July 9-15 and the Barley Connection
Jul 03, 2011
This past week I have had some random thoughts that the dinar revaluation might occur from July 9-15.
I had no solid reason to think so up to now. The only connection was from these dates in 2010, when we were led to throw barley meal into the headwaters of the Mississippi River on July 9, 2010. This was an act of intercession, patterned after the 8th sign of Elisha (2 Kings 4:38-41).
The problem at that time was "death in the pot" (or basin). The sign itself was the Gulf Oil spill, which brought death in the Gulf Basin. We were led to cast barley meal into the Mississippi River, which empties into the Gulf Basin, to "heal" the problem. Six days later, on July 15, the oil well was capped. (More precisely, it was 144 hours later.)
I wrote about this last year in July, so you can look at those weblogs for verification of this.
Anyway, as we began to approach the one-year anniversary of this, I pondered why it would take an entire year before seeing the 9th sign of Elisha emerge. After all, the first 8 took place from April 12, 2009 to July 15, 2010, but the last 8 signs (of 16 total) could not seem to get off the ground. A whole year has now gone by without the Provision sign of 2 Kings 4:42-44.
Other than the one-year anniversary, I had no reason to think that the 9th sign (dinar reval) might occur from July 9-15 this year. But today some thoughts were posted on the site below, which drew my attention to the date of July 15.
In essence, "Bondlady" discusses the importance of tariffs on Iraqi imports, as these import taxes are to be part of the income to run the government and provide much-needed infrastructure. A tariff law was passed last December, and it was supposed to be activated on Jan. 1, 2011. However this was postponed indefinitely, because the people are already monetarily challenged with the high unemployment rate and the low value of their currency. Imports cost them an arm and a leg already, and to add a tariff on top of that would not be very practical.
A tariff is only feasible if the Iraqi people can afford to import the goods they so desperately need. To pay for a $100 item at the current exchange rate would cost them 117,000 dinar, and to make them pay another 5% customs fee on top of that would only make it less likely that anyone could afford to buy such an import.
Bondlady brings up a translated news article from today that reads: "Saad Samak announced by the Ministry of Finance and the General Customs to postpone action mechanism of the new statement of customs until the fifteenth of July . . . He said a sound that the deadline for the application of the mechanism is the deadline can not be postponed and will be operational in all customs centers in the border areas."
In other words, this customs fee (tariff, import tax) has been postponed until July 15 and "cannot be postponed" (apparently) beyond this date.
So if this tariff becomes operational on July 15 in all of the border areas where goods are crossing the borders, this might imply a revaluation of the currency between now and then. If the low value of currency has been the main hangup in implementing this tariff law, then a higher value of currency would be needed to implement it before July 15.
I have said all along that the 9th sign of Elisha involves BARLEY (2 Kings 4:42). In fact, the event took place at the time of the wave-sheaf offering in Elisha's day, because the man brought the firstfruits of the barley to the prophet--which normally would have been brought to the temple, had it not been corrupted.
For this reason, I was looking for this sign (reval) either on April 24 or May 22, which were the wave-sheaf offering days for the first and second Passovers. This did not happen, of course, and it made me wonder if we might have to wait another year to see God's provision multiplied.
It did not occur to me until today that July 9 or 15 are also days involving BARLEY. Last year we threw barley meal into the Mississippi River, because Elisha's 8th sign took place during the time of drought. In time of drought, wheat withers away, but barley is much more resiliant. In a drought, only barley can survive. Hence, the "meal" put into the basin was barley.
But the 9th sign is also about barley, only this time it is actually stated outright. It would seem appropriate, then, to connect the 8th and 9th signs by the barley itself and perhaps even by the same dates a year apart.
So whereas I was looking at the time of the wave-sheaf offering, where firstfruits of barley were to be waved in the temple, the sign could also be fulfilled on July 9 or 15, as those dates have a barley connection from last year.
One final note: The news article above said that "the deadline cannot be POSTPONED" beyond July 15. Two weeks ago, when we were at the Apostle Islands, we saw a "delay" in being sent out under the "Effective Apostleship" mandate. The Lord used this word quite specifically, because when I asked if this was being "postponed," He said quite emphatically, NO, it was "delayed."
So perhaps the news article's use of the word "postponed" has significance in this. "The deadline can not be postponed."
So once again, we have a watch date or two. We now have reason to believe that we might see this occur July 9 in view of a July 15 start-up of the new customs fee mechanism at the Iraqi border crossings.
As usual, I always advocate that you be responsible and act in a mature manner in any dinar purchases. Don't over-extend yourself to the place where you can't survive if this revaluation is delayed for a longer period of time. Remember that the money is not our focus, but rather a knowledge and understanding of what God is doing in the earth--and our place in the divine plan.
Dr. Stephen Jones