Globally, economic growth has sputtered since the recession of 2008, never returning to true prosperity, as the true unemployment rate exceeds 10% in most Western countries and even 20% in some European countries, stifling families’ confidence in the future.
Actual statistics are doctored to present more optimistic values. A larger portion of University graduates return to their parental home after graduating as opposed to starting out.
If 1980 statistic formulas were still used today, the USA’s unemployment rate would actually be reported as exceeding 15%. 60 million Americans rely on food stamps to supplement their grocery needs.
In June 2015, China’s Shanghai stock market has lost 28% and the Shenzhen market has lost 30% of its value in three weeks, a dollar value of over 2.4 trillion, affecting retirement portfolios of millions. China, the world’s second largest economy, is set to have its lowest yearly growth in over 2 decades.
Smell of war
The tensions in the Middle East are high. The outcome of the nuclear talks with Iran will not help the region.
Without land counter attacks, ISIS will never be eradicated and they will continue to spread.
Tensions have continued to escalate as NATO continues to be involved in former eastern bloc countries while Russia places more armament on its borders pointing West.
Israel is becoming more isolated as more countries urge a two-state solution with Palestine’s militant terrorist group, Hamas. Never has a terrorist group been suggested as part of a solution for sovereignty.
Russia has signed pacts of military cooperation with China and Iran. As the U.N. opens dialog with Iran, Russia is set to resume arms sales to Iran which will result in changing the balance of power in Middle East. Delivery of S-300 air defense missile system is expected soon.
Sanctions by NATO members against Russia and sanctions by Russia against the West. While USA leads the charge to promote sanctions against Russia, it’s the Europeans who will suffer from Russia’s retaliatory sanctions as they control much of the oil that heats homes and fills gas stations in Europe.
China is expanding its reach by building islands in the South China Sea and constructing landing strips for military planes. These are within easy access of Philippine airspace. Its missiles can hit most of the western and central US.
In a short few decades, humanity has embraced tolerance of what were previously unacceptable lifestyles and behaviors. Sodom and Gomorrah, two cities of ancient history, were wiped out by God for far fewer transgressions of moral decay.
In various countries , legislation has passed granting rights for behaviors that are ruled abominations and mortal sins in the Bible. In a few short years, we are seeing enactment of rights for same-sex marriage; promotion of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender] parades and special days; large-scale acceptance of lust, nudity, pornography, fornication, cohabitation, swinging, polygamy and sodomy.
Yet, the Word of God has not changed!.
In terms of life, laws are in place in majority of countries making abortion legal and accessible; some countries have even legalized third-trimester late-term abortions in recent years. Assisted suicide is seen as a compassionate way out to suffering; euthanasia is no longer a scandal but rather it is becoming acceptable and more countries are enacting laws, legalizing it.
Never in history has so much been done to justify death in various forms. Sadly, people just accept government actions legalizing death. Nature, plant life and animal kingdom, has a stronger ‘desire’ to live and grow.
The terrorism of ISIS is a large escalation of gore compared to Al Qaeda’s antics of only a few years ago. ISIS is threatening Christians and others in many countries. They run their operation as a business selling oil and assets to raise capital. They also raid military installations in the countries they invade to provide them with armaments.
ISIS will continue to expand its attacks into Western countries and it is only a matter of time before they extend larger scale attacks in European and North American countries. The leader of ISIS proclaimed in late 2013 that he would take his battle to the West and would one day lead attacks in the USA.