News Review - 15 May 2020
Signs Of The Times

Fear… isolation… depression… fear of the unknown… war on cash… surveillance for “safety”… chaos is starting…

Signs Of The Times

The coronavirus marches on, infecting around 4,400,000 people to date and killing around 300,000 people. It struck out of “a clear blue sky” - a true “black swan” event. Those of us watching end time events should notice that it is preparing the world for upcoming events. People are fearful, and they are looking to governments for protection.

Ultimately, the situation will be so bad that people will accept a dictator as we can see when we read in Revelation 13:

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:17)

How could this happen? How could a society come to accept this? Surely this could only happen in a totalitarian state? And how could a totalitarian state come about in our modern democratic world?

The fact is, it’s going to happen, and those who are watching should be able to see the foundations being laid right now.

Coronavirus Pandemic: Mental Health Fallout

Many are in a state of panic, struck down by fear. Isolation and depression are also huge problems, as the following article points out.

“At Provident Behavioral Health in St Louis, people who called the helpline at the beginning of the pandemic were fearful, even panicked. ‘Nearly everyone expressed fear. Fear of catching the virus, fear of the future, fear of the unknown and fear of not knowing how to cope with their feelings,’ said Jessica Vance, who manages the Disaster Distress Helpline at Provident.

Now people’s calls and texts, which have leveled off in the past couple of weeks, are more about their isolation and depression. Ultimately, the psychological impact of the pandemic will harm far more people than the virus itself. And the widespread emotional trauma it’s evoking will be long lasting, experts say. Already, more than 4 in 10 Americans say that stress related to the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health, according to an April poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic will be the most psychologically toxic disaster in anyone’s lifetime,’ said George Everly, who teaches disaster mental health and human resilience at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. ‘This pandemic is a disaster of uncertainty,’ he explained, ‘and the greater the uncertainty surrounding a disaster, the greater the psychological casualties’.(

Climate Of Fear

The coronavirus pandemic has turned our world upside-down. It has created fear and panic. All around the world, the death count mounts, millions have lost their jobs. People are locked up in their own homes. Businesses are closed. Schools are closed. We have never experienced anything like this.

Leaders face a stark choice: continue the lock-downs to try to control the spread of the virus – and risk even further damage to the already frail economic situation – or lift the restrictions and risk an even higher death toll.

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” (Benjamin Franklin:

The masses, driven by fear, look to governments to protect them. Governments seek methods to control the situation, many of which cut basic freedoms.

“Humans, unless they are of the heroic mold — like the forefathers of the United States of America — will embrace almost anything to save themselves. Given a serious crisis, many will trade away freedoms that were once valued as priceless, though braver folk gave up their lives to attain such liberty for all.” (

War On Cash

We all have to buy and sell to exist, and for centuries, some form of cash has been used. But today, there is a war on cash.

Cash Is Dirty

“Many people are warming up to the idea of digital currency in a cashless society due to coronavirus because going touch free is cleaner than cash. Many businesses are already moving to make digital currency the only form of transaction they will engage in so their customers and their employees feel safe. In fact, cash has become so dirty that some businesses that remained open in limited ways under the coronavirus lockdown are already turning away customers who have only cash to tender. ‘Touch free’ means virus-free. Touch-free Cashless safety is being bought at the cost of liberty.” (

In The Post-Covid World, Cash Is Trash

“There’s been a concerted effort recently among the oligarchs I like to call The Davos Crowd to demonize cash. From hedge fund manager Ray Dalio pronouncing ‘Cash is trash’ earlier this year to the fear-mongering surrounding COVID-19 making people fearful of dealing in cash because it might be tainted, the anti-cash rhetoric has been amped up to eleven.

But the reality is that the push for removing cash from society is to put all of our financial dealings in databases which gives authorities a record of everything you do. As governments around the world become increasingly bankrupt they naturally look for ways to improve tax compliance as well as create profiles of anyone they deem a threat to their continued existence. That’s the real reason for why ‘cash is trash’ to authorities.” (

Digital Cash Is Controllable

If everyone ends up using a card to buy and sell, the banks can control their lives. This is already happening, with banks dropping credit limits on cards, as the following article points out!

“Roughly one out of every four Americans who hold a credit card — nearly 50 million people — saw their credit limits slashed or accounts involuntarily closed altogether by lenders over the past month, according to a new survey. CompareCards, the Lending Tree site that conducted the survey, was so struck by the high numbers that they ran the survey a second time to be assured of the fallout to cash-strapped consumers hit with staggering unemployment due to the coronavirus crisis. Lenders are reportedly trying to avert losses amid staggering unemployment from the coronavirus crisis.” ( )

Then Comes The Threat!

“Bill Gates …has gone on record saying life will not go back to normal until we have the ability to vaccinate the entire global population against COVID-19. To that end, he is pushing for disease surveillance and a vaccine tracking system that might involve embedding vaccination records on our bodies.

According to statements made by Gates, societal and financial normalcy may never return to those who refuse vaccination, as the digital vaccination certificate Gates is pushing for might ultimately be required to go about your day-to-day life and business. Without this ‘digital immunity proof,’ you may not even be allowed to travel locally or visit certain public buildings.(

Surveillance For “Safety”

“We recently detailed how when America’s white collar work force returns to their offices, business complexes, and sky scrapers, their experience in the post-COVID ‘reopened’ work space is likely to resemble something more like an airport security check zone, complete with invasive protocols like frequent temperature checks and ‘social distancing’ and health surveillance, as well as Plexiglass enclosed cubicles and HR-style enforcement monitors.

If all that sounds like a hassle, the WSJ has since taken up the question of America’s near-future office spaces, and the end result looks to be worse than expected. ‘Your every move will be watched,’ the report emphasizes: ‘In Midtown Manhattan, thermal cameras will measure body temperatures as employees file into a 32-story office tower at Rockefeller Center. The building’s owner, RXR Realty, said it is also developing a mobile app for tenants to monitor — and score — how closely their workers are complying with social distancing.’

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP said it is preparing to launch this month a phone app for employers that traces contacts by analyzing workers’ interactions in the office. More than 50 clients have expressed interest, including some of the nation’s biggest banks, manufacturers and energy companies.

It sounds like something very close to China’s ‘big brother’ social credit scoring system which made world headlines last year, as it relies on cutting edge facial recognition software designed to permanently store a citizen profile while actively tracking individuals’ public movements.” (

Fearful People Seek Strong Leaders

While all these measure are there for our “safety”, what’s the problem? Simply that all this could be put to a wrong use by a strong leader. We now live in a fearful society, and fearful people seek strong leadership to protect them.

“Across the world, voters are falling prey to leaders who appeal to their worst instincts. Why?

Like many of us, I have worried about the rising tide of right wing populism, nationalism and polarisation across the world. Within just a few years, we’ve witnessed the election of Donald Trump in the US, the Brexit decision in the UK, the rise of Matteo Salvini in Italy, Victor Orbán in Hungary, the Freedom party in Austria and the Law and Justice party in Poland. The world’s largest democracy, India, is menaced by a newly virulent nationalism and xenophobia.

For a long time I wondered what explained the appeal of these apparently fringe movements that, in my view, had accidentally gone mainstream. They seemed like the exception to a general rule of progression towards, not away from, democratic norms. But this year I came to a different conclusion: it’s democracy that is a precious exception to the rule, and one that is extremely fragile, for a simple reason: the human craving for order and security when chaos feels imminent.(

Where Are The Strong Leaders?

European leaders are also nowhere to be found. The Brits have drifted away from the Old Continent together with Brexit and Boris Johnson’s medical condition. In Berlin, the future of Angela Merkel and Germany’s political system are still unknown. In the prosperous city of Paris, protesters are telling Emmanuel Macron that they are hungry. It deprives the French President of any mandate to suggest a concerted international effort.

In both Italy and Spain, tens of thousands of people have already died. The debate on potential Eurobonds has come to a standstill. European capitals are trying to monitor the developments taking place in distant Asian countries. However, such models cannot be implemented in Europe due to societal and ideological differences. In this case, where will recovery plans for the Western Civilisation come from and who will lead the way out of the recession?(

Chaos IS Imminent

The chaos is starting! We are surrounded by signs that the end of this age is very close now.

We Must Stay Alert – as God readies the world for endtime events

We can see the chaos that the coronavirus is causing. How bad will things be during a total financial collapse? Or is there another “black swan” event waiting in the background?

The fact is, it’s going to happen, and those who are staying alert should be able to see the foundations being laid right now. The world will be stunned. One key factor to watch for is a united Europe led by a strong leader.

The Warning Did Go Out:

“United within ancient boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire; united by the common spiritual bond of universal Catholicism; united in a burgeoning and booming industrial economy that dominates today’s world; united geographically in the most productive and industrial complex on earth — at least TEN NATIONS OF MODERN EUROPE will march onto the scene of world history as the greatest single human force ever seen by man!” ( The Plain Truth, March 1962)

“The 17th chapter of Revelation plainly describes a spiritual-political union of TEN KINGS, ten military/political leaders, and a great spiritual leader. For decades, [we] have been proclaiming the eventual creation of some form of united Europe – showing the many difficulties to be resolved, the ancient nationalistic antagonisms, the memories of Germany’s neighbors of World War II, and the various religious barriers. We have proclaimed repeatedly that the ultimate unifying force would be religious. We have shown how the prophecies of your Bible proclaim a great universal religious fervour will finally break down all remaining barriers to a full economic-political-military-religious union in Europe!” ( The Plain Truth, August 1968)

What will it take to propel the EU toward the road to total unity? The British weekly, The Economist, in its January 22, 1972 issue, provides a clue:

“Only something TRULY SHATTERING, it seems, might quickly produce the united Europe… Europe’s nations like being themselves too much, and feel little compulsion to be anything else.” ( The Plain Truth, February 1973)

We Must Focus On The Future

After this world has been totally destroyed, and Jesus Christ returns to set up His world government and Satan is locked away, finally we can look forward to a peaceful world, where we will have an active part in teaching people to live God’s way.

“In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, hd and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the [Eternal] of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria, the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.(Isaiah 19:23-25)