Retired Air Force Colonel With Three Graduate Degrees Is Homeless And Sleeps In A Van.
"A measure of wheat for a penny [literally - denarius, a Greek coin which represented a WHOLE DAYS wages in the ancient world], and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." (Rev. 6:6) [Please see our article, "Moving Closer to a Financial Armageddon."]
The meaning of this lyric is that the condition of man during this era (ie., the "end of days") will be reduced to such that he will have to labor a whole day simply to buy a loaf of bread or three measures of barley. But the second part of the lyric [ie., "... and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine ..."] means that the "hard times" of this period will not extend to the elites. This is the common interpretation - the one subscribed to by such authorities as Ryrie, Pentecost, Ironside, Gaebelein, etc. [Please see our articles, "Two Americas: One Poor, the Other Rich" and "The Divergence of the Rich from the Poor."]
Nonetheless, so powerful is the desire for the "good life" - even among Christians - that they are prone to believe that somehow or other they will be able to "ride out the storm" that Chossudovsky of Global Research and other "TRUTH-TELLERS" are saying is soon to descend upon them like the Valkyries.
In all of this, Christians are confronted with a choice:
THINGS ARE MUCH WORSE
Have you ever laid in bed awake at night with a knot in your stomach because you didn't know how your family was possibly going to make it through the next month financially? Have you ever felt the desperation of not being able to provide the basic necessities for your family even though you tried as hard as you could? All over America tonight, there are millions of desperate families that are being ripped apart by this economy. There aren't nearly enough jobs, and millions of Americans that actually do have jobs aren't making enough to even provide the basics for their families.
When you have tried everything that you can think of and nothing works, it can be absolutely soul crushing. Today, one of my regular readers explained that he was not going to be online for a while because his power had been turned off. He has been out of work for quite a while, and eventually the money runs out. Have you ever been there? If you have ever experienced that moment, you know that it stays with you for the rest of your life. If you are single that is bad enough, but when you have to look into the eyes of your children and explain to them why there won't be any dinner tonight or why they have to move into a homeless shelter it can feel like someone has driven a stake into your heart. In this article you will find a lot of very shocking economic statistics. But please remember that behind each statistic are the tragic stories of millions of desperately hurting American families.
Over the past decade, things have steadily gotten worse for American families no matter what our politicians have tried. Poverty and government dependence continue to rise. The cost of living continues to go up and incomes continue to go down. It is truly frightening to think about what this country is going to look like if current trends continue.
The following are 37 facts that show how cruel this economy has been to millions of desperate American families...
What makes all of this even more frightening is that many homeless shelters and food banks around the nation are so overloaded at this point that they are already over capacity. Just consider this example...
"When Janice Coe, a homeless advocate in Loudoun County, learned through her prayer group that a young woman was sleeping in the New Carrollton Metro station with a toddler and a 2-month-old, she sprang into action.
"Coe contacted the young woman and arranged for her to take the train to Virginia, where she put the little family up in a Comfort Suites hotel. Then Coe began calling shelters to see who could take them.
"Despite several phone calls, she came up empty. Coe was shocked to learn that many of the local shelters that cater to families were full, including Good Shepherd Alliance, where Coe was once director of social services.
"I don't know why nobody will take this girl in," Coe said. "The baby still had a hospital bracelet on her wrist."
Keep in mind that Loudoun Country is smack dab in the middle of one of the wealthiest areas of Virginia.
So if things are that bad in the wealthy areas, exactly how bad are things getting in many of the poorer areas?
Unfortunately, things continue to get worse for this economy. DuPont has just announced plans to eliminate 1,500 jobs. There are more major layoff announcements almost every single day. So how bad will things get when our crumbling economic system finally collapses? When kind of chaos will be unleashed all over the nation when millions upon millions of Americans finally lose all hope?
In the introduction to this article, I mentioned that one of my regular readers has had his lights turned off. The following is how he described his situation...
"No gas, no water, no electricity at my house. Couldn't pay the bills. I'm broke. Desperately searching for any means of income, or at least enough cash to get the juice (electricity) restored.
"Typing this missive in a dark house using the battery on my laptop. Feels like I'm camping out at home. Hope to get this situation fixed tomorrow... somehow. Needless to say, I *.... hate this.
"I was ready for this, but it is still a major league inconvenience. For those of you who DO have power, etc. – and are not ready... oh brother. You need to get ready. Seriously, you do. Because what I'm going through is just an inconvenience. It may someday be a normal occurrence. Ugh. (expletives deleted)"
Brothers and sisters, in the light of all this, I urge you to remember what true Christianity is all about; it's about sharing ourselves and our resources unreservedly with our brothers and sisters as the early church did in Jerusalem. [Please see PART 2 of Chapter V of the New Antipas Papers, "THE CHURCH AS THE COMMUNITY OF GOD."]
The Bible says:
"But whoso [of you] hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." (1 John 3:17-18)
"If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
"And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?" (James 2:15-16)
"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:35)
More next time.
God bless you all,
Have the courage of Sophie Scholl: Pass out our flyer, leave it in libraries, affix it to trees and posts, put it on the windshields of cars, especially those in church parking lots. Sophie Scholl
At the age of 21 Sophie was executed by guillotine after being convicted of high treason. Her crime was publishing some anti-war leaflets that were printed by the White Rose (a non-violent resistance group that encouraged people to passively resist the Nazis) in 1943 at Munich University. Eventually a copy of the leaflet made it out of Germany and millions of copies were made and then dropped by plane over parts of Germany. Its was re-entitled The Manifesto of Munich Students.
Do you possess the courage that Sophie possessed? ARE YOU WILLING TO DOWN LOAD OUR FLYER AND PASS IT OUT? [Please see our article, "We Are Your Conscience: The White Rose Society."]
IN ADDITION, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, PRINT THEM OUT YOURSELF, AND STUDY THEM CAREFULLY; SHARE THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):