I don’t do a lot of articles like this, but I want to share something with you that happened to me just recently. I debated about whether or not to share this, but since this story will be aired on national television in just a few days I decided to go ahead and do it. On Saturday, May 14th, my wife and I were enjoying a day of peace and rest when something very unusual happened. I am not sure exactly how to describe it. I have been describing it to some people as a “wave”, but I am not sure if that is entirely accurate. It was almost as if I could feel something shift in the spiritual realm, and with it came the sudden realization that things had suddenly become a whole lot more serious.
If you don’t believe in God, I am sure that what I am saying does not make a whole lot of sense. What I received that day was not in words, and so I have been attempting to translate into words what was deeply impressed upon me at that time.
It was kind of like a sudden soberness came over me. I knew that it was not a time for joking or laughing, and that something important was taking place.
That night when my wife and I were getting ready for bed, I told her what had happened. I explained to her that I felt that something had shifted and that now things had become much more serious. But neither of us had any idea precisely what that meant.
The very next morning, on Sunday, May 15th, we received an extremely startling phone call. It was my wife’s mother, and she told us that a member of our extended family had died on Saturday. This member of our extended family was only in his sixties and he was thought to be in very good health. For him to drop dead like that was totally unexpected.
This was immediate confirmation of what I had felt on Saturday. It is entirely possible that what I felt in the spiritual realm was directly connected to the death of our relative.
However, I believe that what I received was not just for our family. If it was only for our family, I would not be relating this story to you.
At the time when I received it, I had a very clear impression that things had also suddenly become much more serious on a global level as well. I don’t know exactly what this means, but I think that we will find out during the weeks and months to come.
In the Scriptures, sometimes God used events in the personal lives of His servants to point to larger spiritual truths. Ezekiel and Hosea are two good examples of this, but there are others. Perhaps God timed things in such a way that something that happened in the natural (the death of our relative) would confirm the broader message that He had given to me.
I don’t claim to have all the answers. I am just trying to make sense out of a very intense personal experience.
And without a doubt, things have already started to become “very serious” in many areas around the globe. For example, just consider the crisis in Venezuela…
It was around noon when a food truck rolled up… But, to the fury of the long line of people waiting out front, the cargo wasn’t unloaded. Instead soldiers took it away.
“We want food!” the crowd roared in protest, to no avail. Some tried to run after the truck.
Under the state of emergency imposed by President Nicolas Maduro, the military, along with government-organized civilian committees, ensures that food packets are delivered door-to-door in order to — as officials say — cut out black market operators.
“Here in Guarenas there were revolutionary supporters. But now the people no longer want revolution — what they want is food,” she said.
“The people are going hungry. We are tired of lining up, of killing ourselves for just a carton of eggs or some bread,” she said.
And of course we are seeing similar things take place all over that very troubled nation.
The Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict registered 2,138 protests between January and April, most of them spontaneous manifestations of anger or frustration. Incidents of looting have nearly quadrupled in the same time.
“We are like a bomb going tick-tock, tick-tock,” said Zenovia Villegas, a 54-year-old housewife who waited in line at a Guarenas supermarket since the early hours of Thursday only to be told at 3pm that the store would not be opening its doors that day. Dejected, she went home empty-handed.
Some people are already so desperate for food in some parts of Venezuela that they are hunting down cats and dogs and eating them.
I know that sounds quite graphic, but it is important to understand what takes place when an economy totally collapses because the exact same thing is coming to America.
Other Venezuelans have turned to barter to secure the things that they need…
Thousands turn to social media to barter for goods. On Facebook, people offer to swap razors for cough syrup, toothpaste for sugar and oil for wet wipes.
Demand for antibiotics is voracious. In one post, someone offers seven boxes of amoxycillin – a form of penicillin.
Within minutes, he is inundated with requests.
This is why I have always encouraged people to stock up on barter items for the hard times that are coming. When you can’t rely on the stores any longer, people will be trading what they have for what they need, and you will want to have some things that you can barter with. For much more on the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, I would encourage you to check out this video that my wife and I just made…
The worst times that any of us have ever seen are right at the door, and yet apathy is everywhere.
There just seems to be such blind faith in the Federal Reserve, our politicians and the man residing in the White House.
Unfortunately, that blind faith is about to be absolutely shattered, and we are going to see things happen in this nation that are far worse than what we have seen take place in Venezuela or anywhere else so far.
Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.