We have learned this week of the EPA decree that carbon dioxide is a toxic substance which they must regulate. I believe that this was done to boost President Obama's credentials as a faithful citizen of the world at Copenhagen. If Congress can't pass Cap-and-Trade then the Obama Administration will invoke all cap and no trade by administrative fiat.
Since all of us "pollute" the atmosphere just by breathing, the EPA now has the power to direct what we can and can't do. Fortunately the government is too inept to micromanage all of us but they are trying hard to get that ability. I'm sure the EPA will focus on controlling the "worst offenders" but the threat of unbridled regulation will further stifle growth of the economy in this country because businesses will not risk investing when the rules are changing so much.
We are in the era of changing rules. America voted for change and we are getting it. That is one accomplishment that history will credit Obama with; he is delivering on his campaign promise to fundamentally change America. I'm sure there will be constitutional challenges to the EPA's power grab on Obama's behalf but this will not undo the damage to the economy resulting from postponed growth. And there is risk in this postmodern age where words are subject to interpretation that the rule of law embodied in the Constitution will have little power.
Despite his eloquent public rhetoric, the power grabs by the Obama administration reveal that he has little respect for the Constitution of the United States. Obama has a pattern of doing things that avoid the checks and balances on administrative power required by the Constitution. The unprecedented number of "Czars" that do not have to be confirmed by Congress is another power grabbing example. Obama is acting as if he believes the Constitution to be an antiquated document that needs to be updated for the new age we are in. This disregard for the rule of law is right out of the Antichrist's playbook. Daniel 7:25 says, "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" (KJV).
President Obama's challenges to the Constitution certainly reveals his thinking to change laws. And he is also seeking to wear out opposition to his agenda of change with the continuous attacks on many fronts of the freedoms and prosperity that this country has been blessed with for so long. The Holy Spirit working through the saints of the most High is what restrains the evil that results from concentrated human power in this world... "the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way" (2 Thessalonians 2:7, NKJ).
While the evil-restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit ceases at the Rapture of the Church, the Obama power grabs foreshadow how the Antichrist will consolidate his political power. These power grabs reveal how close we are to the Rapture when we see the strategies of the Antichrist being employed so effectively even with the Restrainer still being active. So watching to see if opposition to the growth of the Federal Government gains or loses ground is an excellent gauge of how close we are to the Rapture.