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How To Bring Down A Superpower
by Wayne Blank
"It's The Economy, Stupid"
"It's the economy, stupid" was the unofficial campaign slogan of a successful US Presidential election in the 1990s. While the term was used for the domestic US economy, it may have been inspired by what then just-retired President Ronald Reagan managed to do - to render the vast military of the Soviet Union impotent on the world stage, ending the tense nuclear "Cold War" that had gone on since not long after the end of the Second World War, all without firing a shot.
President Reagan engaged in an extremely expensive arms race that, well-timed along with other economic problems that were already troubling the Soviet economy, bankrupted the USSR. The Soviets simply could no longer afford to maintain their vast worldwide military operations, that were about the same as the United States has today. Hence, the US-USSR standoff, that went on for so long, ended not because a "superpower" was defeated in battle, but because economic factors at home caused it to go broke.
The "September 11" terrorists seem to have had the US economy in mind when they attacked the World Trade Center towers in New York. They apparently assumed that it would cause chaos to the US economy, which it did, to a very limited extent. But mostly, the attacks resulted in US rage, and the American military going on the march around the world even more, particularly in the Middle East. Ironically, the US military presence in the Middle East was the supposed "justification" for the September 11 terrorist attacks, so the September 11 attacks were a great crime and a great failure.
The terrorists overlooked, or never got around to, two other ways that the US economy could have been bankrupted, without killing anyone, and without providing a target for retaliation by American rage. Those two vulnerabilities are both still there, but seem to be overlooked, or unseen, by America's enemies, so I'm not going to mention them here. And anyway, the point of this study isn't that terrorists are going to bring US troops home (it's obvious that the "war on terrorism" has resulted in US troops "penetrating" many more countries), God is, by economic decline through such things as drought and other forms of internal civil turmoil. The classic "guns or butter" laws of economics apply to everyone when severe depression and prolonged drought hit. No one is immune to that reality. No one. The leaders and people of the Soviet Union during their "superpower" days never imagined that such a thing could happen to them either, but it surely did.
Many have wondered what the United States is going to be doing when the Satan-powered (Revelation 13:4, see also Revelation 13) "Holy Roman Empire" reappears, again, in Europe and the Middle East, exactly as it is prophesied to do (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!). What about the US troops now in Europe, and in the Middle East? Won't they deter the EU from sending its military into, for example, Israel? (prophecy states that the European "beast" power will be invited into Jerusalem by the Israelis anyway). The answer is no, because the US, although it will still be relatively strong (just like Russia remains strong today, but far short of its "superpower" days not so long ago - Russia today is militarily impotent beyond its own borders), will be experiencing then what Russia is now.
The United States military is now able to roam all around the world, something that it never dared do during the days of the Cold War, because, unlike during the Cold War when the US was countered by an equally-powerful military "superpower," the Soviet Union's economic problems caused its military to drastically cut back its operations around the world - leaving just one "superpower" today. In the same way, in the near future, the European Union will be able to roam all around the world because of America's economic problems that will cause its military to drastically cut back its operations around the world. If you blissfully and naively think that such a severe economic downturn and decline in military power could never happen to the US just as it did to the USSR, I say to you, wake up! The Great Depression of the 1920s that happened along with the "Dust Bowl" droughts in North America at the same time, are absolute proof that "it can happen here" - and is going to happen here, exactly as the Scriptures say.
An example of Scriptural proof of this coming great depression that is going to greatly reduce the US military budget in the same way the Soviet Union was forced to reduce its military? From the prophecies of The Lord given to Joel, speaking of "when the Day of The Lord is near" (Joel 1:15, 2:1), describing Israel (see Where Are "Israel" and "Judah" Today?) at that future time:
"The fields are laid waste, the ground mourns; because the grain is destroyed, the wine fails, the oil languishes. Be confounded, O tillers of the soil, wail, O vinedressers, for the wheat and the barley; because the harvest of the field has perished. The vine withers, the fig tree languishes. Pomegranate, palm, and apple, all the trees of the field are withered; and gladness fails from the sons of men." (Joel 1:10-12 RSV)
And why would God humble His own people in such a way, in His own words, to "break the pride of your power"?
"This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me; in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men." (Matthew 15:8-9 RSV) (see I Did It My Way...)
Fact Finder: Who, and where, will be the "antichrist"?