If there is anything we can learn from the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, perhaps it is that we should not be arrogant regarding our understanding of prophecy. The Pharisees were convinced that they knew exactly who the Messiah would be and what He would do. They had plenty of proof-texts to support their interpretations. But, they were completely wrong. While there were some ancient Jewish rabbis who understood that aspects of the Messiah’s ministry would be suffering and atoning, for the most part, they missed it entirely. Is it possible that we (premillennialists, amillennialists, postmillennialists, partial preterists, etc.) are doing the same thing? Yes, it is!
Does China believe that we are on the verge of a major global crisis? The communist Chinese government has always been very big into planning, and it appears that they have decided that now is the time to hoard food, gold, and other commodities.
Of course in recent days the fact that China is completely cutting off U.S. agricultural imports has made headlines all over the globe, but at the same time China is dramatically increasing the amount of food that it is importing from the rest of the world. The end result is actually a substantial surge in Chinese imports, and this is starting to show up in the official numbers. For example, we just learned that Chinese soybean imports in July were actually up 8 percent compared to last year…
China’s soybean imports in July rose 8% from a year earlier, to their highest
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