Smoke and Mirrors, Paper and Paste

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

By Charlie Johnston

If a man develops a serious degenerative illness, he has a couple of choices on how to proceed. He can take medicine designed to ease the pain and mask the symptoms. That will make him feel better for a time, maybe even a good, long time. But if he doesn’t deal with the underlying cause of the illness, it will advance, eating away at him. If he waits long enough before taking action, it will eat away his chance to cure it. And then he will die, which might have been avoided if he had taken serious steps earlier rather than just masking symptoms. That is not the state of the American economy: it is the state of the world economy right now.

I have both bad news and good news. The bad news is that the entire structure of the world economic system has been so badly damaged it is near collapse. It is like a body whose arteries are badly clogged, arterial walls have gotten tissue thin, and blood pressure is through the roof. However good it may look, catastrophic stroke, heart attack and death are imminent. We have waited so long and done so much damage it is unsalvageable in its present state. This patient is terminal. The good news though is that this applies to the existing system. That does not mean that economic activity will cease. In fact, once people adjust to catastrophic collapse of the means of translating production into usable value, the economy that emerges will likely be more vibrant, vigorous and lean. What is about to happen is the equivalent of a forest fire, which violently sweeps away the old, particularly the dead wood, and in the process makes way for a surge of vital new growth.

I will avoid technical economic terms here and use intuitive terms to explain in simple form what is happening. First I need to explain what a monetary system is..

Contrary to what most unconsciously assume, currency – or money – has almost no economic value. The only things that have real economic value are goods and services. Everything else is just a tool to facilitate the use of the value created. Money – or currency – is a means of translating the value you create into a form that is immediately usable. Without it, if what you created was, say, electrical repairs, if you needed a doctor, you would have to find one who needed electrical repairs in order to trade your goods for his. By forming currency and having it represent the value everyone creates, it allows everyone to get what they need without having to coincidentally have what someone else needs. All productivity is translated into currency. This does not give money actual value: the actual value is still only in the goods and services produced. Money just becomes an incredibly useful fiction to represent the value of that production.

Over time, however, particularly in a stable economy of long standing, people unconsciously impute value to currency itself. It is kind of like getting absorbed in a soap opera as if it were real rather than having an actual life. This is not all bad. In times of short-term disruption. a government can use the perceived value of money to buy time to correct underlying serious problems without having a panic. If governments act responsibly, the perceived value of currency smoothes out the rough edges as a dynamic economy grows and recedes cyclically. Typically, when an economy falters significantly, but there are no serious underlying problems, a government may add currency to the money supply or depress interest rates. This creates an almost Pavlovian response. People see more money available more easily and spend more, which creates more goods and services and ends up causing the reality of production – real value – to catch up with the fiction of the money added to the economy. People hardly even feel it, like shock absorbers on a car. While effective medicine, it has significant downsides. If persisted in too long, it will trigger inflation, the rise of prices across the board, which depresses the economy while distorting the normal relationship of currency to value.

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In all cases, however, the only real wealth is the goods and services produced by an economy. Ideally, the supply of currency should rise in a roughly parallel relationship to increasing productivity. Any time there is a prolonged distortion to that relationship, the economy is sick. If you have a prolonged period where the money supply is growing much faster than actual productivity, it is a serious cancer on the economy involved. If the underlying issues are not resolved, sudden catastrophic collapse will always come. Some of the more notable examples in the last 150 years have been Germany’s Weimar Republic, Pancho Villa’s Mexico, most recently Yugoslavia and, in American History, the Confederate dollar near the end of the Civil War. In each of these cases, officials were desperately trying to prop up a dying economy by creating more currency, which gave the illusion of health for a time, until a series of sudden jolts revealed the currency for the flimsy paper it was and all confidence in its value collapsed. Societies broke apart, wars erupted, rioting spread like wildfire as people would desperately try to trade a wheelbarrow full of currency for a loaf of bread. It’s very simple: there is NO real wealth except the goods and services people produce. If production continues to decline while currency supplies continue to rise, there will be a disaster unless it is stopped in time. This is an iron rule.

Knowing how distortions in production and monetary supply can ultimately destroy even the most vibrant of economies, governments have put in place monitoring systemsdepression_soup_line092010 designed to warn of approaching danger. It is like a doctor giving you the blood pressure cuff, checking your heart rate or your cholesterol levels – or the gauges on a car that tell you temperature, oil pressure, what the redline on RPMs are and the “check engine” light. All these things are designed to alert people to a problem so they can fix it before it has disastrous consequences. Imagine a doctor who “cured” your high blood pressure by hiding the blood pressure cuff? Or a mechanic who fixed your car by disabling the check engine light. It would give you a false sense of security that would last until your catastrophic stroke or when your engine blew up. That is what has happened in the American economy since President Obama took office. His team has to be the most economically illiterate in the history of the country. And that team’s response to everything has been to disable the monitoring systems. That is not a partisan issue. No Democrat I know of ever used bowdlerization of the monitoring system as an economic strategy. Both inflation and unemployment are much worse than they were under Jimmy Carter. Whatever Carter’s faults, he did not try to jig the measurement metrics to hide the problems.

A few examples:

1) Inflation under Carter was constantly double digit. It was one of the things that tanked his presidency. The response of the current administration has been to remove both energy and food prices from the calculation of inflation. That is literally like putting you on a 2000-calorie diet but telling you that cakes, pies, candy and cookies do not count for any calories at all. You could – and probably would – easily stay under the target mark while steadily getting more obese. Very simply, that is because saying energy and food costs have nothing to do with inflation is as stupid as saying cookies, pies, candy and cakes have no effect on your weight. Reality will intrude.

2) Until Obama, Carter was the only president of the last century under whom both inflation and unemployment rose simultaneously. But under Carter, if someone got so discouraged that they gave up looking for work, that was counted as a negative as welfare rolls rose and the productive base fell. This administration’s primary strategy for lowering unemployment rates is to get people to give up altogether – and then stop counting them as unemployed. It is as if a doctor counted successes by how many people he healed AND how many people died unexpectedly in his care. Which do you think is easier? The American workforce is dying out there and the administration is citing it as proof of success.

3) The productivity numbers themselves are being artificially inflated. For a private company’s sales and payments to be counted in productivity numbers, they have to actually happen. They are not counted until real sales and real payrolls are reported. For a government worker, the day they are hired, their next year’s salary is added to a full year’s productivity account. If 100,000 federal workers are hired tomorrow, fired the next day before showing up for the first day of work – the annualized salaries of all are dumped into productivity reports. It is fraud, pure and simple.

4) One measure of economic health is the circulation of money through the economy. It typically means the money is accomplishing something, going somewhere, doing something productive, like a car going from one destination to another. But sophisticated financial instruments have made it more easy to make it appear that currency is doing something when all you are doing is revving the engine. It is called the “velocity” of money. It is revving and spinning so hard you think something must be happening, but all that is happening is overheating the economic engine. Again, the rise of the stock market should roughly reflect the rising of annual Gross National Product. When it does not, prosperity is an illusion and crash is barreling inexorably down the tracks. In the run up to both the stock market crash a century ago and the bursting of the dotcom bubble a decade and a half ago, money was being traded madly through shell and paper companies that were not actually producing anything – creating an illusion of velocity while hollowing out the foundation of the financial markets. The housing crash had similarities in terms of the sub-prime equities flying around, but that was almost purely a government-forced distortion, so I don’t count it among actual market-created bubbles.

Back when I was offering counsel professionally, even some Democrats privately sought my take on the likely consequences of various policy options, for I had a knack of getting the interaction of complex variables right. I have had to tell people who have called me for advice that I don’t know a lot of it any more, because the measurement metrics have been blown to bits. A few months ago, I did do a lengthy extrapolation of raw census data and labor department statistics to try to come up with a true unemployment rate. I generously dropped all college-age people, whether they were in college or not, from the stats; generously assigned a stay-at-home Mom to 40% of all nuclear family households and dropped them from the stats. I treated retirement as being at 62, so dropped them from the stats. Then I extrapolated the available adult workforce, actual full-time number of people in the workforce, defining full-time as 30 hours or more. I probably made a mistake somewhere, for even with these absurdly generous assumptions, I kept coming up with 32% unemployment. Even if I did make an error, it was not a big one. But I told the fellow who asked that he could safely say it was in the mid-20s. I was too shaken to report what I actually kept coming up with.

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The bad news is, our money system is too far gone. It will crash. If you elect Democrats in a few weeks, it will crash. If you elect Republicans in a few weeks, it will crash. If both Democrats and Republicans suddenly got economically literate AND deadly serious about fixing things, it will crash. Well over 90% of you will live to see your money, your savings, your investments suddenly worthless. And because the United States has been the economic engine of the world for a hundred years, the world will crash. Innovation has come from America; America has been the back-up plan when other economies were seriously stressed. It had that much reserve and vitality. When the back-up plan collapses amid smoke and dust, all collapses.

So what could possibly be the good news? Well, as I explained, currency is NOT value, it merely represents value. If you lose the power of speech it will make it a lot more difficult to communicate, but if you do not lose the power to think, all is not lost. What we are about to lose are the stable currency, market and international currency relationships we have relied on for nearly a century. People’s focus will get much more narrowed, but they will keep making stuff, even if it is only crops for their family and wood to build cabins. The productive instinct will not vanish, just the traditional means of translating it into immediately usable value.

Some will be hit much harder than others. Those who have spent a lifetime just going to the mailbox to get a government check are going to be devastated, for the government which promised everything will soon be unable to deliver much of anything. The habits of mind and character that lead people to go out and work each day will sustain you, though the nature of your work will likely change dramatically for a time. If you have been an aerospace engineer, you may need to use your native intelligence and industriousness to learn how to fish, to farm, to do metal or woodwork in a small home or even wilderness shop. The biggest killer in the initial chaos will be panic. No one knows what specific challenges will meet them in this period, but if you resolve to meet whatever comes with industry and fortitude to either endure or die trying, you will almost certainly endure.

Back in the summer of 2007, I was instructed to begin to think seriously about a world in utter collapse and chaos…to think about how to put such a society back to work, get them on their feet with some confidence after they had been completely shattered…to think of how to re-establish ownership of things justly after the very concept of ownership had been decimated by events. It is the project I have maintained almost complete silence on, but the project I have probably worked hardest on these last seven years. Not a day has gone by, I do not think, that I haven’t spent at least an hour on it. When the time comes, I will vigorously share what has been developed with those who are charged with carrying it out. It probably sounds as crazy to you now as it did to me then, but I obeyed and I am glad I did. I suspect that folks trying to rebuild from the rubble will be more open to hear what the heavens have been saying about these things than they are now. Even in matters such as these, God keeps me focused on ordinary, homely things more than anything else.

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So here is the bottom line: your capacity for productive work will be undiminished…but the monetary system that has been the way that work is translated into immediate value is dying before our eyes. When it is dead, it will seem for a while as if all is lost. Endure, get up and work at what you can, be a sign of hope to those around you…and you will get back on your feet. I have told you before and I emphasize it now: devote yourself during the period of early chaos to caring for those around you. It is obviously good for them, but it will also keep you from obsessing over what is gone. Do that enough days, just doing what the day holds for you, and hope will emerge from the ashes. Our current currency is so much paper and paste, held up by smoke and mirrors.  When a new system begins to take shape – and it will – it will be grounded in reality.

About charliej373

Charlie Johnston is a former newspaper editor, radio talk show host and political consultant. From Feb. 11, 2011 to Aug. 21, 2012, he walked 3,200 miles across the country, sleeping in the woods, meeting people and praying as he went. He has received prophetic visitation all his life, which he has vetted through a trio of priests over the last 20 years, and now speaks publicly about on this site. Yet he emphasizes that we find God most surely through the ordinary, doing the little things we should with faith and fidelity. Hence the name, The Next Right Step. The visitations inform his work, but are not the focus of it. He lives in the Archdiocese of Denver in the United States.
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304 Responses to Smoke and Mirrors, Paper and Paste

  1. Jennifer says:

    I am a believer in Medjugorje and I know that before events in the secrets happen, it will be announced 3 days ahead. This would at least grant some limited time of physical and other preparations for those who are believers. I wonder if the world will react when these announcements happen, or if they will mock and yawn – perhaps a bit of both. (Of course, I am going with the assumption that Medjugorje is authentic, though I realize no Church approval has been given.)

    Love the commenters on this site- this is such a faithful group and so different from secular sites where the comments are generally not appropriate for human consumption.
    God Bless,
    JennyS

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    • Jennifer O'Connor says:

      I was blessed to have gone to Medjugorje on a pilgrimmage in the late 80s when I was in 7th grade. I saw the sun eclipsed by a host (the Eucharist)
      during our Mother’s apparition. I recently read a book which discussed the economic system not rebounding and ultimately collapsing. It was written in light of the messages received in Medjugorje. The Blessed Mother’s first appearance there was on June 24 (6-24), one of her messages given is to study/reflect on Matthew 6:24 on Thursdays (No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other;you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can not serve both God and money. And the final revelation the book made was that the last day one could walk into a bank and cash in their silver certificates for silver dollar coins was June 24, 1968. One can still cash them in for federal reserve notes, a fiat currency.
      Not long after I read the book, Charlie visited my parish in North Adams (2015) and spoke about a global collapse. His talk and the three 6-24s were affirmation to me that he is sincere and spot on. Whether the collapse is one of the secrets to be revealed, we can only speculate, but most importantly we must be spiritually prepared and we can do that with Our Blessed Mother’s request for prayer (rosary), fasting, monthly confession, Holy Mass and scripture reading.

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      • charliej373 says:

        One quibble, Jennifer…the best translations say you cannot serve God and mammon. Though mammon is often treated as meaning money only, it does not – and to read it that way impoverishes the Scripture. Mammon means the things of this world. Almost all of those things are useful as means when properly directed towards God, but they are deadly when treated as ends in themselves. An obsessive lust for power, for prestige or for sex is every bit as deadly as an obsessive lust for money – and all form a part of mammon.

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        • Jennifer says:

          Thank you, yes, I did not mean to diminish Scripture, as the soul constantly battles the will of the flesh over that of the Father’s. In this context, I believe mammon represents money because since paper money, our fiat currency is not backed by silver or gold or something God made, we are not living within the bounds of what God has given us….leading to the things of this world, power, pride, prestige. 1 Timothy 6:10
          What version/translation is the best bc to be honest I searched Matthew 6:24 last night on the computer, but just now opened my KJV version and it uses mammon.

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          • charliej373 says:

            No, I don’t think you diminished Scripture, Jennifer. I don’t really think God is much concerned with whether currency is backed by silver or gold. To reduce it to money only, then the statement seems banal. So you can serve the masters of lust for power, lust for sex, lust for notoriety? Several problems arise because mammon can mean “riches” or “treasure” as well as a “false object of worship”. Your definition is certainly not wrong, but I think it is incomplete. I have listened to some of the most covetous, malicious people I know complain of money – and think that since they are not extremely wealthy, their covetousness and malice is okay in the sight of God.

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  2. Mark says:

    Nice overview of the colapse of the current currency Charlie. I don’t doubt a bit of it, however what you failed to mention is the other events taking place at the same time will make the economic structure impossible to be restructured until the storm is over. For instance, major global natural and man-made disaters, war (civil and global), perscution of the Church faithful, society and govermental colapse, plagues and more all taking place at the same time will make it essentially impossible for the ecomonic system to be re-established until the tribulation is over. Bartering will be the new way. Helping your neighbor is essential, but many of your neighbors may be looking to knock you off the map too. I do not believe it is going to be as easy as you indicated to re-establish during the purification.

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  3. marti says:

    What I REALLY want to know is….will my VISA card balance be lost??? 😉 I sure hope so!

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    • charliej373 says:

      Ha, Marti! One very smart fellow, when I explained some of this to him, said in near panic, “But my house will be repossessed…I just took out the mortgage.” I laughed and told him the would-be repossessors would have their own problems. There woun’t be anyone manning the desk – this hits everyone.

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      • CrewDog says:

        Hey Charlie
        Peter Schiff & Glenn Beck have been echoing your views and Glenn with a spiritual angle too. You mentioned the large increase in “Site Traffic” and I’m guessing tens of thousands, Worldwide, are looking for answers as their “guts” tell them that they are being lied to by Government, Media …. and even Churchmen ;-(
        “It’s Gonna Be a Bloodbath’: Expert Reveals the Economic Defects Under the Government’s Numbers”
        http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/27/its-gonna-be-a-bloodbath-expert-says-the-economy-is-actually-still-weak-and-that-a-day-of-reckoning-needs-to-happen/

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        • CrewDog says:

          “George Soros reportedly could face up to $7B tax bill, after delaying payment for years”
          http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/01/george-soros-reportedly-could-face-up-to-7b-tax-bill-after-delaying-payment-for/
          Pay-Up by 2017? This evil-n-powerful, USA Republic despising, man has been undermining the beliefs, traditions and morals of the USA Founders for decades by funding LeftWing Politicians and “Interest” Groups for 20+ years … 2017 …. Gee! Why am I thinking that Soros is/will have a Big Part in The Storm!?? I know!! I’m just an old conspiracy theorist … Right!!??
          GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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          • Petra says:

            Crew Dog: I am a big “George Soros is behind most of the bizarre social upheaval we see these days” person too. It’s funny about him, his name pops up so many times when you start to dig into what organizations are behind some of the bizarre (to me) things we are seeing. Like the Occupy movement. Like Barack Obama getting elected – twice! Like the homosexual marriage push in every state.
            I did hear this story (that he “deferred payment.” ) I told the guy who told me about it (who knows I attribute many things to Soros’ devilish involvement) that sure he (Soros) deferred payment – knowing what he knows about the plans in store for the rest of us, he knows he’s never going to have to pay up!
            In reality, I am not much of a conspiracy theorist. Based on my observations of human behavior in group settings (corporate America), I think most greedy power hungry people are too ambitious to ever cooperate with anyone else long enough to form an actual conspiracy. None of them can take a back seat long enough for a conspiracy to actually play out.
            But I think Soros is a one man show. He has enough money and influence to orchestrate many horrible things, and the will to carry them out. He doesn’t seem to have a conscience.

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    • donna269 says:

      read my mind, Marti…..

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    • Stella says:

      LOL Marti… lol

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  4. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    Bless you, Brother Charlie, for not being afraid to speak THE TRUTH!

    Truth is not a thing or theory–it is a man who walked the earth, named Jesus, who was also the only son of the living God. Our Lord taught us exactly what it means to be truly “human,” for he was the most perfect human being known. Complete in all parts.

    Now–we have alleged “leaders” who are small, undeveloped humans who know nothing of humanity. Created creatures who not only challenge their creator, but want to expel him from His own creation.

    We’ve all seen that before, and it don’t end too pretty. Pride, arrogance, and insolence is a recipe for disaster stirred up in Satan’s cookbook.

    Our family loves your positive and hopeful outlook; your humanity shows! Help one another through the coming crisis. Do good. Not think good–ACTUALLY DO GOOD. Like St. Francis said: ““Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” Faith without action is empty.

    Pax Vobiscum.

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  5. Patricia says:

    Charlie,
    Why would God allow us to fall back into the “muck” after having the world go through such grief right now? God has a plan, obviously, but I am wondering why He would not just clean us up once and for all.

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    • charliej373 says:

      Because, Patricia, we don’t get heaven until we actually get…heaven. Again, I hope it will be a thousand years before the last apostasy comes. But man being man, we are always tempted to vanity. Over time, both our memories and our hearts grow cold. God is not going to revoke free will. Why do you not clean your children up once and for all. Because they choose to go get dirty again.

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  6. Mick says:

    Charlie, I’m not sure if you’ve seen it; but this article has a link up on survivalblog.com, in the “Economics and Investing” section for today (October 28).

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  7. Dan Lynch says:

    Thank you Nancy A and Julia for your kind words.

    In light of Charlie’s sense of the immanency of the Storm and the year 2017, I would like to offer a hopeful message from Pope Benedict XVI.

    On May 13, 2010, in his homily at Fatima he said, “We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic message is complete.” He went on to look forward to the 2017 centenary of Fatima, expressing his hope that “the seven years which separate us from the centenary of the apparitions” may “hasten the fulfillment of the prophecy of the triumph of the Immaculate Heart, to the glory of the Blessed Trinity.”

    You may click on the link to learn more about the New Era of Peace.
    http://jkmi.wsiefusion.net/his-announcement-of-the-new-era-of-peace

    Dan Lynch
    Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
    Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
    Visit our website at http://www.JKMI.com
    E-Mail Us at JKMI@JKMI.com
    May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and
    may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!

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  8. I just read that the Fed is ending its 6 year effort to stimulate the economy bc it is no longer needed… Since the economy has improved so much since the recession?! So are they lying, or have they just gotten so used to believing their own lies that they really believe it? What am I missing??

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    • LJD says:

      The Fed ended Quantitative Easing (the fourth round of it) officially. Like the earlier versions, it did nothing but prop up the house of cards. If nothing else, expect the next version next year. If they dont keep it going, the whole thing will cave in. 2008 will be a walk in the park compared to it since the structural problems have only gotten worse and are not solved. The whole structure of what people call money is a ponzi scheme and it sure is the root of all our economic evils. There is a youtube series called the Hidden Secrets of Money that shows all of this if you really want to understand it a bit better. http://youtu.be/iFDe5kUUyT0

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      • charliej373 says:

        The thing about quantitative easing is that it has been a subpar pain reliever at the same time it has been a sort of steroid for the underlying cancer. Nightmarish situation.

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        • LJD says:

          Amen! Its funny to me that the prophetical side of the church is saying the same thing the economic side I have been following for years are now saying the same things. Two worlds that were totally separated are now in unison. Keep the writings coming Charlie, I love reading them!

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  9. Kathleen from NJ says:

    Hi Charlie,
    I have a question. What is your opinion of “The Chip”? Many people follow conspiracy theories and one of them is “The Chip’. Some believe “The Chip” will be forced on people to trade, buy and sell goods in “The New World Order”. Some believe that it is the mark of the beast. I personally do not believe “The Chip” theory and believe it’s only a distraction from Satan to keep our eyes off Jesus. So when the economy falls many people could be consumed by these theories and the level of their anxiety could prevent them from receiving real help when it’s offered. Do you foresee any of these conspiracy theories becoming or gaining force within the storm to further mislead people. And if you do, can you write something about this. While we are at it, what is your opinion of aliens a/k/a extraterrestrials. Mine has always been they are another lie and trick of the enemy. And please forgive me if my alien question seems a bit odd, but any clarity you could provide would be great!
    Best & God Bless You
    Kathleen

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    • charliej373 says:

      The chip is just another in a long line of “things” posited to be the mark of the beast going back into antiquity. I have written before that it is an ideology, a belief system. The fact is, you can’t slip on a banana peel and fall into hell. God doesn’t work that way. It requires an affirmative act of the will. It can be seductive, persuasive, but requires you to submit with your will. That doesn’t mean there may or may not be abuses involving electronic chips – but that is not the mark of the beast. There will be many more such distractions. Keep your eyes on Jesus and trust Him to protect you from the apostasy borne of such things.

      As for aliens, not odd at all. Satan always comes in forms we are willing to accept to try to deceive us. In ages past, people believed in fairies and sprites and such, so satan came in such guises. Now, they consider fairies superstition but are not so sure about aliens. So satan is glad to accommodate and comes in those forms.

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    • MaryM says:

      I just read an article from a priest a couple of months back. I wish I could remember where it was online that I read it. He stated (in my own summary) that the mark of the beast was whether or not you supported gay “marriage” – otherwise, the rainbow (satan always takes something good and changes it to bad). Many stories have been in the news about people losing their jobs, livelihoods and businesses because they speak out against this. I’m not sure if this would really be it, but it was an interesting theory.

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    • LukeMichael says:

      My favorite explanation for “the chip”- the mark of the Beast-which is on the right hand and the forehead is that the forehead is where we “think” and the right hand is where we “do”. If we think and do in a Beastly way, well, we are the antichrist!

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  10. Cecilia says:

    Charlie, I have been pondering these writings, and I have another question. If the economic system soon to collapse is replaced temporarily (I would assume) with a barter systems for goods and services, how does one know where justice lies in bartering such goods for services or other goods. It seems to me that any economic system can easily end up with justice upside down.
    Any insight would be helpful. Thanks.

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    • charliej373 says:

      You are right, Cecilia…and God is not going to suddenly replace our free will with detailed instructions. ALL social systems can end with justice upside down. You don’t empty your tool box because a hammer could smash a hand, a screwdriver could poke out an eye, or a saw cut a limb. YOU use those things with judicious care, for they are needful tools that must be used with judicious care to accomplish what God intends. While we remain in this life, we NEED an economic system of sorts. God is giving us a chance to do it right and with justice…but if we insist, we are perfectly free to abuse it again. So the answer to your question really is, acknowledge God, take the next right step, and be a sign of hope to those around you. That really is it.

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  11. Caroline says:

    I’ve been thinking about this article a lot lately and realize, as a full-time Mom of 4 little ones, my brain is filled with Elmo, nursery rhymes, and dirty diapers. So I don’t really speak Economics well… But what I keep thinking about is, what is the tipping point for a failing economy to cause it to truly collapse? Does unemployment have to hit a certain point, or debt reach some number? Or is it outside of economics and, as you’ve said before, my imagination simply fails me? I guess I’m asking this from the perspective of numbers as well as prophecy. Do we know what will ultimately be the tipping point for our economy to collapse?

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    • SteveBC says:

      Caroline, I do not believe it is predictable. Our global economy is what is called a nonlinear system, something apparently chaotic but with hidden order. If you’ve taken your little ones to the beach and built up a small mountain of dry sand with them, imagine dropping one grain at a time at the top. Most will have little or no effect on surrounding grains already deposited. However, if you do it long enough, dropping one more grain on the top will trigger an avalanche that spreads all down one side.

      It is both impossible to tell if our economy is one grain short of collapse and equally impossible to tell which of the next 5(?) “grains” of economic or social events will trigger a cascade of failures. Many failures are possible. One will happen first and trigger two more, which will in turn trigger four more, and so on until everything ends, if Charlie is correct in what he is passing on to the rest of us.

      Trying to figure out how to preserve wealth or income during a total meltdown is simply not humanly possible. Thus, we have Charlie’s advice to acknowledge God, take the next right step in front of us, and hold everyone else in hope that we will make it through together.

      In fact, and as Charlie has himself hoped to be proven wrong, we cannot know that a cascade of failures will actually occur until it actually happens. So we prepare to some degree or another and have faith.

      In such a collapse you as someone who doesn’t speak economics well can do this kind of preparation and trust-love-do at least as well as any economist out there will be able to, believe me. 🙂

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      • NancyA says:

        Those were my thoughts too, in reaction to Caroline’s question. There is just no way of knowing, no particular event to watch out for. And I do believe it will be somewhat in retrospect that we’ll realize that it has occurred. The reminders that we cannot really prepare fully, indeed should not obsess and try to figure it out, calm me. Our means are not even enough to keep up on bills, let alone make purchases to ready for even a minor catastrophe like Katrina or sandy… I had thought I was not being prudent, but I could see no way about it. If I put away an extra gallon or two of water, it would last a day or so in my home with four adult, teen and preteen children. We’re living hand to mouth, and we might as well not expect that to change. We will make it day by day if it is God’s will, and if we don’t, I’ll be happy to be taken one huge step closer to being with Him forever. I just pray that I’m not lazy and that neither I, nor anyone I love… anyone at all, really… deny Him or our Faith in an attempt to preserve our earthly lives. Not worth it! (Understatement of eternity!)

        Now, I just have to balance that against the fool’s idea that our financial woes will not matter, and the temptation to carelessness in stewardship. It’s a wee bit tricky. If I could be certain our money will be worthless soon, I could stop nagging my inert husband to do certain financial moves that he just doesn’t get around to doing… but if prayers and sacrifices of enough stem the tide that’s already turned, these changes would be wise and timely.

        And here’s a fine thing when talking about preparing! We keep hens for eggs. We’ve lost a couple, and of six, we had four until this summer. I had decided to wait until next spring to get more chicks and it will take until the following spring before they are laying. Then, another was killed, and not long after, the queen of the coop died a strange but natural death. Here we are, today: a strange day of wind and hail. This evening hen number 5 is simply gone! Missing. We have one single hen now and they are social creatures who don’t do as well alone, especially through the cold winter! What does God have in plan here!!?? Yikes!

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        • SteveBC says:

          NancyA, we’ve both heard the phrase “Well, his chickens are coming home to roost,” meaning that someone is getting his comeuppance for earlier bad deeds or poor decisions.

          In contrast, your chickens are decamping in various ways from your roost. I think that means that you’ve been so good that you have few or no consequences due you in the upcoming storm and don’t need to worry about a thing! 😀

          “Free the Chicken Roost 6!” Is another phrase that springs to mind. Or how about “Let my chickens go!”

          See, life without chickens may not be so bad after all. 🙂

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          • SteveBC says:

            I would like to add that “No chickens were harmed during the production of the above comment.” Just in case the movie industry monitors are watching.
            😀

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          • NancyA says:

            SteveBC, thanks for the chuckles! We are in the last days…. hee hee, of even being able to get hatched chicks. If I can make it happen, I will assume that was God’s plan; if not, I might be happy to be without chickens: I am chicken enough! Lol

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          • charliej373 says:

            I LOVE fried chicken. I once told my black son-in-law that if the grandkids loved watermelon, that was on him, but if they loved fried chicken. that was on me. He laughed – for he had just finished complaining that I should bring something other than fried chicken from time to time.

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          • Mick says:

            Hee hee, Charlie; I’ve gotten my English-German-Irish husband to like collard greens and black-eyed peas (but not my in-laws; some soul-food is simply a bridge too far for them).

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          • charliej373 says:

            I always liked mustard greens much better than collard or turnip greens. Butterbeans, pan-fried cornbread, fried squash and a hunk of onion. Now that’s a meal, baby!

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        • Kelly says:

          Nancy, your pullet chicks, if purchased this spring will be laying for you by fall. It does not take a year for them to start laying. It’s only about 6 months for them to start.

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          • NancyA says:

            No,I don’t use a lamp to keep them laying through winter. I had Easter Eggers and they do stop laying as the days shorten.

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          • NancyA says:

            I thought I was going to get them this winter, but it’s not been high on my priority list and much has been going on, so we’ll get them for spring after all. What will be will be…

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          • CrewDog says:

            The best Soul Food I ever ate was in Angeles City, Philippines in a hole in the wall restaurant run by a Black Air Force cook (Retired) and his Filipina wife. Great Soul Food washed down with San Miguel Beer … Now! That’s Livin’ 😉
            GOD BLESS ALL HERE …. and hope there’s San Miguel Beer in Heaven!!

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        • MaryM says:

          Have you tried looking at Petfinder.com? I’ve seen chickens listed there. We’re moving to a new house at the end of the month and I’ll finally be able to have chickens. (City says 4, but who knows??) I’ll be looking there and Craigslist.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Quick tip, Mary, which my parents learned the hard way when they moved back to Alabama in 1979 and started raising some animals. If you have a watering trough for chickens, make sure to put lots of gravel in it. Chickens will drown themselves while drinking if it is too deep. My folks lost their whole first year’s worth of chicks that way.

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      • Kati says:

        “One will happen first and trigger two more, which will in turn trigger four more, and so on until everything ends…”

        According to Msgr. Esseff’s Locutions website, this sounds similar to the prophetic word given recently:

        “The events will begin with a jolt, a partial collapse from economic difficulties in one part of the world. All will view this with alarm but no one will see this as the beginning of a series of events.

        In the beginning, there will be enough resources to paper over the damage so that confidence is restored. Many however, will see this as a sign to move their assets. This will hasten the events as other parts of the economic structure are exposed as weak and unstable. The economic world is volatile, based so much on trust and confidence in the system itself. As these weaknesses are exposed, the confidence will slowly evaporate and even the strongest structures will come under assault.”

        What can we do? Trust….Do…..LOVE….Be a sign of hope to others. Our God will take care of us.

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        • SteveBC says:

          Kati, thank you for reminding me of that locution. I had read it earlier but was not thinking of that when I wrote that paragraph. Rather, I was thinking of Nassim Taleb’s work on Black Swans and particularly his later work on systemic fragility. He may be the best out there for explaining the process of such a cascade of failures. I should have given Caroline a heads-up on his work, so you’ve given me a chance to correct my failure. Thanks!

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  12. D Shea says:

    Nancy … I have no doubt that it will unfold as it has throughout human history. People of Faith will gather together and those with more will share their skills-n-stuff. Leaders, worker bees and warriors will do their ‘thing” and the drones will be carried along out of Christian Charity. As Churchill said in 1940: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” It’s the Human Condition and we must believe it’s all part of God’s Plan …. and nobody understands it all … Not the Pope, Billy Graham or any Cardinal you can name!
    Stay Calm and Carry On 😉

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  13. NancyA says:

    Hmm, a question for collective discernment, if that’s ok. My daughter suggests that possibly God is saying get those new chicks NOW. Oh. Honestly, it didn’t occur to me, but when she said it, it felt like a “duh” moment. Of course she also wants me to get a second puppy now, and that is not prudent! Lol. (She’s 21 with baby fever!)

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    • charliej373 says:

      I think your daughter has more than a little wisdom, here, Nancy. (Hee hee, and I rather sympathize with her on the puppy matter, too).

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    • Michelle says:

      That was my first thought when I read your post.

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    • D Shea says:

      No time like the present!! I’ve got a new 8 week old puppy to replace a beloved dog that, like me was growing old, deaf & blind. I still mourn for her but I’ve thought that St Francis might have thought I might need a young-n-healthy mini-guard dog to be my furry friend-n- “protector”? Particularly if what we think “Be Goin’ Down” do!!
      Merry WeekEnd 😉

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    • NancyA says:

      Shh, Charlie! Do not tell Grace your sympathy for her puppy desire! I’m holding strong, for the moment. And, I am looking into whether there is any chance of getting hatchlings at this late date.

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    • Mick says:

      Nancy, as someone whose family has been raising chickens in the upper Midwest for years, my question is: do you live someplace where, at this time of year, you’ll be able to brood and raise chicks without their freezing to death? If so, you might want to consider getting chicks now. If the stuff hits the fan, I’m imagining that the hatcheries may be unable to ship chicks by spring.

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      • NancyA says:

        Thanks Mick.. believe it or not, I set up our baby cradle last time, right in the livingroom, and that was their home until they were mature enough for the weather. When they were big enough, I set the heater out in the coop to transition them. We’ll see…

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        • Mick says:

          You sure you’re not really black? Remember the one-drop rule… (When I tell my kids something about our family’s black heritage, they say dumb things like, “We’re not REALLY black; we’re only like 38%.” By their definition, I guess Obama is the rather unremarkable 44th white president.)

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          • charliej373 says:

            Who really knows, Mick? What we authentic Christians know that the “identity politics” folks never will is that each person is an unrepeatable miracle, formed in God’s own image for a particular purpose, beloved by their Father. I get so mad at the actual racism of the left which treats black folks as if they are the children of a lesser god, who can’t make it without the patronizing help of their great, white betters.

            But, having been an infant in the slums of Birmingham, I came to love much “soul food” long before it was cool. It was just po’ folks food to us. A few years ago I discovered this magnificent hole in the wall place with the best fried chicken. I had to complement the chef. So I enthusiastically took my godson there. He’s not all that big on fried chicken, but I enthusiastically told him that this was “old black woman who knows what she is doing fried chicken!” He came, loved it, and told the cook what I had said. She roared with laughter and said she was going to have to get a sign and make that her new slogan.

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          • NancyA says:

            Lol. Black Irish maybe. Honestly, you all have been talking a different language now with collard greens and so forth. I am northern thru and thru. 🙂 “you all” is the best I can do, It IS funny how different dishes are, geographically. I do think I still carry DNA memory of Irish food… potatoes being top of the list, hah! , Irish color, scenery, stone walls and rainy weather…

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          • charliej373 says:

            I do love my ‘taters, Nancy. But you don’t even have the “you all” right – it’s “y’awl.”

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  14. malachi99 says:

    Hi Charlie,
    Received this link in an email today. Would be interested in your analysis of this if you have time.

    God bless

    JPW

    http://pro.moneymappress.com/MMRBSSH39PPM2/LMMRQC39/?h=true

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    • charliej373 says:

      Those things have been around for at least six years now, Malachi. I saw the first such of that type in 2008. They are all right that all is going to collapse. They each have their own version of how it is going to collapse and what will be the trigger. But I go back to the fundamental rule I use: at this point, normal analysis would tell you the system cannot hold. What difference will it make in what YOU need to do to know how? I don’t say that with any chiding at all. Friends and family send me this stuff all the time. What it really is is a way of saying, “Holy cow, it’s really happening – this is not just a complicated fantasy.” So my prescription is the same as always: Acknowledge God, take the next right step, be a sing of hope to those around you. It is not an overheated fantasy, so the key is being prepared on what to do and how to behave in unprecedented circumstances. Walk with God.

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      • D Shea says:

        I’ve read credible reports that if you count all the unfunded liabilities of the US Federal Government and US States the Debt Figure is closer to $125 TRILLION. It simply can never be paid off! I must admit that I was expecting “Something Big-n-Nasty” to transpire in our USA/World in the past two months but after reading a blog from someone who thought the same thing but has re-thought/reflected on “What’s Happenin’ Now” …. I now believe his conclusion and that is: We have witnessed a bunch of Small-n-Nasty events that have already come-n-gone (or were never reported) on the TV News Cycle but Added-Up to a Big Nasty that BoobLand USA/Planet Earth is blissfully unaware of:
        1) ISIS …. Christians, & others, being be-headed, tortured and forced to flee from areas where they have lived/worshiped for 1900+ years with an, almost, a non-response from the USA and the former Christendom! Radical Muslim Caliphate in the making and USA losing Iraq and Afghanistan, after all the Blood-n-Treasure expended there, triggering loss of USA prestige-n-clout on the World Stage!?
        2) EBOLA& Enterovirus D68 !
        3) $18 TRILLION Debt with no end in sight with the last four Chairmen of the Federal Reserve warning that the cycle of Tax, Spend, Regulate and Print $$$$ is unsustainable …… meaning collapse of the $$$/USA Economy be coming ’cause Obama has No Intention of reining in his “Transformation of America”!
        4) Above mentioned DC Crime Boss being.. TOTALLY.. held unaccountable for ANYTHING….. including the shredding of the Constitution/Bill of Rights & countless Scandals….. held unaccountable by a Lap-Dog Media, Ignorant Citizenry and spineless Republicans….. and the DC Crime Syndicate, AKA: Alphabet Federal Agencies, likewise unaccountable! From what I read about the European Union … It ain’t any better Over-There.
        5) Ferguson, NYPD and the radical blacks, Muslims and anarchist Occupy Crowd taking advantage and stirring up racial hatred, intimidation of whites and successfully harming a Christmas shopping season critical to struggling business nationwide……… and The Obama Administration/Democrat Party doing everything in it’s power to keep the Illegal Alien “Community” and Welfare Slaves angry-n-agitated! Likewise the same Politically Correct Diversity Agenda suffocates Europe.
        6) Unguarded USA Border, Alien “Children” Invasion with unknown numbers of plague carriers and/or Terrorists!
        7) China, Iran and Russia Rising and “On the March” with only DC/NATO “Hot Air” in response!
        I’m sure you can add to my list of “Small-n-Nasty” events that add up to ………… ;-(
        GOD SAVE THE USA!!

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        • The man of lawlessness has to be revealed so the world can behold the mystery of iniquity. There is plenty to be scared of but Our Lord is bigger than that. Look up to the skies tonight and see the stars. The Lord rules their army flawlessly. Remember the Hebrews before the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming after them. Somehow this world of power and money will be no more, and a better world will replace it. I do not know exactly how it will happen but I know it will come. Fear not little flock for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

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      • malachi99 says:

        Cheers Charlie for taking your time yet again. The level of debt is insane. The numbers mean absolutely nothing to me if I’m honest. It’s just like wow, really 🙂

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        • charliej373 says:

          Yeah, people’s eyes glaze over when they get to big numbers – and don’t understand how incredibly big the magnitudes are. I used to give my million/billion/trillion example when speaking to college kids. It takes about 11 days for a million seconds to go by. It takes about 32 years for a billion seconds to go by. And it takes 31,974 years for a trillion seconds to go by. People think that because we were able to pull up our sleeves and dig out from a few billion in excess debt in the 80s that it will be as easy to do the same with 18+ trillion now. People really cannot imagine what we have done to ourselves – and think because we could get the gang together to lift a boulder 30 years ago the same gang can lift a mountain now. Ain’t gonna happen.

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          • malachi99 says:

            11 days-32 years- 32000 years…stupefied. If this analogy holds true with currency, which i’m sure it does, then I am truly flummoxed by these numbers. How on earth did this happen. I like going out for the odd meal, catching a flick, a few beers with the boys, a few whiskeys by the fire at home, a break away, buying some books and music, watching anything that can legitimately be called a sport, keeping the house and car running, putting clothes on mine and my families back and food on the table….Am I missing something here???

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          • charliej373 says:

            It is breathtaking, Malachi. Some of my friends in government have been stunned when I have told them the same thing, because they really had no idea how bad it is. One in Congress actually said to me that we overcame some big deficits in the Reagan years – and after I gave him my example, he told me that was wrong. I tartly told him to do the math himself. And keep in mind, our indebtedness is not one trillion; it is over 18 trillion. At a dollar a second, 24 hours a day, that would take over 600,000 years to pay off. Sadly, you are not missing something. The frame has been hollowed out and all our economy is is a Potemkin Village. Maybe the stock market will hit new highs this week. Pretty easy to set records when you are just making it up as you go along. The masque of the red death has already been in place for a while…and it is in process of holding sway over all. But God has another plan.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I know I should know what the masque of the red death is, but I can’t bring it to mind. Can you give me an explanation, please? Thank you.

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          • charliej373 says:

            Edgar Allan Poe…one of his more evocative short stories.

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          • NancyA says:

            Not really a Poe fan, but that one is to me an apologia for Confession. (It IS _The Cask…_, is it not?)

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          • Mick says:

            Ick… I loathe Poe (his writings, I mean). Too creepy. Gave me nightmares in high school.

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          • NancyA says:

            Mick, like I said, I’m NOT a fan… it’s not my type of reading. But Poe is a master. Quite genius, really. Charlie did not correct me, but I’ll correct my own mistake. “The Masque of the Red Death” is the title of another story. The Cask of Amontillado reads to my mind like the confession of man about to meet his Maker. It gives pause, if we consider the ways in which we think we hide our faults and bad deeds, or rationalize them away… how foolish our silly minds can be.

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          • NancyA says:

            My 24 year old son has been interested but alarmed and confused. I told him basically that there is so much more owed than there IS. A mature adult friend tried to complete my sentence with “GNP”… no, I snapped. There isn’t that much money, period. It is not possible to owe more than there IS.

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          • charliej373 says:

            You get it, Nancy.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Charlie, I just read the Poe short story. Oh so clear is the point you make, though it be made in allegory or parable. It’s so hard to believe that all we know is about to die. In the midst of our modern-day revelry, the rot spreads.

            After I finished the story and was in the midst of a bit of hysteria as I realized how completely serious you are in your statements of what is to come, I thought to ask brightly with a fever-eyed gaze the iconic question, “Are we having fun yet?”

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  15. malachi99 says:

    Yes, only too true Charlie. Our reacquaintance with reality is going to be quite painful. There are four things I care about: 1. My God, 2. My wife and children, family and friends, 3. The poor souls who do not know God and who have never known love, 4. My little library of books 🙂
    And of course I love life, I love all its beauty and wonder, and the greatness of God’s creation. What else is important?

    I could happily spend my time with my family and friends in that little cabin on your page, shooting the breeze, reading and marveling at the world, listening to stories, singing a song, learning a new trick or two etc etc. At the end of the day most people I know also crave the simple things. To love and to be loved. To marry and raise a family. To make friends and make merry. To explore and learn new things. And ultimately to give thanks to the God good who gives us each day that we may glorify and serve him in good times and in bad, in joy and in sorrow, and in coming to be and passing away.

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  16. Pete says:

    “Into Thin Air” was a book I read a while back telling the story of a group of climbers who died trying to summit Mt. Everest. They even made a movie about the ordeal. The fact is, people die all the time on Mt. Everest. The veterans say that once you are “up there” you are alone, even if part of a group…its you against the mountain. The majority of the fatalities happen because the climbers were not “prepared” for the wild blizzard which seemingly came out of nowhere. When they started the ascent the skies were clear, or at least ok enough. Then the storm hit. Survivors from that particular expedition describe total blindness from the whiteout conditions. Wind so loud you could hear absolutely nothing, not even your own screams. One man died when he literally walked off the face of the mountain, plunging hundreds of feet to the rocks below. Talk about “taking the next right step”!!!
    I am an alcoholic. I do not drink today. I have come to learn that I have a real disease. It effects me physically, mentally and spiritually. If I take one drink it produces in me a physical craving, It distorts my mental thinking and it impedes (if not obliterates) my spiritual contact with God. If I put alcohol in my system all bets are off and “the storm” is on. Alcoholism is not the subject of my post, so please bear with me. I am just using it as an analogy. If I drink, the consequences of the storm I have brewed up (pun intended) can be the very same “ingredients” that could prove to be our downfall when the “storm” that we are all talking about in this post hits. And hit it will.
    Being self centered (ego) ,a false sense of security (not preparing, especially spiritually), pride( I can do it myself), if not checked on a daily basis has a direct effect on my sobriety (physically and emotionally). To protect my sobriety I must be VIGILANT. When the storm hits will I be asleep like the three Apostles in the Garden of Gethsemene? “Could you not pray with me one hour?” I believe that when the storm hits we have to stay calm. Do not isolate. Stay together. Serve one another. Charlie puts it so well…take the next right step. In AA I try to practice simple principals, “steps” that help me stay spiritually fit which in turn keeps me, one day at a time, from the “slavery of self”. I surrender my life each morning to His will, I ask to know what His will is and for the power to carry that out. I try very hard not to isolate myself…to go to my meetings and stay “in the middle of the herd”. In situations I just try to do the next right thing. If I am wrong I promptly admit it. I try to be rigorously honest with myself and with my dealings with people. I want to be of service to my fellow human beings. This, I believe will keep me from creating my own personal storms and also help me when the mega storm rolls in. The clouds are already gathering and the winds have begun. When it does hit, like the blizzards on Mt. Everest, seeing and hearing will become vital to survival. Self centeredness will mean certain death (physically and spiritually). In these times I choose Mary to be my eyes and ears, to listen as she says…”do whatever He tells you”. If I listen to myself, or to anyone else besides “PETER”, I will walk off a cliff just as sure as I am typing these words.
    Like any concerned mother, Mary is preparing us now. As a mother hen, she is beckoning her little chickens under the warmth and safety of her wings as she walks faithfully with the Bride of Christ, the Church, to the summit of Calvary. Like Charlie did across the States…its time to “walk the walk”! 🙂 There on that mountain we will stretch our arms out. Nobody gets off on this one! But unlike those trapped and frozen in a blizzard on Everest, we will be able to see and hear if we prepare now. We will see the face of Jesus. His gaze will be our strength. We will hear his voice too. I have confidence (not in myself, but in His faithfulness) that I will know his voice when He speaks to me that day at that moment. Perhaps He will say to me… “Pete, do not be afraid. I AM here. You are mine. Today you will be with me in Paradise” I pray that I should be so blessed.
    God’s blessings to everyone. See you on the mountain. I will be the sherpa wearing the fluorescent red parka in the “PETER THE ROCK” party…don’t want to get isolated! Gotta stay in the middle of the herd ya know!
    Pete

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    • charliej373 says:

      Marvelous testimony, Pete! I have several family members who have been deeply involved with AA (thank God!) and I am deeply impressed by the simplicity of its approach. I have read the “Big Book” and its advice helps keep people centered away from the seemingly important things that just pull them away from the really important things. I think it marvelous mimics the mindset of humility, endurance and fortitude we need ahead. Thank you.

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    • Mick says:

      Pete, what an incredible post! I gotta admit, I was laughing when I read your line about being the sherpa in the red parka; because about 3/4 of the way into your post, I was thinking, “This Pete guy would make a good sherpa-assistant to Charlie.” Keep on keeping on, brother; and know that you, and everybody in Charlie’s little “herd,” are in my prayers.

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  17. Connie says:

    Gosh, Pete, I got choked up reading your hope-inspiring testimony. Your love of Jesus and Mary and others shines right through. Your determination to do the right thing and take the next right step will make you a man of God that others with flagging faith and hope will be able to turn to. I hope I have someone like you close by when the storm in its fury comes. God Bless you and give you His choicest graces and blessings!

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  18. charliej373 says:

    Reblogged this on The Next Right Step and commented:

    I have a new column going up later today, but we have a ton of new readers here of late. This post is not among the most important I have written, but it is vitally important for understanding what is happening around us. This first appeared on Oct. 26, 2014.

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  19. Pat says:

    Well, there are certainly new challenges and cliffs to avoid. We American are industrious, we are fortunate to have significant natural resources. Many years ago while at a business meeting a gentleman told me in a few short years the U.S. Would once again be a leading producer of oil. And his statement has come to pass. It is one reason why oil prices are on the slide. Those energy prices should hedge the the inflationary money policies. But there are so very many variables. Should we experience the chastisement in a few months it all really doesn’t matter. Keep up the mortgage payments, etc… I at one time after having been buried in debt engaged in an escapist mentality and not getting in front of my issues cost me down the road. With respect to stewarding your financials please, please assume the long run…..

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  20. jmhem5 says:

    Here’s a belated thank you to Pete for a great testimony – from another friend of Bill. W. ! John in central Illinois

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  21. Centurion_Cornelius says:

    As a new reader I must offer my comments: what is said here is utterly true. There are only three “sources” of real material wealth in the world: manufacturing, agriculture, and mining. Yes, and if you’re involved in the service end of either of these it counts as well. These all produce a product which has inherent worth, or down the line, gets enhanced value. Examples are steel, corn, and oil.

    America has farmed-out and off-shored its manufacturing. Likewise, much of its produce is imported and the mining (including oil/gas exploration) is being cut back or negated one way or another.

    Combine these short comings with these three other boogeymen: fractional banking, the U.S. Federal Reserve system, and Wall Street (high frequency trading, derivatives, and outright deceit and frauds) and you have a recipe for global disaster.

    On the other hand, China, Russia, and India are buying up all the physical gold and silver they can get their hands on, while our Fed just keeps on “inventing” and creating digital money out of thin air. If you and I were to do this, we would be prosecuted and jailed for counterfeiting, but that’s another story.

    When this economic storm hits, there will be little authorities will be able to do. Take home: if you think the justice system, courts, lawyers, or even the government will assist or help in any kind of drastic economic calamity, think again. The system is corrupt and rotten to the core.

    Similarly, the elite political class will seek “cover” and want a “patsy” to blame for this collapse. I hope and pray that the friction against Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea being generated by American politicians of both stripes will not result in conflict or even a war, which will be then used as distracted cover or camouflage to “blame” things on. Don’t put all it past these “tail wags the dog” despicable politicians. They will do anything not to get blamed for actually causing this mess.

    The “fleecing” America will face is predictable. In fact, if you look closely, you will see a pattern developing here all along since 2007. Crooks and fraudsters are trying various thefts, Ponzi schemes, and other deceptions to see what they get away with in future. These massive financial rip-offs are just “trial runs” for yet bigger thievery. Just look at Madoff or Corzine; the list is endless. Indeed, it’s just been reported that the current Administration has not gone after financial crooks, but rather has harassed and badgered the brave whistle-blowers who have exposed criminality!

    My old friends who still operate retail stores have large signs over their cash registers which read: ‘IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH!” Truer words were never spoken.

    Good words to live by. Thank the Lord Jesus every waking moment of your days and prepare for a stormy ride. We will survive, but the road will be long, hard, and bumpy. Our Blessed Lord did not promise us a pleasant or problem free life; He only promised us that he loves us beyond our comprehension and that he will be with us ALWAYS!

    Look at what governments on earth did to the only Son of God. Can we expect less?

    All I expect is His promises!

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    • jeanO says:

      Wow, Centurion. Wow. What a post! Three sources of wealth in the world, one being manufacturing and that the US has sent that away got me to thinking hard about war. I am not a worldly person, have never studied wars except for what I briefly memorized as a student in order to pass an exam. Is war manufactured to generate money at the cost of human lives? Is this where we are heading? I see the government failing to pay people who depend on the government for food and shelter, what rioting there will be! I see the government being “unable” to refund taxes to those who look forward to their refund to keep the car running and the roof from leaking. It is not as blatant as invading our bank accounts, yet is still theft. And what would we do about it? We are impotent against our elected officials. Oh, what rioting there will be! Last week Mark Mallett mentioned something that made my hair stand on end. It had been in my mind as well, that if something someone calls a religion is blamed for causing war, religion will become the scapegoat (to that effect). Wow. We are in a storm, indeed. After reading, learning, crying, and laughing here daily since MM mentioned Charlie this past spring some things are making real sense now. I feel part of a purposeful unit. I never knew anything about economics, and very little about politics. Spiritual knowledge came naturally for me, and here I am further nurtured by this group. I feel more prepared.
      Charlie, about a month or so ago you said something so simple and profound. You stated how the thwarter could only change bread to stones and wine to vinegar…that is one of the most beautiful statements I have ever heard. Thank you, teacher.

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    • E. Allison says:

      Centurion, marvelous post. If you want some very interesting reading about the catch22 we’re in, read this: http://orientalreview.org/2014/12/25/grandmaster-putins-trap/

      It takes a minute to load, and is long. But it’s worth taking the time to read. There are no ‘markets’ anymore, only interventions.

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      • NancyA says:

        Oh, my. E. Allison. ACK. I had saved the email that had your post above, but never opened that article. Today I opened it, printed it and read it with chills forming. That is one of the most sobering pieces of information I’ve read in a long while. If the article is fully accurate, it’s only a matter of very short time before we are truly …well, I don’t even know how to describe what that entails! It may be a game, but it’s a frightful game, especially, but not only, for the losers. My mind imagines many scenarios that will fall like dominoes…

        Dare I say “thanks for sharing?”

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        • E. Allison says:

          Well… You’re welcome. IMO, Putin really does hold all the cards. We’re already at war with the East, albeit a currency war. When that is inevitably is lost, and Russia (which is the largest global oil producer) declares that it no longer takes dollars for oil, the final nail in the petrodollar’s coffin will be driven home. That will coincide with the drying up of the Western gold vaults, or the West’s unwillingness to send any more gold Eastward. That’s when the second shoe drops and China declares the renminbi is gold backed, making a play for the replacement of the US $ as the world reserve currency. Confidence in the dollar will collapse, and there will be a global panic. Game over for us. A new currency may replace the dollar even in the US, or perhaps the dollar survives in a much devalued state. Who knows. Russia and China have been preparing for this since 2008. China has not released official gold holdings since April 2009. The number then was 1,054 tons. For the last several years, China has consumed 100%+ of world production which is in the neighborhood of 2,500 tones. When you consider that many other nations have also added to their gold holdings, especially Russia, you have to wonder where it is coming from. It’s not coming out of the ground. The only answer is that it is being drained from Western vaults. I’ve read speculation that China may have as much as 10,000 tons today, which is more than the USA’s official holdings of over 8,000 tons (if we actually have it). Ben Bernanke called gold a barbaric relic. The West conspires to suppress the price and has to, to maintain the illusion of confidence in the dollar. Russia and China are all to happy to scoop it up at lower prices, hence the catch22.

          Do you remember about 2 years ago when Germany asked for 350 tons of it’s gold back which was stored in NY? The US govt claimed ‘logistical difficulties’ and said that it would be returned over 7 years. Do you know how much they actually got in the first year? They were supposed to get 50 tons….. they got 5. And what they did get was not the original bars they had on deposit with unique serial numbers. Things that make you go…. Hmmmmmmm.

          I think that regardless of whether a dollar survives in a devalued state or is replaced, the best thing anyone can do to try to preserve some of your purchasing power through the storm, is to have some physical gold and silver. I don’t mean to try to get rich or anything like that, but to be able to barter or purchase necessities as a new economy rises out of the ashes of the old. Gold and silver will retain their intrinsic value and have worth in the new economy, even if they’re only used to acquire the new currency. We will wake up one morning to find out that there has been a ‘reset’, but it will be too late to get any then. The ‘We buy gold’ places have mostly got what the sheeple were willing to sell by now. If you have any, don’t sell it. You’re going to need it.

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  22. Lin says:

    Thank you, Charlie!

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  23. Donette says:

    De je vue. Charlie, I’ve been here before. Twice in fact. After Fatima and World War I, there was the praying of the Rosary, the Blue Army, attending Masses with family through World War II and waiting through 1960 to hear the Third Secret of Fatima to come from the Pope while living on a farm in PA. We got no secret from John XXIII, Vatican II, the dreadful loss of priests and religious, and the disappearance of people from the pews in the Church, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and more death and destruction and birth control with an ever increasing cost of living, and higher taxes and higher interest rates for purchasing houses, and the beginning and finally monumental loss of manufacturing in the United States…oh yes, Jimmy Carter as President.

    We stood on the mountains of Garabandal to listen to the messages, watch for the healing of the blindness of Joey Lomangino, and wait for the miracle to occur at the pines that we still wander what and when that will happen. Then we watched the Apparitions of Necedah which cried out warnings to America of the infiltration of our schools, our government, our churches only to see the apparition site be condemned by the Church. And then there was Bayside which brought in UFO’s to give us a clue as to its questionable nature. There was no inner peace for the Sentinels and messengers of Faith. Only Guard duty. A generation died through this as it prayed, and prepared and waited for God. Did it stop? No.

    Then came the call from a place we could barely pronounce its name when seeing it written. High on another mountain came the Apparitions of Medjugorje. In those early years of the ’80’s, we had to made telephone calls to locations who reported instantly the messages when received. More dire warnings for the world and this time not 3 secrets but 10. The mountainous region was such that a child of mine asked “Doesn’t Mary ever want to talk to anyone on flat land?”

    Again the armor of God was donned. Visionaries and locutionists came out of the woodwork. There was Father Gobbi, Marie Esperanza, Julia Kim of Korea, Sister Sassagowa of Japan, Christina Gallagher of Ireland, and a host of others; some who would go on to climb the staircase of sainthood in the Church, the others dismissed. There were the tsunami’s, the hurricanes, the earthquakes and tornados. And there was in the midst of all that, a quiet building of the knowledge of what would come after all of the wars, chastisements and disasters had purified the earth from the Little Daughter of the Divine Will.

    Thanks to the dear Judge Dan Lynch who permitted me to squeak in at the last minute to go on pilgrimage with his group to Ireland where he had planned on 20 some people and once he advertised the spiritual direction would be under a Divine Will priest the number 20 went to 200. There I increased my knowledge of what was on the other side of this mess we call earth today. His staff did a fantastic job handling those increased numbers.

    There is still no peace. We had 911, War in Afghanistan, War in Iraq, and heighten hatred everywhere. We have two living popes, locutions.org, Mark Mallet, Pelianito, the Bilderbergs”the Invisible Government.” and God Save America, President Obama and the mess we call Congress.

    So Charlie, if there is a major financial collapse that is world wide, if we managed to get through all of the above, with God’s help, we can get through anything.

    Fiat!

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  24. Perfectly unique says:

    Charlie,
    I have college kids in various locations, and one son lives across the country. I’m scared to death that when all of this happens we won’t be able to get the kids back home. I literally lay awake thinking about this. Planning the future of life decisions and college scouting for yet another child is daunting to me knowing we are looking at this square in the eye.
    Any words of wisdom here?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well Unique, perhaps, but it is probably not what you are looking for. Trust God. Take the next right step. Be a sign of hope to those around you. Let me reiterate; trust God.

      I cannot tell you this is going to go away or that there is some way you can exempt yourself – or your children from the Storm we have brought on ourselves. We all have to step up and live as heroes or die as martyrs. Otherwise, we perish to eternity.

      I sympathize with your fears. I live what I preach. The closest family I have is over 1,200 miles away. I have two children and five grandchildren. My son would be delighted if I came to Southern Georgia and lived with him. He would make arrangements immediately if I told him he needs to come out to Colorado now. But he has a duty and I have a duty. If the time should come that we can synchronize our duties and be near each other, I will do it in a heartbeat. But our duty to God and those around is is all that counts now.

      We cannot protect or exempt any we love from the consequences of the Storm now. All we can do is to exhort them to live as men and women of God with love, fortitude and courage. I know that is hard, particularly with your children. But it is what we can do now – and we must make peace with that. Thanks be to God, the time of the greatest fury is short. My son is a cop. He serves on the SWAT team. He is right in the thick of any serious danger that arises in his town. I am proud of him, but when he talks to me of some of the hair-raising situations he occasionally deals with, I have to remind him that though we are the dearest of friends and confidantes, there is a part that remains my little guy – and sometimes my “father’s heart” quakes in terror for him. I cannot relieve for you the quakes that I, myself, feel, except to tell you that you can discipline your will to resolutely trust God – and do your duty while encouraging those you love to do the same.

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  25. To place my thought more simply, this why there needs to be established an Amish like society mixed of course with sustainable technologies & advancement coupled with a a preservation of private residences & other non income producing properties to be free from all taxation, duties, or fees. Taxation was & is intended for things that produce goods, services, & the transfer of property. Anything further robs a population of there ability to self sustain their existence. The days of large metropolises has come to an end. Even New York when it rises from the ashes of the Great Dark War & what you the Rescue will have a more balanced use of land & buildings with a much more reduced density.

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    • charliej373 says:

      I never quite understood the complaint about density in cities, my friend. I prefer country more myself – but there are only two effective ways to reduce density in cities: either kill off a big chunk of the population there or dramatically increase urban sprawl…so everything becomes similar to what Los Angeles was in the 70s. I have never heard those who push for density reduction explain which option they prefer.

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      • The density issue seems to be similar to the population control argument, both baseless & of demonic origin. (If you ask me it looks like Satan doesn’t really like having more people around since the mere existence of humans are an affront to his rebellion against God & His plan for creation). In tough times people depart our cities as the city crumbles, Detroit & Baghdad are good examples each in their own way. Most cities require goods & services to be brought in to maintain sustainability though with modern engineering, technology, & renewable resources cities can now be designed in such a way that gives back to the earth. Although it may become imperative for future construction & retrofitting of residential buildings to house traditional & extended family units rather than the nuclear, broken, single family type model. Society & civilisation are based on the traditional & extended family which urban construction seems to cast aside. This of course has led to much decadence & moral decay over the centuries. In short we need to build that attracts goodness. The removal of decadent Times Square & transforming it from a red-light district into a non red-light district is one of those steps in the right direction. After the rebirth of Church, State, & Realm our minds & hearts will no longer be so clouded & those who we place in charge to rebuild God’s world afterwards will be given the grace, understanding, & know-how to accomplish this task with the correct balance. We will be effectively restoring humanity to the original plan of God (through Him, with Him, & in Him) as if Adam never fell & Satan is removed the garden.

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        • charliej373 says:

          I should note that that satan will be chained, but original sin remains after it is all over. We will not lose free will, but far fewer will be tempted to go into rebellion against God. I have to emphasize that what I have been shown is that it will be a completely ordinary world transformed by extraordinary faith. But original sin is not being revoked, Jesus will not come to rule directly…we will have to muddle through as we do now…but we will know we are muddlers, that god really is in charge, that we can do little of ourselves – and that we usually mess up, but that we have recourse to God and He transforms everything. I fear that some who are new here think we are going to get heaven with the Rescue. We don’t get heaven until we actually get heaven – in the next life, not this one.

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          • Original sin allows us to strive for holiness through humility, supplication for Divine mercy, & reliance on God himself. I think of Jesus as the Divine Shepherd carrying the lamb, Back in the day wayward sheep had their legs broken & were carried by their shepherd.

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          • SteveBC says:

            Several months ago I appear to have had a conscious dream vision of the Peaceful Land a few hundred years from now. There is no other way I can interpret it to be.

            Part of the vision involved a short journey through the underworld existing “below” or somehow “next to” the Peaceful Land. I’m happy to report that the underworld was *entirely* untenanted by any being. The ground was covered with dust and cold ash. Not a demon in sight, apparently all locked away somewhere else hundreds of years previously. I know because I looked and “felt” for such beings in that underworld. They were not there. The place was utterly empty.

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  26. Bob says:

    And this from the Lord of the Rings after the ring was destroyed and Frodo was laying at rest in the king’s hall.
    “A great Shadow has departed,’ said Gandalf, and then he laughed and the sound was like music, or like water in a parched land; and as he listened the thought came to Sam that he had not heard laughter, the pure sound of merriment, for days upon days without count. It fell upon his ears like the echo of all the joys he had ever known. But he himself burst into tears. Then, as a sweet rain will pass down a wind of spring and the sun will shine out the clearer, his tears ceased, and his laughter welled up, and laughing he sprang from his bed.”
    So let us maintain our hope!

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  28. narnialion54 says:

    Charlie,
    will the Fortune 500 companies survive or collapse? Does it depend on what products they provide for people?

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    • charliej373 says:

      Well, things will be different Narnia. I don’t ask for such details. The collapse is so comprehensive that I expect whole new markets to rise as venerable old ones fall – but that is my expectation based on what I have been shown, not a firm detail I know. Don’t expect the stock market to keep ticking away in its present form. It will be one of the early casualties of the final crash.

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      • narnialion54 says:

        Charlie
        My sons (20 and 22) have just recently said they want to go to Medjugorie. (!!!)
        There is a trip going mid May. But I am concerned about the world situation, ie is this a wise time to be traveling since WW 3 has begun. They want to “see the world” I think.
        One also wants to go to Haiti to help people there. They are both recovering from major depressive episodes, trying to find their way and aching for adventure. I am not against any of this because I know God has a plan. But I want us to be wise. Any thoughts?

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        • charliej373 says:

          Gosh, Narnia, I always encourage people to use normal prudence. Quite apart from anything I say concerning the Storm, the world is a bit of a powder keg now. I would be cautious about optional pleasure travel under any circumstances. On the other hand, I firmly encourage people to stand their posts now. It may be that your sons’ posts are waiting for them in Medjugorje or Haiti. Taking the next right step rarely involves certain knowledge…it is to consider your plans with reference to God, pray for his prompting and guidance, then make a decision, take responsibility for it, and then go forward.

          People think that in my situation God shows me precisely what the next right step is. To the contrary, His purpose has been to develop profound prudence and a continual reliance on Him. So in most ordinary things, He does not guide me that way. He does exaggerate the consequences of my decisions…which developed a readiness to see when I am going wrongly without stubborn pride interfering very often, to change course decisively when it is called for, and to constantly trust that even from my errors He will draw fruit when I stay close to Him. Even so, sometimes I remain stubborn more out of thick-headedness than pride. One of the devil’s little tricks as we approached the Storm was to make me want to hold fast to what I thought was a holy purpose on some matters when God intended something else at the moment. Several times I felt guilty about neglecting certain “noble” projects because I was needed by someone In loved for something…and every time it turned out that the satan was trying to seduce me into a very subtle vanity by persuading me there is something more important than ministering to the souls God has given into our care. When I first came to Colorado I knew the work had to begin from here, but I really did not know what to do at all. Still, I known that God prompts us best when we act, maintaining docility towards his corrections. The first couple of months I planned to organize a big ministry, somewhat along the lines of some of my old political campaign organizing. The first few months were filled with frustration, but I muddled on stubbornly. Finally, my angel told me – kindly, I might add – that I was to have no ministry at all; rather, I was to be a spark that would light thousands of ministries.

          So, make a decision, press forward, and change it if you need to. But trust that, once you have acknowledged and submitted yourself to God, He will draw fruit from whatever He allows you to do – and expects you to reach out to Him by making a decision. All will be well.

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  29. narnialion54 says:

    Charlie
    My two sons(20 and 22) and taking a break from college this semester due to major depressive episodes along with exorcism from the occult, have converted in a major way (praise God!) and are now saying they want to go on pilgrimage to Medjugorie ( a trip leaves in May) or to Haiti to help people. They are aching to see and experience the world!! I so want them to follow their dreams. I also want all of us to be wise. Pope Francis has said WW III has begun. I read what you say here. I know God has a plan.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks!

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  30. CrewDog says:

    The below seems like an odd article to be posted on a “Natural Health” Website but worth a read … and probably more true than not ;-(:
    “Why Greece is the lynchpin that could unleash economic collapse, domestic martial law and global war”
    http://www.naturalnews.com/049094_Greece_European_Union_economic_collapse.html
    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  31. Jeanna says:

    Charlie, you seem to saying a lot of the same things my friends at the Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) are saying.
    http://just3rdway.blogspot.com/2010/09/keynesian-bloodletting.html

    They haven’t given up hope, but readily admit it’s a pretty big IF to get our economy turned around at this point (the closest they got was Reagan’s support before he was elected but unfortunately he never put it into action…anybody who would like to learn more, google Reagan and Industrial Homestead Act or Mortimer Adler and Louis Kelso). It would take a lot of people (or at a minimum, the right people in the right positions) opening their eyes to the economic facts… which is difficult in our current social order.
    “Despite all that, we think there’s still a reasonable chance we can get to the right people and start turning things around. We think that with an intensive program of expanded capital ownership, the U.S. economy would turn around in 18 to 24 months, and full employment would be reached in 3 to 5 years.”
    http://just3rdway.blogspot.com/2015/08/surviving-crash.html

    I’m thankful that we are going to get a second chance. Looking at the future my children are going to have if we continue down this path was depressing and I was starting to despair. Thanks for the life preserver Charlie, I am almost giddy to think that my children might live in the greatest era of peace the earth has ever seen! God is good!

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    • charliej373 says:

      The difference is being able to analyze the situation as it is, as they do well, and knowing that God is – and has a plan. I have been shown these things since childhood in the 60s. Since all the incredible ills He told me have come to pass on schedule, I have NO reason to doubt that the incredible staggering grace He promises will, too.

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  32. CrewDog says:

    The below was posted over at MOG today and I believe it’s worth checking out as it portrays the precarious situation of global financial systems and what the Big Players are up to ………… and why Beans, Bullets and Spam may, now, be great “investment vehicles”! I’m guessing that my Guardian Angel won’t be leaving a “Care” package on my doorstep every morn so ………..? ;-(
    Best selling author Jim Rickards interview is first with some other interesting articles. None of which seems to “make it” on ABCNNBCBS Now! This video (44min) is produced by an Investment Firm that wants your business but it looks legit to me and dovetails with what Charlie has been “preaching” for some time. Investment Gurus, Religious Prophecy Types and Joe 6-Packs just watching the news are figuring out that the SHTF Moment is upon us ;-(
    “The Coming Stock Market Crash and The Death of Money”

    Article on Rickards latest Best Seller:
    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/death-money-coming-collapse-international-monetary-system
    “The world is defenseless against the next financial crisis, warns BIS”- Monetary policymakers have run out of room to fight the next crisis with interest rates unable to go lower, the BIS warns.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11704051/The-world-is-defenseless-against-the-next-financial-crisis-warns-BIS.html
    A Forbes “Take”:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2014/04/28/is-james-rickards-right-about-a-coming-monetary-apocalypse/

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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  34. Patrick says:

    Charlie,
    So how does energy supply work when all this happens? Our home currently is dependent on electricity. Do the gas and electricity just get shut off because those companies can no function as a business? If they do function, what kind of bartering would an electric supplier want from the rest of us since money is of no value?

    Thank you and God bless,
    Patrick

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    • charliej373 says:

      The Storm comes to electric suppliers, too. Look, I have said repeatedly that I don’t know many of those details and the ones I do I am not going to share. All that does is get you focused on how to plan. I have told you how to plan: the same way I do. Acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope. Trust Him to guide you in those steps. Some elements of the Storm will be worse than you imagine; many elements will be not nearly as bad as you imagined – probably most. But the biggest surprise for those who really take to heart the simple way I encourage is that in the midst of it all, real joy will rise anew in you…and many broken family ties will be mended, though not all.

      I do not deny you details to be mulish. The simple way I teach is not just the best way; it is the ONLY reliably safe way. People are more adaptable and inventive than almost any realize. You really will do fine if you stay steady and just deal in trust with what is right in front of you. We have entered a period where restless speculation can be devastating. That is hard because that is normally how we get a handle on things.

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      • YongDuk says:

        So I should return my nuclear powered generator complete with cooling towers?

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      • Patrick says:

        Thank you for the reply Charlie. I appreciate your answer.

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      • jlynnbyrd says:

        Charlie I admire how steadfast, patient, and firm you are in your mission to guide us.
        I have learned the hard way that *necessity is the mother of invention* and have reaped many blessings and graces as a result. Thanks be to God. I became quite efficient (and not always by choice – kicking and screaming at times) at improvising with plans A, B, C, D, and so forth. I do believe that if I had time to foresee some of those challenges I would have worried myself sick and had become paralyzed in the process. It sincerely is a matter of placing trust in our Almighty Father’s Divine Plan and to do and love along the way.

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  35. jackie says:

    When are you going to stop moderating comments? Seems like you are only allowing comments that help for a certain kind of pictures. Why is this? I also did some digging around on other sites and it seems you’ve picked October 15-17 2017 as an important event. Why do you refrain from being so particular on your blog? Now it’s just “late 2017”
    Seems you are realizing you were affixing dates that no one in the past has been able to do, and outside of the border as to how God operates.

    I’ll be praying that people on here sober up from all this and that they, and you, be obedient to your Church. The one that God gave some authority.

    Happy filtering!

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    • charliej373 says:

      I filter out less than 1% of all comments – most from people who do not know what they are talking about like you. You reject what I actually write because you prefer stuff that other people write about me. This is a caring community here. We have more than a few disagreements, but we don’t take uninformed potshots at each other.

      I let this get through, folks, so you see. Seems the petty critics are really on the warpath of late. The anti-pope crowd is after me, as are the MDM advocates…and then there are just the critics who, amusingly attack me because I am just not crazy and bitter enough to suit their taste.

      If you ever read this site at any length, you would see that I have said many times that I once did say October, well over a decade ago, and was shortly thereafter rebuked by my angel, who pointedly told me he had only said late 2017. If this were more than a drive-by potshot, you would know that.

      But I am curious…there are a few people who constantly misrepresent, mangle and distort what I say. Some are just so eager to accuse they don’t bother to study much at all before launching broadsides. If you truly believe in God at all, do you really think you will not be held to account by him for bearing false witness and defamation? Everyone who has ever offered a sincere, informed criticism here has been published and responded to. The cranks, not so much…but I have to let one get through every once in a while so readers see the level of nonsense I have to deal with to keep this site something other than the foodfight and defamation festival typical of so many sites.

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      • YongDuk says:

        See, this is precisely why I keep asking about the comet…

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      • Petra says:

        Charlie, I for one am grateful you filter out most of this stuff. Most/all(?) of us here are discerning adults who are more than capable of just not viewing here if we think something is awry. Anyone visiting any blog can just stop visiting anytime they think it’s a scam, or hoax, or fraud or they don’t like the tone of the blogger.

        I believe I can decide for myself if this site is wrong or a fraud or evil or whatever. I don’t need ad hominem comments defaming others you see so much in every other comments section to *warn* me I am going astray; comments often defaming not only the author of the blog, but innocent commenters simply expressing a point of view. Honestly, it’s refreshing to read a blog and comments section without being assaulted by hostile and negative comments that have no other purpose than to be a sort of online spit in the face.

        Thank you for maintaining a Bedford Falls type of blog, and not letting Pottersville take over. 🙂

        God bless.

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        • charliej373 says:

          Thank you, Petra. I let the occasional one through, not just to illustrate that they are there, but because a few people who came to debunk, after actually reading through the comments and the material, stayed because they discovered this really isn’t what they expected. So if I get the sense of even a glimmer of misinformed sincerity, I let it through in case it is one who will investigate to bolster their point and be pleasantly surprised to find that they really were wrong. I often say that usually if you scratch the surface of a cynic, you will usually find a disillusioned idealist looking for a reason to believe. So I occasionally scratch the surface of these cynics. Not to worry though, I will not let this become Pottersville: those are all over the place.

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          • jobrower says:

            …..and we, for our part, will continue to play for you and them. When I finished reading about Moses in the Office of Readings this morning, I asked him to pray for you. God bless and keep you, Charlie.

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      • gettimothy says:

        Charlie.

        I get impatient waiting for the Storm. I am away from my home at the prompting of God am homesick, tired and, while I know that God wants me here and I will not move without His prompting, I do get ….bored.

        I think you tell us true. However, if you are misguided or delusional, you are still true to Him. Your message of trust God , do the next right thing and be a sign of hope to those about you is who we are as a Christian people.

        My faith is in God, not you. I do think and believe you are correct, I am just open to the possibility you may be wrong. If you are wrong, it doesn’t matter. I follow the Lord.

        blessings to you.

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  36. A while back when I was working for a company in Europe, we were watching the Greek debt crisis about to take down the euro. It didn’t then. But I was amazed that Greece could print its own version of the euro, making me wonder if the fox was watching the chicken coop.
    I came to realize that every country was busily printing away (not with actual bills, that too, but with “tricks”). I also perceived that the U.S. was dumping money into the system – but no one was calling them on it. I can only think that it was because everyone was doing it. Since ultimately it causes such inflationary pressure, it was hard to fathom. Then I began to doubt if my perception was correct. Maybe if everyone keeps their cool and I hand you a fresh $20 bill hot off the press for my groceries – as long as you don’t sneer at it and ask for something real in exchange, it all keeps going?
    I began to wonder if somehow we had entered into the world of everyone taking what they need and giving what they had – though that hardly seems like what was actually happening. But I was doubting that the pumping up of currency was as bad a policy as it seems.
    In the middle of my contemplations, a voice said to me, “Thou shall not steal.”
    Ah, fundamentally, by devaluing the goods and services of actual folk in favor of the government, it is stealing their efforts. Some things are true no matter what it looks like. It is good to know where to look.
    Still think it will all unravel – Putin said at the time with reference to the collapse – “not days, hours”. If a person like the former director of the KGB is unimpressed by monetary manipulations, I doubt we are looking at some very clever scheme that will succeed despite every indication to the contrary.

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    • Jeanna says:

      Hi Victor,
      I could really relate to your post. I was living in England when I started to learn about the money mischief that was going on. At first it seemed too unbelievable, but I figured that if there were such an evil in the world today the Catholic Church would have something to say about it. Imagine my surprise when I learned HOW MUCH the Catholic Church has been saying. It took years of my own research before I fully accepted the truth (I believe through the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel and St. John Paul the Great).

      At one point, I remembered reading in my college Catechism Study paragraphs #2424 and #2425 and at the time thinking to myself (I was a die hard capitalist at the time) “What does the church know about economics? The church should stay out of economics.” Slowly I began to realize that my way of thinking was no different in principle than those who say, “What does the Church know about birth control? The Church should stay out of the bedroom.” Now I understand St. Catherine of Siena when she said:

      “You cannot imagine how great is people’s foolishness. They have no sense or discernment, having lost it by hoping in themselves and putting their trust in their own knowledge.”

      Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

      Do you happen to be familiar with the writings of Msgr. Michel Schooyans (the Vatican scholar whose book “Abortion: A Political Approach” was the catalyst for “Evangelium Vitae”?

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  37. Victor says:

    Jeanna. Sadly I have not read his work. I did recently finish a year long course on the Theology of the Body based on St. John Paul II’s teaching. That stressed his and the future Benedict XVI’s strong influence on Humanae Vitae. Especially the recourse to the Sacrament of Confrssion to enable us to live out our Christian calling. How great is God’s mercy!

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  38. CrewDog says:

    ……….. “The Government held about $3.2 trillion in assets (mostly $1.2 trillion in net loans receivable (primarily student loans) and $839.9 billion in net property, plant and equipment.”……..
    Ah!….. did you catch that?? A third of the Feral Gubermint’s “Assets” are OUTSTANDING STUDENT LOANS!!!! … Say! … Ya stocked up on Spam, Bullets-n-Beans yet? …. Eh????

    “GAO Audit: Federal Government’s Balance Sheet $18 Trillion in the Red”
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/gao-audit-federal-governments-balance-sheet-18-trillion-red

    GOD SAVE ALL HERE!!

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