Have you tuned in to Fox News, listened to Glenn Beck recently, or maybe purchased a good book by a renowned economical advisor lately?  Everyone is talking about our economic meltdown and most experts see disaster dead straight ahead, economic and financial pandemonium in the United States and throughout the world.  I won't waste your time writing about the devaluation of the dollar, the impending hyperinflation, or the economic crisis in major countries of the world today.  We have seen rioting recently in Greece and Britain, and the experts predict it is soon to hit right here in the US.  It is a very sobering thought, to think that such a super powerful nation, which has always been in the forefront militarily and financially, is said to soon "fall to its knees."  Many other nations have had areas of gross poverty, and even starvation, although there isn't much focus on that in our area of the world, not since the African drought of the 80's.  Nevertheless, the Word of God tells us that (referring to the last days before Christ's return), "When they shall say 'peace and safety,' then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape" I Thessalonians 5:3.  The experts say this will surely be the case for Americans, as many people seem oblivious to the near economic collapse, and not too many people really want to investigate the truth of the matter.  Maybe people feel it is just too disheartening or depressing to consider what is happening.  We have a funny little icon for that (the three monkeys: one holding his hands over his ears, another holding his hands over his eyes, and the last holding his hands over his mouth).  Mimicking the monkeys makes some feel a lot better.  I have some more information for you truth seekers that may be of interest.  According to a report prepared in Washington under the supervision of a board of 1,360 scientists from 95 countries, supervised by Robert Watson, the British born chief scientist at the World Bank, and a former advisor to the White House, warns that:  "The human race is living beyond its means and almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by humans."  The 2005 study (www.guardian.co.uk/science/2005/mar/30/environment.research) contains what its authors call "a stark warning" for the entire world.  They warn, "We are literally living on borrowed time."  No one likes to hear bad news and I don't either, but the facts are the facts.  You can do the monkey thing, or face it and act.  Some people are planning their own strategies, from underground housing to hide them from the predicted solar flares, to storing up gold and silver for the upcoming economic crisis.  These are futile preparations.  I imagine you're saying, "How do you know that?  They sound like good plans, with gold and silver prices going up and up!"  Well, they do sound like very good plans.  However, the Bible is accurate and its prophecies have been fulfilled to date.  The Bible says in Ezekiel 7:19, "They shall cast their silver in the streets and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels, because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity."  No one can hide from God's wrath against those who just won't believe Him or hear His Word, as the scriptures in last month's newsletter demonstrate.  Did I forget to mention that none of this has any affect on the people of God?  That's right!  The great news is that His wrath is only reserved for those who "forget God," Psalms 9:17, and it doesn't apply to those whose trust and confidence is in the Lord.  The Creator of this vast universe display and all of its intricate detail is returning to set up His heavenly kingdom without end for those waiting for His return.  What I am saying is, the scientific facts demonstrate that there is absolutely no hope, and certainly there isn't, unless you have the only hope and assurance of salvation; it's all spelled out in the Word of God.  I have peace in the midst of this entire storm because of the promises of God to His people.  Do you have that peace?  If not, read the Bible; know what the truth is; get peace!