I really wanted to write about something else. There was this email that someone sent me about the obituary of the death of common sense (It comes from my hometown, in an editorial by Lori Borgman, from the Sunday, March 15, 1998 edition of the Indianapolis Star).
It’s funny how these things can travel around the world. (Thanks AJ for sending that to me.)
But, I’ve got something a lot more serious to talk about – the beginnings of the system where you cannot buy or sell unless you have a number. Here’s the reference from Revelation 13:17:
and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Whenever I read that passage, I always wondered how that could happen, and why. Surely, I thought, we’d always be able to do stuff with cash, right?
Cash transactions are being banned, both in the US and in Europe. Yes, those doing the ‘banning’ have good reasons why they are doing this, and if I hadn’t been a regular reader of that all-time bestseller, the bible, I’d agree with what they were doing.
Revelation 13 scares me to death, so I’m not interested in ANYTHING that comes close to what it’s talking about. Unfortunately, there is so much that is in Ezekiel and Revelation that is happening right now… Well, this new thing is just another data point.
Here’s the article that got me going:
Cash Transactions Banned by Louisiana
Oct 11, 2011
Government Takes Private Property Without Due Process
This summer, the State Legislature and Governor of Louisiana passed a law that bans individuals and businesses from transacting in cash if they are considered a “secondhand dealer”. House Bill 195 of the 2011 Regular Session (Act 389) broadly defines a secondhand dealer to include “… Anyone, other than a non-profit entity, who buys, sells, trades in or otherwise acquires or disposes of junk or used or secondhand property more frequently than once per month from any other person, other than a non-profit entity, shall be deemed as being in the business of a secondhand dealer. ” The law then states that “A secondhand dealer shall not enter into any cash transactions in payment for the purchase of junk or used or secondhand property. Payment shall be made in the form of check, electronic transfers, or money order issued to the seller of the junk or used or secondhand property…” The broad scope of this definition can essentially encompass everyone; from your local flea market vendors and buyers to a housewife purchasing goods on ebay or craigslist, to a group of guys trading baseball cards, they could all be considered secondhand dealers. Lawmakers in Louisiana have effectively banned its citizens from freely using United States legal tender.
Read the rest of the article from the author’s website here.
And, you can read it from here.
Here’s a news report from a Louisiana television station:
Welcome to the end of the world. I’m still having a hard time believing that all of this is happening.