The Chimera Complex - Pete Garcia - http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8241
"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Daniel 7:7
We know that according to Scripture, there is coming a governmental system upon the earth that will absolutely dominate the rest of the world to the point that everyone, everywhere will be subservient to their authority. We also know, that given our current chaotic political and economic conditions that a 'one-world system' seems about as likely as pigs sprouting wings and soaring with the eagles. Yet as unlikely as it appears to us now, that system will come, because that is what the Bible foretells.
So the million dollar question then is, how do we get from the world we are in today, to that future system? Further broken down, are the subsets of the same question;
*How do we get from a world with an estimated 31 separate and distinct forms of government, to a world subjugated by one?
*How do we get a world's political system, which is riddled with corruption and bureaucracy, to be one in which can efficiently and authoritatively monitor all the economic transactions (buying and selling) on the planet?
*How do we get a world that has as many philosophical ideologies, as it does religions, come together and willingly agree to subjugate themselves under one theological system?
I think as difficult as the questions seem to be, that it can be answered by use of a comparison.
Imagine if you will, trying to explain to someone in 1969, what an IPhone was. Imagine trying to explain to someone in 1984, that one of the biggest issues of 2016, is whether or not men should be allowed to use women's restrooms. Try explaining to someone in September of 2002, that by 2016, our President would be lobbying for unrestricted, and unmonitored illegal mass migration of undocumented Muslims into our nation.
In other words, some things just defy imagination.
But things do not just happen overnight. There is always a process that is usually preceded by a period of desensitization that minimizes the shock value when it inevitably happens. This process is called incrementalism. Little by little, bit by bit, we are currently enslaving ourselves into a system that will make it absolutely impossible to escape from. So for all those post-trib preppers out there who think they can weather the Tribulation storm in their underground bunkers, better think twice.
But it's already too late. Enslavement to this system has been in the works for the last 60 years and is only accelerating.
Technology is advancing to the point that no one will be safe once this new system comes online. Debit and credit cards, Internet, online banking, smart cars and televisions, 24/7 surveillance, and about a billion other things we have come to depend on just to survive in our modern world, has made us all prisoners to the system. It's not that one can't live "off the grid" these days, but it is infinitely harder now than it was even 20 years ago. Think back to the year 1900. Living off the grid was the standard. You had to work hard to get 'on the grid'. That has now completely reversed itself in less than 116 years.
The system today, is by design, meant to keep us all under the thumb of 'the system'. Whether you call that system the government, 'big brother', the Illuminati, the United Nations, the Bilderbergers, or whatever, the fact is, we all are increasingly being wrapped up in this geopolitical and economic spider-web that offers no chance of escape. But in order for this to take place, we need the process.
Currency / Enslavement
The first step in globalization began back in December 13th, 1913 with the Federal Reserve Act. This began the process to control and harness the financial constraints of a burgeoning and potential superpower. The US had massive natural assets, and vast room to expand. Through two world wars, the US would end up controlling most of the gold available in the world in the 1940's. Think about it this way, the singular financial system that the world currently relies on to provide any semblance of stability is the US dollar. Yet, the future beast system controls all buying and selling, and would by necessity, need to eradicate the use and need for fiat (or paper) currency since cash is largely untraceable. So unless the Antichrist is American, and the Beast system an American one, something must happen to the US Dollar and our currency structure in order for the passage below to come to pass.
He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:16-17
Which is why we now see cash being criminalized, and people penalized for using it. Two methods have been employed to do away with fiat currency, and the first is by devaluing it through massive debt. Weimar Republic anyone? The second is by incentivizing the use of credit, debit, and digital currency. Either way, people are becoming forced (channelized) into using (relying) on a digital system which is easily traceable, trackable, and will be necessary to monitor the unwashed masses (you and I).
Education / Indoctrination
Next, you would need an education system that systemically, and intentionally, dumbs down the general population. A recent historical find discovered some elementary tests from the early 1900's that would stupefy a majority of college students today. Thanks to the likes of the John Dewey, Julian Huxley, and other 'progressive' educators who enthusiastically traded God for secular humanism, creation for evolution, and the Constitution for Marxism, we have a serious education problem in the United States. We no longer rank first in any educational category anymore...and haven't for some time. But while the 'progressives' targeted those in public schools, the political correctness movement of 1920's social Marxism began its long march west through the seminaries and universities. Its purpose has had a profound effect on the last two generations.
The concept of PC was developed at the Institute for Social Research, in Frankfurt, Germany, in the early 1920s. The institute considered why communism in Russia was not spreading westward. The conclusion was that Western civilization, with its belief that the individual could develop valid ideas, was the problem. At the root of communism was the theory that all valid ideas came from the state, that the individual is nothing. The institute believed that the only way for communism to advance and spread was to help Western civilization destroy itself, or else force it to. (Source)
Freedom / Security
If nothing else, the Iraq War (2003-2011) taught us the value of bio-metrics. The Department of Defense (DOD) has since developed the Sentient World Simulation Project. To do this, they need facilities capable of storing and processing trillions of terabytes of information, of which they have three that we know of. What this project does, is build an online simulation of the world today, complete with digital replicas of ourselves, based on our 'digital footprints'. This being the digital trace you and I leave behind on the net by our social media usage, reading, shopping, browsing habits, and online banking and investing. Even George Orwell couldn't have dreamed this up.
Add to that drones (including micro/nano robotics), GPS targeting, facial recognition data, and image enhancing technology (infrared, night vision, etc.), one would be hard pressed to hide anywhere, anymore. Point being in all this, is that we are perfecting the perfect surveillance society in which no one, will ever, be able to get 'off the grid' any more.
Progress / Control
Technology has come to be the number one accelerator in almost every aspect of our lives. We know historically, that the rate at which technology doubled in the 1st century, was about 500 years. By the year 1500 AD, technology was doubling about every 250 years. Today, it's doubling every 22-24 months. Instant communication, advanced travel, weapons of mass destruction, information collection and dispersion, space exploration, medical knowledge, and many other areas are all moving at a breakneck pace to keep up with each other. Add to that, the barriers once thought impossible, are now being leap-frogged over. Things like genetic manipulation at the germ-line level, teleportation, artificial intelligence, robotics, holographic technology, advanced flight capabilities, and cloaking technology have all moved from science fiction to science fact.
Geo-Politics / Regionalization
Nationalism at the governmental level, has in the past century, wrought massive destruction with the advents of World Wars I and II. Out of the ashes of both, came the call for global leadership that would prevent the onslaught of a future, global war. After WWI, the League of Nations, lacked the political spine and political mechanisms necessary to give it any real authority. What it lacked, was corrected after WWII with the United Nations. It put the right political mechanisms in place to give the stakeholders, i.e....the Security Council, the teeth to make it stay together. Today, the United Nations has expanded into almost every facet of human existence. Adding to that, about a dozen other trans-regional organizations that at a minimum, lay some claim to regional authority. So from 1900 until today, we have seen a massive shift from nationalistic world to a world largely run under the guise of regional and global authorities.
Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. Revelation 13:1-2
The beast that is referenced both in Daniel and later in the Revelation, are the same future system of government. What is of interest though, is that Daniel does not record for us the final form of this global, tyrannical, world government. Whereas the other beast which are represented in previous empires with animal symbolism, i.e....the lion with wings, bear, leopard with wings and four heads, it only mentions the last one as 'dreadful and terrible'. But here in Revelation 13, we see that this final empire, is a combination, or chimera, of all the previous ones.
As you might already know, a Chimera was a monster of Greek lore that combined the qualities of many animals into one, namely a lion's head, a goat's legs, and a dragon tail. Why this final government is unique is that it's taking the tyranny of a dictatorship, merging that with the technology of a technocracy, to enforce complete control, and marrying that to a theocratic rule where this universalistic faith, is ultimately redirected toward the Antichrist himself.
Imagine North Korea on steroids. We are seeing a precursor to this in nations like China, which keep an iron fisted Communist government, but allowing for capitalization underneath it to reap massive financial gains by exploiting slave labor. It will ultimately morph into a theocracy, with the False Prophet directing all worship toward the Antichrist. Perhaps this is why it's shown as a chimera.
This final government, will begin as a regional partnership, which is made up of ten areas. Not sure what exactly that looks like, but here is a list of what it could potentially be based on economic power potential based off GDP, citizens, and natural resources; the number at the end in parenthesis reflects current military power ranking based on capabilities to project that capability abroad, effectively;
1.EU (minus Mediterranean countries) (5)
2.North America (1)
3.China, North Korea (2)
4.Union of the Mediterranean (including Med. European nations, N. Africa, Israel, and Saudi Arabia) (3)
5.Japan and South Korea (6)
6.South and Central America (8)
7.African Union (10)
8.Russia, Balkan's, former Soviet Satellite nations, Iran (4)
9.South Pacific (India, Australia, N. Zealand, Philippines, Vietnam, etc.) (7)
10.Central Asia (9)
Given the vast disparity in populations, forms of government, natural resources, economic prowess, military capabilities, literacy, birth and death rates, etc...one has to wonder how we could bring all these under one, singular, global system. Since we know that Scriptures teaches absolutely, that there will be a Rapture-event, in which all true, born-again Christians will be removed from the earth, that of all places, the United States will be the most impacted by it. We have the most Christians in the greatest variety of positions within the military, government, banking, law enforcement, medical, professional, and specialty skill sets of any nation.
Even if only 10% of professing Americans are removed at the Rapture, that's still around 30 million Americans. That means our already fragile system, will collapse quickly, dragging the rest of the economies of the world down with it...which is why they are so feverishly working now, to perfect the digital currency, technological surveillance, and all the other means by which to control the world. Although things look dark now, take heart in the fact that our enemy is working overtime to prep the battlefield as it were. Satan doesn't know the day or hour either of our Lord's return, but he knows the season and is making ready every asset at his disposal, which means that our redemption is closer than we can even imagine.
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28