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News Review - 25 Nov 2022
New Digital Currency

Cryptocurrencies… digital dollars… digital ID… globalist agendas… leading up to a

New Digital Currency


“As with all globalist agendas, the push for CBDCs [Central Bank Digital Currencies] is always part of ‘the current thing’.

First, it was a response to Covid.

Then they could help us halt climate change.

Then they’re a response to the war in Ukraine.

Using that method they have moved from a barely-discussed fringe idea to regular mainstream coverage and 90% of the world trying them out, all within the space of a couple of years.” (off-guardian.org)

“Biden Is Planning A New Digital Currency. Here’s Why You Should Be Very Worried”

26th March 2022

“Whenever the White House says it is working on a plan that would transform a vital part of the US economy, and that the administration is doing so with the ‘highest urgency,’ it should go without saying that the press should pay close attention to what’s going on.

Even more importantly, the press should eagerly and comprehensively inform the public of the potential risks associated with such a proposal.

Unfortunately, that’s not happening today, and the effects of the media’s negligence could reverberate for decades to come.

On March 9, the Biden administration released an executive order (EO) instructing a long list of federal agencies to study digital assets and to propose numerous reports about their use and proposals to regulate them. President Biden has instructed the federal government and Federal Reserve to lay the groundwork for a potential new US currency, A DIGITAL DOLLAR.

Among other important actions, the White House executive order directs several federal agencies, including the Treasury Department, to study the development of a new central bank digital currency (CBDC) and to produce a report within 180 days of the EO discussing the potential risks and benefits of a digital dollar.

The order further directs the Treasury Department, Office of the Attorney General and Federal Reserve to work together to produce a ‘legislative proposal’ to create a digital currency within 210 days, about seven months.

Digital Dollars vs Cryptocurrencies

It is important to understand that the digital dollar would NOT be similar to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

Cryptocurrencies operate on blockchain technology, which is decentralized by design.

No group or individual can truly control cryptocurrencies once they are launched.

Digital dollars, on the other hand, would be traceable and programmable.

For example, a digital dollar could be crafted to restrict fossil-fuel use, to give bonuses to people for spending at particular businesses, to enact de facto price controls by disallowing users from spending too much on particular products, or even to redistribute wealth.

It’s clear that the Biden administration and Fed are working together to create a controllable, traceable, programmable digital currency. And if they are successful, life in America might never be the same.(thehill.com)

Unbeknown To Most - A Financial Revolution IS Coming

“Given how much is at stake, this financial revolution is among the most important questions today’s societies could possibly grapple with. It should be under discussion in every parliament of every land, and every dinner table in every country in the world.

Around 90 central banks are either in the process of experimenting with or are already piloting central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). In a world of just over 190 countries that is a large contingent, but given they include the European Central Bank (ECB) which alone represents 19 Euro Area economies, the actual number of economies involved is well over 100. They include all G20 economies and together represent more than 90% of global GDP.

That power could be used to ‘program’ our spending. This could bring huge advantages for both government and central banks, says Lyons: The Fed could directly subtract taxes and fees from any account, in real time, with every transaction or paycheck, if it wished. There could be no more tax evasion; the Fed would have a complete record of every transaction made by everyone. Money laundering, terrorist financing, or any other unapproved transaction, would become extremely difficult. Fines, such as for speeding or jaywalking, could be levied in real time, if CBDC accounts were connected to a network of ‘smart city’ surveillance.

Combining digital currencies with digital IDs while phasing out, or even banning, the use of cash would grant governments and central banks the ability not only to track every purchase we make but also to determine what we can and cannot spend our money on.

They could also be used to strongly encourage ‘desirable’ social and political behavior while penalizing those who do not toe the line. As Lyons points out, ‘The most dangerous individuals or organizations could simply have their digital assets temporarily deleted or their accounts’ ability to transact frozen with the push of a button, locking them out of the commercial system and greatly mitigating the threat they pose.

Lyons warns that CBDCs, ‘if not deliberately and carefully constrained in advance by law… have the potential to become even more than a technocratic central planner’s dream. They could represent the single greatest expansion of totalitarian power in history.” (zerohedge.com)

New Financial World Order

“The World Government Summit is underway this week in Abu Dhabi and we’ve already got a bombshell to report. Dr Pippa Malmgrem, a top American economist who served as a special adviser to former President George W Bush, made a statement that confirms everything myself and others have been reporting for quite some time – that a cashless society is looming right around the corner.

Pippa Malmgren is warning us. That system is at the door. And once it’s here, it marks the beginning of the end because nobody will be allowed to buy or sell without becoming a digitized, hybrid human being. The vast majority of people will walk blindly into this digital trap being set by the power elites, only to regret it later. They will lose all autonomy over their bodies, having to submit to endless booster shots, as well as over their minds. Independent critical thinkers will be banned from the system.

Traditionally minded Christians and Jews will be banned. Why? Because free thought is not allowed. They talk about diversity and inclusion but that is a euphemism for a society based on total information domination, where you must not only follow but celebrate whatever lie of the day is being promoted in.(leohohmann.com)

“90% Of Nations Planning A Central Bank Digital Currency”

“A new report from the Bank of International Settlements estimates that up to 90% of national central banks are at least in the planning stages for launching a central bank digital currency (CBDC). This echoes a March report from the IMF, which claimed over one hundred nations are at least in the planning stages of releasing their own CBDC.

As with all globalist agendas, the push for CBDCs is always part of ‘the current thing’. First, it was a response to Covid. Then they could help us halt climate change. Then they’re a response to the war in Ukraine. Using that method they have moved from a barely-discussed fringe idea to regular mainstream coverage and 90% of the world trying them out, all within the space of a couple of years.

For those new readers: programmability is a hypothetical feature of digital currency which would allow the issuer to set limits and controls over its use. Essentially, any CBDC would give either the state, the central bank or the corporation issuing the money as wages the power to control how and where the money is spent. Any CBDC amounts to potential third-party control of your money. It’s that simple.” (off-guardian.org)

“Cash Free” Central Bank Digital Currency Roll Out Coming

“The endgame is total control of the slaves with a cash-free system. Executive Order 14067 signed by Joe Biden gives the ruling class the power to create CBDCs, distribute them at will, take them from you when they want, and just shut it off if you do something they don’t like. Famous Author of the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki has called this executive order ‘communism in its purest form,’ encouraging Americans to ‘stay awake.’

But this is beyond communism. This is permanent and overt slavery. They are no longer hiding it. Choosing the CBDC is literally choosing to be slaves. Before, we were lied to and propaganda was used to make sure we thought we were free. This is overt, and in our faces now.” (shtfplan.com)

Unstoppable Crash Coming!

“Best-selling financial author James Rickards… lays out the case why a huge crash is already a certainty sometime in 2023. In a nutshell, broken supply chains have already caused big inflation, and the Fed is raising rates to tamp it back down. On top of the perfect storm of inflation and prolonged supply problems, we have the recent meltdown of the FTX crypto currency exchange.

Russia invades Ukraine. The Ukrainian plastic conduit factory shuts down, and all of a sudden, the BMW production lines are shut down because they cannot get a part. Again, this is another example of how this is all falling apart, and it’s not going to be put back together quickly. There will be a new supply chain but we are in that in between time, and it’s going to be just a mess.” (usawatchdog.com)

Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste

It’s not just digital currency – it’s digital ID! They don’t just want control of peoples’ money, they want to control all international travel. They want total control! This is the goal – a totalitarian state!

They want vaccine passports - with all that personal information ending up on their database.

“President Joe Biden signed a G20 Bali Leaders’ Declaration agreeing to adopt vaccine passports to ‘facilitate’ all international travel. Establishing a global health tracing and vaccine passport system is important to prevent a future global socio-economic shutdown that could occur as a result of a future pandemic the world leaders say they anticipate.

Also involved in the G20 and B20 summits was Klaus Schwab, chair of the World Economic Forum, and architect of its ‘Great Reset.’ In his book, ‘COVID-19: The Great Reset,’ he suggests the socio-economic losses caused by lockdowns presented an ‘opportunity’ to create the ‘new world order’ he envisions.

Dutch legal philosopher Eva Vlaardingerbroek… points out that what is being stated is disingenuous. When world leaders say, ‘We will facilitate movement,’ she says, they really mean, ‘we will restrict movement if you don’t do what we say’.” (justthenews.com)

Another Warning In The Book Of Revelation?

In light of the fact that a vaccine is being used as the basis to restrict travel, could Revelation 18:23 apply?

“For your merchants were the greatest in the world, and you deceived the nations with your sorceries(Revelation 18:23, NLT).

The word translated “sorceries” is the Greek word “pharmakeia” from which we get the word pharmacy. It can also be translated as “medicines”.

The Warning Went Out!

Ultimately, it’s the bankers who control what we eat, our domestic power supply, our domestic water supply, our communication systems and our news and entertainment.

We are reliant on others to provide what we need. In America, just 1% of the population works on the land – providing the food for the other 99%! Everything that we need to live is vulnerable.

Those who are obeying Christ and are alert to world events will see that this society is falling apart.

We understand that most major catastrophes happen suddenly. We also know that the whole world can be affected.

Financially, The World Is Bankrupt!

We can see right now that world debt has exceeded $200 trillion – an amount so vast that it could never be repaid, and countries continue to print even more money.

The debt system is maxed out.

It cannot continue as it is.

A breakdown is long overdue!

And now the whole system is falling apart! We were warned that this was coming – nearly 2,000 years ago! It’s coming to pass right now!

As the article said: “It should be under discussion in every parliament of every land, and every dinner table in every country in the world.” Combining digital currencies with digital IDs… “would grant governments and central banks the ability not only to track every purchase we make but also to determine what we can and cannot spend out money on” or, one could add, IF we can spend our money!

The war in Ukraine is being used as the catalyst for rushing headlong into this financial straitjacket – combined nations producing a total of “more than 90% of global GDP" are involved.

Pope Francis Calls For ‘New World Order’

Many claim to have the answer to the problem. Here is what the Pope has to say on the subject:

“Pope Francis insists in a new book things will never be the same in a post-pandemic world, calling instead for the establishment of a ‘new world order.’ In a book-length interview with journalist Domenico Agasso titled ‘God and the World to Come’… the pontiff reiterates his case for the Great Reset with a shift away from financial speculation, fossil fuels, and military build-up toward a green economy based on inclusiveness. ‘Let us all keep in mind that there is something worse than this crisis: the drama of wasting it,’ he states. ‘We cannot emerge from a crisis the same as before: we either come out better or we come out worse’.” (breitbart.com)

Klaus Martin Schwab

Klaus Schwab, now one of the most well-connected men on earth, claims to have the answer – but what is he trying to create?

Always seeming to have a front row seat when tragedy approaches, Schwab’s proximity to world-altering events likely owes to his being one of the most well-connected men on earth. As the driving force behind the World Economic Forum, ‘the international organization for public-private cooperation,’ Schwab has courted heads of state, leading business executives, and the elite of academic and scientific circles into the Davos fold for over 50 years. The last question that should be asked about the real motivations behind the actions of Herr Schwab, may be the most important for the future of humanity:

Is Klaus Schwab trying to create the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or is he trying to create the Fourth Reich?(stateofthenation.co)

Governments Want Total Control

We saw this control being used recently when the then-President of the most powerful nation on earth – the United States of America - was “de-platformed” from social media – preventing him from contacting his supporters.

Now, by combining digital currencies with digital IDs, the scripture in Revelation 13 can be fulfilled! Every aspect of life under this new system will be TOTALLY controlled.

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

Mr Armstrong wrote:

“Everyone wants to be able to ‘buy or sell.’ In this scriptural usage the expression ‘buy or sell’ more literally indicates …that the one refusing the ‘mark’ would not be able to buy, would not be able to earn a living, to earn a wage or salary, or to engage himself in business.” (Who or What Is the Prophetic Beast? - Part 2)

This control of who can “buy or sell” must be in place, or be able to put in place quickly, at the end time. Digital currencies and digital IDs are in the final stages of development right now.

Given a big enough crisis, this new system could be become operational - suddenly!

“…when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door(Matthew 24:33).

Pastor’s Report - 18 Nov 2022
Super Natural Disasters

SUPER-Natural Disasters

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. (Nahum 1:5)

COP27

Today sees the close of the 27th gathering of world leaders, ministers, negotiators and activists at this annual "Conference of the Parties". For the last 12 days, over 33,000 delegates have gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh, many having flown in by private jet. These thousands of individuals have gathered ostensibly to thrash out plans on how to safeguard the future of the planet – mainly by agreeing on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale and thereby limit temperature rise to less than 2°C. As expected, carbon emissions have featured heavily on the agenda, with a goal of net zero carbon in the next 25 or so years. But one can't help but simultaneously recognise how the 400 private jets have cynically illustrated a key point within the entire conference – that totally lacking in their discussions was any hint of them grasping the higher spiritual nature of the true problem.

One thing is sure however, and that is that the climate indeed appears to be changing – and for the worse. And this in turn has a dramatic effect on agriculture and the ease of food production. One significant and disastrous change has been the number of drought-affected countries – with many experiencing record-breaking lack of rainfall. The Horn of Africa – worst drought for 40 years; northern Italy 70 years; France 64 years; Brazil 84 years. Portugal recorded its hottest July since records began, and around 75% of Romania is affected by drought. More than 43% of US states are currently affected, with California being in the 4th year of an unprecedented drought.

In contrast to the droughts, many areas of the world are being hit by disastrous flooding. In what the UN secretary general called "nature striking back", heavy rainfall caused a third of Pakistan to be under water this past summer, killing more than 1,000 people. Nigeria also has been engulfed by its worst floods in a decade, affecting at least half of this huge country. Australia has suffered a second "once in a century" flood in eleven years, with heavy rain affecting at least 16 rivers in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, forcing thousands from their homes. A similar deluge has taken place in Thailand, affecting 59 of the country's 77 provinces. Often the flooding is associated with cyclones and hurricanes. The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season was the third-most active Atlantic hurricane season on record, producing 21 named storms and becoming the second season in a row – and third overall – in which the designated 21-name list of storm names was exhausted.

Geological Disasters

At the same time as either too much or too little rainfall is affecting many countries, the earth itself seems to be moving under our feet – with the frequency of violent earthquakes having increased by 250% over the previous century. The devastating earthquake that flattened much of San Francisco in 1906 was magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale – the equivalent of 200,000 tons of TNT. The power of an earthquake with a magnitude of 9 however, is tantamount to that released by 25,000 nuclear bombs. Waiting for the "Big One" to hit the west coast of the US is a very sobering thought.

The "green lobby activists" would have us believe that not only are droughts and floods the result of our love affair with fossil fuels, modern technology and factory farming, but mankind is also responsible for increased frequency and scale of earthquakes, volcanos and tsunamis. Being blinkered by their so-called scientific theories, they refuse to see a spiritual side to the disasters we are witnessing. Climate change is indeed man-made but not necessarily in the way they think! The problem is spiritual and therefore the solution must also be spiritual.

Acts of God

"In legal usage in the English-speaking world, an act of God is a natural hazard outside human control, such as an earthquake or tsunami, for which no person can be held responsible." (Wikipedia).

But true to form, human beings have tried to hold God responsible for their problems and shortcomings and some have even attempted to take God to court! In 2005, a Romanian prisoner identified as Pavel M., serving 20 years after being convicted of murder, filed a lawsuit against the Romanian Orthodox Church, as God's representatives in Romania, for failing to keep him from the Devil, essentially stating that his baptism had been a binding contract.

In the US state of Nebraska, state senator Ernie Chambers filed a suit in 2008 against God, seeking a permanent injunction against God's harmful activities, as an effort to publicize the issue of public access to the court system. The suit was dismissed because God could not be properly notified, not having a fixed address. The Judge stated, "Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice. The senator, assuming God to be singular and all-knowing, responded "The court itself acknowledges the existence of God. A consequence of that acknowledgement is a recognition of God's omniscience, Since God knows everything, God has notice of this lawsuit." However, a judge finally did throw out the case, saying the Almighty was not properly served due to his unlisted home address. (wikipedia.org)

There are indeed true "acts of God" ... but for a very important purpose, as the prophet Amos was inspired to record:

  • And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
  • And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.
  • So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
  • I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the [locust] devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
  • I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
  • I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
  • Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
  • For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. (Amos 4:6-13)
Adam and Eve

When looking at the subject of disasters the greatest in the last 6,000 years has to be the repercussions of what took place in the Garden of Eden, when our first parents rejected the Tree of Life – thereby taking to themselves the right to choose good and evil. As Mr. Armstrong explains:

Now then, Genesis 3:24, Adam and Eve made the wrong choice. They decided they would take what little knowledge they had, and decide for themselves what is right and wrong. They refused to take of the Holy Spirit that would reveal the spiritual knowledge, of the spiritual law, to them. And so man has not known the way to peace, the way to happiness, the way to prosperity, the way to success. He has never known it ... Man was cut off from spiritual knowledge, and that’s why he can’t solve his problems. That is why, right there. He can do wonderful things that are physical and material. But he can’t solve his problems, because they’re spiritual; and it’s a spiritual nature, and a spiritual law. (Sermon-HWA-Building_The_Temple)

The repercussions that arose from that fateful decision were certainly varied, albeit all in a negative direction, as they placed themselves under the authority and mindset of Satan and his cohorts. We are told in Acts 3 that there will be a "restitution of all things" on Christ's return and in passages such as Isaiah 11 we are told that at that time the animals will be tame and nothing will "hurt or destroy", so we can assume that this was the state originally. So the violence, hostility, aggravation and competition witnessed ever since, and throughout the creation, is pretty much a disaster from a supernatural source.

This "red in tooth and claw" frame of mind is by no means limited to the animal kingdom. Having chosen Satan's way and mindset Adam subjected the whole creation thereafter to this hostile spirit; "employing merciless and possibly cruel tactics during conflict or competition" (Free Dictionary). Anyone involved in farming or gardening can testify to the constant battle against disease, weeds, insects, slugs that is par for the course in today's world. Mankind now has to struggle to grow food in an environment that God has allowed – supernaturally – to become a disaster to one degree or another. For Adam life became even more of a hardship as there appears to have been even a confusion of the seasons, only removed at the time of the Flood. (Genesis 3:17-19, 8:22)

At the heart of the various calamities that came upon Adam and Eve – one being the murder of Abel by his brother – lies the spiritual problem of having rejected the laws and ways of God. And the apostle John illustrates how the breaking of this fundamental spiritual law of love lay at the heart of the problem:

  • Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. (I John 2:7)
  • For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
  • Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. (I John 3:11,12)
Noachian Flood

One of the greatest supernatural disasters to hit this planet was the worldwide flood at the time of Noah – a disaster of incredible magnitude that seems to have even changed the position of whole continents. And this too flowed from deep spiritual problems. This is clearly described in Genesis 6: "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5) But added to this, several intriguing details are given in a number of different places in scripture of other aspects that certainly seemed to contribute to the situation. Some kind of breeding programme seems to be implied in Genesis 6:4. We can speculate that this had to involve some form of tinkering with the DNA itself – the very language that God uses in all living things. And this view is further reinforced when we consider that God deemed it necessary not only to destroy mankind but ALL living things, all flesh (Genesis 6:12), in order to rectify the situation.

The ability to interfere in this way seems to have come from the demonic spirit world much as we find similar things taking place in the shamans and witchdoctors today. Rather than improving the planet as God directed originally, the demon world seems to have enticed mankind to meddle with the very stuff of life. And it's thought-provoking to recognise that it was at this time that Christ deemed it necessary to preach to these demonic spirits who were then in prison:

  • By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
  • Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (I Peter 3:19,20)

Not many years after the Flood, God saw fit to supernaturally intervene yet again in the coming together of the nations of the earth at the time of the Tower of Babel. As He said then: "this they begin to do and now nothing will be restrained from them" (Genesis 11:6) Perhaps Christ had in mind where this tampering of the very foundation of all life – DNA – would once again take mankind. But the irony is that it wasn't the confusion of the "language of God" – held within the DNA – that took place, but the confusion of THEIR language. Again, a spiritual problem that gave rise to God's involvement on a major scale.

The Family under Attack

If there is one thing in this world that Satan hates more than anything else it is the human family – as it is the very bedrock of the Plan of God. And God's intention is to populate the universe with His spirit-born children – who will have more power and authority than even the angels, let alone the demons! So the family is, for Satan, "enemy #1" and he is pulling out all stops to destroy it. Homosexuality is no longer frowned on, but rather "celebrated", along with LGBT lifestyles and gender realignment. Having happily dismissed a Higher Power from their lives, many in the world today are totally ignorant of what happened millennia ago to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) which was very much a supernatural disaster on those two cities and their inhabitants. And it appears that the city of Pompeii, destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD – was similar in its total lack of morals. It's hardly likely that God's people – Israel – will be allowed to wallow much longer in this amoral filth, including the murder of our unborn children - our most precious physical possession and something which God said never even came into His mind;

  • And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.
  • Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
  • They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind: (Jeremiah 19:3-5)
Tribulation

And today we find ourselves poised before an even greater precipice of deep spiritual problems that are prophesied to result in even more supernatural disasters. Recognising where we stand in history can help us sort through the chaotic and often lying raft of information found on the internet and in the media concerning things such as the RNA "vaccine" and the arrogant interfering with the genome of all living things that is currently going on. And the repercussions of such things, which in the main are the very antithesis of loving God with heart, soul and might – will be partly automatic with the land itself vomiting out her inhabitants – as Christ warned ancient Israel ...

  • And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
  • Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
  • Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
  • Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
  • And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants (Leviticus 18:21-25)

... and partly God-directed as in Nahum's warning to Assyria:

  • God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies
  • The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
  • He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
  • The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
  • Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. (Nahum 1:2-6)
Day of the Lord

But God's direct involvement in the process is prophesied to vastly increase as we approach the transition from Satan's cruel and oppressive rule over mankind to Christ's loving rule, which is destined to form the basis for the entire millennium. This axial time in history is initially known as the day of God's wrath:

  • The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.
  • That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, (Zephaniah 1:14,15)
  • Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. (Isaiah 13:13)

This day of His wrath – where Christ becomes actively involved in the supernatural disasters befalling rebellious mankind (Isaiah 42: 13,14, and Ezekiel 38:19,20) will eventually merge into "The Day of the Lord" covering the complete and unbroken rule of Christ – stretching out into eternity. So what we are seeing at the moment with the breakdown of morality, and the resulting calamities is merely the beginning of the transition of the 6,000 year rule of Satan into the everlasting kingdom of God the Father and Jesus Christ. This perspective – that there is a spiritual dimension to our problems; two ways of life, summed up by Give versus Get – is what is totally lacking in mankind's efforts to cope with the present climate change issues, no matter how many thousands of delegates may gather for these COP conferences.

But the irony is that much of the solution put forward to these "acts of God" that mankind is currently facing is an agenda of dictatorial control – a new Re-Set, sounding very much like the beast of Daniel 7: ".. a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: " (Daniel 7:7) A despotic system, stamping on the concept of each family dwelling under its own vine and fig tree, and totally spiritually bereft of the loving laws of God and so only compounding the problems as the land spews out its inhabitants. But we are told within scripture "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:28). Just a little while and the disasters we are currently witnessing will be no more.

A Stupendous Plan

God has a long-term view of what He plans to achieve with humanity, wanting only what is good for mankind, and as implied in so many places in the Bible ... in both Old and New Testament: "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" (Ezekiel 33:11)

Ultimately God is not willing that any should perish (eternally), but that all, including those within the world now, be given the chance to become members of the God Family through repentance. This is why He is so insistent on Israel protecting His Holy Name as brought out in Ezekiel 36, as they are eventually going to be used to teach the nations across this earth using their example of genuinely applying the laws that define the Way of God – a Spirit-led Way of life that will ultimately bring peace, happiness and everything good – a true Utopia on earth.

What is coming on this earth is destined to be the greatest time of trouble the world has ever seen – or ever will see. It will come like a snare on the world at large (Luke 21:35) but simply knowing about the Tribulation and the Day of the Lord can be very disturbing if we don't realise WHY. What's the purpose of God allowing what is prophesied to take place? It's so one day everyone affected by the punishment will indeed understand the SPIRITUAL side of their – and the world's – problems, and repent. And then we can begin to teach a very different way.

  • God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
  • Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
  • Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.
  • There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
  • God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
  • The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.
  • The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
  • Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
  • He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.
  • "Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
  • The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. (Psalm 46, NASV)
  • 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;
  • Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
  • And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
  • And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:25-28)
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