According to a recent poll from the Wall Street Journal, most Americans believe their economic situation is not good. With inflation being the overriding factor, over 80% of surveyed consumers described the economy as “poor” or “not so good.” It is easy to understand why people are concerned about the economy. The cost of living has increased significantly, supply chain issues have caused massive problems, and, despite low levels of unemployment, wages have not kept up.
Currency Is Computerized
In addition to high inflation, most Americans are concerned about the national debt. The United States debt is astronomical. As I type this, it is currently at $31.87 trillion. The debt increased by one million dollars in the time it took for me to type this sentence. The answer to the out-of-control debt is to ultimately make money in a digital form because it is easier for the government to control and tax without your permission. So, in March 2022, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14067, titled “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets.” This order mandates the Federal Reserve to explore the creation of a new American digital currency.
Some of America’s top economic experts, including Robert Kiyosaki, investment guru and author of the personal finance book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, have some choice words for President Joe Biden’s executive order 14067. Kiyosaki called Biden’s signed executive order “the most treasonous act in U.S. history.” He was joined by Jim Rickards, another economist, investor, and former Central Intelligence Agency official who called it a step toward the end of cash. Rickards said, “The new ‘digital tokens’ can be ‘turned off’ if the government doesn’t like what you are doing.” He continued, “I call the digital dollar ‘Biden Bucks’ because I want him to take full credit for what I consider to be crimes. This is not like the money in your online bank account. No, this is new and different. Every digital dollar will be a programmable token. When Biden Bucks are rolled out, many experts—myself included—believe they will begin an era of total government control and surveillance.” Rickards warned, “This is not hyperbole. This would dramatically expand the power and influence of the federal government … essentially acting as a new type of ‘spyware.’”
These Biden Bucks will allow the government to force you to comply with their agenda. If you do not, they can turn off your money. If the government discovers you are giving to an organization or ministry they don’t agree with, they can turn off your money. If you pay to put fossil fuels in your gasoline powered automobile instead of driving a government mandated electric vehicle, they can turn off your money. If you want to buy an AR15 rifle, they can turn off your money. Biden Bucks will essentially allow the government to control all your buying and selling.
A recent survey said only 10 percent of Americans carry cash. The worldwide movement toward electronic payments has been breathtaking. For most of us, if our bank unexpectedly froze our accounts, we would be in deep trouble. With electronic banking and digital currencies such as Biden Bucks, the technology is in place where it is possible for one person to have total control of all monetary transactions on earth.
Culture Is Cashless
The Bible teaches that there is coming a day when the final one-world ruler, the Antichrist will control all buying and selling during the seven-year Tribulation. We read in Revelation, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16–17). What does it mean that “no man might buy or sell?” It clearly means that NOBODY ANYWHERE will be able to buy or sell ANYTHING unless they subordinate themselves to the “beast.”
Control Is Certain
Those who refuse the mark of the beast will be shut out of the global economy. They will be unable to buy or sell anything without it (Revelation 13:17). Some will even face beheading for their refusal to accept it (Revelation 20:4). After the Antichrist enters the temple and declares himself God (2 Thessalonians 2:4), he will require everyone on earth to accept the mark (Revelation 13:16). Accepting the mark will be a pledge of allegiance to the Antichrist. All who accept the mark will display it on their right hand or their forehead (Revelation 13:16). This will make it easy for society to identify them. The world will blacklist anyone who refuses the mark. Every buying and selling transaction will be linked to it. As a result, those without it will be unable to buy or sell anything (Revelation 13:17). This will put enormous social pressure on people to accept the mark.
Think about it. Imagine if you couldn’t buy or sell anything. How would you get food to survive? How would you get shelter, clothes, and the necessities of life? The pressure for most people will be too much to bear. They will give in and accept the mark. It’s likely only committed Christians will refuse the mark. In some cases, the consequences will be worse than economic. Some people will be martyred for their refusal to accept the mark (Revelation 20:4).
Coinage Is Changing
In the midst of our current economic crisis, the United States Mint has released a new quarter. The iconic portrait of U.S. President George Washington on United States quarters has become an unwavering symbol of our nation’s strength, resolve, and economic might since its introduction in 1932. Over the years, the quarter has gone through many changes. In 1965, the quarter changed from being made of 90% silver to being made from worthless nickel-coated copper. In 1999, the eagle on the reverse of the quarter was traded for a series of new designs including states, parks, and national landmarks. However, since 1932 the image of Washington on the front of the coin has remained virtually unchanged.
Now, the unforgettable design of our first president is being tossed out of the window for something entirely new in 2022. The old portrait of Washington has been replaced with a new one. Ironically, the new quarters picture the founding father turning his back on our national motto, “In God We Trust.” While there is no clear indication that Washington’s turn from our national motto was an intentional part of the design, the symbolism is overwhelming. America has turned its back on God.
Confidence in Chaos
The official motto of the United States of America, as established in a 1956 law signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, is “In God We Trust.” It is easy to say, and easy to read, but it is not always easy to live. Will you still trust God if your spouse abandons you? Will you still trust God if you get a bad diagnosis from the doctor? Will you still trust God if you lose your job? Will you still trust God as the economy continues to slide toward a depression? Will you still trust God as we move closer to the end of this age?
David was a man who experienced many heartaches. Just because he was a man after God’s own heart doesn’t mean his life was easy. David wrote Psalm 56 while fearing for his life, and in Psalm 56:3, he shared the key to overcoming danger and difficulty: “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Fear turns into faith when we place our trust in God. Turning to friends, family, and experts is not a bad thing, but turning to God is the best thing. If we will put our trust in God, in good times and bad, we will begin to see how deeply He cares for us and how He really can work all things together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).
Despite the terrible economy, Biden Bucks, a godless culture, and the signs pointing to the rise of the Antichrist and the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation, we can still say, “In God We Trust.”