ can restart
the countdown to the close of the age as is prophesied in Daniel
Chapter 9. The signing of the covenant is not far off and the
Rapture of the Church to glory is even nearer.
Today, this very moment, is the time to believe in the Risen
Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Don't put
it off, your life can come to an end at any moment and you will
be lost forever.