Throughout recorded history, significant political events and preeminent figures appearing on the international (world)
stage, have for the most part been foreshadowed by a forerunner who is intent on making a way for the
one coming. We
read in scripture the seminal forerunner and the One following in John 1:15, - "John testifies concerning Him. He cries out,
saying, This was He of whom I said, He who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me."  Many
forerunners lack the contriteness and humility of the Apostle John, and forget they are merely the usher preparing the way
for the one which is to follow.
It might be worth a brief moment to review an earlier companion commentary to this one entitled, "Another Pied Piper"  
http://www.aamen.org/PiedPiper.html.  The forerunner addressed here, and the coming Pied Piper, are both cut from the
same piece of whole cloth.  A forerunner can be a deceptive Pied Piper (trumpeting e.g., false hope, unity, peace) as well
as the one to follow.  Many serpents are known to travel in pairs, and if one is recognizable, then the other should be easily
identifiable as well.  If we are unable to detect and discern the serpent right before us, then it will be the one just behind
which strikes first.  Lacking the acumen to recognize a forerunner for the quintessential
endtime deceiver, will most likely
result in not being able to readily identify the coming
master deceiver himself.
A type of magnetic charm, exceptional oratory, undeniable personal charisma, Pied Piper-type public zealousness, and
nebulous problem-solving rhetoric are a few of the characteristics identified in scripture for the great
endtime deceiver.  
His forerunner(s) will possess a similar cadre of skills and talents, yet without the full nefarious supernatural powers and
extraordinary self-magnification.  If we believe
prophetic time is coming upon the threshold of Jacob's Troubles
(Tribulation Period) then we should recognize the
signs of the times and be able to identify the precursor(s) which are
already ushering in the remaining eschatological prophetic events.
America's ailing and declining economy, lessoning supply of affordable energy resources, seemingly un-closeable borders,
jettisoning of the Christian ethic, overextended military adventurism, burgeoning social relativism, and continuous rancorous
bipartisan political power struggles all come together in a collage tailor-made for an all but
larger than life political crusader.
The
endtime deceiver comes out of a background of long-term nefarious stratagems knowing well to plow-up the stony
ground of fear before planting his seeds of deceit and rebellion. Twenty-first C. American politics has spawned at least two
contemporary candidate
forerunners, both of whom remain ardently active in the political arena for 2008/9 POTUS.
The candidate we believe we have elected may not be the one which is sworn in on January 20, 2009.  "There's many a
slip 'twixt the cup and the lip" (between the time an event begins and its end, things often go wrong).  Forerunners are
expendable and replaceable, yet we seem obsessively compelled to invest in their far-reaching hopes and dreams, when
their assurances are not much beyond yesterday's rhetorical sound bites.  The forerunners spoken of here will be most
recognizable for their unvarnished proclivity and willingness to opt-in to the grand scheme of the
endtime deceiver and by
extension, position America for God's coming judgments.
An advancing geopolitical globalization, emerging religious ecumenism (all religions can coexist in unity and peace),
increasing climatic upheavals, monetary exchange parity and trade imbalances, along with realigning military strongholds
around the world will require almost supernatural leadership.  As we read in the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the Piper pledged to
resolve the plague of rats in the community, yet the people reneged on their promise to pay the Piper his just due ... and in
turn the Piper turned on the people and brought ruin and devastation to the hamlet of Hamelin.  Moral of the story, when in
desperate straits, be oh so careful the of type of contract you make with a "fixer" offering many an easy elixir.   If current
trends continue, America will be at the door of desperate choice points and vulnerable to great political pandering.  And
behind that door will surely be a
forerunner fixer, if not already there awaiting.
The state of Israel is already in dire straits, on many fronts simultaneously, and the "fixer" coming to their door will be
none other than the Son of Perdition
(1), himself.  In all likelihood, Israel will not have a forerunner to contend with, for the
quintessential soothsayer/sorcerer
(1) will be received by them with open arms, in their hour of great fear and desperation.  
The Pied Piper of Hamelin admittedly delved in alchemy and sorcery for his 'greater powers'.  Scripture reveals in the last
days false prophets, deceiving religious personalities, and political leaders will emerge showing
signs-n-wonders along with
supernatural acts of wonderment.  What would make one think that these types are not already on the international stage
and/or waiting in the wings, far in advance of their curtain call?
If we are unable to discern the signs of the times(2),  then we surely will not be able to recognize the great endtime deceiver
and his forerunners, in advance of their appearance (coming). At the present, America is being wooed and romanced by
such forerunners. Yet, it seems we as a nation are becoming so desperate for 'rescue' from the onerous plagues (fig.)
coming upon us, we will follow any charming charismatic flautist promising deliverance from our own self-induced
entanglements.
Deliverance comes at a cost to someone, there is no such thing as a free lunch.  The deliverance America is in such dire
need of resides in Christ Jesus, for He has already paid the price for our freedom(s).  Yet, with the jettisoning of  
In God
We (place our) Trust
in America, this grand nation may very well be left to its own devices and the strength of its own
arm. This then will be fertile ground for the forerunners and fixers to plant their seeds of false
hopes, misguided unity, and
feigned
peace.  Listen intently to their rhetoric for it will be framed by promising these three hope fulfillments.  Further,
the great
endtime deceiver will foist similar contrived assurances on all of Israel, in their hour of greatest need.
As Christendom and Jewry face up to the awareness of God's coming judgments, the secular world blithely prances down
its merry pathway in nonchalance, seemingly oblivious to the bottomless sinkhole just around the next turn in the road.  
There will be no turning back, for the horde coming up from the rear will push and shove all those in front, and those that
remain, over and into the precipice (called the Tribulation Period). What a grisly demise when compared to Christ's
catching away in the twinkling of an eye all His faithful believers, at His appearing(3).
Excerpt from Another Pied Pipe:(4)
God help us all to make the righteous decisions in the selection of our next set of national leaders. Help us to
clearly understand the prophetic
signs of the times and make our choices accordingly. Powerful political
entities are compassing this great nation while we experience increasing turmoil from within, are struggling to
hold onto our Judeo-Christian values and absolutes, as secular forces erode away our foundation of
In God We
Trust.
This is not a doomsday scenario, but rather a plea for strengthening and judgment until our redemption
draweth nigh, for we know not the day or the time of His coming.  As many Pied Piper-like charmers are
easing up to the world stage of near-coming events, let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem as we also pray for
the safety and re-sanctification of America. "Pipers" come heralding new (empty) hope, mystical deliverance
from the woes of the status-quo, and nirvana-type wonderments in a coming Never-Never-Land. There is no
NeverLand, yet we may be just to "needy" to discern the "Truth".   Pipers offer peace and deliverance yet
bring destruction and chaos. God help us to see through a glass darkly and know Your mind and plans for the
days to come (read Eph. 1:10).
Ask of the Holy Spirit for His discernment as you watch cable News broadcasts, read the NY-Times, and view evening
television News programming.
(5)  For therein, are glimpses of forerunners, Pied Pipes, and endtime deceivers preparing the
way for the coming Son of Perdition (antichrist).  When you pull the lever in the 2008 POTUS voting booth, be certain
you know the true character and
godliness of your candidate of choice.
(1)  2 Th. 2:3 - "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first,
and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or
that  is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God."
(2)  Matt. 16:2 - Christ speaking --  "When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red';  ";and in the
morning, 'It will  be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern
 the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times."
(3)  1 Cor. 15:52 - "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
 shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
(4)  http://www.aamen.org/PiedPiperWeb-007.html
(5)  Rom. 1:20-23  - "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by
the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although
they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their
 foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible
God into an image made like corruptible man; ..."
A FORERUNNER
(6)   http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup/illustrations-vectors/4408696-road-race.php?id=4408696
(6)
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
amen_ministries@hotmail.com
aamen.org