Title: Will Some Nations Experience Economic Prosperity In The Tribulation Period?
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Even though a great deal of economic disaster will accompany the Third World War which is planned to produce Antichrist, certain major nations may be able to restore economic prosperity rather quickly as their leaders transition the failed individual economies of the world into a single global economy built upon the foundation of a new global currency -- which shall be neither the Euro nor the Amero.
Biblical prophecy seems to foretell that material prosperity may then continue some time into the Tribulation Period. We believe that this time of prosperity may continue until approximately the mid-point of the Tribulation Period, after which God's judgments and Antichrist's insanity will bring this prosperity crashing down.
Consider these prophecies:
The Third Seal Judgment
Revelation 6:6 -- "And I heard what seemed to be a voice from the midst of the four living creatures, saying, A quart of wheat for a denarius [a whole day's wages], and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not harm the oil and the wine!" (Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
This prophecy is very interesting, as it lists two (2) types of nations in the world at that time. However, at first glance, it seems to be contradictory in its two parts.
1) Poor Nations -- One the one hand, the first part of this prophecy clearly is describing the economic effects of famine and possibly war, or both. These poor people will have to spend an entire day's wages just to buy their daily ration of necessary food. Listen to this portion of the prophecy:
"A quart of wheat for a denarius [a whole day's wages], and three quarts of barley for a denarius..."
2) Wealthy Nations -- On the other hand, "oil" and "wine" are traditional Jewish symbols for wealth and prosperity. It seems as though God has another group of people at this point in the Tribulation Period whom He is temporarily shielding from the judgments falling upon the first group.
Listen again to this prophecy:
"... but do not harm the oil and the wine!"
Indeed, I believe there are two groups here, and they seem to be the same two groups of nations whom the Illuminati has identified in its writings.
A) The first group is the "Non-Functioning Gap States" as we explain in NEWS1833. Let us quote pertinent excerpts from NEWS1833, one of the most important articles we have ever posted.
Nations who are not now functioning in the Global System and are not likely to do so in the foreseeable future, unless they are kicked into it by U.S. or European troops, or by the threat of invasion. These nations are called the "Non-Functioning Gap". The strategy being followed by the United States and the European Union is to "shrink the gap".
Now, listen to the arrogance of this Pentagon planner.
NEWS BRIEF: "The Pentagon's New Map", by Thomas P. M. Barnett, U.S. Naval War College, Esquire Magazine, March 2003, p. 174-79, 227-9.
"Our next war in the Gulf will mark a historic tipping point -- the moment when Washington takes real ownership of strategic security in the age of globalization." [P. 174]
Is this what President Bush's "War On Terrorism" is intended to do: allow Washington to "take real ownership of Strategic Security"? I believe this is exactly the goal in view here. Individual nations -- mostly poor, third world -- are facing the real threat that Western Illuminati countries led by the United States are invading or threatening to invade "Non-Functioning Gap" countries so they can take "real ownership of strategic security".
We have already taken control of the "strategic security" of Iraq, have we not? And, our forces are reportedly massed on the borders of Syria and Iran, as we threaten them with the military force we deem necessary to take control of their "strategic security"! Is it any wonder these countries are fleeing to Russia for protection and are banding together to fight the "Great Satan"?
Let us now return to this article:
"A country's potential to warrant a U.S. military response is inversely related to its globalization connectivity." [P. 227]
On page 176, the author puts this matter in a different way: "Any time American troops show up -- be it combat, a battle group pulling up off the coast as a 'reminder', or a peacekeeping mission -- it tends to be in a place that is relatively disconnected from the world, where globalization hasn't taken root because of a repressive regime, abject poverty, or the lack of a robust legal system. It's these places that incubate global terrorism. Draw a line around these military engagements and you've got what I call the Non-Functioning Gap."
Those countries who are not now properly "connected" to the Global System economically or politically are likely to "warrant a U.S. military response", i.e., an invasion or threat of invasion, and certainly a public demand for a "regime change". These dis-connected nations are called the "Non-Functioning Gap", and in truly arrogant fashion, this author threatens to invade these countries in a rather flippant manner. Listen:
"So where do we schedule the U.S. military's next round of away games? The pattern that has emerged since the end of the cold war suggests a simple answer: in the Gap." [P. 174]
Our invasion of countries like Iraq in Gulf Wars I and II, with the resulting death and destruction of civilians and infrastructure in its wake is arrogantly written off as "away games"! Can you begin to understand how the people living in these "Non-Functioning Gap" nations hate us? Look above to see the map of a full Pentagon listing of all "Non-Functioning Gap" countries and/or regions.
This group of poor nations -- clearly identified on the map in this article -- are probably in view here, when God's judgment falls in this Third Seal Judgment.
B) The second group of this prophecy can be thought of as the Illuminati's "Core Functioning States", whom God seems to be protecting as He commands, ""... but do not harm the oil and the wine!"
These are the nations whose economies can quickly meld into the planned "Cashless" economy of Antichrist. For some reason, God has seen fit to delay their judgment for a short while.
As God's Judgment falls in this Third Seal, He throws the poor nations into such poverty and despair as to be almost unbelievable, but for some reason, He simultaneously commands that the prosperous nations are protected, at least temporarily.
This next prophecy which we are going to examine seems to show that, finally, the time had come for God to bring wealthy nations into His Judgment.
Economic Babylon Destroyed
Revelation 18:15-19 -- "The dealers who handled these articles, who grew wealthy through their business with her, will stand a long way off, in terror of her doom and torment, weeping and grieving aloud, and saying, Alas, alas for the great city that was robed in fine linen, in purple and scarlet, bedecked and glittering with gold, with precious stones, and with pearls! Because in one single hour all the vast wealth has been destroyed (wiped out). And all ship captains and pilots, navigators and all who live by seafaring, the crews and all who ply their trade on the sea, stood a long way off, And exclaimed as they watched the smoke of her burning, What city could be compared to the great city! And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and grieved, exclaiming, Woe and alas, for the great city, where all who had ships on the sea grew rich [through her extravagance] from her great wealth! In one single hour she has been destroyed and has become a desert!" (Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
Cutting Edge has long taught that this Economic Babylon described in Revelation 18 is the United States (Read full details in NEWS1830)
Bearing this concept in mind, you can see that this nation is prosperous, buying and selling merchandise, right up until the hour when God's physical destruction falls. How do we know this? There are several indicators:
1) "Because in one single hour all the vast wealth has been destroyed (wiped out)" -- Obviously, if this nation's "vast wealth" was wiped out suddenly in one literal hour, this nation possessed that great wealth just before God's Judgment fell.
Jesus boldly stated the same truth in Matthew 24.
"As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For just as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the very day when Noah went into the ark, And they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away--so will be the coming of the Son of Man." (Matthew 24:37-39; (Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
Literally, these prophecies are telling us that some degree of prosperity and of cultural normalcy will continue in some countries right up until the final fiery destruction falls upon the wicked. When God finally delivers His final judgment, these prosperous wicked people will be totally surprised as they suddenly meet their doom.
2) "And all ship captains and pilots, navigators and all who live by seafaring, the crews and all who ply their trade on the sea, stood a long way off, And exclaimed as they watched the smoke of her burning..."
Why were these ship captains and all who earned their living from the Sea moaning and groaning so vehemently? They had just seen the major country in the world who purchased so much merchandise from overseas and shipped it in via ocean freight, suddenly destroyed by fire in one literal hour! Quite obviously, these ship captains were grieving so much because they realized that no other nation on earth could replace this destroyed nation. Indeed, Americans lead the world in the way we purchase. We buy hard goods, for example,. like homes and cars, and own them for a very short while before selling them and buying something new. American consumers also lead the world in the smallest savings rate and in the rate at which we buy on credit card!
These ship captains understand reality quite correctly. No other nation or group of nations can replace this condemned nation. But, the very fact that they are lamenting this loss so greatly means that buying and selling and the accumulation of material wealth is continuing at least up to that point in the Tribulation Period!
Parenthetical Chapters In The Book of Revelation
You should also be aware that, just because this prophesied destruction of Economic Babylon does not occur until the 18th Chapter of Revelation, that does not mean that this judgment will occur toward the end of the Tribulation Period. Bible scholars call Revelation 17 and 18 "parenthetical chapters" because God's final judgments are completed in Chapter 16:17b, when the seventh angel announces:
"It is done! It is all over, it is all accomplished, it has come!"
The action in the Book of Revelation does not resume then until Chapter 19. Thus the events of Chapters 17 and 18 are parenthetical and can occur at any time in the Tribulation Period.
Therefore, the events of Revelation 17 and 18 can happen at any time after the beginning of the 7-Year period. Most scholars believe Revelation 18 will occur sometime toward the end of the first half of the Tribulation Period. In fact, many scholars believe that the first half of Revelation will be relatively peaceful and prosperous.
We concur wholeheartedly.
For some reason, God has planned that the poor wicked shall receive His physical judgment early in the Tribulation Period, while He delays the final judgment of the wealthy for some later time. Why would God plan His judgments in this manner? Since the Illuminati Plan to produce Antichrist has been carried out by the most wealthy leaders of the world since 1776, I believe God is allowing their sin to accumulate just a little while longer.
The Bible reveals that, in God's mind, the sin of a person -- and a nation -- builds up gradually before God decides to deliver His judgment.
"For her iniquities (her crimes and transgressions) are piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her wickedness and her crimes and calls them up for settlement." (Revelation 18:5; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
Obviously, it took a long, long time for this nation's sins to pile up like wood until the stack reached "as high as heaven". God gave this nation plenty of time to repent of her sins and turn to Him with a collective heart broken with sin. But, this nation refused.
The Apostle Paul actually tells the sinner that God does not deliver His judgment immediately after sin, giving the sinner the space of time he needs in order to turn and repent and forsake his evil ways.
"... are you so blind as to trifle with, and presume upon, and despise and underestimate the wealth of His kindness and forbearance and long-suffering patience? Are you unmindful or actually ignorant of the fact that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repent ....?" Romans 2: 4; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
In like manner, God is allowing the sins of the wealthy to continue to pile upward toward Heaven, giving them time in which to repent and turn to His Son for forgiveness and pardon. Of course, the wealthy of this nation refuse.
Finally, Divine Judgment descends and falls with annihilating results. Not only do two-thirds of all mankind die by the hand of God in the Book of Revelation, but the wealthy are particularly affected. Let us first examine God's principle:
"The rich man's wealth is his strong city." (Proverbs 10:15a; Ibid.)
During the first part of the Tribulation Period, God does not bring the rich into judgment right away, probably knowing that they will believe that their wealth will be their protection, that their wealth will deliver them through this troublesome period. But, finally, even the rich man is brought to ruin, and when they realize it, I believe they throw away that very material on which they had been depending, just as the prophet Ezekiel foretold prior to the judgment wrought by the Babylonians.
"They shall cast their silver into the streets, and their gold shall be discarded like an unclean thing or rubbish; their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord; they shall not satisfy their animal cravings nor fill their stomachs with them, for wealth has been the stumbling block of their iniquity." (Ezekiel 7:19; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary)
Did you catch that pertinent phrase?
"... wealth has been the stumbling block of their iniquity."
In the final analysis, God seems to plan to allow the wicked rich of the Illuminati to keep their coveted prosperity and their wealth for a while during the first part of the Tribulation Period. But, when sin has reached its fullness, God's judgments finally fall, to the utter ruin of the rich man and his wealthy economy.
Truly, the End of the Age is upon us.
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