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Death of a World Order - By Matt Ward - https://www.raptureready.com/2019/03/17/death-world-order-matt-ward/
I often wonder about Job, and his amazing resilience. I wonder how I would react if the calamities that afflicted him came upon me. To accumulate such great wealth, status and comfort and have it all reduced to nothing in such quick fashion, and then have your loved ones taken away from you in such a devastating manner - it must have been truly crushing.
I wouldn't have the resolve or fortitude of Job; I think few would. Yet today, we are all of us like Job, exactly like him. We stand on the brink right now and almost nobody knows it. Many people today have accumulated great wealth and material comfort; and more than at any other time past, it can all be reduced in short order to nothing. We all take everything for granted, even our precious loved ones. Even they can be taken away from us.
Very soon our world will be filled with men and women just like Job. People who have never known the pain of overwhelming and complete systemic loss. People who will very quickly be plunged into the most extreme circumstances of loss imaginable.
This is because our current global system is already effectively dead. Right now, we await the emergence of a new global order, a one-world system of governance and control. Something serious has gone wrong with our current world order, and it now stands on the verge of total collapse.
This is no mere hyperbole either. There is a feeling, just a sense perhaps, that the masses are finally beginning to realize this, even if only at a subconscious level. There is a deep feeling of unease wherever one chooses to look; it permeates all our societies from the Middle East to Russia, from North America to South America and throughout Western Europe. And with this unease there is a tangible sense of societal failure, of betrayal and even foreboding over what might yet be in the not-too-distant future.
Stable world orders that last for prolonged periods of time are rare things indeed. Our current world order, now about 73 years old, arose from a period of intense convulsion and violence caused by the Second World War. Over a hundred million people died in the process of birthing our current world order. New world orders never arise out of calm, but from the ruin of destruction and chaos.
Maintaining any kind of stable world order for any length of time requires skillful diplomacy and statecraft, as world orders are made and maintained; they do not just suddenly appear. If they are not maintained and managed effectively with creative diplomacy, with functioning national and transnational institutions to hold them up, and creative, effective decision-making at just the right time to avert crisis, global systems eventually break down and fail. This is where we stand today.
Our global system is breaking down and failing right before our eyes. Millions upon millions are still living their lives under the false daily presupposition that the way things are today is the way things will always be in the future, both for themselves and their children. This viewpoint could not be more wrong. Our current global system is fragmenting before our very eyes. Our way of life, that so many take for granted, has already broken up into a thousand little pieces. If you listen closely enough, you can even hear its death knell sounding.
It is no feat of extraordinary prognostication to say such things either. All world orders come to an end eventually. It is an inevitability of all history. Ours will be no different. What is not in any way inevitable though is what comes in the wake of a collapsed world order. There is no guarantee that one world order will move seamlessly, and peacefully, into the next. What is more likely is that there will be another intense period of convulsion and violence before another world order is birthed.
It is becoming increasingly clear that we are even now heading into another period of extreme chaos. It strikes me as being highly unlikely that we will experience a period of peaceful transition into the next world order. In history I can think of few such examples ever occurring.
Everything in our global system is linked and intertwined. And I do mean everything. The financial system, supply chains, transportation, food, oil production, the electrical grid, nuclear power... everything. When one system fails, it all fails; and the crash, if one is to occur in our global system, will not be a slow one as in previous world-system crashes like the Roman Empire that fell over a century or more. Ours will be an epic fast crash.
The interconnectivity of our global system ensures it. The interconnected nature of our world, which enables worldwide business and trade, which in turn generates such huge profits, has not made our world system strong; it has made it incredibly fragile and brittle. If just one element in the complex system fails, all other systems crash too.
Consider this realistic feedback-loop crash. Think about our dependence on oil. When oil prices rise, so does everything else, simply because all things are connected to oil in some way. So, oil prices rise, slowly at first but then very quickly. Food prices then rise in step with the oil-price rises. The high price of oil begins to drive many businesses into bankruptcy, which leads in turn to a failure in the financial system leading to a collapse in belief in the monetary system. This then leads into societal revolt which ultimately collapses governments.
But even that scenario, bad as it is, would not be the end of the matter. It would get even worse from there. Oil prices, which caused this hypothetical fast crash through high prices, would then experience a price crash because demand would fall to zero. All drilling would then stop, and new exploration projects would end, meaning that in likewise fashion all other connected businesses and industries would stop, and the worldwide economy would crash again. A double whammy.
It would be a domino crash, with one system bringing down the next, and the next, and so on until all that is left is chaos. And this is just one example of many. It could happen in a thousand different ways. What is important is that it will certainly happen.
But are there any indications of this happening today, or even soon? Well, the short answer is yes, there are. There are very real parallels between where our global civilization is today and those of the past, especially to the global system that existed in the mid-nineteenth century during the Concert of Europe period.
This period saw the most sustained efforts up until that time at building and maintaining a truly global world order, until the modern day. From 1815 until the outbreak of the First World War a little under a hundred years later, this period saw the first real multinational effort to define international relationships through global law and order, and attempted to set basic norms for international conduct between countries. It was the precursor to our own current United Nations-led world system.
And it failed catastrophically in 1914 with the outbreak of the "war to end all wars." The crucial lesson for our generation today lies in the way this world system failed, not in the fact that it did so. The Concert of Europe's increasing failure and demise had become apparent long before it actually came crashing down but, crucially, world leaders and decision makers failed to recognize that simple fact. This meant that the decline was managed poorly, and that led directly to the calamity and carnage of the First World War.
And this is exactly what we are seeing today. We are witness to an ever-growing distrust both within nations and especially between them. Civil war is even openly discussed in the United States today as a potentially realistic outcome of the entrenched partisanship of a current US political system that has divided US society.
There is chaos and bloodshed everywhere one chooses to look. In the Middle East, there is no end in sight to the undeclared war between Israel and her blood-sworn enemies Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran is resurgent and increasingly bellicose. Syria is still in the grips of a civil war and is now a ruined land, and Iraq is as unstable today as it has ever been in its history.
In Turkey, Recep Erdogan has transformed a once pro-West country into an increasingly Islamized one, and an increasingly anti-Israel one too. Asia is riven by tension, as China seeks to reassert itself globally as the world leader that will usurp the United States' place over the coming decade. This strain can be seen daily in the ongoing tensions in the South China Seas.
Russia's actions in the Ukraine have clearly signposted Vladimir Putin's global ambitions, as has his increasingly vice-like grip on Syria and the wider Middle-East region.
Europe is reeling from one crisis to another - mass migration that is reshaping the very fabric of the continent, the chaos and uncertainty being caused by Brexit and a clearly dysfunctional UK government, and one episode of terrorism after another.
And what guarantees the rapidly approaching demise of this world order? What makes it a certainty is that America's traditional dominance in international affairs is rapidly coming to an end, and it is leaving a huge vacuum in its wake. Into that vacuum, a flood of rogue transnational terrorist groups, rogue nation states and wannabe global superpowers have come, all now fighting for the crumbs falling from the US table, positioning themselves to be the ones that will take over when US power really does start to wane.
The United States' traditional global power and influence is starting to diffuse, which is why we are seeing the power and the influence of the United States being constantly challenged now like never before. This is because these other groups - transnational non-state actors, rogue regimes and wannabe global superpowers like China - are seeking to determine how much will the United States really have to maintain, and uphold, the current order. And their conclusion is: not much.
Crucially, none of the current world leaders or decision-makers today seem to recognize these simple facts. This is likely because the consequences of this actually happening are too awful for many of them to seriously contemplate.
But it will, and all we are waiting for is the crisis that will start the freefall. At this point, after watching for so long, I believe today more strongly than ever that the trigger will be the imminent rapture of the Church.
But the really pertinent question now is: exactly who or what will come forward to take over and run the world when it emerges from the coming chaos?
The antichrist will. Keep looking up.
Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: "Wipe Israel off the Map"
- by Majid Rafizadeh -
Iran's military activities and clear public threats to annihilate Israel continue to grow in frequency and intensity. These moves not only instill fear, as they are doubtless meant to do; they also threaten to disrupt the international community. With such dire promises of conflict, it would be expected that the international news media and politicians throughout the world would have something to say about this situation. Instead, Iran's continued abusive behavior continues to be cozied up to at worst, or at best, ignored.
One of the core pillars and revolutionary ideals of the Islamic Republic is destroying the Jewish state. It is also one of the religious prophecies of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and his successor, the current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that Israel will be eventually erased from the face of the earth. As Iran's theocratic establishment believes that the Supreme Leader is Allah's representative on earth, whatever words or desires the Supreme Leader utters are considered wishes, which must be brought to life by Allah's true believers.
While they progress toward destroying Israel, not only do Iranian leaders believe that they are inching closer to fulfilling a religious prophecy, they also see that they are gaining strategic and geopolitical victories -- in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and in the Gaza Strip. The Deputy Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Hossein Salami, recently threatened on Iran's Channel 2 TV that Israel is "vulnerable and bringing itself closer to death".
Salami recently made it vehemently clear the strategy of the Iranian government, stating:
"Our strategy is to erase Israel from the global political map. And, it seems that, considering the evil that Israel is doing, it is bringing itself closer to that."
In addition, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently posted a Twitter tirade against Israel. It stated that the, "the Zionist regime will perish in the not so far future."
This burst of confidence is bolstered by Iran's military buildup in Syria, among other places. The Syrian civil war has been viewed as a perfect environment for the Iranian leaders to advance and ultimately achieve their objective of destroying Israel. Iran has built, or is in the process of building, more than 10 military bases in Syria, some of which are near the Israeli border. Tehran has used this strategic position in Syria to fire rockets into Israel.
While many of the world leaders disregard Iran's evident intentions to destroy Israel, they always seems extremely quick to criticize Israel for actually defending the safety of its citizens. After Iran's unprovoked attacks on Israel and its military build-up in Syria were dismissed by the international community, Israel had no choice but to carry out its own strikes against the Iranian military bases and infrastructure that were threatening their country.
Unfortunately, some news outlets and politicians have been attempting to create a narrative to lead people to believe that the Iranian leaders' threats are just talk. Iran's leaders, however, continue to demonstrate their intentions not only with verbal threats, but with military actions as well. Since 1979, Iran has authorized firing rockets and missiles into Israel, and have also used proxies, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, to attack Israel viciously. Iran appears to have Israel solidly in its cross-hairs.
Apparently in a rush to provide cover for Iran, some world leaders have also, for years, been attempting to tell the public that there is a difference between "moderate" Iranian politicians and the hardliners. Unfortunately, that distinction is make-believe. Iran's current president, Hassan Rouhani, like the previous president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has called Israel a "cancerous tumor." Iranian politicians across the political spectrum (hardliners or "moderates") all agree on one thing: destroy Israel.
The Prime Minister of Hungary, Victor Orbán, previously pointed out the duplicity with which Israel is treated:
"The EU should value the efforts made by the state of Israel for stability in the region. This is of interest not only for Israel but for Europe, too, as it protects us from more and more migrant invasions... The EU's relations with Israel are not rational enough and need to be repaired. Instead of criticizing Israel, we should open the door to cooperation with Israel."
It is mind-boggling that some politicians and governments, including the EU, criticize Israel for its Middle East policy and then turn a blind eye to Iran's military buildup near Israel's border -- all while Iran fires missiles and rockets into Israel from Syria, ships ballistic missiles to Israel's self-declared enemy, Hezbollah, and continues to threaten to annihilate Israel in the near future.
When will the international community begin to take the Iranian government's clear verbal threats and physical aggression seriously? Or would the international community secretly like to see Israel destroyed, under Europe's Orwellian inversion of the words: "the peace process"?
Keep Watching and Pray - By Daymond Duck -
First, in mid-Feb. 2019, it was reported that Syria doesn't really exist anymore because Russia, Iran and Turkey are dividing up Syria and discussing a new name for the nation.
On Mar. 7, 2019, Debka File reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC) forces abducted Syrian Pres. Assad in late Feb. 2019.
IRGC troops put Mr. Assad on an Iranian plane and flew him alone (without his staff or security forces) to a military base in Iran.
He had a brief meeting with Iranian Pres. Rouhani, who accompanied him to a meeting with the Ayatollah Khamenei, where he was forced to bow down and swear allegiance to Iran.
According to the report, Vladimir Putin was very upset with what happened.
Russia's disagreement with Iran won't prevent Russia and her allies from attacking Israel, but it serves as a reminder that Russia and her allies will fight each other in the Battle of Gog and Magog.
Second, in late-Feb. 2019, resolutions were introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
The resolutions passed, and it was reported that Pres. Trump will probably make it official.
Russia, Syria, Iran and others quickly objected, probably for at least two reasons: One, they want the Golan Heights for an attack on Israel, and Two, a large deposit of oil has been found in the Golan Heights that they want.
On Mar. 7, 2019, it was reported that Syria's Deputy Foreign Min. told a UN official, "Syria will attack Israel if it does not leave the Golan Heights."
Prime Min. Netanyahu has said Israel will never give back the Golan Heights.
It is easy to see how this could lead to war between Israel and Syria and also to the Battle of Gog and Magog.
A question for many is this: will Syria and some of her allies try to retake the Golan Heights before the U.S. recognizes that area as part of Israel.
Third, for some time now, there have been reports that Iran and her allies are establishing forces that are facing Israel along the Golan Heights.
Some believe Iran is building up her forces in Syria as part of a soon-coming effort to try to capture the Golan Heights.
It has even been suggested that Iran kidnapped Mr. Assad to make sure he cooperates, and if he had refused, his trip to Iran might have been a one-way trip.
On Mar. 4, 2019, the U.S. announced the deployment of our THAAD anti-missile system (one of the most advanced in the world) and 200 troops to Israel.
This system will be tied into Israel's anti-missile defense system.
The U.S. and the Israeli Air Force will conduct a joint training drill on how to use this anti-missile system for the defense of Israel against Iranian missiles.
Pres. Trump is also trying to build up U.S. forces in Iraq in case there is a problem with Iran, but he needs permission from the Iraqi government to do that, and the permission is currently being denied.
Fourth, probably at the urging of Iran, the PA and Hamas are causing trouble for Israel everywhere they can; charging the fence on the border between Israel and Gaza, flying explosive-laden balloons into Israel, firing rockets into Israel, causing trouble in the jails, demonstrating on the Temple Mount, etc.
If they don't stop it, Prime Min. Netanyahu is threatening to launch a major military operation.
That is something he doesn't want to do because it will tie up troops and weapons that he may need along the Golan Heights.
Fifth, on Mar. 3, 2019, it was reported that the Jewish Sanhedrin has published an open letter to Pres. Trump about his peace plan.
Among other things, they told him peace treaties that are contrary to the will of God will not bring peace, and they urged Pres. Trump and his Administration not to present a peace plan that ignores Israel's rights to the Promised Land.
They said if Pres. Trump acts according to God's principles, he and the U.S. will be blessed.
Pres. Trump is getting an earful from his faith advisors, the Jewish Sanhedrin, Israeli officials and others about the danger of dividing the land of Israel.
Right now, it looks like anything can happen.
There is a chance that Pres. Trump's peace proposal will fail and, perhaps, a slim chance that it will be accepted.
As for all of these things, keep watching and pray.
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Daymond & Rachel Duck
Recognizing Poverty - By Hal Lindsey -
In September, USA Today reported on a mass shooter in Bakersfield, California. "Javier Cesarez had just gunned down five people at three locations," they wrote, "but when he hijacked a car to try to make his escape, he told his victims that he 'wasn't a bad guy.'"
And that illustrates a massive problem.
The man killed five people in the period of about one hour. He hijacked a car with a woman and her children still inside. But he still couldn't see the sinful state of his being. He saw himself as okay - not a bad guy. So, here's the question. How bad does someone have to be to see himself as bad?
In Matthew 5:3, Jesus began His famous Sermon on the Mount by establishing a theme He would return to again and again. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Most people read those words with little thought. Some chalk it up to the Lord's love for the poor. And He does love the poor. But He didn't say, "Blessed are the poor." He said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit."
His words raise a surprising question. Does He want us to be spiritually impoverished? It's easy to understand how material riches might harm someone, but what's wrong with spiritual affluence? And the answer is, there's nothing wrong with it. But we don't start there.
Notice where Jesus put this - right at the beginning of His great sermon. We start our journey with God by recognizing our spiritual deficiency without Him. And we should never forget it! The New Century Version says, "They are blessed who realize their spiritual poverty."
John Walvoord's Bible Knowledge Commentary says, "The poor in spirit are those who consciously depend on God, not on themselves; they are 'poor' inwardly, having no ability in themselves to please God."
Luke 18:9 introduces one of the Lord's parables by telling us who it was for. It says, "He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous." That means it still applies. Billions of people in our world today are still trusting in their own righteousness for salvation. In His parable, Jesus told about two men who went to the temple to pray. One was a very religious man - a Pharisee. The other was a tax-collector. In those days, taxmen were famous for cheating people and pocketing part of the money. As a group, they were hated by almost everyone.
In verses 11 and 12, the Pharisee prayed, "God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get."
The self-righteous person measures himself by other people rather than by God's standard.
In verse 13, Jesus described the other man. "But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!'"
The tax collector did not trust in his own righteousness. He recognized his spiritual poverty. He saw himself for what he was - a sinner. Then, in verse 14, Jesus said something amazing about the taxman. "I tell you, this man went to his house justified."
People who see themselves as "okay," won't turn to Jesus as Savior because they don't see the need. But the Bible is clear. We all need Jesus because we're all sinners.
Daily Jot: Of hate and condemnation - Bill Wilson -
The Daily Jot condemns in the strongest possible terms the massacre of Muslims at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque by a white supremacist. But there are a few points that need to be made in the wake of this tragedy. Right away, the New Zealand politicians are talking about further banning guns. Guns are non-emotional. The person who uses them can use them to save lives or to take lives. It is the character of the person using the gun that is the variable. So long as people are driven by hate for others and so long as there are guns, the two will find each other. When these hate-killings happen, society needs to have some introspect about the sanctity of life, and what it is doing to preserve and value it.
Another point is that Christians are quick to condemn these terrible acts of hate. There isn't dancing in the streets and celebrations in Christian communities over the deaths of Muslims worshipping in their mosques. The leader of the would-be reconstituted international Islamic caliphate, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the deadly attack, saying, "With this attack, hostility towards Islam, that the world has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing...If measures are not taken right away, news of other disasters will follow this one... I am calling on the world, in particular the West, to take quick measures."
Erdogan's remarks not only signal to Islamists that more violence will occur (likely the dual meaning that violence due to retaliation will follow), but also that the world "idly" sits by and watches Muslims be massacred. The fact of the matter is that Islamists have been committing acts of terrorism, massacre, bullying and murder since the beginning of Mohammad's cult. There was dancing in the streets and celebrations in Islamic countries after the 911 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC that killed nearly 3,000. Erdogan and the political representatives of the Islamic community are slow to condemn Islamic terror, especially against Israel, but they are quick to pull the victim card when the tables are turned.
I know this is a harsh word, and I will probably take heat for it, but hate is hate and it needs to be condemned. It is, however, the height of hypocrisy for an Islamic leader to advocate Islamic terrorism on one hand-he aided and abed ISIS and often praises acts of Islamic violence against Israeli citizens--and say that the world idly watches the massacre of Muslims on the other hand. In all sincerity, Muslims ought to come to a realization that they must stand against hate not only when it is against them, but also when their own perpetrates hate against others. As asked in Romans 2:3, "And think you this, O man, that judges them which do such things, and does the same, that you shall escape the judgment of God?" I think we know the answer.
Daily Devotion: Pray Instead - by Greg Laurie -
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. - Philippians 4:6
I was on the road the other day and saw a car up ahead with student driver signs on both sides, on the roof, and on the back. I gave wide berth to that car, because I knew they didn't know what they were doing yet. And sure enough, as they were driving along, they stopped for no apparent reason. I give student drivers a lot of space because they're still figuring it out.
But after we've been driving awhile, we may find ourselves eating a burrito, talking on the phone, and adjusting the radio, all at the same time. I don't recommend this, of course. But the idea is that driving comes naturally to us because we've taught ourselves to do it. It becomes a conditioned reflex.
Then there are natural reflexes. If we touch something hot, we immediately pull back. We don't have to teach this, even to a toddler. They know that when they touch something hot, it hurts.
When it comes to worry, we need to develop a conditioned reflex. We need to turn our worries into prayers. When something alarming or threatening comes our way, our natural reflex is to panic. The conditioned reflex-the biblical response, I might add-is to pray.
The apostle Paul wrote, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done" (Philippians 4:6 NLT). Notice that he tells us to pray about everything-not just the big, scary things. Everything.
God is interested in big things. God is interested in little things. And sometimes little things turn into big things rather quickly, don't they? Little problems can suddenly become big problems. God is interested in whatever concerns you. So the next time you're tempted to worry, pray instead.
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