As I finished writing yesterday’s piece, it seemed like the only thing left to do was the summary. But, some of you wrote and told me of the personal challenges that you face, and that made me realize that I had one more layer to dig through before I could finish this series… the personal aspect of all this.
My biggest concern is for those of you who are limited by circumstance from taking the course of action that I’ve been talking about. It bothers me greatly, and I have been earnestly praying that the Lord would direct all of you – especially those who are caught in situations that leave you vulnerable to what is coming. The good thing is that there is hope, and there is a way through even the darkest times.
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As I watch the plans of the Global Elite take shape, I am heartened to see that they aren’t having all the success that they expected. Just when you think that they can’t lose, they fumble, stumble and drop the ball.
A great case in point is the Obamacare website that the US government spent more than a billion dollars on. What a colossal train wreck. And, what a victory for us. God reached out and poked the globalists in the eye, and it was such a joy to see them struggle, for once.
Does this mean that we can sit easy and comfortable?
No. The Bible speaks of coming devastation, so you can bet that it will be here – soon. You must be ready. But, as you get ready, have faith that God is at work.
So, let’s talk a bit about some of the personal challenges that many of you face.
One of the heroes of our modern age lived during a similar time and knew exactly what to do. He saw disaster coming when no one else did, spoke of it to everyone he knew and eventually escaped. But, when he found himself in a place of safety, he realized that he had an unfulfilled responsibility. So in 1939, knowing that he would probably not survive, he took the last scheduled steamship back to Germany.
He was executed on April 9th, 1945, just two weeks before the Americans liberated the camp where he was held.
That man was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and some will be faced with similar kinds of decisions as the situation continues to fall apart. If you are a pastor, your responsibility towards your flock may not give you the ability to escape what is coming. If you have been given the care of elderly parents, your responsibility towards your parents may not allow you much freedom in finding a place to weather the coming storm. If God has called you to serve in a vulnerable area, you don’t have the option of forsaking that calling until God has released you.
You’re stuck, and it’s not a comfortable place to be.
But, there IS something good about being stuck. Your choices are simpler. You have the ‘luxury’ of concentrating on just those few things that you CAN do. And… there’s also a silver lining.
If you’re stuck in one place, there is one thing that you can do that most of us can’t – have ‘non-portable’ assets. I talk a lot about gold, and it’s something that I feel strongly about. But, there’s something that I like better – much, much better.
That something is silver.
And, it’s better because it’s the precious metal with the brightest future. The price for silver has been relentlessly hammered down to the point where it is at a fraction of its real value. And, it has been overshadowed by it’s more popular cousin, gold.
And yes, I am still telling everyone to buy gold, because it’s easy to carry when you need to relocate to a place of safety. But, if relocation is not an option… forget gold and buy silver.
Seriously. Stock up.
Your inability to relocate may have just handed you a tremendous opportunity. A hundred pounds of silver will cost you less than $33 thousand. But, that same $33,000 will get you just a little over one and a half pounds of gold. And, should the price of gold double (a certainty, in my mind), the price of silver could quadruple.
Frankly, I’d rather have my money quadruple, than double. (Although, a hundred pounds is HEAVY!)
Here’s another idea to think about. Thieves will be far more interested in stealing gold, than silver. So, you are certainly safer with silver than with gold.
Does this change the fact that you aren’t in a safe place?
But, it does mean that you have an opportunity to do something that others cannot, and that opportunity just might be the thing you need to see you through.
Do what you can. Trust God. And then, know that there are those who are praying for you.
When I talked about ‘selling your house’ and ‘renting’, that was a statement aimed at those of you who were able to do this. Unfortunately, some of you are stuck in homes with underwater mortgages, and that’s a tough position to be in. Others of you are suffering under other forms of debt, and are wondering what to do.
This is unfortunately out of my area of experience. So, I strongly encourage you to find advice from someone who understands the situation that you are in, while also understanding that a collapse is coming. There ARE people like that out there, and I will be trying to look into this more in the future.
But, I do have a couple thoughts to offer.
First, as Christians, I believe that we are obligated to honor the commitments that we have made – if possible. There are many exceptions to this principle, and you will need to seek the Lord about this. But, I believe that we are not free to just walk away from our debts.
Please seek the advice of a Godly man or woman who knows your situation. Our first concern is God. All other Earthly concerns are meaningless, by comparison.
Second, I’m not sure that defaulting on a debt will help, anyway. The United States government is more concerned about protecting the banks, than protecting you. This means that the banks may find ways of forcing you to repay debts that you are trying to get out from under.
So, no matter how much you want out of the debt crisis that you’re in, you may be stuck. Having said that, there may be ways to help ease your situation.
The first thing that you should do is tear up your credit cards and consolidate your debts under a fixed-rate loan. And, let me stress ‘fixed-rate’. You do NOT want ANY variable rate debt, or a loan tied to inflation. Interest rates can ONLY go up from here – especially when hyperinflation starts to really take off.
Hyperinflation will cause terrible problems in the US, but it will benefit your debt situation if you do not have variable rates, or any tie-in to inflation. This opens up another possibility.
That Silver Lining, again.
God keeps poking a finger in the eye of the globalists, and I see another possibility where this could happen again. And, it has to do with that silver lining that I keep talking about.
The dollar is going to devalue. Quickly. In fact, it is already on its way down. Hopefully, it will devalue faster than the banks can hike interest rates. The fact that the government has been lying about inflation is in your favor on this.
Unfortunately, none of that will help if you don’t have something that will float above the rate of inflation. You need something that will keep its value, that will even rise. That ‘something’ is either gold or silver – or something like it. (But, I recommend silver.) Buy as much as you can.
Once hyperinflation really takes off, your debts will fall in value, and your ‘precious metals’ will increase in value. Wouldn’t it be great if the value of your silver ‘investment’ were to eventually equal the value of your debts?
I know that it sounds ridiculous, but stuff like that did happen in Weimar Germany. I even heard of a handful of gold coins being traded for a block of real estate in downtown Berlin.
We can’t know exactly what will happen, but some sort of precious metal in your physical possession may offer a valuable lifeline, even for those with serious debt obligations.
Please pray about all of this.
And, whatever you do, make sure that you are doing what you can to prepare for a long term disruption of the most basic necessities of life. Be as secure as you can. Have food and a secure access to drinkable water.
Above all, have faith in God.
Some of us took the rather big step of expatriation. We saw what was going on around us, decided that we didn’t want any part of it, and took the opportunity to get out. The problem is that nothing is ever simple, and you may have traded one set of problems for another.
Please remember that a collapse in the US will also affect the rest of the world. If the country you live in is dependent on exports to the US or Europe or Japan, there will be trouble. If your country depends on imports of food from the US, there could be trouble as your country of residence seeks other sources. If your country has a currency that is pegged to the dollar, there could be trouble. If the country where you live is not self-sufficient in some way, there could be trouble.
And, when there’s trouble… well, YOU could be in trouble.
If you’re the only gringo in town, bad things could happen to you very quickly. Make sure that you think carefully about your situation. Understand what is possible, and prepare accordingly.
One thing that stands out to me, is the need for community. If you haven’t found a good church yet, make that your first priority. Then, get as close as you can to it. Invest yourself in the Body of Christ. There is truly no better, or safer, place on Earth.
This is another tough one. And, I’m not sure what to say about it, except that you should try and build up a stock of medication in case your ability to get more is disrupted.
I also cannot stress this strongly enough: You MUST get as much exercise as you can. Do EVERYTHING to be as healthy and fit as possible. I heard one doctor say that the only ‘wonder drug’ on the planet is exercise, and I believe it.
However, exercise and a good diet won’t solve everything – not by a long shot. I’m certainly not the man I was twenty years ago, and nothing is going to change that. But, my goal is to do the best that I can, and have faith that God has a plan for my future.
In the End
When all is said and done, we are left with doing the best that we can under difficult circumstances using limited resources. Many of you will wonder if your preparations were enough, and some of you will know that your abilities are far too limited to keep you out of harm’s way.
And, some of you have chosen to face the risk of fulfilling your responsibilities, even if it means paying what many call the ‘ultimate price’.
All that I can say to each and every one of you is seek the Lord. Hold Him close. He is not a distant God, and He cares for us more than anything else in His creation.
If we are truly doing our best, in faith towards God, then it will always be enough.
May God bless you all.
note – I am not offering financial or disaster preparation advice in a professional capacity. These are merely my own thoughts on what I would do in these situations.
If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.
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