Some 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ made the following reply when quizzed about God's most important Law:
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' (Matthew 22:35-39)
Has America abided by this Law?
Near the end of the epilogue to My Thesis, I write the following:
The bottom line is that 'rational market theory', which has effectively become faith in the 'invisible hand' of Mammon, is leading to catastrophic failure.
"No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon." (Matthew 6:24)
Man has placed his faith in the wrong god and, consequently, is facing a total upset of his irrational beliefs and expectations.
What form will God's judgment take? What will precipitate the crash of Western Civilization the cycles of history indicate may be imminent?
This should be obvious, but, because the world is under the spell of the Antichrist's "strong delusion" as foretold by Paul, apparently only the select can see the truth.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (II Thessalonians 2:8-12)
Russia deems itself to be the Third Rome. Communism was done away with by Moscow's ruling elite to replace one false ideological front with another: Christianity.
That this is the case can easily be discerned by examining Russia's state emblem as adopted in 1992, right after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Here's an image of the central Coat of Arms:
Now here is the Byzantine Empire emblem that appears above the front entrance of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople which signifies the Second Rome:
The main difference is the central image in the Russian state emblem of St. George on a white horse slaying the satanic serpent....which, in a modern context, represents Russia slaying the satanic evil of the West.
There are, of course, rather dire implications for the world, and Western Civilization in particular, if, indeed, Russia fancies itself a Third Rome. First off, bear in mind that the concept of the "Third Rome" is parallel to the "Third Reich" of Nazi Germany:
The name Third Reich (Drittes Reich, "Third Reich") refers to the state as the successor to the Holy Roman Empire of the Middle Ages and the German Empire of 1871–1918. (Wikipedia)
Thus, the current mentality of the Kremlin is on par with that of Hitler's Third Reich. What's worse, Russia's identification with being a Third Rome means that the leader is upheld not just as a czar but, more so, as Czar of Czars, i.e., the incarnation of Christ (READ: "Czar" = C-zar = Caesar). In this sense, the utopian social goal of Communism is displaced by a utopian totalitarian goal of Russia's version of the kingdom of god. Also, since Jews are deemed to be responsible for the murder of Jesus, they are therefore the primary target of divine Russian retribution....thus making "Zionism", purportedly advanced by Israel and America, primary strategic targets of Moscow's thermonuclear machinations.
Of course, the truth of the matter is that Constantine I hijacked the message of Christ for personal deification in order to cement control over his empire. This is no different than what the modern-day ruling elite of Russia are up to.
The problem for Russia is that I'm back and have a far different vision for God's Kingdom....one premised on the American Ideal of man over government rather than vice versa. I suggest people pick sides accordingly.
The Russian Idea proceeded....from the belief that the contemporary world was suffering from a global spiritual crisis 'carrying humankind headlong toward catastrophe' (in the words of a present day prophet). It pointed to the inability of the secularized, materialistic and cosmopolitan West to come to grips with this crisis, whose historical source lay in the secular Enlightenment: in the West's rejection of religion as the spiritual basis of politics and in its inability to realize that not the individual but the nation is the foundation of the world order conceived by God; that 'humankind is quantified by nations'.
The Russian Idea pointed to the providential role of Orthodoxy, as uniquely capable of pulling back the world from the brink of the abyss, and to Russia as the instrument of this great mission. While the Russian Idea rejected the 'government's interference in the moral life of the people' (the police state), it also denounced the 'people's interference in state power' (democracy). To both of these it opposed the 'principle of AUTHORITARIAN power'. The state, it taught, must be unlimited because 'only under unlimited monarchial power can the people separate the government from themselves and free themselves to concentrate on moral-social life, on the drive for spiritual freedom'.
The Russian idea did not acknowledge the central postulate of Western political thought concerning the separation of powers (as the institutional embodiment of the neutralization of vice by vice). Instead, it advocated the principle of separation of functions between temporal and spiritual powers: the state guards the country against external foes and the Orthodox church settles the nation's internal conflicts....It cherished the ideal of the nation cum family, requiring neither parliaments, political parties, nor separation of powers. Like the family, the nation would have no need of legal guarnatees or institutional limitations on state's power and its focus should not be the rights, but rather the obligations of its members. The nation's conflicts, according to the Russian Idea, must be reconciled by spiritual, rather than constitutional, authority.
The ideal of the nation as family presupposed the need for salvation from the sinful influences of the 'street' (the West) and, consequently, from a spiritual rebirth and a moral revolution. In the course of this Russia would return 'home' to its pure rural roots, to the tsarist Rus'...
(Excerpt from Yanov's The Russian Challenge, pp.24-25)
"Today the Soviet system can no longer seriously strive toward the spectre of Communism - but at the same time it cannot yet abandon the grandeur of its tasks, for otherwise it would have to answer for fruitless sacrifices which are truly innumerable. But in what then can the Soviet system find its justification? Only in the consciousness that it was unconsciously in the past, as it is now quite consciously, God's instrument for constructing a new Christian world. It has no other justification, and this is . . . a genuine and great justification. By adopting it, our state will discover in itself a truly inexhaustable source of Truth, spiritual energy and strength, which has never before existed in history . . . The old pagan world has now finally outlived its era . . . In order not to perish with it we must build a new civilization - but is Western society, whose foundations have been destroyed, really capable of this? Only the Soviet sytem, having adopted Russian Orthodoxy . . . is capable of beginning THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION OF THE WORLD." (Passage written by Russian nationalist G.M. Shimanov quoted in Yanov's The Russian Challenge, p.236)
From outward appearances it would seem that the old Soviet Union has returned. A thing crucified, dead and buried has been resurrected. Four weeks after Vladimir Putin’s re-election, a procession led by the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived at the Church of Christ the Redeemer in Moscow. In keeping with ancient tradition the doors of the church were shut, symbolizing the sealed cave where Christ’s body was placed following crucifixion. “After midnight,” noted Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, “the Orthodox faithful taking part in the procession await the opening of the church doors. The patriarch stands on the steps at their head and is the first to enter the empty temple where the Resurrection of Christ has already occurred.” In due course the Patriarch offered up a prayer, the doors of the Church of Christ the Redeemer were opened and out stepped President Vladimir Putin. If any Christians were present for this ceremony they offered no protest to this blatant sacrilege. The woman who reported this event for the benefit of Western readers has since been assassinated. The KGB defector who was investigating the circumstances of her death has been poisoned (i.e., Litvinenko). [SOURCE]
Note that Vladimir Putin took power in Moscow on December 31st, 1999, at the turn of the Millenium. Given that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, Putin's rise to power was supposed to symbolize how Christ rose on the third day, i.e., on January 1st, 2000, the holy (the term is used loosely here) Russian empire (i.e., the "Third Rome") and its 'tsar of tsars' (i.e., king of kings) "resurrected".