Voice From Zion
“Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life.”
I have been reflecting on these verses for the past month, trying to decide whether to be silent and to just pray about what the Lord has revealed to me in my times of prayer and intercession before Him, or to speak forth what He has revealed to me. Today, He spoke clearly to me that as a watchman I am to warn the people that a sword is coming and sound the trumpet.
I have never written an article like this one before, so know that I am writing it as unto the Lord with great humbleness and after much prayer. The contents of this article may upset many of you who read it because it portends very difficult economic times coming upon the
, and upon so many of you whom we love. United States
We are writing this article realizing fully that it is the Lord who raises up kings and kingdoms, and it is by His sovereign will that He brings them down.
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
has unquestionably been the empire that has dominated the world economically, politically, and militarily throughout most of the 20th century and into the beginning of the 21st century. America
The Lord prophesied that before His return a Fourth Kingdom would arise, the revived
Roman Empire, which would crush and rule over all of the other kingdoms of the earth. In today’s terms, this means that a g lobal, one-world government will someday exercise total sovereignty over all the people and nations of the earth.
This also means that
Americamust eventually surrender its own national sovereignty and submit to the power, authority, and dominion of the coming Fourth Kingdom.
This article addresses events that may begin to take place in 2006 and that over time could bring about the fall of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency and usher in the establishment of a one-world currency. This would mean that
would relinquish its sovereignty along with all the other nations of the earth to the governing body empowered to create and control the one-world currency. America
So I encourage you to take the time to read this article prayerfully and very carefully. This is not a short article that you should attempt t o read while sitting at your computer. I would strongly suggest you print it out, and read it only when you are in a place that is quiet, so you can grasp the full meaning as to how it relates to you, to your family, and to all those you love.
Unless the Lord intervenes, events are about to transpire that are going to affect your job, your income, your lifestyle, the value of your home, and most of all your family and the nation in which you live - America. It is going to test your faith as it has never been tested before.
After reading the article I urge you go before the Lord in prayer and seek confirmation and the leading of the Holy Spirit as to what He is calling you to do.
And His voice shook the earth then, but now H e has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
The American Empire – When did it really begin?
After World War II the
was the undisputed superpower in the world economically and militarily. To firmly establish United States ’s prominence as the world’s leading economic and political power, the Bretton Woods conference was convened in 1945. The primary objective of the conference was to establish the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. America
This conference produced a policy whereby the U.S. dollar was fully convertible into gold by foreign governments who had the legal right to demand gold as payment for their goods and services sold to
. Dollars were not eligible for conversion into gold by private citizens, however. America
U.S.had positioned itself with this in mind before the war because it was known that would end up supplying its allies with provisions, weapons, and thousands of other items during WW II, with the only acceptable form of payment being gold. Thus, the America accumulated a significant portion of the world’s gold by the conclusion of the war. U.S.
The Bretton Woods agreement worked well until the guns-and- butter policy of the 1960’s was instituted and the money supply was expanded as never before to finance the Vietnam War and LBJ’s Great Society programs.
Crisis and Possible Default
A dollar crisis erupted in 1970-1971 when foreign central banks who had been flooded with dollars funding
deficits began to demand payment for their dollars in gold according to the Bretton Woods agreement. The U.S. U.S.had printed so many dollars and borrowed so much money from foreign banks that U.S gold reserves were rendered insufficient, making full payment in gold an impossibility. The crisis required an immediate solution to save from default and bankruptcy... The solution came when America announced it would immediately sever the link between the dollar and gold, making it abundantly cl ear to all its creditors that America would never repay any of the billions of dollars it had borrowed with physical gold, but rather with depreciating paper dollars backed by nothing but the “reputation” of the U.S. Government. America
At this point the
declared itself an empire when it arbitrarily severed the link between the dollar and gold. The act of severing this link was in reality an act of bankruptcy by the U.S. Government. However, because of its economic, political, and military power, no government on earth could oppose this action as they had no viable alternative. They were literally forced to continue accepting depreciating dollars in payment for their goods and services sold to United States . America
In order to ensure the world had an economic reason to continue holding dollars,
Americamade an ironclad agreement with wherein the Saudis would ac cept only U.S. dollars as payment for their oil. With this move the dollar suddenly became backed by the one commodity every nation had to have to survive- OIL! In order to buy oil one would have to own dollars to pay for it. Even though the dollar could no longer be exchanged for gold, it was now exchangeable for oil! Saudi Arabia
In exchange for accepting only U.S. dollars,
agreed to support the power and position of the House of Saud and to protect them if they were ever attacked by one of their neighbors. This guarantee was fulfilled when Saddam attacked America Kuwaitand threatened to attack in 1991. Saudi Arabia
In the ensuing years world demand for oil began to increase, and so did the demand for dollars, forcing foreign governments all over the world to accumulate increasing amounts of dollars in order to purchase their oil. Over time, world markets evolved to the point where other commodities such as wheat, corn, soybeans, natural gas, gold, silver, and many others were all traded in dollars. Thus, the position of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency was firmly established, as was the requirement of foreign central banks to accumulate dollars to pay for all these commodities purchased on the world market.
With this system firmly in place the
could print and borrow as much money as was needed without regard to any budget discipline whatsoever. As long as the dollar was the only acceptable means of payment for oil, its dominant position as the world’s reserve currency was assured, and U.S. could borrow and spend whatever it wanted without fear of flooding the globe with excess dollars. America
’s Achilles Heel! America
The supremacy of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency ensured that
could dominate the world economically and politically, and could raise the necessary amount of cash through borrowings to fund its military in order to make it the most formidable military power on earth. America
U.S.fiscal discipline during the 80’s and 90’s, was lax but it was nothing compared to what was to take place under the current President George Bush Jr. who embarked on the largest borrowing spree in the nation’s history.
Coupled with this,
began to experience larger and larger current account deficits as it spent billions more every month on goods and services than it sold abroad. During 2005, the current account deficit was averaging a staggering $60 plus billion dollars a month. This is three quarters of a trillion dollars in just one year! America
President Bush and the current Congress have together authorized and borrowed more money from foreign governments, banks, companies, and citizens than all of the previous 42
administrations combined. According to the Treasury Department, during the years 1776-2000, the first 224 years of U.S. U.S.history, 42 presidents borrowed a combined $1.01 trillion from foreign governments and financial institutions. But in the past four years alone, the Bush administration borrowed $1.05 trillion. U.S.
Like a drug abuser,
is addicted and must borrow between $2 to $3 billion dollars every-day of the year. No administration in America U.S.history has mortgaged ’s future to foreign interests as has the current Bush administration. Total America outstanding debt now exceeds a staggering $8 trillion dollars of which a large majority is owned to foreigners. U.S.
This staggering mountain of debt poses the greatest of threats to the economic survival of the
were circumstances to arise wherein the dollar was not the only currency that nations could use to pay for their oil. If nations suddenly had a choice as to whether to pay for oil in euros rather than dollars, the supremacy of the American dollar would be seriously threatened, as would the economic viability of our great country. United States
The primary risk for America should this option become available would manifest itself via reduced demand for dollars on the global foreign exchange markets, as nations would require fewer and fewer dollars to pay for their oil. Reduced demand for any item, say the textbooks, implies a lower price down the road, and this dynamic would doubtless result in a depreciating dollar relative to other global currencies. Foreign central banks, needing more euros to buy oil, would seek to denominate ever increasing amounts of their foreign currency reserves in non-dollar currencies. This in turn means that
Americawould find it increasingly more difficult to borrow the $2 to $3 billion dollars a day it must have to keep the economy afloat, pay the interest on $8 trillion dollars in debt, as well as continue to fund its enormous continuing deficit. U.S.
A History Lesson for Today – Why did
Americareally Invade ? Iraq
The stated reason by the Bush Administration for invading Iraq was that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction and was prepared to use them against Israel, Iraq’s other neighbors, and possibly America. Where are these weapons of mass destruction? So far, not a single one has been produced.
Why? Possibly because the tru e reasons why
Americainvaded are found in events and policy development that happened before the invasion but which were never revealed to the American public. Iraq
Let’s examine the first possible reason:
1. Ensuring that the dollar remained unchallenged as the world’s reserve currency so the
could continue to fund its massive deficits and sustain its economy and its political and military supremacy. U.S.
What does the dollar have to do with all this and how does the invasion of
fit into the picture? It seems that Saddam sealed his fate in September of 2000 when he demanded that all Iraqi oil sold under the U.N. Oil for Food Program must be paid for in euros rather than dollars. Iraq
Saddam’s actions were a direct threat to the supremacy of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency and the ability of the
to continue to fund its massive deficits. This is born out by the fact that two months after the U.S. U.S.invaded , the Oil for Food program was terminated and all of the Iraqi euro accounts were switched back to dollars. No longer did the world have the option of buying oil from Iraq and paying for it in euros. Iraq
Forcing the Iraqi accounts to convert from euros to dollars cost the Iraqis a great deal of money because the dollar had fallen in value relative to the Euro by some 13%! Not surprisingly, this detail has never been prominently mentioned by the five U.S. major media conglomerates who control 90% of information flow in the U.S., but confirmation of this vital fact provides insight into one of the crucial – yet o verlooked – rationales for 2003 Iraq war.
Once the conversion from euros to dollars was accomplished, there was no immediate threat to the supremacy of the dollar, to the
U.S.economy, to your lifestyle, and to maintaining its status as the world’s only superpower. America
The 2nd possible reason for the
In a 1999 speech given while still CEO of Halliburton, Vice President Dick Cheney stated:
“By some estimates, there will be an average of two-percent annual growth in global oil demand over the years ahead, along with, conservatively, a thre e-percent natural decline in production from existing reserves. That means by 2010 we will need on the order of an additional 50 million barrels a day.” April 2004,
Middle East Magazine
Where are we going to find all this oil? To gain a greater understanding of how serious this issue is, take time to read the following article. “Life After the Oil Crash.” http://lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/
If the Vice President of the United States truly believed, as he stated before becoming Vice President, that world oil production was about to peak and go into decline, do you believe this would be sufficient motivation for the U.S. to ensure its economic survival by sending its military to Iraq in order to secure control over the 2nd largest oil and gas reserv es on earth?
Who opposed the war in
and why did they oppose it? Iraq
The nations who vehemently opposed the war in
Iraqwere Russia, Germany, France, and . Ask yourself why were they so vocally opposed the war? The true and underlying reason was never spoken of by the press or by the Administration. China
The reason all these nations opposed the war was because they all had contracts to purchase and develop
’s vast oil and gas reserves. American and British oil giants were excluded by Saddam and left out in the cold, having no access to the second largest known oil and gas reserves on the planet. Iraq
Interestingly, after the
U.S.conquered Iraq, most of these contracts and agreements with France, Germany, Russia, and Chinawere cancelled and given to and British Oil companies. U.S.
To the Victor goes the Spoil!
Saddam had begun the process of excluding American and British oil and gas corporations from acquiring stakes in
's bountiful hydrocarbons in the spring of 1997. Relief to Iraqis and restored confidence in the durability of the Saddam regime by the international community had already begun to occur after the UN's oil-for-food scheme was introduced the previous December. Iraq
A consortium of Russian companies, led by the state-owned Lukoil, took a 75 percent share (with the state-owned Iraq National Oil Company taking 25 percent) in a joint corporation to develop the West Qurna oilfield in southern
. This oilfield holds 11 billion barrels of oil--a third of the total Iraq oil reserves. Then China National Petroleum Corporat ion entered the scene and entered into an agreement to develop the Adhab oilfield. U.S.
China’s lead was followed by Total Societe Anonyme of France (now TotalFinaElf), which agreed to develop Nahr Omar oilfield in the south--almost as bountiful a field as the West Qurna. Then Ranger Oil of Canada secured a $250 million contract for field development and exploration in the Western Desert, followed by India's Oil & Natural Gas Corporation and Reliance Petroleum's signing of a deal to develop the Tuba oilfield. (The Nation, Oil, Iraq, and , Dec 2002) America
Without exception, almost all of the above contracts to develop, transport, and purchase Iraq’s oil were cancelled and declared null and void by the Bush Administration after the war was over. These same contracts were now awarded to British and American oil giants.
To the victor goes the spoil, and it is readily apparent that securing control over the development, sale, transportation, and distribution of the 2nd largest oil and gas reserves on earth for America and Britain was undoubtedly one of the primary reasons for the war in Iraq. This was likely grounded in the belief that world oil production would peak sometime between 2006 and 2010.
In July, 2003, two major oil companies agreed to buy 10 million barrels of Iraqi oil under the first long-term contracts to be offered by
since the end of the war. Iraq
BP, PLC and Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Cos. each had announced that they expected to ship 2 million barrels of Basra Light crude per month, starting in August and ending in December. They would load the oil on tankers at
Iraq's Persian Gulf export terminal of Mina al-Bakr. This was a reward for British participation in the invasion and conquering of Iraq.
Executive Order #13303 U.S.
The veracity of these actions is further proven by the President’s Executive Order #13303! In May of 2003, President George Bush issued Executive Order number 13303 which stated: “Any attachment, judgment, decree, lien, execution, garnishment, or other judicial process is prohibited, and shall be deemed null and void with respect to all Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products and interests therein.”
With this Executive Order the President granted American oil companies, or individuals who are involved in the production, transportation, or distribution of Iraqi oil, a lifetime exemption from any kind of legal action against them in the
. United States
"In other words, if Exxon-Mo bil or Chevron-Texaco touch Iraqi oil, anything they or anyone else does with it is immune from legal proceedings in the US," explained Jim Vallette, an analyst with the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC.
This action made it impossible for any of the nations who had their contracts nullified by the President to sue to reinstate them because the oil companies to whom they were given are immune from any judicial proceeding against them in the
! United States
"Effectively, Bush has unilaterally declared Iraqi oil to be the unassailable province of US and British oil corporations," Vallette added.
We can more often judge the true motives of nations and leaders not by what they say, but by what they do. Their actions reveal their true motives, not what they say for public consumption.
Oil and War
Oil is the lifeblood that flows through the veins of the American economy.
has approximately 5% of the world’s population but consumes over 20% or more of the world’s daily oil production. America
What will be the consequences to
if we are rapidly approaching the time when world oil production will have peaked and the price of oil continues to skyrocket, choking off economic activity and creating massive unemployment? America
With nations such as
Chinaand growing exponentially, the demand for oil cannot go anywhere but up. Where will the oil production come from to meet the demand of two nations that possess 2.4 billion people, as they seek to purchase new cars, trucks, tractors, and all of the other products that are petroleum based? India
Try and visualize what life would be like in the next few years if
was not able to buy its oil at a reasonable price. How would this impact your current lifestyle? Continuously increasing oil prices would at some point cause the America economy to shrink to unimaginable levels. U.S.
Almost everything we use today in our modern life has petroleum as its base. From plastics to fertilizer, to gas for your car, they all utilize petroleum as their base. Food production is almost totally dependent upon fuel and fertilizers that are petroleum based.
Is the world really approaching a time when the price of oil will force the price of food to levels unknown in modern history?
“And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denari us, (a days wages) and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.”
The war in
was fought for two basic reasons: Iraq
U.S.control over the world’s 2nd largest oil and gas reserves in order to have a secure source of oil for if world production has or is about to peak. America
2. Ensuring that the dollar remained the world’s reserve currency. Thereby insuring the
could continue to fund its massive deficits sustain its economy, its military, your lifestyle, and maintain its undisputed political power. U.S.
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