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ISSUE 304 APRIL 21ST 2010

Prophetic Brief
Insight and Analysis for the 21st Century

An Analysis of the Financial Crisis in the United


States – Part 18
The Nations are Connected
The closure of the largest airports in buses for a 20-hour trip to Frankfurt.
The Afghanistan Europe due to the ash cloud from an From there they continued home by train.
Icelandic volcano has caused massive
Briefs global travel disruptions, and will have Beyond travel related companies,
an increasingly negative economic industries which rely on moving cargo
impact upon all nations the longer the and people through Western Europe have
airways are closed. Last week it either already felt the pinch or they will
prohibited most Western foreign soon. Kenyan growers account for 35
dignitaries, including President Obama, percent of the European Union’s imports
from attending the state funeral for the of flowers, and they are losing up to $2
late Polish President Lech Kaczynski. million a day in earnings because they
The estimated economic impact on the cannot fly their blooms to market.
troubled airlines alone is immense,
greater than that which followed 9/11 –
reaching $250 million per day, according
Afghanistan continues to be in the to Giovanni Bisignani, head of the
news with new troops, a renewed International Air Transport Association
push against the Taliban and (IATA). Bisignani called for urgent action
to safely re-open airspace and the IATA
increased deaths. The month of July expressed its "dissatisfaction with how
has seen the highest death toll of governments have managed it, with no
Amer ican soldier s since the risk assessment, no consultation, no
coordination, and no leadership.”
beginning of the war in 2001, and Business leaders and airlines are urgently
the total may increase still more calling for the reopening Europe's skies.
before the month is out.
  "We will try to outline corridors, if we
can, based on the evolution of the cloud,
In a series of short video briefings, to allow the reopening of as large a Vegetables grown in Kenya’s Great Rift
S c o t t We b s t e r a d d r e s s e s number of flight paths as possible, as Valley are also bound for Europe:
quickly as possible and in good security peppers, corn, carrots, broccoli and
Afghanistan from the perspective of beans. Airport warehouses in Nairobi are
c o n d i t i o n s , " s a i d E U Tr a n s p o r t
the Word of God. Included in the Commissioner Siim Kallas. He told full and both vegetables and flowers are
video sessions are: reporters in Brussels about the travel ban: beginning to perish; new shipments
  "it is clear that this is not sustainable, we cannot be received because there is no
cannot just wait until this ash cloud room.
1. Why Be Aware dissipates."
2. The Formative Process “It’s a terrible nightmare,” said Stephen
3. U.S. Involvement Economic Impact is Broad Mbithi, the chief executive officer of
the Fresh Produce Exporters Association
4. Key Players Of course the economic impact is not just of Kenya. He rattled off some figures:
5. What Does the Future Hold upon the airlines, though its affect on Two million pounds of fresh produce is
6. Kingdom Insights travel industries is the most immediate. normally shipped out of Kenya every
Consider TUI, the largest travel operator night. Eighty-two percent of that goes to
  in Germany. With all the country’s Europe, and more than a third goes solely
Visit scottwebsterministries.org airports closed the company had to take to Britain. Five thousand Kenyan field
where all 6 videos have been extraordinary — and costly — steps to hands have been laid off in the past few
bring customers back from days, and others may be jobless soon.
posted for viewing. Mediterranean vacations. Late Saturday, The only way to alleviate this would be
TUI flew 540 of its customers from the to restore the air bridge to Europe, which
Spanish island of Mallorca to Barcelona. would necessitate the equivalent of 10
After staying overnight in hotels paid for Boeing 747s of cargo space — per night.1
by TUI, the vacationers boarded a dozen
1 Mark With Flights Grounded, Kenyan Produce Wilts; NY
Times, retrieved April 20, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/
2010/04/20/world/africa/20kenya.html

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Rev 18:17-19
"Every sea captain airline, and all who
travel by ship plane, the sailors airline
crew, mechanics and ticketing staff, and
all who earn their living from the sea
global commerce, will stand far off. 18
When they see the smoke of her burning
olcanic ash cloud, they will exclaim,
'Was there ever a city like this great city
global economy like we have in 2010?' 19
ey will throw dust olcanic ash on
their heads, and with weeping and
mourning cries of fear of economic
contraction due to travel bans and closed
airspace cry out: "'Woe! Woe, O great
city, where all who had ships on the sea
were dependent on global commerce and
air travel became rich through her
wealth! In one hour olcanic eruption
she has been brought to ruin!

Militar y and Security meltdown affected every nation,


Iceland’s economic implosion stands out We have written in this
Implications as one of the most severe. All three of the
country’s major banks collapsed due to
series before about how
Even though the skies over Europe were
nearly empty of military and other difficulties in refinancing their short term nations have been moving
debt, which in turn caused a run on
aircraft, NATO General Secretary Anders
Fogh Rasmussen insisted that Europe deposits their banks located in the UK. towards economic oneness,
was not defenseless. “I can assure you Britain froze the Iceland bank’s assets and how that is a feature
that the Icelandic volcano does not have within the UK because they believed
any effect on our operations nor our Iceland might engage in acts that were that is prominent towards the
territorial defense of allied member detrimental to the UK economy. Iceland
was outraged at the British action and its
End. When John saw Babylon
states,” Mr. Rasmussen told reporters at a
press conference in Brussels. To make then Prime Minister, Geir Haarde, being judged it was the
declared it to be an unfriendly act.
sure that message was crystal clear, a
story appeared quoting a “senior Western
kings of the earth and
diplomat,” who said several NATO F-16 The Iceland Central Bank then the merchants of the
fighters suffered engine damage after announced they were engaging in talks
flying through the volcanic ash cloud with Russia for a $4 billion loan, about earth that were crying out
covering large parts of Europe. which Geir Haarde said: "We have not
received the kind of support that we were
– or global political and
The official declined to provide more requesting from our friends. So in a economic systems that
situation like that one has to look for new
details on the military flights, except to
say that glasslike deposits were found friends.” Later the International function as one entity coming
inside the planes' engines after they Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed to loan to a place of collapse
patrolled over European air space. The Iceland more than $1.5 billion, but before
key issue they are seeking to that loan could be finalized the UK and ( R ev e l a t i o n 1 8 : 3 ) . T h e
communicate is that F-16s are patrolling the Netherlands halted the loans because
what had become to be known as the
eruption of a volcano in
European air space. Just in case
someone got a crazy idea about a choice “Icesave dispute” had not been resolved. Iceland which shut down
Eventually loans were made, but it left
nation or region being more vulnerable as
a result of the closed air space, they Icelanders with $5.4 billion in IOUs to European airspace and is
should now consider themselves warned British and Dutch depositors and its c a u s i n g Ke n y a n f a r m
by a senior Western diplomat – the flights international ego bruised. In that light
and announcement were strategically one can understand some of the jokes products to per ish in
planned for just that reason. about the volcanic ash clouds making the
rounds this week in Iceland. One has
wa re h o u s e s i n N a i ro b i
Iceland and the UK Iceland misunderstanding what Europe illustrates how much the
was requesting: we wanted cash, Europe
The volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajokull says, not ash. Another indicates that it earth’s economic system is
(pronounced EY-ya-fyat-lah-YO-kut) in
Iceland and resulting ash cloud in Europe
was the last wishes of the Icelandic connected and
economy that its ashes be spread over
is the most recent connection between the Europe. interdependent. If one part
two countries, and it follows acrimonious
dealings between the two nations during Tongue in cheek attempts at humor aside,
lapses it dramatically impacts
the meltdown. While the 2008 economic the present crisis may pale in comparison the rest of the earth.

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if a 2nd Icelandic volcano called Katla change or add to the Word of God to
erupts. Located just 16 miles east of substitute my name, instead it takes the The Architecture of
Eyjafjallajokull, Katla is much larger and unchangeable Word of God and applies it
capable of releasing far more material to individual lives. the New Dimension
than its smaller sister. In a recent paper in
the journal Developments in Quaternary Let us use the same process of A revolutionary
Science, a team led by University of application of the Word of God to recent new look at
Gothenburg researcher Erik Stukell notes events. It’s not the Bible, it can’t be since
that the two erupted together in 1612 and I have struck through some words and
prophetic
again from 1821 to 1823. Both showed added descriptions of contemporary reality as it
evidence of a build-up of magma events to aid in our understanding. But it exists in the
between 1999 and 2004. An increased is a fair application of this portion of 21st century
level of earthquake activity at Katla Scripture: church.
during those five years, along with a
more inflated shape to the volcano Rev 18:17 "Every sea captain airline, get this book>
"suggests that the volcano is close to and all who travel by ship plane, the
failure," the team cautions. In other sailors airline crew, mechanics and
words, the two volcanoes are connected
ticketing staff, and all who earn their
and have historically erupted together,
something for everyone to keep in mind living from the sea global commerce,
as European airspace gradually opens to will stand far off. 18 When they see the
more and more flights this week. smoke of her burning olcanic ash
cloud, they will exclaim, 'Was there ever
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We have written in this series before like we have in 2010?' 19 ey will
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European airspace and is causing Kenyan to ruin!
farm products to perish in warehouses in
Nairobi illustrates how much the earth’s What this little exercise shows is that the
economic system is connected and conditions described by John certainly
interdependent. If one part lapses it exist in the earth at this point in time, in
dramatically impacts the rest of the earth. fact the conditions are present now in a
way they never have been before in
In fact the cessation of air travel in history due to developments of
Europe due to volcanic ash cloud has technology, travel, interconnected
strong similarities to the Biblical economies, etc. Could the volcanic ash
description of the fall of Babylon. The cloud over Europe be a small prelude to
Wo r d o f G o d i s e t e r n a l a n d that ultimate moment in the future?
unchangeable, It cannot be added to or Perhaps it is a warning and a sign to us
taken away from. Yet it must be applied that we must be ready. It is certainly true
to personal lives and situations – for that we must prepare ourselves and
example Jesus’ statement “you must be continue to grow in righteousness and
born again” (John 3:7) must be applied correctness, regardless of when (how
to my own personal experience. I only soon or distant in time) the dramatic
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collapse of Babylon occurs. The issue is Lord will come like a thief in the reverence for Christ; they are consumed
three-fold: night. 3 While people are saying, with making a living and ensuring
"Peace and safety," destruction will profits. They easily live without God, but
a) We must be increasingly aware of the they can’t live without cargo shipments,
come on them suddenly, as labor
times in which we live so that God’s banks that extend credit, plunging value
movements don’t take us by surprise and pains on a pregnant woman, and in the markets, etc.
find us unprepared. The key events that they will not escape. 4 But you,
are occurring must be perceived in light brothers, are not in darkness so c) We must have internal value systems
of God’s unfolding purpose for the earth, that this day should surprise you and positions of correctness while we
and one basis that forms the difference exist among the global economic system.
like a thief. 5 You are all sons of the
between believers and unbelievers is that We reject Babylon’s deficient value
we are aware while they are taken light and sons of the day. We do systems and standards, even while we go
completely by surprise. It is clear that the not belong to the night or to the to work and live within (but not of)
actual timing of the Lord’s return is darkness. (NIV) Babylon. The mandate from God is that
known only by the Father, no man knows we “come out of her my people so that
the day or the hour (Mark 13:32). We are b) Economics is the primary value that you will not share in her sins, so that you
required to know the season of the Lord, drives the earth. The economic crisis and will not receive any of her plagues” (Rev
however. The day of the Lord will be like this recent volcanic eruption evidence the 18:4). Coming out of Babylon is not a
a thief in the night only for those who are reality that a global system of commerce physical separation, it is a refusal to live
undiscerning, but we are not in darkness exists, and it drives the activity of nations according to the values that drive
and therefore we are not surprised. and merchants alike. We can see how Babylon (competition, breach of
events in one part of the world have a covenant, greed, selfishness, etc.).
1 essalonians 5:1 Now, brothers, dramatic effect on the entire earth, and
about times and dates we do not the thing that is feared the most is a slow
need to write to you, 2 for you down or stoppage of trade. The earth is
know very well that the day of the not consumed with proper values or

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