Mexico is vital to the security of the United States. Since the United States is protected by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, its southern border represents the most vulnerable part of its perimeter. Preventing Mexico and the Caribbean islands from allying with foreign enemies has always been vital to American strategy.
This is why recent events south of the Rio Grande are so concerning. Joe Biden sought to show hemispheric unity last week, but his Summit of the Americas was an absolute disaster. He did not invite Cuba, Nicaragua or Venezuela to the summit because of their abysmal human rights record. But he discovered that many Latin American countries are more loyal to Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela than to the United States. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced he would not attend the Summit of the Americas after news broke that the Biden administration was not inviting socialist dictators to the meeting.
“There cannot be a Summit of the Americas if all the countries of the American continent do not participate,” said López Obrador. “Or there may be, but we think that means continuing with the politics of the past, of interventionism, of disrespect for nations and their peoples.” Mexico still sent a representative to the event, but the absence of López Obrador dealt a blow to Biden’s plan. The summit was supposed to show how the United States was a leading force in the Western Hemisphere, but the leader of the hemisphere’s third most populous county did not attend.
Bolivian President Luis Arce also did not show up, nor did the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras or Guatemala. All of these leaders told the world that Latin unity is more important than relations with the United States, and that policymakers in Washington, DC, should take note of this development.
Representatives from Cuba and the European Union agreed on a series of new projects in critical sectors such as food security, local community development and digital connectivity. And Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares is calling on his EU peers to quickly ratify trade agreements with Chile, Mexico and the Southern Common Market. Mexico and the various nations of Latin America may soon be tied much more closely to a resurgent European superpower than to the United States.
Such a Euro-Latin power bloc is a threat to the United States. No power can besiege the United States without economic and military superiority in Latin America. And that’s why many historic American rivals, from the French Emperor Napoleon iii to the German Kaiser Wilhelm ii to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, sought to pit Latin American nations (mainly Mexico) against the United States. More than 40% of all goods imported into the United States pass through the Gulf of Mexico, and Mexico would be the best starting point from which foreign enemies could invade.
The idea of armies invading the United States may seem far-fetched, but the Bible says it will happen. In the book of Revelation, the apostle John had a vision of a beast that would wage war in the end times. He tells us how to identify this beast with the following riddle: “Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Revelation 13:18).
There have been many conspiracy theories surrounding the number of the beast since the Apostle John wrote those words. Yet the correct interpretation of this riddle was given less than a century after John’s death by Irenaeus of Lyons, a student of the Apostle Polycarp before he joined the Roman Catholic Church.
Today when people count they usually use Hindu-Arabic numerals. But in ancient times, people used letters to count. Many are still familiar with Roman numerals, where I is 1, v is 5, X is 10, etc But fewer know that the Greek and Hebrew alphabets also use letters for numbers. The Apostle John wrote Revelation in Greek and Irenaeus noted in his book Against heresies than the letters of the Greek name Latéinos (ΛΑΤΕΙΝΟΣ) sum to 666; the last of the four kingdoms seen by the prophet Daniel was the Latin kingdom.
The late Herbert W. Armstrong explained this identification in his booklet Who or what is the prophetic beast? He noted that Lateinos “means ‘the Latin man’ or ‘the name of Latium’, the region from which the Romans derive their origin and their language. This word, too, means ‘Roman.’ In Greek, I at 30, a is 1, you is 300, e is 5, I is 10, not at 50, oh 70 years old, s is 200. Count those numbers. They count exactly to 666! It is indeed no coincidence that the name of the kingdom, of its founder and first king, and of each man of the kingdom, counts up to 666 exactly!
King Lateinos founded the Kingdom of Lazio, which became the ancient Roman Empire, transformed into the medieval Holy Roman Empire and spread across the Atlantic Ocean to the Latin American colonies of the Holy Roman Empire. Even today, many Roman Catholic leaders point out that the various ethnic groups spread throughout Latin America share a cultural heritage completely different from the Anglo-American heritage.
“Immigration is the key to our American renewal,” wrote Archbishop José Horacio Gómez of Los Angeles just two years ago. “The American story that most of us know is set in New England. It’s the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, the first Thanksgiving, and John Winthrop’s ‘city on a hill’ sermon. It’s the story of great men like Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. It’s the story of great documents like the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. … But the story of the Founding Fathers and the truths that they took for granted are not the whole story of America. The rest of the story begins more than a century before the Pilgrims. It begins in the 1520s in Florida and in the 1540s here in California. This is not the story of a colonial settlement and political and economic opportunity. It is the story of exploration and evangelization. This story is not Anglo-Protestant but Hispano-Catholic It is centered, not in New England but in Nueva España….
This cultural divide that Archbishop Gómez pointed out is the root cause of the tensions at Joe Biden’s Summit of the Americas. The United States and Canada share an Anglo-American culture very different from the Latin culture that unites Latin America and much of Europe. This fact is significant in Bible prophecy.
“Herbert Armstrong has long prophesied, and we expect the alliance between Europe and South America to become extremely strong,” Trumpet editor Gerald Flurry writes in his booklet Isaiah’s vision of the end times. “The most important factors that will cement this bond are religion and language: Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in Latin America and Spanish is the fourth most spoken language in the world. But it will not be a union of equals: the Latin American countries will become vassal states of Europe! With a German-ruled Europe (king of the north) possessing great sea power, North America will be surrounded to the east by Europe and to the south by Latin America. The Bible contains many prophecies about this European power attacking America.
The fact that many Latin American countries are willing to boycott a US-led summit because it excludes communist Cuba is a reminder of how many of these countries are becoming anti-American. The Bible warns that many of them will likely be part of a resurrection of the Holy Roman Empire at the end of time. Anyone who has read the bloody history of this empire knows that this is terrifying news for the near future. Yet, as Revelation 17:14 promises, “the Lamb will overcome “this empire” for he is Lord of lords and King of kings.
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