Vladimir Lenin, the one-time head of Soviet Russia, was quoted as saying: “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen.” Breathtakingly, an acceleration of that magnitude appears to have unfolded in the early months of 2020.
No sooner did the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe that a new future for the world seemed to have already been well pre-planned. One cannot be blamed for thinking that a cadre of policymakers around the world had been waiting for the next crisis.
Crises, whatever their kind, act as catalysts in human affairs. Panicked fears and societal uncertainties serve as an impetus for new and unorthodox policy decisions by political leaders and policymakers. Of course, many of these are well-meaning but also may have deleterious consequences.
However, one does not need to invoke far-fetched conspiracy theories to explain why crises come about … how they are triggered, and how they prey upon common and predictable human behaviors. In this respect, crises are a normal feature of mankind’s societies; they have been the constant companion of human existence.
Crucially, however, there is one conspiracy of cosmological dimensions that has been playing out over many generations of humans. It is a conspiracy that requires no speculation, being clearly mentioned in the Bible.
“A master of intrigue will arise” (Daniel 8:23). He will “[…] take his stand against the Prince of princes” (verse 25). The power behind him is Satan himself. Also, Psalm 2:1-2 reveals that all the world’s rulers will take a stand against God at that time. A hierarchy of evil and dark forces work in unison and coordination to that goal (Ephesians 6:12).
Conveniently, crises can serve as a clandestine cover under which to push forward a long-term agenda against God. For example, mankind is very vulnerable to fear and greed. Satan knows this very well. He, therefore, surely loves hyperactive financial markets around the world. He ruthlessly uses these human penchants and weaknesses to his advantage.
It is, therefore, reasonable to accept that crises and their attendant human responses of fear and panic do play into the glove of those who have an agenda to advance. They can seize the opportunity of a populace that is willing to compromise or accept a loss of freedom for the sake of security and prosperity.
These trade-offs lead down a very treacherous road … one that is well-documented throughout history and also in the Bible, as we will show. Why? Because such changes and trends borne of crises are usually cumulative and not easily reversed.
Consider the advances of science and technology. These are always a step leading forward, never to be reversed or lost. It is similar with policymaking in respect to human rights, centralization of power, globalism, censorship, central banking, etc. These humanist advances are often one-way developments: give an inch, and when a facilitating crisis arrives, then take a mile.
An undeniable trait of history is that a genuine crisis—whether health-related, economic, of public safety and/or civic order—always and everywhere enhances the powers of top-down, authoritarian leadership.
Without a doubt, these types of nefarious shifts are being witnessed in bright lights around the world today. In fact, this writer would even state that these “ripening” trends have accelerated as perhaps never before in recent years … now kicked into supersonic speed following the latest global crises.
Consider that Freedom House, even before 2020 ever arrived, had already counted 14 consecutive years of declining freedom worldwide. Looking ahead, it would not be surprising to observe this trend to be in further freefall.
We live in an age where globalization has progressed rapidly (though possibly experiencing an ebb for a while); a global brotherhood of man through the common interests of commerce, speaking as if with one language and objective.
The rebellious unification of world rulers and elites against God and His Son Jesus Christ is already far advanced.
Essential to this agenda is a final financial entrapment of all mankind to force all to worship the Antichrist. Economic captivity, therefore, plays a key role in the last days. A diabolical trapper has been setting in place an endtime money snare.
How did the world get to this late date … this rendezvous with History? It required a lot of planning and plotting … forward steps followed by backward steps, then again forward.
The end goal is to entirely entrap humanity, allowing him fewer and fewer options. Ultimately, a stern world ruler (Daniel 8:23) will be revealed, forcing humanity to comply with his agenda of rebellion.
As already mentioned, it is a plot to which the Bible testifies. In fact, right from the first Book of Genesis, an endtime program of enslavement of mankind is foreshadowed.
In the Beginning, a Blueprint
Bible scholars say that the entirety of Scripture is enfolded in its first book. As such, one will also discover that much prophecy is foreshadowed in the Book of Genesis.
Consider the Biblical account of Joseph, seen as a wondrous story. However, in our interpretation, it provides a surprising endtime conspiratorial blueprint, which is urgently germane to our day.
Readers will surely be shocked to learn that the story of Joseph would offer just such a perspective. After all, wasn’t the story of Joseph about the remarkable rise of a young man who had been sold by his brothers to Midianite traders traveling to Egypt? Starting out as a slave, he eventually rose to the very top of that era’s geopolitical echelon as a chief regent of Pharaoh. Egypt at that time was the most powerful country in the world.
How did Joseph come to this position?
While Joseph was in prison in Egypt (after being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife), Pharaoh experienced a vision of seven “fat and sleek” cows coming out of the Nile. These were followed by seven ugly and lean cows, who then ate up the seven fat cows. He was perplexed. He then saw a second vision, which repeated the message of the first. Only this time, it was seven full heads of seeds, followed by seven heads that had been withered and scorched.
However, Pharaoh and his entourage were not able to decipher the meaning of these dreams. And so, Joseph was called out of prison to interpret the meaning of the vision, as he had done before for his two jail-cell companions. He told Pharaoh that the visions revealed God’s plan to allow seven years of abundance in Egypt, to be followed by seven years of famine.
God had enabled Joseph to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, as well as recommend a public works program. In response, Pharaoh appointed Joseph to prepare the nation for a seven-year drought. He was put in charge of the entire kingdom.
Just as Joseph had said, seven years of abundance did occur, which were followed by seven years of famine. While other lands had no grain, in the whole land of Egypt there was plenty of food.
It then becomes a very heart-rending story. It reveals what humanity will do in order to quell the pangs of hunger … to be saved from a crisis of whatever kind. In desperate times, having little choice, people will strike bad deals … ceding freedoms and increasing their vulnerability to rich despots and totalitarian regimes.
Fourteen years later, the entire commercial and societal structure of the known world at that time, as well as almost all the land in Egypt, came under the control of one man—Pharaoh—due to Joseph’s management. Pharaoh ended up becoming an all-powerful, economic potentate. Such was the case in Egypt almost 4,000 years ago, when Joseph reigned as vice-regent.
How did this happen? A more detailed examination of this account reveals many levels of prophetic foreshadowing, these serving to provide endtime warnings for the world and Christians living today.
A Sometime Misinterpreted Story?
The Bible story of Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Jacob, is a popular favorite of children and adults alike. Not only does it celebrate the ultimate blessings that accrued to a righteous man, but it also shows how God can miraculously enter into the seemingly unfortunate occurrences of our lives and ultimately work them out for good (Romans 8:28).
However, now with new eyes, the account of Joseph’s deeds raises many questions.
Joseph began the operation of stockpiling the harvested grain of the seven fat years. According to the original edict (Genesis 41:34-35), Joseph and his commissioners were to take one-fifth of the harvest and store the grain inside the cities. Joseph did not pay for the excess grain; he collected one-fifth as a tax.
During the seven bountiful years, the stockpiles eventually became so large that he was no longer able to keep an account of their size (v. 49).
Then, as was prophesied, “The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end” (v. 53).
When Egypt and other lands “began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, ‘Go to Joseph and do what he tells you'” (v. 55). And they did so.
Then “Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians” (v. 56).
Scripture tells us that, receiving payment, Joseph collected all the money that was found in Egypt and Canaan. Again, we note that Joseph collected ALL of the money in these lands as payment. Joseph took every last penny in return for grain so that people might eat and be saved from the famine.
What was the result? Joseph then controlled all payment specie. He deposited all of this money into Pharaoh’s coffers.
Wilfred J. Hahn is a global economist/strategist. Formerly a top-ranked global analyst, research director for a major Wall Street investment bank, and head of Canada’s largest global investment operation, his writings focus on the endtime roles of money, economics and globalization. He has been quoted around the world and his writings reproduced in numerous other publications and languages. His 2002 book The Endtime Money Snare: How to live free accurately anticipated and prepared its readers for the Global Financial Crisis. A following book, Global Financial Apocalypse Prophesied: Preserving true riches in an age of deception and trouble, looks further into the prophetic future.
If you have questions or other perspectives, you can contact Wilfred at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that for reasons of volume and investment securities regulation, he cannot give financial advice.