Douglas Winnail writes:
Long ago, God told the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (the twelve tribes of Israel, found not only in the modern nation of Israel but also among the peoples of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and other nations descended from the peoples of northwestern Europe) that they would be blessed if they obeyed His laws—laws He had given them so they could be lights and examples to the world (Deuteronomy 4:1–10). However, God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6–7; Isaiah 43:1, 10, 20–21) were also warned that if they chose to disobey God’s laws and to despise His statutes, they would suffer severe consequences. God said through Moses: “…I will even appoint terror over you… you shall be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you shall reign over you…. I will break the pride of your power” (Leviticus 26:14–19).
We are seeing those prophecies coming alive today.
You thought economic meltdown was a complex matter? Dummkopfs! It's because those Brits and Yanks haven't been keeping the Sabbath and avoiding ham sandwiches! How simple yet how plain!
As the greed-economy totters, the mindless whining ascends from the "authorities" within the various COG sects: "we told you so..."
Winnail and a few hundred self-lobotomized prophets will be eagerly milking the current Wall Street crisis for all its worth. Recessions come and go, and we all hope that this one will go before a lot of good people get hurt, but is this an example of "prophecy marching on"?
Do any of these blow-hard prognosticators know anything about history? If you want to read about a real apocalypse, consider the genocide directed against the Armenian people after World War I, or the wholesale slaughter of the Greek and Armenian population of Smyrna in 1922.
Smyrna? Half a million terrorized civilians crowded on a waterfront as their city was burned and pillaged, unimaginable atrocities and butchery all around them. The stomach-churning story is related by Giles Milton in his book Paradise Lost: Smyrna, 1922. 1922? That's less than ninety years ago, but even though American and British battleships were in the harbor and eyewitness accounts abound, collective amnesia permits us to indulge in the conceit that their very real tragedies were a mere hiccup compared to the dire self-indulgent fantasies peddled by today's Bible abusers.
Tough times may be ahead, but what generation has escaped tough times? On one side there are genuine tragedies - Smyrna for example, or Kosova, or Darfur - on the other this kind of racist dogma whipped along by voyeuristic prophets - prophets who belch over their beer while sprawled on the sofa watching live satellite reports on 42" plasma TV screens - then attach bleeding chunks of scripture severed from their historical context to feed to the credulous sheep at their next pulpit performance.