Light for the Last Days

Signs of the Times – 5 July 2020


The decline of America?


America’s enemies around the world are hailing the crisis in America as the beginning of the end of American supremacy.  They deeply resent the way America became the world’s number one superpower after the collapse of the Soviet Union and communism in Eastern Europe.  An article in the Jerusalem Post (June 2nd) says ‘Iran, Russia, China, Turkey celebrate ‘collapse’ of US’: ‘These authoritarian regimes are gloating over the chaos unfolding in the United States.  Iran’s media pushed stories that highlighted the ‘collapse,’ while quoting Russian sources portraying that the US is flailing about as its world order comes crashing down.’

These countries may be right about America’s decline, but they can hardly point the finger over human rights.  In China there are thousands of people in concentration camps, brutally treated by police and guards with the approval of the regime and no redress to those committing these crimes.  In Russia those who protest Putin’s corrupt regime generally end up dead, in jail or ‘disappeared’.  Likewise in Turkey and Iran.  No one in America or Europe organises protests about the massive human rights abuses in these countries.  

One last point.  The USA has more scholars of end time prophecy than anywhere else in the world.  Many of them have noticed a singular absence of their own country in the prophetic line up for the last days.  No power resembling America appears to line up with the US in the last days tribulation period.  There is reference to the kings of the north (Russia), east (China), south (Egypt) and to the revived Roman Empire, most likely in Europe, but not to the far west / America.  

Could it be that the US is now in a state of permanent decline, to be hit by yet more disasters?  If so how will it affect Israel, its own Jewish community and the Christians?  The US has been Israel’s main ally with President Trump particularly going out of his way to stand by Israel.  Jews living in America have had their greatest freedom and prosperity in the history of the diaspora.  If America does fall apart it would be very bad for Israel and for its Jewish community.  Already there is an increase of American Jews making Aliyah and moving out of America to Israel.  

America, for all its faults, has done more to propagate and defend Christianity than any other nation in the world today.  Its collapse would be bad news for its own Christian population and for Christians around the world.  Already there are many, including Christians, in America who are ‘prepping’ with provisions of food and guns to defend themselves in preparation for a coming collapse of society.  

Whatever happens we have to say that we live in perilous times, as the Bible says (2 Timothy 3), and that only Jesus has any answer to what is coming on the world.  It is clear that guns and violence are no answer, but only love and peace in Jesus’ name.  While there is a great emphasis on racial identity today, there are only two identities that matter to God.  Not your race, not your gender, not your sexuality, but whether you are lost or saved.  There is one way to be saved, through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ who said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except by Me’.  John 14.6.

Biometric ID in Africa.

ID2020 is a project initiated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, multi-national pharmaceutical corporations, and technology firms, to create a global digital ID infrastructure, with the idea that every human on the planet needs biometric verification because “to prove who you are is a fundamental and universal human right.”  The aim is to link this with a vaccine programme to counter the Covid 19 pandemic and anything which may come after it.  This can be tracked via the global ID certification and then check who has been tested and who has had the vaccine. 

Biometric Update announced progress being made on this front in Africa.  The biometric Ghana Card has been made the only legal ID credentials acceptable for verifying people in the new round of biometric voter registration. Morocco has produced a new generation of biometric ID cards for government services.Zambia is updating the electoral register of around nine million voters, asking them to “present themselves for verification, updates and capture of additional information required including biometric capture which is their fingerprint and a portrait.”  Nigeria is working on a border systems contract for frontier management in cooperation with Chinese 5G Huawei system using biometric ID“develop a robust e-land border management system that will deal with close to half of border surveillance which will make possible for us in Abuja to know at the press of a button what is happening in any of the borders that will be covered by that system.”  The article also lists developments of biometric ID systems in Kenya and South Africa. 

Up until recently it was difficult to see how the mark of the beast of Revelation 13 could be imposed on a worldwide basis.  As we see this kind of biometric system developing now in Africa as well as in India, China and other major population centres around the world we see how it could be possible.

Currency crisis and 666.

Britain came close to effective insolvency at the onset of the coronavirus crisis as financial markets plunged into turmoil, Andrew Bailey, the governor of the Bank of England has said.  “Amid widespread investor panic as the virus spread, the Bank of England stepped in by pumping £200bn into the market for UK government bonds under a policy known as quantitative easing (QE). Under QE, the central bank electronically creates money in order to buy bonds from financial institutions with the aim of lowering borrowing costs for the government, businesses and households.  Without this intervention there would have been a meltdown of some of the core markets.  The government would have struggled to fund itself in the short run, something which has not happened in living memory.”  He added that unemployment post Covid is likely to rise sharply and that if jobs don’t return the long term economic outlook could be much worse.  A similar situation has happened in the Eurozone. 

Bloomberg posted an article saying that ‘A crash in the dollar is coming.’  It said ‘The era of the U.S. dollar’s “exorbitant privilege” as the world’s primary reserve currency is coming to an end.  Already stressed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S. living standards are about to be squeezed as never before. At the same time, the world is having serious doubts about the once widely accepted presumption of American exceptionalism. Currencies set the equilibrium between these two forces — domestic economic fundamentals and foreign perceptions of a nation’s strength or weakness. The balance is shifting, and a crash in the dollar could well be in the offing.  This is caused by a profound shortfall in domestic U.S. savings and exploding government budget deficits. The federal budget deficit is likely to soar to a peacetime record of 17.9% of gross domestic product in 2020.’

Two results of this crisis in America and Europe could be a surge of social unrest and a move towards a new form of currency control. China is already using the crisis caused by coronavirus to push for a cashless society.  It is now developing a state sponsored cryptocurrency known as DCEP (Digital Currency Electronic Payment) which aims to eliminate paper currency and replace it with the new Chinese cryptocurrency.  This will give the government a record of every financial transaction made, who is buying and selling what and where they are and so on.  It wants to extend this internationally to a ‘super sovereignty currency system’ to replace the current US dollar based financial system.  If we have the expected dollar crash they could well use this as a reason to bring this in.

Here in the west  Bill Gates is working on his own cryptocurrency programme, under Microsoft Patent 060606.  The patent lists a wide range of devices, including cameras, which it claims can monitor a considerable amount of personal biological data. Although not categorically stated, these could potentially include biometric implants.  The patent states that the data recorded from a person will allow the system to decide whether to ‘award cryptocurrency to the user whose body activity data is verified suggesting that people whose physical condition or personal beliefs are considered undesirable will be refused the ability to buy or sell using this electronic currency.

The question has to be asked, ‘Why has the patent been given the code number 060606?’ Is it a coincidence or the deliberate choice of the number of the beast, 666, referred to in the Book of Revelation 13?

Rumours of Wars. China, India, North and South Korea, Israel and Turkey.

As if we didn’t have enough already going on in 2020, now we are facing the possibility that several regional wars may erupt

China and India have sent substantial contingents of troops to an area of the border in the Galwan River valley in the Himalayas where both countries have deployed troops in recent weeks was “the most serious clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers so far,” with around 20 Indian personnel killed in fighting.  Both countries are nuclear armed and India in particular is furious about the incident.

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen to a level that hasn’t been seen in many years.   North Korea has blown up a joint liaison office used for talks between itself and South Korea, the latest sign that ties between the two long time adversaries are rapidly deteriorating. Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, had issued a very ominous warning that her country would “soon take a next action” against South Korea — a move she suggested would be carried out by the country’s military.

Over in the Middle East, the Times of Israel is reporting that the IDF is gearing up for a “state of war” as Israel prepares to annex portions of Judea and Samaria.  More on this in our ‘Israel Desk’ section.

If a major regional war erupts at even one of these flashpoints, it will be another devastating blow for a global economy that is already imploding, and there is a very strong probability that the U.S. and other major western powers could be drawn into the conflict. We are living during a time of “wars and rumours of wars”, and it certainly isn’t going to take much to unleash a major conflict.

Tony Pearce