Understanding the Enemy

This post is an excerpt from the book Betting on Jesus – Chapter 12.  The reason I included this particular chapter was twofold – first, to convince the reader that we really are approaching a point where our economic system will break down, and it will impact all of us to some degree.  Second, to make the point that the times we are living in bear a striking resemblance to the times the Bible speaks of that will usher in the Great Tribulation period followed by the Second Coming of Christ.

After the Great Recession in 2008-09, our government elected to initiate policy that would drive economic activity higher in spite of the working classes inability to do so in the aggregate.  That was a seminal shift in governmental policy – something we have never seen before on such a massive scale.  Our government debt levels headed for the stratosphere, more than doubling from roughly $9 trillion to $20 trillion in just 8 years. 

This short excerpt from Chapter 12 explains some of the things that validate my point that we are rapidly approaching a break down in our economic systems, and the path we are on is unequivocally irreversible – of that I am certain, and not based on anything other than my expertise in the area of economics.

As a research analyst, and a fairly decent economist, I see things other don’t see.  Things that don’t make a lot of sense if our government leaders are really working to create the best possible world for their constituents.  For instance, I’ve seen a massive public welfare program put in place over the last several decades with the recipient of the benefits of this pubic welfare policy being large cap multi-national corporations – those who least need it – not those who are striving to survive, and these mega multinational corporations are being allowed to exploit the working class in ways that will ultimately lead to a breakdown of our basic economic model.

What I am referring to is a consolidation of power in the hands of fewer and fewer big banks and big corporations.  Not only does that produce massive wealth for those who control these behemoths, it also creates a condition where all the money is sucked out of local communities, and it virtually guarantees that small local business owners will fail.  You can’t compete with the likes of Walmart or Home Depot if you want to set up a business that sells a product that these companies sell.  The days of the local lumber yard, the local hardware store, the local home appliance store, the local carpet store, the local paint store – well you get the idea, you just can’t compete.

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We Launched Betting on Jesus Two Weeks Ago Today and Here is What We Accomplished

Two weeks ago today we launched the Betting on Jesus website.  I admit I had no idea what to expect, and I had no idea how to proceed.  I was confident we would be able to publish quality content, but less confident that merely publishing quality content would be enough to succeed.

Determined to use as many avenues as possible in the social media realm to get the word out on our website, I set up a Facebook page – also entitled Betting on Jesus.  Here are the results for the first two weeks.  We were able to reach 1,702 people through Facebook:

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And, here are the results of our outreach on the Betting on Jesus website.  We had 416 visits to the website, and we were able to connect with a lot of friends outside the United States:

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That was the good part of the first two weeks.  Here are the areas I wish we could have done better in:

  1. Not enough people elected to follow us, either on Facebook or the website. We need followers.
  2. We also need people who are willing to share a few of our posts from time to time on Facebook.
  3. We need help distributing the Betting on Jesus book.  Our goal isn’t to make money on book sales as we plan to use the proceeds from those book sales to do God’s work.  For instance, our Mercy Ships Fund Raiser.  We will follow that with another good cause, but it would please us greatly if more would help us with our current program.
  4. We would like to see some comments and questions, and don’t hesitate to challenge us on a point that you see differently than we do.

Here’s the thing – we want what we publish to resonate with our viewers, and for that to happen we need feedback.  Our message is an important one – the most important one.  And, we can’t accomplish our goal without your help.

It is a sad testament to our times – although I admit to being entertained – that videos like the one below can generate over 7 million views, and we can’t generate 7,000.   My 20 year old son says that I have to become famous if I want to have a real impact.  This video is what he means by famous.

This young man has gotten rich publishing this sort of thing on his YouTube channel, and I think he is just 16.  He has 2.7 million subscribers.  Surely we can get to 27,000 – but not without your help.

An Economic Commentary On Our Times And How We Are Rapidly Approaching An End To The Age Of Grace And The Beginning Of The Messianic Age – Part 1

Introduction

In the Bible we read of a short period of time at the End of the Age of Grace, or as some refer to it, the Church Age, and the beginning of a new age – the Millennium.   That transition period is referred to as the Tribulation, and it consists of a 7 year period that ends with the return of Jesus to reign on earth for 1,000 years.  Suffice it to say, things will have gotten really bad on earth as we finally begin that countdown to the return of Jesus.

That is what I want to discuss in this multi-part series.  My discussion of the matter won’t deal exclusively with the things we read in the Bible, rather I want to focus on economic things; political alignments, both domestically, and in the geo-political sense; decades long efforts to consolidate wealth; and I want to explain how futile it is for us to make any attempt to participate in our political system today.  This essay will be an eclectic journey into the world most of us don’t even know exists – and I am not talking of some sort of parallel dimension, rather I am talking about the things that go on in our world every day that are agenda driven, and that will inevitably be the catalyst that ushers in that very short period of time known as the Tribulation.

A short walk back in time

In 1966, Carroll Quigley wrote a book entitled Tragedy and Hope:  A History of the World in Our Time.  In its current release it is 964 pages long.  Here is what one reviewer wrote about the book:

This tome reveals the inner workings and machinations of leaders in each country and how they worked behind the scenes to control the operations of the country politically and economically. Great read. The book was so revealing that after it was published and started to become popular the publisher stopped publishing it and suppressed the book. You will see how Quigley by accident uncovered what the insiders did not want to be revealed.

Quigley was a Georgetown professor of history, and a mentor to Bill Clinton.  In his book he does indeed describe the “inner workings and machinations of leaders.”  Here are a few quotes from Quigley – not necessarily from his book – that inform us:

“For the first time in its history, Western Civilization is in danger of being destroyed internally by a corrupt, criminal ruling cabal which is centered around the Rockefeller interests, which include elements from the Morgan, Brown, Rothschild, Du Pont, Harriman, Kuhn-Loeb, and other groupings as well. This junta took control of the political, financial, and cultural life of America in the first two decades of the twentieth century.”

“The Council on Foreign Relations is the American branch of a society which originated in England … [and] … believes national boundaries should be obliterated and one-world rule established.”

“Each central bank sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country, and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world.”

“Inflation, especially a slow steady rise in prices, encourages producers, because it means that they can commit themselves to costs of production on one price level and then, later, offer the finished product for sale at a somewhat higher price level. This situation encourages production because it gives confidence of an almost certain profit margin.”

“The powers of financial capitalism had a far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences.”

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A Simple Demographic Analysis Validates That Most Of Us Won’t Reside In Heaven

I just read an article entitled Few Americans Believe the Bible Is The Literal Word Of God that states 24% of Americans believe in the Bible. That number is based on a Gallup poll, and the results are summarized in this graphic.  Just 47% believe the Bible is even inspired by God, and there are more that believe it is a book of fables than there are that believe it is God’s literal word.

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I can state this with absolute certainty, the majority of the poll participants in that Gallup poll are not people that study the Bible.  And, being an analyst for most of my life, and making bold assertions about what stock markets might do over a window of time, or what we might see in the way of economic growth, and having gotten those market and economic calls wrong a lot of the time, I am well aware of the risks involved in making an absolute call on anything.  Notwithstanding that caveat, I stand by that assertion – they base their views, not on well informed research, but rather on the fact that parts of the Bible don’t line up with what they believe God should be like.

There are people in the world who are a lot better informed on the matter than these poll participants in the aggregate that disagree with their view, and I am one of them.  And, I base my view on researching the matter, and I do that for one single reason – I don’t want to be wrong in terms of my beliefs as the Bible – if it is God’s inerrant Word – tells me that my belief in His Word is what will reserve for me my place in heaven.

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The Deep State Reacts with Hostility After F.B.I. Comey Loyal Decides to Release a Few Innocuous Details of Trump/Comey Meeting   

After FBI Director James Comey was given his walking papers on May 9, tensions have been high, but things came unhinged over night as one of Mr. Comey’s former associates at the F.B.I. decided to speak with a NY Times reporter about Comey’s private memos detailing his meetings with Trump.  Here is an excerpt from that exchange:

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. “He is a good guy. I hope you can.”  Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey that Mr. Flynn had done nothing wrong, according to the memo.

Mr. Comey did not say anything to Mr. Trump about curtailing the investigation, replying only: “I agree he is a good guy.”

Then the White House released these comments:

“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that General Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn,” the statement said. “The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”

Apparently the Comey memos are unclassified, and I am sure that is true, and by design.  More importantly though, the words reported by the unidentified Comey associate seem rather innocuous to me.  President Trump isn’t demanding anything of Comey – he is simply expressing his opinion.  At least that is all he is doing in the words printed by the NY Times so far.  Is it somehow illegal for Trump to make those statements behind closed doors?  It certainly would be perfectly permissible to state his opinion in a press conference.  What – one wonders – might be appropriate conversation between an F.B.I. Director and his boss?

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Will Donald Trump Have a Role in The Battle of Armageddon, Christ’s Second Coming, and the Rapture? What Happens After That?

For the first time today I conversed via email with Don Gleason.  Don was one of the first people aside from my collaborator, Doug Anderson, to read the book I finished a few weeks ago entitled Betting on Jesus.  At the moment there are just the 3 of us working to promote the book, and as is often the case, that sort of thing takes some time.  I know we’ve sold a quite a few books, and given away several more, and for the most part to people we know, so it seems reasonable that some feedback would be forthcoming.

My guess is that most of the people we know assume Betting on Jesus is just another religious book out of the hundreds of religious books on the market.  It seems everyone is writing books these days, in particular the televangelists that are able to capitalize on their large following.  So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many would see this book in that same category.  Well, I assure you Betting on Jesus is not like any book I’ve ever read on the subject, and I’ve read a lot of them over the years.

The difference between Betting on Jesus and Joel Osteen or Rob Bells most recent book is that Betting on Jesus isn’t the religious equivalent of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, and it isn’t another Power of Positive Thinking, the book that made Dr. Norman Vincent Peale famous.

The sad truth is that much of the religious writing being done today is more akin to Tony Robbins and his self-help books, or Deepak Chopra and his New Age message than anything even remotely resembling scripturally sound words written for the purpose of saving souls.  Quite honestly, it is a sad testament to the times we live in when the most popular evangelists of our day own their own private jets and live in multi-million dollar mansions.

As Jesus often said, we can’t serve God and money.  We will love the one and hate the other are pretty close to the words He used.  And, He also pointed out that we are to beware of false teachers.  For me it is easy enough to gauge whether or not one puts God above the things of this world.  One merely has to think about how he uses his mind – that is, what are the things that occupy his thoughts as he goes through his day to day activities.  My guess is there are a lot of you reading these words that never give a single thought to God and His Word through the course of an average day.  That puts you at high risk of not making it through what Jesus called the “narrow gate” – Jesus’s own choice of words when explaining who will be saved from an eternity in hell.

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Does God Answer Our Prayers?

Personal note from author:

This post is from the book Betting on Jesus – Chapter 9.  It is the process I went through to seek out my own answers on the matter of prayer.  The process of discerning truth on the matter of prayer, and whether or not God answers our prayers, was a tedious one requiring a lot of thought, and a lot of research.  The only source we have for learning how to pray is the Bible, and that is where I went for my answers.  The answers may not be the ones you are looking for, but if we follow God’s instructions, and if we take into account his disclaimers, we can eventually come to a point where prayer does work for us.  

The first thing that comes to mind is how preachers deal with this subject.  For the most part, they say God does keep His promise, and that prayer is answered.  They then say that when we ask God for something, and He doesn’t give it to us, that in itself is God’s answer.  Sometimes preachers will say that God delays giving it to us, which doesn’t mean prayer isn’t answered.  And, other times they say God denies our request because what we ask for is not good for us.

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The Battle Between Christians And Academia – Rescuing The Souls Of Our Children Through Truth In Science

A few days ago I posted a link to a book I had recently published entitled Betting on Jesus.  I submitted the post on Reddit’s Christianity sub-group in hopes of stimulating a vigorous discussion on some of the issues I talk about in the book.  By clicking on the link I posted you are taken directly to the book’s Amazon page and allowed to read a good portion of the book in their “Look Inside” option for free, and one of those Reddit members had indeed done just that.

Well, it would be an understatement to say that my mission was accomplished.  I did indeed stimulate a vigorous discussion – specifically on the matter of evolution.  One of those I engaged with challenged an assertion I made in the opening chapter – that assertion being that the Theory of Evolution and Christianity were mutually exclusive.  He wrote in his first post that billions of Christians would disagree with me on my point, and he went on to tell me that the Theory of Evolution was no longer a theory – rather, it was now considered a scientific fact.

My initial response was to challenge him on his unsupported claim that billions of Christians believed that evolution was no longer considered theory.  He relented on that point when I established that there are only about 2.2 billion Christians in the world today so the odds of “billions of Christians” believing evolution is a fact – his words – would constitute a very bombastic embellishment of the truth.

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