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Are we in a Joseph type of window?
by Ray Dudley
12/14/11
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Have we entered a Joseph "window"?
If you'll recall that when Joseph had the dream which would ultimately purchase his freedom from prison his freedom wasn't the main purpose of the dream.
Nor was the main purpose to get him to live a comfortable life in Pharaohs house, even though both events took place BECAUSE of the dream.

No, the dream set in motion a series of events that put Joseph in a position where he could prepare a coming disaster, namely the seven year drought. He was able to gather food during the prosperous seven years and then store it for a time of great pain for the nation.
I've been wondering lately if perhaps we aren't somewhere in another Joseph type of window.
Allow me to explain. It seems as though every day lately is bringing us headlines and network news about events that are going to culminate in global economic disaster.

Every sovereign nation is bankrupt, although much colorful politi-speak is used in an attempt to hid it. Riots are everywhere. Look around: Greece, England, the Middle East are all rioting and not due to a quest for democracy. Many are starving. Many are without jobs.

Our own Federal Reserve has printed literally trillions of dollars, which will be bringing us massive inflation, in an effort to shore up bankrupt financial institutions here in America like Bank of America as well as sending many, many of those trillions overseas to help prop up broke foreign banks.
Just this past month there have been news reports of bank runs in Greece, Latvia and Sweden.

The REAL unemployment rate, according to John Williams at ShadowStats.com who tracks unemployment using the same metrics of the used in the 80's, is in the mid teens, while REAL inflation is above 10%.
Millions of homes are foreclosed with millions more in the foreclosure pipeline.

And, to me, the most impactful item of all is the very real potential for the dollar to be removed as the world's reserve currency. There is more and more talk of it every day.
Nations like China, Russia and Korea are buying record amounts of gold in anticipation of that day as well as already trading amongst themselves in a currency they've chosen over the dollar.

So here's my issue: Why aren't the churches getting ahead of all this? Why aren't they storing food and silver and gold and clothing to prepare for what could be the greatest witnessing event to come along in most folks lifetimes?
Is it that they don't know about the things I've listed?
Is it that they don't care about those things?
Or, is it the "God will provide for us at that time" attitude?
Are they just too preoccupied with family and bus ministry and Bible study?
When was the last time anyone in your congregation brought up any of these topics?
Can you recall the last time one of your favorite Christian radio stations talked about a coming depression and how to prepare for it?

Foresight right now could reap HUGE benefits here on earth as well as in the world to come. It seems to me we'll have better success witnessing while providing food to the person who's in the breadline then we will witnessing while WE'RE in the breadline.
The Joseph window may be upon us.

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