by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
While half the (orthodox) Jewish world sleeps (it's still the Shavuos holy day in the US, but it's over in Israel), disaster news and economic news, which is also a disaster, rolls in.
Yet America is a big place, a very big place. A major heatwave in the northeast tri-state area, that's only 5% of the US land mass affected. Floods in Wisconsin and Indiana, heck, less than 1%. Cheaper iPhone coming out, now that's news!
The US Federal Reserve is reaching the limits of it's ability to respond to the economic crisis. You know, the crisis that they're still not reporting on. In the US, energy prices are double what they were a year ago. Food prices are 30% higher, imports are more expensive. Job cuts have been hitting the last 5 quarters in a row, foreclosures are still going up, 7% of homeowners are behind in their mortgages (the highest rate in 40 years). And credit has become very hard to get.
And yet, I think this is a blessing. Though it's going to get worse, there's a question regarding the US from the navi'im (the biblical prophets) of the time when Jerusalem becomes the political battleground of the world. Daniel and others clearly describe Jerusalem becoming a cup of poison for the nations, and Gog uMagog resulting in the destruction of Gog and his nation. But Ovadiah describes a seeming friend of Israel who only gets beat up, not destroyed, for setting Israel up and abandoning her for it's own self interests.
The prophetic question is - will the US play the role of Gog, with a resulting massive destruction, or the role of the self-interested not-friend, who has helped Israel in the past but who's self interest overrides any sense of justice or fairness, and gets beat up as a result?
The economic news, together with America's Middle East policy and actions of the Secretary of State, lead me to believe the latter. Given this, America's unbelievable focus on inanities while in very very serious economic shape continues to astound me.
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