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Thursday, March 05, 2009

The End of the World?

Here we go again!
Igor Panarin is the latest in a long line of people predicting the collapse of the United States. He stated that President Obama will impose marshall law by 2010, and the US will disintegrate into 5-6 "rump states." Skeptic Alexei Malashenko countered, "I can't imagine at all how the United States could ever fall apart." I wish I had Malashenko's confidence. It seems he's among the group of people who see the US as indestructible. However, there are signs that things aren't as they seem.
According to Paul Joseph Watson, (http://www.infowars.com/urban-warfare-drills-linked-to-coming-economic-rage/) US troops are conducting urban warfare drills, and some don't believe they are simply preparing for combat overseas. He includes this military quote: The U.S. Army War College in November released a white paper called Known Unknowns: Unconventional ‘Strategic Shocks’ in Defense Strategy Development. The report warned that the military must be prepared for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,” which could be provoked by “unforeseen economic collapse,” “purposeful domestic resistance,” “pervasive public health emergencies” or “loss of functioning political and legal order.” The “widespread civil violence,” the document said, “would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.”
It sounds to me like there's some expectation of trouble. And there will be trouble - not only in the US, but in many parts of the world, including Canada. So what does it all mean for you and me? Well, I don't have all the answers, but I do know this: we will all end up in trouble if we trust our governments, our political leaders, bankers, business leaders, or any human institution. What is left? Let me quote from the Bible. Hebrews 12:26-28 declares, At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.

Only God is left. Everything that "can be shaken" is being shaken. We can only trust in God.
Now, I'm not saying that everything will be as bad as some are predicting, but it could be. Whether things are good or bad with the economy, the government, the world, God is still God. When things begin to shake, I want to hold onto the One who will not be moved.
Panarin may be right, but I'll trust in God. Now if the US citizens would look at their currency and believe the message there (In God We Trust) and not the money itself, that's a good first step.
The chorus of an old hymn written by Ira Stanphill sums it up nicely:
"Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand; but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand."
If you don't have that hope and that assurance, you can! Surrender your life to Christ, and He'll give you new life, new faith, new hope!
Be blessed!
David

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