How we got to where we are is utterly fascinating. What an intricate series of events and historical movements that led us to this horrific moment in time.
For thousands of years, we’ve been puzzling over how the prophecies of the Last Days would be fulfilled. Well, we no longer need to puzzle over it. We now have most of the pieces and a better understanding of the picture.
The only question is whether we can fit those pieces together properly. It’s a big challenge, and I’ve been trying to do this for years. The good thing is that I’m better at this than before.
Well, I finally made it back to Israel, after being away for a year and a half. After a peaceful existence in Taipei, returning to the stress of Jerusalem has been difficult. Israel is a country under siege, and part of the reason for that is the disaster that we all face.
Some of what happened over the past week has been more than a little shocking. We knew that it had to come, but that knowledge did little to lessen the shock. What I’m talking about is the cutoff of gas to 60% of Europe, and the decoupling of the Swiss Franc from the Euro.
There’s a certain rhythm to the Universe. And, each part of the Universe has its own distinct tempo. Each pulse and pattern rumbles and beats according to a cadence set by our Great Composer.
We see it everywhere, yet we often fail to see it in ourselves and in the mass of people that we call civilization. So, when Martin Armstrong, Nikolai Kondratiev, or Raymond Wheeler demonstrate that there is a cycle to human existence, we scoff at the idea.
Because it demonstrates a severe limitation to freewill, and we don’t like that – which is completely understandable, although foolish.
A financial doomsday is bad. Losing your wealth and your livelihood is not something that ANYONE wants to experience.
But, a doomsday for war?
That is far, far worse. A financial collapse would cause hardship, but a war is a far greater threat – especially since our enemies have nuclear weapons. Given the choice, most of us will choose hardship over death.
Of course, we aren’t being given the choice, we are going have a war, AND a financial collapse. And, in the same way that there is a cycle for financial collapse, there is a cycle for war.
I know. I know. It sounds crazy to think that something like the Economic Confidence Model (ECM) could be so accurate. But, it really does appear to be all THAT (and a bag of chips).
The only problem is that we tend to ignore what we do not understand. If something doesn’t make sense, it doesn’t exist to us, until we understand it.
So, let me give you a look a the really solid ideas that are the basis for the ECM, as well as giving you an example of someone discovering a principle at work – before another someone came along and gave us the HOW.
Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter how it works. What matters is that you take steps to get out of the way of what is coming.
It can be REALLY hard to know who or what to believe. We can trust God, but we can’t always trust our ability to understand what He’s telling us. We can trust numbers, but not the reporter of those numbers. We might be able to trust a dream or vision – but not the interpretation.
Worse, we have lying liars who cloak themselves in righteous robes and tell us tall tales, so it’s hard to know WHAT to believe – and from whom to believe it. This age of lies and deception, has made it difficult to follow the Lord’s command in Luke 21:36, to watch.
Sometimes, the only thing that you can do is present the observation, indicate the uncertainty, and allow the hearer to be the judge.
We all love a good story – the bigger, the better. We talk about how good we are – how great our society is. And, we hire story tellers to give us those stories.
Our story tellers talk to us from the television and radio. They write the stories in our newspapers, magazines and books. We send our children to school to learn the stories. We go to churches that tell us the stories we want to hear. And, we put our best story tellers in government.
But, there comes a moment in time, as people start to wake up, that the story tellers send us to war.
If you’re like me, a really big disaster is about as fun as having your stomach pumped. I would even prefer a life in the mountains of Taiwan, feeding chickens and growing tomatoes. (And yes, that’s exactly what my lovely wife is threatening me with.)
The problem is that reality doesn’t give breaks, and won’t allow us to avoid the consequences of ignoring it. So, we’re stuck with each other. And that reality has turned up clothed in a rather shocking shade of calamity, this week.
I find our cognitive limitations to be interesting – fascinating, even. It seems that we can only hold so many ideas at any one time. Introduce a new one beyond our capability to hold, and we either have the stress of living beyond our capabilities (which can be good, short term) or we need to let an old idea fade.
I say that because I’ve run across someone with a profoundly important idea for this moment in time in which we live, and he has made some vital and important predictions in the past using that idea. But, he also has a history of plugging that idea into too many areas and getting negative results. That man is Harry Dent, and he has something to say about the demographic shock that begins this year.
I personally don’t like the idea of cycles. I also don’t like the idea of death and destruction, but it’s coming. And, God didn’t ask me for my opinion on how the future should be laid out.
The problem is that the truth can paint an ugly picture, but since it’s the truth… well, we have to embrace it – no matter how much we would wish it to be different. And, this goes for the whole idea of cycles.
War and finance exist within a cyclical paradigm, and therefore it is our duty to understand that paradigm, so that we can serve God and help those around us.