Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Looking through Heavenly eyes in 2008 The issues of Today!

The ancient Mayans believed that 2012 would be the end of the world. Will that prediction come true? Many are worried about the future. We can understand the future better if we first understand the past. In 1999 the emphasis was on finances, and repentance. In 2005 the emphasis was on our public image and our failed attempt to restore it through our financial manipulation. In 2008 the emphasis seems directed toward changes in public image both in personal lives and in government, which create instability in the world, an increase in violence, and an emotional plea for transformation.

What about the future? We are likely to have instability in the world, an increase in violence, there will be emotional pleas for transformation, and a change in the spiritual mindset as many will try to position themselves to grab power because of the instability in the world structures.

Tell those who have the riches of this world not to be arrogant and not to place their confidence in anything as uncertain as riches. Instead, they should place their confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. I Timothy 6:17

We will look more at what's ahead for us later in this blog. To understand the future first we must understand what has happened to us in the past and why it has happened. Many didn't know or understand that we were in a financial crisis in 1999. That's because they didn't see the situation through God's eyes. Wall street was really rocking in 1999 and the economic indicators looked good at the time, yet, there were things going on behind the scenes. While we often can see only what is presented up front. God can see behind the scenes.

"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, And He sees all his steps. Job 34:21

God is looking at our social responsibilities, our humanitarian service, our traditional values in that we claim to be a righteous nation. We have proclaimed our righteousness in that we have proclaimed to the world that our spread of democracy is to benefit the world, and not merely to benefit ourselves. However, for the most part we have used our power to benefit the top 1% of society and done very little to benefit the poor. Many who are false, and programs that are inconsistent with our 'declared righteousness' will be examined, found to be faulty and radical change will be made. There may come some radical changes in the next 2-3 years in which we may experiment with changing some of our traditional (spiritual) principles as we have used our self proclaimed righteousness as a facade to deceive many.

The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. Ezekiel 22:29

God's hand of discipline will be towards the conservatives during this time. Many conservatives have claimed to be spiritual but have not actually governed by basic spiritual principles. We have seen this in a significant way in the Republican (conservative party) with many proclaiming spirituality just as a means to get elected with no real intention to govern in that manner. It seems they were able to get the conservative money programs through, but did very little to promote morality, love, social kindness, the things that are truly spiritual. God is harsher on the hypocrite than He is on the heathen as was precedented by Jesus in the new testament. We may lose many of our old foundations, because of our hypocrisy and greed. Our actions in WWII brought much respect and prominence to our Nation. We have already began to lose that respect and may see the end of the other Nations looking to us as the primary World leader in the next 2-3 years.

O nation full of sin, a people weighted down with crime, a generation of evil-doers, false-hearted children: they have gone away from the Lord, they have no respect for the Holy One of Israel, their hearts are turned back from him. Isaiah 1:4

We see alot of deception in this as people had no clue how bad things really were, but believed the spin of the false prophets (lieing administrators and economist) who said all is well, God exposed our true financial crisis right before the 2008 election. Republicans were removed from power because of greed and hypocrisy. Just as people that wanted to deceive others in Jeremiah's day, so it is today.

Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah the prophet, "Listen now, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie.

It was in the 1999 elections preceding the 2000 presidential nomination that the conservative base began claiming they were both morally conservative as well as financially conservative.

God always warns us ahead of time of what is going to take place, because He is a merciful God. In 1999, when our economy was really strong he warned us of coming financial doom if we did not repent of our materialism. Our economy was about to fall in 2004 from the oil prices and excessive cost at the gas pump. From 1999 to 2005 we did not change our ways at all. We continued to glorify the American dream of an easy life with plenty of money to the point that we have put our planets Eco-system in jeopardy with our greed.

See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven Hebrews 12:25

In the fall of 2004 oil cost began to soar and the dollar per barrel started it's climb. At this point we had been at war for nearly two years and this made the demand for oil increase greatly, raising the price. What can we do if something is threatening the American dream? Take action of course. What action did we take? You aren't going to like this so get ready for it. Philadelphia's Family Newspaper: The Bulletin, has written an article that states that in late 2005. The Feds began pressuring the mortgage companies to get aggressive with lending, and easy credit, and the sub prime mess was born! (This is a link to the newspaper article.) Our government thought that they could "fix" our crisis with lax lending practices. According to the article the government used HUD to twist the arms of the lenders. Any lenders who did not comply with the newly formed lax lending requirements would not qualify to be a part of the HUD program. Lending companies had no choice but comply! Sub-prime loans were used by the government as a way to falsely boost the economy.

"For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes. Jeremiah 16:17

With gas prices rising in 2004, spending decreased and the economy began to tank, to offset this our government co-hearsed the mortgage companies into making risky loans. The fact that our government encouraged the sub-prime mortgage mess indicates they knew in 2004 that our economy was faltering. Instead of apologizing to the world and truly repenting of our greed and trying to make changes that would create better stability, we tried to sweep it under the rug and hide it with the sub-prime spending. It looked like it would work and fix our economy, and it fooled many Americans into believing our economy was secure. In the end it just ended up as a bad scheme that made our financial recovery much worse. The sub-prime scheme did not solve our problems. This financial blunder was a result of our failure to repent when God told us our gross sins.

'Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Revealtion 3:19

So, when the world was saying, "hey, the money is good, the economy is good", God was saying, "Money is your issue, you need to fix (repent) of the ways you are handling your money." All those who heeded that warning are now glad that they did so. If you are just in the past year (2008) starting to become concerned about our financial crisis you are behind time and may be shocked or in financial trouble. The prophets of God have been saying get out of debt for the past decade. It is very late in the time frame to just now be adjusting your spending habits, all though better late than never. As bad as the financial problems are right now, God is saying that today we have much bigger problems than a financial problem in the world right now. It is time to get prepared for what is ahead.

"Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return now from your evil ways and from your evil deeds."' But they did not listen or give heed to Me," declares the LORD Zachariah 1:4

Here is a preview of what is likely to happen in the next couple of years based on what I believe God is saying to us. God has shifted his focus away from money and is pointing at another issue and each of us should be prepared. The time to worry about money is overdue, God is showing us that we have bigger issues. I believe God is now saying that instability in the world is our next issue as many will become emotional or violent, trying to press in to take control of the current economic fall out trying to enact their own will. While we are having financial difficulties in the world, the issues for now is bigger than that.

"For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Mark 13:8

The people of the world can see that significant change is just on the horizon. There is a sense in the world that the structures are going to be shaken and each will be jockeying for position. In the next two years there will be terrible instability as each tries to make sure that the changes fall in their favor because of their greed and fear. COUNTRIES, PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE TRYING TO POSITION THEMSELVES TO COME OUT ON TOP AFTER THE SHAKE UP AND THAT WILL DOMINATE THE NEXT TWO YEARS!

LORD, your eyes look for the truth. You strike these people, but they don't feel it. You crush them, but they refuse to be corrected. They are more stubborn than rocks. They refuse to turn back. Jeremiah 5:3

Social groups, business, government, and even individual people will try to position themselves in the next few years, to be on the top of the pile when all the dust settles and most will be insensitive of who they hurt in the process. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all work together to solve our current economic problem? Not likely though. As the leaders of the World and the leaders of business become unstable there will be those who scramble, using any means they can to gain power! Many people groups and countries have been looking forward to this shake up, even doing their part to contribute to it's advancement. They do so because they hope when the dust settles their group or government can be on top of the pile.

He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty. Proverbs 22:16

As nations, business, social groups and special interest scramble to get a foothold in this current shake up many innocent people are going to get hurt in the process. This will create high strung emotions in some and violence in others, as organizations, governments, business and individual lives are impacted. By the year 2010, many will be in completely different life circumstances then they are in today, and alot of people will come out the worst, not the better for having gone through this shaking. Those who had heeded the warning of the prophets and got out of debt in the past decade will be in the best position financially to expand. Politically, watch for satellite countries to line up with either Russia or China to increase their strength together. Watch for religious countries to be the most violent in that they are the most desperate and will likely make aggressive moves to advance their causes. Watch for the religious nations trying to get Russia or China to back their war efforts.

"Say to Zerubbabel (governor of Judah), 'I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. I will overthrow the thrones of kingdoms and destroy the power of nations. I will overthrow chariots and their riders, and the horses will fall along with their riders. They will kill one another with swords. Haggai 2:21-22

Look for countries trying to position themselves, business trying to get into position, social groups getting aggressive trying to position themselves to be sure they come out on top during the next social/political change! Try not to think of money as our big problem right now, because it is not the big problem right now, that was our issue nine years ago.

Why are economist today saying we are likely to recover in 18 months to 24 months? They are expecting business to slim and reform themselves to handle the drop off in spending in 2009. This will cause many to lose jobs. It will take 18 to 24 months of operating these business to get the economy moving forward again. During this time we will be considered weak by the other nations, and with an inexperienced President. We will see challenges to our authority in the world. Those countries that have been holding back because of the heavy handed politics of George W. Bush will leap up and move forward with their agendas. It will not be peaceful as each country scrambles for more power.

Organizations, people groups and countries will take advantage of our economic weakness to advance their causes. This aggressiveness on the part of those who will remain greedy during this time because they refuse to repent is the real danger right now. The big problem of the next two years is likely to be those trying to position themselves as the new world leaders in their fields of interest (including governments, social causes, and people groups) and those who get emotional and violent in the process of doing so. Many will declare they are righteous, yet, all the while they are taking actions of violence that destroys many around them.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance! Matthew 3:7-8

How deep does the sin of greed go in the world today? Our government knew our economy was broken. Instead of apologizing to the world and trying to set it straight we clinched our fist and said we refuse to lose this war. We have made so many ironic decisions because we thought that any admittal that we need to change course would be admitting defeat to the enemies of our country. I wouldn't listen to economist or preachers that are saying peace and safety. I think the decision to deceive people into taking faulty loans instead of repenting of our love of money has changed our world forever and it will not ever again be like it used to be. The issues in the near future are likely to be instability, financial collapse due to our sin and greed, and an increase in violence on the earth.

'But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; They have turned aside and departed.
'They do not say in their heart, "Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain Jeremiah 5: 23-24

In 2006 we began hearing about the spike in foreclosure rates. After sounding this warning bell, in early 2008 the foreclosure rate began having some effects on the stock market coming to the forefront of national news. Then as we were approaching the last stretch of our presidential race some banks and financial institutions began to fail. Now that it is clear to all that we have an economic crisis have we repented of our greed? No, our government has hatched another big plain. BAIL OUTS! These are likely to fail as well in the long run as we have not yet repented of our lust (lust meaning more than sexual sin, we have lusted after material things to the point of spending all we have and then taking on huge personal credit to feed our lust as well) and greed, the things that brought on all this mess to begin with.

Now there were false prophets among the people, just as there also will be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies and even deny the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many people will follow their immoral ways, and because of them the way of truth will be maligned. In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. The ancient verdict against them is still in force, and their destruction is not delayed. 1 Peter 2:1-3

We are likely to see a struggle between the old ways of doing things and the new changes that many want to see take place in the world. Conservative groups may be against any changes that goes against the (spiritual age) as they should. An upheaval from the right wing will take place, but the changes will be made in spite of the noise.

If we are to give way to constructive change, it will be done with emotional appeals, and in spite of violent action on the part of some conservatives and religious people. The rigid views of the conservative religious leaders and the progressive views of those wanting the aquarian age are not compatible with one another. The republican party is not a threat to the liberal agenda in the next couple of years. The real threat are conservatives from other countries that have crossed borders into our country. Another real threat is conservatives of the world that rise up and get aggressive. The main threat is that they are likely to pull Russia or China into their agendas!

You must realize, however, that in the last days difficult times will come. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unfeeling, uncooperative, slanderous, degenerate, brutal, hateful of what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. They will hold to an outward form of godliness but deny its power. Stay away from such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Many who want the aquarian world view in our lifetime are hoping for some kind of quantum shift to speed bump them there. Even if there is a quantum shift, the people with a religious world view will have to be either violated or eliminated to make the aquarian age a reality in our life time. There will be some changes in the our governments policies, but this is likely to be met with violence, instability and high strung emotions. This is not a time of peace but upheaval.

"In the last times people who ridicule [God] will appear. They will follow their own ungodly desires." These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. Jude 1:18-19

According to our attackers in 2001, Our sins were one of the main reasons they attacked us on 9/11/2001. The said they attacked us because our financial greed and our sexual immorality was polluting the world and it was their job sent by God to destroy the infidel.

"Why have I seen it? They are terrified, They are drawing back, And their mighty men are defeated And have taken refuge in flight, Without facing back; Terror is on every side!" Declares the LORD. Jeremiah 46:5

From the twin towers we started two wars as a Nation, spent billion and trillions of dollars that we didn't have...and now our country is on the verge of financial and moral failure. God has been asking us to repent of our greed. Every time that each of us have heard that industry was destroying our Eco system we heard the message that we needed to change. Each time we watched the evening news and noticed the violence increasing in the world we heard the message that we needed to change. Every time we have heard of scandal and corruption we got the message we need to change. All societies that come to power get warnings before they collapse. These are rarely heeded. Why? People have a tendency to pass the buck and point at the other guy. All through out history mankind has thought it was others that needed to change, and not himself. The world changes as each person changes, it takes each individual walking in repentance to create true change. Had we listened to God's plea for us to change, He would have never allowed the twin towers attack to take place and we wouldn't be in the mess we are in today!

Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil.

Many Christians believe in the rapture that will precede the emergence of the Antichrist. The rapture would be a time when the Lord descends from Heaven and gives a shout, and those who are prepared will suddenly be gone, ascended into Heaven to be with the Lord Jesus. We cannot rule out the possibility that the rapture could take place during the next two years. We should be prepared because we cannot rule this out as a possibility as we are admonished to always be prepared.

With a shout of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of God's trumpet, the Lord himself will come down from heaven, and the dead who belong to the Messiah will rise first.Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thessaloninas 4:17

The world is so polarized between the viewpoints of the liberal and the conservatives right now. The only way to true peace will be eliminate all the people that hold one of these viewpoints so that the other can reign in peace. The Bible warns of a man that will arise that will do just that, requiring everyone to take his mark or be eliminated. Many have looked forward to the fall of our economics so they can use it to advance their position, this will hinder world peace, we are likely to see a world in a chaotic state of mind and action.

The second beast forces all people-important and unimportant, rich and poor, free and slaves-to be marked on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that no one may buy or sell unless he has the mark, which is the beast's name or the number of its name. Revelation 13:16-17

Many are looking for the kind of peace in the world that can come without war and without death. That at it's best would be centuries away for this world because the world is so polarized into differing viewpoints today. Any man claiming he can unite this world today without war or some type of military or police action is just plain lieing, or totally delusional. When the Antichrist comes to power, he will make a peace treaty that will bring peace for 3 1/2 years. It will not be true peace though as he will eventually begin killing everyone that does not line up with his plan of peace.

Many are saying that it looks like a shaking up is going to take place, and that they have been looking for this shaking for a long time, hoping it will move us closer to the age of Aquarius. It is likely that we will see turmoil in the world on a scale that is greater than the earth has ever experienced before. There is hope. God is giving everyone an opportunity for change. If you life path has been going the wrong direction it is time to ask God to change your life.

Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a faithful spirit within me. Psalms 51:10

We will see alot of emotional talk on these matters in the next 2-3 years. Some people will be 'speaking their mind' pushing to change the traditional world structures to suit their own individual lifestyles, faiths, and opinions. People everywhere will be talking alot about the situations we are in, and few will be happy with it. Some people groups and governments will be very emotional about keep what they currently have obtained, others will get violent and aggressive in trying to gain more.

All of this talk of change in the world view may stir up anger and even violence in those that are opposed to those changes. We are likely to see a liberal movement proceed with tenacity in the next two years and are likely to see a movement towards a universal religion, universal monetary system, universal government. This talk of unity and universal oneness will be met with high emotions and violence

He delivers me from my enemies; Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me; You rescue me from the violent man. Psalms 18:48

For the next two years most of the movement towards this universal oneness is likely to be mostly talk, and the talk will be unpopular for many. This next couple of years is likely to be about people trying to grab for power. Universal oneness will not be received well, as people groups and countries may be concerned that their agendas will not be met.

The beginnings of real action to bring about major change is likely to begin in 2010 or 2011. These attempts in the next two years to change the world view will be met with strong emotions on the part of some, and violence on the part of others. This talk of universal oneness may spark wars around the world in the coming years. Those admonishing the world to become one are likely to be 'greeted' with strong emotions from some and violence on the part of others as people polarize further in an attempt to keep what they have secure.

Eventually a leader will arise who will promote oneness, yet individuality. The way to accomplish this will be found in requiring the people of the world to be liberal in their views of both politics and religion. Any attempts to be conservative in your world view will be a crime against the world after these changes take place. Communism tried to do away with religion, and that made it unworkable as a society. True compassion springs out of the heart that feels compelled to good works. Communism saw the 'bad side' of religon, the wars it has produced and the extreme views of some that become misguided, so Russia declared Religon as the 'opium of the people.'

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psalms 14:1

The coming world leader will admonish all people to be strong in religious beliefs asking for human love and compassion. Tolerance will be the catch phrase. Religion will not be seen as a crime, but will be encouraged. Conservative beliefs will be seen as the crime. Seperation of church and state will become violated by this future leader as he begins to eliminate everyone that will not blend into a world of tolerance for others. This coming world leader that will not be a good person, control will be his issue. He will preach tolerance, but at the same time have no tolerance for the conservative mindset. This type of hypocritical politics will lead the world to war as people fight for their religious and political freedoms. It will not lead to lasting peace, do not be deceived.

'As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. He will speak against the Most High God, oppress the holy people of the Most High, and plan to change the appointed times and laws. The holy people will be handed over to him for a time, times, and half of a time. But judgment will be handed down, his power will be taken away, and he will be completely and permanently destroyed. Daniel 7: 24-26

We could enter an era over the next 2-3 years when things in our society become unstable. Age old business (the strength of our financial systems) becoming unstable and faltering. Age old systems (government and church establishments) becoming unstable and reliable, Age old markers ( good will and trust) becoming extinct. We are already seeing this to some extent. The financial bail outs may delay the coming economic collapse, but it will not prevent it. The best advice is to put your trust and foundations in Jesus Christ, the sure foundation.

For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 3:11

Emotions could increase in strength and in importance in the lives of many people. Look for emotional appeals from people wanting to change the moral fiber of our nation. We could see people expressing themselves through violence as a result of these emotional appeals and power struggles.

You want what you don't have, so you commit murder. You're determined to have things, but you can't get what you want. You quarrel and fight. You don't have the things you want, because you don't pray for them. James 4:2

We may see this on a large scale like the terrorist attacks of 2001, but I think that seeing violence increase on a smaller scale in neighborhoods and homes is also likely.

In the coming years people may feel as if their dreams are crushed, and that their life path is altered and this may bring on feelings of intense anger that causes them to become violent or aggressive. The next two or three years may be some very violent years. We may see an increase in manslaughter in the home between family members. We may see an increase in manslaughter in the work place as people feel like they are losing it all. There is hope, many are likely to come to God and ask Him to help them through these crisis as well. We may see a Holy war or an increase in acts of terror in the next 2 years.

Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, quarreling, and slander be put away from you, along with all hatred. Epqhesians 4:30

We may see a polarization of those who want to take a logical -progressive world view and those who want a philosophical-religious world view. Some of those wanting the progressive world view are likely to use communication playing on people's emotions to achieve their agenda. Some of those wanting the religious/ philosophical world view are likely to use violence and personal life goals to fulfill their agenda.

It maybe that God will give the current leaders of the World a chance to change the world in the right direction, if they succeed we will have effectively delayed the tribulation period from coming upon this world. What change do we need? We must repent of greed and lust, showing true love and compassion. If our current leaders do not accomplish their task of positive change, a new leader will arise that will change the whole world. Many will follow this world leader, some because they hope for an aquarian revolution, others because they hope for a better financial future. He will come in peace, but will hide his true intentions and deceive many.

Be on the watch for a governmental leader that sways the emotions of the people getting them to cooperate in things that defy sound logic! Many felt like President Bush played on the emotions of the people to take actions that defied logic, and hoped in getting rid of his party it would be the end of the madness. I feel you may want to prepare yourself for others that will follow his example by playing on the emotions of people to get them to agree to actions that defy logic. I think this may be a trend for some time yet to come.

It is likely our government, in spite of the fact that our current president elect promised a liberal agenda, will be much more conservative in action over the next two years than what the liberals would like to see from them. Our president is in a tough spot. As I said before, Religious conservatives of the USA, and the Republican party are not a real threat to the liberal points of view. If our country takes on a liberal agenda, this will be even more offensive to the religous conservaties, not from the USA, but from other regions of the world, that promote the use of violence to meet their agenda. The more liberal we get with our social stance, the more 'righteous' they will think they are in destroying us. It will be quite a task trying to appease them, while at the same time bringing about liberal changes in our society, yes, quite impossible.

That may mean our Government will have Big Ideas on how to embrace the new as well as preserve the past, trying to juggle it all. Those making the emotional appeals for change, are not going to like the adminstration trying to embrace both conservative and liberal view points.

This approach by the government to embrace both liberalism and conservatism at the same time will likely be offensive to both liberals and conservatives, creating high emotions from some, and violence from others, polarizing the view points further. The emotions of the people may be more intense than we have experienced before. Violence may erupt as emotions are flared. Terrorist may see our weakness and launch another attack. Countries may see our weakness and make their moves to grab for more power. For whatever selfish reason, many are glad that our current financial crisis is looming over us as they see it as an opportunity to advance their own position.

Our government may try to enact changes as promised in our last presidential election. We are likely to become more unstable as people's emotions become unstable with the changes, this is likely to lead to an increase in violence.

There is likely to be a call to a one world government, a one world tolerance of all religions, a one world monetary system. This call may lack the vitality to move forward until sometime in 2010 -2012. For now I expect this appeal for us to come together as a world united to be met with suspicion, high strung emotions, and violence around the world.

Our greatest potential for sin in the USA during this time period may be the increase in violence that erupts from the emotions of people who are angry that they have lost their easy credit life. The greateset potential for sin around the world could be religious groups or religious conflicts as they may try to better their position during the next couple of years.

Many are being called to find a new and higher way of doing things. Many will need to find a unique way to change their spending habits. Many will have to find a unique way of making money. God asked us to change our view points on money at the turn of this century. Once again He is holding out hope. Some heeded the warnings of the prophets over the past decade concerning money, greed and lust. Those who heeded the warnings are in more favorable conditions right now and have opportunity to advance in this current crisis. Those who are still struggling still have an opportunity to repent and make things right it is not too late for you to ask God to change your life.
Jesus gave this admonition to the Church of Laodicea:

-Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
-I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
-As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3:17-19

This passage describes America today. We are increased with goods, yet, we are bankrupt. He admonishes us to anoint our eyes with eyesalve. Many were blinded by our governments facade and felt like our economy was secure. Spending does not equate to prosperity when the money has been borrowed. Do not be deceived, we are bankrupt.

We are called to turn from our sinful ways that have gotten us into the mess we are in that is upsetting us so, and begin a new path in life. Jesus said,

"Come to me all you who are heavy and weary laden and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

He is holding out hope for all. If you find that your old way of doing things is no longer working in our current economic crisis and world situations, you must find a new path. Find a new way to conduct your life and your business that transcends the problems that our past ways have forced upon us.

However, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, search for me, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear [their prayer] from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their country. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Meditation alone will not soothe our emotions and ease our feeling of anger. The only true way to find peace will be in repentance of our greed and lust, and a return to the moral code that God gave us through the 10 commandments. We are admonished not to just say we are righteous as many conservatives have done, but, to walk in true love and charity honoring both God and man.

Will 2012 be the end of the world. NO, it will not be the end of the world. Before the end of the world the Bible says the antichrist must be revealed, the battle of Armageddon will be fought, and Jesus will return to the earth. Upon the return of Jesus we will enter a millenial reign for 1000 years with Christ on this earth. We are at the least 1007 years away from the end. The bad part is that according to the Bible only 1/3 of the world's population will survive the seven year reign of the antichrist when God's wrath is poured out upon the world. 2012 is likely to be a significant time leading up to these events, but it is not the end of the entire world.

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Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Psalms 33

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I will be posting some later on the Books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel and Zachariah all of which give us insight into the end of days and the end of the world.