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Do We Suffer from “A.A.F.S.”…?

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Apocalyptic Anticipation Fatigue Syndrome.

So far, that’s the best acronym I could come up with.

It is hard for anyone who believes that we are indeed entering into the “Last Days” to not at times feel overwhelmed by the ceaseless array of warnings, wailings, railings and pronouncements of impending doom. Just yesterday, my mental faculties were presented with no less than four different occasions on which the prospect of an impending EMP attack was being put forth (and they weren’t all coming from “alternative media” sources”)

If you believe in the Bible, (and take it seriously) then you know about what Jesus says regarding the End of Age, and the “birthpangs” and wars and rumors of wars”. You know it will get increasingly unstable and tumultuous as we approach the Return of Christ, and as a result, it’s really not surprising that so many people get so easily fixated on waiting for the next big “cataclysmic thing”, be it a total global economic collapse, World War III, Israel going nuclear on it’s Arab neighbors, an earthquake so massive it changes the very landscape of the continent, “zombie apocalypse”, pandemic outbreak of disease, the next large-scale 9/11-type false flag attack, an alien invasion (real or synthetic), or some resurrected Nephilim horde spewing out of the pit to reek havoc upon mankind…

It’s not just people who believe in bible prophecy either, but it would seem that even the mainstream media is full-on participatory in promoting the idea that we’re gonna get hit with “the next big punch” at any given second. A suitcase nuke going off in NYC, or a secret army of Muslim assassins that has been sneaking across the southern border is suddenly unleashed… The net result is that we are collectively in a constant state of holding our breath, looking around, this way and that, wondering which direction that next big ‘ol punch is going to come from.

Our culture at large essentially equates the term “apocalyptic” with meaning massive, earth-shattering destruction. If an event is being described as “apocalyptic”, it more or less means it’s one of the most devastating floods, or earthquakes, or wars or whatever that humans have ever seen before. In the Bible however, “apocalypsis” in the Greek just means “unveiling” or “revealing”. Now, I’m not trying to get into a big debate on pre-Trib vs. pre-Wrath, but I will say that if Jesus’ return is what coincides with, and actually kicks off the brunt of God’s true unleashing of wrath upon the world (wrath being truly cataclysmic, not just “difficult” or a time of persecution, but where the elements are actually “destroyed by fire” 2 Peter 3:10) then this is the only sense in which “apocalyptic” can be accurately used to describe both the “Revealing” and “utter destruction”.

Anyhow… My point in all this, is that even though yes, we have absolutely seen an unprecedented number of “fantastic events” in our lifetimes, I would still have to say that when you step back and look at it all, the vast majority of how things have progressed towards a one-world government, one-world economy and one-world religion have not been via huge, massive cataclysmic events, but through a slow, steady progression that most people scarcely notice. I saw a piece on this show called “Brain Games” the other day, talking about how we are wired to notice sudden changes, but not so much gradual ones. They showed a painting of a town on the screen for about ten seconds, then ask if you could identify how many things in the painting changed. There were a few that were obvious, because they suddenly appeared/disappeared. But the rest were slow. From the beginning of the time to the end, the entire color of the sky actually changed, but you don’t even notice it, because your eyes are busily darting around the picture looking for rapid, sudden changes, and so the gradual color shift unfolds right in front of you and you don’t even realize it…

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

I grew up in a church environment where basically the prevailing mindset regarding the “End Times” was that sure, things in the world today are “evil” and getting further away from God, BUT, overall, we’re going to more or less keep trucking along in our comfortable middle-class American church-going lifestyle until Jesus suddenly beams us all up one unexpected moment, and the world is left without a clue, and then the “tribulation” will begin, and that’s when stuff get’s crazy.

I don’t believe that anymore. I guess now, I’m just at the place where I understand that being “sober-minded” doesn’t just entail being able to look at all the “birthpang events” and know that it means that Christ’s return is getting closer. Being “awake and sober” also means remembering what the scriptures also say about how people will be saying “peace and security”, all the way up until Jesus returns, until that final Day, that final moment when EVERYTHING in the world is baptized with fire, and God goes all the way with making a new heaven, and a new earth…

In the meantime, I am ever-increasingly feeling convicted that it’s not just the “big scary events” that we as Christians should so concerned with being prepared for, with all manner of things like food storage and guns and shelters and whatnot. It’s the “peace and security” that almost poses a more dangerous threat. The gradual, almost imperceptible change. The whole “boiling a frog” metaphor. We have now for decades been debating and discussing topics such as just what the “Mark of thedoomsday_wrist_watch Beast” will be. Will it be a chip? An implant? A code? Some kind of genetic “enhancement”? Every year the debate goes on, we all baby-step a little closer to that system. We all hold our breath, convinced that at any given day, the market could crash, the sky will fall, and then the need will arise for the Mark to be issued, but in the meantime, we’re still using our debit cards, and smart-phone apps, and digitized bank accounts, etc…

But what if it doesn’t actually happen like that. What if humanity, those who don’t believe in the Bible at all, and those who say they do, all of us, are all kept peering at the sky, glued to our screens, waiting for the market to drop, for the bomb to go off, for martial law to be declared… Waiting for that “doomsday clock” to finally, FINALLY “strike midnight”… And after decades of our groggy, droopy-eyed “apocalyptic anticipation”, we finally look down, and realize that somewhere in the midst of our planning and preparing and prognosticating, we somehow numbly went right ahead and took the Mark ourselves, and didn’t even realize it…

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Perplexonomics…

ar13039324114432  Recently I’ve wound up watching some documentaries and doing some extra reading that has delved deeper into the practice known as “fractional reserve banking”. Now, many people have varying levels of understanding as to the way in which the Federal Reserve (which is of course “neither Federal, nor a Reserve”!) essentially prints money out of nothing. Paper money, with nothing to back it, and they can simply print as much as they want, as often as the want. Ah, the beautiful, horrific reality of our fiat currency… But what has been really quite amazing to me, is to learn how the Fed is really only the first step in the process of “money-out-of-nothing” creation. Indeed, as I have come to understand it with my limited, ever-so-not-fiscally-inclined brain, it could be said that things like the Federal Reserve, and Central Banks in general, going all the way up to the IMF and World Bank, are all really just pieces of what could be described as the “global fractional reserve banking system”.

But what is fractional-reserve banking? Let me turn to a completely “non-conspiratorial” source for a simple explanation. The site learningmarkets.com gives a very simple and easy to follow outline. It explains how banks are able to loan out 90% of the deposited money they have “on hand”, and at the end, this very by-the-book explanation fully admits that through this process, more money is created! They show how an initial investment of $100,000 can grow into $1,000,000, under a ten percent reserve requirement.

But hey, so what? Isn’t that what banks are supposed to do? Reloan their money to other people, in order to make interest? Isn’t that how the “economy works”? How they “grease the wheels” of industry by keeping the liquidity flowing?

Well, we’ve been conditioned our entire lives to think so, and really, scrutinizing something like the banking system is really the perfect primer for coming to understand the whole bizarre genius of how to “hide something in plain sight”.

I used to listen to an almost embarrassing amount of National Public Radio. Every day, you’d listen to them rattle off the numbers. The Dow. The S&P. The Nasdaq. Is the Fed going to keep interest rates at an all time low, or are they going to raise the rates and send the whole economy teetering over the edge? Are the job numbers up or down? How is the dollar stacking up against the Yuan or the Pound or the Ruble? Oil cost how much per barrel today?

What if I told you banks create money out of nothing by typing numbers into a computerBut it’s really all just total fluff. Smoke and mirrors. Utterly meaningless noise. When you start to learn the ins and outs of where money “comes from”, beginning with central banks such as the Federal Reserve, and then on through all the various “smaller” banks who loan the money out on interest, over and over again, you begin to quickly realize how completely detached the “state of the economy” really is from anything as tangible as the actual work being done by actual living, breathing human beings.

We’ve all heard the politicians go on and on about dealing with the national debt”, or the “debt crisis”, or maybe you’ve even come the place where you understand that we in fact live in a completely debt-based economy. Yet, this still only scratches the surface, because as humans, we are inherently inclined to assume that all debts have to first start out somewhere as being based on things with actual value. And herein lies the rub, the core reason which makes this whole “debt-based system” so insidious. The travesty is not that we, either as a nation or as individuals, are “in debt” in the sense that we owe anyone a bunch of money. Rather, our money IS debt in itself, if that makes any sense whatsoever…

In a long but incredibly insightful documentary I watched last week, it made the most poignant statement about “credit”. They said, “Credit simply means to believe”. And after a bit of reflection, I realized, this was quite true. When you “give someone credit” for something, you believe they did something or will do something. When a lender “extends credit” to someone, they are essentially saying “We believe that you will pay us back”. But the crazy thing is, when it comes to money, and indeed, this entire juggernaut system as a whole, it is really OUR belief, in IT, in THEM, that makes it all work. It is simply us, giving “credit” to the worthless paper money (or worthless digital money, etc.) that gives it any value in the first place. It is manufactured out of thin air, and then multiplied countless times over, again out of thin air, and the only thing which allows this counter-intuitive and completely illogical system (i.e. racket) to operate is our own collective, acquiescence and participation.

Ok. Now, for me, the confusing part was to then stop and wonder, “But how could all money be worthless? There is obviously such a thing as ‘realwhoa2 wealth’ in the world. After all, isn’t that what the banksters are greedily trying to get their hands on, by benefiting from what is essentially a “too-big-to-fail” Ponzi scheme..?” And the answer is, of course there is such a thing as ‘real wealth’, i.e., things that have real, intrinsic value to human beings. (those things fall on a sliding scale of course, depending on how they fit into our current given scenario according to the whole ‘hierarchy of needs’) That real wealth, the real “stuff”, is what’s at stake. From the work we do to make it all “go”, to the food we eat, the water we drink, the houses we live in, and the land everything sits on.

Jesus said, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”, and we all tend to simply think of this statement as a denouncement of generic greed, the basic coveting of another’s actual goods, an interpretation which of course is completely accurate. But there is a sense in which we can step back, and wonder if at the same Christ’s words don’t just as much cut through to the love of the system of money itself. The inherent nature that money has, as a system, to be manipulated, to represent everything, anything, and nothing. Money is a mechanism, which on the surface we look at as a necessary means by which we have a tool for common trade, a language for commerce, a “standard” by which we’re all allegedly playing by the same underlying rules. Only we aren’t. Money, particularly debt-based money, in an overall debt-based economy and society, is simply geared towards one thing, complete takeover. It is by far the most effective tool Satan has in his arsenal for building a global infrastructure that at some stage will be put in the hands of his false messiah. Some Christians still believe this is a coming reality, others do not. Of those that do, there are still a great many of them who do dare to recognize that this system is constantly being knit together all around them, and has been for quite some time now. It is not some thing coming over the horizon, something that will manifest suddenly after the saints have been safely whisked off to the clouds, but is being implemented right now, and we see it on our televisions and hear it on the radio every single day, and for the most part we continue to think of it as just “the way the world works”, as something normal, and although perhaps full of corrupt individuals, not a corrupt and insipid system in and of itself. Not the Faustian deal that it ultimately is…

illuminist_banksters_creating_money_out_of_nothing_lending_n_charging_interestScripture says, “There is nothing new under the sun”, and we see this truth born out once again, as the lie told in the garden by the serpent comes full circle, back to us in this late chapter of history, where he beckons us to exchange that which has true value for something that is in the end empty, and worthless, and fake. Let us cling to the words of the Son, who said:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:19)

Some Fed. Reserve / Fractional Reserve Banking videos/documentaries worthy of note:

Century of Enslavement: History of the Federal Reserve by James Corbett
The Money Masters
The Federal Reserve Explained in 3 Minutes
George Carlin spills the beans on those who own everything (just for fun…)