Koenig’s perspectives on Bible prophecy and world issues Feb 2014

Much of the reason many first world nations have such high unemployment and are so indebted is because of economic treaties set up by globalists with bought and paid for politicians. These economic treaties gave corporations incentives to move their manufacturing to poorer nations where labor was cheaper. Then, as the poor nations industrialized, manufacturing jobs were lost in the rich nations and unemployment in these nations began to rise. The unemployed in these rich nations no longer paid sufficient taxes, so taxes had to be raised. However, the tax increases just made other corporations uncompetitive. That drove them out of business or make them also move to poorer nations, thus compounding the problem.

To prevent social unrest in rich nations where jobs were no longer secure, cradle to grave social programs had to be provided. Taxes were already too high, so governments had to borrow money to pay for all these social guarantees and programs. Then, interest paid on their borrowing kept compounding until these once rich nations had a debt load that they could not sustain.

The world downturn in 2008 brought this economic problem sharply into focus. As long as massive debt remains and the poorer nations are under bidding first world nations for manufacturing there really is no way for these first world nations to fix their economies. Unemployment in many nations is now at great depression levels and it is still inching higher while debt continues to increase.

You might think that exporting jobs to third world nations would lead to prosperity in those emerging nations. To some limited extent it has, but much of that wealth went to the privileged class that used their wealth to leverage borrowing for continued future expansion. They became so confident that emergent market expansion would continue, that they borrowed large sums of money to continue the expansion. Now that the world has tightened its belt, further expansion is not needed but it still is being built anyway. The manufactures in these nations will not have enough markets for their products but they will still have to pay off or turn-over short-term loans that now demand very high interest rates.

In other words, they are in the same debt spiral found in first world nations but the risks of default are higher and inflation is higher so they have to pay much higher short-term interest rates. If the world economy does not pick up real soon, there is going to be an economic blood bath in these third world nations. We already see evidence of that starting to happen in some nations.

Economics is fueling massive protests and riots all over the world that American mainstream media rarely covers. Many of these emerging nations have very high inflation. In Argentina the inflation rate is 40 percent. Venezuela has inflation over 100 percent and they are now on the brink of a revolution. Inflation is raging in many other nations as well. Inflation occurs because nations are cutting the value of their currencies to get competitive advantage over other nations to reduce their own unemployment. The currency wars is what caused the world depression of the 1920’s and 30’s and now it seems that the world is taking the same course.

The US. has been largely immune because it is the world reserve currency. When the currencies of other nations became unstable, investors found security in U.S. Treasuries. That is not likely to continue much longer. As America shows unsustainable debt problems of her own, many nations want a new global currency.

In spite of the smoke and mirrors used by the Obama administration, most of America is not in an economic recovery. Wages are still falling and the percent of people in the American workforce keeps falling. The number of people on food stamps is still rising. Those with incomes under the national poverty level is still rising. The fall in unemployment numbers is because millions that once had full times jobs took part-time jobs, retired, gave up, or are on disability.

The Stock Market is about the only thing recovering and that rise is caused by Federal Reserve easy money policy. The Fed created money to lend out at near zero interest rates so the stock market became about the only investment exceeding the real inflation rate. The Federal Reserve itself is now so indebted that whether it buys more debt, or stops buying debt, interest rates will start to rise significantly. When it does, America will be in for another economic downturn.

Instead of the fair weather recovery that is being reported by media. I see a lot of storm clouds gathering that will soon put us in the second phase of a world depression.

Wal-Mart and McDonald’s sales have turned down. Manufacturing sales are falling. Property sales in California are declining again. Produce prices this year will be rising due to the extremely dry weather in California and cold in the south. Beef herds are now as small as they were when the U.S. had half the people. Pork prices, chicken and egg prices have increased dramatically. The main reason livestock is falling is because of high feed prices and much of the high feed prices are caused by government policy to convert grains into fuel alcohol. In addition, health care costs are going up a lot for many and energy prices are rising.

No matter what the government says about inflation you can be sure that it is going to cost Americans much more to live this year than it did last year and their wages will not increase. The economy for 2014 does not look good, and a recent survey of Americans confirms that most Americans agree.

The whole world looks to be on the brink of an economic panic. What will start the run for the door and what governments will do about the resultant social unrest will probably become news headlines shortly.

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America has a lawless President that rules by unconstitutional decree and nobody knows what to do about it. I do not know how far he can push this before grass-roots rebellion surfaces. The House of Representatives says they can do nothing to stop him. They say they cannot even sue Obama in federal court because they claim they would not have “standing”. That sounds loony, some of Obama’s decrees will cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and who represents taxpayers and controls the budget if not the House of Representatives? If anyone has “standing” it would be the House.

A Federal Judge once again ruled against the voters of a state, by ruling that Virginia’s law that bans homosexual marriage is unconstitutional. Federal judges in four different states have now made this ruling against the voters of these sovereign states. That in itself is unconstitutional, it violates the tenth amendment and probably others. So if the Supreme Court rules to uphold these lower court decisions, homosexual marriage will be legal in every state in the union whether the people in those states like it or not. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the voters of the states, Obama just might make homosexual marriage legal in every state through executive order. Who is going to stop him?

I guess the only legal way to overrule the Supreme Court would be through a constitutional amendment. Maybe that will happen when the price of admission to the gay pride circus parade costs Americans so much that nobody wants to be entertained by the side-show freaks anymore.

I wonder what would happen if the states just did not abide by decisions of federal judges that make rulings that have nothing to do with the U.S. Constitutional? The ruling on homosexual marriage is not a one time deal; legislating through judges or executive order happens much too often. This is unconstitutional, it makes a mockery of the separation of powers set up by our founding fathers to keep any one of the three branches of government from becoming tyrannical. If the federal government will not abide by the U.S. Constitution that all swore to uphold, why should state governments abide by federal laws that just makes states complicit with federal lawlessness?

The EPA just took away one million acres of land from the state of Wyoming and gave it to the Indians. The EPA??? Where did they get such powers? It is another lawless action by federal bureaucrats. It will now go to the courts. The federal government already does anything it wants on over 35 percent of the state of Wyoming. I do not know why the people in western states even put up with federal land grabs? If this federal tyranny continues, the first state to secede will probably achieve a doubling of their population in short order.

There are other land grabs coming in the future through executive order. The President can make anything he wants a federal national monument. Huge acreage in a state can be declared monuments by the decree of just one man. The President can just save everyone much trouble by just declaring the whole USA a national monument. Then there will be no more reason to have states, Congress, or elections. I hate giving this budding dictator ideas, but we might as well get this over with.

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I think other foreign affairs for this month were adequately covered in my previous article of last week, so you might want to read that. From what I can see, the whole world is on the brink of military conflicts and civil upheavals. It has been 100 years since World War I but it seems that the world has learned nothing and is going down the same road.

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Some Evangelical leaders are calling Putin a defender of the Christian faith. Are they totally nuts??? Have they got so far off track themselves that they have become total loons? The only thing that Putin defends is Catholicism and his own police state agenda. Putin might be the richest man in the world. Some estimate his wealth between $40 and $70 billion but he stole that money from the Russian people. He recently announced the end of his marriage to his wife. Putin has had mistresses throughout his political career. People that oppose Putin publicly, seem to end up dead. Putin is some outstanding Christian model for Evangelical leaders to look up to!

Apparently, what is required to be a defender of the Christian faith in the eyes of some Evangelical leaders is to attend a Russian Orthodox church once in a while, make the sign of the cross, be against homosexuality, kiss the Pope’s ring and kiss a statue of Mary??  😈

Putin’s own writings show that he sees himself as a new Czar that will defend the faith from Islam and save Christianity. Putin is acting more like the Antichrist than any defender of the true Christian faith. He is in league with the Pope who could emerge as his False Prophet. If Putin makes alliances with other Orthodox Catholic, Roman Catholic, and pseudo Protestant Christian nations as the great savior of the pseudo Christian world, as Putin thinks he is destined to become, you better hedge your bets about the Antichrist coming from West Europe. Putin very well could fill the bill.

Putin has put in place plans to modernize the Russian military and have that completed within 10 to 15 years. So, even the timing for last day events looks about on schedule.  Yes, it is likely that Putin will be Gog, but is Gog really exempted from also becoming the Antichrist in the end time scenario?

Here is some food-for thought: Most dispensational Bible prophecy writers have thought the Antichrist would come out of counterfeit Christianity and be a figure out of a revived Roman Empire. Putin can fit that belief. Most thought the Antichrist would come out of Western Europe but it might not be that simple. The Roman empire expanded into Eastern Europe. Putin’s ancestry is said to be a mystery, nobody knows anything about his lineage earlier than his grandfather. Putin’s family spoke German at home. Maybe that is some clue where the Putin’s came from. One of the ethnic groups that comes down with Gog can include the Germanic descendents of the ancient Roman Empire.

Naturally speaking, who in the world today has both the power to guarantee Israel’s security but can then break the covenant and lead a host of nations from the north and east against Israel? Only one man in the world today can pull that off. I am not saying that Putin will be the Antichrist, the whole power structure of the world could radically change from what we see now. However, today, Putin seems more likely to fit that role than any other prominent leader in the world. If the Antichrist is not Putin, it seems that the person that rises to power could be someone very much like him.

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 Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.


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21 thoughts on “Koenig’s perspectives on Bible prophecy and world issues Feb 2014

  1. Gog comes down to ‘take a spoil’ when Israel is at peace.

    Is Putin Gog? If he is and also the one guaranteeing that peace for Israel I can’t see him as anti-Christ, he would be breaking faith with Israel twice (unless the Gog invasion coincides with the ‘abomination of desolation’, which the seven years burning of Gog’s weapons doesn’t allow).

    Yet Israel is at peace prior to the Gog invasion so I think we will need to look elsewhere for the champion of that peace. I think the Mediterranean Union is a good bet. Israel’s oil and gas will make her a very acceptable member of such a union (and raise the ire of Putin). Economic treaties can come into being very quickly; much quicker than Putin’s reconstituted army, even though not as substantial. Such a treaty would give Israel a sense of security, but prove to be a paper tiger in the face of Gog’s aggression.

  2. Hello Don,

    You touch on very two interesting points. It is almost 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War, and we as a collective have learn’t nothing or at least our political leadership/rulers haven’t anything from this part of our history.

    And the economic and political situation of the emergent/BRIC nations. China has the worst situation of them all. Her manufacturing sector has been working with paper thin margins for almost 20 years. Her construction/housing sector has gone on to construct a huge housing bubble of complete ghost cities. Her rulers have racked up $23 Trillion in debts. And her working classes are becoming restless as they now seeing very little return for their toils.

    The Central Committee has always worried about the threat of revolution. And her new classes of millionaires (AKA Party officials or Party connected) are making for the exits, and moving as much of their money/loot offshore. Along with sending their families abroad to gain foreign residency. The fear of being denounced and losing everything by another Party member has become a very real fear. Or come the revolution, which has the same messy outcome.

    We now heading into very troubled waters.

  3. Hi Brian,

    Thought you had me, huh?
    Of course you may be correct, but If Putin becomes the Antichrist and is also Gog I don’t necessary see why Putin would be breaking faith with Israel twice? The premise is that Putin would guarantee Israel’s security until Satan incarnates him and he entered the Temple. Then Israel flees to the mountains from his security troops stationed around Israel and get away. So Pultin puts together a collocation of nations from the land of Magog that come against the land of Israel to plunder it. This army could be destroyed about seven months before the end of the seven years.

    The seven years of burning of Gog’s weapons does not neatly allow for any timing of the Gog invasion without raising some other difficulties. That is why few agree agree on the timing of the Gog war. All major positions on the timing explain how those seven years of burning could take place within their position by one means or another.

    Israel does not even start to bury the Gog army until 7 months after the war. That could make sense if the destruction of Gog’s army is some months before the second coming. After the second coming, Israel comes back from the mountains that they fled to and they start the cleanup of Gog’s army.

    It certainly would not make sense if the Gog army destruction was mid trib. And I admit that the pre tribulation Gog invasion answers the questions best but it requires a gap in Ezekiel 39 among other things. I see no way to be dogmatic about the timing. But I do agree that Putin as the Antichrist raises problems that would not fit many popular theories.

  4. Yea, but the outcome of this war is that Israel acknowledges a supernatural victory and returns to it’s old testament practices. I dont see how this could be anything but pretrib. Why can’t the final seven years occur 7+ years after this victory?

  5. Hi Jim,

    Of course that is possible but it does not seem logical. You are suggesting that God will reveal Himself to Israel after they cut off the Messiah and before the final seven weeks that is left for them to finish the 490 week transgression. Why would Israel need a Savior if God was already intervening for them before they finish the transgression and acknowledged the Messiah that He sent to save them?

  6. If we were to imagine a cosmic and precise event that delivers Israel from this mighty northern confederacy, would that not make even our hearts to palpitate in awe and even fear.

    Messiah is not revealed in this intervention but supernatural power is. Whether or not the ungodly (Jew or Gentile) acknowledges it as God’s intervention, they will KNOW in their heart of hearts he has intervened.

    I would suggest Christ is a separate issue, to be resolved after Israel is purged of rebellion and denial… and when the remnant call upon him to return and deliver them. Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early (earnestly).

    The destruction of Gog will be one of many evidences leading to Israel’s repentance .

  7. Well Don,

    With the articles you write, I guess you’re going to be spending an excessive amount of time in “purgatory” and you’ve probably ruined any chance of seeing your 72 virgins.

    Your only hope now might be to get a name tag, quit drinking coffee and chocolate…then start knocking on doors *:D big grin

  8. Brian,

    Actually, In Ezekiel 39 God says he will become known to Israel at the time of His intervention.

    7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
    22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
    29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

    Now obviously what is said cannot happen before the time of Jacob’s trouble. And they cannot know the Father except through the Son. Besides, YHWH of the OT and Jesus are the same person.

    What you said sounds reasonable, but I do not see where scripture supports that view.

  9. Don,

    With all the articles that you’ve written over the years on this blog, exposing the Truth of all these religious & political frauds, I would bet that the fraudulent clergy “powers that be” would love to see you in purgatory for eternity.

    Not even praying to the statues in the church of ‘Our Lady Of Perpetual Motion’ could help you now, according to them, I’m sure.

  10. Don very interesting point with regard to Gog, however I still tend to believe in a European or even an American Antichrist. To me it just makes sense that the Gog war will be before the peace/treaty with many and its conclusion is infact what may prompt it. Of course we cannot know any of this for sure, and there are definitely gaps in all theories.

  11. Steve,

    I don’t necessary disagree. Sometimes I present unusual positions as food for thought. I do not think anyone has Eschatology all figured out even if they write books like they do. Thinking outside the box helps keep us from being boxed in by the latest popular conjectures.

  12. Don I agree. I think whatever is coming our way, as a nation, is not going to be good. Civil or Foreign war would crush this country economically and militarily. The present world economic conditions seem to favor a conflict. Just looking back at conditions prior to WWII, you can see the eery similarities, namely the state of the world’s economy. All the upheaval in Ukraine and elsewhere seems to indicate that. Perhaps a major war is what will shape the final world system that brings about Antichrist, be he Gog or not. I also agree that there is no political strongman that currently matches what Antichrist may be like other than Putin.

  13. Steve,

    I do not remember who it was that said it, I believe it was someone talking to some American that was reporting on the developments in Ukraine. The message was pay attention, because what will happen here will soon be happening in America.

    It not just Ukraine either, there has been recent popular resistance against the government in Venezuela, Bosnia, Brazil, Denmark, Turkey, India and other nations that few report on.

  14. Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

    From the present conversation and the ongoing world events we could place the emphasis on “but the end is not yet”. Indeed, we (the Church) are still here, which establishes the truth of those words.

  15. The more I try to analyze who the AC could/might be, the more my head hurts. That being said, I am starting to think everybody is way off base, and that the AC is gonna come from WWWWWAAAAAYYYYY out of left field. Obviously, he has to be someone already in the mix, but everyone always looks for the “obvious” candidate. It COULD be obummer, Putin, Solana, bonny Prince Charlie, etc., after Satan takes him over, but who knows? And if the bulk of the readers on this site believe in Pre-trib,Pre-Mil Rapture, ultimately, who cares? We wont see it anyway.

  16. Michael A

    I am still reasonably comfortable with my traditional views, it is when Don presents his “unusual positions” so as to make me think that make my head hurt.(smiley face)

  17. Well for the headache crowd here is a immediate cure. ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me…..’John 14 Read and meditate on all of John 14 & 15. That and Phillippians ‘Be anxious for nothing…’ is better than bourbon or Excedrine! Your sister ‘overcomer’ in Christ! D

  18. Don: I just don’t see financial responsibility among the republican politicians in the U.S. congress either. They have sold out to the lobbyists and most are conterfeit chrisians. I don’t live in Kansas but I do write to a Senator from there. I watch C-span and when I see someone actually acting honorably I write them. There are a few from both parties. It is a rigged game.
    The Tea Party did themselves a huge disservice by becoming talking heads for the Kochs. The Koch’s are of the same fabric as Lloyd Blankfein and the Bush/Chaney clan.
    The reason folks put their hope in Obama is that most felt the Bush/Chaney administration led we the people right into the financial meltdown of 2001-2009.
    Now we the people are so screwed. Most of D.C. are no better than the crack addicts roaming the streets.
    I want to be with YHWH.

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