Every nation that has ever been the most powerful in history has ceased to be number one at some point and the United States is next.
This is mixed bag reality because the United States has done so much good and so much bad.
Consider the role of the US in World War Two, preserving the world from countless evil regimes including but not limited to the Nazis, Communists, and Imperial Japanese, as well as it’s powerful Christian export to the nations.
Contrast that with its excessive lifestyles and consequently catastrophic debt, alongside its more recent legalisation and export of immorality including murder by abortion and the glorification of perversity through Hollywood.
A myriad of signs are pointing to something big and bad coming for the United States in governmental, economic, social, and religious spheres.
Mark Davidson’s Signpost theory looks at what the biblical scriptures declare we can expect from the Middle East in the lead up to the return of Jesus and he suggests a connection – perhaps a vital one – with a declining role of the U.S. In world affairs.
This of course has been an expectation of many prophecy teachers and students over the last forty years or more specifically because of the historically moral and upright influence America has had on the world.
Many have assumed that a moral and generally Christian America must diminish or cease to exist before the rise of the antichrist, especially a Middle Eastern antichrist.
Other theories such as Jonathan Cahn’s shemitah parallels along with the plain and obvious signs that the U.S. is weighed down by unbelievable debt all suggests a similar outcome.
Davidson’s recent blog post offers valuable insight and makes some important predictions that we should be considering carefully in prayer and watchfulness:
September 13 is getting close (58 days away!), and the Second Signpost is getting nearer, whenever that might be. September 13 may bring some event that is deleterious to the United States according to The Harbinger. So how might September 13 and the Second Signpost be tied together, and what if anything can be done to prepare?
The Possible Event on September 13
Rabbi Cahn in his book The Harbinger made the following comparison of the progression of related events here in the United States, with what happened to ancient Israel (circa 736-722 B.C.).
The First Event
For Israel this was an invasion by Assyria. Some territory and towns were taken.
For the US this was 9-11: an invasion by some Saudis. They flew planes into our buildings and essentially took from us several blocks of territory in lower Manhattan, namely the World Trade Center.
The Second Event
For Israel this was economic in nature. The Assyrians demanded silver tribute resulting in many of the wealthy handing over silver, putting a dent in Israel’s economy.
For the US this was economic in nature. In 2008 the great financial crisis essentially made all western banks insolvent. We have never really recovered what with tens of millions either unemployed, underemployed or on food stamps.
The Third Event
For Israel this was the destruction of the northern kingdom. Israel lost its sovereignty and the people were taken away.
For the US this third event which has not happened could be on the same par as what happened to Israel. It could range from nuclear attack, to an EMP attack, to a major currency and banking event, to nothing. We do not know what it will be.
The first event, in 2001 came with no warning. The second event in 2008 actually erupted in August of the preceding year as the beginning of the great mortgage meltdown involving the subprime loans. It caused dominoes to fall within the economy until the full-blown crisis of September 2008 erupted. This time around, it seems we have no warning. The last two events occurred on workdays. This third event will occur on a Sunday.
The Second Signpost
But the looming Second Signpost may be giving us a clue.
The most popular comeback for people who argue against the interpretation of the Second Signpost say the United States would never allow Iran to invade the Middle East. Some politicians like Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas say the US should just invade Iran and be done with it. In human terms this makes sense, but the Bible shows Iran to be the invader of the Middle East regardless of what we may or may not do. This I believe is why someone like Obama is president and not someone like Bush or Cotton. God’s word will be fulfilled just as it says.
Events of course could play out completely different from what I will write here. But it is entirely possible that any major event connected to September 13 may very well bring the US down so that it cannot project power on a scale to stop a nation the size of Iran, halfway across the globe. This would open the door for Iran to run out and execute its invasion. I have found in my studies of history that many times the forces of evil are cowards. They only attack if it looks like they will win. I think that is one reason the USSR never attacked with conventional arms across the iron curtain even though the number of planes and tanks was double or triple that of NATO – they were afraid of a good chance they would not win.
Iran may not run out because it might be afraid of being stopped by the United States. Being the masterful chess players they are on the world stage, they might very well be working out plans to make sure the US stays out of their way, or simply be waiting for the opportune moment when the US cannot interfere. They will run out when they feel assured of victory.
Ron Paul’s Message
Contemplating all of this, I saw that good ole’ Ron Paul had teamed up with Porter Stansberry to deliver a message of economic disaster. You can see it at www.ronpaulmessage44.com.
For 24 years, Ron Paul was the only representative in Congress who challenged the Fed and actively tried to abolish it. On many occasions, Ron Paul was the only politician to corner Fed chiefs and make them squirm. In this Youtube clip starting at 04:27 you can see Representative Paul getting former Fed Chief Ben Bernanke into a corner and smiling a bit. Bernanke looked like a deer caught in the headlights and had to lie through his teeth to get out of that one. Central banks keep gold because of tradition? Puhleese.
[4:56] Paul: “Do you think gold is money?”
[5:02] Bernanke: “No.”
[5:10] Paul: (smiles)
[5:16] Paul: “Why do central banks hold it?”
[5:24] Bernanke: “Well its tradition.”
I usually don’t pay attention to the Stansberry infomercials. Like other watchdogs they continually talk about economic disaster. As an example they were talking several months ago about how currency laws would come into effect and it would be disastrous for the United States. I haven’t noticed any disasters. What caught my attention this time is that Ron Paul has agreed to use his name and reputation to spread the message. For many years prior to the Tea Party starting, I considered Ron Paul to be the only politician worth listening to.
Anyway, his message is long but full of good information. Since it is a Stansberry infomercial, you cannot rewind it so if you miss something you have to start from the beginning. The timing of this is interesting since I only saw commercials for this in the last couple weeks as September 13 approached.
Ron Paul says, as has Jim Sinclair and Peter Schiff (author of Crash Proof) that the turning point for the United States economy and banking system will be when people lose confidence, or hope, in the dollar. The US dollar is not backed by gold like so many may believe it is.
The Federal Reserve site itself says that the dollar is no longer exchangeable for gold or silver. This is how it is backed, stated on their own site:
“The Congress has specified that Federal Reserve Banks must hold collateral equal in value to the Federal Reserve notes that the Federal Reserve Bank puts in to circulation. This collateral is chiefly held in the form of U.S. Treasury, federal agency, and government-sponsored enterprise securities.”
By saying securities back up the dollar, this means paper backs paper. There is no inherent value. The paper has value only because the Fed says it does and people believe it.
Currency Event and the Second Signpost
Since Ron Paul says in his message that this coming currency event would eventually result in the inability of the US military to project power, there is the connection to the Second Signpost. The currency event to come will be like nothing we have ever experienced. Many nations over many centuries have had these currency collapses. In this past century it was Germany (Weimar Republic), Argentina, Zimbabwe, and the list goes on. But they could always use US dollars in a pinch.
What is different here is that the last time a currency collapsed for the United States was prior to 1788, and this time the currency is by and large the foreign currency reserve for most nations. How might this affect the whole world? After all, the United States is not like Zimbabwe.
The U.S. government will try to protect itself and put in place capital controls like what happened in Greece this past month. The government might try to confiscate 401k’s, and put in new regulations on withdrawing cash. Bank lending may stop. ATM’s may be closed for weeks. If interest rates rise as they probably will, the US government will default on the debt for the interest on the debt might be too large to pay.
Now, Ron Paul didn’t say this, but if interest rates do rise that might be the 2008-like derivatives event that brings down banks since most derivatives are tied to interest rates and a rise of 2% might be in the wrong direction of most of their bets.
As Paul says, “The US dollar is built entirely on confidence, when that confidence dissolves so does everything else… That’s the weakness of paper money… Governments can declare it legal tender but they do not have power to give it value.”
Ron Paul also said that we may expect to see further suppression of privacy, and bank and brokerage closings.
The infomercial then goes on to recommend a book called America 2020: The Survival Blueprint. It is prohibitively expensive in my opinion. Essentially, the things it suggests you do are not very different than what I and others have been saying: (a) buy silver coins, (b) get farmland even if just a few acres, and (c) get your wealth out of the US dollar.
The timing of Ron Paul’s message is interesting. He has been warning about a currency event for years, but only now has he been putting out this long and scripted message. Even if nothing happens September 13, the Second Signpost eventually will cause a currency event all on its own with its removal of the US Petrodollar.
In any event, get yourself ready. Minimize your holdings of U.S. dollar-denominated assets. This means getting out of US bonds, stocks and CDs. Put the money into other assets. Have maybe one month’s bills and groceries worth of cash in hand if you can afford it. Buy silver for barter. Buy gold for insuring larger amounts of wealth. It’s too late to plant a garden in most parts of the country but you can gather the materials and supplies needed to start one next year.
These are all things a household should do and have anyway. As Dr. Paul says in the message, “The more people who prepare themselves the better off we are all going to be” and “by the time we see a full blown currency crisis it will be too late to protect yourself.” Can you imagine what a source of blessing the Church could be if just one tenth of everyone calling themselves Christian would be prepared?
The Church by and large doesn’t want to believe a Second Signpost is coming, or that the Antichrist will be anything but European, but that the Rapture is just around the corner. How pathetic it is that God’s people who should be leading the charge for preparations because they are in fact supposed to be familiar with God’s word in Daniel 8 will be just as unprepared as the unsaved public. How many churchgoers might be angry at their Church leadership for not warning them about this?
I am not claiming to know exactly what will happen but I believe the above ideas are worth serious contemplation and prayer.
What I do know is that one day the antichrist will appear and many will be swept up in his lies and deception, including many who once claimed to be Christian.
The church must be ready to offer people refuge in the hope of Jesus Christ and to do that, we must remain a wake even while the culture drifts into apathetic slumber.
Now is the time to prepare.
““But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants and eats and drinks with drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know and will cut him in pieces and put him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 24:36-51 ESV