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By: SR Shearer
At the end of his life, the Apostle Paul was left
alone and bereft of friendship. In his Second Letter to
Timothy, he wrote:
"You will know, I expect, that all those who were
in Asia have turned against me, Phygelus and Hermogenes
among them." (II Timothy 1:15)
And he went on to say:
Beheading of St Paul by
San Paolo Maggiore, Bologna, Italy
"The first time I had to defend myself [before Caesar]
no one was on my side - they all
deserted me. God forgive them! Yet the
Lord himself stood by me and gave me the strength to
proclaim the message clearly and fully, so that the
Gentiles could hear it, and I was rescued 'from the
lion's mouth'. I am sure the Lord will rescue me from
every evil plot, and will keep me safe until I reach
his heavenly kingdom. Glory be to him for ever and ever!"
(II Timothy 4:16-18)
Shortly afterwards, Paul was found guilty of treason
against the Roman state and was beheaded in Rome around
the mid 60s A.D., during the reign of Nero.
Naturally enough, the fact that he stood alone at
the end of his life was no real surprise to Paul. And
the reason? – those who had been so faithful to
him during the early years of his ministry had been subsumed
by the "cares of this life:"
"For I have told you often before, and I say
it again now with tears in my eyes, there are many who
walk along the Christian road who have become the ENEMIES
of the cross of Christ. Their future is ... LOSS ...
they think about is this life here on earth."
[Phil. 3:18-19 (Amp.)]
"For all they think about is the cares of
this life ..." - a good home, a good car,
a good career, a good education, a good bank account,
a good vacation, etc.
"ALL THEY THINK ABOUT IS THIS LIFE ON EARTH!"
- and that's precisely what it takes to acquire the "good
things of this life." The fact is, the accumulation of
these things does not come easily, nor does it come accidentally;
they require a great deal of time and effort to get; and
more than that, once they are acquired, they necessitate
a great deal of exertion to keep. The "servicing"
of the "good things of this life" involves the expenditure
of a lot of energy – and it indicates where one's
heart really is. That's the truth of the matter.
And if your time is spent "prettying" up your
house, getting a good education, pursuing a career, getting
that promotion, etc., then "YOUR FUTURE IS LOSS!"
- AND YOU WILL BE SEPARATED FROM THE KINGDOM OF GOD. [Please
see our article, "The
Of course, if one asked Phygelus and Hermogenes (see
above) and the many others who had deserted Paul, they
would have denied the fact that they had "deserted the
faith." But the only ones they were kidding were themselves.
In this "day and age," the fact that so many Christians
deny that we are perilously close to the "end of the age"
– to the Tribulation Period - is perhaps the best
evidence of where they stand insofar as their entanglements
with the "affairs of this life" are concerned, and all
this despite the abundant evidence that the world is careening
ever closer to the kind of financial meltdown that Robin
Brace described in his article, "Worrying
Parallels Between the Weimar Republic and Modern Western
Society" – the kind that is needed to
catalyze the appearance of the antiChrist.
The evidence of how close we are to the end is there
– but Christians don't want to see. These are the
kind of Christians about whom the Apostle Peter wrote,
"... there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts,
"And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue
as they were from the beginning of the creation."
(II Peter 3:3-4)
What follows are the facts of the matter.
[We URGE you to review
our twin articles, "There
Are Seven Kings" and
"Seven Days in May."]
Dr. Rossen Vassilev, writing for The American Spectator,
"The new 'normal' state of the economy is marked by a stalled
economic recovery, low consumer demand as well as persistently
high unemployment engulfing large sectors of the population.
These same 'gloom-and-doom' economists claim that the real
level of unemployment may be close to the Great Depression
level of 25% if one subtracts the number of those gainfully
employed from the number of all working-age adults in the
NOTE: The "New Normal" accepts the
fact of a 7.7% to 9.0% unemployment rate – which
translates into a 18% REAL unemployment rate.
[Please see our article, "A
Permanent 30% Unemployment Rate."]
Economist Michael Snyder writes:
By Mike Whitney
Don't get snookered by the "housing prices have hit bottom"
hype. It's just another scam to lure people back into
The only reason that prices aren't still plunging, is because
the banks have slowed the foreclosure process to a crawl
to decrease supply. As we all know, when you decrease
supply, you increase demand and prices rise. And that
is exactly what's happening. But the temporary uptick
in prices doesn't reflect the true condition of the housing
market which is still in the toilet. There's just too
many houses and too few buyers. Experts figure that there
may be anywhere between 5 to 11 million distressed homes
that will eventually be dumped on the market. That's going
to push down prices and wipe out whatever equity you've
managed to gain by making your mortgage payments.
"The global debt crisis has reached a dangerous
new phase. Unfortunately, most Americans are not taking notice
of it because most of the action is taking place overseas,
and because U.S. financial markets are riding high. But just
because the global economic crisis is unfolding at the pace
of a "slow-motion train wreck" right now does not
mean that it isn't incredibly dangerous."
"As I have written previously, the economic
collapse is not going to be a single event. Yes, there will
be days when the Dow drops by more than 500 points. Yes, there
will be days when the reporters on CNBC appear to be hyperventilating.
But mostly there will be days of quiet despair as the global
economic system slides even further toward oblivion. And
right now things are clearly getting worse.
"Things in Greece are much worse than they
were six months ago. Things in Spain are much worse than they
were six months ago. The same thing could be said for Italy,
France, Japan, Argentina and a whole bunch of other nations.
The entire global economy is slowing down, and we are entering
a time period that is going to be incredibly painful for everyone.
"At the moment, the U.S. is still experiencing
a 'sugar high' from unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus,
but when that 'sugar high' wears off the hangover will
be excruciating. Reckless borrowing, spending and money
printing has bought us a brief period of 'economic stability',
but our foolish financial decisions will also make our eventual
collapse far worse than it might have been. So
don't think for a second that the U.S. will somehow escape
the coming global economic crisis. The truth is
that before this is all over we will be seen as one of the
primary causes of the crisis.
What's Behind the Swiss Gearing Up
for Major Unrest Through Out Europe?
by Robert Wenzel
John R. Schindler, a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, is out with a fascinating report. The Swiss are apparently gearing up for the possibility of major civil unrest throughout Europe. It's difficult to say for sure, whether Swiss officials really see an increased threat or whether this is just an expansion of the Swiss state, an expansion typical of most governments these days, who will attempt to create fear in any way possible to grow the state. Here's Schindler:
Do the Swiss know something the rest of us don't?
Ueli Maurer, the Swiss defense minister, has been making coy statements about the European crisis getting ugly - as in really ugly, like needing armed troops to deal with it. This sounds more like Greece, where the rioting is regular and increasingly scary, than anything in Central Europe, but where the whole EU furball is headed does seem less than clear of late.
The Swiss are famous for preparing for everything and having an absolutely huge army, relative to their population, to deal with any eventuality. They maintain their special military system, based on training for nearly the whole male population but a very small active duty cadre (plus a few, tiny UN peacekeeping-type missions abroad, since the Swiss have an actually defensive defense force): the Swiss can call up over 200,000 trained troops, which is but one-third of what was on-call twenty years ago - like everyone, they have downsized as the threat has receded since the fall of the Soviet bloc - but that's still pretty huge in Swiss terms. In America, that would mean a mobilization strength of nearly 8,000,000 for the U.S. military (it's a hair under three million, in case you were wondering).
Minister Maurer, accompanied by whispers from the top uniformed leadership in Switzerland, is trying to raise awareness that Europe's massive fiscal-cum-political crisis could get very unpleasant. Swiss military exercises in September, called STABILO DUE, were based on EU instability getting out of hand. The Swiss have stayed out of the EU - one more thing the very prosperous Swiss are gloating about these days - and they certainly don't want EU problems spilling over into their peaceful little country. That the Swiss military is adding four new military police battalions to the army, to be spread around the country, indicates that the threat they have in mind is more disorder and chaos than actual invasion.
"The following are 21 signs that the global
economic crisis is about to go to a whole new level....
- Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer says that the
global economy is "awfully close" to a deep recession.
- It was announced last week that the unemployment rate
in Greece has reached an all-time high of 25.1 percent.
Unemployment among those 24 years old or younger is
now more than 54 percent. Back in April 2010, the unemployment
rate in Greece was only sitting at 11.8 percent.
- The IMF is warning that Greek debt may have to be "restructured"
- Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg says that it is "probable"
that Greece will leave the euro, and that it might happen
within the next six months.
- An angry crowd of approximately 40,000 angry Greeks recently
descended on Athens to protest a visit by German Chancellor
- The debt crisis is Argentina is becoming increasingly
- The government debt to GDP ratio in Italy is expected
to hit 126 percent this year. In Greece, it is expected
to hit 198 percent. In Japan, it is expected to hit a whopping
CASCADE OF PROPHETIC EVENTS
THAT ANTIPAS HAS ANTICIPATED
Examining point #1, 8,
- Economic Crisis
- The mortgage meltdown.
- The derivatives
- The division of the world's population into a tiny,
very wealthy financial elite and the rest of mankind,
most of whom have been (are being) reduced to a state
of abject poverty.
- The development of a CHRISTIAN (so-called)
- The emergence of an antiChrist figure who will be
very UNLIKE what most Christians expect.
- An antiChrist figure who will seemingly champion the
interests of the nation of Israel.
- The convergence of Christianity's many different factions
into a vast POLITICAL movement based
not on any legitimate form of Christianity, but on
- The emergence of an extremely radical form of Islam
that will challenge the interests of the United States
in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, and
that will threaten the existence of the Jewish state
in the Middle East.
- The probable break-up
of the European Union.
- An attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear facilities
that will precipitate the final Islamic radicalization
of the Middle East.
- Some kind of mind-numbing
event that will lead to a dictatorial takeover
of the United States by the Religious-Right in conjunction
with America's financial elites and supported by the
American military - an event that will precipitate
the OVERT imposition of police-state controls on the
- The absorption of the great MASS
of Christians into the APOSTATE church,
which is precisely what happened to Christians in
- The signing of a FORMAL defense pact
between Israel and the United States; this event will
commence the Tribulation Period.
[Please see our article, "Precipitating
a Cascade of Prophetic Events."]
- Standard & Poor's has slashed the credit rating on
Spanish government debt to BBB-, which is just one level
above junk status.
- Back in the year 2000, the ratio of total debt to GDP
in Spain was 192 percent. By 2011, it had reached 363 percent.
- Record amounts of money are being pulled out of Spanish
banks, and many large Spanish banks are rapidly heading
- Manufacturing activity in Spain has contracted for 17
months in a row.
- It is being projected that home prices in Spain will fall
by another 15 percent by the end of 2013.
- The unemployment rate in France is now above 10 percent,
and it has risen for 16 months in a row.
- There are signs that Switzerland may be preparing for
"major civil unrest" throughout Europe.
- The former top economist at the European Central Bank
says that the ECB has fallen into a state of "panic"
as it desperately tries to solve the European debt crisis.
Europe is not just heading into another recession.
The truth is that Europe is
heading into a full-blown depression.
- According to a recent IMF report, European banks may need
to sell off 4.5 trillion dollars in assets over the next
14 months in order to meet strict new capital requirements.
- In August, U.S. exports dropped to the lowest level that
we have seen since last February.
- Economics Professor Barry Eichengreen is very concerned
about what is coming next for stocks in the United States...
- During the week ending October 3rd, investors pulled
more than 10 billion dollars out of U.S. mutual funds.
Overall, a total of more than 100 billion dollars has been
pulled out of U.S. mutual funds so far this year.
- As I wrote about the other day, the IMF is warning
that there is an "alarmingly high" risk of a deeper
global economic slowdown.
When shipping companies start laying off workers, that
is one of the best signs that economic activity is slowing
down. That is why it was so troubling when it was announced
that FedEx is planning to get rid of "several thousand"
workers over the coming months. According to AFP, "its
business is being hit by the global economic slowdown".
U.S. economy and the U.S. financial system are
unsustainable from any angle that you want to look
"In any event, the truth is that the U.S. economy
and the U.S. financial system are unsustainable from any angle
that you want to look at things.
"We are drowning in government debt, we are
drowning in consumer debt, Wall Street has been transformed
into a high risk casino where our largest financial institutions
are putting it all on the line on a daily basis, we are consuming
far more than we are producing, there are more than 100 million
Americans on welfare and we are stealing more than 100 million
dollars an hour from future generations to pay for it all.
"Anyone that believes that we are in 'good
shape' does not know the first thing about economics. Sadly,
the U.S. is not alone. Nations all over the globe are experiencing
"The global economic
crisis is just beginning and it is going to get much, much
American evangelicals whistling past the graveyard and pretending the Tribulation is still a long way off.
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