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“Things Are Never Going To Get THAT Bad”

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Our recent article, “20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins“, has drawn some intense criticism from those who believe that the U.S. economy is so strong that it could never completely and totally collapse.  In fact, this blog is being accused of officially going off the deep end.  Why?  It’s not because we are pointing out that the economy is bad.  After all, according to a recent Pew Research national poll, 88 percent of Americans rate national economic conditions as only fair or poor.  No, rather it is because we are projecting the eventual complete and total collapse of the U.S. economy.  There still seems to be a belief among a large number of Americans “that things are never going to get THAT bad”.  But they are going to get that bad.  It’s just that most people do not realize it yet.

But while times are still good (and what we are experiencing now is rip-roaring prosperity compared to what is coming), large numbers of people are going to continue to live in denial.  In fact, those who try to warn people about what is coming are going to be accused of “fear-mongering”.  One recent commenter even accused us of totally going off the deep end like many of the Y2K alarmists did….

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“Ok – you’ve officially fallen off the deep end. This blog went from legitimate economic concerns to grand fear mongering. This is the same as Y2K all over again. I have friends who still have bunkers and thousands of dollars of expired canned food and you’re suggesting they go do it again…”

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First of all, it was completely and totally obvious that Y2K was going to be a non-event to anyone with a bit of common sense.  There was simply no way that a “computer glitch” that was foreseeable years ahead of time was going to cause the collapse of society.

What is happening with the U.S. economy now is completely different.  We have built an entire economic system on ever-increasing amounts of debt and paper money, and anyone with half a brain should be able to see that such a system is not sustainable in the long-term.  The collapse of the economy is inevitable due to the way that it was constructed.

As for having “thousands of dollars of expired canned food”, that would not be a problem if you rotated the food that you have stored.  You eat the old stuff first and you replace it with new food that you have purchased.

But the commenter above was not the only one to accuse us of trying to scare people….

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“How does the economic collapse lead to a complete halt to all economic activity? More people may be poorer, but they will still have some money to motivate others to produce for a market. The natural disaster scenario seems more plausible for this type of warning. More and more foreclosures don’t. This posting is a bit much for me, seems just some much scaremongering.”

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The commenter is right about one thing – a few bad economic statistics are not enough to run out and start preparing for the collapse of society.  After all, the American economy has always recovered no matter what happened before.  If we made it through the Great Depression, we can make it through this, right?

Well, the truth is that there are some fundamental differences between what is happening now and what happened during the Great Depression.

During the Great Depression, most Americans were not up to their eyeballs in credit card debt, car payments, student loans and mortgage debt.

During the Great Depression, most Americans either owned their land or had a great deal of equity in their land.  As we wrote about recently, today that is not the case.  Equity as a percentage of home value in the United States has been hitting all-time record lows.

During the Great Depression, most Americans were not dependent on giant corporations to feed and supply us.  Back then, the majority of Americans knew how to live off the land and grew at least some of their own food.  Today that is most definitely not the case.

During the Great Depression, America still had the greatest manufacturing base in the entire world.  Today we have “offshored” our once great manufacturing base, and we have become a fat, spoiled society that consumes everything in sight but manufactures very little.

During the Great Depression, America did not have a colossal trade deficit.  Today we have got the biggest trade deficit in the history of the world.

During the Great Depression, the wealth of Americans was not being sucked dry by dozens of different kinds of taxes.  Today we are being taxed in so many various ways that many Americans actually end up spending over half their incomes just in taxes.

During the Great Depression, the U.S. government had debt, but it was not threatening to collapse the entire global economy.  Today the U.S. government has piled up the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world.

During the Great Depression, derivatives were not even an issue.  Today, we have created a derivatives bubble that is now well beyond a quadrillion dollars.

Just think about that.

Over 1,000,000,000,000,000 dollars.

Counting at one dollar per second, it would take 32 million years to count to one quadrillion.

In fact, renowned investor Warren Buffett has warned that derivatives are “financial weapons of mass destruction” that could bring down the entire world economic system.

And he is right.

When derivatives collapse, there is not enough money in the world to fix the mess that will be created.  All of the governments in the world working together would not be able to print money fast enough to even make a dent in the colossal wave of red ink that would be created.

The truth is that the U.S. economy (and the world economy for that matter) is teetering on top of a giant pyramid of debt and paper that is on the verge of coming down like a house of cards.

But if you do not want to believe this blog, perhaps you will listen to some of the top financial experts in the world who are also warning that a complete and total economic collapse is coming.

For example, Gerald Celente, the CEO of Trends Research Institute, is forecasting that we are going to see a devastating economic collapse by the year 2012.  It would be easy to dismiss him, except for the fact that he has a sterling track record of forecasts going back 3 decades, and he has appeared on almost all of the major news networks who have no problem relying on him as a source.  What Celente says is on the way for America is absolutely bone chilling….

But if you don’t want to listen to Celente, perhaps you will listen to Peter Schiff, the president of Euro Pacific Capital.  He accurately predicted the recent financial crisis, and he is also forecasting that a depression is on the way.  Schiff is convinced that we need to allow the current “Ponzi economy” to collapse so that something more substantial can arise from the ashes….

Jim Rogers is another financial expert that is forecasting a major economic collapse.  Jim Rogers was a co-founder of the Quantum Fund, and is a college professor, author, economic commentator, and creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index.  He says that civil unrest is on the way and that now is a good time to take up farming if you want to make it through what is coming….

The truth is that the vast majority of Americans have no idea just how vulnerable the U.S. economic system is.  A new Gallup poll has found that 44 percent of Americans believe that they could barely go a month before experiencing severe economic hardship if they lost their jobs.

How long could you go if you suddenly lost your job?

Right now the U.S. economy is being kept afloat by unprecedented U.S. government intervention and spending, but we all know that the U.S. government cannot keep spending money like it is water forever without very serious economic consequences.  To give you an idea of how desperate things have become, just check out the following graphic about the U.S. national debt that was featured in the Chicago Tribune….

Anyone who believes that such a tidal wave of red ink is sustainable please raise your hand.

The truth is that the U.S. economy is caught in a death spiral.

Already there are some areas of the United States that are literally dying.

For those who do not believe this fact, the following is a challenge for you….

Head down to Detroit and buy one of those houses that are on sale for less than a thousand dollars (in fact there have even been reports of some houses selling for a single dollar in Detroit), and try to live there for a month.

You will quickly learn what it is like to live in an area that is literally dying economically.

When people are hungry and they can’t get jobs they get desperate.

So far this year in Detroit, car thefts are up 83%, robberies are up 50%, burglaries are up 20% and property destruction is up 42%.

What is happening in Detroit is a preview of what is soon going to happen all over America.

So doubt it all you want, but all the doubting in the world is not going to stop what is coming.  The U.S. economy is dying so you better start getting ready.

The Prep Room

 
  • BD

    Yea I couldn’t believe some of the comments either. Thanx for taking the time to spell it out. “ferfal” is a great resource, have you read his book?

  • Bill Hicks

    You forgot one:

    During the Great Depression, America had a huge abundance of cheap oil.

    Now we are the world’s largest exporter and a time when world oil production is about to go cliff diving.

  • Chops

    Unfortunately, the majority of the people in this country won’t believe there’s a problem until it’s too late. We grew up in an era when the US was king of the world and don’t want to believe it can ever change but it’s happening now folks. Please wake up.

  • George Bush, Queen Elizabeth, and Vladimir Putin all die and go to hell. While there, they spy a red phone and ask what the phone is for. The devil tells them it is for calling back to Earth.

    Putin asks to call Russia and talks for 5 minutes. When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is a million dollars, so Putin writes him a check.

    Next Queen Elizabeth calls England and talks for 30 minutes. When she is finished the devil informs her that the cost is 6 million dollars, so she writes him a check.

    Finally George Bush gets his turn and talks for 4 hours. When he is finished the devil informs him that the cost is $5.00.

    When Putin hears this he goes ballistic and asks the devil why Bush got to call the USA so cheaply.

    The devil smiles and replies: “Since Obama took over, the country has gone to hell, so it’s a local call.”

  • “The collapse of the economy is inevitable due to the way that it was constructed.”

    Exactly. It will collapse because it was designed to collapse – on purpose. Wealth and power is consolidated every time. We are over due.

  • Pam S.

    I have followed Celente and others for several years and totally agree with this article. But as you point out most Americans are totally in denial. My husband has pleaded with his mother to secure her money in gold but she says “I just don’t know if I buy into all the fearmongering”. I’ve tried to talk to people at work and get a blank stare. They think I’ve gone over the edge. We’ll just continue storing food and essentials until we run out of time.

  • Tony Stark

    Keep doing what you are doing. When the Feds cut services and raise taxes and the state govt’s do the same, all hell will break loose.

  • eliza

    i think things are going to get that bad. I listen to the guy from http://www.forecastfortomorrow.com and he said they will be. Why do I believe him, because he called the market crash and swearing in of obama….he has been very accuate with all this stuff.

    Turn the news off and listen to this guy, he knows what he is talking about.

  • Lunatic Fringe

    I think many of the readers of this blog simply do not understand what has happened. I don’t think they understand the gravity of the situation. Comparing this situation to the great depression is far too simplistic. The real meat of this story has to do with the fact that real money, the money required to pay the accumulated debt of this country, does not exist. It never has. It is carefully concealed on purpose. Because if you were aware of it, they could no longer fleece you or steal your work product via a worthless currency.

    I call this manufactured reality.

    I will go one step further. A true audit of the Federal reserve WILL NEVER HAPPEN. If it did, we would find fractional banking gone berserk. I am talking fractional banking in excess of 100-1 ratios. And when the curtain comes up and exposes this, there will be chaos. There is no money to pay existing debt. The Fed doesn’t have it. It is worthless paper anyway. It is not backed by anything. It is a hoax. The greatest hoax ever conceived. It makes Ponzi, Madoff, Social Security, all look like rubes pikers, amateur hour. The Fed Reserve is the greatest fraud ever perpetuated. The second greatest fraud is convincing people that everything is ok.

    And you can see that they believe it. They continue to drink that koolaid because they HAVE to. Confronting reality and the devastating effects scares the shit out of them.

    The fraud cannot continue ad infinitum. The bankers and your government have blown smoke up your ass and they know we are all idiots. They have manufactured a deceptive reality, which is not real. What is real is that vast debt exists and money does not. It is truly that simple. We are on the verge of that discovery which the Fed Reserve has hidden for a century and all that remains- is the moment when that gets discovered.

    Collect precious metals, add lead and copper coated bullets to your hoard-those are the things that will have value. Currency? Nobody will be taking that, you may want to use it to line your birdcage.

  • SMKYMTN PREPPER

    The people living in denial will be the ones burning cars and crying “Wheres my food, where’s my money!”.

    It is coming to a head on its own, but there are other things coming which can make it come quicker. I believe there will be a big attack here in the states this year, Israel will be in a war by years end probably before the summer is out, gas will be through the roof which will drive food through the roof and its heading there on its own.

    How well are you going to be living if you are paying $12.00 gallon of gas, $3.50 for a can of green beans and $4.00 or more for a loaf of bread? And this would be before the collapse!

    The time to learn and get what you need is ending. Do you have hierloom seeds and know how to grow them and save the seeds for next year and a greenhouse for the winter? Do you have chickens for eggs and meat and a way to feed them? Do you have goats for milk and meat?

    How a couple of guns and ammo stockpiled. Crime is going through the roof right now and not being reported. Are you ready for a home invasion?

    Also get yourself and your family mentally prepared. Good luck!

  • I agree with the Blog

    real recession has not started

    will be 2011 .. coming soon

    read the following post A long rider through the desert, at sunset

  • Anna

    I hope this wakes people up. I’m still amazed at my friends who tell me “You need to just chill!”…and then follow up with “What happened to our economy? We were fine 2 years ago!” Even then, trying to explain it, they WILL NOT BELIEVE IT.
    If you are a doubter, get the book AFTERSHOCK.

  • Matt

    Better have some silver and if you can afford it, gold.

  • Lunatic Fringe

    This is the latest on the audit the Federal Reserve bill…Ron Paul had the measure put in Chris Dodd’s BS bill, it has been taken out. Chris Dodd is a crook, financed almost completely by bankers. See that at OPEN SECRETS. See the latest audit news here:
    http://libertymaven.com/2010/04/25/the-latest-on-auditing-the-federal-reserve/9608/

  • Sean

    It is very simple.

    If you prepare for the worst case scenerio and nothing happens, you have lost a few dollars maybe.

    If you don’t prepare for the worst case scenario and it does happen, you have lost everything.

    It may not happen during this crisis. It may not happen in your lifetime. But crisis happens all the time. If you have car insurance in case of accident, or fire insurance on your home or life insurance to protect your family then you should have crisis insurance. Don’t expect your government will be capable to help you when you most need it. You will be leaderless, become a leader and be prepared.

  • Bill Hicks hit the central issue. We passed the world oil peak in mid-2005. Demand greatly exceeded supply in 2008, leading to oil priced at $147.27/bbl and the so-called Great Recession. According to the U.S. military’s Joint Operating Environment 2010, we’ll hit another oil-supply cliff in about 18 months. In 2005 I predicted the Great Recession of 2008 and in 2007 I predicted the new Dark Age would begin in 2012 (light’s out in the empire). Not to toot my own horn, but it appears we’re right on track.

  • I don’t doubt most of the grim data in the piece. Far from it, I feel the US is heading for very hard times. I nod my head listening to Celente. He’s right the manufacturing base is gone, and people are up to their eyeballs in debt. Just can’t make the mental jump to imagining a Mad Max world. And if it gets to the point, where we need to forge for our food, and bang sticks together to cook it, is it really a world worth living in?

  • Dan

    The reason none of this existed during the great depression is because it was the great depression which was the bankruptcy of the world. You see before the great depression you could have legal title to property and land and your money was tangible gold and silver therefore you was no bankrupt and you had somthing to exchange, you had “money of exchange” The debt for the civil war was called in (jubilee) American citizens and British citizens and Most European Citizens refused to pay therefore payment was had by your rights as these are valuable, you lost the right to have legal title, you lost the right to money of exchange, everyone was now a bankrupt estate.

    How was you going to pay for anything? Well you was given the ability to promise to pay, you private promise to pay when you were charged for somthing was not acceptable to most therefore you used the publics promise to pay in order to discharge the charge from you and unto the public… do you follow? Basicly you are not paying for anything you discharging the debt from yourself onto the public using public promissory notes also known as federal reserve notes or pounds or whatever. Therefore debt forever increases because noone is paying anything off they are only discharging into the future, its immposible to pay off because you have nothing to pay off with your bankrupt.

    Consider people who say they have paid off their mortgage, they have not, we know money is debt and debt is a promise, therefore if you have paid off your mortgage you have discharged your obligation and the public has now promised to pay the full amount who are now liable because you “paid them” the mortgage sum in the exact amount of public promissory notes in the meantime you can enjoy equitable title only because you cannot own because you are a debtor.

  • humans are not gods

    Yes, we will economically collapse. You don’t need graphs and charts on debt to prove it. America imports oil and manufactured goods. Once the Saudis, Germans, and Chinese figure out that they are never going to be paid for that oil and goods, then it’s over. We will devovle to a “pay as you go” society. Will it be catastrophic and potentially create civil unrest? Probably. Because spoiled children don’t react well to their toys being taken away. War? Also probably. America is a nation of thieves that have been stealing the world’s productivity for 40 years through dollar inflation. You really think we built 700 military bases in 100 foreign countries for no reason? Anyone that thinks a world of pain and misery is not in the next 10 years is suffering from cognitive dissonance. It’s coming and there is no where to hide.

  • Laura

    I agree with Tony W. that life won’t be worth living. Many of the y2k preppers say they won’t prep again. Too much was tossed out, food, etc. Celente and others predict a collapse..but some say it won’t happen, because their other predictions didn’t happen in 2009. Apparently the elite/banker top dogs are preventing it so far. All hope is gone for America and voting is for suckers. The good jobs are gone and younger working people have no future.

  • I’m not so worried about the economic meltdown as to how people could react to it. I guess that we’re all old enough to remember the riots in LA back in 92.

  • CT

    Taken from www captaindaves com.

    What you can do NOW for peace of mind:

    * Stock up on things you may need in the future, including food, paper products, health and beauty aids, clothing, tools and parts, etc. Don’t put this off until it is too late. If you can only scrape together a little cash, spend it all on canned and dry food that can store a year or more.
    * Avoid things you want and buy things you need or will need in the next three to 24 months. Trust me, you don’t need a big screen TV. You may need new tires on your old car, a warm winter coat, a water filter, etc. Buy smart.
    * Increase your food self sufficiency. Plan to plant a garden in 2010. Identify wild food sources nearby that you can harvest. Consider raising livestock. In addition to traditional small livestock animals such as chickens and goats, rabbits and pigeons can be raised in most cities with very little space requirements.
    * Make any large purchase soon. If you plan to make a significant purchase in the next year – such as a vehicle, some solar panels, or a major home repair or improvement – do it now, before prices increase.
    * Buy ammunition now while the costs are down and availability is up. We are enjoying a moderate respite from the ammunition shortages of early 2009. (I saw cases of .380 in a gun store just last week – first time in 13 months.) Lead, copper and brass are going to increase in price, and so will your ammo, so stock up. If you reload, buy components before they disappear again.
    * Buy gold and silver coins to preserve your wealth, if you are lucky enough to have some to preserve! Take possession of the physical assets – do not accept certificates or let someone else hold the bullion for you. Keep it hidden close at hand or buried in the yard.
    * Invest in international stocks, precious metals, oil and energy. If you have a 401k or IRA, shift a portion of your funds into these categories. Avoid municipal bonds and treasuries. Do some research but avoid decisions made in panic.
    * Look for ways to generate additional income. Develop a side business, hone a skill, or make or accumulate something that can be used to barter.
    * If you are in danger of losing your home, arrange alternate living quarters before the Sheriff arrives to kick you out. Relocate to somewhere less expensive. If you are going to lose your home, don’t make partial payments; cut your losses and stop throwing good money after bad.

  • To quote Jim Lovell from Apollo 13, “It’s worse than I thought.” The reality is that our economy is not only built on debt, it was also built on cheap oil and the days of cheap oil are gone forever. All the easy to get to oil is gone, that is why BP was drilling in the deep water of the Gulf, that is why we are paying what we are for oil and it is going to get worse. Even DOE (U.S. Department of Energy) has come out and admitted that there will be a shortfall of 2 million barrels per day in 2012 and by 2015 it will reach 10 million barrels perday. That is Saudi Arabia’s current production. A 2 million barrel shortfall is what triggered the 1973 energy crisis. Without affordable energy the entire economy is going to be impacted and don’t forget, it is cheap oil that grows most of the food in this country, and without cheap oil farmers go broke and food production comes to a halt. Think I’m nuts? It is already happening. Banks are not lending to farmers this spring and farms are going under with more to follow this winter once the grass is gone. The auction services are very busy these days selling off equipment from people who went broke and more is to come.

  • @ Guy and Bill Hicks: Peak oil is a fraud just like global warming. The earth is abundant with oil. It us just controlled by the powers that by using manufactured scarcity. They can keep on making more and more profits that way and keep on stealing the wealth of nations who need the energy to survive. Check out Lindsey Williams book or video on Google called “The Energy Non-Crisis”. I’m all for finding alternative energy sources and cleaning up the environment, but the “elites” are controlling it all from their ivory towers and letting us fight it out down here on the streets… There is too much money and control at stake for them to let the truth be known… Do the research and quit spreading the “Peak Oil” LIE. It’s a myth, just like Bigfoot AND AGW… Peace. =)

    As for this article and blog, well, it’s right on target. Kudos to the administrator! Things ARE much worse than we think and they’ll keep the economy afloat until they are well prepared to collapse the entire thing by just adding more and more zeroes. They do make money out of nothing, after all. What’s to stop them until they are “ready”? 19 first world nations are on the brink of bankruptcy. They are waiting to bring them all down at once and usher in their world government and currency to “save” us all! It’s the age-old Hegelian Dialectic of Thesis, Antithesis and Synthesis, or Create the Problem, Wait for Public Reaction, then Provide a Pre-Planned Solution to the problem they created which gives them more power and control in the end. It’s a simple equation…

  • Funny Jim Rogers mentions agriculture being a solid business. Me and my neighbour are looking to start a pretty big food garden.

  • Gibby62

    Another difference from the Great Depression was that CHURCHES directed the relief efforts initially. Now, since the govt. has taken that away from the churches, the churches are woefully unprepared to assist others. Also, let’s be honest, the people are different. How many roaming gangs were there during the Great Depression that were robbing, pillaging and raping? I’m guessing not half as many as there are going to be in the near future.

  • I am repeating myself from the original story.
    If you missed this, I urge you to visit these URL’s I am reposting.
    We are under God’s judgement!

    Do you really want to know what is going to happen to America?

    Do you “Really want to Know,” what is coming??????
    Really???????????????????????
    If nothing else go to this website and read the visions.
    http://www.unleavenedbreadministries.org/?page=dreamsvisions#America

    Millions killed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please find out for yourself what is coming to America
    Amos 3:7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing
    without revealing his plan
    to his servants the prophets.
    God reveals His Plans to His People who truly follow Him.
    God led me to these visions other Christians have had from God, about America’s future.

    2 Chronicles 7:14
    if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

    If God does not intervene and help our Nation turn back to Him, “WE ARE DONE!!!!!!!!”

    Except for those who are really seeking God’s leading and guidance, all this will suddenly come upon our whole nation of unaware people who think everything is OK.
    Here are many visions of America’s Destruction.
    PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    http://www.unleavenedbreadministries.org/?page=dreamsvisions#America

    Also many people say America is not in the Bible, and I used to think the same thing. That is not True!!!!!!!!!!!!
    America is described in Revelation 18, as Babylon the Great.
    Revelation 18: 9-10 9″When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her. 10Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:
    ” ‘Woe! Woe, O great city,
    O Babylon, city of power!
    In one hour your doom has come!’

    How do you destroy a nation in one hour? Coast to Coast nuclear attack..
    There are visions of America being destroyed by Russian submarines right off our own coasts with nuclear missles.
    Several different people have had this vision, A.A. Allen, Dimitru Duduman, and others

    This below is a very, very long read, showing that America is Babylon the Great.
    http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/hardtruth/america_babylon.htm

    There are also visions of America being split in half by a tremendous earthquake.
    So far apart will the two sections be, they will not be able to build a bridge between them.
    AMERICA, QUIT TRYING TO DIVIDE ISRAEL, BECAUSE GOD WILL DIVIDE OUR CONTINENT!
    http://www.unleavenedbreadministries.org/?page=dreamsvisions#America
    Again, I hope you will post this and let the wise take heed, for the foolish will scoff at me, and any who try to warn them!
    If we don’t return to God, “IT’S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    God Bless any who will heed this and pray and repent for our nation!
    P.S Revelation speaks about people casting their gold and silver into the streets, “I say buy food and necessities.”
    It also speaks about a days wages for a quart of wheat or barley.

    Have to rush off to work, don’t have time to look them up for you this morning.

    God bless!

  • metric

    I’ve got an idea — instead of economic analysis and preparation, let’s instead turn to iron-age mysticism, and start putting 12 exclamation marks after our sentences!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Monday, March 16, 2009
    The Destruction of the USA
    My name is Clifford Hilbert and God appointed me a watchman. He even chose my name for me before I was born. I am a watchman who stands on the edge of the cliff watching the fording place in the river, so that when I see the enemy coming I can warn the people. Standing there watching requires long periods of forced isolation, idleness, unbelievable boredom and great patience – the exact opposite of who and what I am. But that is what God chose for me and all I can do is obey. I have been watching for many years and now see the enemy coming. It is time to blow the trumpet in Zion and sound the alarm.

    For years biblical scholars have been trying to figure out where the USA, the most powerful nation that has ever existed, fits into the endtime scenarios. No one has yet come up with the correct answer. Why? Because the USA will not be a factor in the last days. It will not exist in the form it does today. God is on the verge of destroying this nation.

    Why? Because we have been filled with pride thinking that we created this great nation and that we are the ones responsible for the great abundance we have here. We, as a nation, have failed to realize that it is God who created this nation and God who has blessed us with such abundance, that it is He who has prospered us.

    We, as a nation, have turned completely away from the Lord and gone our own prideful, arrogant, sinful and decadent ways. Materialism has become our god. Money has become our god. Our own fleshly desires have become our god. Our powerful weapons have become our source of faith, instead of God. “In God we trust”, the symbol which is on own currency, is a lie.

    For Christians, their big new church buildings have become their gods. Their “rights in Jesus” have become their gods. Their “faith” has become their god. The Pentecostals and charasmatics are proud of what they think are their spiritual gifts, and they use these gifts with pride and arrogance against their other brothers and sisters in Christ. They fall for every wind and wave of doctrine that comes along, and have no firm foundation to stand on. They believe that they are the ones who cause prosperity and health by their words. They have taken God out of the equation and consider themselves as gods who make everything happen by themselves. They have forgotten that the greatest gift of all is love, something they have very, very little of.

    The Baptists are proud that they are “once saved, always saved” — even though Paul “worked out his salvation with fear and trembling”, and the Lord told the church at Laodecia (a church, people who thought that they were all saved) “I wish that you were hot or cold. But because you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”

    The Bible churches are proud that they alone know the real truth. Their pastors are all cemetery-trained and they know the Bible inside and out. They have dissected all the words and passages and can tell you the Greek and Hebrew meanings of everything in the Bible. They have discussed ten million times whether Jesus was fully human and/or fully divine. They know all the stories in the Bible, but they know nothing of the Living Word of God. There is no anointing in their sermons and the Word they teach is not “active and alive, and sharper than any two-edged sword” – it is dead , as are their hearts.

    The Catholics are proud that their religion is the “only true religion”. They worship more false gods than the Greeks did — Mary and all the other dead people, the “saints”. They have made Mary part of the Godhead believing they need her to intercede for us with Jesus. The Trinity is now Father, Son and Blessed Mother. They believe that Mary has appeared all over the world and they worship the spots where there has been an apparition, even images on pieces of toast. I believe that there have been appearances at those spots – but no one has ever explained to them that Satan comes as an angel of light (a beautiful woman masquerading as the “Mother of God”) who performs great and mighty miracles that would deceive even the very elect, if that were possible. Satan has gotten what he wanted, the Catholics worship him instead of Jesus. His servants also come as angels of light, and masquerade as servants of righteousness. The priests are blind and consider themselves as little gods – unfortunately, too many of these “little gods” are child molesters. The Catholic Church conveniently shoves aside the Biblical requirement that priests must be from the tribe of Levi.

    Methodists and Episcopalians are ordaining homosexual and lesbian ministers and priests. They are teaching that these abominable lifestyles are acceptable.

    The churches worship their pastors as if they were gods and kings, and the pastors are filled with arrogance and pride. They want to build bigger churches so that they can have larger congregations that will inflate their egos even more. The shepherds have no idea what the word “shepherd” really means. They lift themselves up as great authorities, yet they have never learned that they are servants of the people. I have not yet met a pastor of any denomination who went out and sought a sheep that left his flock.

    The pastors teach their flocks that “God is a good God, He doesn’t want you to suffer”, in direct contradiction to what the Bible says. The New Testament talks about suffering a lot more than it mentions blessings and prosperity. But that’s not “positive confession”, so they throw that aside. They teach them that “God’s promises are all for you. He wants to give you the desires of your heart. He wants you to prosper and be in good health. If you just have enough faith, you can claim your rights in Jesus and have everything you have ever desired.” No one teaches that Paul’s testimony was that he was hungry, thirsty, homeless, in rags, poorly treated, beaten and in chains. No one teaches what Jesus instructed them to do “Sell what you have, give to the poor and come, follow Me.” “He that does not give up everything he has, cannot be my disciple.” “Share in the fellowship of His sufferings” Claim those as your “rights in Jesus”!!!

    No one teaches about the Beatitudes that Jesus spoke of in the sermon on the mount — “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
    Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
    Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
    Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
    Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
    Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

    No one teaches the whole truth, just the parts of it that “tickle men’s ears”, just the “feel good” gospel of the carnal.

    The religious TV networks (I refuse to call them “Christian”) are filled with thieves, liars, charlatans and false prophets who are out to build great masses of worshippers for themselves. They steal from the widows, the poor, the hurting, the wounded, the hopeless and the desperate. They are nothing but a bunch of antichrists. And people look to them as gods who can do no wrong. There is no discernment in the Body of Christ today! The so-called “Body of Christ” in this country is corrupt beyond measure.

    These are only a few of the many reasons that God is coming to destroy this nation and severely test the faith of most. Most “Christians” will fail the test and their names will not be written in the Book of Life. A great apostasy of the faith is about to happen in this country. Many will be imprisoned, tortured, sawn in two and put to death because of their faith — only he that endures to the end will be saved. Most who read this will not be saved.

    The USA itself is worse than Sodom and Gomorrah, in every way. Not only do we kill millions of innocent, unborn children in this country every year, but now that Obama is President, we will be paying for the murders of millions of unborn babies in other countries. Obama wants to pass legislation that will force all hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, to perform abortions on demand, regardless of the term of pregnancy or the age of the female. Homosexual marriage is something that the Obama administration wants legalized. The abortionists and the homosexuals “parade their sins in the streets”, and people are there to cheer them on, the nations leaders being among them.

    Greed is rampant in all parts of society and in every organization in this nation, especially the churches. Our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. is the most corrupt city in America, and our politicians are wicked beyond measure. Arrogance, pride, contempt, crime and greed are hallmarks of our nation’s capitol. We are proud of all the great buildings that form our cities, all the money that is made in them, and all the materialism that exists in them. Drugs have invaded every part of our society. Morals no longer exist in the USA. Good is now called evil, and evil is now called good.

    When this country elected Barak Hussein Obama as President, God said “ENOUGH!!”

    “You wanted leaders after your own hearts, so I’ve given them to you. I’ve given you the most corrupt, arrogant and deceitful President and administration in the history of your country. They will lead your country into the worst decadence and depravity it has ever known.

    “My people have been waiting for signs and wonders for years and years, waiting for me to do great and mighty things. I already have, but no one was paying any attention. My ways are not your ways and My thoughts are not your thoughts. As far as the sun is from the moon are My thoughts higher than your thoughts and My ways higher than your ways. I sent the Great Depression to warn you that you were becoming too focused on wealth and greed. Few listened. I sent the planes into the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001 to warn you that your pride, arrogance and lust for power and money had gone too far. Few listened. I sent Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to warn you about your sexual and spiritual decadence and depravity that has become an abomination reaching to the heavens. Few listened.

    So now I will destroy your proud, arrogant, greedy, depraved and decadent nation and churches. You would not humble yourselves before me and turn from your wicked and evil ways. So now, I the Lord your God will force you to your knees, literally. My judgment upon you is coming much quicker than any ever expected. It will be total and complete. Never again will you stand proud and tall as a nation. Never again will you exalt yourselves above Me”.

    First will come the economic collapse of this nation, because money has become what you worship, not the Lord. Another watchman, John Johnston (http://www.unitedstatesprophecy.com/) saw that when Fidel Castro dies, then will come the complete and total collapse of our economy. Why God set it up that way, I have no idea. I just know that He did and that John is correct. You are seeing just the beginning of that in the last few months of 2008 and the first few months of 2009. That is just the very beginning. It will get much, much worse — the complete and total economic collapse of this nation. The worst is yet to come.

    Back in 1986 I was driving through the Dakotas and pulled up to see Mt. Rushmore. As I pulled the car into the parking lot I suddenly saw Mt. Rushmore come tumbling down. Until March 3, 2009, I didn’t know what this meant. Now I do. Spiritually, this means that God will not let those men who built this country upon Godly morals and principles see His destruction of the nation they so dearly loved. Physically, it is His warning to flee the cities and not look back. Pray that you are not with child then, because the worst is still to come.

    Immediately following the fall of Mt. Rushmore there will be major solar storms (expected by astronomers in 2011-2012) that will cause catastrophic electrical, electronic and communication failures in many areas of the USA and the world. This happened in Quebec some years ago and all power was lost for days, even weeks. All power will be lost in many major cities, including New York City. Complete power grids will shut down, affecting large areas of the country. When this happens gangs will run rampant all over the cities that are affected. They will loot, rape, rob, steal and kill like never before. There will be fires all over which will not be possible to put out because there will be no power to run the water pumping stations, and the looters will shoot the fireman who try to put the fires out. The crime wave in New Orleans after Katrina was nothing compared to what is about to happen. It will be complete civil chaos that the police and National Guard will not be able to stop. People will be leaving these cities by the hundreds of thousands to escape the violence. The USA will be paralyzed. The worst is still to come.

    On that same trip in 1986 I was driving through Granite Falls, MN and stopped to eat dinner and spend the night at the home of some friends’ parents. After dinner I was talking a walk in the neighborhood (which was out in the country) and glanced upon some huge grain silos. All of a sudden I saw these silos explode! I knew that the Lord was telling me that our vast supply of food in this country would suddenly disappear. Since then I have learned that the temperatures in these silos are closely monitored to prevent static electrical buildup, among other things. With no electricity, these silos will explode. With no electricity, our refrigerated foods will go bad. With no electricity, our food processing plants will not function. Will no electricity, our processed seafood and meats will quickly spoil. With no electricity, our water purification plants will not be able to operate. Without electricity, most people will not be able to cook. The solar storms will cause the electricity in many areas of our country to be off for weeks and even months. Our food supply will suddenly be gone. There will be great famine all over the country.
    http://www.timothybirdnow.com/?p=1596 . The worst is yet to come.

    Back in 1984 I was listening to a Christian radio station when a guy began to prophecy. I remember him saying “.. and though the President seems to be a good man, he will bow his knees in surrender to the Russians”.

    While the country is in complete and utter chaos like we’ve never known before, the Russians will then unleash a nuclear attack upon us from submarines off our coasts. Impact will come only seven minutes from launch. This will destroy a number of major cities. See John Johnston’s: “www.unitedstatesprophecy.com/russia_invades_america.html” for more specifics. God will judge us for the pride we take in these great monuments (i.e. skyscrapers) that our hands have built, and the materialism we worship. President Obama will not retaliate, but will bow his knees in surrender to the Russians. They will come and enslave our people and rape the resources and the women of this country. This is how quickly this will be upon us. The worst is yet to come.

    Back in 1993 there was a prophet in Dallas who had a vision of all three seaboards of this country being hit by tidal waves of 200-300′. In 1994 I was visiting a friend who lived on a small river near Baton Rouge, La. We were outside sitting on chairs on the lawn when suddenly I saw this huge 30-60′ wall of dirty water come rushing over the property. This was over 100 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico!

    John Johnston has also seen a huge tidal wave hitting the East Coast and knocking down the tall buildings like dominos. “I went into a deep sleep and had a dream I was on the boardwalk in Virginia Beach. It was night time and I think it was about 2:00 am. I put my foot up on the railing and was looking out over the ocean. There was what looked like a full moon on the horizon. I noticed just underneath the moon was a giant black wall on the horizon. The moon was reflecting white caps off the wall. As I stood there looking out into the Atlantic Ocean I realized that the white caps are from a massive tidal wave heading to shore. It was about 300 feet high. I felt the realization that it was too late to warn the people and the dream ended.

    “In the fall of the following year, 2006 I had the same dream again.

    “In January 2008, I had the same dream except this time I started running to people’s houses to wake them up and warn them, but it was too late.”

    Revelation 18: 21 “Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.”

    On March 2, 2009 an asteroid passed within 40,000 miles of Earth. That may seem like a lot, but it is within the moon’s orbit of earth and just twice the distance from Earth as some of our communications satellites. What will happen when an asteroid hits our planet? Remember the Star called Wormwood which the angel threw into the sea? That could cause tidal waves like the ones which will hit our coastlines. It would also be hot enough to make the seas turn red like blood.

    The destruction from these tidal waves will be beyond human description. The death toll will be in the tens of millions. Why? To destroy the vile, abominable and detestable sexual and spiritual practices which flood this country. Several months after Katrina there was a Decadence Day parade held in New Orleans, an annual event. Mardi Gras, which is approved of by the Catholic Church, is nothing but a huge pagan festival. All the different parades are named after different Greek gods and goddesses — Bacchus, Endymion, Venus, Proteus, etc. The floats move down the streets and the people are all raising their hands, waving them, shouting “Throw me something mister!”, to the maskers on the floats. Spiritually they are worshipping the gods of the floats. The next day they go to mass and get the ashes on their heads to start the beginning of Lent. They party like the heathens they are, then go for “absolution and forgiveness” the next day. I am a former Catholic, originally from New Orleans, so I speak from personal, first-hand experience.

    God has had enough!!

    In 1995 while on my way to Phoenix, I spent the night with an older couple in Benson, AZ. I remember Enoch telling me that the Lord had told his church in Benson that there were members of that church then, in 1995, who would be martyred in front of the church for their faith. The Sunday after 9/11/2001 I went to a little church in Lindale, TX for the first time. Before the service, I remember seeing some little children playing in the aisles, just running around having a good time. The Lord told me that these very children would be running for their lives because of their faith, in this country. John Johnston (www.unitedstatesprophecy.com) has seen visions of foreign soldiers destroying churches in this country and executing the congregations in front of those churches.

    That is when many will fall away from the Lord, part of the great apostasy of the faith. Many who have been deceived and brainwashed into believing the “faith” foolishness that is being taught by people like Kenneth Copeland, Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn, Robert Tilton, Rod Parsley, Mike Murdock, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Marilyn Hickey, Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, James Robinson, Jimmy Swaggart and the like, will be “confessing the Word”, “claiming their rights in Jesus”, demanding that God honor His Word, but will find out that it doesn’t work like they’ve been taught it should. They will not have wealth, they will not have jobs, they will not have homes, they will not have their health and they will not have much to eat. They will be hungry, thirsty, homeless, in rags, poorly treated, in chains and they will fall away from the faith because they will say “God doesn’t honor His word, therefore He is a liar and I want nothing to with Him”. These sheep have believed the lies that their shepherds taught them. Their blood will be upon the hands of their shepherds. They listened to teachers who “tickled their ears”, because that is what they wanted to hear and believe.

    The Bible is God’s word which He uses to accomplish that which He pleases and purposes — not what we please and purpose.

    During the coming disasters that God will send upon this country, He will also give some of us hope and peace. He has been setting up places of refuge across this country where Christians will find safe harbor from the catastrophes unleashed upon America. In 1996 I lived in Phoenix for several months and traveled around Arizona some. I was visiting someone in Oracle, AZ and the Lord impressed upon me that this would be a city of refuge in the future. He also showed me that the mountains of Prescott, AZ would be another place of refuge – there are several large Christian camps up there. Lindale, TX (just north of Tyler) will be another city of refuge. I’m certain that there will be other cities of refuge that the Lord has set up.

    In these places Christians will live together and provide for one another. We will grow our own food, raise our own livestock. We will not be dependent upon the government for anything, because the government will be trying to find us and kill us, just as John Johnston saw in his vision:

    “During the same time as the vision about the state of Florida in July of 1995, God gave me a vision of a massive army coming down on America. He said, “John, I am going to allow the enemies of the United States to judge America. When America’s enemies come they will have no mercy on the men, women and children. I saw troop movement and they appeared to be Communist Chinese and Russian troops coming into the United States. As they came in, America was no match. I saw churches and synagogues were being leveled by heavy artillery. As the churches were being blown up I saw Jews and Christians being herded up and shot like cattle in front of their churches and homes. I saw the troops killing children and infants with their bayonets. I saw the American people tormented beyond imagination. The troops were void of emotions. Their objective is to take the nation and take it hands down. All able bodied working people will be forced into slave labor. Some will be taken to other countries and some left here. The soldier’s main objective was to kill all Jews and Christians. As I am seeing all this horror I asked, “Lord, what is happening?” He said, “Because of the wickedness of the United States of America I am allowing her enemies to invade her lands.” God ended the vision.

    “The enemies of America are supernaturally being drawn together. When they come, they are going to catch the nation completely by surprise. Great is going to be her destruction and torment. This judgment is coming soon! The American people, Christians and non-Christians do not believe that God has fiery indignation that will be poured out. The great day of darkness is quickly coming upon the whole world, the day of God’s wrath and judgment.”

    These places of refuge will not be fancy, they will not be very comfortable for many. They will not have all the luxuries and conveniences that we are used to. We will not have as much to eat as we are used to. Some places might not have running water and electricity. We will have to learn to do with much less than we are used to. They will not have much in the way of medical facilities. But God will provide the basic necessities of life for us.

    Years ago there was a TV miniseries entitled “Amerika”, about a Russian takeover of this country. In there was a scene I remember very, very distinctly. A man was helping another man escape the Russians, and they were going through an underground passageway, when suddenly they came upon this large underground room. In the room were a number of Christians singing and praising the Lord. The escapee asked his friend “How can they be happy when there is so much trouble?” His friend replied “Because we know the Lord is doing this and why, and He is in control.” That peace and joy is what will sustain us during those times which are almost upon us.

    A couple of miscellaneous things. The “great mountain thrown into the sea” mentioned in Revelation is Mount Fuji in Japan. It will erupt with such force that much of it will be
    thrown into the sea. Can you imagine the destruction this will cause? Could the star
    called Wormwood hit the seas with such an impact that it would cause Mt. Fuji to erupt?
    I don’t know, but it is something to think about.

    In 1990 God was showing me something about Mikhail Gorbachev being Russia’s “messiah or savior”. In 2007 Gorbachev founded the “Union of Social Democrats”, and is their leader. The party has its roots in the former Social Democratic Party of Russia. His newly formed party skipped the 2007 general election in order to concentrate on its ultimate goal which is to become a mass political party by 2011. He will run against Putin in 2012 and he will win. The people will look to him as their messiah, especially when he unleashes a nuclear attack upon our nation and Barak Hussein Obama surrenders the USA to him.

    How should you prepare for the coming catastrophes which are almost upon us? Pray, pray and pray. Ask the Lord to show you how each one of you individually should begin to prepare. Don’t listen to the fools on the religious channels, because they will have no idea what to do, even though they will claim to. The best thing you can do, next to praying, is to turn off your televisions, turn off all the CDs and tapes you have that were written about the Bible, quit going to all those conferences about the Bible, quit reading all those books about the Bible, take your Bible and begin at Genesis and start reading. Read it during every spare minute you have — if you’ll turn off your televisions you’ll be surprised at all the extra time you have to read the Bible. Read the Bible from beginning to end, over and over and over. Don’t go looking for things in it to confirm what you think you know, just read it. Yes, it will be hard and it will be very boring. But that is the only way to learn what God wants you, specifically, to learn. Turn off the radios in your vehicles and put on CDs of someone reading the Bible. That’s all, just reading it — quit listening to someone teaching you what man wants you to learn, but just listen to the reading of the Word itself and let the Spirit teach you. “For you no longer have need of a teacher, for the Holy Spirit is your teacher.” Quit trying to find someone to feed you the Word, feed yourselves. Babies need to be fed, adults feed themselves. It’s time for you to grow up.

    One final warning — all the prayers in the world will not cause God to turn aside from, or delay, what is coming upon this country. Don’t waste your time praying for that. Pray for God to show you what He wants you to do in the next few years in order to last through the trying times ahead. Pray for strength. You will be “tested and tried in the fires of affliction.” Many of you will be martyred during the coming years. Most of you will turn away from the faith and your names will not be found in the Book of Life. “The way to destruction is broad and most enter through it. The gate to eternal life is narrow and few enter it.”

    One last thought. What will happen to Israel when it does not have the USA to defend it anymore? We are truly that close to the last days.

    Most who read this will reject it and laugh at it. Most will reject me, scorn me, ridicule me and persecute me. I expect that. But the Lord told me many years ago that 95% of what I teach is for 5% of the people. If 5% listen to this message, then I will have done what the Lord sent me to do. My e-mail and post office box addresses are below. If you want to contact me, feel free to do so. However, if you want to criticize this message or tell me that I am not hearing from the Lord then don’t waste your time because I will simply delete or tear up your correspondence, and you will most certainly not get a response from me. I don’t waste my time on fools. This message is not something that I will defend, argue about or even try to convince you that it is of the Lord. That is not my job. My job is to be the messenger. The message is God’s, not mine. Argue with Him about it.

    E-mail: hilbertcliff@yahoo.com (Do not send anything with attachments, I will not open them)P.O. Box 831293, Richardson, TX 75083

    http://www.watchman2009.blogspot.com

  • Stu

    Just wanted to say “Thanks” for the blog!

    Great article!

    Keep us posted as long as you can 🙂

    Warm Regards & Luck!

    Stu

  • TheKooksAreOutNow

    As if looming economic collapse is not enough of a downer! We also must endure bible thumping lunatics claiming they were sent to ‘save’ us.

    Thanks for the input, but we’ll save ourselves. We’re on a strictly nut-free diet.

  • If someone told you in 1926 that the stock market would crash in three years and then the slow creep of economic depression would hit this country a couple of years later few would believe. In fact, there were those who predicted what would be called The Great Depression, one was Ludwig Von Mises. There were several who have predicted this latest economic dislocation, most of whom are students of Austrian Economics.

    This government provides solutions that are exactly the cause of the problems in the first place. The solutions become problems which require more government solutions which, in turn, become more problems requiring more government solutions. We have allowed this government to create what amounts to a Vampire Economy, where the non-productive sectors of society suck the productive sectors dry, all for the purpose of redistributing the wealth, but not necessarily to the poor, but to the darlings of the political class. It has become a system of patronages, government sponsored monopolies with special charters and the benefits of those charters.

    We can expect a drastic shift in the near future, one that includes a massive devaluation of the currency, wage and price controls, shortages and social unrest. This government will have little choice, it can either repudiate its debt or inflate the currency to such a degree that the debt is no longer an issue…I bet they decide to devalue the currency through fiat inflationary depreciation.

    Hope you’re ready….

  • sharky

    Ron Paul in 2012. He’s our only chance.

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