Extent of the crisis
Much has changed in Switzerland compared to times past. The status "special case Switzerland" (German expression ?Sonderfall Schweiz?) which we were given respectfully by nations from all around the world for many years is increasingly crumbling away. Switzerland is also being denounced more and more for our well-guarded banking secrecy.
After the Jews bombarded our banking secrecy in 1995-98 because of the ownerless Holocaust assets, it came under fire again at the bilateral negotiations with the European Union (EU). Even though Switzerland was able to carry the banking secrecy through tough negotiations with the EU, huge concessions had to be made that will, over time, shake the banking secrecy.
Hardly a month passes by without some international money laundering scandal coming to light in which Switzerland is involved. Our exemplary state, which many other nations used to compare themselves with, is now increasingly criticized internationally.
Compared to other European nations, we are also lagging behind economically. In productivity, Switzerland, who once was a leader, has now slipped down into the middle of the pack. In economic growth, this is already the second year we are at the bottom of the ranks. Every year the economic analysts prophesy that economic growth is on the way, yet time and again they have to correct their forecasts downward.
Honorable Swiss citizens have no choice but to accept that their hard-earned contributions to the retirement fund are embezzled due to bad investments by respected economic leaders. It is not uncommon that such leaders have been trying to enrich themselves through such investments. Consequently, many social institutions nowadays have a big funding gap.
Unlike in recent years, groups of Swiss companies that are networked globally again make profits, yet on a lower level than they used to. In addition, due to the trend of globalization and the pressure to lower costs for production, companies are forced to outsource their production jobs to the East where labor costs are considerably lower. As a result, salaries are no longer paid to blue collar workers in Switzerland, but the profits of such companies are consolidated in the Swiss managements only. Where production or service locations are moved to other countries, no longer can money be earned locally. Consequently the unemployment rate in Switzerland is increasing slowly but steadily. The host of those unemployed who are no longer counted as unemployed (and therefore no longer receive payments from the unemployment insurance but are now welfare recipients) increases every year.
Depression is sneaking in and covering all of Switzerland. Displeasure and immorality are spreading at all levels of society. The divorce rate has already increased to about 50%, and people feel increasingly lonely. The number of suicides in Switzerland is one of the highest in the world. The crisis in Switzerland can no longer be hidden.
What has happened? Banking secrecy has turned Switzerland into a highly secure vault for all sorts of crime in the world. According to the law, bankers don't have to question where money originates from. Thus the banks become "legalized" accomplices of criminals. Banker Hans Julius Bär says, "If the bank wants to cheat it can always do so. Everything is possible in the case of malice" (Tagesanzeiger April 3rd 1996).
Since the banking secrecy was introduced before World War II, more than a third (currently US$ 2,950 billion) of the world's wealth has been accumulated in Switzerland. The world's wealth is at the moment estimated to be about $US 8,000 billion. Because Swiss banks are accomplices with the owners of monies of criminal origin enormous guilt for suffering, poverty, oppression, and shedding of blood weighs on Switzerland. God says in Habakkuk 2:6 "Woe to him who increases what is not his?how long? And to him who loads himself with many pledges".
It is beyond dispute that the Swiss banks laid hands on bloody assets of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. If they had not, they would never have agreed before a US court to pay a settlement of US$ 1.2 billion to the World Jewish Congress. This was an admission of guilt by the Swiss banks to the world, yet the Swiss government is still vehemently in denial to this day.
It is exactly this attitude of denial which causes the crisis over Switzerland. In God's eyes the "ownerless" monies are stolen goods that were robbed from the Jewish people. In doing this wrong, Switzerland has directly touched the apple of God's eye. This was the stumbling block through which Switzerland has maneuvered itself into a momentous situation with heavy consequences. It can't be denied that the former economic boom in Switzerland had been financed by such monies. Yet God's Word says in Habakkuk 2:12 "Woe to him who builds a town with bloodshed, who establishes a city by iniquity!?
In 1997, in Winterthur, Switzerland, a prophetic warning was recorded on cassette tape at the conference ?Feste Speise III? that was organized by the ?Schleife?. God at that time revealed through Bobby Connor (USA) that there is a curse, correlated with Micah 6:7-14, over Switzerland. Meanwhile consequences of this curse have come about and can clearly be seen, as mentioned at the beginning of this writing. The warning was essentially Micah 6:9-11: "The LORD?S voice cries to the city?Wisdom shall see your name: ?Hear the Rod! Who has appointed it? 10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, And the short measure that is an abomination? 11 Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales, And with the bag of deceitful weights???.
Throughout the years 1998-2002 the Swiss government has been warned with the word from Micah 6:9-14. "For her rich men are full of violence, Her inhabitants have spoken lies, And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth." (Micah 6.12) They were called on to repent of the wrong use of the banking secrecy and to receive forgiveness through Jesus Christ for this national sin. Yet up to now they have not heeded these warnings.
Therefore Switzerland now reaps what God has announced in Micah 6:13-14 "Therefore I will also make you sick by striking you, By making you desolate because of your sins. 14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied; Hunger shall be in your midst. You may carry some away, but shall not save them; And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword."
The large-scale crisis indicates that God has withdrawn his protecting hand from Switzerland. A lack of protection became obvious when the EU states stood up in unity against our banking secrecy. That the EU, in spite of momentarily agreeing to the banking secrecy, is not going to stop putting pressure on it can be inferred from God?s word in Habakkuk 2:8 "Because you have plundered many nations, All the remnant of the people shall plunder you, Because of men?s blood And the violence of the land and the city, And of all who dwell in it."
Not only the Jewish community, represented by the World Jewish Congress, has risen against Switzerland, but also the EU has acted against the banking secrecy because it sees itself being robbed by its own citizens through tax evasion. In spite of numerous complaints from these wrongfully treated peoples and nations, the Swiss government remains blinded and can?t recognise this devastating sin.
God's plan of salvation for Switzerland
God loves righteousness and hates injustice. He wants to save Switzerland, which invokes him in the preamble of its federal constitution with the words "In the name of God the Almighty", from further evil consequences. Therefore he is looking for people who would rebuild the walls of Switzerland and stand in the gap for the land so that he would not have to destroy it (see Ezekiel 22:30) and so righteousness and justice would again be established.
God showed me an analogy at the end of July this year concerning Jerusalem that could not be conquered from outside. The Jebusites who inhabited the land shouted to David "You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you" (2 Samuel 5:6). Accordingly many nations, including the EU and the USA, who have tried to crack the Swiss banking secrecy from the outside have all wrecked on the robust walls of Switzerland. In the same way that Jerusalem could not be conquered from outside because of its robust walls, Switzerland, and with it its banking secrecy, cannot be conquered from the outside.
God showed me that David first conquered the Jebusite fortress, the stronghold of Zion, which at that time was located outside of Jerusalem and is nowadays called City of David. He helped me to understand that the conquest of Zion was the key for David to getting into Jerusalem. God then showed me that the church of Christ in Switzerland is the key to crack the banking secrecy. Zion, in this allegory, metaphorically stands for the body of Christ in Switzerland.
From Zion, one could get into Jerusalem by way of a water shaft. Only through this shaft was it possible to conquer Jerusalem from the inside. So, if Jerusalem could be conquered from inside, then it must be possible to conquer the Swiss banking secrecy from the inside. God reminded me that Switzerland is one of only a very few countries in the world that have a direct democracy. This direct democracy is metaphorically the shaft through which the stronghold of the banking secrecy can be conquered and overthrown.
The Holy Spirit reminded me that previously he had already called me to this mandate," Go, do what I have called you to do. Revolutionize. You will be victorious and you will take home the fruit I have given you." I thought about, what "to revolutionize" means. According to the Duden [most established German dictionary] it means "to bring about an amendment of a law, to overthrow". Now I understood that God's plan was to overthrow the banking secrecy, which is worshipped like an idol in Switzerland, by means of an amendment of law (revolution) brought about with the popular initiative being the weapon. Indeed such a popular initiative can only be brought about from the inside and, therefore, only by the citizens of Switzerland.
In Switzerland the people are the sovereign power. Therefore it's in the people's hand for the nation to change and repent. To repent means to abandon sin. In this context it means that we separate ourselves from our banking secrecy that burdens us. It may be that the Christians, on behalf of our nation, have repented concerning the Holocaust assets. Yet, the sin God has addressed is not done away with yet. "Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales, And with the bag of deceitful weights?" (Micah 6:11). This means we have to get rid of the cursed law which made the banking secrecy possible. Concerning abandoning sin, Jesus teaches us, "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." (John 5:14).
At the conversion of the chief tax collector Zacchaeus he said to Jesus "'Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.' 9 And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house," (Luke 19:8-9). In the same way, salvation will come to Switzerland only if the banking secrecy is abolished. This is the only way it can be saved from the curse that Bobby Connor saw over this country in 1997. Only then will righteousness and justice be established again. Translating this plan into action requires the help of the whole of Christ's body in and around Switzerland. God has already promised Christians victory in this battle.
God's promise of grace
I informed the pastors of my church about my calling and this assignment. After in-depth examination, the pastors and elders commissioned me for this ministry and sent me out to do the will of God.
After this the Holy Spirit reminded me about a word I was given in 1998 ?Many things have been explained to this nation yet nothing has been done. No longer is it the time to explain things, the time has come to do these things.? For years I have been informing the Federal Council in writing about the problem with the banking secrecy and about God?s warnings for Switzerland, and I have asked them to consider abolishing the banking secrecy. Yet nothing has been done.
The kairos-time has come to set Switzerland free from the unjust banking secrecy, by way of the people's initiative. Only through God's power is this possible. An individual would not be able to accomplish this task alone. The Lord Jesus therefore calls his church in Switzerland to launch this initiative, to stand together and, in unity, fight for his cause so that righteousness and justice can be established again as a light for Switzerland and the nations. This initiative is a head-on assault against Mammon who Switzerland has been worshipping and who has blinded the Swiss and deceived them to establish the banking secrecy. According to God's directive, the banking secrecy is the main cause for the crisis in Switzerland. God enables us to go in his power and in his Spirit, just like Gideon and Hezekiah did when they purged Israel of their idols. He promises us to be victorious just like he had promised them.
Not in the least this initiative is also going to cause the people to become aware of God's presence. In case the initiative leads to a referendum, which God promised, then 7 million inhabitants of this country are going to be touched by the gospel. God wants to save the lost. All are called upon to take part in this undertaking. God, through his Son Jesus Christ, wants to forgive people their guilt. The peoples of the earth shall see the body of Christ powerfully rising to fight for righteousness and justice, according to our praying "Your kingdom come. Your will be done". We Christians are the salt and light of this world. By means of this popular initiative against the banking secrecy we, like Gideon, throw down our fathers' idol and, like Nehemiah, rebuild the broken walls of Switzerland through which the enemy has been able to enter. Of course this task needs to be carried by all the Christians in Switzerland. This is a spiritual battle in the first place. Therefore we are at present looking for people who are willing to pray for this work. Moreover we are looking for those who would help to organize the popular initiative and to collect the minimum 100,000 signatures. God has already put his seed into the hearts of all these helpers. This is a work for Christians who are willing to be put into the Lord's service.
Translated from German by Roman Stutz, Penang, Malaysia, scripture quotes are from NKJV (without permission)