Gold and the Kingdom of the Beast

May 18, 2002
  "And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
       And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
       Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." - Revelation 13:16-18
 

For the centuries since these words were handed down, they have been a mystery. They are probably the most puzzling verses of scripture, the object of much fear (real and feigned), and the cause of much stumbling about for a Christian to try to explain coherently. They were an insurmountable wall of bewilderment for me in my quest to understand this imperatively pertinent book of prophecy for 22 years. But now I believe that I have found a crack in that wall - the hammer delivering the propagation thereof being an understanding of economics, more specifically, economic cycles, long wave theory, money (real and fiat), and America's current position in its economic history.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge," (Proverbs 1:7) so says Solomon, the richest of all of the kings of the earth. In order to untangle the mysteries of God, one must first know him, and by knowing him, you will then come to know his ways. This is true of any relationship among men. It was He who led me to the argument I present below, and much of it is based upon application of His Word to the knowledge I now have of our times. If I am correct in these correlations, then we stand at the doorstep of the most critical time in man's history…and we all must face the ultimate decision of our lives.

To be sure, the machinations of governments upon our earth are not without direction and purpose. Where they will lead us, the 'less-educated, unenlightened' masses, would come upon us as suddenly as the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001 were it not for a merciful God attempting to declare it to us beforehand. Will we listen…or will we keep our stiff-necked pride and blindness, remaining in denial? The footprints of those who would forge a New World order are certainly visible for those of us who have diligently kept watch of events shaping our ever tightening, global community. What I contribute here is not new. It is merely a compilation of the reports of many "watchers" that I have gathered while at my own post. Collectively, I believe that they will speak for themselves, and that they will speak to the truth of God's Word. I will not offer much commentary, but instead, I leave you to come to your own conclusions.

As Jesus said to the church in Sardis, "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." (Revelation 3:3) And again, from his apostles Peter and Paul, "the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." (I Thessalonians 5:2 and II Peter 3:10) And so it is that I am become the Night_Watchman - www.gold-eagle.com/cgi-bin/gn/get/forum.html. But, now I ask you to listen to the voices of the many other "watchers," most of whom you that frequent this site know and hold in high esteem.

This mystery is multi-faceted and not easily presented. My goal became to group scripture references and quoted passages together by major themes that will come to be in the end times according to God's Word. I hope this method of assemblage will prove to be useful in setting the stage in such a way that the whole scene is not lost in the details.

So we begin…with a question or two…ones that many bible scholars, theologians, laymen, and serious onlookers like myself have asked concerning bible prophecy - "Where is America mentioned?" "What is the fate of the United States, the great superpower and ally to the nation God established, Israel?" Since all other major Gentile empires that had influence upon the nation of Israel are manifested, (from their exodus from great Egypt of the days of Pharaoh, to their carrying away into Babylon, and through to their final obliteration as a nation at the hands of the Romans) it stands to reason that, with the re-gathering of Israel in the latter days fulfilling prophecy yet again, its closest friend of great stature would certainly get an honorable nod. Many have stretched the Word of God to its limits to fit the U.S. into its pages somewhere… I have found the Bible's silence much more compelling in discovering the answers to these questions, especially in light of the following…

       "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. -Revelation 3:14-20
 

"We are in many ways a very rich society. But by our current monetary standards, fiat credit-based money, we are bankrupt. Over our heads in debt. This goes for all the developed nations of the world… It will take a revolution, non-violent if possible, to untangle this mess before it completely collapses. But it will collapse." - David Champeau, The Math Does Not Work, February 22, 2002

"The American public, having been suckered into pouring its life savings into a dangerously overvalued stock market, is now being called upon to maintain its unhealthy spending patterns to keep the economy from sinking further… Foreigners now hold on a net basis $2 trillion of US assets, or 20% of GDP. They own 44% of the liquid treasury market, 23% of the US corporate bond market, and 12% of the US equity market…but the long running current account deficit that now exceeds 4% of GDP is unsustainable." - John Hathaway, The Tocqueville Funds, Gold as Theater, August 23, 2001

"Bubbles occur when speculators drive asset prices far above their intrinsic value. The collapse of a bubble is frequently accompanied by an economic crisis." - Edward Chancellor, A Short History of the Bear, October 29, 2001

"Borrowers become lenders' slaves. With wealth goes power." - Wally Bently, Is a Silver Market Corner Underway?, March 1, 2002

"The government no longer has any silver… Less than 5% of Americans own silver." - Bob Chapman, The International Forecaster, Gold & Silver Potpourri, October 22, 2001

"What is the point of winning the war on terrorists only to be defeated by them in years to come when they, and their recruited colleagues, buy up the physical gold market and bankrupt America?" - Bill Murphy as quoted by Philip Judge, Markets, Terrorism & Gold, October 10, 2001

"But it sure appears to us that both corporations and households have reached the point where they simply may not be able to hold up their end…for classic economic recovery ahead… We would submit that…corporate leverage today (at one of the highest levels in the last 40 years, at one of the lowest levels of interest rates in the last 40 years) will impede any notion of a classic economic recovery ahead… Today household debt as a percentage of GDP has never been higher in post war US history." - Contrary Investor, At The Margin, March 2002

"The people of the western world have been trained to be good consumers; to focus on money, sports cars, beauty, consumer goods. They have not been trained to look for character in people." - Michael C. Ruppert A War in the Planning for Four Years, HOW STUPID DO THEY THINK WE ARE?, From The Wilderness Publications, November 7, 2001

"Therefore, the best that one can take away from the information above is that there appears to be a long economic cycle that occurs in the United States on a repetitive basis on average about every 52.5 years." - Steven C. Kennedy, A Historical Review of the American Gold Market, Part 1, January 2002 (In the article's chart referenced here as 'information above', we are currently in the declining, winter season which began in 2000 and expected to last until 2011 before beginning a 5th long wave cycle in the US)

We do indeed deceive ourselves…into thinking that credit is wealth, that fiat money is wealth, that we are elevated above the crises of the world around us because we have two SUV's, a $170,000 house (on average across the nation), boats, jet skis, sculptured and bronzed bodies, all "paid for" by the great American wealth provider called DEBT…thinking that we are rich, when we are poor; that we can see, yet we are blind; that all is well with our souls, when we should be ashamed. The message to the last church addressed by the Lord surely makes a good case of representing the spiritual condition and economic status of our day, and especially of our nation. The day of reckoning the debts of our nation - those of the individuals, businesses, and the U.S. Government at all levels - is upon us.

And as America falls to its economic knees, what does this bode for the economies of the rest of the world so intricately tied to our own, to our dollar, our demand for products, and their "investment" bets on our hoped for recovery?

       "And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." - Revelation 6:5,6
 

"The downward wave may have been developing on a worldwide basis during the 1990's but was obscured by the investment bubble in the US. This implies that a synchronized world depression could occur near the end of this downward wave rather than at the beginning." - George J. Paulos, The Long Wave Gold Cycle, December 31, 2001

"Thus far deflationary pressures have ruled the day, although due to massive monetary expansion…one should not be surprised to see in the near future prices for necessities rising while at the same time the economy continues to contract further." - Steven C. Kennedy, A Historical Review of the American Gold Market, Part 3, January 31, 2002

"I think a new word meaning deflation of non-essentials with inflation of essentials needs to be invested. I suggest Retroflation. It means returning to an era when value was placed on what was valuable and essential. So Retroflation would mean deflation of luxury goods and inflation of essentials." - Cliff Droke, The new economy of Retroflation, November 6, 2001

"Goods and services that are usually purchased with MZM types of money, cash and checking accounts and money market balances, are almost certain to rise in price… Goods and services that are usually purchased on time with debt, like houses and cars, will fall dramatically… On balance, inflation will probably win the epic struggle for the cash markets and deflation will probably emerge victorious in the debt markets." - Adam Hamilton,Inflation or Deflation?, December 14, 2001

"Atocha's Supreme Law of Purchasing Power… 'Purchasing power gained by debt creation is always equaled by purchasing power lost by debt liquidation…' Thus, we know with absolute certainty, that all of the purchasing power gained from outstanding debt creation world-wide since the Great Depression of the 1930's will be lost. Never in the history of mankind have so many people borrowed so much purchasing power, over such a long period of time. Due to the biggest expansion of debt in the history of mankind, we now must face the most massive decline in purchasing power, and standard of living and economic activity, that the world has ever experienced…" - Frank Smith, "Atocha", Debt: Part One - Purchasing Power, January 12, 2002

"Economists tend to think of the inflation that rocked Germany from 1919-1923 as some sort of unrepeatable aberration… All this paper looks imposing with their artistic engravings and patriotic mottos. All of it worthless… 'Government stimulus', 'injected liquidity', 'tax holidays', 'tax rebates', 'government bailouts' are all inflationary… Will we eventually see hyperinflation in America? If the government continues, and even steps up the use of the printing press to inflate away the problems of the economy, it is inevitable." - Keith M. Barron PhD, Straight Talk On Mining, October 2, 2001

"It is impossible for the world economy to continue as it is. A monumental financial crash is inevitable." - Dave Skarica, The International Forecaster, Gold & Silver Potpourri, March 21, 2002

In chapter six of Revelation, four horsemen are introduced representing major characters that will participate in the world events as the last days, and God's judgments, are unfolded upon mankind. One of them, upon this third horse, brings in the economic conditions that will exist leading into these events. A penny was a denarius in the writer's day and formed the bulk of the silver coins current in Palestine at that time. It was the regular pay for a day laborer. A day's pay, for your daily bread - the finer wheat for one, or the less expensive barley if you are supporting others. Basic necessity. But luxury items (the oil and the wine) are not affected. We will shortly see why this step is a necessary prelude to upcoming events.

To get there let's look at this transition point…

"The New International Economic Order can only be realized if the plan for a world currency system is also realized…" - Texe Marrs, Millennium, Peace, Promises, and the Day They Take Our Money Away, pg. 183, Copyright 1990

"According to the Order, after the crash (of the stock market) the first thing necessary to return prosperity to all will be a new currency. The dollar has to go. This is, for instance, the view held by the Aspen Institute which has solid ties to the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), TLC (Trilateral Commission), and the United Nations through its membership. This group's financial supporters include the Rockefellers, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, and others." - Texe Marrs, Millennium, Peace, Promises, and the Day They Take Our Money Away, pg. 60, Copyright 1990 (emphasis added)

I realize that a planned stock market crash and demise of the dollar may be a shock to some, but it is merely a means to a greater end, or so the designers of this grand strategy think. The goal is a world economic system under a world currency. This raises two questions - "How will this be accomplished," and "Why is a consolidation necessary at all?" First some clues as to "How?"

"Historically, once a nation removes the link (gold standard) from its currency which had restricted its ability to expand its currency at will, eventually that fiat currency is destroyed and replaced." - Steven C. Kennedy, A Historical Review of the American Gold Market, Part 1, January 2002

Check this action "completed," in two blows: Roosevelt's gold grab of 1932 and Nixon's final delinking in 1971.

"Get ready in the near future for what is being called the New Money to be issued… Everyone will be required to…exchange their green dollars for the new dollars which will be of a totally new color… Frighteningly, there is also going to be a small space left blank on the dollar. In fact, this is already the case in the currency of many other countries. Newer currency overseas in these countries has been issued in which a small blank space, a white area, has been left vacant on the currency notes… Nobody is fully revealing what this blank area is to be used for… Could it be that this space will someday be used for a special numbering system that will be used to bring together all of the world's currencies into one?" - Texe Marrs, Millennium, Peace, Promises, and the Day They Take Our Money Away, pgs. 120,122 & 123, Copyright 1990

"In a shocking revelation, the U.S. Treasury has announced it will soon issue a new paper currency. The Wall Street Journal of March 19 reported that the Treasury will maintain the design of the old currency but will introduce 'subtle colors'…so what does this portend for the future of the U.S. Dollar? Devaluation!… The colored money is due out in 12 months or so according to the WSJ, but may be introduced sooner." - Cliff Droke,Dollar bills, bulls and deficits, April 21, 2002

"A possible (pre-emptive) strike that might temporarily strengthen the United States monetarily would be a change to a two-tier (domestic and foreign) currency… One can imagine what a flight from dollars…would do… It would lower the American standard of living, both directly and indirectly." - Frank Smith, "Atocha", The Euro, Gold and the Dollar, November 26, 2001

A one-ounce gold nugget is rarer than a five-carat diamond.