The Jewish Fight With History Is Like the Plight of People Everywhere

God made a covenant with Abraham, promising him land for his seed after 400 years, Genesis 15:13,18. When their time was up, God freed a million slaves from the strongest nation on earth and took Israel to the Promised Land, but not without giving them the greatest document of self-government, the law.

A favorite author said, “There is not a negative in the law of God.” This is because of the motive of love. Because I delivered you from the whip and bondage, because you love Me, you will have no other gods. And it’s not just about God. He didn’t want us lying, stealing, killing or committing adultery. People who do those things are not truly happy. If we live in harmony with His law, we can be healthy and happy.

Because of God’s great law, the Jews have done well in spite of much affliction and persecution which has come partly because they did not always honor the law or the God who gave it as Moses warned in his final words of Deuteronomy. So He scattered them among the nations (Jer 31:10) so that others would learn of Him through faithful witnesses like Daniel, Esther or Nehemiah.

But like the eyes that can betray the presence of a camouflaged tiger, there are details in the Hebrew Scripture that most people shrug off. It leaves them at odds with history as they fight for survival.

We see it in Abraham’s prophecy when he was tested, “God will provide Himself a sacrifice.” Gen 22:8.
We see its details in the sacrificial system of Moses-an innocent lamb without blemish was used.

We see it in Isaiah 53 where a Lamb would be wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our sins. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes, we are healed (and want to live better and not continue the sins that caused His death for us.)

Daniel 9 even gives the time of the Messiah (“anointed”) as 69 weeks of years from a Persian king, Artaxerxes, whose decree in 457 BC allowed the Jews freedom to return and built Jerusalem, Dan 9:25.

That timing fit perfectly the announcement of another Jewish prophet, “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29. He was calling attention to Yahshua, a Hebrew name that means salvation and health. He spent time healing and preaching to bring health and salvation. [Jesus is a poor translation; there were no “J’s” in Hebrew nor Greek.] Yahshua means Yah (abbreviation) saves.

The Jewish fight with history is the fight of all who fail to see that His life fulfilled dozens of Messianic prophecies, starting with Genesis 3:15. The details of His crucifixion in Psalm 22:16-18 were written centuries before the Romans invented this form of torture. Micah 5:2 foretold He would be born in Bethlehem (a word that means “house of bread”) and He later said, I am the bread of life. Jn 6:35.

He loves Jewish people as He loves all people, “red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight.” Actually, we are all varying shades of brown and alike on the inside. Heeding His words would have saved millions of Jews in 70 AD, but Jewish leaders (like most political leaders) think God is on their side exclusively.

Heeding Christ’s warning would spare millions again. He warned of an “abomination” that the disciples understood as military, and when the Roman army came, they fled and were spared the siege. A better understanding of His words would apply them to what’s impending, because the signs for Jerusalem are also signs for the end of the world, Matt 24:2,3.

The wording in Mark 13:14 is helpful. “When you see the abomination (military) standing where it ought not.” Military ought not to be in the US. We are supposed to have a free land. To see military convoys and armored tanks transported by trains is a warning of impending trouble. Readiness to flee the cities may affect the destiny of those who claim that Christ is Lord (which means they do what He says).

Waiting until it’s undeniable means great loss, for those who did so, were not to go down to get anything out of their house, Matt 24:17.

History is His story, and history repeats worse for those who aren’t looking for its lessons.

The Brewing Global Economic Storm

A two front economic assault is gestating simultaneously in Europe and Asia that threatens to plunge the world into another severe recession or even worse. Once thought of as quasi-indomitable institutions like the European Union and Chinese Communist Party, these institutions are now shaking in their collective designer boots with respect to losing significant credibility and in the long run possibly even more. Greece’s economic downfall is unfolding like a 21st century Greek tragedy and China’s stock market plunge is creating disturbing fissures in the world economic model.

Direct government intervention by China by pumping in billions of dollars to prop up stock prices along with other aggressive administrative tactics may be too little, too late. Though only 10% of Chinese invest in stocks (Chinese prefer hard assets like real estate and gold) vs. 50% of Americans, the Chinese market’s credibility may be seriously damaged.

The genuinely horrifying aspect is that as an autocratic country China can intervene directly and unilaterally in the markets. Yet despite their valiant efforts they may not be able to staunch the hemorrhaging. Adding fuel to the bonfire is the huge shadow market brimming with exotic financial instruments that only a handful of experts understand, a market that has no oversight and can legally bypass regulatory laws. And unlike the thousands of experts in stocks, bonds and commodities, no one knows the impact of these exotic financial instruments when they are under extreme pressure.

Should the crisis worsen dramatically, would China feel compelled to sell, even liquidate their foreign reserves or even US treasury holdings, to prop up its markets and prevent civil unrest? Such a decision would result in a significant blow to its carefully cultivated domestic and world prestige and confirm an economic situation that much worse than officially reported. Certainly China is desperately to find a face saving way out of this morass.

The Chinese government’s priority is to maintain control and credibility while preventing civil unrest. Nonetheless, the Chinese Communist Party is not monolithic and additional economic pressure can create fissures within the leadership threatening to weaken, even destabilize the Communist Party itself. For conspiracy theorists, it’s possible that this plunge could have been cleverly engineered by powerful opponents within the Communist Party to weaken control – legal enablers that created and approved loose regulations allowing conditions for this stock market bubble to froth up and spillover. Any de facto coup would result in the emergence of a so-called savior from a different faction within the ranks of the Communist Party.

Additionally, China is politically cornered because it’s a home-grown disaster which makes it difficult to convince its citizenry that this crisis a western engineered conspiracy. In Europe Greece can conveniently play the victim and blame powerful members of the EU as neo-colonialists within Europe.

For China, with respect to foreign policy this crisis could have a resultant pullback on overseas development endeavors and will ironically pursue an aggressive retrenchment and a doubling-down militarily on their Near Abroad defenses.

This developing crisis is déjà vu from 2008 when an economic hurricane was approaching the US. This time a typhoon is approaching China in 2015. The root causes may be different yet an unrelenting economic downfall will have a similar psychological impact. The world’s central banks are out of ‘bullets’ to protect their respective country’s economies and may be forced to bring a knife to a gunfight.

Institutional collapse of this magnitude or severe weakening always unleashes a Pandora’s box of even nastier scenarios and unpalatable choices including economic volatility, civil instability and the inevitable spillover into economic and political areas not directly affected by this chaos. In other words this will have far-reaching implications and everyone gets pulled into this whirlpool. There is no safe high ground.

Any temporary fixes will be just that, temporary, because there have not been any institutional structural changes since 2008 to minimize a future crisis. No one can print enough money fast enough to paper over the cracks and prevent an impending train wreck. As we enter unknown territory, the unspoken disturbing question with respect to whether the standard “flight to safety” financial instruments like U.S. treasuries, the historic financial lifeboats, can offer protective shelter. But this time it may not a question of having enough lifeboats, rather if there will be any lifeboats at all.

The Chinese government is still a novice concerning the risks and perils of the free market. China is like someone with a fat wallet at a casino. They can read up on case studies all they want, yet it’s altogether another matter of flailing hopelessly about in the turbulent undertow.

There are many lessons to be learned and experienced in a free market with its inevitable hard landings and crashes that are sometimes just as vicious as military battles regardless how much cash you have to support prices. The free market is like trying to control the weather. Even the best engineered structures will not protect an economic behemoth against financial typhoons.