Three Huge Concerns: Debt, Israel and Hard Hearts

I saw evidence of three great catastrophes this week, and they should start alarm bells ringing in all of our minds:

  • Interest Rates
  • Hezbollah and Iran Challenging Israel
  • Hard Hearts in Our Churches

The last one is the most important, but you’ll understand the first one better. And for the second… you won’t understand the significance, unless you’ve read Ezekiel’s Fire. And, you need to read Ezekiel’s Fire.

I’m going to give an overview of the importance of those three catastrophes. And, I hope that you’ll pay attention to them. They won’t be fixed, but they can be avoided.


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Three Huge Concerns: Debt, Israel and Hard Hearts

Three Huge Concerns: Debt, Israel and Hard Hearts – The ShockCast

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[OUCH! – Audio/video lose sync around the four minute mark! Grrrr!]

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I spend a lot of time chewing over what I should write about. And, I am often not sure what will appear on the page, until I sit down to write. In fact, what appears is often different than what was intended.

I’ve been a writer for longer than some of you have been alive, and my writing often takes on a life of its own. In fact, as I write this, I’m not exactly sure how this will turn out.

It just will.

As God wills.

As I said in the intro, there are three things that concern me, this week:

  • Interest Rates
  • Hezbollah and Iran Challenging Israel
  • Hard Hearts in Our Churches

I ran into the second item first, and the first item, second. The third one hit me today, Thursday. And, I was tempted to just write about the hardness of heart that most Christians suffer from. But, you need to hear about all three, and some of you are tired of my ‘moralizing’.

Interest Rates

So, let’s talk interest rates. They’ve been low, outrageously so. That means that they are going to rise. In fact, they are going to rise a LOT. The only question is when and how fast.

Unfortunately, the average person can’t do math, so they won’t see it coming until it is too late. In fact, I’m wondering if it isn’t too late already, but let me get into the problem before I start talking about timing.

The problem is that people hunt for living space, based on the monthly payment that they can afford. Normally, we wouldn’t call that a ‘problem’, but it is when we talk about something big like an economy.

I went looking for a mortgage calculator, and quickly saw this one:

There are better ones out there, but I’m in a bit of a hurry. I’ve cornered an idea in my head, and I want to get it written down before it escapes. And, I don’t want it to bite me, while I’m at it.

(Ideas are dangerous!)

So, let’s plug in some numbers and play a bit.

Home Price: $200,000

Down payment: 0%
(I know. Not realistic. Just bear with me.)

Loan: 30 year

Interest rate: 4%

No taxes, dues or anything else.

That brings a payment of $955/month. That means that if you can only afford a payment of a thousand dollars or less, you can afford a $200,00 house.

But, what happens if the interest rate goes up to 8%?

You will need to knock $70 thousand off of the price, to afford it.

Now, let’s say that you own such a home, and that you want to sell it.

What happens to the price of that home, when interest rates go up?

Well, people will still be shopping for as much homes as they can afford, based on the monthly payment. And that means that you will need to lower the price of your home, to be able to sell it.

What happens if you bought a home on a variable rate mortgage?

Well, that $200 thousand home that you ‘bought’ for $955/month, will now cost you $1468/month. And, that presents a problem for people, since people are bad at anticipating a rise in interest rates.

Do you have an extra $500/month just lying around?


Well, neither do I. In fact, if interest rates went from 4% to 8%, I would need to sell my house or go bankrupt.

But John, why do you think that interest rates will go to 8%?

Actually, I think that they will go much, much higher. Those of you who know the Carter years, know that interest rates were pushed above 16% because America lost control of her spending, as well as having kept interest rates too low for too long. There are a lot of reasons for what happened, but those were the big ones.

We called it ‘stagflation’. I lived through it, and it was terrible. The difference was that America was more stable and better equipped to get through it.

Not today.

Oh, and what would your $200 thousand house be worth, if interest rates went up to 16%?

Less than $75,000.

Don’t bet that it cannot happen.

I personally believe that we are at the peak in housing prices, for the next few decades. It is all downhill from here. And, I believe that we will be lucky to be stuck with 16% interest rates.

I do not know when this will happen, but I am certain that your house will fall in value, every year. And, eventually, it will collapse in value.

By the way, for those of you who own bonds, the same is true. As interest rates go up, the resale value of your bonds will go down. You can always ‘wait for maturity’, but you might not be able to.

Interest rates are going up.

This rise in rates will collapse the economy.

I personally believe that this economic collapse will be the worst in human history.

Please prepare accordingly.

Hezbollah And Iran Challenging Israel

Hezbollah and Iran are essentially the same thing. Iran was the one that created Hezbollah, and Hezbollah takes its orders from Tehran. And, they are both itching for a fight with Israel.

Please understand that Iran is not a normal country as you and I think of ‘normal countries’. Iran is a country ruled by fanatics. And, their fanaticism is involved in everything that they do. And, their goal, since 1979 has been the capture of Jerusalem.

I have been telling you about the elite special forces of Iran.

Do you remember their name?

Quds Force.

‘Quds’ mean Jerusalem. So, we should be calling ‘Quds Force’ by its real name – ‘Jerusalem Force’. And, they have been broadcasting their intention of capturing Jerusalem for almost 40 years.

What will their ‘casus belli’ (justification for war) be?

The gas wells being drilled in the Mediterranean Sea. Iran, through Hezbollah, is claiming that Israel is violating Lebanese rights. And, on behalf of Lebanon, Iran will be attacking those wells. They have already declared their intention to do so.

Will Israel sit by and let Iran do this?

Of course not. Iran knows this, and wants Israel to attack them. And, the longer that Israel delays in her attack on Hezbollah, the harder it will be to defeat Hezbollah.

Israel MUST attack. She doesn’t have a choice, and she cannot delay too long before doing so. And, Hezbollah is ready for them to do so.

Hezbollah is dug in, with a horrendous number of missiles pointed at Israel’s heart. The destruction wreaked upon northern Israel will be incredible.

What would I do, if I were Israel?

I would do my best to cut the land route between Iran and Syria. And then, I would find an excuse, any excuse, to invade Syria, and draw Hezbollah fighters out of Lebanon, where I could kill them more easily.

Unfortunately, Hezbollah would still use their missiles on Israel, and cutting the land route between Iran and Syria is not out of the question.

What will Israel do?

Feed as many weapons as possible into the area between the Golan and Damascus. I would also send in raiding units into Syria, to disrupt the movements of the Syrian army, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah. I would assassinate anyone connected with Hezbollah.

In short, I would do everything possible to weaken Hezbollah, to give myself time to prepare a knockout blow. And, I believe that they’ve been doing that, to some extent. But, this threat against Israeli gas fields in the Mediterranean, means that Israel is running out of time.

I believe that this will be the fulfillment of Isaiah 17:

And, it will be a prelude to the coming of Gog and Magog. And, along with Gog and Magog comes something that I have called Ezekiel’s Fire:

Trust me when I say that you are not ready for Ezekiel’s Fire. No one is.

Hard Hearts In Our Churches

Many of you know that I suffer chronic depression. And, my depression is about as bad as anyone can have, without being permanently disabled. In fact, without the medication that I take for it, I doubt that I would be able to function normally. And yes, I have investigated the full range of alternatives to medication.

Trust me on this one. I am very thorough in my research, and I will try anything at least once. In fact, I probably have.

Some alternatives do help, and I do my best to use them. But, nothing helps more than medication. I deeply appreciate the good will that people show me, when they attempt to share their thoughts on this, and I readily accept all such communication. But, please understand that I’ve been at this for almost 40 years.

The big question that often hits me, is…


Why have I had to go through this?

Why should I spend every day preferring to die, rather than live?

Part of it is Hashimoto’s Disease, and the time that it took to discover that I had a problem. Whenever there is a delay in diagnosis for something like this, there is always room for depression to sink its roots into your life. And, once those roots have dug in deep enough…

Hypothyroidism is a GIGANTIC cause for depression. And, when doctors discover that you have it, they now tend to prescribe an antidepressant along with your thyroid pill. And yes, you need it. I certainly did, but didn’t know it.

However, I believe that there is a much bigger reason, and it’s a ‘church reason’.

Our churches are full of people who do not care about others. We meet on Sunday morning, give each other a nice big smile and think that this is enough. Those who suffer are not welcome among us. And, when we find them, we make them feel like there’s something wrong with them – that there’s some sin involved in their life that caused them to suffer.

If there is sin involved, it is assuredly the sin that dwells in the heart of those who abuse the sufferer. I have seen this in the vast majority of the churches that I have gone to. And, it is an abomination.

In one church, I tried to set up a kind of self-help group. Our goal was to help ourselves and take what we learned to help others. Our effort was shot down after a week, by the wife of an elder. No explanation. No discussion.

The irony is that the pastor’s daughter was in desperate need of help, and was forced to attend another church to get it. And yes, they provided such help. And, that is the only church that I know of, that provides such support.

I sit in awe and wonder at the coldness in our churches. We are arrogant and full of pride, and when someone comes to us, with a real need… the best that we can do is say, “Be warmed and filled. Be blessed.”

I’m sure that none of you are like this. I doubt that you would take the time to read or listen to this, if you were. Omega Shock readers are uniformly awesome. However, you might not realize that the person sitting next to you, is suffering terribly.

Your Mission, If You Choose To Accept It

So, let me give you some homework:

First, seek out those in your church who are suffering. Listen to them, without offering advice. You can’t listen with your mouth open, and most of those who suffer, already know more about their problem than you do.

What people need is someone who will listen to them. And yes, it gets repetitive. But, I can tell you that you won’t die because you had to listen to the story about their cat, ten days in a row.

And, just because you went through a period of depression for a few weeks or months, doesn’t qualify you to hand out advice to those who suffer depression. Chronic conditions are a completely different animal, and your ‘experience’ is less than meaningless to us.

Come back to us with advice, after you’ve suffered depression every day for five years straight. Then, we might have something to talk about. Until then, you need to understand that you don’t understand. And, because we love you, we don’t WANT you to understand.

And, it actually hurts to have to fight off the bad advice that keeps getting thrown at us. Yes, we know that you mean well. And, we try to give you some slack, because of it. But, it still hurts.

The second thing that I want you to do is stop the attacks on antidepressants. I am so tired of hearing the incessant criticism of antidepressants, I could scream. In fact, I have screamed.

For some reason, the alt-right has gotten it into their collective head that antidepressants are somehow the cause of so much that is evil out there. Sorry, but antidepressants have NOTHING to do with it. Zip. Zero. Nada.

Yes, that shooter in Florida was on medication for depression, but those medications were NOT his problem. His problem was bad parenting. And, by the time that he got some good parenting, it was already too late.

Antidepressants do not cause people to ‘flip out’. People ‘flip out’ because they don’t have self control, and never had it. In fact, we are a society that no longer understands what self-control is.

So, stop repeating what the morons tell you about antidepressants. They work. I’m a walking, talking example. And, if you demonstrate enough care and compassion to those around you, you would probably find out that a surprising number of your friends are taking them too – but were too scared to tell you.

Please. If you call yourself a Christian, stop the abuse and reach out to the abused. And yes, that means that some of you need to repent.

The Number One Reason

Oh, and I didn’t tell you the number one reason for why I suffer depression this much:

Because it’s good for me.

I am a man of many talents, even though they aren’t mine. By the grace of God, I do many things well and have proved it by doing those things. I have been greatly and magnificently blessed by God. But, with each of my blessings, comes an equally perilous danger of believing that they are mine…

…and falling.

I have often made the mistake of thinking that my talents were my own. They are not and never were. If I am better than anyone at something, it is only – and solely – by the grace of God.

In fact, I identify strongly with this passage in I Corinthians:

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

 – 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

I remember a time, when I was begging the Lord for release from this plague. And, the Lord brought to mind the time when I dedicated myself to serving Him wherever, whenever and in whatever capacity. And, it was as if He was asking me if that commitment was still true.

It still was.

From that moment on, I knew that this burden would be mine, as long as I was still committed to serving God. And, if that was the price, I was willing to pay.

I’m still willing.

The bottom line is that there is a good reason why we suffer. You might not know the reason. But, God never ever allows suffering in one of His children, unless it is necessary.

For those of you who do not suffer, please be careful to not be a source of suffering for others.

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

 – Romans 12:15-16

So, I have a question for all of you:

Are you ready to open your heart and weep with those who weep?



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My research sources are pretty wide ranging, and their number keep growing. So, instead of listing all of my sources, let me list the ones that deserve special mention:

A big thank you to all who sent me articles. I appreciate all of it.



Yup, more than just special, these links appear to be the most important of all. Seriously, start with these.

And yes, these are pretty serious.

Passion For Christ Movement | P4CM Presents JIG-A-BOO by Featured P4CM Poet Jackie Hill

PrepperGal shared this in the comment section, and I was blown away by this video. And, if you can’t hear what this poem says, or what this young woman speaks… you shouldn’t be reading what I write, or listening to what I say.

Here’s how the poem starts out:

Turn to ya neighbor and tell them to listen to this poem

Tap ya other neighbor and tell them to listen to this poem

What has happened to us church?

Why do we do what every person that stands behind a mic says

without investigating their fruit first?

The truth hurts but im here to slice you up with His sword so

that we can start being real Christians again instead of


And, it continues on from there. This link includes the lyrics and the original YouTube video.

By the way, for those of you with YouTube channels, it is wrong not to provide links back to the original content. PrepperGal provided the original, but it would have been hard to find, from some of the other videos that I saw.

Please. Everyone. Be ethical. Have integrity. Be honest. Give credit, where credit is due.

Here are a couple of links about this artist:

I am deeply impressed by this woman. Talk about a life changed by God… wow. And, between this video and now, she got married and is now a mom.

God bless you, Jackie Hill Perry. Well done, sister!

(and, thank you, PG!)

What You Need to Know About Planned Parenthood – YouTube

It is one thing to suspect that that foul organization is engaged in deception. But, it’s many times worse to see the proof laid out in such a clear way.

This is less than five and a half minutes long, and it’s something that everyone needs to see.

For those of you who are Americans, your taxes go to funding a murder every 90 something seconds.

Don’t you think that it’s time to see what you are paying for?

Ami Presents: Communist Manifesto or Democratic Party Platform? – YouTube

Did you know that the Democratic Party Platform sounds similar and even identical to the Communist Party Manifesto?

Well, Ami Horowitz went out to prove that by going to NYU students and asking them which was which, and they couldn’t tell.

And YOU won’t be able to tell, either.

If I Were the Devil – Paul Harvey (Good Audio) – YouTube

This is an extremely prophetic bit of audio from Paul Harvey. His radio show ‘The Rest of the Story’ is a part of my earliest memories. And this… this is a painfully accurate warning of what would be coming. Some claim that it’s a prophecy, but that’s just foolish talk.

This was a warning, plain and simple.

Now, what you will hear is not the original essay, written in 1964. To the best of my knowledge, the version that Paul Harvey reads, is one that he made tiny changes to, in 1996. And, the words in this video are as close to the 1964 version, that it really doesn’t matter all that much, to show the differences. But, I’ll do it anyway.

So, if you want to check out the original, as you listen to this, it’s here:

[NOTE: I don’t show the changes. You can see that, yourself. – JL]

If I Were the Devil

If I were the Prince of Darkness I would want to engulf the whole earth in darkness.

I’d have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.

So I should set about however necessary, to take over the United States.

I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whispers to you as I whispered to Eve, “Do as you please.”

To the young I would whisper “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that “man created God,” instead of the other way around. I would confide that “what is bad is good and what is good is square.”

In the ears of the young married I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be “extreme” in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct.

And the old I would teach to pray — to say after me — “Our father which are in Washington.”

Then I’d get organized.

I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work. Idle hands usually work for me.

I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could, I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction, I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions; let those run wild.

I’d designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts and I’d get preachers to say, “She’s right.”

With flattery and promises of power I would get the courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.

Then in his own churches I’d substitute psychology for religion and deify science.

If I were Satan I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg

And the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the Devil I’d take from those who have and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines and objectors in slave-labor camps.

If I were Satan I’d just keep doing what I’m doing and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil.

Now, I got that transcript from a pretty awful source: Snopes.

And, you shouldn’t trust Snopes farther than you can throw them. If you delve into their bios, you’ll find out what I mean.

They make mistakes. Big ones.

And, they lie.

And, I hate lying liars.

The Call-Leader from Elwood, Indiana on October 15, 1964 • Page 2

Okay, this appears to verfiy the Snopes account. And, it doesn’t seem like Paul Harvey recorded this essay for radio broadcast.

Please. Everyone. Verify what people claim. It’s not that hard, and you will save yourself from being a vector for effor and lies.

In this case, a minor one.

Prophetic Warning for America! (2018-2019) – YouTube

Oh, and my inspiration for including Paul Harvey’s “If I Were The Devil”, is this video.

Thank you, Jason A, whoever you are.

Teacher of the Year: WHY School Violence Is Out of Control – The Organic Prepper

THIS is an important reason why everything… and I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G …is falling apart. Yes, the fact that 17 kids lost their lives is bad, but this is about something bigger than that. This is about the destruction of our society. Of our civilization.

This ‘rant’ by Kelly Guthrie Raley is part of a short list of reasons why The Great Tribulation is inevitable within the lifetime of most of you, and you need to read it. So, here are her words, from her Facebook page:

Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else! But I also know daily I could end up in an active shooter situation.

Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!!

I grew up with guns. Everyone knows that. But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me. I was terrified of doing something bad at school, as I would have not had a life until I corrected the problem and straightened my ass out. My parents invaded my life. They knew where I was ALL the time. They made me have a curfew. They made me wake them up when I got home. They made me respect their rules. They had full control of their house, and at any time could and would go through every inch of my bedroom, backpack, pockets, anything! Parents: it’s time to STEP UP! Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough “friends” at school. Be their parent. Being the “cool mom” means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME. I’ll say it again. My home was filled with guns growing up. For God’s sake, my daddy was an 82nd Airborne Ranger who lost half his face serving our country. But you know what? I never dreamed of shooting anyone with his guns. I never dreamed of taking one! I was taught respect for human life, compassion, rules, common decency, and most of all, I was taught that until I moved out, my life and bedroom wasn’t mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was happening because they loved me and wanted the best for me.

There. Say that I’m a horrible person. I didn’t bring up gun control, and I will refuse to debate it with anyone. This post wasn’t about gun control. This was me, loving the crap out of people and wanting the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God created each one for greatness, and just wanting them to reach their futures. It’s about 20 years ago this year I started my teaching career. Violence was not this bad 20 years ago. Lack of compassion wasn’t this bad 20 years ago. And God knows 20 years ago that I wasn’t afraid daily to call a parent because I KNEW that 9 out of 10 would cuss me out, tell me to go to Hell, call the news on me, call the school board on me, or post all over FaceBook about me because I called to let them know what their child chose to do at school…because they are a NORMAL kid!!!!!

Those 17 lives mattered. When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously?

– Kelly Guthrie Raley


Hopefully, Kelly’s post will stay up long enough for people to understand what is happening, and why. America has become a society of children without fathers. And, by defintion, ‘a child without a father’ is a bastard. And, there’s a reason why ‘bastard’ has always been a foul word.

A bastard grows up without self-discipline. And, a bastard can have a biological father that lives with him or her, but if that ‘father’ doesn’t do his job – then the child will still be a bastard.

Unfortunately, we are already into the second and third generation of bastards in America. I went to elementary school with bastards, and their fathers were bastards. And again, I am not using that as ‘swear word’. These kids were literally allowed to grow up without a single shred of discipline.

They were kids without fathers.

They were bastards.

Worse, I am in my 50s, and these bastards are now running the country. The world.

The rebellion that started in the 1960s is now bearing fruit in the massacre of teenagers in schools.

What will be next?

Real Reason Why More Shootings Are Happening…Shocking! – YouTube

And, Josh Tolley expands on the idea that the above teacher wrote about.

The problem is morality and bad parenting.

The Truth Behind The Polish Law Banning Lies About Official Polish Involvement In German War Crimes In Poland

Chris, who is Polish and lives in Poland, wrote in response to an article that I linked to in last week’s article. And, it’s an excellent example of how you can draw the wrong conclusions from something as benign as an attempt to stop the lies being told about your country.

Here is Chris’s excellent comment:

Hi John,

I’ll try to be short, but the matter is delicate and needs to be addressed. Zerohedge lies. It is not “illegal” to speak about crimes perpetrated by the Poles during WWII. The relevant article of that bill starts with:

“Art. 55a. 1. Whoever publicly and contrary to the facts attributes to the Polish Nation or to the Polish State responsibility or co-responsibility for the Nazi crimes committed by the German Third Reich…”.

So, to do anything “illegal” you have to:

1. lie (contrary to the facts),

2. project somebody’s else crimes unto Poland or the Poles. Interpretation given in this article is just false, that bill gives no legal way to hide actual, and real, sins and crimes commited by the Poles.

But, you may ask yourself, why such interpretation is dominant in many media. There are two points:

1. World war was the playground of Satan, an environment, where ALL the nations got a chance to show the worst. But not all have engineered this environment – and Poles and Jews were not among them.

2. Those who made all that evil possible have a vital interest to share responsibility. In a very selective way, no one remembers Quislings, Petains, SS Flandern… There is a trend to attribute crimes to “Nazis” (alien race from space, they escaped to their home planet) and avoid using “Germans”, have you noticed? Welcome to German “historical policy”.

What bothers me, is that (given prevalent lack of historical consciousness and imagination) it all tends to escalate beyond control, and consequences will be sad. Look at this:

Before you label Polish PM as antisemite:

If you wonder what he was talking about, did you know about such a thing:

Another example, one of the leaders of famous Warsaw Ghetto uprising, war hero and, later, member of Knesset:

and… his brother:

Remember major Pilecki, killed by the communist secret police after the war? Guess who signed his execution order, and thousands of others. Yes, you guessed correctly. And I nearly scratched the surface with those examples.

World war gave everyone a chance to show the worst. It is a challenge to speak the truth about what happened, and, at the same time, to remember who, and why started it and made it all possible.

Oh, and let me add something else, and you should be aware of this. The idea of this bill has nothing to do with Israel or Jewish people. Moreover, it was consulted with Israeli ambassador two times last year, and at that time there was no complaints. It all started when German media conglomerates began freely using “Polish death camps” phrase, and otherwise suggesting that Poland “cooperated” in Holocaust. Hence the bill. Germans have their reasons – special commision of Polish parliament is slowly concluding the assessment of Polish losses during WWII. After they’re finished, the next step will be formal demand of war reparations from Germany (which Poland never got in any form). Two weeks ago secretary of this commission was asked to give numbers, he answered he’s not yet authorized, but he can give the order of magnitude: trillions of US dollars.

As for the bill, it is now evaluated by Constitutional Court, and it is almost certain it will be corrected. Poland has no intention to be hostile to Israel in any way, or to deny any actual crimes committed by the Poles (in fact I could challenge anyone to find an example of such denial by Polish authorities – there are none). But (even partial) attributing of German “achievements” to Polish nation and state is a red line for us. 3 millions of dead people and utterly ruined country is something we cannot ignore. Or forget.

Yours in Christ


Again, that was an excellent example of why we need a voice that speaks intelligently from within the society that is being criticized.

There is an additional dimension to this. The entire leadership of Poland was murdered by Hitler, so there wasn’t a Polish government that could have cooperated with Hitler, even if it wanted to – which it didn’t.

Why else would Hitler have executed the entire leadership of Poland?

How ironic that the French government essentially stayed intact. As Chris hinted at, Philippe Pétain cooperated completely and enthusiastically with the Nazis. The Vichy French. Surrender monkeys and the foulest of anti-Semites.

However, I still worry that Poland is taking the wrong path with this law. It can set a precedent that allows free speech to be suppressed throughout Poland, for any reason whatsoever. But, this is for the Polish to decide, and not myself.

Poland is a great country that has been terribly abused by her neighbors for far too long, and we should give her the benefit of the doubt.

Thank you Chris, and may God bless Poland.

Sinabung Eruption Signals Year without a Summer Cycle, Are you Prepared (534) – YouTube

Fellow expat, here in Taipei – David DuByne – is sounding the alarm over the eruption of Mt. Sinabung. He also shows a statistical correlation between Grand Solar Minima and massive volcanic activity.

Of course, correlation does not indicate causation.

If any of you want to jump on this, dive in and let us know what you find. But, David isn’t the only one making this connection. And, ultimately, it doesn’t matter. Cold is cold is cold. And, if local crops don’t do well, you will have a problem getting enough to eat.

David is sounding the alarm. I leave it up to you to follow – or not.

Now They’ve Crossed the Line – YouTube

I had originally put this in the ‘moron’ section. But, the following link escalated to something more serious.


Well, the Clinton News Network is plumbing new depths of stupidity, harassing old ladies that retweeted something that they agreed with – that happened to have been ‘penned’ by a Russian.


Woman Receives Abuse, Violent Threats After CNN Tracks Down, Publicly Shames Her for Sharing ‘Russian’ Event on Facebook | Breitbart

The Clinton News Network needs to be sued by this poor woman, for being abused publicly by CNN. She was abused. And, then… she suffered abuse by the morons who targeted her – because of CNN.

The only good thing about all this, is that CNN is run by morons, staffed by morons and watched by morons. Yes, morons can be dangerous, but they will always demonstrate that they are morons, while they do it.

Why do people choose to watch the lying liars of CNN?

I just don’t get it.

Witness: Teacher Caught Telling Parkland Students to Attend Anti-Second Amendment Rally

And, here is MORE on what the dirtbags at CNN are doing:

Many students also told Cardillo that they are pro-second amendment, however; the media (CNN) is only focusing on gun control and students who are against the second amendment.

Yup. The always foul. The always evil. That’s CNN – the Clinton News Network.

Or, maybe it’s the Corrupt News Network.

Shooting Survivor: CNN Gave Me “Scripted Question” After Denying Question About Armed Guards | Video | RealClearPolitics

Even MORE scumbaggery from CNN.

I am a little bit surprised that CNN has so little sense of shame. These people are prostitutes.

The drugs do work: anti-depressants should be given to a million more Britons, largest ever review claims

We live in an evil world, and I believe it to be the number one reason for the dramatic rise in depression. During a less evil time, the 1960s, the average sufferer of depression didn’t start to have symptoms until they were in their 40s.


Now, it’s depression starts at 14.

I have battled depression since I was a teenager. For almost 40 years. And, I wouldn’t wish what I suffer on my worst enemy. Unfortunately, my ‘worst enemy’ DOES suffer horribly, which is probably why that person became what he/she is.

The point is that you can get relief. There is no need to suffer more than you need to.

Not everyone can take anti-depressants. And, those anti-depressants might not solve everything. But, they can help. A lot.

Those of you who do not suffer depression should count yourself as fantastically blessed. You have no idea how bad depression is, and what it can do to you. And, it makes me incredibly angry that there are many who are not depressed, who abuse those who are.

For anyone to abuse someone who suffers… well …it’s an abomination. I know that people are just repeating what other fools have told them, but I can tell you that God is angry with those who add suffering to those who suffer. It is an abomination to Him.

My hope is that God will give you grace to repent and undo the damage that you have done, if you have sinned in this way. And, one way to stop the incredible injury that you might be doing, is to stop claiming that anti-depressants are bad for you, and that suicide is an incredibly selfish thing to do.

If you experienced the daily and unending pain and suffering that people with depression go through, I guarantee that you would long to die. That you would want to die. And, there would be times when you would seek for opportunities to die.

There was a church where I had tried to set up what many would call a ‘pastoral care’ group – where people could join for help with their own depression, and to help learn how to help others with their depression. That effort was shot down, and the pastor’s family suffered because of it. That church suffered because of it.

There are people in your church who are suffering.

What are you doing to help?

And no, empty platitudes and foolish suggestions aren’t help. Helping requires time and a willingness to listen, to bear the terrible burdens of others.

If you can’t do that, then please keep your mouth shut, until you can.

Steve St. Angelo–It’s All About Energy #3889 – YouTube

SRSRocco understands energy. He gets it. He also understands that we just do not have alternatives to oil. We’ve tried the alternatives, and we are still trying. But, it’s not working.

Maybe something, some day, will work. But, right now? Nothing.

My thought on this is that God meant for this to happen. It boxes Satan in. It puts him right where God wants him.

The Beast System will run out of oil, right when it needs it most.

Collapse of Socialism – End of Pensions | Armstrong Economics

This is the first paragraph of Martin Armstrong’s short post on pensions, and as always… it’s important:

I have been warning that we are in the midst of (1) collapse in democracy as the bureaucracy attempts to ensure they get their’s, (2) the collapse of socialism, which is the implosion of social programs, and (3) the collapse of pensions set in motion by the artificially low-interest rates for the past 10 years.

Are you going to be ready for this?

India Enters the Sovereign Debt Crisis | Armstrong Economics

Here is the last paragraph:

The Sovereign Debt Crisis emerges when the government is unable to raise enough cash to pay off the maturing debt. India has crossed that threshold so as we have warned, the Sovereign Debt Crisis will begin from outside the USA and spread to the core. This is how all Empires, nations, and city-states collapse.

When no one wants to buy your bonds, you die.



These articles have a more individual importance. They cross categories, and are often in their own category. And, I think that these should be your first stop in your reading.

Shelter – Carrollton Lyrics – YouTube

Jennifer sent this in, and I like this song.

EPIC: Crowder Destroys Gun Control in 54 Seconds!! | Louder With Crowder – YouTube

He does, and it IS kinda epic. Although, there’s some profanity laced throughout, but I’ve had the urge to cuss and swear at these people. So, I don’t exactly blame him, and they did bleep it out.

So, to all those bleeping bleep bleeps who want to disarm law-abiding, upstanding Americans so that they will be defenseless… Bleep YOU!


(Bleeping bleepers.)

Woman accused of fatally shooting driver for cutting her off | New York Post

Jesus said this about the days that we live in now:

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

– Matthew 24:12

And, this rich, foul young woman chose to end the life of someone else, for the worst of reasons. She deserves to die, and she should die. But, they won’t do this crime the justice that it deserves.

Scoop: Skirmish in Beijing over the nuclear football – Axios

THIS is certainly interesting. Apparently, Trump’s security detail had to tackle Chinese security, while in Beijing. It’s good to see that there are people around Trump, who can react quickly, efficiently and professionally. And, they were able to keep the Chinese government from ‘losing face’ over the incident.

The question is whether the Chinese did it on purpose, whether there was miscommunication or whether there was a faction within the Chinese government that wanted to either cause trouble, or just get their hands on ‘the football’.

China is Purging This Chinese New Year! – YouTube

Okay, this includes something that I was a part of, the Great Chinese Migration – better known as Chinese New Year. Of course, I was a part of the Taiwanese version, which is decidedly less dramatic than the mainland Chinese version.

I’ll stay in Taiwan, thankyouverymuch.

But, this purging thing is also prettty serious, since it indicates that Comrade Xi is continuing to consolidate his position as the most powerful leader that China has seen in centuries. Maybe ever.

Is there something that we need to be worried about?

M7.2 Earthquake, Coronal Hole Stream | S0 News Feb.17.2018 – YouTube

There is something like some good news towards the end of this video. And, that ‘good news’ is the claim by Ben Davidson that the ‘Grand Solar Minimum’ PROBABLY won’t begin for another ten years.

Of course, these are statistical probabilities, so it’s a little hard to say. It could be sooner. It could be further out in time. But, when you read the Book of Revelation, some of it looks an awful lot like what we would see if there was a ‘Grand Solar Minimum’ happening – right at the time when Peak Oil became an established fact.

But, right now, I’m not concerned about the Great Tribulation. I’m paying more attention to what will happen between now and then – like Ezekiel’s Fire.

Doubt whether CO2 Emissions Function as the Climate’s Control Knob (533) – YouTube

Okay, the title should read:

Research Indicates That CO2 Emissions Function as the Climate’s Control Knob (533) – YouTube

Almost 500 peer-reviewed papers indicate that Anthropogenic Global Warming is wrong. If you are looking to debunk Global Warming, this is probably a good video to go to for that.

Bravo stars have to sign an ‘STD clause’ | Page Six

This is depraved, and it’s an example of how far we have fallen as a civilization.

America calls itself Christian?

Don’t make me laugh.

Publishing platform Medium suspends far-right figures | TheHill

Well, censorship is growing and growing.

For organizations like Medium, Twitter, YouTube and others, it is their right to engaged in hypocrisy and censoship. It is also their right to destroy themselves and to be as stupid and moronic as they want to be.

The question is whether we will support them in their stupidity.

What happened to Jim Bakker after the fall of PTL? | Charlotte Observer

It bothers me that someone who has already proven to be unfaithful, is now back in the limelight. And, he also isn’t sharing information on their finances.

I’m sorry, but there needs to be absolute transparency – especially when there has been a history of corruption.

Do not give to Jim Bakker, until he opens up his books and lets everyone see where the money goes.

The Islamic State of Sweden – YouTube

This belongs in the moron section AND the Matthew 24:7 section. But, it’s so incredible, that I must put it here.

Sweden has been destroyed by its own insanity.


And, they did it to themselves.

Man Slams Car Into Middlesex Hospital Entrance, Sets Himself On Fire, Records It Live On Facebook – Hartford Courant

My first impression was that this was yet another example of demon possession. And, when I read this…

Sources said that Ellam played guitar in a group called “Baptism of Fire.”

…I did a search.

What I found was this:

This Ellam kid was doing ‘Heavy Metal’. He was inviting the demonic, and he got what he was asking for.

If you seek for demon possession, go play in a Heavy Metal band. Go to Heavy Metal music concerts. Listen to it all day long. Eventually, you’ll get what you wish for.

Infantry Officer Course lowers requirement for hikes

This is a really, Really, REALLY bad sign.

They are lowering their standards, because they can’t pass enough infantry officers.

If you have to do this, you have a serious, serious problem.



What is going on with Hillary and the corruption being revealed in Washington, is so huge… that I doubt that it is possible to emphasize enough, the seriousness of this situation. I believe that these revelations will eventually take down the Republic and replace the current government with one ruled by the generals. And please, do not discount this. Corruption is ALWAYS how republics and kingdoms fall – and how the military takes over.

Remember the generals that surround Trump.

This was not an accident.

However, please take note that public pressure for a military takeover never happens until people suffer economic and financial stress. So, don’t expect this ‘takeover’ to happen until the economy turns sharply downward. The military will not want to see a repeat of the French Revolution.

No Lawyers Under Mueller Are Republican? | The Daily Caller

This isn’t a shock. It isn’t even a surprise. It’s just Washington D.C. corruption at work.

How utterly disgusting?

The only reason why they are getting away with it, is that the average American is too corrupt, himself, to actually care about the corruption in Washington.

When God’s judgment comes upon America, it will be because we were so evil. We did this. It’s our fault.

Do you understand that we are the author of our own demise?



The events that are descending upon us, will try our souls. How many of us survive those trials will depend upon your location and your preparations.

Please prepare for the worst period of time in human history. America will be ground zero, followed by Europe. Other places will be devastated, but those two areas will be hit the worst – at least, as I see it now.

No place will be safe, but there are some places that will be safer than others.

Please, prepare for the worst.

From Kansas to New Zealand to Hawaii: Where billionaires are buying homes to escape the apocalypse – Mirror Online

Peter Thiel’s decision to buy a ‘bug out’ property in and to get citizenship from New Zealand… well …it hit my radar scrren last week. And, ‘The Mirror’ has also picked it up.

The thing is, that they ‘gloss over’ the reasons why. They just wave their hand at it and talk about how strange it is.

Please understand that you don’t get to be a billionaire, if you can’t do math.

Prepare for Tribulation – YouTube

I like Mike from On Point Preparedness. He’s a good guy with a very big heart. And, he really sounds like he is doing his very best to understand what God is telling him, through the Bible – without the distortions of theologian this or theologian that.

Is the Great Tribulation coming as soon as he thinks?


But, is it possible that really bad times are coming this year?


And, the probability of ‘really bad times’ increases with each passing year.

Will you be ready for this?

WayPoint Survival – YouTube – YouTube

This is the ‘new’ preparedness channel that Mike from ‘On Point Preparedness’ set up. It sounds good, and it certainly looks interesting.

Just remember that no ‘battle plan’ survives contact with the enemy. And, the enemy, in this case, is reality. So, do your best to be flexible.



When economic and financial collapse comes your way, you need something tangible to weather the storm. Right now, I cannot think of anything tangilble that is so fiercely undervalued and universally recognized as gold and silver.

There might be other things that are better. I just can’t see ’em. If you can think of something better, share it with us.

And, while I am a bit cynical about cryptocurrencies, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t an alternative worth looking into.

Bitcoin Thieves Threaten Real Violence for Virtual Currencies – The New York Times

Okay, this is a BIG downside to owning lots of Bitcoin.



These are at least worth a chuckle. And, it might save you from going nuts.

I had a bit of a laugh at these, and I hope that you will too.

Seems Legit…. – GIF on Imgur


Meet Kim Jong ‘Um,’ the Kim impersonator angering North Korea’s Olympic delegates – World – CBC News

If I looked like anybody important, I would be tempted to do something like this.

Nature, you are amazing! – Album on Imgur

Not humor. Just completely awesome.

God’s handiwork is glorious.

How is it that people can look at the Universe, and not see His signature?

How cat I help you ? – Album on Imgur

A tiny few of you might know one of our favorite cats, Peachy – owned by AJ.

He passed away a couple years ago and was an awesome fur-face, till the very end.

This is for you, Peach.

Men abandoned in the malls – Album on Imgur

This is for every man that has ever loved a woman. We’ve all been there. In fact, some of us are still there. It’s a brotherhood of suffering.

But, she’s worth it.

Conspiracy Theory – Album on Imgur

Oh dear.

Could this be true?

It is known that penguins are the most majestic of birds in the animal kingdom. – GIF on Imgur

Yes… um …quite majestic. Really. When you squint.

Heroic sacrifice – Album on Imgur

There is a reason why I am not overy fond of chihuahuas.

“Don’t touch the pregnant belly.” – GIF on Imgur

This dog is amazingly protective of this unborn child. Ths is a GOOD DOG!



I’m sorry, but I can’t stand it anymore. There are just too many morons, so it needs its own category. And, I do this to maintain my own sanity. They’re driving me THAT crazy.

Now, here’s my rule for who appears in this section:

A person or organization who is EVIL ANNNND STUPID.

People who are just stupid, deserve our compassion. My heart goes out to them, because their life is going to be painful until they stop being stupid.

But, those who are evil?

Well, I want them to repent. I really do. I do NOT want ANYONE who is evil to suffer an eternity in Hell. But, if they refuse to repent, I want them destroyed.

May the wrath of God be upon all who refuse to repent. May the blessings of God be upon those who turn from their wicked ways and acknowledge God.

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia denies groping accusations – CBS News

Rank hypocrisy. This foul woman demands that men accused of sexual misconduct, resign immediately – just for being accused.

Then she gropes two guys against their will, and doesn’t see why she should ‘step down’.

When you’re a Democrat, hypocrisy is just second nature.

It’s not just homicides that have increased in Baltimore — commercial robberies are up 88 percent – Baltimore Sun

You’ve heard of Baltimore, right?

Run by morons.

And, I’m afraid that there are enough morons in Baltimore to keep voting for morons.

You did it to yourself, Baltimore. Learn to do math, and then do better.

MSNBC Host Joy-Ann Reid Was Apparently Russian Trolls’ Favorite Pundit | Law & Crime

Uh-oh. Irony alert.

Hysterical anti-Russian bimbo retweeted Russian trolls.



Body Language: 13 Russians – YouTube

This is the ‘body language analysis’ of the Rosenstein press conference.

How is it possible that people could be this stupid?

This guy isn’t just corrupt. He’s a moron.

Illinois governor drinks chocolate milk to demonstrate his commitment to diversity | The Sacramento Bee

Oh for crying out loud. Chocolate milk?


All that you need to know, to not be surprised, is that this is the governor of Illinois. And, everyone knows that morons run the place.



Islam is the most vile and Satanic religion on the planet. It is violent, repressive, racist and supremacist. It isn’t just a religion. It’s an ideology that seeks to destroy any nation, country and government that it comes in contact with.

These are the articles that demonstrate what Islam REALLY is.

Warner Moment: The Need for Heroes. – YouTube

This is one hero – Dr. Bill Warner – talking about another hero, Anni Cyrus. Those two are heroes. And, we need more heroes.

Are you ready to be a hero?



I’ve been writing about the coming of Gog and Magog for a while. You can find a lot of that, here:

And, the articles below point to that coming. I really, Really, REALLY hope that you’ll be ready for this. Please read Ezekiel’s Fire to make sure. (And yes, it’s free.)

Israel, Iran head toward military clash over Syria – Washington Times

Israel is being backed into a corner by Iran. Iran has played her cards extremely well, and this has made Israel’s position extremely dangerous. War is now inevitable. And, it will be a very, very costly war for Israel.

Make no mistake. Iran wants this war. Don’t let the tone of this article fool you.

Iran might not want a war just yet. But, it wants a war, and it has been planning for this war for a long time. It will begin with the destruction of Hezbollah in Lebanon and Damascus in Syria.

It will be the fulfillment of Isaiah 17, but it won’t end there. Iran’s defeat will cause her to make common cause with Russia and Turkey, for an even bigger attack – Gog and Magog.

All of this will devastate Israel and cost the lives of millions of Israelis.

God help us, but it’s going to be bad. Real bad.

Russia tests new Su-57 stealth fighter over war-weary Syrian skies – Washington Times

This is a big escalation.

Now, they might be trying to test these jets against the F-22, or they might be testing these jets against Israeli air defense systems. They might be wanting to test these jets against Israeli jets.

The problem is that you really don’t want to see this. You don’t want to see a big commitment by Russia, in Syria. And, it’s a big step towards Gog and Magog. A very big step.

The Gog and Magog alliance isn’t ready to form. It’s just in the beginning stages. But, it should be clear to everyone that it’s coming.

Are you ready for Ezekiel’s Fire?

(‘cuz that’s what comes with Gog and Magog)



There has been a sickening rise in anti-Semitism among those who call themselves christian. And yes, I used a lower case ‘c’ on purpose. I have little hope that I can turn these minions of Satan from their evil path. Salvation and repentance are the work of God, although I will do my best to serve God in that work.

I’m more interested in keeping my brothers and sisters from being tainted by this Satanic hatred of the Jews. If you are caught by this hatred, you will suffer. If you are convinced to oppose Israel, you will suffer. If you are turned away from supporting God’s work in the Land of Israel, you will suffer.

So, think of this category as my attempt to help you avoid the traps of Satan, that he has laid in your path. God is at work among the Jewish people and with the Jewish people. He is at work in the Land of Israel, turning the Jewish people from their idols and towards the true God of Abraham.

My goal is that you would be greatly blessed. But, you cannot be blessed, if you oppose God.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

– Psalm 122:6

May you prosper. And, may you understand how important the Land of Israel is, in these Last Days.

Palestinian leader Abbas calls for international role in seeking peace

Oh, you mean that dirtbag Abbas wants other corrupt leaders to support his corrupt abuse of his own people?

My disgust with Abbas isn’t about his evil actions toward Israel. No, my disgust is about his evil actions toward his own people. This foul man has siphoned off millions upon millions of dollars that was supposed to help relieve the suffering of poor Palestinians.

Of course the REASON why Palestinians are ‘poor’, is because of corruption. Of course, the average Palestinian is doing better than any other Arab in the Middle East – except Israel. Of all the Arabs in the Middle East, they have it best in Israel. The very few exceptions might be in ultra rich Persian gulf cities. But, I’m not even sure that THOSE Arabs are doing as well.

Never trust a dirtbag.


I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this

A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.Proverbs 22:3


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53 thoughts on “Three Huge Concerns: Debt, Israel and Hard Hearts”

  1. Great message John. The prosperity gospel has screwed people up. Like Job’s ‘friends’ , ‘Christians’ today equate poverty with sin. The poor are driven from the congregation or ignored. It’s abominable.
    Thanks for your work!
    Beware false prophets!

  2. Here’s another blast from the past to go with Paul Harvey:

    Freedom of speech is useless without freedom of thought. And I fear that the politics of protest is shutting out the process of thought, so necessary to rational discussion. We are faced with the Ten Commandments of Protest:Thou Shalt Not Allow Thy Opponent to Speak. Thou Shalt Not Set Forth a Program of Thine Own. Thou Shalt Not Trust Anybody Over Thirty. Thou Shalt Not Honor Thy Father or Thy Mother. Thou Shalt Not Heed the Lessons of History. Thou Shalt Not Write Anything Longer than a Slogan. Thou Shalt Not Present a Negotiable Demand. Thou Shalt Not Accept Any Establishment Idea. Thou Shalt Not Revere Any but Totalitarian Heroes. Thou Shalt Not Ask Forgiveness for Thy Transgressions, Rather Thou Shalt Demand Amnesty for Them.
    Spiro Agnew

  3. I am not quite sure I understand this. Raising interest means that housing prices will fall?? I can see having to take the loss because the other houses beyond budget will be flooding the market at the same time, right? I can see this widening the margin between the haves, and have nots. The big hole will be ripped in all that unsecured credit card debt with variable interest. Boom!! Ouch! Aren’t banks going to fall like dominoes?? Is this where foreign credit comes in??

    I saw one place that the NORKS HAVE started execution for Bible possession, does this sound scripted? Get them war mongering Christians fired up. War drums beating?? Same thing with Israel. Let’s see how thin we can spread US forces.

    Then you hadda mention that D word. The love has grown cold, and the falling has probably begun. No one wants to make eye contact, then we have a dumbed down degenerate population who base life on feelings. We have Churches teaching the congregations they aren’t supposed to judge, while looking down their noses at the downtrodden. The LORD will plead our cause, vanquish our enemies, and give us peace through the process. We carry these burdens, because we are able, we can, and he is glorified in our weaknesses. I knew I was tough 25 years ago, but that weren’t spit compared to the polishing I have received since. If anybody could have even hinted that this is what I could endure, I woulda probably give up. So for those people that think life isn’t depressing, either can’t feel, or aren’t living

    • Hi mangledman,

      Well said, brother – especially, the last part.

      To clarify about housing prices, remember that people are hunting for houses by how much they can afford. And, when they say ‘afford’, they mean ‘monthly payment’. A higher interest rate means a higher ‘monthly payment’, and a ‘higher monthly payment’ means that your house won’t get sold if it’s too high. This means that you will need to lower the price of your house, to sell it.

      And, people won’t want the houses of those whose price is ALREADY low.

      I hope that helps, MM.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  4. May it please the Lord to grant you ability to manage the challenges of your mind and give you a soundness of mind and comfort that comes from knowing Him.

    This advise may not cure it but it will help. Find time to spend doing something that is totally irrelevant like being in a large flock of playing baby goats.

    The church is defined by Christ not by membership in these sudo organizations the primarily look out for themselves.

  5. Just got started reading this post but must comment on real estate and interest. I had a real estate license in the late 70s and I remember when mortgage rates went to 17%. Nothing moved. People were in disbelief and waited to buy, thinking surely this will go down eventually, and it did; but until that time, people who HAD to sell were in dire straits, and those who were able sold on contract at about 10% – considered a good rate at the time – and held the contract until other financing was available. Also, re: the savings & loan crisis in the 80s – there is a clause in the fine print of most mortgages – and in real estate class they told us it would never be exercised, but if it is, you just refinance with a different bank – that the lending institution can call the loan due at any time if they need to. That means your 30-year mortgage is DUE. NOW. What if all the other banks are in the same shape and calling their loans due, and there is no other refinancing available? Exactly. A woman I worked with during that time, who took a job as a customer service phone rep, had had a thriving rental business with her husband, they owned several apartment buildings and that was their livelihood. The banks just confiscated the buildings. They were left with nothing. The bank does not care if they have to sell for pennies on the dollar of what they would have demanded from you. They might even hold you responsible for the remainder. Don’t try to tell yourself these things could never happen. They already have, during much less catastrophic blips on the economic timeline than what we are facing now.

    • Under a different set of circumstances in 2009 the process of the bank stealing our home and equity began. It turns out that Wells Fargo bank never actually had standing at the time they filed for foreclosure and never actually obtained it before confiscating our home with the help of supreme court justices who admittedly knew this.

  6. To be a Christian – you have to have cry in your heart to other who suffer.

    Here is my testimony about how God delivered me:

    (use google translation)

    In seven year – God has delivered me from moore than 30 evil spirit. Before I was in Church – and nowbody could help or understand. I had to go out from the Church – and be alone – now for many years. And there – I found the Lord – and he led me to a older man of God – who had time an power to deliver people.

    And my inner pain disepeare – more and more. I be a better husband and a better father. Thats what Jesus do – he delivered people in his pact. And we should do the same. Somtimes people can not be healed from their pain – they have to be delivered. And we have to do the job – togheter with Jesus.

    Bee bless! From Norway.

    • Hi Tore,

      God bless you brother. I had no idea.

      And, it is for you, and for those like you… who suffer in silence …that I keep writing about my own struggle.

      As evidenced by the numbers of those who unsubscribed after this article, there are many who do not want to hear about someone who struggles with depression. And, I’m glad that they did unsubscribe. And no, I don’t keep track, other than to see the number of subscribers unsubscribing.

      I do not want the cold-hearted and unrepentant reading what I write. I want nothing to do with those who are so unloving and uncaring.

      God bless you, Tore. Most will not understand your struggle. But, there are enough of us who do, enough for a rather large family of those who truly care.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • As evidenced by the numbers of those who unsubscribed after this article, there are many who do not want to hear about someone who struggles with depression.

        In my own mini-list for sending articles I feel led to share, more than a few ‘unsubscribed’ when I sent a few pieces on the US presidential election.

        People do things that would seem heartless in a face to face meeting. But the online world is a heartless platform where accusations are treated as fact and thoughtless conjecture rules the day. Evil gossip is a deadly sin. As bad as murder. Search for “lashon hara” for more examples. Remember, there is no such thing as anonymous where God is concerned.

  7. Hi John,
    Your post this week really resignated with me and I can relate 1000%.
    I have suffered from anxiety for 35 years along with bouts of depression. Also epstein barr virus and hypothyroidism (I guess I’m a bit of a mess!). Like you it took years to diagnose so I just thought I was crazy. Just this past September I FINALLY went on an anti-anxiety med after fighting it for years and trying all of the alternatives. It has literally changed my life as far as being able to accomplish things I would like to accomplish and given me a reason to keep going. I also do use essential oils which I sooo believe are a beautiful gift from God and do a lot to heal.
    All that being said, I feel your “suffering” and I pray for yours and others going thru the same pain.
    On the other side of the coin, and by the grade of God, I get up every morning, take care of my family and pets and feel so very fortunate compared to the poor and suffering all around the world. I know for a fact that God has a reason for this, for me feeling some pain, and everyday I strive to serve him and walk in Jesus’ footsteps. It’s not always easy but I know he will guide me.
    I think it is our duty to seek out those near us who are suffering, and I am going to make a conscience effort to do this. It’s all about going outside my comfort zone!
    I am sorry to ramble on, but I just wanted you to know, and I’m positive there are many others, that can relate tremendously to you on this thread, but may be afraid to speak out.
    Thank you for listening and may God’s love comfort you and keep giving you the courage to do what you do 🙂
    Best wishes,

  8. John,

    I found your article about the Israel, Hezbollah, and Iran interesting. It makes sense why Israel is being involved inside Syria to disrupt supply lines. It reminded me of another piece of the puzzle – the US is sending Aegis guided missile destroyers to the Black Sea. The excuse is Russia, but the more likely explanation is related to geography – the Black Sea sits between Europe and Iran – a good place for a missile defense system.
    Anyway a curious development.
    Link to article:

  9. How did you know I wouldn’t be able to resist?? : Why? And GOD would answer this how? First off he might say, why not, why not you, haven’t I gotten you this far? Did I not see you through the last bout? We’re you alone last time? Why would you doubt that we can’t face the next challenge, with peace and courage. Do you remember walking alone? How far have we traveled and accomplished. My yoke is easy, and my burden is light, where would you be trying to face those trials alone??

    Any time the question comes up, ask yourself where is this coming from. I feel like that is the enemy taunting me again. I have days where I say get behind me SATAN a lot. I do say it immediately every time thoughts I would rather not think pop up, sometimes repeatedly!

    Why do I have to go through this? Again, why not you? Haven’t we been preparing for it? When the pain, anxiety shows up, who is there casting doubt, are we standing tall on our own or are we leaning on him?

    I have learned to no longer ask how much more LORD, because I don’t want to know. How much longer do I have to suffer this body, this darkness, this madness?! Until he says I am done, because someone else needs me here, and he knows just how tired I am before I do. Stay the course, and keep the faith. I know, probably until all the idols broken down. Never mind, I don’t want to know. Great post this week. Maybe antidepressants tomorrow.

  10. Thanks for another relevant message.I was truly blessed by a message from Mike at “On point preparedness”you tube channel with Joanie Stahl,and Lea that will be a blessing to the whole body of Christ to hear in this Hour.Shalom

  11. I can chime in on anti depressants, I spent decades on some. Years on others. Anyone who has ever suffered an anxiety attack, lost loves, slipped into despair to the point where SATAN seems to sit on both shoulders, or understands incurable pain to the point that you wouldn’t be able to pull the trigger enough times to satisfy the rage, has a hard time explaining how degrading life can be just trying to pass for normal. Explaining the feeling of whiteknuckling the armrests just waiting for the waves of medication to start the relief, how do we explain this? We don’t. We could never wish it on anyone. Expecting someone who has never experienced anything like this to have a relevant opinion is madness in my opinion. Most people have trials and tribulations, but others are built for madneess beyond belief. WHY!! Called according to his purpose, is the best that I come up with. Who can comprehend the enslavement of needing pharmaceuticals just to try to maintain normal, or almost normal, or some semblance thereof. Take up your cross!! Learn to accept, and watch GOD set it all in order. Make it all make sense. Like JOB we cannot see future blessings, but they are waiting, we just need the patience.
    I utterly despise xanax, it did work, but it seems to make things worse. I think Drs. prescribe a lot of crap, and prescribe from a small group for multiple conditions.

    About those rude insensitive people, put them in the moron (clueless) category and move on. When I try to give people a glimpse of what life could be like, they prefer to talk about themselves, just smile, listen awhile, and judge!! If they won’t listen, how can they learn. Only discernment can tell you

  12. Is this bizarre or what?? Unsubscribing because why? The preacher is human (double facepalm). We can only second guess for motive, but they will be back. The prayer list just got bigger. Sigh!!

  13. Greetings!

    It is a sin and a shame how those of us with persistent problems such as depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc, often fall by the wayside in church families. Thank the LORD this is not always true, but happens way too often to ignore. The stigma is hard to escape and a lot of times we are made to feel guilty or that we don’t have enough faith: lesser somehow.

    Took years for them to diagnose me correctly as well. Hadn’t felt right since 12 years old (good ol’ puberty). In late 20’s was finally diagnosed with OCD. In mid 30’s with dysthymia (persistent low grade depression). Have a nice dose of anxiety to top the “recipe” off.

    Was embarrassed and hid my problems for years. People knew what I was physically going through (am in pain 24/7, just a question of what level), but not the other. Satan wants us to hide it and not bring it out in the open, into the light. His whispers have more power with what is hid, if that makes any sense. Feeds on shames and fear.

    Even with the physical problems, people can misunderstand and view a person as attention seeking. My way of dealing with it was to talk about it and crack jokes. If a person has not been in chronic pain, it can be hard for them to understand why someone would talk openly and even joke about it. Laugh or cry, right? Needless to say, after a painful experience in a church family, I don’t talk about my physical pain/problems much anymore (unless someone can tell I’m hurting or a fellow person is in pain and needs support).

    A friend of mine who also suffers chronic pain told me she was so grateful to have someone else who understood to talk too. She was crying when she said it.

    We never know how the LORD is using our troubles and sufferings to help others. Like you said John, there are so many out there who don’t comment or say anything, but are greatly helped when we share.

    Have found 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 especially relevant in this:

    “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

    Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

    For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

    And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

    And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.”

    I know: long comment!

    The LORD bless and keep you all 😃,


    • Hi Jennifer,

      Wow. What an awesome and important comment.

      And, I am so utterly sorry.

      The fact that you are willing to share your pain and difficulty with others is huge. In fact, I don’t really have the words to express how important this is.

      And, your story goes for ANYONE with a chronic condition.

      Even chronic conditions that aren’t as debilitating are still incredibly difficult to bear, because you KNOW that your situation WILL NEVER END.

      It’s that knowledge that what you are suffering will not end, until the day that you die. And, if there are moments in time, when the affliction is less – or even gone – you KNOW THAT IT WILL BE BACK.

      I wish that I could pluck these afflictions from all of us. But, at the same time, I know that this is God’s will for us.

      It doesn’t mean that they will last for the rest of our lives, but if they do… well …I trust that God has a good reason. And, when we get to heaven, I believe – with all my heart – that we will understand why all of this was necessary.

      God bless you, Jennifer. Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • Hi again,

        What I forgot to include is that 3 years ago the LORD healed me of the low level depression. It is hard to express in words the difference this has made: the constant dark taint that colored almost everything in my life for almost 30 years was gone!

        I still deal with the OCD, anxiety and a troublesome brain chemistry.

        Please don’t give up hope and praying for complete healing. I don’t pretend to know why He takes some things away and leaves others. I know He has His reasons. All I know is that He is trustworthy and true, and to cling onto Him through it all despite what is happening and how I feel.

        Don’t forget to pray against the enemy in Jesus’ name! He so “loves” to come in at those low/rock bottom points and rub salt in our wounds.

        The LORD bless you and keep you!


  14. It is just awful to have to suffer from depression all the time; last I heard, you were open to the idea of ECT but had not tried it yet. Is there any particular reason for this? Are you willing to give it a shot?? I do not know if it is more or less successful in the case of Hashimoto’s disease but it’s worth a try. Will keep you in prayer.

    PS – I am sorry if my NOT FOR PUBLICATION comment made it worse. That was not my intention and I am terribly sorry if it did.

  15. So ….. still thinking about dominoes 1 & 2 ….. what would this look like, if the EU finds itself in a NO BID situation? Where does the line of dominoes go, and how quickly would it cross the Atlantic? If Armstrong’s new report on this situation is not too expensive, I think I’ll buy it even though I am not an investor. Do you think a small local credit union is any safer to keep your money in than a bank? Or is everything so interconnected that it doesn’t matter?

    • Hi DRG,

      That bond report DOES sound interesting. It certainly is the ‘elephant in the room’. Of course, a euro-bond crisis WILL cross the Atlantic, eventually. However, as Martin indicates, the US bond market will be the last to fall, since there is more confidence in it, than anywhere else.

      The problem with ANY financial institution, is that you do not know what their vulnerabilities are, when things start to fall apart. They’ll tell you that they aren’t vulnerable, but you would expect them to do that.

      Unfortunately, I’ve never dealt with credit unions, so I don’t know if they are more (or less) vulnerable than anyone else. But, even if credit unions were more stable than anyone else, they would not be immune to a financial collapse.

      Remember that a financial institution is only as solvent as their ‘loan book’. If the loans that they have made, start to fail, they will quickly fail themselves. And, lots of people will default on their mortgages, when their homes go underwater again.

      I have heard lots of people say that money doesn’t go to ‘money heaven’, and in a normal economy, this is true. But, money DOES go to ‘money heaven’, when people default on their loans. In fact, all that really needs to happen is for a decline in how quickly money flows through our economy.

      For myself, I took my own advice and bought gold and silver. We lost money on it, but not enough to worry me. And, that was the point. I had other things to do, and precious metals were a safe place to put what we had. If I’d had the time and energy to follow Gregory Mannarino’s strategy, that would have been our best ‘bet’. But, like I said, we had more important things to do, than make money.

      Although, in a year or so, I will need to be thinking about writing computer manuals again.

      I wish that I had a better answer, DRG.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  16. I want to thank you from the depths of my heart, for writing about your struggle with chronic depression. I’ve read over it several times, not sure if I should reply, crying each time as I so closely relate to what you describe.

    I’ve been struggling with chronic depression, at times so severe that I can’t get out of bed, dress myself, bathe, etc…..for MANY years.

    For a majority of the last 20 years, I spent much time calling out to my spiritual brothers and sisters for prayer, a sympathetic ear, some compassion and/or understanding. I was ignored. When I sought counsel, counsel never came. What did come was guilt-and lots of it, in the form of such doozies as, “What do you have to be so down about? You’re a child of the King!”, or “Where is your faith?!”, and on and on.

    I struggled. I’m still struggling. I’ve often wondered what I’ve done to deserve this, why can’t I just be happy, why can’t the clouds part and some sun shine in?

    I’ve come to accept that as Christians we aren’t told that we will never suffer. Our bones can still break, our hearts can be wounded, and we will continue to feel pain. The only difference I can see, is that when we go through these things, we are not alone, as He is with us through it all, every painful, agonizing step and while I cannot see it just now, I do not believe it will be wasted.

    I so very much appreciate you sharing your struggle. It serves to help me realize I am not alone in mine.

    May God continue to bless you and your’s.

    • Hi Wanda,

      I am so sorry. I wish that I could reach through this screen and wipe away the anguish and the pain.

      The best that I can do, is what I am doing here – taking the uncomfortable step of sharing what I go through, so that others can understand. Those who suffer, need to understand that there’s nothing wrong with them, but that there’s everything wrong with everyone else. And, for those who do not suffer, they need to understand that we are out there, and unknown to them.

      This is a depressing and evil world. And, I think that those who are like you and me, see it and feel it more clearly than anyone else.

      God bless you, Wanda. May the Lord give you comfort and peace. May He bless you with great joy.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  17. John,

    Thank you for your honesty, humility and frankness when discussing your depression. My wife and son also suffer from anxiety and depression. Life would be unbearable without medication. The biggest issue is finding the right medications at the right doses to be effective.

    The biggest problem in the church regarding emotional issues is 1. bad theology, 2. lack of understanding, 3. lack of compassion, 4. people believing that they don’t need the medication.

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