According to the disclosures made by Lorber, the Last Days will also see "enormous scarcities." (Gr VIII 185, 3) For years now, money has increasingly become devalued in Europe and other parts of the world. The problem could not be dealt with; it ha become a permanent state, in differing degree, in all countries.
Today it is recognized that, obsessed with prosperity, nations have been living beyond their means for many years. In almost every country wages and salaries were going up faster than productivity. Between 1913 and 1935, the real social product had increased by just 12 percent in Germany, 228 but in the F.R.G., real wages have almost quadrupled since 1950. 229 The gross income from enterprise and real estate on the other hand has shown a constant decrease since 1960. In 1960 it was 39.4 percent, in 1970 33.3 percent, and in 1973 30.1 percent." 230
"The rapid increase in earnings," Marion Doenhoff wrote in Die Zeit, "which in different degree occurred everywhere, has merely - and we must see this quite clearly - become possible on the basis of continuous inflation." 231
Hans Roeper wrote in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung "Public spending, the unions, the bosses and consumers have all contributed to the undue strain on the economy, and this then gave way at its weakest point, the buying power of our money." 232
After this, prices began to rise, and soon unemployment began to loom. Inflation always brings unemployment, and in no time at all, stagflation is reached, i.e., inflation combined with unemployment.
In the European Community, the number of unemployed rose from 2.6 million in 1973 to 12 million in March 1983. 235 Experts think that the Reagan administration is right in assuming that the U.S.A. unemployment will reach 20 million in the years ahead. 236
Right in the middle of the most brilliant boom, disillusionment suddenly arose. The final straw had been lack of moderation. Jakob Lorber succinctly summed up the situation in the following words: "Those are the industrial people and their demands that never can be met." (GS II 125, 5)
A prophet does not hide his views, he says out loud what the politicians dare not say. There can be no doubt: monetary inflation was preceded by inflated demands. Maximization of prosperity - and New Revelation stresses this again and again - is not man's real purpose on earth. Fundamentally speaking, the problem is a moral one and therefore unlikely to find a solution by other means.
Jakob Lorber also predicted that "many human hands will find no work," and this at a time when "men achieve great cleverness and skill in all things, and will build all kinds of machines that are able to do all the work of man, like living, intelligent men and animals." (Gr V 108, 1)
That time, the time of automation, micro-processors and computers, has now arrived. Lorber's prophesy of rapid technical advances and the extensive unemployment connected with this has come true. The robots are taking over in the factories, though developments will be less rapid in this sphere than in office management. Japanese manufacturers are already putting a new generation of small, reasonably priced robots on the market, and European firms have nothing comparable to offer." 233
Friedrich Georg Juenger knew intuitively half a century ago what direction things would take. In his book Die Perfektion der Technik (The Perfection of Technique), much maligned by the technocrats, he wrote: "The very rapidity with which technical rationalization is advancing indicates that we are moving towards a final stage, an end stage for technology." 234 The dramatic acceleration in technological developments has gone out of control, and anyone remaining behind in the race with other nations runs the risk of losing his place in the market. The latest horror word in industry is "micro-processor." Since it came on the scene in 1960, industry has made it possible to put millions of items of information on a tiny silicon chip. The micro-processor has come to be widely used, as it is very cheap. This breath-taking development is connected with the advances made in semiconductor electronics. Experte believe microprocessors will completely revolutionize the whole of trade and industry.
In Germany, inexorable technological progress means that workers are all the time being replaced by machines, robots and micro-processors." 237 The situation is made worse as consumption goes down, due to reduced population figures. Up to 1960, about a million children were born each year in the F.R.G., after that, the number went down to about 500,000 (not counting the children of foreign workers). One of the editors of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Dr. Juergen Eick, was very much to the point when he wrote: "If a government thinks it can guarantee effective social services and at the same time enforce permanent full employment, it has failed to take account of the facts, considering the failing population figures. 238
Practically every government among industrial nations has tried to reduce unemployment, or at least prevent it from increasing, by boosting the economy through public spending. This did succeed to some extent, though only for a few years, but the price which had to be paid were huge debts that will never be paid off. In 1981 came the hour of truth, and the masses slowly had to realize that all industrial nations had been living beyond their means. The consequence suddenly began to emerge.
In 1977, both economics institutes and union experts predicted that the number of unemployed in the F.R.G. would rise to 2.5 million by 1985. In fact, the figure was reached three years before that. In 1982, the Institute of Labor Studies of the Federal Department of Employment in Nuremberg came to the conclusion that with economic growth weak, the number of unemployed could rise to 4 million in the years ahead. 239
The population explosion has already resulted in a level of unemployment in developing countries that is bound to get much worse in future. 240 The International Labor office (ILO) estimates that unemployment will reach a figure of around 750 million on earth in 20 years time. The problem of finding work for people seems insoluble to all the experts. The sequence of cause and effect arising from this situation is predictable: no income, therefore lack of food and accommodation and, all in all, hunger, misery and despair. Despair over these deprivations and the absence of any hope for something better can gave rise to abysmal hatred, with irrational forces explosively leading to fearsome deeds. 241 No doubt there are only few people today who have any idea as to what may still be coming for industrial nations, due to these developments. 242
If Jakob Lorber's disclosures relating to the continuously rising flood of unemployment - a situation which today seriously affects the lives of millions of people and leads others to fear for the jobs - had been made known to the wider public in the 1960s, his whole work of prophesy would have been rejected out of hand, as utterly wrong and unbelievable. At that time, governments and people took it for granted that the boom and vigorous economic growth would become a permanent state. In the Federal Republic of Germany, millions and more millions of foreign workers with their families were invited into the country, No one gave a thought to the problems this might one day create. Today it is very obvious that the prophesies Lorber wrote down as he heard them through a voice, against all expectation do come true when the time has come.