So here we are on the doorstep of the Second Signpost. The Iranian regime has made clear what they want, and that is for all American military forces to leave the Middle East, using the excuse of it being retribution for the killing of Soleimani.
The regime already proved they can strike any oil facility and any US military asset with extreme precision. They’ve proven they can do what God’s word says the Persian ram, the bear with three ribs, and the second horseman will do, as interpreted as the Second Signpost.
The US has answered: they will not leave. In fact, troop levels were raised to 80,000 in the last few weeks.
So now we are in a grace period. God is allowing our soldiers to leave unharmed. This may sound odd, but God is giving America a chance to repent and follow Him. God is merciful.
If America stays, and that’s a fairly reliable given, I believe the next move will be by Iran and it will be the Second Signpost itself. We may have days or weeks, but only God knows. To have reached this point seems unreal.
Why do I say all this? The place we are at has made some things clearer, and is confirmed by Chronicles which shows that in the Americas, God will remove any chance of wealth from people’s lives in the years leading up to Jesus’ return, for the express purpose of drawing people to Him.
The ONE Reason America Won’t Leave
The one reason America won’t leave the Middle East is, believe it or not, due to America’s yearning to maintain its wealth and standard of living. And along those lines it boils down to the US Petrodollar. It is a pillar of the US economy because it props up the dollar’s value, keeping America, in turn, propped up in terms of standard of living.
Think the reason we stay is the price or availability of oil? No, for the US can always cut back its use a bit and make it illegal to export any oil out of the US. The rest of the world could suffer, but America would be fine in this regard. However, hubris gets in the way for America’s leaders, who, believing the US Petrodollar is going to be successfully defended by also defending the Saudis and the Gulf States, has made no preparation for sky high oil prices and so it will suffer with the rest of the world.
Seeing where we are now with respect to the Second Signpost, it’s becoming clearer now that America’s decline over the last few decades is deepening into what we cannot ignore anymore as judgment. We can see also how and why this is so.
A Typical Path of Blessing Versus Judgment
The way many nations and even individuals become blessed, forget their way within God’s grace, and then are given opportunity to come back, typically goes like this:
1) Nation or person worshipping God is blessed by God.
2) Nation or person prospers and may even become wealthy.
3) Nation or person starts worshipping wealth instead of God, and starts forgetting God.
4) Nation or person loses its prosperity and wealth because God takes it away through circumstances so the nation or person will come back to God.
I know this pattern has happened with me. You clutch too tightly to something, God takes it away. When you acknowledge God is all you really need, and the thing you were clutching is not as important anymore, God gives it back to you.
This is what is happening with America and its wealth. America became blessed, started worshipping the money and not God, and failing to repent so far, America is falling.
Steps 1 and 2 occurred from America’s founding up to the early twentieth century.
Step 3 occurred from roughly 1913 to roughly 1971. Americans started putting their faith in government and central banking rather than God. The Fed and a more intrusive government came into being. People fail to realize wealth comes from God. Government and banking will never make people wealthy.
America was blessed with an electric grid making life so easy, with telephones, automobiles, and the production of half of just about every mineral and agricultural commodity made on the planet. America used to export oil to Japan and Europe before World War 2. Some thought America might be “piggish” due to half the steel, half the oil, or half the beef, made in the world, being made in America and consumed by Americans which were only 5 percent of the world’s population. However, the true view is that America was incredibly blessed. If only the rest of the world would turn to God, perhaps they would become just as blessed.
The height of prosperity and the average wage of the American worker peaked in 1971.
Step 4 started in 1971 and has accelerated since 2001. In 1971, Nixon removed the backing of gold from the dollar, changing the measure by which the dollar was valued (see Deut. 25:13-15 for the consequence told to Israel for changing measures). Also in 1973, we started killing millions of babies in the name of self, which can never be left unpunished. America allowed prayer and the Bible to be removed from schools. The early 1970’s saw the “new morality” which was no morality. America started calling good things evil and evil things good; various sins that were done behind closed doors were now out in the open and called normal.
The sign from God given to America, that America had crossed a threshold and needs to repent and turn back to God, was 9-11. In the Bible, eleven is the number of judgment and that something is broken, and elevens were all over the place that day. The first official victim (NYC #00001) was, as God tells us judgment begins in his house, a Father Judge, a gay Roman Catholic priest.
In 2008, the consequences of government action to save the banks were felt throughout the country as going over an economic precipice. America could have fallen at that point but the oligarchs behind the government and banks held things together a little longer. The banking system has been a house of cards since 2008.
After Nixon removed gold backing from the dollar in 1971, the replacement was the US Petrodollar. That is the only thing of any value that is backing the dollar. Once it’s gone, the dollar, like all other paper currencies, will become worthless. As I’ve warned many times over the years, if you have any wealth such as savings or a portfolio, get much of it out of the dollar. Your dollars will fall in value, slowly at first, and then accelerate to the bottom.
This is why the US military will never leave voluntarily. The US economy and standard of living are at stake. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Yes, with America on this path of rebellion since 1971, this is where America now stands. Tragically, our troops aren’t even fighting for our liberties anymore; they are fighting for our standard of living. How far America has indeed fallen!
Every war America fought from the Revolution up to the end of the Cold War was for our freedom. Every war fought in the Middle East since that point (Afghanistan excluded) is for America’s standard of living.
The real reason America went into Iraq and removed Saddam Hussein was not for WMD, it was for Saddam’s breaking of the Petrodollar agreement—Iraq’s oil was no longer to be sold for dollars. Only two years after 9-11, which was the sign we crossed over into judgment, America committed the First Signpost—that awful and seemingly senseless act kicking off the end times.
And now America gets to trigger the Second Signpost.
The US military, believing it can stop any war with Iran and prevent the regime from any aggression, stands in the Middle East with the misguided aim of protecting the Petrodollar along with its Saudi and Gulf State supporters, against the Persian ram who is quite ready to do everything the Second Signpost calls for!
God is using the very thing—the Petrodollar—used by America has a false weight as it were to keep some semblance of its former height of wealth, to bring America down and kick the end times into high gear.
Yes, America—and much of the world—is in for a shock. God will continue to bring America down until, at some point, Americans hopefully realize they must turn to God Almighty en masse, turn their country around, and prepare themselves for the return of the King!