According to my watch, it was 3:30 at night. I was sound asleep in room 538 of a prestigious hotel, Home 2 in Dallas, Texas (the hotel is part of the Hilton Hotels). I was on a short trip to visit my grandson who is studying for a law degree and who was assigned by his university as part of his studies to assist a murder trial which was taking place in Dallas. By the way, when I landed at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, the temperature was 105 degrees, the eighty-fifth consecutive day in Texas of temps over one hundred degrees. Back to a sound sleep in the middle of the night when suddenly, there was a strident voice from the reception, "WE HAVE A FIRE EMERGENCY, GET OUT OF THE BUILDING NOW, DO NOT USE THE ELEVATOR, USE THE STAIRS INSTEAD."
Only half awake, I searched for my pants and grabbed my room key. In the hallway, I met other guests who were scrambling to get outside. Down the stairs we went, hoping we would not run into flames or smoke. Gathering outside near the firetruck and near a battery of policemen, we stood wondering exactly what was going on. I asked a couple who was standing beside me, "What is happening?" The gentleman commented, "We don't know but we were here in the same hotel two weeks ago and the same thing happened then." As quickly as the warning had started, the whole thing was over. "You can return to your rooms now and you can use the elevators." the receptionist urged us to go back to our rooms. There was no explanation as to whether there was a real fire or not. But, the WARNING had been heeded but we never learned exactly what was going on.
That experience sat me to thinking about WARNINGS in the Bible CONCERNING THE END OF THE WORLD. Three of the Gospel Writers in the Bible paint a somber picture of what will happen in the end time. In Matt. 24: 21 Matthew predicts that there will be tribulation in the last days such has not been since the beginning of the world. Echoing those same words, Mark writes in Mark 13: 19, "For in those days (the last days) there will be tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of creation." Doctor Luke proclaims in Luke 21: 26 that in those days (the days just before the coming of Jesus), men's hearts will fail them for fear and the expectations of what is coming." These and other passages in Scripture suggest to us that before Jesus comes, the world will suffer through a period of anguish and affliction that will be so bad that it will make other times of tribulation seem like child's play.
My interest in the end time led me to check out a book by Bill Bonner which bears the title, "America's Nightmare-Winter is Coming/Will You be Prepared?" Bill Bonner is an extremely wealthy man who has made a fortune from his investments. He presently lives in Ireland but his firm has offices in many of the major cities of the world. He has become a famous person because he has predicted correctly some of the greatest happenings in the financial world over the past fifty years. He tells us, in his forth prediction what will happen and he suggests that "America's Nightmare will be his last prediction." As I took a look at his work, I was amazed at how well it correlates with Scripture, especially the verses we have listed above. Is the United States facing a bitter winter and what does that mean for the rest of the world? Bonner warns of two freight trains that are barreling down on each other AND THEY ARE ON THE SAME TRACK. The two BIG PROBLEMS according to Bonner are: the disappearance of diesel fuel and inflation. It sounds as though, he is on to something big!
The first freight train is the obsession of the world to cut out fossil fuels. He suggests that diesel brings us most of our supplies. They come to us by ships, trucks, planes, and trains all of which use diesel fuel. Grocery stores depend on deliveries of food, construction workers depend on building materials to do their jobs, while farmers depend on diesel fuel to run their tractors and combines as well as fueling vehicles that will convey their products to market. It is all made possible through the use of diesel fuel. Bonner predicts that in as short a period as three full days without diesel fuel, we could feel the crunch. Many of the shelves would be empty, food supplies would vanish, AND necessary materials would disappear.
If you remember correctly, the present administration in Washington killed the Keystone Pipeline on its very first day in office. The hue and cry was, "We have to go green and we must replace all cars and trucks with electric vehicles. AND WE MUST DO IT NOW! There was just one big problem however, almost no one was ready to manufacture electric cars and trucks. That decision was ill-conceived and created a lot of confusion. According to Bonner, this is one of the worst decisions ever made in Washington. Why? At the end of 2020, the United States had become practically self sufficient regarding fuel. But governmental policies regarding anything to do with fossil fuels has changed all of that. We demanded a switch to electric vehicles without the ability to manufacture them. Instead of being the world leader in fuel, we began pleading with Russia, Venezuela, or Saudi Arabia to produce more oil so we can get by. A new bill dealing with climate change just passed by Congress that will be signed in a couple of days by the president, will add new restrictions to the production of fossil fuels. Many believe THAT CLIMATE CHANGE IS A BIG LIE AND THE NEW BILL WHICH WILL COST BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WILL DO NOTHING TO HELP. Congress further claims that the new bill will help to control inflation which is a long shot to say the least. On the other hand these restrictions will cause even a greater shortage of diesel fuel.
Bonner includes in his warning about diesel fuel a prediction that we will experience a collapse in the production of electricity. He predicts that our overuse of the electric grid will cause it to collapse in many places or cause rolling blackouts in others. With the heat in Texas and the whole of the southwestern part of the US, I began to wonder what it would be like if the electricity went off. Millions of people have been using air conditioning 24/7 for the entire summer. They would not be able to survive without it. And actually, according to Bonner, most of our electricity comes from coal-fueled factories. And one may comment by saying, "But we have solar power and all those expensive windmills, would that not save us?" Bonner suggests that we get only a small portion of electricity from those sources. Already, we are seeing rising prices for gas, diesel and electricity. Diesel, the fuel that moves the world, has been for some time over $5.00 a gallon. Bonner predicts oil could go up to $500.00 a barrel and diesel could hit as much as $50.00 a gallon. And if our electricity is cut off, we could be shivering this coming winter. It seems that Bill Bonner's predictions make a lot of sense. There is trouble ahead.
The second runaway train that is barreling down on our energy problems is inflation. Inflation is where money loses its value on a daily basis. History tells us and Bonner is right on this that soaring food prices create protests and protests cause riots and revolutions. The average family of today is seeing runaway prices increase for fuel, groceries, and other essentials for the household. Having to pay more, means less people can afford to travel and fewer people are eating out, plus there are lots of things they will not be buying. And what does the US Government tend to do during periods of inflation? According to Bonner, "They throw more money at the problem." Looking at some reports, It appears that our government has added almost five trillion dollars of new money to the economy in the PAST TWO YEARS. The Fed simply prints a large amount and introduces it into our economy. And every time the government does that, money loses its value. People's savings vanish and their monthly salaries fail to cover their needs. Farmers will be forced to pay much greater costs for seeds, fertilizers and harvesting of crops. It is expected that many middle class people will drop down to the level of the poor. While this is not Bonner's idea, many believe that coming chaos will drive the world toward the Great Reset which is scheduled to start in 2030. If that is true then, those in power will welcome turmoil in the world as that will move us to a new economic system. Remember, the Great Reset is the brainchild of Klaus Schwab of Germany who is urging the world to adopt a new economic system that would replace what we have now. If that happens we will move to a one world government, a one world education and a one world religion. And that move could come even sooner than 2030. And let me say in closing that that happening would play in very nicely with the two great powers mentioned in Rev. 13, a sea beast in Rev. 13: 1-10 and a land beast in Rev. 13: 11-18. These two powers will control the world forcing all people to turn back to God and worship Him on Sunday. Those who oppose these two powers would face the death penalty which includes the Mark of the Beast. While we cannot agree with everything that Bonner says, I believe he is on to something that is clearly spelled out in Scripture. Keep close to the Lord as we face difficult times.
Wayne Easley/written on August 15, 2022/Harvey, North Dakota