Ripening Trends #2 Post-Familialism: Raging Against the Creator – Part 2

Wilfred Hahn

Human Longevity: Long, Short and Future? To recall, this series is focusing on trends and developments that today signal the “ripening” of the times. We had developed a list of seven factors that would help us identify and diagnose such developments.

Previously, we pointed to the unprecedented phenomenon of massive demographic shifts occurring around the world. These included the depopulation of the world’s working forces; an over-population of non-workers—namely, increasing numbers of old people; and, concurrently, the rise of post-Familialism.

We identified these shifts qualifying as a “significant” trend—that meaning a trend which plays a facilitating prophetic role in the last days. As mentioned, never before in the annals of human history have such demographic developments swept the entire world. There can be no doubt: the scale of these trends is unprecedented. The resultant financial and social pressures upon the world will truly be disastrous.

Readers may not readily understand the impact of this trend in these last days. The reason? It is very deceptive. The planet will be agreeably hoodwinked by Satan’s ruses. We will explain.

While, on the one hand, retirement income will become extremely expensive (indeed, this manifestation already occurring), on the other hand, it will be made to seem as if the world’s politicians and policymakers are bringing about wonderful solutions. Perversely, financial assets around the world will artificially soar.

As the proverbial saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with short-term expediency and deceptive pleasures … the ultimate reckoning ignored and pushed into the future as far as possible. More on the mechanisms of how this will happen shortly.

We will show prophetic statements in the Bible that align with this demographically-driven endtime financial boom. What many analysts get wrong (this including Bible teachers) is that Satan’s most effective tool is the lures of Mammon. He knows that he can entice most people into his plan through deceptively-prosperous financial trends. He can attract more flies to the flypaper with sweetness than through recessions, depressions and financial crashes. These latter occasions, however, can serve Satan to temporarily tame and moderate the uncontrolled greed of his servants (anyone who denies Christ—1 John 2:22).

In the main, however, the world loves money and will always exuberantly accept and celebrate the image of rising wealth and prosperity. We say “image,” because it is a manipulated and false wealth … not a sustainable prosperity. Yes, the final crashes of mankind’s systems will surely come, but not until the Tribulation period.

The Global Retirement Problem
Economists and pension analysts around the world are stumped. How are the world’s present and future retirees going to be cared for? A “perfect storm” is bearing down on the world’s stretched financial systems. There couldn’t be more contributing factors coinciding at the same time.

To review, the situation unfolding at present really shouldn’t be news, as it concerns demographics. After all, “demographics is destiny.” This saying reflects the fact that changing birth rates and longevity (length of life) can have a long-running impact on societies, spanning a half century and more. Birth rates have been plunging around the world since the mid-1960s, a trend now extending to most nations. At the same time, most countries are experiencing increasing longevity … i.e. people living longer than before.

Quoting a report by Fabius Maximus (a respected political research site), the future impact will be shattering. We quote: “The 2nd generation after the present one will be only 40% as large as today’s. The 4th generation will be only 15% as large. These are astonishing numbers. The worst large-scale pandemics killed 1/4 to 1/3 of the affected population. Only the most severe inflicted such damage.”

It sounds like an “economics” problem, and is popularly treated as such. But that would be wrong. As we showed in the previous part of this series, the rapid demographic shifts the world is witnessing are more a function of “changing human values” than anything else.

The Perverse Financial Impact
Future consequences are already arriving, and the resultant problems are coming home to roost. The time has arrived where the crisis has now become evident to most analysts and policymakers. Analysts argue about the causes with mathematical and economic theories, as if isolated from the reality that it is a “human-caused” issue.

In recent years, interest rate levels have fallen around the world. Spectacularly, interest rates have even become “negative” in some countries. Whoever thought that that could be possible? In a sense, the cost of retirement has inflated sharply in recent years. Why? With interest rates so low, it requires more assets today to generate the income that is needed to support a given retirement lifestyle.

Therefore, even while consumer price inflation may be low, the type of inflation that applies to the purchase price of future retirement income has raged at a high pace.

The fact is that any type of inflation has a distorting effect upon income and wealth distribution. There are winners and losers; and, most often, the losers are the elderly or the poor.

Two other dynamics add to retirement challenges for aging societies today. First, there is a surge in demand for retirement earnings, because the leading edge of the “Baby Boom” generation has begun to enter the retirement years. In a sense, that creates competition for a finite amount of financial income in the world.

Second (as already alluded to), people are living longer. As mentioned, this should be seen as a good thing—a blessing for humans; but, not so from the perspective of an actuary. What is an actuary? To explain, an actuary is someone who works with the probabilities of mortality, to ensure that insurance companies and pensions are laying enough money aside to cover their liabilities (i.e. the chance that people will die early or perhaps live longer than expected).

How to Make Ends Meet
Pension systems today creak and groan under the strains of future retiree income requirements. The global income crisis will continue. If anything, it should be expected to become much more acute in future years. The challenges and fears that will be an outgrowth of these realities will contribute to wild and shaky financial markets.

Policymakers know that they cannot risk a collapse in pension funds (private and public). Financial markets remain rickety, and financial accidents would quickly cause bankrupt pensions. So, policymakers are forced to support policies that will drive up financial asset values. These “paper” capital gains make it seem as if pensions are being funded. But, in reality, while markets may soar, underlying income growth continues to deteriorate. It must because interest rates will be low (most likely again turning negative in the later stages of this Ponzi-like funding arrangement).

Scriptures Align with Today’s Trends
How does it all connect? The trend of Post-Familialism meets all seven of the criteria (8 including the Biblical testimony) that may identify a prophetic development of “significance,” which we outlined in Part I of this series.

The onset of global demographic challenges is sudden. Viewed in terms of the human timeline upon earth, today’s population dynamics are truly unprecedented and rapid. It is global in scope; it aligns with the “flesh” and godlessness; it has erupted onto the world stage after the founding of modern-day Israel. Moreover, demographic shifts are still in an acceleration phase and interconnect with other endtime trends. And, finally, the global demographic shifts align with prophecy.

But, where can one find the Biblical references to a “last day financial boom and collapse”? To be sure, the Bible has no expression for “bull market” or “economic depression.” However, most certainly, many future events described in prophecy imply great financial and economic destruction.

Other prophesied developments align aptly with the underlying conditions that lead to an endtime boom/collapse. Consider 2 Timothy 3:1-4: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”

What is described in these verses compellingly mirrors our age today.

Other Bible references to conditions during the late Church Age all line up. A general “materialism” takes over the world. Even the Church is plagued by a love of prosperity and wealth. See James 5:1-6 and the description of Laodicea found in Revelation 3.

Interestingly, financial dynamics align with this statement: “While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). That is the nature of financial markets. They are subject to abrupt and sudden collapse.

Thoughts to Ponder
Gone are the days where, “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children” (Proverbs 17:6). “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them” (Psalm 127:3-5).

Quoting a prominent economist, Woody Brock, “The death of the extended family throughout the G-7 nations during 1850 to 1950 will go down as one of the most momentous developments of past centuries. For it is this development that gave rise to the modern welfare state with its crippling retirement and medical promises made to all citizens.”

As if everything had not already turned gloomy enough for earthdwellers, there is yet one more disaster underway. Inexplicably, men are losing their fertility at a rapid pace. Numerous studies over recent decades document a continuing drop in male fertility … this measured in terms of declining motile sperm counts. Consider the widely cited study published in 2017 by researchers from the Hebrew University and Mount Sinai’s medical school.

They determined that among nearly 43,000 men from North America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia, sperm counts per milliliter of semen had declined more than 50 percent from 1973 to 2011. More recent studies confirm a continuing decline. So far, researchers have found no single or definitive underlying cause. At the pace indicated—a 50% decline in a little more than 40 years—how many more decades will it be before male fertility completely collapses?

Pension systems overall are sure to fail … eventually. For now, as mentioned, policymakers are covering up this crisis by pumping up asset values and dropping interest rates (even to negative levels). They hope to deceive the world into believing that all is well, because financial markets are rising in value. And if all is well, why worry? Why not eat, drink and be merry? The trouble with this view is that eventually, the piper needs to be paid … the consequences can no longer be avoided. And when this happens, it will happen very suddenly.

However, policymakers will likely succeed in inflating financial markets to soar over time. And why not? There will be little opposition to such policies, as most everyone loves rising financial wealth. They will willingly be deceived.

As today’s financial perversions are attributable to worldwide godlessness, self-indulgence, love of self and narcissism, a final and inevitable financial collapse should be seen as part of God’s wrath and judgment upon mankind.

All the above are the problems of a greedy, self-obsessed and materialistic world. Political economists try to devise solutions. But none of these sufficiently deal with the human heart. As a result, even the faithful face these same struggles and concerns.

How shall we proceed through these deceptive times? Jesus Christ has the answers: “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap” (Luke 21:34).

“[…] Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys” (Luke 12:33).

Midnight Call - 07/2019

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