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Dec 12, 2011

The Coming Days of Civil Unrest

I've often said "economic hardship is the mother's milk of prophetic progression." I coined this phrase after noticing that prophecy always unfolds faster during times of economic trouble. Since the world faces a number of financial hurdles in the coming days, I thought it would be important to reflect on the fallout that might result.

There are many reasons I believe we are headed for a financial meltdown. The most pressing factor is all the debt that nations have built up over time. Debts can be forgiven and budgets can be slashed. What can't be avoided is the growth of entitlement programs, which includes Social Security, Medicare, and government pensions. Each year, we spend nearly $866 billion on healthcare alone. This burden is growing by 9 percent per year. By 2020 it will consume nearly half the U.S. federal budget.

In the U.S., 40 million families receive food stamps. Nearly 60 percent of the population is in some way dependent on the government for all or a portion of their income.

Sometime in the next few years, we are going to reach a breaking point. Uncle Sam will become incapable of fulfilling the promises he made to millions of people. The most likely warning indicator will be soaring interest rates on bonds. Once investors realize they might lose money on bonds, we will demand higher rates. This scenario has already played out in Europe.

The government can't just say, "Sorry folks, we’re out of money." Millions of people have no back-up plan. They assume that the U.S. Treasury has a magic printing press that allows it to endlessly churn out money.

The culture of government dependency is so ingrained into society, it’s even being promoted on Sesame Street. The producers of the show recently introduced a “food insecure” Muppet named Lily. She worries about her family not having enough money to feed her properly and pitches obtaining free food at school:

“Sometimes we can't always afford to buy all the food that we need,” Lily said. “I mean, but we've been finding lots of ways that we can get help... Yeah, for example, at school I get a free breakfast and a lunch...part of the meal plan."

Sesame Street may have noble intentions in teaching children how take advantage of food programs. Liberals fail to realize that they are actually promoting the drug of dependency. There would be an outrage if Sesame Street was teaching kids they can make all their problems go away by smoking crack. Welfare may seem to be a less powerful drug, but has probably destroyed more lives than all other drugs combined. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society have enslaved whole generations of people.

We're now at the stage where the government’s supply of dope is getting strained, and it's having to cut off some of its addicts. Last week, Rachelle Grimmer caused a seven-hour standoff at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services office in Laredo. The event ended with Grimmer fatally shooting herself and her two children. Grimmer was upset that her food stamps application had been rejected, so she decided to end it all.

The top U.S. military commander, Gen. Martin Dempsey, says he is concerned about "the potential for civil unrest" as Europe's financial crisis unfolds. Several EU nations have leaped ahead of the U.S. on the path toward financial meltdown. In Europe, there have been a number of large riots over austerity measures. If people are willing to riot over changes that switch their retirement from age 55 to age 60, there is no telling what they will do if their whole pension is put into question.

The world has endured many financial calamities far worse than what we see today. Judging by the reaction today, you would expect that people were eating each other during the Great Depression, but that didn't happen. The 1930s was a time of profound economic pain, but people survived because they had a moral foundation, and they knew they would starve if they didn’t find some way to support themselves.

There is no doubt in my mind that any repeat of the Great Depression would force governments around the world to declare martial law. Since we face the total collapse of the fiat currency system, we could have a financial calamity that would be the worst in our nation’s history.

There is one factor that would add to the misery, rivaling the predictions of the most pessimistic economists. When the Rapture takes place, at least 40 million Christians will instantly disappear. Since believers are part of the financial backbone of America, our sudden removal would have a devastating impact on the economy. Because the negative consequences of being left behind are so high, I ask everyone with any doubt to rethink where you stand with God.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

-- Todd

Prince of Persia on the Loose

Those of us who examine world issues and events of our time from a Pre-Trib eschatological viewpoint consistently pronounced that the uprisings that began months ago in the Middle East would result in an expansion of Islamist control over the region. Mainstream news pundits of the secular ilk proclaimed it a great day for democracy’s spreading among the tyrant-laden nations of the Middle East. Mainstream religionists, at the same time--including, sadly, many of the neo-evangelical sort such as Saddleback’s Rick Warren—declared it a new day for all faiths to come together in peace and understanding. The Arab Spring, as it has come to be called, was to bring in a kind of Mideast utopia, it was gleefully expected by the uprising’s cheerleaders.

Soon Egypt’s president-dictator, Hosni Mubarak, was forced out as the nations surrounding Israel on three sides fell one by one into the hands of peoples that are under the control of…well…that’s another matter into which we will have a look. No matter what news network or outlet, the talk has centered on something peaceful and good coming out of the so-called Arab Spring. The movement is a supposedly righteous rebellion to oust dictators that will bring the installation of democracy to most if not all of the nations in the region that has been the most volatile on earth since Israel was reborn in 1948.

But a funny thing happened on the way to all of that promised freedom to choose. The following news item provides enlightenment:

Egypt's military rulers say that the next parliament will not be representative enough to independently oversee the drafting of a constitution, and that they will appoint a council to check the influence of religious extremists on the process.

The announcement followed a surprisingly strong showing by Islamist groups who took the overwhelming majority in the first round of parliamentary elections. The outcome caused concern among the liberals who drove Egypt's uprising and the military, which took power from ousted leader Hosni Mubarak…

Liberal groups and the military--a secular institution that has traditionally controlled access of Islamists to its ranks--are concerned that religious extremists will exert too much influence and could try to enshrine strict Islamic law, or Shariah, as the only guiding principle for state policies.

Voters chose both parties and individuals in the complex electoral system. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic fundamentalist group that was the best known and organized party, and the more radical Al-Nour party--ultraconservative Islamists known as Salafis--took about 60 percent of the vote for parties together, according to official results…

The result was a devastating blow for the mostly secular and liberal youth who drove the uprising. ("Egypt's Military Leaders to Appoint Council to Oversee Drafting of New Constitution, Telegraph.co.uk, 12/8/11)

We have watched and reported on the unrest that began many months ago and continued until the time of the Egyptian elections just reported. Since December 18, 2010, there have been revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt; a civil war in Libya; civil uprisings in Bahrain, Syria, and Yemen. Major protests have been launched in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, and Oman, as well as on the borders of Israel. There have been minor protests in Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Western Sahara.

Moammar Gadhafi of Libya has met his fate, and Bashar al-Assad faces the same in Syria, as the Islamist uprisings build toward a fever pitch in that tyrant’s kingdom. It is interesting that Satan has trouble controlling his own diabolist minions within the Mideast madness, even as some rebellious leaders infesting Christianity fight against the good the God of heaven wants to get done during this dispensation. Of course, this shouldn’t surprise. The fomenter of both incendiary actions is one and the same.

In the case of things going on in the Israel-hating nations that surround the tiny Jewish state, the fingerprints are obvious. The same satanic general that instigated and carried out warfare in high places during the prophet Daniel’s time has been turned loose today to stir the boiling Middle East cauldron. His most visible involvement is evidenced within the Islamist fury that rages under the guise of democracy on the move. The most overt evidence of the immediate danger this general poses is the nuclear threat Iran presents against Israel.

The prince of Persia (Daniel 10:20) is on the loose in these last of the last days.