I’ve found it always a good thing to do when striving to serve as a watchman on the wall: Always look at Jesus’ prophetic words when examining these times of omega signs. The best place to start is in the Gospels that record the Lord’s Olivet Discourse.
It was thus some years ago when I began thinking on what is most pertinent in the news. Something in particular almost always jumps out of the pages of the Lord’s recorded foretelling. Those years ago it was: “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25).
Earlier I had been “watching” a news program, listening to a correspondent shouting to be heard over the noise of an angry mob. The network then cut to several other scenes of irate crowds shouting in unison words I couldn’t make out. The correspondent was saying the roaring of the crowds in the various locations shown was all about the decision by the Eurogroup to “haircut” depositors of the banks of Cypress. At the time, the Eurogroup, which was responsible for insuring deposits of the banks involved, had decided to grab money from the accounts of most everyone. Later the Eurozone powers that be decided on a less draconian action. They determined not to take as much from the accounts of the depositors with lower Euro amounts in their banks. Thus, the noise–the “roaring” in the streets–has lessened, if not completely abated.
I admit up front that I didn’t then, and don’t now, fully understand everything involved in the economic abyss into which Cypress had plunged, and into which, it was feared, much of Europe, such as Greece, France, Italy, Spain, and others might plunge. However, I did understand, as should anyone who has ever deposited hard-earned money into their bank, that for someone in government–or anyone else–to reach in and rob one’s bank account is the stuff of which riots are likely to be fueled.
Kind of makes you mad just thinking about it happening to you, doesn’t it?
And that sentiment was explored throughout the financial expert community during the time of that crisis, believe me. One of my favorite economic experts weighed in with a thought along these lines: “The decision of the government in Cyprus to simply take money out of people’s bank accounts there sent shock waves around the world. People far removed from that small island nation had to wonder: ‘Can this happen here?'” (Thomas Sowell, “Can It Happen Here?” www.townhall.com, 3/26/13, p. 1).
Was this a test to see how the masses will react to such overt robbery by those in authority? I’ve gotten that question many times and have asked it myself. Call it conspiracy “kookdom,” but the powers did start in the smallest of venues in their–shall we call it–experiment?
They, during that time of crisis, quickly decided to take a milder tact. However, such robbery will continue to take place in various forms as long as human greed remains. They just will reduce the size of their haul in their need for money to fix the horrible mess they’ve made of managing fiscal matters. Absolute power has indeed corrupted absolutely in Europe, as Lord Edward Acton would have it. The United States mess is infinitely bigger in terms of the amount of indebtedness. The only saving grace is that America is so gargantuan in its influences and so intricate in its linkages in monetary affairs worldwide that the powers that be will keep it propped up at all costs–at least until some unforeseen circumstance or deliberate action for purposes of serving the globalist banksters’ lust and greed becomes feasible to institute.
In either case, it will take a crisis or crises of major magnitude to bring the U.S.–thus all the world–down in one gigantic collapse into chaos. When that happens, there will indeed be a roaring of ear-shattering decibel. I am convinced that the roaring will be worldwide in its scope.
The economic morass that gets more quicksand-like by the day not only causes the sea of humanity to roar in distress, but draws other foretold end-times elements into the quagmire. Thus, the student of Bible prophecy attuned to Holy Spirit enlightenment can begin to understand how the last-days puzzle fits together.
As a student of Bible prophecy, one must consider the words of Ezekiel the prophet. He said that a group of leaders that sounds an awful lot like the current diplomatic lot of America and Europe will one day ask Gog, who almost certainly will be a future Russian leader: “Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13).
Economic matters will be, from now until the return of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the catalyst that will cause the seas of humanity to roar in tumult and, finally, produce a war that will threaten to extinguish all life on the planet. Jesus has promised to intervene before that destruction can fully play out.
Again, I’m convinced it will be the Rapture of the church that will burst the building bubble and bring the financial structure of this fallen world crashing down around all who are left behind. Jesus is the blessed hope (Titus 2: 13). Accept His offer of salvation this very moment, and escape the carnage to come.