As I’ll explain later in the series on the Olivet Discourse, you can read the times just as you can read the weather and seasons and know what’s ahead with some degree of certainty. You can’t know the exact form it will take, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare. It’s obvious we’re in a cultural collapse that will take at least a generation to recover from if a new Reformation began today since the cult begets the culture. Western culture is based on Christianity and Rome. When Christianity is removed, only Rome remains. Many ministers have said that our culture looks more and more like the first century Roman empire each day but instead of the cult of emperor worship, our government holds to the ideology of cultural Marxism. Anyone who does not subscribe to this ideology is thrown into the outer darkness. Why be alone in the cultural outer darkness? Outside the camp (Hebrews 13:13) is the Christian church, which is the only place Western culture still exists. You can still find good churches in the United States.
If you don’t read Bill Lind, you should. He’s a conservative, a Christian, and, ironically, one of the only people who understands how to shore-up the nation-state system begun at the Peace of Westphalia. For ideological and monetary reasons, no one is taking his advice. Ultimately, the nation-state system was possible among European peoples only because of the disciplinary revolution caused by the Reformation. As Western people retreated from their colonies, they left nation-states among the people they once governed and these people have been unable to maintain them, particularly in Africa. India seems to be on a path of more partition. The Islamic states are a mixed-bag but are mostly held together with infusions of Western money for oil in the Arab states or offshoring in the Islamic states of the Indian Ocean. The Phillipines remains Asia’s sick man. China is a vast, highly unstable empire that Xi Xinping appears to be trying to with a velvet glove over an iron fist. His crackdown on Christians, Muslims, and Tibetans will require him to crackdown on everyone else which will backfire.
In the non-Western world, the nation-state is clearly in decline. It is clearly in decline in the Western world as well. The loss of homogenous, Protestant Christian polities in territories ruled as nation-states will cause Western people to assume alternative primary loyalties. The immigrants coming to the West never assumed the identities of their nation-state hosts in the first place.
In the following video, Bill Lind explains warfare in the future and the decline of the nation-state system. I believe it’s accelerating, especially as it runs out of money. Like Lind, I believe states are held-together by money (mammon) and very little else.
To gain perspective and wisdom about the death of the United States, we need to understand it in the larger context of history. In this post and following, we will see what the Bible says about historical patterns found throughout this present evil age (the age between Jesus’ first and second coming) and its culmination at the day of judgment. We will do this through the lens of the Olivet Discourse which was Jesus’ key eschatological (end times) teaching before his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.
The Olivet Discourse is recorded in Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. It is important to read all three versions of it since they all give a different perspective. It is also important to realize the Discourse relies on all the other parables Jesus told about the present evil age, the day of judgment, and the age to come.
Beginning with Matthew 24, Jesus tells a parable about the destruction of the temple and signs of the end. The parable is confusing because it is general and specific. It is general in the sense that it intermingles signs of the end with specific information about the destruction of the temple. The signs of the end are actually a description of the pattern of the period between Jesus’ first and second coming, which Peter describes as “these last days.” The destruction of the temple (v 1-2) is the end of not only the physical structure but also the culture of Second Temple Judaism which also serves as an example of wicked cultures reaching their full measure of iniquity (Luke 21:22) and being swept away between Jesus’ first and second coming. Beginning in verse 3, Jesus begins answering the question
“…when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.
That Jesus concludes this first paragraph with an analogy to childbirth is significant. This is the main idea of the whole paragraph. What is childbirth like? It starts with mild contractions that get stronger and closer together until the baby is born. Thus Jesus is saying, “things are going to get worse and worse more frequently as the Day of Judgment draws near.” He continues in verses 9-14
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
There will be false teachers, persecution, betrayal and the love of most will grow cold because of the increase of wickedness. The “increase of wickedness” is an idea from Genesis 6: the world before the Flood where man had multiplied greatly, were doing whatever they wanted in marriage, and wickedness, frivolity and cynicism had increased to the point that it required God’s intervention. Wickedness has increased not only because there are a lot more people, but also because those people were more wicked. This is very similar to our day where the Earth’s population is now over 7 billion and projected to reach 10-12 billion sometime this century. More people will result in much more wickedness and men’s hearts will grow colder towards one-another, meaning that friendship will become increasingly rare. Jesus resumes the Flood motif later in verse 37. Peter gives another perspective on the days of Noah before the Flood in 2 Peter 3
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
The period before the flood was not only filled with frivolity and sexual immorality, but also cynicism and scoffing. In the days of Noah, unbelievers scoffed at the huge ark he was building when it had never rained. He warned them that a Flood was coming. In the same way, Jesus warned the cynics and scoffers of Second Temple Judaism. The Sadduccees cynically asking Jesus about a resurrection when they didn’t believe in it. He told them there was going to be a day of judgment. The Pharisees scoffed at Jesus’ observation of the Law when they failed to keep it themselves. He told them they were going to Hell. Herodians lived just for pleasure and in Acts we read about Herod being struck down by an angel and worms eating his guts. Pilate, the least guilty of them all, cynically asked, “What is truth?” But most egregious example of cynicism and scoffing was their rejection and crucifixion of the Son of God. Vengeance came upon them in AD 70 at the hands of Titus, son of Vespasian. Titus killed an estimated 1.5-2 million Jews in a time where the world’s population was estimated to be around 231 million people. Legend has it that the first century Christians escaped because they read the Olivet Discourse and understood the implications of Rome’s invasion.
Imagine yourself as first century Christian of Jewish descent in AD 70. Your entire cultural heritage is about to be wiped off the planet. Jews want to defend Jerusalem and part of you wants to join them but they persecuted you for your faith (read the book of Hebrews) and crucified the Son of God saying, “Give us Barabbas!” who was a murderer. The Jews defending Jerusalem end up dividing in three factions and killing one-another in AD 67 until a final unified stand in AD 70 when it was too late. This brings to mind Matthew 24:10-11: “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. ” Meanwhile, these Jewish factions won’t let noncombatants leave the city despite Titus’ entreaties for them to surrender for mercy. The Jewish Christians in Jerusalem, instead of picking up their ARs and joining their Jewish kinsmen to defend Jerusalem and ultimately their relatives and culture, wisely heed Jesus’ advice to “flee to the mountains” letting the “dead bury their own dead.” Had they not, they would’ve been trapped in the city first by their own ethnic kinsmen and later by the Romans. They would’ve been slaughtered and they would’ve deserved it because they failed to heed Jesus’ warnings about the destruction coming upon Jerusalem.
Does this incident and the Olivet Discourse have wider implications for Christians today? It does. Next time, we will unpack them.
We owe them a lot of money. Do we know who we’re borrowing from? What will this mean for the US West Coast where we import so many Chinese to work in tech?
“If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand.” Mark 3:24
The Democrats are a coalition of enemies united by a common enemy and by plunder. Raging against the common enemy, white males, generates the election turnout but the effect is plundering the tax-base of white males. Who forms this coalition? Corporations, bureaucrats, feminists, single women, mostly-white homosexuals, mostly-white aging Baby Boomer hippies, their children, and liberal children of conservatives, Latin Americans, Asians, blacks, Jews and Muslims.
Judging by the ethnic make-up of those leading press conferences, this coalition has been led by Jews and whites who know how to work the system and offer handouts and legislation to the right people to get out the vote. The handouts have gone to gays and IV drug users (vagrants) for free medical care and affordable housing, and to Latin Americans and to blacks for food stamps, free medical care, and affordable housing. Latin Americans, Muslims, and Asians have been rewarded with legislation and governance that amounts to open borders. Whenever possible, they’ve weaponized state and federal agencies to coerce counties, cities, and organizations and individuals who don’t go along with their program. This has had the effect of growing the non-white component of their voting base while diminishing their enemies. California, which elected Ronald Reagan, is now only 35% white conservative and all white conservatives are talking about leaving. The shift in demographics, however, is going to be a real disaster for the leaders of the rainbow coalition of traitors.
For example, Jews and homosexuals march in favor of Muslims, but when was the last time you saw Muslims at gay pride parades? Remember the Orlando night club shooting where a Muslim G4S employee shot about 70 homosexuals? Gays and Muslims are on a collision course of epic proportions because gays have loved to push their agenda on children in the public schools but Muslims will refuse this. I expect increasing violence by Muslims against gays and for Muslims to thwart the gay and transgender agenda when they increase in power.
Muslims are also virulently anti-semitic. The first thing the latest crop of Somali Muslim congresswomen did when taking office was discuss divestment from Israel. The Israel Party has always been Republican evangelicals and Jewish Democrats. With the decline of both and the increase of Muslims, the United States’ support of Israel and Jewish influence in the Democratic party will expire. Financially, this is bad for Democrats because Jews supposedly account for 70% of the donations to the Democratic Party. Wealth doesn’t survive through the generations, but children do. Jews don’t have children but Muslims do. I expect Jews also to be shoved out of the coalition.
Muslims and feminists are natural enemies, but feminists appear to be alienating everyone. On one hand, white feminists are trying to keep Muslims in the homosexual/women coalition by re-branding the hijab as the new symbol of feminism. This, of course, brings to mind the dictum, “War is peace; freedom is slavery.” I don’t foresee this having much of an effect other than to encourage Muslim men to put a hijab on as many Western women as they can. Opposite these olive branches Muslim men, feminists are using their velvet fists against their liberal white male and corporate allies with the #MeToo movement. Now liberal men all follow the Mike Pence Rule. Liberal husbands are divorcing their increasingly-shrill, angry feminist wives. Women of color seem to find white feminists revolting as well. In fact, a Woman’s March out here was cancelled because non-white women noticed that the Woman’s March was too white. Feminists have committed the classic blunder of attacking their own allies. This is often called “friendly fire.”
Friendly-fire by hispanics is increasing against the Jewish/liberal Catholic coalition in the midterm elections leading to the latter being pushed out of the coalition. For example, California had two Jewish Senators for 3-4 decades. Jewish Senator Barbara Boxer retired and was replaced amicably by mystery-meat Kamala Harris. The feud between Democratic Jewish incumbent Dianne Feinstein and Democrat Kevin De Leon was much more bitter. She promised to resign so he could run for office but didn’t. The California Democratic Party did not endorse her as De Leon ran against her.
Not only are Jews being replaced quickly, but also their Catholic lackies. In New York, AOC primaried Irish-Catholic liberal Joe Crowley. The latter had served all the special interests named above for decades and was supposed to succeed Catholic Nancy Pelosi as house speaker. Instead, he’s in the dustbin of history. Speaking of Pelosi, she’s either going to die soon or be replaced in her district. She’s not liberal-enough for the crazies in the California Democratic grassroots.
The California Democratic grassroots are separated by age. AOC/Crowley and Feinstein/De Leon beefs are also generational wars. Baby Boomers practice a different type of liberalism than their children. The younger Democrats are totalitarian Marxists of the Frankfurt School type. Aside from the political differences, Millennials and younger generations think their Baby Boomer parents are tone-deaf, disconnected, narcissistic and have practiced a scorch-earth policy towards subsequent generations. Baby Boomer hate is going mainstream and will accelerate when the younger, browner generation realizes we have no money to pay for white Baby Boomer entitlements which amount to $100 trillion.
All of this is bad news for the money arm of the Democratic Party: corporations, corporate billionaires, and the government. The latest liberal Democrat congress is already talking about raising the corporate tax rate that Trump and the Republicans reduced. Some Democrats are talking about raising the top marginal tax rate to 70%. Then there is the Woke legislation on gender, homosexuality, and diversity that makes it hard to do business. In California, Woke legislation that disagrees with federal law combined with the second or third worst business climate in the Union are driving businesses out at an unprecedented rate. The crime, decay, and cost of corporate diversity policies and open borders is making it hard for aspiring corporate officers (middle managers), most of whom are liberal, to establish families.
All of this is happening in good financial times. Unemployment is low and the stock market just had a historic run-up. No amount of wealth is safe from the Dems’ and Repubs’ spending habits though. Truth in Accounting, Pension Tsunami, and the State Data Lab have a mountain of evidence that most public pension funds are deeply underwater and have obligations totaling $4 trillion, roughly the size of our annual budget. Our other entitlements and interest on our national debt amount to $100 trillion. If the Democrats and the nation are so divided in these good financial times, just wait 10 years and another severe market downturn to split these cracks wide-open.
Next time, we’ll examine some possible solutions.
My new post on American Partisan.