Boy, I tell ya what, I don’t know how it is that the days just fly past so quickly, and how I can stay so busy and yet look around and can’t figure out what I accomplished. Yesterday was a day that there was just so much I wanted to study and read and I just didn’t have time to fit it all in. One of my dearest friends is good at reminding me that usually the “people stuff” that interrupts the flow of getting through the itinerary (and trust me, I use the term itenerary loosely as it is) are the most important and most eternally significant thing we do all day, so I should try not to look at them as interruptions, and she is right. They are usually Divine appointments. Even when there is a “business” phone call that has to be taken care of, or doctor visit, the interaction can fulfill God’s purposes in surprising ways if we remain open to seeing the encounters in that light.
I started out yesterday pursuing further search of the scripture on the topic of the operation of the Holy Spirit and came upon that bit about the smoking flax and bruised reed. I plan to get back to that study in a little while today, but I was going through my inbox this morning, and Wilfred Hahn’s EVR newsletter came. I always look forward to delving into those, in the same way I like Wendy Wippel’s articles because both of these folks have amazing minds and a lot of knowledge and I love learning from them. even if some (ok, a lot) of their stuff is over my head.
The big question of “when will the world economy collapse” seems to be on everybody’s minds, and those of us who are not specialists in economics, nor have we had any formal training in that area, feel pretty hard-pressed sometimes to make heads or tails out of what-all the talking heads are jabbering on about it, especially when so much of it is contradictory. I, in my simple-mindedness, have maintained the conviction that though the economy is certainly in more trouble than it ever has been before, even during the Great Depression, the globalists and bankers have also become pretty savvy with their ever-expanding bag of tricks for keeping it (artificially) limping along. (Including knocking off any potential whistle-blowers). But more importantly, I believe the reason the economy hasn’t completely collapsed yet is due to the simple fact “it’s not time” yet. The restrainer is still restraining.
If all else fails, war has always been the not-ideal, but generally fail-proof solution for an economic reset. I was less tuned-in to economic issues in 2008 than I am now, however I don’t think that is why my family and I didn’t “notice” the “collapse” that year. There were people who went through the Great Depression as well, who hardly felt a difference. The reason for that is, because a lot of people in the country were already living hand-to-mouth, with no savings. The difference between then and now, is that back then a significant number of people had gardens and people still knew how to garden, slaughter their own pigs, chickens, cows, etc. and for the most part, people had compassion and knew the right thing to do was to help others in times like that.
That fictional book series I told you I was reading, about an EMP scenario in the U.S., is unfortunately probably a more accurate depiction as to how people might act under those circumstances now: like we’ve seen in Greece and other places where austerity measures have been implemented. If you aren’t familiar with that, then just think of Ferguson and Baltimore, only on a national scale, with the rioting, looting, and every-man-for-himself mentality. Few know how to do that self-reliant type stuff now in the Western world, though the Prepper movement is changing that some.
So getting back to the economic collapse, well, you’ve heard me say this stuff before, that I don’t think that global collapse will happen until (though maybe coinciding with) the rapture. I just thought you’d be happy to know that someone who actually does know economics, seems to agree. In his Eternal Value Review that arrived today in my in-box, Wilfred Hahn has been talking about the love of mammon, and the materialistic, narcissistic nature of humanity, even professing Christians, in these last days, and how it is rising, and as an indicator of the lateness of the hour. Specifically his article today (“Hot Comfort, Cold Faith“)shows the marked inverse relationship between wealth and the level of faith of a person, church, or nation. Pretty stark! Pretty consistent and very telling! And unlike me, he will provide you with concrete evidence for that reasoning.
Anyhoo, in one of the reader questions, Hahn is asked how a Christian is to know where to put their money in light of the bombardment of messages touting threat of confiscation and all the dire warnings of impending collapse, and specifically asks if it would be wise to place one’s money in foreign banks. Hahn’s thorough response to the oft-asked question regarding “financial collapse” is below:
——————–From EVR Issue 4, Volume 18, August 2015
[Editors Note: We get many emails asking questions
of a similar nature, about a possible monetary collapse —
worries about what could happen in the financial world. We
respond to this one, though unfortunately cannot reply to
all.] We live in an era of deep corruption … most definitely,
including monetary malfeasance of a global dimension.
And, so, there is much speculation as to when the world’s
financial systems may collapse or monies be confiscated.
These are not illogical fears and it is understandable why
many would be preoccupied with such worries. However,
the perspective to see from a Dispensationalist prophetic interpretation
is that policymakers will pull out all the stops to
keep the financial system going. The world cannot function
without a working monetary/financial system so it must be
preserved or propped up in one way or another. These systems
will not completely collapse until the Tribulation period.
Were the financial system to truly collapse earlier (as
many continue to predict as occurring at any moment) than
the late-Tribulation period, much last-day Bible prophecy
would not and could not be fulfilled. Of course, there will
continue to be rolling financial crises as has been experienced
for many centuries and throughout the modern financial
era, but not total collapse. Another aspect to keep in
mind is that policymakers (whether central bankers, politicians
or technocrats) will be sure to shroud their actions
stealthily. Very few today understand the deceptions that
underlie current monetary actions in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Finally, just a short reply to your investment query
[though not a recommendation, as EVR does not disseminate
any investment advice] in regards to the differences of
Chase Bank versus Fidelity. The latter’s main business is
investment management; a bank’s (Chase Bank) is taking
deposits and lending money. Therefore, the risks are very
different. The bottom line when dealing with any type of financial
entity is to determine the risks and what is being
paid for their services.
(End EVR snip)
Now, I am a bit of an idiot-savant of words, but a just-plain-idiot of numbers, so if you’re like me when it comes to figures, formulas, graphs, tables or banking, and slip into a cross-eyed drooling stupor, suffer windpipe collapse and facial blowfish syndrome at the merest whiff of anything math-ish (no matter how hard you want to retain it) the takeaway of significance is this…….
“These systems will not completely collapse until the Tribulation period”.–Wilfred Hahn
He even underlined it like that just for folks like me!!! 🙂
Ok, but seriously, though. It was so worth reading all the rest of it just to get to that, statement, right?
Gotta go. My antihistamine is kicking in. And it’s Friday, so I probably won’t post too much else until Sunday. Unless I do. Because in this moment in time, a lot can happen in a day.