If you have been watching the news lately or following the stories coming out of France at all, then you know that that nation is entering a time of civil unrest and upheaval. In response to austerity measures imposed by President Sarkozy, demonstrations led by the unions have been in progress for 7 days and recently have broken out in violence. The strikes have also led to fuel shortages and shut-downs of air and railway travel throughout different parts of the country. The measure which has our debonaire older-brother in a tizzy? They have decided to raise the age of retirement benefits from 60 to 62! Mon Dieu!
Why should we be WATCHING what is going on in places like France and Greece? Because the United States is not far behind them. We're broke! Not only that, we live in an entitlement-minded society, just as they do. We are experiencing an atrocious national debt crisis with the threat that the Fed is about to announce it will begin printing more fiat money, which weakens the dollar and inflation is not too far behind. Not to mention the stage is set for civil upheaval due to the discontentedness of many Americans with the status quo in this country of taxing and spending our children's futures into oblivion and trampling upon the Constitution. Time Magazine (YES!-TIME Magazine!) has now commented that civil war is even a possibility. All one needs to do is plant that seed into the minds of some men who are prone to live and die by the sword and you have one disasterous crop at harvest time.
Then there are those who believe if we stick to our principles and the Constituion, that after all you-know-what breaks loose, we can re-build and re-make America into the great nation it was supposed to be.
I say- No. I don't think so. America's glory is fading, perhaps for good.
Our nation has entered into a cycle of divine judgement from which we are beyond the realm of an easy fix. Having a couple prayer vigils a month is not going to change that. We have entered a sovereign time on the calendar of YHVH. Yeshua said in Matthew 24 there would be wars and rumors of wars, but the end is not yet. These are merely birth pains. They will intensify and increase in frequency.
Will we see civil unrest like they are seeing in France? I don't know. And I am not trying to fear-monger. I am simply looking at the climate and looking into the scripture which always predicts accurately. Your government will not save you. If you have been trusting in it thus far, you are in for a rude awakening. It is time to become as self-sufficient as possible. I do know the economic and political situation in our nation is not improving and as I have said before, fallen flesh does not care about your precious life, or that of your children's or your posessions when they have a growl in their tummies and a life philosophy of get yours while you can. A total disregard for human life does not a lawfully abiding citizen make. Even law-abiding, level-headed people don't act towards others with the guidance of the Golden Rule when their backs are against the wall and they are desperate. Put a whole bunch of those together and what do you have?
My mom just lost a friend to a horrendously violent crime. She was shot by her husband before he turned the gun on himself. Their two teenage boys found them in the bedroom. My sincere and heartfelt prayers go out to their family.
Sad to say, but this is becoming all-too-commonplce in our lives today.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- having a form of godliness but denying its power. (2 Timothy 3:1-5a)
Batten down the hatches. We're in for a bumpy ride.