Doomsday Redux

What I am about to do now will probably make me really upset. How do I know this? Well, that’s what happened the last time I worked out a doomsday scenario.

But, before I get into my latest thisishowitreallygoesbad, let’s check to see how I did with the previous one. We are three and a half years into it and…

Here is where I was right:

  • Russia strengthens ties with Iran
  • The US economy descends into a shallow-dip recession. (Actually, I wasn’t pessimistic enough)
  • A Democrat President is elected on a platform of jobs and ‘bringing the troops home’
  • The US begins force reduction and starts repositioning forces towards Baghdad.
  • Russia and Iran hold their first joint military exercises along with other CIS states – Turkmenistan, Khazakstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Uzbekistan. Turkey attends as an observer. (Although Turkey didn’t attend.)

Here is where I was about half right:

  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Turkey and Iran announce new cooperative agreements in trade. Turkey announces that it has withdrawn from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

–          Ahmadinejad did visit Turkey and announced new agreements, but Turkey is still a part of NATO

This is what I’ve gotten wrong (although it might still happen)

  • Turkish government asks the EU delegation to leave and recalls its ambassadors from European capitals for ’consultation’. They don’t return.
  • Turkey and Iran join a newly rejuvenated Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) as associate members. Russian advisors start appearing among the staff of Iranian and Turkish generals

–          Not yet, and Iran might not ever join the CIS

  • CIS Military exercises include units from Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Syria and Libya . Western observers begin expressing nervousness over the growing military power of CIS forces.

–          this might happen in summer 2012 (or 2013)

  • The Russian president travels to Ankara for anticipated talks. Both Russia and Turkey announce that Turkey will be hosting the largest military maneuvers since World War II.

–          I think that this will happen in late 2012 or early 2013

For the rest, it’s a little early to say if it will happen as suggested, if at all.

Looking at how well I’ve done reminds me that I’m no prophet. However, I did predict the near-term events pretty well. My only failing was insufficient pessimism.

By the way, let me point out that the prediction that I made in 2007 was inspired by a report that the Iranians were experimenting with remote detonation of their Shahab missiles in low earth orbit. Trying to think about why they would do that lead me to think about the ramifications – and out popped my delightful doomsday scenario.

Doomsday Redux

Well, I’ve had a similar moment of revelation, and it bothers me to the point that I need to write it all out for your entertainment.

Here are the two bits of information that have me rattled:

  • International financial institutions have gone sharply negative on the US economy.
  • The leadership of Iran believes that Ahmadinejad is the Shoaib bin Saleh.

There’s other information out there that’s pretty serious too, but THESE are what should get you REALLY worried.

Our current economic situation is as bad as (if not worse than) it was before the Great Depression in the 1930s. Our economy is in trouble and we are doing nothing to deal with it. In fact, the US government is lying about what it IS doing, and that is pretty scary all by itself.

That’s bad. But, as bad as the Great Depression was, we survived, and I believe that we would survive another one – although, not nearly as well. However, I should have really said, “we will survive unless something else happens”. Unfortunately, I’ve stumbled over ‘something else’.

Have you heard of the Shoaib bin Saleh? That’s right the Shoaib bin Saleh. You know, the guy who brings in the Mahdi.

You haven’t?

Well, it’s time that you did.

The Shoaib bin Saleh is recorded in the Hadith as the guy who will prepare the world for the coming of the Mahdi, the Islamic Messiah. Here is a quote from Reza Khalili when he appeared on the Glenn Beck Show:

Ever since I started to dispel (INAUDIBLE) Islamic government and report on their activities, their terrorist expansion, their collaboration with all the terrorist groups around the world. And their intention to ultimately destroy Israel because that’s a key element. It’s a mandate of a century-old Hadith to take place so the Mahdi would return.

So I would state here that they are committed to this ideology and just because many in the West cannot understand it, it doesn’t mean that it’s real. And these are the same people who are pursuing the nuclear bomb. And I assure you that they intend to attack Israel, destroy Israel and they’re looking for the glorification of Allah worldwide.

And this documentary is the blueprint of their ideology. And they had no intention for it to — for this to go public. I was alerted by my contacts in the Revolutionary Guard several months ago that the project was approved by the Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei produced by the besieged militias, to be distributed throughout the Middle East, incite more uprising, overthrow U.S.-backed governments, calling for unification of Arabs, promising the destruction of Israel is imminent. And therefore, the imminent coming of Imam Mahdi.

Now this is all because we have an administration that is inept, weak and confused. And they can sense this and have become emboldened and excited by the events in the Middle East.

Khalili later went on to add:

You see, I have described it clearly in my book. These people — Ayatollah Khamenei — even Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Revolution, before the revolution, he stated he had three goals for Iran. One was to overthrow the Shah. The other was to establish an Islamic state. And third was to pass the flag of Islam to the last Messiah.

It has been their intention. They have acted upon it. And we have failed to understand this.

Khalili ends with this rather dismaying bombshell:

The Hadith says that 72 months prior to the reappearance of Imam Mahdi, this mythical figure Shoaib Bin Saleh takes power. And they says this mythical figure is Ahmadinejad.

So, Ahmadinejad has been in office for over five years. That gives us a year timeline.

They’re clearly telling us that within a year they’re going to create the circumstances needed for the Imam Mahdi to come. And we better understand this. They’ve got over 1,000 ballistic missiles, right now.

(Excerpted from a transcript of the Glenn Beck show, HERE.)

That’s right. When the Shoaib bin Saleh comes to power, a 72 month clock starts running, and the leadership of Iran think that Ahmadinejad is this Shoaib bin Saleh – and that HE will bring the Mahdi in. Here are a couple links that you need to see:

Iran’s End Times Documentary

Iranian Government Video: The Return of the Mahdi is Imminent

Frontpage Magazine says:

The documentary claims that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei is the Seyed Khorasani talked about in the Hadith that leads a nation in the East (Iran) as “the preparer” for the Mahdi’s intervention. In July 2010, a senior Iranian cleric revealed that Khamenei had told close associates that he had privately met with the Mahdi and was told that he’d arrive before his time as Supreme Leader ends. Khamenei is 71 years old and widely understood to be in poor health, so the grand jihad that Khamenei believes he must command must come soon.

President Ahmadinejad is an End Times character named Shoeib-Ebne Saleh, the film states. He is appointed as the commander-in-chief by Seyed Khorasani (Ayatollah Khamenei).  The speaker in the film says that this individual will “move” 72 months prior to the arrival of the Mahdi and will lead the recapturing of Jerusalem on “the threshold of the Coming.” It is unclear if “move” means a physical action by Ahmadinejad or if it means his coming to power in 2005. If it is the latter, then the regime believes the Mahdi is to appear by the end of this year.

– from: Iran’s End Times Documentary

Do I believe in this prophecy? Of course not. But, I do believe three things connected to this prophecy:

  • The leadership of Iran believe in it
  • The leadership of Iran will do everything they can to make it happen.
  • The leadership of Iran are bloody minded enough to do what it takes to make this prophecy happen.

Depending on how the leadership of Iran interpret all this, we are within months (if not weeks) of a major war in the Middle East unlike anything that we have ever seen. They have also indicated an interest in the destruction of the Saudi monarchy as a part of the deal.

When/if this war happens, oil will stop flowing from the Middle East. That means no oil to Europe and no oil to North America. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

What will that do to the price of gasoline? Will gasoline even be available? But, would you believe that I’m not really concerned about gasoline?

I’m actually more concerned about food.

Studies estimate that processed food in the United States travels over 1,300 miles, and fresh produce travels over 1,500 miles, before being consumed.

(excerpted from www.attra.org)

How much will the cost of food go up if the price of gasoline approaches $50/gallon? $100/gallon? Can you imagine having to transport food over that distance with gasoline at that price? And what about fueling the harvesters that use gasoline? And, the parts suppliers that transport it? And… and… and…

Will food even be available? Will we have any money to buy it, even if it was available?

We are on the brink of a repeat of The Great Depression. That spells disaster for the US and the Western World. Add this Mahdi-inspired war in the Middle East, and we go beyond disaster and straight into holocaust. Millions – even hundreds of millions – will die.

Just as the Jews of Europe did in the 1920s and 1930s, the West has been ignoring their worst enemy, and now that worst enemy is preparing to do something.

The question is what do YOU do?

Before the Holocaust happened, Jewish organizations tried to convince the Jews to flee Europe, so I will do the same thing.

Flee.

If you live in North America or Europe, get out. Go somewhere where you can be self-sufficient and where you won’t have to worry about your neighbors. Go live in a foreign country where they know how to take care of themselves without petrol powered machinery. Live in a place where they grow food nearby and where there is plenty of fresh water. (Like Costa Rica or Thailand) But, if you don’t want to ‘get out’, at least try to connect with self-sufficient groups of people like the Amish or the Mormons.

However, I understand that all this sounds a bit too hysterical, so I’ll suggest a Plan B:

Stockpile freeze-dried/dehydrated food for yourself and your neighbors, friends and family.

I recently discovered that FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) has spent over a billion dollars doing the same thing, buying  freeze-dried food from Mountain House. And, they did it quickly and quietly, without considering how much this would distort the market for freeze dried food.

Is FEMA afraid that something is going to happen? Are they afraid to tell us? Or, could this be nothing but an unhappy coincidence? (But, a billion dollars? All at once? Really? Just a coincidence?)

Do we want to emulate the Jews that died in The Holocaust and sit on our hands while this one plays out?

I believe that the very least that you can do is put some food away, just in case the worst happens.

Here’s what I suggest

I’ve discovered that the best tasting freeze-dried food comes from Mountain House. No one does freeze-dried better than these guys. They are the gourmet of freeze-dried food. That’s why they are worth ordering and waiting for it (and taking the risk that you might not get it). I suspect that if this brouhaha comes to nothing, you will enjoy eating this stuff. It’s quick to prepare, and it tastes good.

I would seriously love to get my hands on it myself. Of course, I’m also desperate for something that’s not squid, tofu or pickled jellyfish (remember that I’m Taiwan?). But seriously, this stuff is good. Really. You won’t mind eating it if everything turns out nice.

Second best is Provident Pantry. I’ve seen good reviews, and they look like they are worth buying. Especially since FEMA has grabbed everything that Mountain House produces for the next three months.

Also, do not forget that you will need emergency supplies and equipment.

Nitro-pak is the top dealer for Mountain House, and they seem to be able to get product even while FEMA pushes its weight around. You have the best chance of getting Mountain House goods by going through Nitro-pak. I also like how they have put together the following all-inclusive package:

Ultimate Family Preparedness Pak

That ‘Pak’ has EVERYTHING. Get that, and you’re set. You WILL need the emergency stuff that comes along with it, and getting it all at once is a good idea. It looks like they’ve thought of everything, and that’s a very good thing. Again, the food portion of the pak will be delayed, but not the survival supplies.

However, you do NOT want to be waiting around for food when Ahmadina-nutjob does what he says that he wants to do. That means getting ANOTHER food pack that might be second best, but still very good: Provident Pantry.

The Beprepared Premium 2000

Be Prepared is the home of Provident Pantry, and I’ve seen some good reviews about them. They are also less expensive, AND they will deliver immediately. (FEMA has obviously turned up its nose at them.)

Let me stress that you should get BOTH of the paks that I have described above. This means that you will have two years of food (or one year for two people, six months for four, etc.), plus all the survival gear that you will need.

Now, that takes care of you, which leads us to…

What to do about others

You will want to make sure that you are taking care of neighbors, friends, family, etc. You do NOT want them to starve, but you also don’t want to bankrupt yourself. Think about buying some of these options:

PleasantHillGrain foodpak1

Thrive from CostCo.com

These appear to have reasonable quality, while being much less expensive. They are not as good as Mountain House or Provident Pantry, but they will keep the people that you care about alive and reasonably happy.

By the way, you do NOT want MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), unless you like severe constipation and BLAND food. (And, it’s heavier, less compact, and has a shorter shelf life)

And, let me not forget to offer an Honorable Mention:

The ReadyStore

They seem to be worth looking at. I include it as an extra.

Oh, and let me add an important point about taking care of your neighbors. If you don’t take care of THEM, THEY will take care of YOU. (As in, take you OUT!)

As I end this bit of (hopefully) hysterical writing, I can only tell you that I have never been so concerned about the near future as I am now. Please treat this situation seriously. I have already transferred all the money that we have in the US to Taiwan and will be holding it in accounts that are gold-backed or just straight New Taiwan Dollars.

Please do not wait. Act now.

5 thoughts on “Doomsday Redux

  1. brilliant…no one is listening…and i fear glenn beck is preaching to the choir…i miss you my dear friend so very much…i am thrilled you are writing again…keep writing…keep trying…we all feel a bit like old Jeremiah…israel will survive…at least some of us…vey…thanks john for being you!!!

  2. I’m Listening. However, I’m reading this after I’ve had some liquor, as usual;):) But I’m sure many Americans would find this article over-the-top. I’m not saying it’s not accurate or believable, it is actually very well written. I’m just saying that a very large number of American people are 120% focused on keeping their jobs and keeping their homes. Why stockpile food when they can’t barely put food on the table now?

  3. John,

    Interesting piece. I’m curious as to which package(s) of survival supplies you have actually purchased yourself. Would you mind sharing with us?

    I’m particularly curious about this point because my experience through the Y2K crisis was a little unpleasant. See: we had a guy that came to church every week with the mission of stirring us out of our slumber regarding the impending chaos that Y2K would bring.

    It wasn’t Glenn Beck in those days, it was Chuck Missler that got people worked up about planes falling out of the skies, nuclear reactors going offline and every other conceivable disaster that would result from the glitch known as Y2K. Our member parroted every possible disaster scenario in full-detail to the point that people were afraid to come to church. Rather than finding comfort and hope in the gospel, they were bombarded with hopelessness and despair. I’ll cut the story short in order to get to the point of my interest in the level of your buy in: When we visited the town crier’s home, we found it stocked not with what he demanded or suggested for others to buy, rather he had only empty water jugs. In all the time he had unsettled his fellow church members, he hadn’t even bothered to put water in his own jugs. Talk about the cobbler’s kids not having any shoes. Honestly, I was embarrassed for him.

    I remain embarrassed for Chuck Missler, too. A lot of people followed his extreme warnings and are still trying to figure out what to do with their supplies. And, he has still never apologized for the fear and despair he peddled.

    Clearly, the scenario you paint can be frightening, which makes me wonder if chaos ensues in the way you have painted it, what do you think could cause things to improve to the point that a 3, 6, or even 12 month supply of rations would be sufficient? And given the chaos that you have laid out, what would be the point of surviving?

    Here’s the tension I have with words of caution like you have offered: there’s no hope. I have no problem with warning of impending danger . . . the Bible clearly models such. However, the difference is that the Bible offers us hope in spite of the danger that is ahead. Words of warning like yours offers us what? A year of eating rations in our survival gear? Then what? Will things be better then? How so? Help me find hope in your warning?

  4. Hey Craig,

    Thanks for your comment. And, long time no see!

    I am sitting in Taiwan, so I don’t think that survival food will be as necessary here as in the US. Taiwan is pretty self-sufficient, and my gut reaction is to believe that we’ll be okay, should the worst happen.

    But, I am still looking for ways to get the Mountain House brand of food for myself. They don’t have that for sale here in Taiwan, and I’ve been looking for it. (I’ve even been bothering the long term expats here, to ask if they know of any place that sells Mountain House in #10 cans.)

    What I’m trying to say is that we should all be prepared, and I have never said this. Never.

    Yes, I’ve toyed with different scenarios, but I’ve never told anyone to ‘run for the hills’. But, I’m saying it now. (and yes, I feel crazy for saying it)

    The survival rations are to get you over the most difficult part of a systemic collapse. During the Great Depression, that ‘most difficult part’ happened over a period of a year, and then things got better.

    Again, it is always possible that the government in Iran will be overthrown, and the US economy will pull back from the brink. If that happens you can sit on your food for the next 20 years and wait for the next crazy person to ‘prophesy’ utter, cataclysmic destruction. Or, you could donate it to the local homeless shelter.

    The point is that we live in the Last Days. And, I don’t know if there is any truly safe place that I can point to that says ‘go there’. But, I will say this, my desire to serve God has brought me to Taiwan, which might be a good place to be when the worst happens. Answering a call to serve might be the safest thing that I have ever done.

    Were is God calling you?

    – John

  5. New predictions
    Shaul Mofaz (Antichrist) in the will be Israeli Prime Minister(6 june 2012) and After that earthquake in northern Israel and Syria (may 2012)- and the dry lake Kinert/time statesmanship mofaz 427 day and will be killed by jesuse In Jerusalem (8 8 2013) Saudi Arabia king will be killed – and after
    starts War for statesmanship
    Extreme Floods In many regions of the world in May 2012
    will be eruption Yellowstone APRIL OR may 2012
    and will be send out ashes at eight day
    will be occupy syria by Jordan army on agoust 2012
    and will be war Turkey and Jordan in the north-eastern syria.(11 september 2012)…. and after to leave american army in irak Jordan army will be occupy irak on october 2012
    And in…. At one point, some of Sufyani’s army will sink

    into the ground./ This place will be known as Baidah and will be located either between Makkah

    :december2012) and Madina-volcano alaise

    21december 2012 :Day Death Devil
    Will be killing Abstemious man in Mecca on 11/11/2012

    Jesus on…2013.

    – comes to earth from the sky for to help Imam Mahdi to spread

    freedom and justice and beneficence in the earth

    http://emam-mahdi-1431.blogfa.com

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