I think that we can all agree that it takes energy to make stuff. People don’t get very much done when they don’t have enough food to eat. Tractors don’t go very far without fuel. Power plants don’t produce electricity without coal.
And, we’ve run into two problems with energy.
More and more people want a share of it
We’re having trouble increasing our production of it
Up to now, whenever we needed more energy, we dug a new well or opened a new mine to produce more of it. So, when the Chinese asked for more, we could give it to them. But, that’s not the case, anymore.
I truly hope that you are concerned about Ebola. Otherwise, you would have to be brain-dead, and that’s not a good situation to be in. The problem is that Ebola is just one of a HUGE number of problems that are almost too much to think about.
This is why, as you look at the future, please consider what ELSE is out there, ready to pounce. These are the Last Days, and the Four Horsemen ride the Earth. Empires will fall, and rise again. Wars and violence will consume the Earth. There will be disease and natural disaster. Billions will die.
I’m struck by a thought that I haven’t seen anyone talk about – the effect of urbanization on the spread of pandemics. And, I’m surprised that so little is being said about this.
Yet, it would have been the growth in city population (i.e., urbanization) that had to have been one of the leading causes for why so many died of the Spanish Flu. Those living in cities would have had a dramatically higher chance of dying from the 1918 Flu Pandemic, than those who live outside the cities, on a farm.
Even more interesting is the fact that the Spanish Flu of 1918 was less lethal than Ebola – ‘only’ killing between 10% and 20% of its victims.
It isn’t Ebola that will destroy America, it’s the evil men and women who care for no one but their own foolish greed that will destroy us. In fact, we had better hope that Ebola is as bad as we fear, because if we conquer this threat in such a sloppy way, we will be wide open for when something worse comes along.
And, yes, there ARE diseases that are worse than Ebola.
As I look back on this week, I see a theme that runs through it – our sinfulness. We have made compromises on the truth. We have compromised our morality. And, we have chosen pastors who do the same.
And, when that happens, God sends strong delusions among us:
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. – 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
The word for ‘damned’ is the Greek word, krithosin – or, should be judged. And, THAT is what is happening right now. We are being judged by God.
When I start an article, I don’t always know how it will end, and yesterday was a prime example of that. I started out by talking about how the CIA became evil, and ended up talking about why everything is a mess:
We have sinned against God. So, God has turned us over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh (1 Corinthians 5:5).
We have chosen pastors that will scratch our itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3). And, our pastors have chosen the way of cowardice, instead of truth.
Well, I received an article from Sheila Zilinsky that speaks directly to that subject, and she gave me permission to share it with you.
As I said yesterday, I didn’t always see the CIA as evil. In fact, I usually thought of it as a pretty cool organization. But, that was before the evidence started piling up that there was something dreadfully wrong with them.
Unfortunately, part of the problem lies in the basic fact of how such organizations are created and organized. Such organizations are ALWAYS going to become evil, if they aren’t managed properly. In fact, I’m not even sure that it was ever possible to set up and manage the CIA properly.
But, worrying over what-might-have-beens ultimately doesn’t solve the problem that lies at our door.
The Central Intelligence Agency – or, CIA – is one of the most evil organizations on the planet. Not everyone in the CIA is evil. In fact, at the lowest levels, there are a lot of good people working for that foul organization. But, the organization itself is without a shred of morality, and owes allegiance to the only god they know – power.
Getting people to wake up to what is really happening is an amazing challenge. I’ve been trying to do that, in one form or another, for almost twenty years. However, even I did not truly begin to understand what was going on until God shook me awake in 2011.
So, when I see someone else stuck firmly in a normalcy bias. All that I really can do is offer a few bits of incontrovertible evidence and a prayer that God will do what He did to me – shake ‘em awake.
Unfortunately, this means that God will need to knock the other person down, which is a really hard process to go through. So, you’ll need to stick around to help pick up the pieces.