Do Not Be Terrified
March 26, 2023
Luke 21:9 “And when you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”
Of course, as we discern news events it’s almost impossible to understand the whole truth of the circumstances. There’s usually not an easy, black and white scenario or interpretation. It’s difficult to speculate about the news. However, in this case there is an underlying, century-long set of factual circumstances that occasioned the Silicon Bank closure. This blog will contemplate about banking organizations and the damage they cause in society. It’s a matter I don’t enjoy focusing on, but it’s important for truth seekers to know bank closures are not accidental.
On, Friday “March 10, 2023, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was closed by California regulators and placed into receivership under the control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).”  Similar circumstances surround other banks, so experts are concerned the failure of more banks could be around the corner. Events like this can often bring feelings of despondence. In other words, these sorts of activities make people extremely nervous, even terrified.
Shortly after the news of the bank closure came out, I was eager to dig into the story. I happened to do my daily Bible reading first, which lately has been in the book of Luke. Maybe by divine providence, or possibly just incidentally, I was at chapter 21 which is a narrative Jesus shared. Some of His words there are about the signs of the last days, and His return. Intriguingly, the passage of Scripture I quoted from above, Luke 21:9 is appropriate for the situation in today’s world. We must not be terrified when we hear of wars and disturbances. This was the seed that initiated my decision to forward some of my thoughts to you.
I’m about to tell some history that may cause you some grief initially by suggesting some truthful, but hard-to-swallow events, just as Roots of the Kingdom does. I persist in it, knowing that the truth sets us free.
John 8:32 “…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
My intention is to impart upon you, peace. Peace cannot be gained by news the world (media) gives. Peace is gained by knowing the truth, even if it includes some muddy waters. The truth sets us free so we can have peace in our hearts. Jesus said we don’t need to be troubled or fearful.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor fearful.”
As you may recall, my last correspondence with you was about the Government of Jesus. The book of Isaiah 9:6-7 calls Him the Prince of Peace, and states there will be no end to the increase of His government. I stated, “more often than not, we see coercive, agenda-driven local, state, national, and global antagonistic leadership. These governments are increasing and establishing themselves more deeply than ever.” I suggest that the Silicon Valley Bank event is one of those episodes, which I will explain.
In that blog I asked, “Where is the government of Jesus? Did the government of Jesus fail? Has the ministry of the Son of God been unsuccessful or ineffective?” I must repeat again, “the answers to these questions are no!” Don’t lose heart in the Lord! His peace can prevail in your heart.
Now, let’s move ahead with some foundational perspectives for knowing what goes on in the banking industry, and a few other government organizations and functions.
Evil Agents and Organizations
As those looking for truth, we must sometimes assert opinions and suppositions about people and organizations in this world. Although we don’t enjoy it, we often battle against wicked humans and evil spiritual forces. While doing that, our intention must not be to ridicule any creature made by God. Conversely, honesty must prevail, so some people may assume candid insight as demeaning. Here’s an excerpt from Roots of the Kingdom that provides a guide as we war with those who are in the dark kingdom…
“Treating any fallen creatures of God with contempt, scorn, or dishonor is not an option. Those tactics would not be in line with God’s ways. This does not, however, mean we need to be friends with or be nice to the devil and his dark followers. We must be “as shrewd as serpents” but maintain our innocence and an upright moral zeal. God’s people will win, but only by playing according to the rules (Natural Law). For those faithful to Yahweh, initiating or practicing evil or wrongdoing is not an option for winning.” (Roots, p. 185)
All that to say, we should not despise or harbor anger or resentment toward those who don’t operate according to a Biblical worldview. We must be at peace with all humankind, as far as we’re able. (Romans 12:18) On the other hand, if we’re to be as shrewd as serpents, we cannot stick our head in the sand and ignore what’s going on around us. Our responsibility is to be vigilant, to stay alert and pray we have strength to endure.
Luke 21:36 “But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Truth seekers do their best to survey worldly events and situations, which is what the narrative this writing helps to facilitate.
Intro to the Federal Reserve
There is a presupposition I’ve come to accept about central banking. In a nutshell, they are not organizations that serve in their customers’ best interest. Instead, they operate using covert, or hidden agendas. Although these have become my sentiments, you may not be convinced. Therefore, I’ll provide reasons for my suggestion. I also advise doing your own study to inform yourself about the situation. There are a few books about central banks I encourage you to read. They are listed in my references, not that I can endorse their content 100%. Examine everything; hold firmly to that which is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Many of us are at least somewhat familiar with various US branches of government. I would like to also familiarize you with a certain private bank that operates closely with Congress, regulating US banking policy. They authorize institutions like Silicon Valley Bank and other banks to operate: its name is the Federal Reserve, sometimes called, “the Fed.”
The plan for the Federal Reserve was secretly drafted in November of 1910, at the private resort of J.P. Morgan on Jekyll Island off the coast of Georgia. The attendees of the meeting represented the great financial institutions of Wall Street, and indirectly, some in Europe as well. The bankers plotted an agreement with five objectives: 1. stop the growing competition from the nation’s newer banks; (begin a monopoly) 2. obtain a franchise to create money out of nothing for the purpose of lending; 3. get control of the reserves of all banks; (control the savings of all) 4. get the taxpayer to pick up the cartel’s inevitable losses; and 5. convince Congress that the purpose was to protect the public. 
According to the five objectives above, the Federal Reserve’s characteristics are: 1. monopolistic, 2. reaping without sowing 3. controlling others property without consent 4. tax others to pay for excesses 5. profit by stealth. Please notice the inherent characteristics of the original agreement. It uses federal law to deceive, control, and coerce American citizens. Roots of the Kingdom explains, “Dominating power is a characteristic of Satan and the Dark Kingdom. The tyranny and deception he uses have been, and currently is, the spiritual influence behind most of the upheavals (like bank closures), destruction, oppression, and fragmentations among the nations of the world. (Roots p. 150)
Despite the jaundiced complexities of the Federal Reserve System, US legislators voted in favor of the Federal Reserve Act on December 23, 1913. They relinquished the responsibility and right given to the Federal Government by the United States Constitution, to coin money and to regulate its value. Sadly, Congress voted to assign the right to the Federal Reserve, a private corporation which is basically a cartel. It is not a branch or entity of the United States federal government. Some people even feel that the Fed is an unlawful organization. For instance, the intro to the book by Ron Paul (former Texas Representative in US Congress), End the Fed, states: “Ron Paul draws on American history, economics, and fascinating stories from his own long political life to argue that the Fed is both corrupt and unconstitutional.” 
The Fed is owned privately by powerful men and is a system with merely a government façade. It is an independent agency made up of privately-owned banks.” The product of the Federal Reserve System is debt notes. In fact, they peddle debt. When the Fed writes a check, it is creating money. Think of it, this apparatus for creating money is significantly more efficient than a counterfeiter printing money. They make massive profits by providing loans, which creates financial debt the moment a note (IOU) is signed. This causes Fed system banks to be hyper-incentivized to create debt in the economy. As the debt accumulates, it causes debt bubbles that threaten to crash the economy.
I don’t intend to be critical of the wealthy owners of the Fed just because they are intensely rich. The great patriarch, Abraham, was a wealthy man. God blessed him and allowed for his abundance. Abraham was an example of a rich man who had a foundational faith in the true God, Yahweh. Therefore, we must be careful not to have a bias against wealthy people.
The Scriptural balance is that James warned wealthy people about the way they obtained, and the way they used their riches. Might he have prophesied about the modern-day bankers and corporate magnates, some who have more wealth than whole nations?
James 5:1-6 “Come now, you rich people, weep and howl for your miseries which are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments have become moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and your silver have corroded, and their corrosion will serve as a testimony against you and will consume your flesh like fire. It is in the last days that you have stored up your treasure! 4 Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you; and the outcry of those who did the harvesting has reached the ears of the Lord of armies. 5 You have lived for pleasure on the earth and lived luxuriously; you have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and put to death the righteous person; he offers you no resistance.”
Again, let’s not attribute James’ rebuke to all wealthy people. Some well-off and even extremely wealthy people are responsible, often using their riches to help, assist, and bless others. But certainly, money can be abused, especially the ways it is obtained.
Banking System Dynamics
The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) was created to protect banking deposits. But it’s not the literal savings that are necessarily at risk. The risk is the set of economic conditions banks cause under Federal Reserve System guidelines. Author Laura Sanger, Ph. D. points out that when the Fed operates according to their mandates, they create problems that “enslave humanity in debt.” Their “great feat… was to shroud the truth in a cloak of deception.” 
The fact is, “All the money in the banking system has been created out of nothing, through the process of making loans.” This detail causes the central bank system to be biased toward the forming of large debt bubbles. Keep in mind that “insolvency actually is inherent in the system itself, a system called fractional-reserve banking.” It’s beyond the scope of this blog to fully explain the pitfalls of the Federal Reserve System. But again, I encourage you to study the burdens brought on the public by this convoluted banking system. In the references below there are a few videos as well, which can be helpful for busy people. 
Knowing Bank and Tax Roots
Why is it critical to know the things I’m sharing in this blog? In Roots of the Kingdom, I explained the importance of knowing our spiritual heritage. I compared those unknowing of their spiritual roots to an adopted child that cannot locate or know their birth mother. It’s a painful position. I asked, “what if we don’t know who came before us or what happened years prior? What if we don’t know our heritage or if we aren’t familiar with our roots?” (Roots p. 47) I meant the question to apply spiritually, but it also applies to knowing and understanding American history.
Honestly, merely knowing the history of the banking situation is valuable for people, rather than being ignorant of the money machinations the Fed makes. Note that the Federal Reserve is not the only malignant organization intended to take advantage of American citizenry.
Many people don’t realize “there is a connection between the Federal Reserve Act and federal income tax. The Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution authorized Congress to impose a tax on income and lead to the creation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, changed to Internal Revenue Service in 1953. Amazingly, that the child of the Internal Revenue was created on February 3, 1913, earlier in the year than the Federal Reserve “…was not a coincidence.” 
“Does it not seem just a bit odd that a ‘heavy progressive or graduated income tax’ was enacted in 1913, coinciding with the Federal Reserve Act, and the debauching of our money by the Fed’s ‘elastic currency’ policies? …The purpose of the income tax is not to finance the necessary operation of the government. Congress had done an admirable job of that for some 137 years, without an income tax, and for the most part, operated on a balanced budget without incurring a national debt. The chief purpose of the income tax was to enrich the Fed. How else would they ensure payment of the usury they charge our government for the fiat currency!” 
Although some have crusaded against the Fed and Internal Revenue Service, I’m not suggesting any rebellion or hate toward the government agencies that cheat us. (Not that we should blindly go along with their demands without some healthy exchange about tax law.) Consider below what I had to say in Roots of the Kingdom about this situation:
Matthew, a tax collector before becoming a disciple, recorded a question Jesus made to Peter about tax collection.
Matthew 17:25b “From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll- tax, from their sons or from strangers?”
The answer was obvious to Peter: the sons of kings do not pay taxes, but the strangers do. Jesus used this exchange to show that those made in God’s image, Yahweh’s children, should be tax-exempt.
Matthew 17:26 When Peter said, “From strangers,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are exempt.”
While God’s children paid taxes to kings, Jesus stated this should not be. Nevertheless, He explained to Peter that they should pay the tax, not because God’s children are obligated to pay, but in order to not offend the kings of the Earth (governments).
Matthew 17:27 However, so that we do not offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a stater. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.”
Jesus made us aware of an unfair situation, that kings—the elites of this world—required certain taxes and considerations from God’s children. “Even today, governments and elite world organizations use power beyond their rightful jurisdictions. Some even seek to destroy or make slaves of humans. This is not an unreasonable suspicion but rooted in factual information. However, Jesus’ words still ring true. Don’t offend governments; pay them their taxes. Or, use the means they allow to legally reduce tax responsibilities.” (Roots, Pgs. 331-332)
The Federal Reserve Act and The Revenue Act are essential reference points of American history. These events have set the stage of current political, social, and commercial circumstances in the United States. Knowing our governmental or organizational origins and how we got where we are today is foundational in understanding the matrix we live in.
For instance, the Rothschild Banking Dynasty had no loyalty to any one nation, but they helped nations go to war by financing them. Mayer Amschel Rothschild stated, “I care not what puppet is placed on the throne of England to rule the Empire. The man who controls Britain’s money supply controls the British Empire and I control the British money supply.”
Also consider the dire warning President Woodrow Wilson gave three years after the Federal Reserve Act was signed into law. “The growth of the Nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men… We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world – no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” 
Wars and Disturbances
Let’s check out again what Jesus said to encourage and strengthen our resolve in difficult times.
Luke 21:9 “And when you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”
Jesus said wars and disturbances must take place first, before He returns, before we gain the Government of Jesus discussed in my last blog. We may sometimes feel the end times are at hand. But Jesus didn’t want us to assume that prematurely. He said after those events, His return does not follow immediately. We may need to be in for the long haul, to tolerate circumstances we don’t always prefer or like.
Part of enduring in this world is to function in our lives, even though we’re under the control of coercive governments. Not that we should obey if they tell us to do something against God’s plan. (Daniel 3:16-18) Governments and tyrants will cause disturbances like the repercussions from Covid-19 measures, and they will begin wars like the one in Ukraine. People are now frightened about disturbances like bank failures. The common practice of governments in this world are not to cooperate with the common people; they don’t seek to provide a foundation of liberty and justice for all. Instead, they (the elite and a vast number of government officials) find ways to take from or enslave us.
Governments of the World
In Roots of the Kingdom, I stated the following: “Even today, the governments of nations often function by force, control, coercion, tyranny, and war. This is the usual style of governments and kings in the world. As we move through the Bible narrative, we’ll observe that the main characteristic of evil is to rule over others by force and coercion… Jesus said we must manage our own sphere of influence by serving others, not by controlling or forcefully taking from them. This is also Yahweh’s goal.” (Roots, pgs. 92-93, Matthew 20:25-27)
I have always had a warm place in my heart for the United States of America, particularly the people of our nation. Even with the circumstances described above, I feel privileged to be born in America. Americans have been given a small slice of heaven’s characteristics from citizens who preceded us – those traits are respect for life, liberty, and property. With these views and beliefs, we still have opportunities to work towards correcting the manipulation and waywardness.
It’s true that our government started out relatively better than most, although our roots did have some evil.However, over the few centuries of US history, the dark seeds have been growing. From the initial formation of the United States, until today, there has been the definite loss of our individual rights. Especially after the last few years, we cannot go on thinking we are in the sweet land of liberty. We’ve allowed ourselves to be seduced by radical movements that suppress the freedom God intends for us. Our own straying from Him allows evil entities to chip away at the foundations of human rights. As possible, I encourage working within God’s guidelines to win back our rights.
You Will Gain Your Lives
To avoid being surprised during our pilgrimage through this world, let’s consider a few more things Jesus said to help us be realistic about the times, and persevere in our faith.
Luke 21:17-19 “…you will be hated by all people because of My name. 18 And yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.”
Do not be terrified my friend, by the things Jesus said would happen. Through it all, we must endure. I encourage you to help someone else persevere too. And, in the long run, we can look forward to the eternal life God promises to His faithful.
1 Timothy 6:12a “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…”
I always enjoy hearing any thoughts you may have. Until next time, all the best to you.
 G. Edward Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island (Westlake Village, CA: American Media, 2010) p. 23
 Laura Sanger, Ph.D., The Roots of the Federal Reserve (Dallas, TX: Relentlessly Creative Books, LLC, 2020) p. 367
 Ron Paul, End the Fed (New York, Boston: Grand Central Publishing, 2009) Book Description
 Sanger, The Roots of the Federal Reserve, p. 370
 Sanger, The Roots of the Federal Reserve, p. 364
 Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island, p. 39
 Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island, p. 33
 Sanger, The Roots of the Federal Reserve, p. 368
 Ibid. p. 368
 Ibid. p. 287-290
 Ibid. p. 368