Must read: “More Christians died for the faith in the twentieth century than in the previous nineteen centuries of Christian history combined.”

Jesus-onthecrossRead a sobering yet fascinating article this morning about the magnitude of Christian persecution in our age. It was written by George Weigel, the distinguished senior fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Weigel is Catholic and writes from this vantage point in an on-line magazine called, First Things.

Regardless of whether you’re Catholic or Protestant, however, it is worth noting what Weigel is saying, especially in light of Christ’s warning in Matthew 24 that persecution will increase in the last days before His return.

Let us be praying faithfully for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, and around the world.

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Excerpts from article by George Weigel:

We have been living, and we’re living now, in the greatest era of persecution in Christian history.

More Christians died for the faith in the twentieth century than in the previous nineteen centuries of Christian history combined.

And while the character of the persecutors has changed, from the lethal heyday of the twentieth-century totalitarianisms to the first decades of the twenty-first century, the assault on the Christian faithful today is ongoing, extensive, and heart-rending.

Solidarity with the persecuted Church is an obligation of Christian faith. Reflecting on how well each of us has lived that obligation is a worthy point on which to examine one’s conscience during Lent. And that brings me to a suggestion….spend ten minutes a day reading John Allen’s new book, The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution.

 The longtime Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and CNN’s senior Vatican analyst, Allen has recently moved to the Boston Globe as associate editor, where he (and we) will see if talent and resources can combine to deepen a mainstream media outlet’s coverage of all things Catholic, both in print and on the Web.

Meanwhile, Allen will continue the Roman work that has made him the best Anglophone Vatican reporter ever—work that has given him a unique perspective on the world Church, and indeed on world Christianity.

His extensive experience across the globe, and his contacts with everyone who’s anyone in the field of international religious freedom issues, makes him an ideal witness to what he calls, without exaggeration, a global war on Christian believers.

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Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

Swiss Army War-Games Economic Collapse and Refugee Invasion: “21st Century Threats”

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Switzerland has revealed that they, like the US government, have been simulating collapse fall-out scenarios that could stem from widespread economic collapse, violent uprisings and mass refugee migrations.

Nigel Farage, the UK representative in the European Union, speaking at a conference that included Ron Paul as a guest, said earlier this year that the economic climate in Europe and the rest of the world could potentially lead to wholesale violent revolution resulting from a financial cataclysm.

The Swiss were paying attention, as evidenced by an exercise last month that included the invasion of their country by neighboring France.

The war game, referred to as an “outlandish army exercise” by the Longdon Telegraph, may well be exactly what happens should the European Union dissolve and the French nation goes bankrupt:

Hordes of bankrupt French invade Switzerland to get their hands on their “stolen” money — such is the imaginary scenario cooked up by the Swiss military in simulations revealed over the weekend.

Carried out in August, the apparently outlandish army exercise was based on the premise of an attack by a financially stricken France split into warring regions, according to Matin Dimanche, the Lausanne-based daily.

One of these, “Saônia,” corresponding to the existing Jura region, was preparing attacks on Switzerland to retrieve money it had apparently swiped from France.

Operation “Duplex-Barbara” went as far as imagining a three-pronged invasion from points near Neufchâtel, Lausanne and Geneva, according to a map published in the Swiss newspaper.

“For its credibility, the Swiss army must work (to ward against) threats of the 21st century,” Antoine Vielliard, Hauate-Savoie councillor, told Matin Dimanche.

This is by no means the first imaginary scenario dreamed up by the Swiss army. Last year, it carried out an exercise based on the premise that a huge wave of refugees crossed into the country after the implosion of the European Single Currency and ensuing chaos across the continent.

“Stabilo Due” centered around a risk map created in 2010 and envisaged internal unrest between warring factions as well as the possibility of refugees from Greece, Spain, Italy, France, and Portugal.

Warning of an escalation of violence in Europe, defense minister Ueli Maurer said at the time: “I can’t exclude that in the coming years we may need the army.”

Switzerland, which has a standing conscripted army of 155,000 soldiers and allows their citizens to own military class firearms as a national defense measure, knows exactly what is happening.

While the scenarios are outliers, they are by no means imaginary, as the Telegraph would have us believe.

Switzerland is one of the world’s foremost banking capitals, and they understand that the economic system as it exists today is simply unsustainable. Moreover, they are keen on the fact that banks around the world have been gearing up for a major collapse of the financial system.

When it all comes crashing down, as Nigel Farage and others have warned, Europe will explode into another violent revolution, just as it has done numerous times over the last several centuries.

The Swiss aren’t taking any chances and they are preparing to literally lock their country down from the possibility of a mass invasion by a foreign military or rebel forces, as well as mass refugee migrations should the countries around them go bankrupt.

The United States government has simulated similar scenarios, including the threat of financial collapse and the civil unrest that would follow.

As we’ve noted before, the government knows what is coming, and they are putting the control grid into place to handle the blow-back.

The world is on the brink, and anyone who has been paying attention is likely doing the same thing as governments in the know – stockpiling food, firearms, supplies and implementing personal defense strategies should the hordes come their way looking for resources.


SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Federal Reserve to Print New Bill – Will Usher in 21st Century American Paradigm

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For a little bit of humor on a serious subject, we present the latest Federal Reserve Note, made available by The Daily Sheeple Picture of the Day:

The Obama Dollar(Click for larger image)

In all seriousness, it should be clear that this is exactly where the US dollar is headed.

The United States now owes nearly $ 17 Trillion in debt, in excess of $ 50,000 per person – and that’s if we count the ‘official’ numbers. Unofficially, our commitments exceed $ 200 Trillion over the next twenty years, a number so large that it’s difficult to wrap one’s head around.

In the one hundred years since the creation of the Federal Reserve the country’s population has tripled, while our public debt and unfunded liabilites have risen from $ 2 billion to over $ 200 trillion, a ten million percent increase. (link)

This year alone, we’ll take on an additional $ 4 Trillion of debt as a nation. FOUR TRILLION – IN A SINGLE YEAR.

The paradigm of consumption and debt is coming to a close in America. Soon, only tangible assets will hold any value.

Consider Sound Money as a way for you to diversify out of dollars are worth less on an almost daily basis, and that will soon be worthless altogether.

You may not know it, but right now you and your family are losing money. You’re nominal amount may be the same, but your value is shrinking. You may go to the store or gas station and think prices are rising. But they are not, for the most part. What is happening is that the currency you are using to exchange for goods and services is falling.

They are systematically destroying the world’s reserve currency. Don’t be a victim.


SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You