The following comes from Pete Garcia over at The Omega Letter and it's one of the best commentaries I have read in a while. His thoughts parallel mine only he does a much better job crystallizing these various random thoughts into something coherent. I especially agree with his conclusions. Below this article is copied in full:
The Distress of Nations, with Perplexity
Prophecy - Signs
Monday, June 27, 2016
Prophecy - Signs
Monday, June 27, 2016
Americans are unaware of a decline in our individual liberty, and the reason is obvious: the decline rarely takes the form of sudden deprivations but, instead, takes the form of unnoticed erosion and thus, we come to regard whatever state we are in, as a normal condition. ~Leonard E. Read
Several years ago, I was driving down the road flipping through the radio stations when I came across a show already in progress. Intrigued, I listened to the narrator speaking intensely with the sound of tribal drums beating in the background. He was intensely describing how early man hunted wooly mammoths. Early man (according to the host), knew they couldn’t kill the mammoths with spear and stone so they had to get innovative in how they hunted. As they closed in on a herd, the tribesmen would start beating drums, shouting, and making a loud commotion catching the herd off guard.
This in turn would get the mammoths agitated and panicked, prompting them to begin moving in the opposite direction, whose path was already lined with more hunters and drums in hiding in whom, when close by, would also begin making noises, beating drums, and shouting as loud as they could. This effectively channelized the unwitting and fleeing mammoths towards a ravine or cliff. The mammoths were so big and their hides extremely tough and the tribesmen knew they couldn’t kill them with what they had so instead they had the mammoths kill themselves by running them off a cliff. I don’t subscribe to caveman theories but I do recognize that this is a valid hunting technique, and the example of which, has been stuck in my mind like a splinter ever since.
The show as it turned out, was that of Alex Jones. Now, I’m no fan of Mr. Jones’s sensationalists programs, nor his post-trib eschatology, I would however, agree with him in that what we are seeing with today’s globalist movement which is largely; Establishment Republicans and Democrats, Bilderbergers, the Trilateralist Commission, George Soros Inc., European bureaucrats, climate alarmists, etc.…is very much along the same lines of thought as the mammoth hunt. They are attempting to channelize us with crisis after crisis, onto a pre-determined path that ultimately results in the tragic and senseless suicide of our Constitutional Republic. The bottom line is that they need the US to systematically fall apart, in order for them to rebuild the world after their own design.
If you’ve read many articles like this one and kept up with current events over the last eight years, most of what I’m saying isn’t any real surprise to you. You’d know that the government is rapidly transitioning into something it was never intended to be, primarily that of a socialist oligarchy. What is shocking to most people, is not that our freedoms are eroding, but how long that state of erosion has been in place. Many are just now seeing the pieces falling together.
In other words, the transition away from a Constitutional Republic began in earnest in 1913 with the midnight passage of the Federal Reserve Act and has been painstakingly gradual through the remainder of the 20th century by use of a tactic known as incrementalism. But the rapidity we are seeing now in a post-9/11 world, with our government’s sweeping anti-constitutional rulings and edicts, are just the finishing touches on an urban population that is largely out of touch with what right looks like anymore. The powers that be (pick a recent administration), seem to know something that apparently the rest of us don’t…primarily that if they don’t act quickly they may not get to act at all.
Understanding how much time we as a nation have left, will in large measure be determined in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. I have no desire to rehash the tens of thousands of examples in which the government is becoming tyrannical; nor do I want to beat the dead horse of all the Socialist /Marxist /Secular-Humanist agendas’ that have already been identified and noted for what they are. What I want to address is the three legs with the five ‘W’s’ of the particular path we are racing down today.
We know according to Revelation 13, that the world will eventually end up under a singular global system ran by a man identified by the Apostle Paul as the man of lawlessness (2 Thess. 2:3-10) and by the Apostle John as the rider on the white horse, and the Beast. (Rev. 6:1-2, 13) He will control the entire earth. So how do we get from where we are today, to where Scripture says we will be tomorrow (whenever that tomorrow may be), is interesting. This coming of the Beast consists of two things; infrastructure, and opportunity.
Of note, is that the infrastructure for global governance must first exist, of which I’d say through the internet, global commerce, and regionalized political and military arrangements, is largely already in place. This regional and global framework has been in the making since before World War II through things like;
-The Federal Reserve Act of 1913
-The Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916
-The League of Nations (1919)
-The United Nations (1945)
-European Coal and Steel Community (1951) [Precursor to the EU and all the subsequent treaties and agreements]
-Law of the Sea Treaty (1982) [Pres. Reagan refused to sign]
-The Patriot Act (October 26th, 2001)
-The Trans Pacific Partnership (2015)
All of these, and only about a million other things have helped build a globalist infrastructure that inextricably links the world together in a way that no other century of human history has even seen. To sum up the past two centuries in a brief synopsis it would be this: the nationalism, socialism, Marxism, and other ‘isms’ of the 19th and 20th, resulted in two World Wars, two major revolutions (Bolshevik and Maoists), all of which resulted in the deaths of over 200 million people and forced the world to move towards regionalization and globalization as a means to avoid the mistakes of those generations. This is the framework of which the Beast will capitalize on to cement his authority over the entire face of the earth.
The other thing which must follow the framework is opportunity. If we here in the 21stcentury have learned anything is that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Simply follow the news of any given day, and you’ll see leader after leader being charged or suspected of corruption, treason, ethics violations, moral ineptitude, and neglect, or any other countless number of charges. None of our current crop of political leaders would ever just hand over their power and authority of their own volition. In terms of how the Beast comes to power, there must be opportunity, and that opportunity must come in the form of crisis.
We’ve also seen how the global system has tried time and again to present something, anything, as a crisis that they can somehow use to their advantage; global cooling, global warming, climate change, Ebola and other pandemic diseases, banks too big to fail, oil, water, food, immigration, AIDS, Islamic terrorism, information wars, etc. Not to say that these weren’t actually issues, but they were never big enough for the big sweeping changes that organizations like the UN had hoped for. No, nothing short of another global war, an earth-killing asteroid, or some kind of alien invasion or first contact will do. There is one crisis that is coming that I believe will be THE crisis to force the nations to realign. The reason I am so absolutely sure it is THE crisis, is because it’s the one thing that none of them (the godless, Christ rejecting leadership) are not even talking about. If it is mentioned, it’s laughed and mocked. The Crisis? The Rapture of the Church.
With the recent rise of Presidential nominee Donald Trump, and the departure of Great Britain from the European Union (Brexit), along with an upsurge in anti-immigration nationalist parties across the US and Europe, the citizens of the west are rising up in revolt against their globalist overlords. It would seem, that the majority of the middle class people are tired of funding (via taxes) the destruction of their way of life. They're also tired of politicians and bureaucrats who are belligerently avoiding common sense legislation and their blatant borderless agendas. In other words, the world is swinging back hard in the other direction.
The only problem with this is that the swing back to the populist/nationalist movement doesn’t fit with Satan’s globalist, one-world agenda. IOW, if Satan wants the framework in place for his man to take over a singular system then the nations pulling back apart works in direct opposition to what’s he’s spent much of the last century piecing together. This reinforces the idea in my mind at least, that the Rapture happens sooner, rather than later. Just as a friend wrote in his article, the world’s leading developers and innovators of technology, predict reaching immortality, Mars’ colonization, and other rapid advances in science that the Bible doesn’t mention. So either the Bible is wrong or man never reaches the point where they can achieve them. The same goes with geo-politics.
Since the Bible only mentions a 10-pronged system that ultimately is brought under the reigns of one man, (Rev. 13) then the nationalist, populist dreams of a better world will never actually come to fruition. The Rapture will serve as the perfect storm that marries up the framework of a one-world system already in place, and the perfect timing of opportunistic tyranny with zero spiritual resistance. But the Rapture as an event itself will have some serious second and third order effects that happen in its wake.
Certain nations will be hit extremely hard due to diversity that true, born again Christians inhabit (i.e.…the US), and others not so much. (i.e.…Saudi Arabia and Iran). And since the world’s economy and political stability relies on a stable US, the fact that if we are crippled (due to millions of missing Christians and children), then the world will be brought to its knees in delusion, madness, rage, and perplexity…and nothing will bring this world together faster than the perfect crisis.
Jesus said that in the days just before His return that the world would be going about its business as if everything was normal. (Luke 17:22-30) Paul wrote that His coming would be as a ‘thief in the night’, and that while the world was clamoring for peace and safety, that sudden destruction would come upon them. (1 Thess. 5:1-3) Neither of these biblical scenarios can be inside the 70th Week of Daniel since that time is divided up 21 divine judgments, chronicling and marking that seven year period in more detail than any other portion of time. So neither is life “normal” nor would the world be caught unawares once it begins.
So based on the speed and severity of the world’s current problems, and the fact that things are only progressing at every level to the ‘worse and worse’ category, should we anticipate a soon Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church? Note Jesus’s words concerning the timing of His coming…
And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near. Luke 21:25-28 NKJV