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Member Letter from Chairman Melvin Rhodes

November 15, 2011

Dear Brethren,

What a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles everybody seems to have had. Inspiring, unifying, peaceful—these were words people used in their Feast reports. Some said it was the best Feast they’ve had yet!

It may be hard adjusting back to “real life” after the Feast, but at least we don’t have to worry about paying the bills. God, in His infinite wisdom, has provided us with a system to save for the Feast—removing the headaches that come from a heavy debt load.

Sadly, our nations have not followed biblical laws regarding saving and debt, but have chosen rather to overspend and borrow excessively. The result is the current international debt crisis that threatens to engulf us all.

In this regard, 2011 may turn out to be as significant for Europe as was 1989. The fall of communism led directly to the rapid growth of the European Union as the Union absorbed most of the countries that had formed the Eastern Soviet bloc.

Now, this year we are seeing significant changes in Europe once again.

To begin with, earlier this year serious financial problems led to the fall of both the Irish and Portuguese governments. Then in November it was Greece and Italy’s turn to go through government upheaval. In just one week, the prime ministers of both countries announced their resignations, and their governments collapsed. They could not get majority support in their parliaments to deal with the overwhelming debts facing both countries. In an interesting development, both countries have had leaders imposed on them who were not elected. They are technocrats, not politicians.

In addition, the international debt crisis is far from over. Spain and France are two more eurozone members in trouble. In the last few days, France has announced austerity measures.

According to the Wall Street Journal: “Italy may yet need financial aid if the mere announcement of a new government doesn’t stop the capital outflow…Failure to halt the crisis could lead, in the worst case, to an Italian debt default that cripples Europe’s banks, plunges the region into a slump and roils the global financial system” (“Exit From Italian Debt Spurs Fears,” WSJ, Nov. 9, 2011).

The debt contagion is spreading—with no country totally immune. Even those with little debt will be negatively affected by a slowdown in international trade and investment.

What’s been interesting throughout the never-ending European fiscal crisis is how well the value of the euro has held up against other major currencies, including the U.S. dollar. Today it stands at $1.35. “Europe’s problem isn’t the euro. If it were, Hungary, Iceland and Latvia—none of which use the euro—would have been spared their painful days of reckoning. The same applies for Britain. Europe is in a debt spiral brought about by spendthrift, overweening and inefficient governments. This is a crisis of the welfare state,” comments the Wall Street Journal (“Europe’s Entitlement Reckoning,” WSJ, Nov. 9, 2011).

The paragraph continues: “Mario Monti, who is tipped to lead a new government of technocrats, once described the Italian economy as a case of ‘self-inflicted strangulation.’ Government debt is 120% of GDP, making Italy the world’s third largest borrower after the U.S. and Japan.” America’s debt problem is worse than Italy or Greece!

What’s happening over there will soon be here—affecting the United States as assuredly as Europe is in crisis now!

It’s not surprising the Vatican has come out with an 18-page document titled “Toward Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of a Global Public Authority.” “Since then, it has been celebrated by advocates of bigger government the world over,” writes Robert A. Sirico in the WSJ (“The Vatican’s Monetary Wisdom,” WSJ, Oct. 27, 2011).

The Vatican paper correctly shows the origins of the current financial crisis, which goes back to currency changes that began 40 years ago when Richard Nixon severed the link between the dollar and gold—a direct consequence of his predecessor’s choosing to fight a war without raising taxes. Since then we’ve lived in a world of crazy money. The analysis of the problem may be correct, but the Vatican’s proposed solution of establishing a “world central bank” and a “global public authority” would mean the end of 250 years of Anglo-Saxon domination of world finance and pose a very real threat to national sovereignty, independence and individual liberty.

Yet this is exactly what is prophesied in the Bible. In Revelation chapters 17 and 18 we read of an end-time financial system that is a revived Roman Empire, in close relationship with the universal false church. Many of the European Union countries were a part of the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago. The desire for a European union has been a dream down through the centuries. In 1922 Mussolini announced a revival of the Roman Empire.

Only 35 years later, the modern European Union was established by the Treaty of Rome, with members pledged to form “an ever closer union.” Part of that pledge was fulfilled with the common European currency, the euro. Of the 27 EU members, 17 use the euro. In spite of the current fiscal crisis, Estonia embraced the euro only this year, becoming the fifth of 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004 to adopt the euro, and the first ex-Soviet country to do so.

Numbers can be overwhelming. Revelation chapter 17 shows that 10 kings (10 leaders of political entities or countries), will at some time unite to form the final resurrected Beast power.

“The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen and faithful” (verses 12-14).

Clearly, this is an end-time prophecy that is fulfilled just before Christ’s return. It also shows us that there must be further changes in Europe to bring about this final union of 10 nations.

A significant change already taking place through the financial upheavals convulsing Europe is that Germany has emerged as the key player and the most solvent major country in Europe. The Germans have been fiscally far more responsible than any of the other western nations, including the U.S. and UK—both of which were once dismissed by the late French President Charles de Gaulle as “the Anglo-Saxon debtor nations.” Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that: “It is now the task of our generation to complete the economic and currency union in Europe and create, step by step, a political union.”

Keep your eyes on Europe as it goes through the changes that will eventually lead to the formation of the Beast power.

At the same time, realize that this international debt crisis is a global pandemic that will reach us all in the near future. Governments everywhere will have to cut spending drastically. This includes the United States, and it will have a major impact around the world.

At the launch of the euro over a decade ago, The Economist magazine reminded readers that a major lesson of history is that eventually paper money always fails. This is the fate that will befall the euro, the U.S. dollar and the British pound.

It is also a reminder that we cannot put our trust in mammon. Matthew 6:24 says: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

This financial crisis is going to affect us all. Let us put our trust in God to preserve us through it and to help us stay focused on His soon coming Kingdom and on preaching the gospel of that Kingdom now—while we still have the opportunity to do so. Let us pray for our countries at this difficult time: that the financial means will still be present for us to preach the good news of the coming Kingdom of God to an unstable and unhappy world.

In Christ’s Service,

Melvin Rhodes—Chairman

November 15, 2011 - Posted by | Council of Elders | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Today’s news reports herald the development of the prophesied revived Roman empire; it will have a New Charlemagne ruling with sovereign authority over all the EU.

    If you read enough about the EU and recent developments it becomes obvious that big changes are on the way, changes that are completely consistent with bible prophecy of a revived Roman empire.

    Truly astonishing developments in the EU are taking place: central bankers are taking over Greece and Italy, but they have never been elected; they are appointed in coup d etat fashion to govern as Before the News relates Dictators by Nature…EU Enters Death Agony and Hal Lindsey relates Empires Rise And Fall.

    A revived Roman Empire consisting of a unified Europe is very much part of biblical end time prophecy. And the developments we are seeing in the EU is exactly what one would expect to see: more central control and power, as Bloomberg reports Angela Merkel spoke saying The EU must move toward closer union. And the NYT quotes her saying, It is now the task of our generation to complete the economic and currency union in Europe and create, step by step, a political union.

    The New Europe that Angela Merkel calls for will be one of ten regional powers; it is one of the ten toes on King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, Daniel 2:31-42, which is referred to as the Ten Toed Kingdom. This global regime is the Beast Regime of Neoauthoritarianism rising from the sea of humanity, Revelation 13:1-4. And according to Revelation 17:12-14, ten kings will rule in each of the ten toes. These sovereigns were called as sovereign authority by the 300 elite of the Club of Rome in 1974, as a means of dealing with the destructionism coming from disinvesting, derisking, and deleveraging out of the inflationism of the Milton Friedman Free To Choose floating currency regime.

    Two former sovereign nations are now insolvent. First, Greece has lost their sovereign debt authority, and now relies on seigniorage aid from the EU ECB and IMF Troika; this body is the rising sovereign authority in the EU. Second, Italy is now an insolvent nation as its interest rate has soared above 7%, all real buyers will not purchase its debt, perhaps only the ECB acting through a proxy buyer might purchase the debt.

    Soon out of Sovereign Armageddon, that is a credit bust and global financial collapse , a New Charlemagne, that is a Sovereign, Revelation 13:5-10, and a Seignior, meaning top dog banker who takes a cut, Revelation 13:-11-18, will have both sovereign authority and fiscal sovereignty, and will provide seigniorage dole to those living in the Eurozone, and the people will be amazed by this, and place their trust in it, yes they will give their allegiance to it, Revelation 13:3-4.

    Comment by theyenguy | November 16, 2011 | Reply

  2. The Most High God – the Ancient of Days, has declared, “Because they regard NOT the WORKS of the LORD, nor the OPERATION of His hands, He shall destroy them, and NOT build them up” (Psalm 28:5; Isaiah 5:12). The times that are coming upon this WORLD are EVIL times, times such as humanity has never known nor will know in subsequent times, as Satan the Devil knows that he has but a SHORT TIME left TO DESTROY ALL NATIONS OF THIS EARTH and that is what he will set his hands to accomplish and the WORLD will not even know what is happening, but we, as our ABBA’S people know and must through humility and strength of spirit – our Abba’s spirit, WARN the world of the impending calamities upon ALL flesh. The Most High God, through his prophet Isaiah, would testify of the SOON COMING destruction of multiple hundreds of millions of lives at the hands of that great DECEIVER – Satan the Devil (and other names ascribed to his REBELLIOUS nature opposing all that our Abba has purposed), as He inspired Isaiah to write of THAT TIME which is NOW upon us, saying, “How are you FALLEN from heaven, O LUCIFER, son of the morning! How are you CUT DOWN to the ground, “WHICH DID WEAKEN NATIONS!” (Notice! this is NOT talking about SATAN’S FIRST REBELLION as there were NO human beings around at that time – they had not yet been created – Satan’s FIRST REBELLION is described in Revelation 12:1-4 and he was able to secure a following of ONE-THIRD of the holy angels – he was created with GREAT power and glory but because of the iniquity of his COVETEOUSNESS he sinned and was cast out of the Holy Mountain (Paradise) of Elohim – NO LONGER the anointed cherub that covers – NO LONGER to walk up and down in the midst of the STONES OF FIRE – Ezekiel 28:11-19; even the Son of man, Y’shua, declared concerning his rebellion, saying, “…I BEHELD Satan as LIGHTNING FALL from heaven” – Luke 10:18; the Son of man was in the Paradise of Elohim when this great battle happened – He will be there AGAIN when the NEXT great battle happens – please read below). ISAIAH 14:12-17 CONTINUED: “For you have said in your heart, I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN, I will EXALT MY THRONE above the STARS of God. I will SIT ALSO upon the MOUNT OF THE CONGREGATION, in the SIDES OF THE NORTH…………….They that SEE you (the days are coming when the SAINTS of the Most High God will SEE HIM AS HE IS – when we are resurrected and/or changed to immortality – we will then go with Christ to the VALLEY OF JEHOSHAPHAT – and there we will see Satan FACE TO FACE as we also will be composed of spirit) shall narrowly LOOK UPON YOU, and CONSIDER you, saying, IS THIS THE MAN THAT MADE THE EARTH TO TREMBLE, that did SHAKE kingdoms, THAT MADE THE WORLD AS A WILDERNESS, AND DESTROYED THE CITIES THEREOF, “THAT OPENED NOT THE HOUSE OF HIS PRISONERS” (Isaiah 14:12-17). The Apostle John, through the spirit of Christ, ALSO saw of the aforementioned FUTURE TIME when Satan and the FALLEN ANGELS would ONCE AGAIN fight against the THRONE OF GOD – ELOHIM’S PARADISE, when he wrote, saying, “And there WAS WAR IN HEAVEN, Michael (the great warrior archangel of Elohim) and HIS ANGELS fought AGAINST the dragon, and the dragon fought and HIS ANGELS, and PREVAILED NOT, neither was their place found any more in heaven, and the dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which DECEIVES the WHOLE WORLD, he was cast out UNTO THE EARTH, and his angels were cast out with him………….Woe to the INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH and of the SEA for the devil IS COME DOWN unto you, HAVING GREAT WRATH, because HE KNOWS THAT HE HAS BUT A SHORT TIME” (Revelation 12:7-12). This GREAT BATTLE will happen BEFORE the GREAT TRIBULATION begins – the TIME when the BEAST will ascend out of the BOTTOMLESS PIT – the REVIVED ROMAN and HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE. Elohim’s prophet Daniel would ALSO speak of a time when MICHAEL – THAT GREAT WARRIOR ARCHANGLE of Elohim would STAND UP – BEFORE THE GREAT TRIBULATION BEGINS, as he through the holy spirit would write, saying, “And AT THAT TIME shall MICHAEL stand up, the GREAT PRINCE whcih stands for the children of your people, AND THERE SHALL BE A TIME OF TROUBLE, such as NEVER was since there was a nation even to that same time, and at THAT TIME your people shall be DELIVERED, every one that shall be found written in the book………….” Daniel 12:1-3). There is DELIVERANCE now, even in these days, through the Church of the Most High God as the prophet Joel has proclaimed and there shall ALSO be DELIVERANCE in the days of the 2 OLIVE TREES a/k/a the 2 OLIVE BRANCHES, the 2 ANOINTED ONES THAT STAND BY THE LORD OF THE WHOLE EARTH, the 2 WITNESSES, the 2 CANDLESTICKS STANDING BEFORE THE GOD OF THE EARTH, the 2 PROPHETS (Zechariah Ch. 4 and Revelation Ch. 11). We, the Church, will MOVE FORWARD in the VISION which has been given to us, not by our own strength, but in the STRENGTH, and the POWER and the MIGHT, through Y’SHUA, the Son of man, who can and will DELIVER His people that we may go from glory to glory in the POWER of His name as a WITNESS to the nations of the world. We, as our Father’s children, and as Y’shua’s brothers and sisters, will surely say in that day, “WE ARE UNPROFITABLE SERVANTS, WE HAVE DONE THAT WHICH WAS OUR DUTY TO DO” (Luke 17:10).

    Comment by dwightstewart | November 16, 2011 | Reply

  3. Re: “Deliverance” as referenced to above: Joel 2:28-32 at Verse 32

    Comment by dwightstewart | November 16, 2011 | Reply

  4. here’s a related article of interest — “How the EU Can Rise from the Ashes” — posted today at Spiegel Online

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,druck-797626,00.html

    Comment by Sally | November 18, 2011 | Reply


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