Y2K: How Bad Will It Get? Part 1

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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
October 14, 1999

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

NOTE: This article or series has not been updated recently. As such, it may possibly contain some outdated information, and/or ideas and beliefs which I no longer embrace, or which have changed to some degree.

A Wise Man Prepares, God Knows The Future, Troubles Before
1/1/00, Domino Effect, Our Electric Company, Troubles Will
Worsen, Set Yourself A Goal, Ask For God's Wisdom, My Seven
Months, Gideon's Fleece, God Speaks Through Dreams, Joseph's
Dreams, Our Preparations, Peace Through Obedience, Blessings
Through Obedience, Saul's Stubborn Example, Witnessing At
Our Supermarket, Ancient Israel's Apostasy, Ishtar The Queen
Of Heaven And Easter, Child Sacrifices By The Jews, Cruel
Slaughter By Babylonians, Parallels To America, Too Evil For
Prayer, God Turns His Face Away, Famine And Jews' Cannibalism

As I stated in 'Y2K Prep: Are You Procrastinating?'. we
would all be wise to take heed to the Lord's counsel found
in His Word, by preparing now for the possible effects of
the Y2K computer glitch, and not next week, or next month,
and God help us, certainly not at the very last minute when
thousands, and possibly even millions, of panicky shoppers
may be clearing off the store shelves of canned goods and
other non-perishable survival items. One important verse
which I shared in the aforementioned article is the
following. Please carefully consider its wisdom.

"A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but
the simple pass on, and are punished." Proverbs 22:3, KJV

If you are so foolish as to wait until the last minute to
prepare for any possible food shortages, power and water
outages, disruptions in communications services, and other
hardships which may result from massive computer failures in
your own community and country, then you will have no one to
blame but yourself. Instead of listening to the smooth lies
of the false prophets of your local government, who cry
'Peace, peace; all is safe and well; we are prepared; we are
Y2K compliant!', listen to the Lord's counsel instead;
because He certainly knows what the future holds; and He
knows how bad the situation may become. As we are told in
His Word:

"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there
is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring
the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the
things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall
stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" Isaiah 46:9-10, KJV

As I have told some of my online Christian friends, even
some honest government officials have been admitting that
the problems will not start on January 1, 2000 at 12:00 AM.
The worldwide computer breakdown will slowly begin to occur
before that, and build up over time, and worsen for weeks,
and possibly for months, after January 1st arrives, as the
chain reaction of negative effects from many simultaneous
computer failures continues, and the worldwide integrated
economic system begins to falter and collapse. Now, if the
economies of Russia, Indonesia, Japan, Asia and different
Latin American countries are already in shambles, due to
issues which are not even related to the Y2K glitch, what
should we expect a few months from now when we feel the full
blunt of Y2K? Might it be the straw which breaks the camel's
back; or better said, which will cause the entire worldwide
financial system to cave in on itself?

We must remember that the worldwide commercial system is
like a row of dominoes; and as one after another falls, the
economies of other countries will be direly affected; and
being as so many countries, including the gluttonous United
States of America, depend heavily upon imports and exports
for their economic survival, everyone will be affected to
varying degrees. No country will be left untouched once the
wave of failures begins. Naturally, those countries which
are most industrialized, and which use the oldest computer
systems, will be affected the hardest; but God's mighty Hand
will be felt wherever He wants it to be felt. There should
be no doubt of that.

So again, it is foolish to think that all will be well until
the first day of January arrives, because that is certainly
not the case. In fact, as I can now personally testify, the
problems have already begun in certain areas, but the subtle
governments of the world are trying their best to keep the
problem under the covers, in order to avoid massive panic as
much as possible, and for as long as possible. In order to
prove my point, consider the following development in our
personal lives. We have not received an electric bill in two
months. I finally gave our power company a call in order to
find out what the problem might be. They switched me to a
few different people before they connected me to someone who
was apparently 'in the know'. I suspect, but cannot prove,
that they were looking for the public relations person who
could give me the right story which they had prepared for
the general public.

It may interest you to know that this person informed me
that for the past several months, the electric company has
been in the process of installing a new computer system,
which has temporarily put a halt to billing their customers.
After some direct prodding from me, this person also finally
admitted that the system was necessary, at least in part,
due to the possible effects of the Y2K glitch. It is clear
then that government offices, utility agencies, and other
public services are really scrambling right now in order to
be prepared for January 1, 2000. The fateful date has not
even arrived yet, and already, our personal lives are being
affected by it. Here it is, almost the middle of October,
and they are only now mailing out August's power bill. This
person also informed me that they won't be sending out the
bill for September until at least three weeks from now; and
who knows when they will catch up to October.

So you see, it has already begun, and will only get worse as
we draw closer to the day of the double zeroes. Please think
about this for a moment. If our personal lives are already
being affected, simply because our electric company has been
in the preparatory stages, how much more will many people be
affected by those companies, government agencies, merchants,
etc., who have delayed preparing, possibly due to financial
contraints, or due to the lack of knowledgeable personnel
who are technically capable of fixing the problem, or due to
foolish unbelief, or whatever their reasons might be? From
everything I have been reading on the subject, the simple
truth of the matter seems to be that many more countries are
not properly prepared for the Y2K glitch, than those which
claim that they are ready; and we can only wonder how much
they have exaggerated their claims of preparedness in order
to avoid panic.

Now, obviously, it would be extremely hypocritical of me to
be passing this important message on to you, if I was not
preparing my personal family for the possibility of major
disruptions in different services. I would fall into the
same category as the ancient Scribes and Pharisees, of whom
even Jesus said:

"...The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All
therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and
do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do
not." Matthew 23:2,3, KJV

So, yes, I have been preparing, exactly as I described in my
first Y2K-related article written some time ago; and this is
where we really get to the meat of this article. You see, my
problem has been that I have been experiencing a great deal
of uncertainty regarding exactly how much, or how little, to
prepare for Y2K. Obviously, I don't know the future. If one
listens to what worldly people are saying, it will only add
to this uncertainty. Some people insist that Y2K will only
result in a few minor inconveniences for a few days or for a
few weeks at best, while dedicated survivalists warn that we
should all prepare for at least a full year; so who should
we believe?

Well, I wasn't happy with this uneasy feeling and lack of
peace in my heart. It has been like steering a ship, but not
knowing exactly where I am headed. Without a set, determined
destination, one could travel on and on, and never know if
he had yet reached his proper port, or if he had already
passed it by. This is precisely how I was feeling; at least
until today that is. That is because we got together today
and had some serious prayer, in which we asked the Lord to
give me His wisdom, and some clear guidance regarding this
matter of Y2K preparation. As the Apostle James was inspired
to write:

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be
given him." James 1:5, KJV

I am not that intelligent of a man in a worldly sense, so I
realized that, being as I don't know the future, but the
Lord does, then He is the only One who could give me a clear
indication regarding how much to prepare for the Y2K glitch.
Being one of His children who wants to obey His wise counsel
found in that verse from the Book of Proverbs, I believed
that He could give me some kind of an answer, and a set goal
to achieve, so that we could continue to survive, and thus
continue to be a witness and feed His sheep, no matter how
bad the situation might become in the world at large due to
the affects of Y2K. Although I am by no means any kind of a
prophet, one verse of Scripture which I did claim while we
were in desperate prayer, was the following written by the
Prophet Amos:

"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his
secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3:7, KJV

Later in the day, I again entered my private prayer closet,
and with Bible in hand, sought the Lord for further guidance
regarding our Y2K preparation. It was at this time that I
believe that the Lord began to reveal to me that we should
prepare for a period of seven months of trouble. At this
current time, I am waiting for a further confirmation of
this from the Lord. As I explain in the article 'What Is
God's Will For My Life?', there are a number of different
ways in which the Lord can reveal His Will to us. As we see
in the Book of Judges, even after the Angel of the Lord had
already appeared to Gideon, and had given him a sign by
consuming his offering to the Lord with fire, Gideon asked
the Lord for yet another double sign, by way of the fleece,
as proof that God would use him to deliver Israel out of the
hand of the Midianites:

"And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine
hand, as thou hast said, Behold, I will put a fleece of wool
in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it
be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that
thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. And
it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust
the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece,
a bowl full of water. And Gideon said unto God, Let not
thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this
once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the
fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all
the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for
it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all
the ground." Judges 6:36-40, KJV

Another way in which the Lord sometimes chooses to reveal
His Will to His children, is through night visions, or
dreams. In the Book of Job, we find the following verses
which confirm that the Lord sometimes operates in this way:

"For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it
not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep
falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he
openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,"
Job 33:14-17, KJV

There are quite a few examples in the Bible where the Lord
chose to give people dreams in order to reveal His Will to
them. One of the best known examples involves Joseph, the
husband of Mary, and the Earthly stepfather of Jesus. When
evil King Herod sought to kill the young children in order
to hopefully destroy the Messiah in the process, the Lord
warned Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt. Years later,
after Herod's death, the Lord gave Joseph another dream in
which He commanded him to return to Israel, as we see in
these verses. Notice also that hte Lord even gave the three
magi a dream as well, in which He warned them to not return
to King Herod and give him the information which he desired
of them:

"And being warned of God in a dream that they should not
return to Herod, they departed into their own country
another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel
of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise,
and take the young child and his mother, and flee into
Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod
will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he
took the young child and his mother by night, and departed
into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it
might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the
prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. Then
Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was
exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children
that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from
two years old and under, according to the time which he had
diligently enquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that
which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was
there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great
mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be
comforted, because they are not. But when Herod was dead,
behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph
in Egypt, Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his
mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead
which sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took
the young child and his mother, and came into the land of
Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea
in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go
thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he
turned aside into the parts of Galilee: And he came and
dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled
which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a
Nazarene." Matthew 2:12-23, KJV

Thus, being as dreams are a clear way to confirm God's Will,
I have asked Him to also give us a dream in order to confirm
that we are to prepare for seven months. Even though this
has not happened yet, being as I just made our request this
same day, I must tell you that as soon as I received this
answer, the uneasiness I had been feeling just disappeared,
because now I have a certain goal to reach. I now know where
I am headed, and it has given me peace in my heart. In fact,
only a few hours ago, I went to our local supermarket where
I do our regular shopping, and purchased the additional one
gallon jugs of drinking water, so that we now have the full
seven months supply. I also bought the butane fuel we had
still been lacking, so that we now have a full seven months
supply for our little butane stove. In addition, I bought
more canned goods so that we now have a seven month supply
of some of those as well. I will be purchasing more when
their next container arrives, along with more of other
survival items, such as candles, matches, bleach, soap,
shampoo, toilet paper, raisins and nuts, etc.

As I mentioned a moment ago, just the fact that I am obeying
the Lord's Word and Counsel to prepare, has given me a real
feeling of contentment in my heart. I know that if I do my
part by obeying what He has shown me to do, then He will
also do His part as well. If we don't cooperate with the
Lord, then how can we possibly expect His blessings in our
lives, whether it is a blessing of protection and provision,
or anything else? As I have explained before, blessings do
not precede obedience. As King David was inspired to write:

"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee
the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."
Psalm 37:4,5, KJV

David's son, wise King Solomon, also offered some very sound
advice regarding the importance of acknowledging the Lord in
our lives when he wrote in his many proverbs:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5,6, KJV

On the other hand, as I also explain in other articles, such
as in 'The Fruits Of Disobedience', disobedience to the Lord
can also result in serious negative consequences. Such was
the case with stubborn, rebellious King Saul. Contrary to
Solomon's words, Saul was constantly leaning to his own
understanding, and doing what he felt was best in his own
eyes. He repeatedly failed to follow the counsel given to
him by Samuel, the Lord's Prophet at the time. The Lord
finally ran out of patience with Saul when, instead of
utterly destroying the Amalekites, including men, women,
children and beasts, he not only saved the best beasts in
order to offer them as sacrifices to the Lord, but he also
foolishly spared the life of the Amalekite king, Agag:

"Samuel also said unto Saul, The LORD sent me to anoint thee
to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore
hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to
Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up
from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all
that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and
woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and
ass...And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and
utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the
sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs,
and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them:
but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they
destroyed utterly." 1 Samuel 15:1-3, 8-9, KJV

As a result of not obeying this clear commandment from the
Lord, Samuel informed Saul that God was through with him,
and that he would raise up a better, more obedient king to
replace him; which of course was David. Consider what
happened next in this sad story of disobedience:

"Then came the word of the LORD unto Samuel, saying, It
repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is
turned back from following me, and hath not performed my
commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the
LORD all night...And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have
obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which
the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek,
and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people
took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things
which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto
the LORD thy God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD
as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in
obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better
than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For
rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is
as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the
word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being
king." 1 Samuel 15:10-11, 20-23, KJV

To draw a parallel between the previous story of King Saul
and the current situation with the Y2K glitch, while we may
not lose the kingdom if we do not properly prepare for Y2K,
we may very well lose our lives through hunger, or at least
suffer severely due to our lack of proper preparedness.

Not surprisingly, when I went to the store, and spoke with
the store's general manager, his attitude was very typical
of those who are confident that nothing serious will result
from the Y2K glitch. In fact, he was basically trying to
discourage me from making my purchases, by saying that they
have two generators on hand, and that they will still have
groceries, and will still be open right through January the
first. For a moment I thought that he might even refuse to
allow me to make such large purchases, but he didn't. Well,
I have known this man from a distance for over ten years
now. We have spoken a bit on different occasions. Although
he is of Asian descent, he told me that he is a Catholic, so
I didn't hesitate to share Proverbs 22:3 with him. I told
him that it was better to prepare and not need it, than to
not prepare, and find out later that we were foolish indeed.
I humbly told him that I must obey what I believe the Lord
has shown me to do. I am not sure if he understood the verse
or not, but he finally conceded and told one of his
employees to assist me with my purchases.

Just the fact that I have been making such large purchases
in preparation for Y2K, has turned into a real witness for
quite a number of employees at the store. Over the last
several years, we have given them our Salvation tracts, and
even distribute them to the customers inside the store when
we feel led to do so by the Lord. Not only that, but most of
the cashiers and some of the warehouse people know that we
are doing this in obedience to the Lord, because His Word
tells us to prepare for such calamities when we see them
coming. I have told some of them plainly that the Y2K glitch
may very well be a judgment from the Lord, and that they
should all prepare; and some of them have already taken heed
to my counsel; which really isn't mine, but the Lord's.

While I have told you that I immediately went out and made
more purchases after seeking the Lord's advice, I haven't
told you why I was so quick to obey the Lord's counsel of
seven months preparation instead of only one month. You see,
while I was in prayer, the Lord pointed me to some very
somber chapters found in the books written by Jeremiah. I
discuss Jeremiah's prophecies in a number of other articles
as well. As you may know, Jeremiah faithfully prophesied to
Judah and the walled city of Jerusalem for a period of forty
years; during which time he warned the Jews to repent of
their wickedness before it was too late. Exactly how wicked
were these people? As I point out clearly in such articles
as 'The Fruits Of Disobedience', the backslidden Jews were
worshipping many false pagan gods, including Ishtar, the
Babylonian goddess of fertility, also known as the 'Queen of
Heaven', as we see in these verses:

"Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in
the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the
fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to
make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink
offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to
anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they
not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?"
Jeremiah 7:17-19, KJV

It was the worship of this false pagan goddess, with which
the Easter celebration originated. It is easy to recognize
the phonetic similarities between Easter and Ishtar. Like a
number of other holidays, such as Christmas, this pagan day
of worship was Christianized and made 'holy' by the Roman
Catholic Church; which severely compromised our Christian
heritage, in order to expand her empire of wealth and power
over the pagan masses. Perhaps now you will understand why
'Easter eggs' and the 'Easter rabbit' are associated with
the Easter tradition in the Western world. You see, eggs and
rabbits are both symbols of fertility, just like Ishtar.
This false 'Queen of Heaven' was also known as Ashtaroth,
Astarte and Isis in other Middle Eastern cultures; and
again, it is easy to see how our English name Easter was
derived from these words. What I also find very alarming
about this, is that the Roman Catholic Church also refers to
the so-called visions of Mary, such as those which are said
to have occured at Medjugorje, as the 'Queen of Heaven'. I
discuss this topic in more detail in the lengthy nine-part
series 'Lying Wonders Of The Endtime'.

While the Lord was extremely angered by the Jews' worship of
this false goddess and other false gods, it was how they
performed their worship which upset Him the most. As it is
plainly revealed in the Book of Jeremiah, these ungodly Jews
offered their very own children in the sacrificial fires of
the altars which they built in the Valley of Hinnom, located
just outside of Jerusalem:

"And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in
the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and
their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not,
neither came it into my heart. Therefore, behold, the days
come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called
Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley
of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be
no place." Jeremiah 7:31-32, KJV

"And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the
valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their
daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I
commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they
should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin."
Jeremiah 32:35, KJV

Notice that the Lord specifically states that just as those
bloody, antichrist Jews willingly offered their children to
the false gods, He would turn the Valley of Hinnom into a
burial place; and that there would be so many dead, that
there would not even be enough room to bury them all there.
This is precisely what happened when the Lord's mighty Hand
of Judgment fell upon Jerusalem. As I was explaining to a
dear friend on the phone a few hours ago, when the forces of
Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, finally besieged Jersualem
for the third time, around 587 B.C. according to historians,
they destroyed everything when the city finally fell. This
was the custom of war back then. Not only did they brutally
kill men, women and children, but they utterly destroyed the
fields, so that those people who had not been slain by the
sword, or taken into slavery, would slowly starve to death,
unless they submitted themselves to the invading conqueror.
The Lord had clearly warned the Jews, via Jeremiah, that the
Babylonians would kill them without mercy, unless they
repented of their wicked, abominable sins:

"Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north
country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides
of the earth. They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are
cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea;
and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war
against thee, O daughter of Zion." Jeremiah 6:22,23, KJV

At this point, you may be wondering what all of this has to
do with the Y2K computer glitch. Well, many Bible students,
such as myself, find many startling parallels between the
political, religious and social conditions which existed in
ancient Israel at that time, and the backslidden state of
so-called 'Christian America' today. If you doubt that this
is so, then I encourage you to take the time to carefully
read the entire Book of Jeremiah. The parallels and warnings
to America are clearly spelled out for those who have their
eyes open, and the Spiritual Discernment to see them.

To continue then, while I was praying about the length of
the period for which we should prepare for Y2K, the Lord led
me to read from the Book of Lamentations. In this book, the
Prophet, believed to also be Jeremiah, describes the awful
conditions which existed in Judah following the Babylonion
invasion. As the name of the book suggests, Jeremiah has
often been referred to as the 'Weeping Prophet'; not only
because he was very grieved by the backslidden state of his
Jewish brethren, but also because he had to watch them
suffer tremendously after God's harsh chastisements began to
fall upon them. As I explain in the series 'Do You Pray For
Your Leaders?', the Jews had strayed so far from the Lord,
that God told Jeremiah to not even pray for them, because He
would not even listen to Jeremiah's prayers:

"And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all
your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. Therefore
pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor
prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will
not hear thee." Jeremiah 7:15-16, KJV

These verses alone clearly reveal the depth of the Lord's
displeasure with ancient Israel. Just as I explain in the
article 'Beholding The Evil And The Good', if our sins are
severe enough, God will indeed turn His back on us, and
totally ignore us for a time, no matter how much we may be
suffering. Sometimes, such afflictions are necessary in
order to break through our pride, and our hardened hearts,
so that we might learn some valuable lessons, such as being
humble and more submissive to God's Will. Having said that,
I believe that the Lord may have pointed out the following
verses to me, in order to show me exactly how deteriorated
the situation may become in some places, due to serious
repercussions from the Y2K glitch. Please remember that I
was specifically praying about how much food to store up;
and the following verses describe a terrible, terrible
famine in the land of Judah, as a result of the forces of
Babylon totally destroying their fields:

"Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in
the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is
withered, it is become like a stick. They that be slain with
the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger:
for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits
of the field. The hands of the pitiful women have sodden
their own children: they were their meat in the destruction
of the daughter of my people." Lamentations 4:8-10, KJV

Isn't that absolutely pitiful and sickening? We all know
what a person looks like when they haven't slept in a while,
or after they have been seriously sick for a while. We get
these dark, black rings and bags under our eyes. Might this
be what Jeremiah means by having a black visage, or facial
countenance? These people were so skinny, that they looked
like sticks with their skin tightly clinging to their bones;
and their skin was probably dry and scaley, just like the
bark on a branch. Notice that Jeremiah says that they were
suffering so much from a slow death by starvation, or pining
away, that those who had died by the Babylonian sword were
more blessed, because at least their suffering had ended in
a moment. And finally, the last part of the verses. Just as
the rebellious Jews had cold-bloodedly sacrificed their own
children in the Valley of Hinnom, now they were forced to
kill, cook and eat them, in order to survive the famine!
Truly, they had reaped what they had sown to the full!

In the second half of this article, we will continue our
discussion by taking a look at such topics as lip service
and heart worship, why spare America, America's sins and the
inheritance defiled, the haughty Jews and haughty Americans,
conspiracy theories concerning America, preparing according
to your faith, dangerous cities, winners either way, no need
to fear or worry, and surviving for His glory. I trust that
you will join me.

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