On Friday, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the US and the world there is "no imminent threat against the United States from terrorism."
In contrast on Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron told the press gathered at Downing Street and the world, "What we are facing in Iraq now with ISIL (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security then we have seen before," calling his country to take immediate and decisive actions.
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia's King Abdulla warned America and Europe that the Islamic State's terror "will reach Europe in a month and America in another month."
Our own president told the press on Thursday, "we have no strategy" regarding the advancement of ISIS and terrorism.
The Wall Street Journal carried an article Saturday reporting that Henry Kissinger's new book---out on September 9, defines a new world order that is well under way.
Kissinger suggests history is not kind to nations that set aside their sense of identity in favor of a seemingly less arduous course, yet he advocates a "new world order."
What in the world is going on?
Jeh Johnson said Friday, "At present, the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the US homeland from ISIL."
Fox News says, "The contrast between Friday's press conference in London by Prime Minister David Cameron and Thursday's White House remarks by President Obama could not have been starker."
"Mr. Cameron delivered a robust assessment of the scale of the Islamist threat to Great Britain and to the free world," Fox said.
"While David Cameron appeared self-assured and determined in his approach, Barack Obama came across as a deer in the headlights, unable to outline a coherent US response to a rabidly growing crises in the Middle East," they reported.
In announcing his government's decision to raise the UK terrorism threat to "severe," the PM announced a series of measures to combat the Islamist threat within Britain itself.
Fox says, "In contrast, President Obama's remarks to the White House press corps Thursday were week-kneed, meandering and confused, sending mixed messages both to America's enemies and America's people."
Chaos. Confusion. Loss of identity.
Even King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is expressing concern. He said, "If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month."
He said, "Terrorism knows no border..."
"Friday, Cameron issued an important warning to the world, one that the United States leadership should heed. Our White House needs a clear sense of direction and a real strategy," Nile Gardiner, former aid to Margaret Thatcher told the US press this weekend.
There is a number of reasons for Americans to be concerned at several different levels.
Henry Kissinger raises some very interesting points in his new book.
Some points all of us should be keenly aware of. I'll talk more about that on another day.
There is a growing consensus in the world for the ability to get along. The hippies called it "world peace," and put the bumper stickers on their VW vans, while others laughed at them and called it "whirled peas."
There is a new realization in this generation that things are not right. The world is out of control. There is growing desperation.
And there is a prevailing thought as to how this global problem can be solved. In the absence of leadership from the United States, the perceived need for a new world order is heightened.
Until recent years, the United States has been very clear about who we are and what we believe. Our identity was intact. We were the first nation ever formed on the basis of beliefs rather that ancient borders, languages and blood lines. We are "One nation under God," conceived in liberty and dedicated to the eternal biblical principles that are the bedrock of our nation's culture from our founding.
The world has faced up to a number of crises over these past 15 decades or so, and in every case America stood up and led. Some hated us, some became our strong allies, but the despots of the world could not ignore us.
We knew who we were.
And God used America, the city on a hill, to give guidance and direction to the world.
Kissinger, in his new book, identifies the growing need for some kind of new world order and claims that a new world order of sorts is already developing. He basically describes it as a group of regionalized orders working with one another for survival.
A "New World Order" is not a new idea.
On September 11, 1990, George Hubert Walker Bush, responding to the crises in the Persian Gulf, told a joint meeting of Congress:
"A new partnership of nations has begun. We stand today at a unique and extraordinary moment...a hundred generations have searched for this elusive path to peace while a thousand wars raged across the span of human endeavor. And today, that new world is struggling to be born. A world quite different from the one we've known."
Four months later, President George H.W. Bush in another speech said, "What is at stake is...a big idea...a new world order.... Where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve ...peace and security and freedom..."
Kissinger himself has been preoccupied with the notion that there should be a new world order. Just a few days before the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Kissinger said in a television interview:
"The President -elect is coming into office at a moment where there are upheavals in many parts of the world simultaneously.....I think his task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period, when, really, a new world order can be created."
One week later Kissinger wrote in a New York Times editorial. "The alternative to new international order is chaos...and Obama has the task of "shaping a new world order."
What we are seeing today is almost an exact duplicate of the events surrounding the Genesis account of the Tower of Babel. Genesis 11:4 describes our times, "Come let us build ourselves a city and a tower whose top is in the heavens, let us make a name for ourselves lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth."
Biblical prophecy clearly teaches a kind of new world order will be the vehicle which carries the Anti-Christ to power and leadership. It will be the foundation of a one world government, one world financial system and one world religion.
However, we are also biblically and clearly instructed to "occupy" until the time of the Lord's return.
We are to be "salt" and "light" until the Lord returns.
America's Founders closely associated America's identity with the Christian faith and biblical principles. That is well known and well documented, and only disputed by those who are uninformed or have a very different vision and agenda for this country, or are simply in denial.
Today, America seems unable to lead, because our leadership is paralyzed by the effects of relativism and secular progressivism; multiculturalism and a perverted understanding of tolerance.
We deny God in our culture, but ask Him to bless us during national tragedies and crises.
The greatest need we face today is not the need of a new world order, but for America to once again lead, and we can only lead when we rediscover our true identity.
We need leadership who truly understands the exceptionalism and identity of America, because they understand our heritage. And leadership who can actually lead.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Bold. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.