Updated: Dec 31, 2022
THE LAST SUPERPOWER - THE USA
The United States of America holds a special place in Bible prophecy. This nation represented by the second beast of Revelation 13:11 will be instrumental in seeing off the last days of this earth's history just prior to the second coming of Christ. It is seen arising around 1798 just when the first beast of the same chapter is going into captivity. For a more detailed study see webpage on Revelation 13 - Coalition of Evil parts 1& 2
PAPAL ROME - FIRST BEAST OF REVELATION 13:1-10
The first beast of Revelation 13:1-10 has been identified by many expositors of Bible Prophecy as Papal Rome - the beast with the wounded head. cf the Little Horn of Daniel 7, they are one and the same power.
Papal Rome led God's people into captivity, so itself goes into captivity.
Papal Rome killed God's people by the sword so was itself "killed" by the sword.
The Papal wound was inflicted by Atheistic France in 1798
Pagan Rome transitioned to Papal Rome in Daniel 2,7,8 & 11
Papal Rome is a union of CHURCH (clay) & STATE (iron) - Daniel 2
The second beast of Revelation 13 will form an image of the first beast.
The professed Christian church of the USA will unite with the State.
US Protestant Christianity will unite with the STATE to legislate church laws.
The USA will exercise all the power of the first beast (Papal Rome) - v 12
The USA will cause the EARTH to worship the first beast (Papal Rome) - v 12
The USA will cause the people to worship the first beast (Papal Rome) - v 12
The USA will coerce the world to form an image of the 1st beast - Rev 13:14
The USA will give life to the image of the beast - church & state unions.
This image of the beast will kill anyone who does not worship it - v 15
The USA (church & state union) will enforce the Mark of the Beast - v 16
The USA will enforce economic boycott against refusers of the Mark etc - v 17
One might ask how will the Protestant Christian church of the USA go about doing all this? There are countries who might object and resist all such moves including Communist China, North Korea and Russia.
The answer lies in the union of church and state with the church having the state do its bidding, including passing laws that are persecutory or discriminatory in nature.
The prophecy speaking of the US Church / State coalition says:
THE POWER OF THE FIRST BEAST - PAPAL ROME
The power of Papal Rome lies in its use of the state to prosecute its edicts against its enemies - namely Christians who uphold Bible truth, who take their stand on the Scriptures, a "thus saith the Lord" rather than a "thus saith the church".
Papal apologies whether by Pope John Paul II or Pope Francis do not have any impact on those ignorant of history and the atrocities perpetrated by Papal Rome on the human family.
Pope John Paul II officially made more than 100 apologies during his pontificate including those to "Jews, women, people convicted by the Inquisition, Muslims killed by the Crusaders and almost everyone who had suffered at the hands of the Catholic Church over the years."
"On 20 November 2001, from a laptop in the Vatican, Pope John Paul II sent his first e-mail apologizing for the Catholic sex abuse cases, the Church-backed "Stolen Generations" of Aboriginal children in Australia, and to China for the behavior of Catholic missionaries in colonial times." - Wikipedia
"That the church of Rome has shed more innocent blood than any other institution that has ever existed among mankind, will be questioned by no Protestant who has a competent knowledge of history.. It is impossible to form a complete conception of the magnitude of her victims, and it is quite certain that no powers of imagination can adequately realise their sufferings." - WH Lecky, History of the Rise and Influence of the Spirit of Rationalism in Europe, vol 2, p. 32, 1910 Edition.
These were more than errors. Papal Rome was a killing machine. It systematically persecuted and put to death millions of Bible believing Christians, labelling them heretics worthy of death.
Daniel 7:25 speaking of the Little Horn (Papal Rome) predicted this would occur:
"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time".
Revelation 13 picks up on this in verse 7:
"The archbishop of St. Louis said: 'Heresy and unbelief are crimes; and in Christian countries, as in Italy and Spain, for instance, where all people are Catholics, and where the Catholic religion is an essential part of the law of the land, they are punished as crimes.... "'Every cardinal, archbishop, and bishop in the Catholic Church takes an oath of allegiance to the pope, in which occur the following words: 'Heretic, schismatics, and rebels to our said lord (the pope), or his aforesaid successors, I will to my utmost persecute and oppose.'" Josiah Strong, in "Our Country," ch. 5, pars 2-4.
"For professing faith contrary to the teachings of the church of Rome, history records the martyrdom of more than one hundred million people. A million Waldenses and Albigenses [Swiss and French Protestants] perished during a crusade proclaimed by Pope Innocent III in 1208. Beginning from the establishment of the Jesuits in 1540 to 1580, nine hundred thousand were destroyed. One hundred and fifty thousand perished by the inquisition in thirty years. Within the space of thirty-eight years after the edict of Charles V against Protestants, fifty thousand persons were hanged, beheaded, or burned alive for heresy. Eighteen thousand more perished during the administration of the Duke of Alva in five and a half years." Brief Bible Readings, p. 16.
THE CATHOLIC POSITION ON ALL WHO OPPOSE HER
"The Catholic has some reason on his side when he calls for the temporal punishment of heretics, for he claims the true title of Christian for himself exclusively, and professes to be taught by the never-failing presence of the Spirit of God.. It is not more 'morally' wrong to put a man to death for heresy than for murder,.. [and] in many cases persecution for religious opinions is not only permissible, but highly advisable and necessary." - "The Lawfulness of Persecution" in The Rambler, 4, June, 1849, pp. 119, 126 ["The Rambler" was an English Roman Catholic journal published from 1848 to 1862]
"You ask if he (the Roman Catholic) were lord in the land, and you were in a minority, if not in numbers yet in power, what would he do to you? That, we say, would entirely depend upon circumstances. If it would benefit the cause of Catholicism, he would tolerate you: If expedient, he would imprison you, banish you, fine you; possibly, he might even hang you. But be assured of one thing: He would never tolerate you for the sake of 'the glorious principles of civil and religious liberty'...Catholicism is the most intolerant of creeds. It is intolerance itself, for it is truth itself." The Rambler (English Roman Catholic Journal), "Civil and Religious Liberty," September 8, 1851, p 174, 178.
"The Catholic Church has persecuted...when she thinks it is good to use physical force she will use it...Will the Catholic Church give bond that she will not persecute?...The Catholic Church gives no bonds for her good behaviour." Western Watchman (Catholic Paper), December 24, 1908.
"When confronted with heresy, she (The Catholic Church) does not content herself with persuasion, arguments of an intellectual and moral order appear to her insufficient, and she has recourse to force, to corporal punishment, to torture." H.M.A. Baudrillart, Rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, in "The Catholic Church, The Renassance, and Protestantism", p 182-183.
"Communists destroy churches because they are God's enemies; Catholic's destroy (non-Catholic) churches because they are God's friends...Against such men-founded churches...Catholics in Latin America should arise and wipe them out with fire." John J. Oberlander, in The Voice of Freedom, 1954, p. 20.
It is beyond comprehension how people can be so mentally captive and believe so much in a religion that they are convinced it is just and right to kill people who differ from or disagree with the Catholic faith.
THE CATHOLIC PRIEST'S OATH
I, _____, now in the presence of Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael and Archangel, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles, St. Peter and St. Paul, and the Saints and the Sacred Hosts of Heaven, and to you my Lord, I do declare from my heart, without mental reservation, that the Pope is Christ's Vicar-General, and is the true and only Head of the Universal Church throughout the earth, and that by virtue of the keys of binding and loosing given to his Holiness by Jesus Christ, he has power to dispose heretical kings, princes, states, commonwealths and governments, all being illegal without his sacred confirmation, and they may safely be destroyed. Therefore, to the uttermost of my power, I will defend the doctrine and his Holiness' rights and customs against all usurpers of the Protestant authority whatsoever, especially against the now pretended authority and church in England and all adherents, in regard that they be usurpal and heretical opposing the Sacred Mother, the Church of Rome.
"I do denounce and disown any allegiance as due to any Protestant king, prince, state, or obedience to any of their inferior officers. I do further declare the doctrine of the church of England, of the Calvinists, Huguenots and other Protestants to be damnable, and those to be damned who will not forsake the same.
"I do further declare that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness' agents in any place wherever I shall be, and do my utmost to extirpate Protestant doctrine, and to destroy all their pretended power, legal or otherwise. I do further promise and declare that notwithstanding that I may be permitted by dispensation to assume any heretical religion for the propagation of the Mother Church's interest, to keep secret and private all her agents' councils as they entrust me, and not to divulge directly or indirectly, by word, writing, or circumstance whatsoever, but to execute all which shall be proposed, given in charge or discovered unto me by you my most Reverend Lord and Bishop.
"All of which I, _____, do swear by the blessed Trinity and sacrament which I am about to receive, to perform on my part, to keep inviolably, and do call on all the Heavenly and Glorious Hosts of Heaven to witness my real intentions to keep this my oath.
"In testimony wherefore I take this most holy and blessed sacrament of the Eucharist, and witness the same further with my consecrated hand, in the presence of my Holy Bishop and all the Priests who assist him in my Ordination to Priesthood." Oath Taken by a Perspective Catholic Priest, from the Manuele Romanum,.as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.
THE CATHOLIC BISHOP'S OATH "I, _____, elect of the church of _____, from henceforth will be faithful and obedient to St. Peter the Apostle and to the holy Roman Church, and to our Lord, the Lord _____, Pope _____, and to his successors canonically entering. I will neither advise, consent, nor do anything that they may lose life or member, or that their persons may be seized, or hands any wise laid upon them, or any injuries offered to them under any pretense whatsoever. The council with which they shall entrust me by themselves, their messengers, or letters, I will not knowingly reveal to any to their prejudice. I will help them to keep and to defend the Roman Papacy, and the regalities of St. Peter, saving my Order against all men. The legate of the Apostolic See, going and coming, I will honorably treat and help in his necessities. The rights, honors, privileges, and authority of the holy Roman Church, of our Lord the Pope, and his aforesaid successors, I will endeavor to preserve, defend, increase, and advance. I will not be in any council, action, or treaty in which shall be plotted against our said Lord, and the said Roman Church, anything to the hurt or prejudice of their persons, right, honor, state, or power; and if I shall know any such thing to be treated or agitated by any whatsoever, I will hinder it to my power, and, as soon as I can, will signify it to our said Lord, or to some other by whom it may come to his knowledge.
"The rules of the holy Fathers, the apostolic decrees, ordinances or disposals, reservations, provisions, or mandates I will observe with all my might, and cause to be observed by others.
"Heretics, schismatics, and rebels, to our said Lord, or his foresaid successors, I will to my power persecute and oppose.
"I will come to a council when I am called, unless I be hindered by a canonical impediment. I will by myself in person visit the threshold of the apostles every three years; and give an account to our Lord and his aforesaid successors of all my pastoral office, and of all things any wise belonging to the state of my Church, to the discipline of my clergy and people; and, lastly, to the salvation of souls committed to my trust; and I will in like manner humbly receive and diligently execute the apostolic commands. And if I be detained by a lawful impediment, I will perform all things aforesaid by a certain messenger heretofore especially empowered, a member of my chapter, or some other in ecclesiastical dignity, or else having a parsonage, or in default of these, by a priest of the diocese, or, in default of the clergy of the diocese by some other secular or regular priest of approved integrity and religion, fully instructed in all things above mentioned. And such impediments I will make out by lawful proofs, to be transmitted by the aforesaid messengers to the cardinal proponent of the holy Roman Church in the congregation of the sacred council.
"The possessions belonging to my table I will neither sell, nor give away, nor mortgage, nor grant anew in fee, nor any wise alienate, no, not even with the consent of the chapter of my church, without consulting the Roman Pontiff; and if I shall make any alienation, I will hereby incur the penalties contained in a certain constitution put forth about this matter. So help me God, and these holy Gospels of God." Oath Taken by a Perspective Catholic Bishop, as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.
THE CATHOLIC CARDINAL'S OATH "I, _____, of the holy Roman Church, Cardinal of _____, promise and swear from this hour hence as long as I live to be faithful and obedient to the blessed St. Peter, the Holy Roman Apostolic Church, and the Most Holy Lord Pius X, and also his canonically elected successors. I swear to give no counsel, nor to concur in anything and not to aid in any way against the pontifical majesty or person; never to disclose affairs entrusted to me by the nuncios, or in their letters, willingly or knowingly, to their detriment or dishonor; to be ever ready to aid them to retain, defend, or recover their rights against all.
"I shall fight with all my zeal and all my forces for their honor and dignity. I shall defend the legates and nuncios of the Apostolic See in all places under my jurisdiction, provide for their safe journey, treat them honorably on their coming, during their stay, and on their return and resist even to the shedding of blood, whomsoever would attempt anything against them.
"I shall try in every way to assert, uphold, preserve, increase and promote the rights, even temporal, the liberty, honor, privileges and authority of the Holy Roman Church of our Lord, the Pope and his successors. When it shall come to my knowledge that some machination prejudicial to those rights, which I cannot prevent, is occurring, I shall immediately make it known to the Pope, his successor, or someone qualified to convey such knowledge to him.
"I swear to observe and fulfill and see that others observe and fulfill, the regulations, degrees, ordinances, dispensations, reservations, and provisions of the Apostolic mandates and constitutions of Sixtus First of happy memory, and to combat with every effort, heretics, schismatics, and rebellious utterances against our Lord the Pope, and his successors.
"Even summon for any reason by the Holy Father or his successor I shall obey, or, when detained by just cause, I shall send some one to present my excuses, to show due reverence and obedience.
"I shall never sell, give away, mortgage or alienate, without consent of the Roman Pontiff, the convents, churches, monasteries, or their benefices, committed to me, and I shall likewise observe inviolably the constitution of the Supreme Pontiff Pius X., beginning, 'Vacant sede apostolica,' given at Rome on the 25th day of December, in the year 1904, concerning the vacancy in the Holy See and the election of a Roman Pontiff.
"I swear not to receive a commission from any civil power under any pretext to propose a veto even under the form of a simple desire, in accordance with the constitution 'commissum nobis' given by Pius X., January 24th, 1904, and not to disclose anything, no matter how known to me, either in open conclave or to the individual Cardinals by writing or orally, directly or indirectly, before or during the conclave, and I promise to lend no help, or countenance no intervention of any civil power in the election of the Pope.
"Likewise, I shall observe minutely each and all decrees, especially those which have emanated from the Sacred Congregation of Ceremonies, or those who come from it, relative to the sublime dignity of the Cardinalate, nor shall I do anything repugnant to the honor and dignity of the Cardinalate." Oath Taken by a Perspective Catholic Cardinal, as recorded in Congressional Record of the U.S.A., House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913.
THE EXTREME OATH OF THE JESUITS
"I, ____ now, in the presence of Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael the Archangel, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul and all the saints and sacred hosts of heaven, and to you, my ghostly father, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in the Pontificate of Paul the Third, and continued to the present, do by the womb of the virgin, the matrix of God, and the rod of Jesus Christ, declare and swear, that his holiness the Pope is Christ's Vice-regent and is the true and only head of the Catholic or Universal Church throughout the earth; and that by virtue of the keys of binding and loosing, given to his Holiness by my Savior, Jesus Christ, he hath power to depose heretical kings, princes, states, commonwealths and governments, all being illegal without his sacred confirmation and that they may safely be destroyed. Therefore, to the utmost of my power I shall and will defend this doctrine of his Holiness' right and custom against all usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever, especially the Lutheran of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the now pretended authority and churches of England and Scotland, and branches of the same now established in Ireland and on the Continent of America and elsewhere; and all adherents in regard that they be usurped and heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome. I do now renounce and disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or state named Protestants or Liberals, or obedience to any of the laws, magistrates or officers.
"I do further declare that the doctrine of the churches of England and Scotland, of the Calvinists, Huguenots and others of the name Protestants or Liberals to be damnable and they themselves damned who will not forsake the same.
"I do further declare, that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness' agents in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other Kingdom or territory I shall come to, and do my uttermost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberals' doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise.
"I do further promise and declare, that notwithstanding I am dispensed with, to assume my religion heretical, for the propaganda of the Mother Church's interest, to keep secret and private all her agents' counsels from time to time, as they may entrust me and not to divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing or circumstance whatever; but to execute all that shall be proposed, given in charge or discovered unto me, by you, my ghostly father, or any of this sacred covenant.
"I do further promise and declare, that I will have no opinion or will of my own, or any mental reservation whatever, even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive from my superiors in the Militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ.
"That I may go to any part of the world withersoever I may be sent, to the frozen regions of the North, the burning sands of the desert of Africa, or the jungles of India, to the centers of civilization of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous savages of America, without murmuring or repining, and will be submissive in all things whatsoever communicated to me.
"I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.
In confirmation of which, I hereby dedicate my life, my soul and all my corporal powers, and with this dagger which I now receive, I will subscribe my name written in my own blood, in testimony thereof; and should I prove false or weaken in my determination, may my brethren and fellow soldiers of the Militia of the Pope cut off my hands and my feet, and my throat from ear to ear, my belly opened and sulphur burned therein, with all the punishment that can be inflicted upon me on earth and my soul be tortured by demons in an eternal hell forever!
"All of which, I, _____, do swear by the Blessed Trinity and blessed Sacraments, which I am now to receive, to perform and on my part to keep inviolable; and do call all the heavenly and glorious host of heaven to witness the blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, and witness the same further with my name written and with the point of this dagger dipped in my own blood and sealed in the face of this holy covenant."
(He receives the wafer from the Superior and writes his name with the point of his dagger dipped in his own blood taken from over his heart.)
In the above article, Pope Benedict VI is said to have cited a conversation between a Byzantine emperor and a Persian scholar, “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
Appears Pope Benedict VI could not see the wood for the trees in Papal Rome's massacre of millions of Bible believing Christians - "only evil and inhuman", "to spread by the sword" the Roman Catholic faith.
PAPAL ROME WAS ESTABLISHED BY MILITARY AID.
Papal Rome came to power via the aid of the state - by the Franks' King Clovis
Papal Rome lost its power via the state - by the Franks' Napoleon Bonaparte
Papal Rome will again come to power via the aid of the state - the USA
The Protestants of the USA will ultimately gain control of the State and legislate in favour of the Professed Christian church. Countries are being programmed at present to accept the Pope and Papal Rome as the pre-eminent representative of the Christian religion and indeed of all world religions.
HOW WILL THE USA EFFECT ROME'S GLOBAL AGENDA?
And cause those changes in our world outlined in Revelation 13:11-17
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,
He causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast,
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven
He deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by those miracles
He says to them that dwell on the earth,
that they should make an image to the beast,
He had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
That the image of the beast should both speak, and cause
That as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
He causeth all, ... to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
DANIEL CHAPTER 11:40 COMES TO OUR AID.
Like Papal Rome, Protestant USA will become a persecutory power as she exercises all the power of the first beast - union of church and state. Religious intolerance will be revived and religious liberty will be imperilled. Indeed it is already being greatly undermined in the eroding of free speech under the guise of so called discrimination, racism, political correctness etc.
Recall in the study of Daniel 11 that:
The literal King of the North was Seleucus of the Seleucid Empire
The literal King of the South was Ptolemy of Egypt
The literal King of the North is defeated by Rome in verse 16
With that victory, Rome assumes the title King of the North.
The literal Rome of the Caesars transitions to the Rome of the Popes in v 31.
With that transition, Papal Rome becomes the spiritual King of the North.
Egypt was the literal king of the South at the beginning of Daniel 11
Pharaoh demonstrated his God defying Atheism in Exodus 5:2
After the transition from literal to spiritual Rome, Atheism is the KOTS*.
* KOTS = King of the South
"And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over."
The King of the South in the form of Atheism in France attacked Papal Rome, dealing her the deadly wound as we saw earlier. But Papal Rome is predicted to come at the King of the South (Atheism) like a whirlwind with chariots and horsemen and with many ships.
Atheism is embedded in Communism.
Hence the enemy of Papal Rome is Communism.
"Communists destroy churches because they are God's enemies; Catholic's destroy (non-Catholic) churches because they are God's friends...Against such men-founded churches...Catholics in Latin America should arise and wipe them out with fire." John J. Oberlander, in The Voice of Freedom, 1954, p. 20.
HOW WILL PAPAL ROME ACHIEVE ITS GOALS?
The prophecy said it would come against the King of the South with:
Chariots and Horsemen
WHAT DO CHARIOTS AND HORSEMEN & MANY SHIPS SYMBOLISE IN PROPHECY?
Chariots and Horsemen symbolise MILITARY POWER
Ships symbolise TRADE or ECONOMIC POWER
Chariots & horsemen = MILITARY power.
Whirlwind = FAST (Amos 1:14; Jer 4:13). This language is borrowed from a description of literal Babylon, “his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles...” (Jer 4:13).
*Literal Babylon was a type of the end-time king of the north. See the King of the North study in Daniel 1&2 on this website.
Ships = ECONOMIC or TRADING power (Ps 107:23; Rev 18:17, 19; Eze 27:24, 25)
In history the military power of the Franks (France - King Clovis) came to the aid of Papal Rome to help establish the Papacy so Revelation 13 states that the Second Beast, the USA, will aid Papal Rome, the first beast, in getting all to worship her as all the world wonders [or marvels] after the Roman beast.
The USA just so happens to be the world's largest ECONOMIC and MILITARY POWER.
ECONOMIC SANCTIONS and MILITARY POWER are the weapons to be deployed against the King of the South. Communist China, Russia and North Korea will be brought to heel. War will rage in the last days of this earth's history. (Matthew 24:6-8)
"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."
Catholicism in the old world (Europe) and Protestantism in the new world (USA) will unite and coerce the world into submission to the Papal power so speaks the prophecy, so will it be.
UNITED STATES ECONOMIC SANCTIONS
Countries sanctioned in some form by the United States as of 2022
The White House - see whitehouse.gov for fact sheet below of April 06, 2022
[Since Russia launched its unjustified and unprovoked all-out war against Ukraine in February 2022, the United States has worked with Allies and partners around the world to impose an unprecedented range of sanctions and export controls on Russia for its brutal aggression. Moreover, we will continue to impose costs on the Kremlin for as long as its war of aggression continues.
Sanctions and export controls are having significant and long-lasting consequences on Russia’s defense industrial base. Since February 2022, the United States and our partners and Allies have coordinated to use export controls and sanctions to restrict Russia’s access to advanced technology , which has degraded the Russian weapons industry’s ability to produce and stockpile weapons to replace those that have been destroyed in the war.
A few effects include:
Major supply shortages for Russian forces in Ukraine are forcing Russia to turn to less technologically advanced countries such as Iran and North Korea for supplies and equipment.
Russia is struggling to import semiconductors and other key components. Export controls have forced Russia to cannibalize existing airline parts they can no longer access abroad.
Russian hypersonic ballistic missile production has nearly ceased due to the lack of necessary semiconductors used in the manufacturing process.
Russia’s military aviation program has been cut off from resupply provided by global aviation trade.
Russian media reports that production of its next-generation airborne early warning and control military aircraft has stalled due to lack of foreign components, including semiconductors.
Mechanical plants, including those producing surface-to-air missiles, have been shut down due to shortages of foreign-origin components.
Russia has reverted to Soviet-era defense stocks because our measures have interrupted Russian companies’ abilities to replenish domestic supply chains.
Exports on certain goods and services, including dollar-denominated banknotes, accounting, management consulting, quantum computing, and trust and corporate formation services to persons located in the Russian Federation are now prohibited.
In addition, since February 2022, the U.S. government has:
Denied all [U.S.] exports, reexports to, and transfers of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations for military end uses or end users in the Russian Federation and Belarus.
Targeted Russian and Belarusian military end users through their addition to the Department of Commerce’s Entity List, which has effectively cut off these end users from nearly all items subject to the Export Administration Regulations.
Denied exports to, reexports to, and transfer within Russia and Belarus of items needed for oil refining. Also imposed additional license requirements to further limit the Russian oil sector by restricting the export, reexport and transfer of additional items needed for oil refining.
Targeted items useful for Russia’s chemical and biological weapons production capabilities and other advanced manufacturing by imposing export controls.
Targeted luxury goods to impose costs on certain Russian oligarchs who support the Russian government by imposing license requirements and denying licenses for the export and reexport of luxury goods for all end users within Russia.
Used new foreign direct product rules targeted at Russia to prevent exports of foreign-origin items produced with U.S. advanced technologies, tools, and software. This prevents these items being transferred to support Russia’s military capabilities.
Formed a coalition of 37 countries that has amplified the impact of U.S. actions by applying substantially similar controls to those imposed by the United States. This robust global coalition reinforces U.S. efforts to isolate Russia from commodities, technologies, and software necessary for Putin’s war.
Furthermore, sanctions (administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Treasury) are having a significant impact on Russia’s ability to wage its unjust war against Ukraine. Specifically, sanctions implemented by the United States along with Allies and partners and allies have immobilized about $300 billion worth of Russian Central Bank assets, limiting the central bank’s ability to aid the war effort and mitigate sanctions impacts. Sanctioned Russian oligarchs and financial institutions have been forced to divest from long-held assets outside Russia. Moreover, sanctions have prompted banks in several countries to curtail ties with the Russian financial sector. Despite benefiting from high energy prices, the IMF still expects Russia’s economy will contract by over 3 percent this year. Lost investment, export controls, and constraints on Russia’s real economy will create a drag on Russia’s growth prospects for years to come. Significantly, U.S. sanctions and export controls have severed Russia’s access to key technologies and industrial inputs that erode its military capability. Since February 2022, the United States has issued approximately 1,500 new and 750 amended sanctions listings, including:
State Corporation Rostec, the cornerstone of Russia’s defense-industrial base that includes more than 800 entities within the Russian military-industrial complex, such as Sukhoi, MiG, and Kalashnikov Concern.
Joint Stock Company Mikron, Russia’s largest manufacturer and exporter of microelectronics.
Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC, a Russian state-owned enterprise that produces missiles used by the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine.
Individuals and entities located outside Russia who have sought to procure goods and technology for the Russian military-industrial complex and intelligence services
Russia’s largest financial institutions and restricted dealings with banks representing 80 percent of Russian banking sector assets.
Rosoboronexport, which is Russia’s sole state-controlled intermediary agency for exporting and importing the entire range of military, defense, and dual-use products, technologies, and services.
Issued guidance emphasizing the sanctions and export control risk to individuals and entities inside and outside Russia that provide material support for Russia’s sham referenda and purported annexation of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.
For further information, visit www.state.gov.]
THE ECONOMIC AND MILITARY POWER OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
By Alys Davies BBC News https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63838350 (December 03, 2022)
[Finnish PM Sanna Marin has said Europe is "not strong enough" to stand up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine on its own, and has had to rely on US support.
During a visit to Australia, the leader of the pending Nato member said Europe's defences must be strengthened.
"I must be brutally honest with you, Europe isn't strong enough right now," she said. "We would be in trouble without the United States."
The US is by far the largest provider of military assistance to Ukraine.
Since the start of the war in February, it has committed $18.6bn (€17.7bn; £15.2bn) in support, a research briefing last month by the UK's House of Commons said.
The second largest donor is the European Union, followed by the UK, the Kiel Institute for the World Economy says. But their contributions are dwarfed by those of the US.]
FIGURES FOR 2022 in the graphic below
UNITED STATES MILITARY POWER
Was the following a joke by President Trump as reported by the BBC?
How is North Korea to know until the button is 'pushed' (there is actually no literal button on the President's desk) but according to the prophecy the Military power on the American side is more powerful than anything the King of the South has to offer whether it be North Korea, China or Russia
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times,’” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
THE PROTESTANT CHURCH WADES INTO THE FIGHT
ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
"Ukraine war: Russia demands annexations recognised before talks."
By Paul Kirby
[Meanwhile, on a visit to Ukraine, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said there could be no peace until Russia stopped lying about what it was doing in Ukraine.
Speaking in Bucha, where Russian troops are accused of committing war crimes in the massacre of hundreds of civilians, he said: "There can be no way forward based on lies. There were atrocities committed here."
Russia's evil invasion must not succeed - Archbishop]
As the war against Russia is being prosecuted using United States Military hardware and economic sanctions, China is being sucked in for fear it is the next in America's crosshairs. If the Chinese leadership knew anything about Bible prophecy, they would leave Taiwan alone but one way or another the prophecy will be fulfilled - the King of the South (Atheism embedded in Communism) will succumb to the King of the North (Papal Rome & its allies). See the webpages on Ukraine Parts 1&2 and Rome's quiet influence on World affairs.