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There was a circus at the United Nations last week. There were no elephants or caged lions, no trapeze artists or sword swallowers. Not even any bearded ladies.

But there were sights to see that we’ll not see outside the circus.

Like U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry toting his 2-year-old granddaughter to the front of the General Assembly hall to sign an international agreement.

Oh, and there were even brass bands playing inside the hall.

Was this the annual visit of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus to New York City?

Not quite. But for some strange reason, it does remind me of P.T. Barnum’s famous quote: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

In reality, the occasion was the signing of the Paris Agreement, negotiated in Paris last December. The European Commission describes it as “the first ever universal, legally-binding climate deal.”

The United Nations chose “Earth Day” as the appropriate setting for the historic signing of this groundbreaking international climate accord.

Note that the EC described it as “legally binding.” This is where it starts to get spooky, folks. What does that mean? A treaty can only be legally-binding if all parties formally agree to it. And before the U.S. can formally agree to a treaty, it has to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

The Senate has not ratified this treaty. And, in fact, the Obama administration is refusing to describe it as a treaty, implying that the President doesn’t need the Senate’s approval to honor the provisions of the agreement.

This deal is just another in the growing list of “agreements” to which the Obama administration is obligating America. These binding “agreements,” like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), will supersede the rights of the nations to govern themselves. And, sad to say, the Republicans are falling into step with the President.

But now it takes an even scarier turn.

Enter Pope Francis. Of all the world leaders on the man-made climate change bandwagon, the Pope has been the most outspoken and bluntest.

To cut to the chase, the Pope thinks that the climate change hoax is so threatening that he has, at various times, suggested that every nation on earth needs to be placed in subjection to the world’s “elites.” Since, obviously, only the “elites” know what’s really going on and how to solve the problem. I suppose he considers himself one of the “elite.”

He has recommended doing away with the sovereignty of individual nation-states because some of those nations “place their national interests above the global common good.”

He proposes that nations be under the authority of a “higher agency.” And, folks, the Pope is NOT referring to God in this case.

You’re smart enough to see where all of this is headed. They sell these trade deals to the public by using the promise of “jobs.” They sell the climate deals by scaring the public with unrealistic future dangers based on faulty and manipulated information.

But all of these “agreements” and “deals” are about one thing: CONTROL!

The kind of global control that will be necessary to facilitate the rise of Antichrist.

Climate, terror, jobs, the economy, wars and peace, civil unrest, mass migrations, racial strife, plagues and pestilences, all of these are landmarks on the road-map to Antichrist and will be the stepping stones he uses to eventually ascend to global control.

These types of problems and fears create the popular desperation that once led Germany to Adolf Hitler. But this time, the desperation is global. And, even now, someone much worse than Hitler waits in the wings.

Remember the wonderful anthem to our beloved nation, “America the Beautiful”? When was the last time you sang it? It always makes me a little misty-eyed when I do.

Have you ever noticed that “America the Beautiful” is chockful of prayer? Look at it. Each verse highlights something wonderful about America, then concludes with a prayer asking God to sustain us and continue to bless us.

But the prayer in the first verse is the one that I believe is most important, “God shed His grace on thee.”

A lot of people are wondering these days if America has gone past the point of no return. The current political races have only highlighted the tremendous anger, fear, and anxiety bubbling inside of most Americans.

We see our nation coming apart at the seams. Most of it is self-inflicted. And many are filled with despair.

I’m reminded of the church in Laodicea. America is like that. It says, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing.” But Jesus says to America, “You are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.” (Revelation 3:17 NASB)

Can a description of the sad state of our nation be any more precise?

But, thank God, Jesus didn’t stop there. In the next verse, He offered us hope: “Be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:18 NASB) After He gave the church the bad news, He then gave them space to change their ways.

Is it too late for America to repent? Should we give up on our nation? No! I believe that as long as we are alive and still able to intercede for America, it’s not too late.

We don’t deserve another Great Awakening, but grace is God’s unmerited favor. So keep praying “America the Beautiful’s” blessing on our nation, “God shed His grace on thee!”

Finally, this week I want to continue my discussion of the great hope of the Church, the Rapture. And you know something? It could happen today!

God Bless,

Hal Lindsey