Weather-related issues have tended to dominate the news in the USA, Mexico, and the Caribbean (see Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Jose, and Katia; Massive earthquake in Mexico and ‘Natures gone crazy” : Winds, fire, floods and quakes plague North America and Hurricane Irma and scripture). Millions were impacted, millions lost electrical power, many buildings destroyed, and on at least one island , a severe lack of food (see also Hurricane Irma fallout: No food in St. Martin, Barbuda ‘apocalyptic,’ and looting in Florida and the Carribbean!).
The Bible teaches that God does use weather to tell people to repent, but most in this age will not. Our recommended sermonette this week covers some scriptures related to weather: Hurricanes and Prophecy.
China’s plan to eliminate the US dollar is certain areas of trade has been in the news. China’s plan is to try to pay for oil in yuan that is backed by gold, instead of using the US dollar (see China’s petro-gold plan to bypass the US dollar). The Bible teaches that the final European King of the North will end up with gold (e.g. Daniel 11:43), which had led me to write for years that gold will have value longer than the US dollar will. China’s latest move is consistent with that.
Furthermore, new sanctions against North Korea were in the news (see North Korea to defy UN sanctions’ hope–Might US threats to China may help dethrone the dollar?). Yet, a side effect of at least one threatened sanctions is to encourage China to look for ways around using the US dollar. While China’s yuan will not eliminate the US dollar, China’s efforts, as well as those from Russia, the European Union, and others are setting the stage for the final over through of the US dollars international prominence–as it the increased debt by the USA (cf. Habakkuk 2:6-8; see also ‘Four Horses Of The U.S. Debt Apocalypse’).
As far as Europe goes, some are seeing that the European Union looks a lot like the “fourth Reich” proposed by some Germans near the end of World War II (see ‘Undemocratic’ European Union has become a German empire). European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in his European ‘State of the Union” address, expressed pleasure that European unity was being pushed ahead (see Juncker’s ‘State of the European Union’ address: Winds are favorable for European unity and UK will regret Brexit). He said Europe should reorganize to have a single leader (as opposed to two different presidents like it now does) and that the United Kingdom would regret its decision to leave the European Union.
The Bible shows that Europe will reorganize under a single leader in the future (Revelation 17:12-13), but that this leader will not have God’s favor (Revelation 17:14). The Bible also indicates that the United Kingdom will have regrets, if you will, from that leader (cf. Daniel 8:24-25; Isaiah 17:3; Daniel 11:39).
World events continue to align with the understanding of biblical prophecy that we in the CCOG have (cf. 2 Peter 1:19). This should motivate us (cf. Luke 21:36).
Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.
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