Biblical Audio Commentary – He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
If you consider the financial world with its cognitive dissonance, you know something is terribly wrong, and that we are teetering on the brink of disaster. Here’s a nice concise definition of this confusing condition:
Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors.
One of the pieces of financial information I read is produced from the Bonner Private Research Team. This one report happens to be in association and collaboration with Stansberry Research. The subscription-based article that prompted this Commentary was titled Confessions of the Doomed. As you can see, that title starts us off well in one of our normal gloom and doom discussions in this dysfunctional and perverse world that is ripe for judgment.
In this case, the authors assert their position that in America and elsewhere we’re in big trouble. As Tom Dyson in that piece says:
I stand by my conviction. A terrible storm is coming.
Has he been reading the book of Revelation to foresee the awful seven years of Tribulation that will soon consume the earth? Nope. He’s coming from a secular perspective, yet he knows things are broken and something has to give. (Why oh why is the church blind to this reality by and large?)
So what’s going on to cause Tom to lament in this way about the financial markets and what may happen? Here’s where the cognitive dissonance comes in. The stock market is up, up, up. Animal spirits appear to be returning and there’s even talk about a new investment bubble in the technology sector. A headline from the Wall Street Journal proclaims:
Tech Stock, Meme Stocks, Crypto:
Investors Are Feeling Bold Again
In fact, the Nasdaq stock exchange is on such a roll that it’s only 12% off its all-time high. Happy days are here again!
Bill Bonner in this multi-authored report discusses how 2023 began in the pits, looking like it would be one of the worst years ever. He goes on, however, to say:
But instead of getting worse as everyone (including us!) expected . . . the year is half gone and it’s still not half bad.
Bonner continues chronicling the various market successes, commenting:
In the economy, too, the press sees only pink cheeks and robust health.
A financial publication called MarketWatch just related:
‘Rolling recession’ turns to ‘rolling expansion,’ says top Wall Street economist.
It all sounds good. What’s the problem? Back to Tom Dyson in relation to that storm he sees coming, at some point higher interest rates are going to affect everything and “permeate through the markets”. Why?
Because 1) government spending is still out of control and it’s stimulating the economy, and 2) officials pushed so much liquidity into the markets during COVID that’s it’s taking a while for tighter conditions to bite.
We have all this data that everything is positive with employment, inflation, sales doing great – so says Joe Biden, and we know we can trust him to speak the truth.
But Bill Bonner is also rather skeptical. Having spent many years in Baltimore, he says:
We hear corks popping, and we duck to avoid the crossfire. We smell lilies, and we look for an open casket.
That doesn’t sound good, and it shouldn’t. Inflation is not under control despite what we’re told by the authorities in Washington, DC. On the ground, we see the ravaging impact of inflation where reports keep appearing about lots and lots of people living paycheck to paycheck and maxing out their credit cards. Why? Because prices have gone through the roof of everyday essentials like gasoline and food. Unfortunately, I saw the other day that the average family is spending about $700 per month more for food than in recent years. Despite what the Consumer Price Index (CPI) says, the American public is hurting. And, oh by the way, when they leave out these kinds of essentials from the CPI, it’s no wonder that gauge of the economy appears at least like the glass is half full if not filled to the brim.
As I mentioned in my Prophecy Update of August 9, 2023 that discussed the Two Financial Bombshells Looming, there are forces around the world that will soon cause America serious financial distress. In fact, there’s serious concern over the ever-closer possibility of the US losing our status with the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Should that happen, because of the dynamics involved, our nation would be facing costs for everything we purchase 25-30% higher than today. The discussion Curtis Bowers on Agenda Weekly had with David McAlvany of McAlvany Precious Metals in this regard is quite illuminating. You can watch that on the Rumble link I provide in the Transcript on my blog page.
Add to this the stresses on our economy from the efforts of our government to literally destroy it through the culling of cattle and chickens, the manipulation of the weather producing unprecedented drought, the chemtrail malfeasance that is seeding our lands, waterways, and air with toxic chemicals such as aluminum, barium, strontium, and graphene oxide, and describing America as teetering on the brink of ruin is an understatement.
How in the world is it that these adverse effects acting on our financial system aren’t disrupting the party on Wall Street? Why in the world hasn’t everything come crashing down already?
That goes to the title of this Commentary: God truly has the whole world in His hands. For purposes only known to Him, He is holding back the catastrophic events that are dangling over us like the Sword of Damocles. As only God can, He is causing this stasis situation where the bad stuff isn’t allowed to tip us over the edge.
Just for fun, here is a little background information on this infamous sword:
The Sword of Damocles is an apocryphal anecdote about a courtier in the court of Dionysius I of Syracuse, a ruler of Syracuse, Sicily, during the classical Greek era. According to the legend, when Damocles spoke extravagantly about his sovereign’s happiness, Dionysius invited him to a sumptuous banquet and seated him beneath a naked sword that was suspended from the ceiling by a single thread. The tyrant demonstrated that the fortunes of men who hold power are as precarious as the predicament in which he had placed his guest. The Sword of Damocles is a modern expression that means a sense of impending doom, the feeling that there is some catastrophic threat looming over you. It is used to describe any situation threatening imminent harm or disaster.
I’ve expressed this before, but my take on it is that far too many Christians don’t see judgment coming and certainly don’t want it. They have lives to live, families to enjoy, and the good things of this world to partake of. They don’t want to let them go. They’re dug into this place mighty deep. In my humble opinion, God wants them to let go. The only way to cause them to do that is to allow society to deteriorate so much that these folks finally see that it’s not such a great place to live. Perhaps what God offers in the eternal spectrum may be a little better.
From that perspective, I say, “Hold on; you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” I believe we’re in for a much-worsening culture. Persecution is definitely rearing its ugly head. I’ve argued previously that I don’t think we’ll reach the level our brothers and sisters around the world experience, but things still could get pretty bad. The globalist elites, the Deep State, and all their sycophants, aren’t through yet making life miserable for people.
Jesus told us that we’ll experience trials and tribulations, especially being part of God’s kingdom. He’s promised us that we won’t enter into THE Tribulation, but a lot of stuff is in motion for that awful seven years so the switch can be flipped at the right moment. Why wouldn’t we get a decent dose of it before the lights go out?
My message today is that as much as I and many of you are hoping against hope that the Rapture will remove us very, very soon, my gut tells me we’ve still got a little ways to go. Yes, the Rapture is imminent and could happen at any time. I could be completely off my rocker. If, however, we’re here longer than we wish, what should we do?
Keep our eyes on Jesus and continue the work of the Kingdom until that glorious day. It’s a simple and as hard as that.