Demonstrations and Turbulence

There certainly is a lot of unrest in the news these days! From Tunisia to Bahrain, from Greece to Ireland, there have been people in the streets demonstrating and sometimes rioting! What was recently in the middle east has now moved to the mid-west with demonstrators taking over the capital building in Madison, Wisconsin, and demonstrations brewing in a number of other states.

However, the differences between the demonstrations in a number of these countries is really striking. While the press has been portraying the rioting and demonstrations in the middle east as revolt against tyrannical governments this may not be the whole story. Tunisia was the first of the “Muslim nations” to begin the domino effect and, of all these nations, it may have been the most free. In Tunisia women could vote, have a drivers license, drive, do business without a male escort, and many other things that women are forbidden to do in most of the Islamic middle-east. In fact, the part that the women have had in bringing change to the region has been woefully under reported. Tunisia seemed to have the most free of the middle-eastern Islamic societies and yet they revolted. It’s anyone’s guess what type of society they will end up with – we do all pray it will be one that allows liberty for all through law.

The events are still changing rapidly in Libya, Egypt, and Bahrain, and are volatile in Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran and other middle eastern nations, not to mention those surrounding Israel. But what has not been reported much as a major factor in all of these nations is the price of flour.

That’s right, for the citizens in most of these nations the most important factor in their daily expenditures is the price of corn, wheat, flour, rice and, thereby, the price of bread – which has been continually rising and shortages have been felt in some places. Recall the French Revolution was not so much about liberty as it was about the price of bread. A United Nations report listed its food price index at the highest level ever recorded. Surging prices have contributed to the political and social unrest from Tunisia to Iran, there have been riots in Algeria, Morocco, and Pakistan over food prices.

But it’s very different situation in the west. The riots and demonstrations in Europe are not directly related to the price of food, but to the reigning in of spending due to the huge amount of government debt which has caused cut-backs in social programs and benefit payments of various kinds.

Last spring I wrote about a prophetic experience I had in which the spirit impressed upon me not to allow the events of the enemy to “sneak up behind me” but to “look into the mirror to see what’s coming.” I also related the thought my wife had about the message on the rear view mirror which says “the objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.” [click here for article]

In my search for deeper meaning of this prophetic message I related how the events in Greece were a signal of what is behind us – our history – because of the democratic states which originated in Greece. Currently we are seeing the out-working, in part, of this prophetic word. The events in the mid-west are more closely related to the events which have occurred in Greece and other European nations than they are to the events unfolding in the middle east. Whereas the demonstrations in the middle east have to do with food and liberty, the demonstrations in Europe and currently in the USA, have more to do with government benefits being cut, and union workers demonstrating over limitations on benefits and not about food – at least not yet.

After I had that prophetic experience last spring I had the opportunity to share it with a highly respected economist who happens to be Greek. I asked him if he thought it was accurate and my interpretations were accurate? Upon hearing about this word, he immediately said he agreed with the conclusion and gave me a verse to back it up. He said he had received Zechariah 9:13 which says that the sons of Zion defeat the sons of Greece.

“For I have bent Judah, My bow, Fitted the bow with Ephraim, And raised up your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Greece, And made you like the sword of a mighty man.”

He said he was wounded in his Greek pride to know that the Greeks had lost a battle to the Israelites. But in checking history he found that there was no record of these two nations ever having fought. Upon more reflection he realized that this verse was speaking of the sons of faith defeating the sons of intellect. And so it is with looking to the Lord to understand what is coming. It is those who will prepare their hearts to act in faith, not through human intellect, who will understand what is going on and be prepared for things to come and have victory over them.

Prov 3:5-6 & Eph 6:12 combined -

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. … For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

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