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The Pattern – By Ed Wood

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” Rahm Emmanuel

I’ve read “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” twice over the yearsby William L. Shirer and here’s what I see as the recipe for tyranny from that excellent book. I present below the most notable past example and what I believe are current ones.

1) Use people’s fear in a tumultuous situation against them and give them an “answer man” or entity to resolve it. For Hitler, it was the chaos of a post-World War 1 defeated Germany with its accompanying inflation, unemployment, and hopelessness. For America, it is a similar, though less pronounced, version of inflation and similar growing pessimism regarding the future.

2) Give them an object (be it an ethnic group, other country, disease, etc.) to blame for these conditions.

Hitler blamed the high cost of reparations demanded by that war’s victors but, most notably, the Jews whom he said were behind this and all of Germany’s woes. For the free world today, it’s Covid, and monkey pox, plus anyone who does not subscribe to the current far-left agenda of  some national governments, America included.

3) Manipulate the religious systems so people turn toward men instead of toward God. For Germany it was Nazism and “Mien Kampf.” For many countries considered to be Christian, it is the turning away of much of organized religion toward the doctrines of political correctness, sexual perversion, paganism, and away from those doctrines of God which are clearly defined in the Bible.

4) Control disposition of information and allow no dissent. Hitler was a master of the media and public events where his speeches had such a mesmerizing, one might even claim “supernatural,” effect on the masses that they willingly gave away both their consciences and their freedom. No dissent was allowed. Today we see social media and internet access increasingly restricting any communication considered to be “misinformation” such as the truth about Covid, suppression of information of adverse vaccine reactions, or opposition to current “woke” ideology . . . and I fear that this is only the beginning.

5) Increase of governmental control on every aspect of life, starting with economics and progressively add to that list. In a few short years, the Nazi government was in total control of everything in Germany. Two years of Covid mandates were the greatest ally of governmental overreach I have ever seen in the free world. It is, in my opinion, a great psychological experiment that succeeded in stealing away freedom on a massive scale that has never been accomplished before.

6) Keep the people so distracted that they can’t see how they are being duped. In both Germany of the first half of the 20th Century and what were the democracies of the 21st, just getting through each day for the average person has consumed their attentions to such a degree that they don’t have the time to sit back and see just how they are being led into tyranny.

7) Get to the kids via control of the educational systems and use the legal system to supersede the authority of their parents. Hitler used the schools to indoctrinate German children into the Nazi “gospel” and created the Hitler Youth, the goal of which was to instill in them a loyalty to the part which surpassed that of loyalty to their parents. In America, critical race theory and other leftist ideology is attempting to do the same thing. Parents who are fighting these things are now considered potential terrorists.


As I look through history, I see a common pattern and exactly the same evil being repeated over an over again. Only the faces and specifics have changed andI have no doubt that it all is just a mild prelude and softening up process for what’s up ahead for those left behind after the Rapture.

Ask yourself: If things have been and are now coming back upon us in such an extreme degree now, while God’s Holy Spirit is still acting as a restraining presence  in believers, how bad will it get when this Spirit departs post-Rapture?

It’s all up to you to decide if you want to go through that or not.

There is a way out and this is it:

John {3:16} For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. {3:17} For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

It’s just that simple.

Now, what are you waiting for?


  1. Kelsey Pietsch (Peach) says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. It certainly seems like we are in the last days of this Dispensation of Grace, and the “Day of the Lord” seems to be right around the corner. Let’s encourage other believers to keep sharing the Good News of Christ’s death for our sins…and His bodily resurrection from the dead, so that if they believe in/on Him alone, through this message, they will be saved.

    • Ed Wood says:

      You are welcome, Kelsey. I hope this article helps people see the kind of world we are headed toward – and the only way out!

  2. Chris Madder says:

    I am so thrilled that Terry has posted this on his ‘page’. My beloved and I are well impressed, and thanks for the preview. XX

  3. Ed Wood says:

    You are welcome, Kelsey. I hope this article helps people see the kind of world we are headed toward – and the only way out!

  4. ianpomeroy says:

    Ed, thank you so much. We are delighted that Terry has encouraged you.

  5. Ken Schmidt says:

    Thank you Ed for the Clarification that the Restrainer The Holy Spirit is restraining the Believer from succumbing to the evil of these last days. I finally realize that those who are unsaved have no restraining Influence whatsoever within themselves but a conscience that has lost the ability to reason and could care less about their actions or the consequences of their sin… KMS Colorado Springs CO, Author of “Not Afraid to Tell The Truth”.

    • Chris Madder says:

      Did you consider this was the correct forum to advertise your ‘wares’? Personally I would not dream of putting on somebody’s good nature in this way.

      • Michele Coviello says:

        What a powerful article. Just great. We are living this article today. Look up, our Redemption is near. Praise the Lord!

      • Ed Wood says:

        Thank you, Michelle. I am very glad you like the article. It is amazing how most people really never do learn from history, or most importantly, from their Bibles. Because of this, our civilization is sadly condemned to making the same errors time after time.

        Despite this, God will one day step in and make things right, but only after humanity has undergone its ultimate trial.

    • Ed Wood says:

      I won’t debate whether or not injecting a commercial note in your comment is appropriate because I’d rather say “You are welcome,” and I think you are right about those who have decided to eject God from their lives.

      Paul was right one the mark about this and what you said is totally in accord with his words:
      1 Timothy {4:1} Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; {4:2} Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.

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