Judgment and The Coming Economic Crash
Revelation 19:11-16 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
Isaiah 63:1-6 "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat (or winepress)? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth."
Everyone knows that the stock market is reeling like a drunkard and has been very volatile for some time though it is presently on the rise, up around 10% for the year with the S&P above 1400 (close 8-10-12) and yet some are still upbeat about the economy, though it seems to be nothing but hopium with all the negative economical realities. Those who were with me back before even Clinton was elected the first time and even before he had the Democratic Party nomination know that I said the Lord was raising him up to give the people what they wanted, the wickedness in their hearts and bring this nation to judgment.Since then, much worse has happened and America has been deceived as a nation and elected a man they knew nothing of, who has spent millions hiding his past and is back by men who are traitors to this country. But most 'Christians' don't care about the things of God, or His will and so God is giving them someone who will minister to them the idols in their hearts and bring them into judgment. We have now come to that time and judgment is upon us and our economy is soon going to crash and leave us in a terrible depression far worse than our parents knew.
It is an awesome and fearful time that we are soon going into as a nation. But for those whose faith and trust is in the Lord Jesus Christ and not man, government or false church doctrines, it is a time for hope, knowing that the coming of our Lord is neigh and the Lord Jesus Christ is in full and complete control of all things and of our circumstances. Since Clinton was elected to office, this nation has been "going to hell in a hand basket" to use a cliché. He has led the nation in becoming more wicked and that direction has only been multiplied in the past 4 years.. And as the king or president of the nation, so the nation goes. We see that in the Bible the kings of Israel led the people into spiritual revival and following after the Lord or led them into idolatry and rebellion against the Lord, which resulted in their judgment.
Before Clinton was elected so many people would not have so overlooked such wickedness and immorality with a laissez-faire attitude. We have long known and seen that the people of America donít care about Paula Jones they only care about the Dow Jones. Everyone has heard statements made by our President like; "itís the economy, stupid." And because the people of God, those who call themselves Christians went a whoring after money, following after the prosperity message, and covetously going after the things of the world, they quit caring about what President Clinton did as long as the economy was going good. But, as I taught a long time ago, Godís blessing the economy is not a sign of His blessing upon the land and spiritual revival, but a curse and the precursor of His judgment. It was God giving His people what they had been crying out and praying to Him for because they no longer wanted Him or the truth. It is Godís way when His people turn away from Him to idolatry, that He gives them what they want till it "comes out their ears" and then judges them for their wicked hearts and turning away from Him. Yet most of the Church in America thinks that we are immune from the judgment of God, because after all, there are so many praying Christians. Iím sorry but the fact that there are people praying is not the issue and will not stop the judgment of God because all the people really care about is prosperity and not the kingdom of God. America, including the professing Christians are for the most part a bunch of spiritually blind and arrogant people before God. Proverbs 16:18 tells us "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." Such is the spiritual attitude of America. They have also forgotten Isaiah 34:8 "For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion." To put it simply God has a controversy concerning the church in America, as well as the world. It is the church or professing "Christians" that made it possible for President Clinton to be elected and then re-elected. The present prosperity began with his ascension to the presidency, which marked the beginning of the final chance for Godís people to repent. As the leaders of the prosperity movement have promised the people and they have prayed and cried out for blessing of the natural realm and the things of this world, their hearts are turned away from God to covetousness which God calls idolatry. The covetous greedy believers will have had their completed time of this final great prosperity where they have been allowed to fully give themselves to their idol, the almighty dollar. Then God is going to destroy their idol and all they have trusted in of the flesh.
In fact, the church today is full of many idols and not just the idol of money. We have made many things idols and put them in front of living for God and pleasing Him. Anything that comes between you and the will of God, that keeps you from obeying Him, is an idol in your heart. For example, thereís the idol of entertainment and recreation. So much that we have brought them into the church and use them to attract people. The church is not for bringing in "stars" or "politicians" or "entertainers" and putting on a show, but for the work of the kingdom of God and promotion of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Look in the Bible for the examples and patterns that are given by God to His people. God told Moses to "follow the pattern" he was shown. Paul spoke of our following his life as an example and Jesus is our ultimate pattern or example. God has never had His people use worldly ways and means to attract people or get them to follow and obey Him. He has never used anything worldly or fleshly to promote His kingdom. Worldly methods produce worldly believers and not spiritual ones. God has always done everything by His spirit without the help of the flesh. It must be "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" (Zechariah 4:6). To get more people into the churches we have compromised and began doing things to attract fleshly people and so we have churches full of fleshly "sanctified sinners" who have never come to the Lordship of Jesus and His real and true salvation. Many people have been deceived into thinking they can live fleshly worldly lives and compromise on every side and still be "Christians" because they go to church and give some money. Lying prosperity preachers today are telling the people if they keep giving to God this year, then God will spare them next year. Brethren, you canít buy God! It is not an issue of money, but of idolatrous hearts. Thatís why God always judged Israel in the Old Testament and sent them into captivity Ė Idolatry! These are hirelings that are only after money. God has raised up preachers to feed the people the idols of their hearts, that they have wanted, not knowing it is going to bring them to judgment.
"And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them? Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols" Ezekiel 14:2-5. Notice, God does answer them and God is seeming to answer the prayers of an idolatrous people today, but it is not a sign of His blessing, but pending judgment, just like when the people cried for meat in the wilderness. God rained quail upon them and then slew thousands as soon as they took their first bite before they even swallowed it. Ezekiel speaks much of the idolatry of the people. Ezekiel 20:16 "Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols." But why did the people go whoring after idols? Ezekiel 44:10 "And the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols; they shall even bear their iniquity." (V.12) "Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their iniquity." The problem is the false prophets and preachers of the day! Look at some of the words of the prophet Jeremiah about these men. Jeremiah 23:11 "For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD." (V.16-17) "Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD. They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you." (V.21-22) "I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings." (V.25-28) "I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart. Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD." (V.32) "Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD." (V.36) "For ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God."
What was and is still the end result of idolatry among Godís people? Ezekiel 6:5-7 "And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars. In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD." Why does God do this, what is His purpose? That He might still have a remnant people who will return to Him and serve Him without idols in their hearts! Itís first the natural, as a type and shadow, and then the spiritual. "Cities" here are a type and shadow of churches and altars and high places speak of the church. (V.8-10) "Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries. And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations. And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them."
For just one small recent example we can look at South Korea. They are one of the most Christian nations on the earth! They have the worldís largest church led by Dr. Paul Yonggi Cho and many churches larger than any church in the United States. As the nation was evangelized and people prayed for souls and sought God with much fasting and going to Prayer Mountains to seek God, they were blessed tremendously in finances and church growth. Dr. Choís church had many millionaire businessmen and churches in America looked at the success of his church and started trying to copy the things his church did that led to itís explosive growth. They said if we do what they did, then we can have the same results and growth. So books like "The Pyramid Principle of Church Growth" by David Womack (1977) and "Successful Home Cell Groups" by Dr. Cho himself (1981) were written to tell the method and secret of their success of growth so other churches could copy their pattern. Churches in America had seminars and taught from these books and got volunteers in their churches to start having home meetings to imitate the South Korean pattern for success. In it all the church had been running like a business and just after the people and the money they would bring rather than with the right motive of winning souls for the kingdom of God. Church growth and financial prosperity became the sign of Godís blessing and success. But in it Godís people began to seek after the money and serve prosperity rather than the Lord, forgetting their blessings were from the hand of God. And so because they failed to properly use their finances for the kingdom of God and for doing the things God commanded His people to do, God judged South Koreaís economic prosperity. Then the economy of a nation He had so blessed for years that was so cash rich suddenly was about to collapse in bankruptcy and turned to the IMF for billions to bail them out.
America has had plenty of warnings but yet the people continue to live above their means, on credit, and so does the country. What happens when people canít pay their bills? They loose what they have. And it will be that way for the people and the nation. Our nation has been giving out billions of dollars through the IMF to help other countries. Right now as I write this (October 1998) President Clinton is leading the group of seven to put up another 30 billion dollars to the IMF for bailing out Brazil, the latest country whose economy is falling. We have already put up billions for several Asian rim nations and also for Russia. But who is going to help America and bail it out when its economy falls and the country canít pay the interest on its loans? No one! And America is the greatest debtor nation on the face of the earth. We have the worldís largest national debt and yet our politicians give away the savings of our people to other nations. Most of the savings of the American people have gone into foreign countries as loans and it will not come back to us. The debt of the people and the nation is about to come due. Itís like the saying; "he who dances all night must pay the fiddler in the morning." Payday is now coming and because the money will not be there and many will not have jobs and the recent bounty of taxes the government has been collecting from low unemployment and lots of spending will disappear and dry up. Then with millions unemployed, taxes drying up and not enough money for the government to pay its bills and social security and all the welfare programs, what do you think is going to happen? America no longer has control over its financial future.
Things have been building up for years now and God has been setting everything up for this time of the pouring out of His judgment. Under President Clinton the nation went from from abortion to the more hideous and brutal partial-birth abortion, but now it's at taxpayers expense as we pay for murdering babies in America and around the world, thanks to President Obama. Every kind of evil and immorality is on the rise. Homosexuality and every group promoting wickedness and shaking their fist in the face of God have Ďcome out of the closetí and become mainstream. Proverbs 29:2 God said, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." And there is truly going to be mourning in the land for the Lord Jesus Christ, who sits on the throne of heaven, as Lord of the Universe has been insulted and His blood tread under foot of wicked men in American with seeming impunity for the last time. The people have shown God how much they hate Him with continued intensity and now the Lord has issued the decree of judgment and will begin to tread the winepress of His wrath upon a nation He greatly blessed which has turned itís back upon Him. This nation has shown itís hatred against God and while it has become popular to claim to be a "Christian" this nation is more heathen and wicked than those who are not considered "Christian" nations. As President Clinton, the majority of the nation, "profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate." (Titus 1:16) It is all talk with no reality of submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, which is what true Christianity is all about. But know that there will be no rebels in the kingdom of God. Isaiah also spoke of the people of America today, "Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men." (Isaiah 29:13) The result is judgment! And it is just around the corner, so close you can almost reach out and touch it. It has already been set into motion like a mudslide or snow slide down a mountainside and there is no turning it back. It is too late for repentance Ė too late for tears, just like it was for Judas after he had betrayed Christ. Nothing will stop the coming judgment and the economic catastrophe. God is going to vindicate His name and His holiness and judge the wickedness of His people and the nation for turning against Him. The economic upheaval will also naturally cause a great social upheaval within our society resulting in rioting, looting and crime that will cause many to live in constant fear. Without doubt martial law will be declared and federal troops and even foreign troops under the banner of the United Nations will patrol the streets of America and many will die in the bloodshed. One Pastor and man of God had a vision of 1000 fires burning at one time in New York City and tanks going down the streets of the city because of the social upheaval that is coming.
Here is a good description of the economic blessing and dealings of America and itís fall. Revelation 18:2-5 "And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." America has been the economic giant of the world, consuming most of the goods and making other nations rich by her trade. God has told His people not to be a part of this system and live for the things and Ďdelicaciesí that it has to offer. We were warned many times about not being materialistic or covetous, something God calls idolatry because it is an idol in the heart. Men who are covetous and live for money and possessions may not realize it, but that is their god. Anything that is what we live for and work for that is of this world and outside the kingdom of God, is an idol and our god. Whatever has first place in our heart and our affections that we give our time and energy to is our god Ė and what or whom we serve. That is a spiritual reality. Godís word continues in Verses 7-19. "How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. (This is the attitude of the prosperity message people and the harlot bless-me churches today.) Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, Ö and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate."
I believe this passage in Revelation 18 is a description of what is coming upon New York for it is the center of our trade and commerce, the stock market and futures market, and even the United Nations. Of course all of America will be affected as will the world. As Godís judgment falls there will be much loss of buying power, higher unemployment than in the "great depression" of yesteryear and all the corresponding results. Other nations who have looked to America for their prosperity will suddenly find that we are not buying their goods as before. The calamity comes so fast that the merchants of the world are caught off guard holding all the goodies they canít sell to us because God has destroyed the value of our dollar and our purchasing power. America will soon cease to be the greatest nation and most powerful nation on the earth. New York and other large cities will become filled with crime and increasing gang activity, rioting and terrorism. We have had the attitude, "who cares what our president and leaders do or how immoral they are, as long as they keep us in prosperity." Who cares that our government is taking our tax dollars to destroy all morality, pay for abortions in many other nations and produce art works and plays that are blasphemy against God. Even to the point of depicting Jesus as either a promiscuous bisexual who had affairs with Judas and the rest of His disciples and affairs with women like Mary Magdalene. Who cares that with our tax dollars they are trying to root out every trace of true Christianity from our society and turn us into a nation more wicked than Sodom and Gomorrah? God does! America is being taken over by those who scream for abortion rights, homosexual rights, pornography as freedom of speech, and freedom to use drugs and even to assist others in suicide calling it the right to die. Everyone knows that the biggest money making business on the Internet is pornography and those sites have the most visitors.
America has become hardened against sin and against God. It is a nation taken over with partying and having a good time and feeding the flesh. And even as Godís judgment falls and the economy crashes and people die on the streets, the rest will go on partying and having a good time with no concern of what is happening. How do I know? This has been the way of every society like this that America has judged. You can first see it in the Bible in the days of Isaiah and Jeremiah. The people partied while judgment was falling all around and people dying. No one cared about anything but their own personal enjoyment and fun. At the height of Godís judgment in Isaiahís day and His efforts to get them to repent, they partied on. It became their death warrant. Isaiah 22:12-14 "And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die. And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts." Hey, why should we deny ourselves what could be our final party when tomorrow we might be dead? Letís make the most of this time and enjoy it while we can. The attitude is, okay so what if Iím going to hell tomorrow Ė Iíll just have a good time today while I can, but Iím not going to humble myself before God and beg forgiveness.
We have a false sense of security in our government to provide for us and fix our problems, our dollar bill and economy, to give us what we want and our military to protect us. We think that Russia has fallen and is no longer a military threat to the United States, but I tell you the Russian bear is not dead but merely went into a temporary hibernation and will surely rise again. Communism is not dead, but very much alive and stirring itself up. What caused the fall of Jerusalem and Godís people numerous times and what brought about the fall of empires like Rome are the same reasons why America is going to fall as a world power. The Russian military is licking its wounds and when it rises it will be ready to pounce on its enemies again. The men who are in position to take over from Yeltsen are all Communist hard-liners and they have a vendetta to settle against the West as do many terrorist countries and men like Saddam, Kadafi, and Osama bin Laden.
To use another worldly cliché, "the fix is in," not speaking of good, but the setup for the fall of the American economy and America as the worlds leading economic power. History will most likely record 1999 as the year the great worldwide depression began. And what begins next year (1999) will only get worse the following year of the new century with the added problems and stress upon the economy and social order by things such as the Y2K problem. Each new problem will add to and make the situation worse, like a stack of dominoes set up and falling one after the other. Where will it end and what will be the end of this coming judgment when the last piece (like a set of dominos) has fallen? How will Gods remnant survive the coming crash and resulting upheaval of the society and nation and world? Where will it lead us? What is God doing and what are His end purposes? These are questions for later consideration so that we can get this message out more quickly. I will follow later with more detailed messages and Biblical studies to back up and prove why God is bringing imminent judgment upon America and particularly and first of all upon those who call themselves "Christians." I end with this scripture from 1Peter 4:17-18. "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
In all this there is something we as Christians must remember. Everything that God has done in this world concerning mankind has always been with one purpose. Everything God has ever done and everything He is going to do before the end of this age has to do with His having a people for His own possession, for those who He is trying to prepare to spend eternity with Him. Period! God is not concerned with the heathen. Jesus did not die for the heathen! You may say heresy. Yes I know that the scripture says in 2Peter 3:9 that God is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." But the fact remains that most will not come to repentance nor accept Godís way to eternal life, Jesus! And I am not talking about those who make a mental ascent to the historical Jesus, but those who surrender their lives to His Lordship! That is what real Christianity is all about, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, where He is Lord and Master of the believers life. To make my point let me quote the scriptures. Luke 19:27 "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me." Is He literally talking about being Lord and Master to His people? Luke 6:46 "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" In John 13:14 Jesus made this statement to His disciples: "If I then, your Lord and Master." Are these verses not clear and straightforward without mincing words? In Ephesians 5:23-32 Paul make an analogy between marriage and Christ and His Church. "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it (the church); That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemishÖ This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." Ephesians 5:2 "And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour."
Godís working on this earth has always been that He might have fellowship with man, since the Garden of Eden. He created man and then came and died to redeem man that He might have a group who would love Him in return because of His love and live for Him, that they might all become one with the Father and spend eternity together. God is not going to shed one tear for those who end up in Hell. They will never receive any love, comfort, consolation, mercy or compassion from God. They are His enemies and are treated as such with everlasting damnation. Revelation 1:5-6 "From Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." On the other side are those who do not receive His love. Proverbs 8:17 "I love them that love me." That isn't everybody in the world. 1Samuel 2:30 "for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed." Deuteronomy 7:9-10 "Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face." Psalm 21:8-9 "Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee. Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them." Is it clear yet? There are many such verses.
All of Godís interests in this world are and have been wrapped up in His people. This was why God did all the things He did in the Old Testament concerning Israel and their enemies. Every action He took, whether blessing or cursing, prosperity or judgment had to do with Israel. When they followed and obeyed Him, He destroyed their enemies and no man could stand before them. When they sinned and turned away from Him, He turned them over to the hand of their enemies and used them to bring His punishment and chastisement upon them. Jesus is going to prepare a bride for Himself through judgments and trials. Malachi 3:2-3 tells us; "But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness." (V.5) "And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless,Ö saith the Lord of Hosts." In nations all over the world today, currency problems, economic and social chaos and bloodshed are because God has a controversy concerning His people. He brings judgement to His people that they might return to Him and serve Him with a pure heart, that He might redeem them from the world and the things thereof and give His life to them and take them to be with Him for eternity. Godís judgment is because of His mercy. It is that those who will return to Him and repent of their sins, might be saved and healed and not destroyed with the rest of the ungodly. Then after God judges His people, He judges and destroys those whom He used to bring judgment to His people. God has always used the heathen of the world for His own purposes on the earth and dealing with His people.
Conclusion: 1999 is the final year for Godís people to come out of the world and separate themselves unto Him. It is the year for them to come out of Babylon and become doers of His Word and not hearers only. God has been shaking the nations now for several years and yet His people have refused to wake up, understand and obey Him in this area. Even those who hear His Word (with their ears) are doing nothing to separate themselves from the lust and pride of this world. They have come to rely on the world system for their sustenance instead of the Lord. So now God is going to quicken the shaking and He will shake everything that can be shaken so only that which has been built upon the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word) will remain. Haggai 2:6-7 "For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts." Hebrews 12:26-27 "Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain." Again, in this great shaking, there will be a total collapse of our current financial and political systems. This collapse will make way for a new economic and political system which will be last one before the second coming of Christ. It will become the final satanic system of the world that the Lord will pour out His wrath upon, but that will not be for awhile yet. The difference between these two judgments is that this first one is a judgment unto repentance, a judgment and warning for the people of God to repent and sanctify themselves unto the Lord and come out to the worldís systems and trusting in the arm of flesh. Isaiah 31:1-3 "Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD! Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity. Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together." Isaiah 26:9 "With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness." In contrast His judgment against the inhabitants of the world for their wickedness and because they refuse to repent will be later and stronger and the final judgment. We are approaching the end of this age and cataclysmic events are going to be manifesting themselves with frequency and intensity like the birth pains of a woman in labor. Soon there will be the birth of a new kingdom, that of the Lord Jesus Christ. We will have to go through some very troublesome and perilous times and the church needs to prepare themselves for it in mind and spirit, physically and spiritually.
I will end with this historical note from the French author and historial Alexis de Tocqueville, who visited America shortly after it gained independence from Britain. He wrote:
"I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution.
Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.
America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."
And so it is about to come to pass, for today few pulpits could be accused of being "aflame with righteousness." The Church today has ceased to be salt unto the world. It no longer has a testimony before the world because it is no longer holding high the pure Word of God in holiness, believing it separation from the world and the things that are worldly and sanctification unto the Lord. The percentages of people divorcing and remarrying, having affairs and abortions, etc in the church is very little different from those outside the church who do not profess Christianity. It is any wonder this nation is in such a sad condition?
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