WTO/TTIP and the Babylonian Beast

By COGwriter

On December 7, 2013, for the first time ever, the World Trade Organization (WTO) reached an agreement. In the past couple of years, there have been various meetings working on an agreement between the USA and Europe called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). And there are others like TISA and TPP. What are these agreements all about?

Could any of these agreements lead to the fulfillment of end time prophecies concerning the Babylonian Beast power that the Book of Revelation warns against? What does the Bible teach?

World Trade Organization Reaches an Agreement

The Bible itself is not against trade or trading. Jesus, Himself, endorsed it (Luke 19:15-26). But that does not mean that all trade or trade agreements are good.

For the first time since its formation in 1995, on God’s day of rest from carnal business, the World Trade Organization got its first trade agreement:

December 7, 2013
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The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal on Saturday to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered on the Indonesian island of Bali to decide on the make-or-break agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy…
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“For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered,” a tearful WTO chief Roberto Azevedo said.”This time the entire membership came together. We have put the ‘world’ back in World Trade Organization,” he said.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/26999663.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to say for the first time in our history the WTO has truly delivered,” WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said during the closing session of the Bali ministerial meeting. “This package is not an end. It’s a beginning. As a consequence of our progress here, we’ll now be able to move forward on the other areas of our work that have been stalled for so long.”

“With the Bali Package, you have reaffirmed not just your commitment to the WTO but also to the delivery of the Doha Development Agenda. The decisions we have taken here are important stepping stones towards the completion of the Doha Round, and it is very welcome that you have instructed us within the next 12 months a clearly defined work program to this end.”

Shortly after Azevedo’s comments, other trade leaders began to make their own celebratory sounds.

“We finally have a deal,” EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said in a tweet.

“We have negotiated a package that will bring food security to billions of the world’s poorest,” Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said Saturday. “We have delivered an agreement on trade facilitation that will inject up to $1 trillion into the world economy. We have agreed a groundbreaking suite of initiatives to help least-developed countries benefit more from the multilateral trading system.

“We have agreed there is a need to change the World Trade Organization’s agreement on agriculture, which will take time. In the interim period, the decision we have taken here in Bali will allow developing countries to avoid disputes over their legitimate food security programs.”  http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/wto-edges-closer-to-deal-on-bali-package-100783.html#ixzz2mlNEvutq

December 7, 2013

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — A deal to boost global trade has been approved by the World Trade Organization’s 159 member economies for the first time in nearly two decades, keeping alive the possibility that a broader agreement to create a level playing field for rich and poor countries can be reached in the future…

The idea behind the WTO is that if all countries play by the same trade rules, then all countries, rich or poor, will benefit.

But some critics say WTO rules may hinder countries from setting their own priorities in environmental protection, worker rights, food security and other areas. And they say sudden reductions in import tariffs can wipe out industries, causing job losses in rich and poor countries.

Oxfam welcomed the breathing space on food subsidies given to poor countries but said the agreement, and the move to simplify customs in particular, was “no game changer” overall.

“Its gains have been grossly overestimated, while the costs of implementation for poorer countries were completely ignored,” the aid and development group said in a statement.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/12/07/deal-to-boost-global-trade-reached-at-wto-summit/3901961/

If the promises of this deal come to pass, every person on the planet will be expected to gain nearly fifty US cents per day for every day (almost 1/2 of 1 USA dollar per day).  And while that may not seem to be much of an increase for Westerners, this would be a huge increase for many in many parts of Africa, Asia, the various islands, and elsewhere.  However, I will add that I do not believe that this agreement will truly “create a level playing field for rich and poor countries,” but hopefully poorer countries and the people in them will truly benefit.

Anyway, WTO is still not finished and more deals are hoped for by many:

May 13, 2015

There is a global trade negotiation under way in the World Trade Organization (WTO). It’s known as the Doha Round, because that is where it was launched – back in 2001.

It has been very slow. At the end of 2013 the WTO members finally agreed a part of that agenda. It’s called the Trade Facilitation Agreement and it’s about the mechanics of international commerce – customs procedures, for example. The really hard stuff is still not agreed. Trade Facilitation is sometimes called the Doha Round’s “low-hanging fruit”, yet it still took 12 years to pick.

Frustration with the slow pace has led many countries to pursue bilateral and regional deals. The WTO's Director General Roberto Azevedo has said: "These initiatives are important for the multilateral (global) trading system — but they do not substitute it."  http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32691589

So, more deals are planned, and it is hoped by WTO that broader WTO deals will ultimately set the standards for the world.

The USA and Europe Work on TTIP

One 'side' deal is betwen the USA and Europe called TTIP.

Here is a BBC report about it:

May 13, 2015

What is TTIP and what is it for?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or it will be if the negotiations are completed. The aim is to boost the economies of the EU and the US by removing or reducing barriers to trade and foreign investment.

President Obama said, when the talks were launched, that TTIP would promote “new growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic”. Critics reject that claim…

How would TTIP work?

By eliminating almost all tariffs (taxes applied only to imported goods) on trade between the US and the EU.

But the tariffs imposed by the US and EU are already relatively low for the most part, although there are some exceptions in, for example, farm produce and textiles.

The bigger gains envisaged would come from reducing what are called non-tariff barriers. In particular the two sides think they can promote trade through what they call regulatory co-operation. …

Why is TTIP controversial?

Regulation

Much of the concern is about the regulatory aspect: that it would lead to lower standards of consumer and environmental protection and safety at work. A group of 170 European civil society organisations said in a statement that regulatory co-operation as envisaged in TTIP would result in “downward harmonisation”. …

What is the timetable?

A summit of European leaders in December called for a comprehensive agreement by the end of 2015.

That will be challenging, given the technical complexity and the vigorous opposition. It would then have to be approved by the US Congress, European Trade Ministers (voting by what is called qualified majority) and the European Parliament.  http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32691589

A Russian source published the following from WIkiLeaks:

Obama attempting to ram through unconstitutional secret treaty

WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013.

The TPP is the forerunner to the equally secret US-EU pact TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership), for which President Obama initiated US-EU negotiations in January 2013. Together, the TPP and TTIP will cover more than 60 per cent of global GDP. Both pacts exclude China…

It has been previously revealed that only three individuals in each TPP nation have access to the full text of the agreement, while 600 ‘trade advisers’ – lobbyists guarding the interests of large US corporations such as Chevron, Halliburton, Monsanto and Walmart – are granted privileged access to crucial sections of the treaty text…

A final step to Corporate Fascism

With the US debt at over $200 trillion dollars and their grasp on control slipping, Obama and the corporations that have taken over the US Government are attempting to do anything they can to cling to power and enslave the populace.   http://voiceofrussia.com/2013_11_14/Obama-attempting-to-ram-through-unconstitutional-secret-treaty-3479/

The Obama Justice Department has already indicated that it wants to make international agreements that supersede the Constitution of the USA (see US Justice Department allegedly claiming that international treaties surpass US Constitution).  The intended agreement with the Europeans may well be one of those.  I have reported about TTIP before (see EU and USA still in talks to expand trade: What are the prophetic ramifications? and New global order negotiations will not have USA or UK on top and EU-USA trade deal feared to result in loss of USA sovereignty: But end result will be worse and More on EU-USA TTIP talks: A Prelude to Revelation 13:16-18?). The fact that the US government has apparently allowed certain corporate interests to be privy to what its citizens are not privy to is not a surprise, but suggests that the US government may have some aspects that it wants to hide.

A week of trade talks in Brussels have taken the European Union and the United States a little closer to a deal to liberalise bilateral trade.

EU officials say the trade relationship with the US is already the biggest in the world, worth more than 2bn euros (£1.7bn) a day.

But barriers remain, and removing them could make it even bigger.

If it happens, the agreement would be huge, capable of changing the shape of global trade…

A study for the European Commission estimated the combined gains for Europe and the US at more than 300bn euros a year…

Much of what they are discussing is regulation. Up to 80% of the gains could come from this area.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24965053

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The EU and US today concluded the second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations.

Continuing from where they left off in the first round in July, negotiators meeting in Brussels discussed investment rules, trade in services, energy and raw materials, as well as a range of regulatory issues, including regulatory coherence, technical barriers to trade and sectoral approaches.

“We are making good and steady progress across the broad range of issues we need to tackle to make our transatlantic business environment more efficient and effective whilst preserving the protections and rights already in place for consumers,” said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.

Looking ahead to the third round of talks taking place in Washington, D.C. during the week of December 16, EU Ambassador to the U.S. João Vale de Almeida said: “We are going ahead with our talks full speed. We need to keep up the momentum and keep a strong focus on our goal of creating jobs and growth for Americans and Europeans.”  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/eu-newsbrief-eu-us-conclude-successful-2nd-ttip-round-232129891.html

February 21, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama has promoted the value of free- trade deals to the U.S. public, saying they will make American businesses more successful and competitive in a 21st century economy.

In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said past trade deals have not always lived up to the promise of “leveling the playing field” for American workers and holding all countries to the high labor and environmental standards the U.S. abides by...

Obama urged the U.S. Congress to act on “trade promotion authority.” He said that is bipartisan legislation that will protect American workers and promote American businesses with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that are free and fair. http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-new-free-trade-deals-will-create-more-jobs/2653098.html

Barack Obama is correct that past trade deals have not always lived up to the promise of “leveling the playing field” for American workers.  But politicians always say that they will.

The TTIP deal could strengthen the economies of the European Union and the USA (for a time), while having the effect of reducing China’s growing influence to some degree.  The agreements affects on international trade regulations is one that I believe may be quite important.

Notice something else about it:

U.S.-E.U. pact could redefine global trade standards

Recently, the United States and the EU have embarked on an ambitious new venture with the potential to reshape our relationship and redefine the nature of global commerce. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) aims to eliminate many remaining barriers to trade between America and the EU, and if structured properly will help to spur a new wave of economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/foreign-policy/312847-us-eu-pact-could-redefine-global-trade-standards#ixzz2cc4jQJ4t

The USA is relatively soon going to find itself in a position that it is more tied to the EU than its citizens want and this will make things difficult for leaders in the USA to be able to deal with the military threat that is starting to rise up in Europe. This combined with the fact that the USA has basically agreed to release most of its espionage tactics and details to the EU and has basically pledged to do less spying on the EU is putting the USA in a position that it will ultimately be able to be taken over by the EU (see The Snowden Leaks are Leading to the Destruction of the USA and watch Will USA Spying Help the Beast Power?).

I suspect that there will a few areas of major disagreement that will happen in such a trade deal, and that to hide their disappointment, some representing end-time Europe will declare that all is basically fine before they end up taking over the USA, which is prophesied in such scriptures as Daniel 11:39, 8:24-25, etc. The results are more than the loss of normal sovereignty–the USA will be no more.

The Bible is clear (Daniel 11:39) that the nation with the strongest fortresses (strongest military) will be taken over by the final European King of the North.

Because of US espionage, etc. many in Germany have protested TTIP:

Thousands Rally in Germany Against US-EU Trade Deal

April 18, 2015

Thousands of people across Germany demonstrated Saturday against a planned free-trade deal between Europe and the United States.

The protests, billed as a "Global Day of Action," came ahead of a new round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, beginning Monday in New York.

Opposition to the agreement centers on concerns it will lower food and other safety standards.

In Germany, it also reflects rising anti-Americanism. The sentiments have been fueled in part by revelations of U.S. spying, including the wiretapping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.

President Barack Obama has said the deal will help grow the U.S. and European Union economies, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs, increasing exports, and decreasing trade and investment barriers.

On Friday, he called for the negotiations to move forward. http://www.voanews.com/content/thousands-rally-in-germany-against-us-eu-trade-deal/2725194.html

These protest do not mean that there will not be a trade deal, only that it is even more likely that the USA will concede more to the Germans to make it happen. Germany will attempt to get an advantage through this.

The USA itself has not proceeded as quickly on TTIP as many EU leaders would prefer.

Setback for TTIP as Congress holds on to trade powers

May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is pressing hard to win approval of controversial trade legislation in Congress, as

A fast conclusion to talks between the EU and US on a trade deal became less likely Tuesday, after US senators refused to give president Barack Obama the power to negotiate on their behalf.

Obama had wanted the green-light to fasttrack negotiations and needed the support of 60 out of 100 senators.

But the Trade Promotion Authority bill failed to pass with 52 senators voting in favour, and 45 against.

If the bill had been passed, Congress would have given away its right to amend international trade deals for the next five years and limited the legislature’s influence to a yes/no vote.

Remarkably, Obama’s support came mostly from Republicans, with only one Democrat voting in favour.

The vote means the US Congress keeps its power to amend or filibuster any trade deals the president agrees on, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

The European Commission, for its part, has been promoting the trade deal, which would remove custom duties and harmonise EU-US regulations and standards.

It expects TTIP to increase EU economic growth by €119 billion a year. https://euobserver.com/economic/128695

The powers that be in the European Union want a deal and are not thrilled by how the USA has been handling this. Europe is getting increasingly frustrated with what it sees as a dysfunctional USA government.

Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg mentioned trade and TTIP when he spoke at the Rhodes Forum 2015. He said he was not opposed to all free trade agreements, but he had issues with the TTIP (Karl-Theodor von und zu Guttenberg at the Rhodes Forum 2015. Published on Dec 22, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmIB_EJN2Ek&feature=youtu.be). My suspicion is that he will one day feel that the USA has betrayed Europe on trade and this will greatly offend him. More on him can be found in the article Might German Baron Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg become the King of the North?

EU trade chief: U.S. campaign rhetoric won't stop TTIP trade talks

March 10, 2016

Europe's top trade official plans an ambitious push to seal a sweeping U.S.-European free trade deal this year even as bitter U.S. presidential primary races sour voter sentiment towards trade.

With many candidates, including Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders, voicing strong opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, its European counterpart, still under negotiation, has largely flown under the radar.

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told reporters on a visit to Washington on Wednesday that major negotiating rounds for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) were scheduled for April and July, with more informal meetings in March, June and May. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-europe-usa-idUSKCN0WC0GU

March 10, 2016

Malmstrom said she was determined not to let U.S. campaign rhetoric against free trade jobs stall the TTIP negotiations.

"Without entering into debate with one individual, I don't share those arguments," she said. "In good trade agreements, there are a lot of economic advantages." http://www.businessinsider.com/r-eu-trade-chief-us-campaign-rhetoric-wont-stop-ttip-trade-talks-2016-3

Donald Trump's bombastic style and many of his statements are offensive to the Europeans (watch also the video Could Donald Trump be Apocalyptic?).  Bernie Sanders strong anti-trade rhetoric is a concern for European leaders.

Irrespective of the outcome of this US presidential election, leaders in both parties are getting European leaders upset.  Upset enough for them to try to figure out how to 'get around' the USA while gaining economic advantages where possible.  This will not bode well for the USA.

Anyway, TTIP talks have continued:

April 24, 2016

HANNOVER, GERMANY—

U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States and the European Union must move forward on a landmark free-trade agreement, despite strong opposition to the accord.

"It is indisputable" the United States has benefited from free trade, as have other countries that engage in it, Obama said during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover, Germany.

The United States and Germany are among each other’s largest trade partners and hope to build support for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Pros, cons

Germany's government has pushed the T-TIP deal, saying it would boost the global economy and give small and mid-sized companies a better chance at competing on the world market, while reducing bureaucracy.

Opponents have been critical of what they perceive as opaque negotiations carried out away from public scrutiny, and they fear the pact will hand too much power to big multinationals at the expense of consumers and workers.

Officials have estimated the U.S.-Europe deal would add $100 billion annually to the economies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Obama argued some oppose the deal because they are “unsettled by globalization,” but most “people recognize on balance that it is a good idea.” He predicted a deal would be reached before he leaves office in January, although it will take longer to ratify. http://www.voanews.com/content/germany-obama-merkel-to-discuss-trade-and-terrorism/3300268.html

Europe is interested in trade deals, and will make them whether or not the USA is party to them.

Europe Working on Trade Deals with Canada (CETA) and Others

The Europeans have been busily trying to improve trade with Canada:

On 18 October 2013, EU and Canada have reached a political agreement on the key elements of a trade agreement (CETA). The agreement will remove over 99% of tariffs between the two economies and create sizeable new market access opportunities in services and investment. At a later stage, the agreement will need to be approved by the Council and the European Parliament.

Negotiations were launched in May 2009 and the content of the CETA and its general modalities were agreed in June 2009. http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/canada/

Of course, it is not just the USA and Canada that the Europeans have been making deals with. In addition various ones in Asia, the EU has been active in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and pretty much everywhere it can be. And while the EU currently has 28 nations in its block, it has recently agreed to try to get two more countries, and it wants more (see also Georgia and Moldova sign up to join European Union, Ukraine does not).

The EU has been working for years to develop various standards for manufacturing and manufactured goods. Many of the "standards" of the European Union will be adopted by nearly all of the countries of the world.

EU wants rest of world to adopt its rules

Financial Times - Feb 18, 2007

Brussels wants the rest of the world to adopt the European Union’s regulations, the European Commission will say this week . A Commission policy paper that examines the future of the Union’s single market says European single market rules have inspired global standard-setting in areas such as product safety, the environment, securities and corporate governance.“Increasingly the world is looking to Europe and adopts the standards that are set here,” the paper, seen by the Financial Times, says.

The paper calls on the EU to encourage other jurisdictions to follow suit – for example by “promoting European standards internationally through international organisation and bilateral agreements.”

This strategy, it claims, will help European businesses beat their rivals abroad since it “works to the advantage of those already geared up to meet these standards”.

The EU’s drive to establish itself as the pacesetter for worldwide business regulation could well lead the bloc into conflict with the US and other trading partners...

Some critics of the European approach argue that the Union’s stance on issues such as GM foods may also reflect a desire to protect the region’s commercial interests.

However, as the Commission paper points out, the sheer size and wealth of the Union’s single market mean that few corporations can afford to ignore it. By harmonising the rules for a market boasting 500m consumers, the Union has set standards “which partners then have to meet if they are to benefit from the single market”, it says.

“[The single market] gives the EU the potential to shape global norms and to ensure that fair rules are applied to worldwide trade and investment. The single market of the future should be the launch pad of an ambitious global agenda.” The Commission paper forms part of an ambitious review of the Union’s single market – widely seen as one of the proudest achievement of European integration. Thanks to product harmonisation, common business rules and the erosion of national trade barriers, the single market means that goods, services, capital and people can move freely among the EU’s 27 member states.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/af609b2c-bf72-11db-9ac2-000b5df10621.html 

The above standards and developments will help the stage for the EU to fulfill many prophecies. Yet not all will like this.

Notice also the following:

March 2, 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Wednesday for Germany to play a bigger role in world affairs, resisting domestic pressure for the country to turn in on itself in the face of the migrant crisis.

Campaigning for her Christian Democrats (CDU) ahead of three state elections on March 13 that will serve as a litmus test of her migrant policies, Merkel said it would no longer suffice for Germany to export goods to the rest of the world.

"Rather, we will have to take on more responsibility in an open world for what happens outside our European borders," she told a rally in Wittlich in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, one of the three states gearing up for elections.

"That means more development aid, that means more common standards on climate protection, that means fair trade and a lot more than one perhaps feels in a closed society," she added.

Merkel's call for a more engaged Germany shows the country's growing confidence on the world stage as it steps out of the shadows of its Nazi past, but also runs counter to domestic pressure to take a more national approach to the migrant crisis. Merkel calls for Germany to get more involved in world affairs

Notice that Germany wants a bigger international role and wants to set standards for climate and trade.

Trade disputes and possible trade wars are likely.

Notice also the following:

17 September 2016

'TTIP threatens our way of life,' say Berlin protesters ...

German retiree Maud Kellerhals has never been to a demonstration in her life. But on Saturday, the 79-year-old former school secretary from Berlin decided to make an exception. She marched through the city, together with many thousands of other people.

"I have nothing against the Americans, but I don't think they should be able to tell us what to do," she said, explaining her decision to join the mass protest against Europe's controversial trade deals with the US and Canada, TTIP and CETA.

"I don't want to eat their genetically modified food. And the idea that big US companies can take our government to court is just dreadful." Kellerhals said she had been reading up on the issues on the internet. ...

Meurer was also worried the market would be "flooded with cheap, substandard goods which don't conform to our rules."

For 51-year-old sales assistant Anna Berger, this was also a key issue.

"I feel this is a threat to our way of life," she said. "We will be swamped with cheap products from around the world. We will not be able to compete. Our own farmers and small-business owners will go bankrupt. And the truth is I don't need cheap apples from South Africa. I would rather have apples from this area."

The majority of demonstrators DW spoke to were similarly alarmed by the idea of bad food suddenly appearing on the shelves of German supermarkets - even though it is unclear if this would really happen. Another oft-cited concern was the provision in TTIP allowing foreign companies to sue governments if their profits are threatened.

"You cannot transfer power to unelected companies like this," said 51-year-old Ralf Grossmann, who described himself only as an employee. "We elect politicians. Not companies." http://www.dw.com/en/ttip-threatens-our-way-of-life-say-berlin-protesters/a-19559338

Notice the Europeans are worried that the USA produces "substandard items" that do not conform to their rules. The Europeans expect the world to adopt their standards. Most Americans do not realize that for the past several decades the Europeans have persuaded more and more countries to accept THEIR rules.

In time, the Brits will likely decide that they are more supportive of the Americans and Canadians than the continental Europeans (and I wrote that years before the Brexit vote). They will be so much more supportive that they will end up in a trading agreement with them (with the Australians and New Zealanders probably also becoming part of that agreement).

The EU will decide that Mexico and the rest of Latin America are in more agreement with it and thus make some type of serious trading agreement with most (or all) of Latin America (see also Mexico, Central America, South America, and Brazil in Prophecy).  Additionally, because of widespread declining European birthrates, it is likely that there will be increase immigration from Latin America to Europe in the future. The Vatican will also have influence with all of this as Latin America is highly Roman Catholic.

Why?

Because Daniel 11:39 and Revelation 13-18 will come to pass.

Europe and the Eurasian Union

There is talk of a possible trade arrangement between the European Union and the Eurasian Union. The Eurasian Union came into existence January 1, 2015 and is essentially an attempt by Russia's Vladimir Putin to re-establish the old Soviet Union, but also to develop a trade block that includes India and China.

German Chancellor Merkel has floated the idea of a European Union/Eurasian Union trade zone:

29 January 2015

In an attempt to broker an end to the Ukraine crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that the European Union would be open to talks towards the launch of free trade negotiations with the new Eurasian Economic Union.

Merkel said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the possibility of launching talks had been discussed at EU level.

Meanwhile, the nation's Economy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, said that the EU is keen to offer Russia a way out. "The next step is a free trade zone," he said, talks on which could begin as soon as Russia resolves the Ukraine crisis. http://www.tax-news.com/news/Germany_Says_EU_Open_To_Idea_Of_Russian_FTA____67119.html#sthash.1qaepMPX.dpuf

In Davos, European leaders offer to make Putin's Eurasian dreams come true — but only if the conflict in Ukraine ends

During her afternoon appearance at the annual confab of investors and policymakers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel began by rattling off some of her typically harsh condemnations of Russia. With the annexation of Crimea last spring and the subsequent support for a violent rebellion in Ukraine’s eastern regions, Moscow had violated the “elementary principles of the European peaceful order,” she said. “It is a clear and flagrant violation of what has made us live and coexist peacefully together in Europe” since the end of World War II, Merkel added.

But when the moderator asked how she saw the conflict playing out in the more distant future, the Chancellor brought up the geopolitical vision (some would call it a fantasy) that Russian President Vladimir Putin has long been promulgating. “Later on, in the bigger picture,” Merkel said, “we can try to explore possibilities of cooperation, and an economic area that President Putin himself called ‘from Vladivostok to Lisbon.’”

This was a reference to the proposed free trade zone that Putin envisions stretching some 14,000 kilometers one day from the western edge of Europe to the eastern edge of Russia – and conspicuously leaving the U.S. out. For years, Putin has been seeking to lay the ground for such a project, most recently with the creation of the Eurasian Union, a political and economic bloc modeled on the European Union but with Moscow at its center of gravity. Comprised so far of only four post-Soviet countries – Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia, with the impoverished nation of Kyrgyzstan next in line to join – the Eurasian Union legally came into being as of Jan. 1.

But three weeks into its existence, it seems to have found a strategic negotiating partner in the far wealthier and more powerful union to the west. Or at least that’s what some of the E.U.’s key leaders now want Putin to believe. http://time.com/3679186/europe-putin-eurasia-peace-ukraine/

While it has been off to a rocky start, the Eurasian Union did begin officially on January 1, 2015 (see Eurasian Union officially starts today).

I have been writing for years that there will end up being cooperation between the Europeans and the Russians.  In my view, Bible prophecy makes this clear.

Notice that the Europeans and Russians are openly discussing ideas to cut the United States out.

Germany's Adolf Hitler and the then Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin made a deal together which helped pave the way for World War II.  The time will come when the Europeans and states in North Africa and the Middle East make a deal paving the way for World War III (WWIII) such as is described in Psalm 83.  It is also likely that the Russians and others in Asia will also make some type of deal with the Europeans related to WWIII.

What About TISA?

A reader sent me the following information:

The TPP, TiSA and TTIP ‘agreements’ are in actuality treaties in all but name. Calling them agreements rather than a treaty lowers the constitutional requirement of passing by two-thirds for such and allows it to pass with a simple majority.

This trio of trade agreements are sometimes collectively referred to as ObamaTrade. While the TPP is available for limited Congressional review under supervision under the proviso that the trade language cannot be divulged, TISA and TTIP texts are unavailable for even members of Congress to read. The text of the TPP is strictly off limits to the public and even members of Congress must go to a secure, guarded room in the Capital building in order to view the text, and any hand written notes taken must be turned over to security personnel before leaving the premises.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a wide-reaching and highly secretive multinational trade agreement between the United States and Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam encompassing 40% of trade worldwide.

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a trade initiative focused on service industries from telecommunications and technology to distribution and delivery services and covers about 70% of the global services economy. Serious privacy concerns have been raised about the agreement, along with questions over the possible impact on immigration following several chapters of the agreement being published byWikiLeaks including one chapter titled “TiSA Annex on Movement of Natural Persons”.

The Economic Policy Institute writes of TiSA that “there is little doubt that it will constrain the future ability of the United States Congress to regulate U.S. immigration policy.” They go on to say “The TiSA draft annex on Movement of Natural Persons would also likely restrict the ability of the current and future administrations to continue some of the basic immigration procedures it currently follows, such as requiring an in-person interview with L-1 applicants.”

The report concludes with the EPI stating that “TiSA has been written in secret by and for major corporations that will benefit greatly if it becomes law. The leaked TiSA text makes it clear that contrary to the claims by proponents of fast-track trade promotion authority, the reality is that those voting for fast track are ceding key powers to make immigration law and policy to an unelected group of corporations and foreign governments.”  ttp://www.chrisrofot.com/the-tpp-tisa-ttip-triumvirate/

Uruguay’s government decided to end its participation in the secret negotiations of the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). After months of intense pressure led by unions and other grassroots movements that culminated in a national general strike on the issue – the first of its kind around the globe – the Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez bowed to public opinion and left the US-led trade agreement.

Despite – or more likely because of – its symbolic importance, Uruguay’s historic decision has been met by a wall of silence. Beyond the country’s borders, mainstream media has refused to cover the story.

This is hardly a surprise given that the global public is not supposed to even know about TiSA’s existence, despite – or again because of – the fact that it’s arguably the most important of the new generation of global trade agreements. According to WikiLeaks, it “is the largest component of the United States’ strategic ‘trade’ treaty triumvirate,” which also includes the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP).

TiSA involves more countries than TTIP and TPP combined: The United States and all 28 members of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Turkey.

Together, these 52 nations form the charmingly named “Really Good Friends of Services” group, which represents almost 70% of all trade in services worldwide. Until its government’s recent u-turn Uruguay was supposed to be the 53rd Good Friend of Services.

TISA TRAILER

TiSA has spent the last two years taking shape behind the hermetically sealed doors of highly secure locations around the world. According to the agreement’s provisional text, the document is supposed to remain confidential and concealed from public view for at least five years after being signed. Even the World Trade Organization has been sidelined from negotiations.

Here is some of what the Canadians have written about it:

The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) is a major attempt to further liberalize trade in services. TISA members represent an enormous services market with nearly 1.6 billion people and a combined GDP of more than $50 trillion in 2013—nearly two-thirds of the world’s economy. In 2013, these countries exported more than $3.6 trillion in services.

There are 24 parties taking part in the TISA negotiations: Australia; Canada; Chile; Chinese Taipei; Colombia; Costa Rica; the European Union; Hong Kong (China); Iceland; Israel; Japan; Liechtenstein; New Zealand; Norway; Mexico; Pakistan; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; South Korea; Switzerland; Turkey; the United States; and Uruguay. As demonstrated by the addition of Uruguay, TISA participants have agreed to welcome other WTO members that wish to join the negotiations and that share the objectives of the group. Parties have recently agreed to Mauritius’ request to join the Negotiations. A final agreement envisages an accession process to allow other WTO members to join in the future.

Since the negotiations were launched in March 2013, twelve rounds of negotiations have taken place in Geneva and two more are planned for 2015. At the end of 2013, the text negotiations were advanced enough to allow the TISA parties to table initial offers. Parties intend to intensify market access negotiations over the next year. During the July 2015 round, discussions focused on a number of proposals including transparency, domestic regulations, telecommunication services and e-commerce, financial services, transportation, and movement of natural persons. The July round also served as an opportunity for Parties to assess progress to date and discuss how the TISA should move forward toward in a timely conclusion.

The services industry includes sectors such as telecommunications services, financial services, computer services, retail distribution, transportation, environmental services, express delivery, energy services and professional services (e.g. accountants, lawyers, architects and engineers).  http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/topics-domaines/services/tisa-acs.aspx?lang=eng

Here is a Q&A from the Europeans about it:

Why is TiSA important for the EU?

Quite simply: it will create growth and jobs.

The EU is the world’s largest exporter of services with tens of millions of jobs throughout Europe in the services sector. Making it easier for EU firms to export services to other countries will help secure growth and jobs here in the EU. And making it possible for firms from outside Europe to offer their services in the EU will increase choice and lower prices for businesses and consumers alike.  http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/tisa/questions-and-answers/

As services become a bigger part of the world economy, trade agreements related to services are becoming more important to more nations.

Some think that TISA will limit government controls, others have a different view. It may well impact immigration and we are already seeing changes in the policies in Europe and the USA related to migrant issues. This may result in increased terrorism (see FBI again warns about Syrian migrants; Bible prophecy suggests that the US and UK may be hurt by them).

TISA is one of at least three major trade deals that the Obama Administration has been involved with.  Here is something from the past Summer:

22 June 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama has for years been negotiating with European and Asian nations — but excluding Russia and China, since he is aiming to defeat them in his war to extend the American empire (i.e, to extend the global control by America’s aristocracy) — three international ‘trade’ deals (TTP, TTIP, & TISA), each one of which contains a section (called ISDS) that would end important aspects of the sovereignty of each signatory nation…Bilderberg group, which brings together the leaders, and the advisers to the leaders, of international corporations, meeting annually or bi-annually, near the places where major national leaders or potential future leaders have pre-scheduled to congregate, such as this year’s G-7 meeting in Bavaria, so that even heads-of-state (and/or their aides) can quietly slip away unofficially to join nearby the Bilderbergs and communicate privately with them…

A good deal has been said but very little has been done about trade policy, and this would be a good place to start the partnership.” (Note the ‘Partnership’ in “Trans Pacific Partnership,” and in “Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership”; but TISA doesn’t use that term.) …

The fact that these ‘trade’ deals are being pushed right now, means that the people who are in power have concluded that, already, ‘the free world’ is so dictatorial, that the chances that their plan can now be imposed globally are about as good as is likely ever to be the case again. The time is ripe for them to establish a global corporate dictatorship.(http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2015/06/22/title-211)

TISA also involves banking and other financial services. Basically, governments want more control over everything. A ‘cashless society’ is one way many believe that world leaders can better gain that control.

Why bring up concerns about a cashless society and trade agreements?

Well, because the Bible tells of a coming time of international cooperation and a highly monitored economy that is consistent with a cashless society bound by trade agreements.

Does the Bible Tell About the Rise of an Massive International Trading System?

So, massive trade agreements are in the process of being implemented and/or negotiated. Does the Bible tell of the rise of any massive international trading system?

Certainly it does. But it does so with warnings.

The Bible warns of a time when a European Beast power will control buying and selling:

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (Revelation 13:16-18)

The above suggests that the Europeans will have set a lot of the rules related to trade.  The Bible also tells that this will make some in the world wealthy (cf. Revelation 18). But that also suggests that the Europeans will have set a lot of the rules and that is what TTIP and WTO seem to be intended to do. Could the WTO and TTIP agreements be a prelude to Revelation 13:16-18?

They certainly seem to be.

Economically, the USA is no longer going to be the head, but the tail (cf. Deuteronomy 28:13,44). This new world order will result in the Europeans being on top (but only for a while).

Biblically, world trade agreements are expected.  The Bible tells that many will become rich by the coming daughter of Babylon system, but that it will eventually end, and many will mourn:

11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’

19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she is made desolate.’  (Revelation 18:11-19)

A massive trading system, also involving human trafficking is discussed in the Hebrew scriptures as well:

12 "Tarshish was your merchant because of your many luxury goods. They gave you silver, iron, tin, and lead for your goods. 13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders. They bartered human lives and vessels of bronze for your merchandise. 14 Those from the house of Togarmah traded for your wares with horses, steeds, and mules. 15 The men of Dedan were your traders; many isles were the market of your hand. They brought you ivory tusks and ebony as payment. 16 Syria was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made. They gave you for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidery, fine linen, corals, and rubies. (Ezekiel 27:12-16)

Human trafficking is again going to become 'legal.' Many will be shocked to learn that the USA and its Anglo-Saxon allies are to be among those that will be bought and sold (see the article Will the Anglo-Saxon Nations be Divided and Have People Taken as Slaves? and/or watch the video Will the USA and other Anglo-nations be Divided and Their People Made Slaves?)

In general, trade agreements benefit both parties involved. Yet as I warned about trade talks in the past, ultimately, some of the deals will not be good for the United States of America nor the British (nor their Anglo-allies like Canada, Australia, or New Zealand).

A world trading combine led by Europe is in the process of forming. Europe wants its standards adopted and is not pleased with certain governmental delays from the USA.

Irrespective of USA politics, the prophesied reality is that Europe will end up setting many of the world's trade standards.

Possible WTO, TTIP, CETA, and other agreements are helping to set the stage.

Thiel B. WTO/TTIP and the Babylonian Beast. http://www.cogwriter.com/wto-trade-and-the-beast-of-babylon.htm COGwriter (c) 2013/2015/2016 0918

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