This article is taken from the November 13, 2001 issue, Vol. 59, Issue 44 of New Zealand’s Christian Newspaper, Challenge Weekly. See contact details at end of article.
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New Zealand evangelist Barry Smith has just arrived back from America after preaching in 13 cities on Bible prophecy.
“One third of the Bible is prophecy and people need to know that we are living at the end of a generation,” he told Challenge Weekly. “The Antichrist will be appointed soon. He will be a non religious Jew, according to Daniel 11:37. The Bible also says the trade of the world will be moved from New York to Europe and with the Euro dollar coming out on 1 January 2002 this is very interesting. However, many New Zealanders don't want to listen to these end time prophecies because they are often busy earning money. But that is going to stop! Now that the world economy is going down they will go back to the Bible.”
“I see my ministry as encouraging the saints to prepare themselves for what is to come.”
Mr Smith, aged 68, did exactly this to the American people over the last three weeks after being invited to the States by the Prophecy Club. He reminded the Americans about his own and other people's prophecies. He also showed them the picture of New York under attack, taken from his book, The Devil's Jigsaw', published in 1998. The Americans were blown away.
“This picture, which I had drawn for me on 10 February 1998, is very prophetic and powerful. It shakes people up and they all think we are on the right track. There are many connections with it to current events: the twin towers are there, an aeroplane flying towards it, and Anthrax' in the clouds. On page 133 of the book I quote a Time magazine article from 1 December 1997. In it Louis Farrakhan, U.S. leader of the Nation of Islam speaking in Teheran says, “You can quote me. God will destroy America at the hands of the Muslims.”
On the night of the September 11 tragedy, Mr Smith got a call at 1:45am from a friend in America who said, “Watch CNN television”.
“I saw the two towers come down, and when they said there was one hour in between, I jumped up on my bed and shouted Revelation 18:2-10! Then when I saw the smoke and a view taken from the Hudson River, Revelation 18:17-19 about Babylon came to mind. I said it can't be Saddam Hussein because it is nowhere near the sea. So it is not Babylon, it is Mystery Babylon.”
Upon hearing the news of the attack, Mr Smith logged on to David Wilkerson's website. There he discovered that Mr Wilkerson of Times Square Church, New York was forewarned that a calamity was coming, weeks before September 11 happened, so they cancelled all their special speakers and scheduled meetings, and called the congregation to prayer.
Mr Wilkerson says, “Deep in my spirit, I hear the Lord saying, I've prospered you above all nations. Yet, for years you've persisted in worshipping idols of gold and silver, I've endured your shameless sensuality, your mockery of holy things, your shedding of innocent blood, your tireless efforts to remove me from your society. Now time is running out for you…' ”
Mr Smith says the point of the argument is that Bible prophecies say the trade of the world will be moved from America to Europe. “Under the reign of the Antichrist, the American dollar will give way to the Euro dollar. That is why the whole thing is collapsing in America and I told them this while I was there.”
He believes that the world has been divided into three groups. Europe, using the Euro dollar and they have their own standing army. Then the Americas, from the tip of Alaska to the tip of South America, using the American dollar. The third region is Asia Pacific, which includes all of Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Mr Smith says the New Zealand dollar will probably give way to an Asian dollar possibly the Won or the Yen.
Talking on these things since 1957, writing his own books and having his own newspaper, The Omega Times (www.omegatimes.org), has given Mr Smith the opportunity to study these things closely.
Mr Smith's books have gone out by the thousands, and many have turned to Christ through his ministry. “While much of what I am saying could seem controversial, I only deal with the facts and I have the information to prove what I say. We should all be open to learning and in Proverbs we read that we are best not to answer a man before we hear. Many people around the world have told me that they laughed at my prophesies from years ago, but they are not laughing now.”
Mr Smith showed Challenge Weekly a list of batch numbers which noted down a number of biochemicals, including believe it or not, Anthrax. According to this, Anthrax and other bugs were created in America which they sent to Saddam Hussein to fight Iran. “Now Saddam is going to hit America back with it. I find this amazing,” says Mr Smith.
“I also discovered that the Aids virus was created in a laboratory in America, which has been proved by a Jewish fellow called Leonard Horowitz. We even have the cure for Aids. I'm a friend of the President of Kenya and they are using it there. That's how wicked and mixed up everything is. The guy who invented the cure for Aids was put in prison for practising medicine without a licence,” he says.
One of his prophecies concerns Mystery Babylon where he says that prophetically speaking, Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon, is where Suddam Hussein lives today. “The prophecies (Revelation 16:19) tell us that in the later days there will be another system called Mystery Babylon. As with the original Babylon, the great city was divided into three parts. Today Babylon stands for three main areas; New York, Washington and Rome. They cover Economy, Politics and Religion. The world church and world government.
“The whole point is that those three areas, Economy, Politics and Religion, each of them comes to 666 (Revelation 13:18). For instance the city of New York, represents Economy and adds up to 666. (You take the number of man which is 6 = a, 12 = b, 18 = c, 24 = d). We use this alphabet because we are living in the time of the Gentiles. With this in mind you can write down words like computer, which also comes to 666. Witchcraft and New York come to 666.) Washington, which is the home of Freemasonry, represents Politics with 666 members in their government! Rome, represents religion, with the Pope whose name means one who stands in the place of God'. This is blasphemy because no one stands in the place of the Son of God. By adding up the numerics of the Pope's name, Vicarius Filii Dei, you come up also with 666.”
When America was settled, it was done by the Pilgrim Fathers (in God we trust) and also the Freemasons who put the Eye of Lucifer on the dollar note. Many of the founders of the United States Government were Masons. The Freemasons set America up for a peculiar and particular purpose known only to the initiated few. Mr Smith has evidence to suggest that President George Bush, belongs to an all-male club called Skull and Bones, and members remain in the club for life.
“I told the Americans that their President has been reborn into two groups. The Kingdom of God, and before that he was reborn into the Skull and Bones, which is a modern version of the Illuminati. Now these bearers of the light' always demand that they have another name to go by so no-one would know who you were. George Bush senior was also in the same club. His name was Poppy. President George Bush is called Temporary.”
Mr Smith asked the people he spoke to in American not to use this information to have a go at their President. “We have all done stupid things when we were young, but now George Bush has received Jesus as his Saviour through Billy Graham. He is born again. It is up to God to get him out of the Skull and Bones somehow, but when He does, it will kill Bush. That's why his name is Temporary.”
“Everything must happen at once because Bible prophecy makes it clear from Revelation 17, that the final World Empire will be the European community.
“We have already 15 countries in the European market and 13 have applied to join which makes 28. Tony Blair says they want to set up a two tier market with the 10 nations in the inner core going for full political and monetary union. They will run the outer nations that don't go for full political and monetary union. In the Word of God the inner core is called, ten horns, ten crowns, ten kings and ten toes. That is why the trade of the world will move from America to Europe. The Antichrist must be appointed soon to run this European community.”
With the world economy collapsing Mr Smith says the mark of the beast is already being advertised around the world.
“It is a tiny radio frequency electronic chip inserted under the skin. They are already using them on animals, but they are planning on putting them into humans.”
Barry Smith pointed to a front page article from a South African newspaper entitled, “Why carry cards if an implant will do the trick.” A Singapore newspaper shows a man with a chip in his head. A computer magazine called Silicon Chip talks about a Digital Angel which uses the muscles of the body to regenerate the power supply. This is the reason why gold is no longer the basis of the world economy.”
Mr Smith believes that the Antichrist will be a Jewish man, but not necessarily religious. “This is because the Jewish people will only accept a Jew. An Eskimo couldn't turn up and say I'm your Messiah, he must be Jewish.
“The man I've looked at for a long time as a possible Antichrist is Henry Kissinger, because he is the man who set up the whole world system. He is called the public relations man' for the New World Order.
“When the American economy collapses they will not be able to look after Israel. Israel will have to depend completely on God when the enemies come against her in the last days. This will come about after Israel and the Arabs have a seven year peace treaty according to Daniel 9:27. We will know who the Antichrist is at that point. Then there must be a big war in the Middle East between Israel and all their enemies. It will look impossible for Israel to win, but they will win because God will be with them. America will not stand behind them, because they are going to be broke. As a world power the U.S.A. is finished. That leaves the common market with the Antichrist and the new money system. The Euro will take over control of the world.”
Barry Smith has found that quite a number of churches in New Zealand do not want to hear this end times prophecies.
“They have substituted the cross for money, they have forgotten about the Second Coming. Many of them are into false doctrine of Kingdom Now, trying to rebuild the Kingdom before Jesus comes again.
“So it is very sad for a preacher of the gospel to watch all these things happening, including myself as a New Zealander. I see that the churches of New Zealand need a fright and the fright is coming from the headquarters, America.
“World wide the churches are preaching prosperity and it has come out of America. God is sick of it and has had enough. He won't put up with that any longer. Already the Americans know this is the end and they can't stop it.
“So God in His grace is bringing the church back to Himself through a crisis. My son Andrew says, Good times never change character', bad times bring us back to reality and onto our knees and that's where New Zealand is going at the moment.”
There have been times when Mr. Smith has got really down looking at the things to come. But he now points to Luke 21:25 and Luke 21:28 where the key word here is perplexity'.
“That is where we are at the moment. The world is perplexed and no one knows what to do. Then the Bible says when these things begin to come to pass, look up, lift up your head for your redemption draws near. That is the key and it set me free! The other one is Psalm 2. How does God view this world government thing? God's view is laughter. Therefore if we are seated with him in heavenly places we can laugh also and use all this information as an evangelistic tool. Not to frighten people, but to tell them this is where we are at and that we all need a spiritual basis for our life.”
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