Pastors Report - 17 Jan 2020
Ending Financial Chaos Part 2

Ending Financial Chaos - Part 2

"Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes." (Haggai 1:6)

As brought out in the last Pastor's Report, in Germany in 1923 a 5 million Mark coin would have been worth $714.29 in the January of that year, but only around one thousandth of one cent just nine months later. Quite literally a wheelbarrow full of old money was needed to buy a single loaf of bread! In nine months! What are the circumstances that brings about such horrendous inflation that money becomes virtually worthless? That brings nations to their knees due to unrepayable debt? Physical events like natural disasters can play a part, but in the end, it all comes back to being a spiritual problem.

The South Sea Bubble:

Certainly moneymaking scams have been part of the problem and are far from being only a recent trend. All throughout history one objective keeps cropping up – how to make money quickly. And one such moneymaking scheme which has achieved universal notoriety is known as the South Sea Bubble, which took the whole of England by storm in the early 18th century:

In 1720, in return for a loan of £7 million to finance the war against France, the House of Lords passed the South Sea Bill, which allowed the South Sea Company a monopoly in trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt, which stood at £30 million, on a promise of 5% interest from the Government.

Shares immediately rose to 10 times their value, speculation ran wild and all sorts of companies, some lunatic, some fraudulent or just optimistic were launched. For example; one company floated was to buy the Irish Bogs, another to manufacture a gun to fire square cannon balls and the most ludicrous of all “For carrying-on an undertaking of great advantage but no-one to know what it is!!” Unbelievably £2000 was invested in this one! The country went wild, stocks increased in all these and other ‘dodgy’ schemes, and huge fortunes were made. Then the ‘bubble’ in London burst!

The stocks crashed and people all over the country lost all of their money. Porters and ladies maids who had bought their own carriages became destitute almost overnight. The Clergy, Bishops and the Gentry lost their life savings; the whole country suffered a catastrophic loss of money and property. Suicides became a daily occurrence. The gullible mob whose innate greed had lain behind this mass hysteria for wealth, demanded vengeance. The Postmaster General took poison and his son, who was the Secretary of State, avoided disaster by fortuitously contracting smallpox and died! ( historic-uk.com)

Today, if anything, it is even easier to defraud, by appealing to the greed involved in "get rich quick" schemes. This is because of the computerisation of financial packages and even the money supply itself, together with the ubiquitous nature of the internet. Nothing illustrates this better than Dr. Ruja Ignatova's cryptocurrency scam 'OneCoin'. Using the success of Bitcoin, she was able to persuade investors all over the world to part with their normal money to invest in the electronic OneCoin instead. By the middle of 2017, OneCoin had reached 175 countries pulling in somewhere between 4 and 12 billion pounds of investment from around a million people. Key to her scam was the promise of being able to sell the coins for real money on a promised public exchange, becoming rich in the process. However, the reality was anything but, as "The Week" magazine of 11th January 2020 explained:

"The exchange, however, never seemed to open. There was always a reason for a delay – perhaps an IT quirk, or a minor legal issue. Investors started to get jittery. In October 2017, Ignatova was scheduled to speak to a large audience of OneCoin investors in Lisbon, to tell them when they would finally be able to get their money out. She is famously punctual and when she didn't arrive on time, panic started to spread. Frantic calls went unanswered. Some wondered if she had been kidnapped by the traditional banks.

"Ignatova never arrived, and no one has seen her since. Her 'revolutionary' cryptocurrency was, in fact, an old-fashioned pyramid scam... Although many investors held what they believe were millions of dollars worth of OneCoin, they had actually bought into the digital equivalent of Monopoly money". (see also: bbc.co.uk)

Unfortunately virtually ALL currencies today have little of tangible value supporting them – leaving themselves all too open to potential catastrophe. The degree of debt involved is truly staggering – with the US indebtedness currently standing at over $23 trillion dollars – a significant slice of the $188 trillion global debt, a figure which is over twice the size of the entire world's economy. So how are such things going to be avoided in the soon coming Kingdom of Jesus Christ? The curse of devaluation and indebtedness cannot co-exist alongside the future Utopia, so how is this age-old problem going to be handled? Does scripture give us any clear indications?

Boom, Bust and Bubbles

As you can see, such problems of boom and bust are far from new. Throughout history different areas of the world have suffered times of financial collapse and upheaval of varying degrees, many times due to unrealistic speculation, resulting in what we call a "bubble"... the South Sea Bubble being the first use of the term. But the foundation of such bubbles go much deeper – lying in reality within the very heart of mankind... and the greed that is part of what we call human nature. Even Lucifer – the most splendid spirit creation – was not content with what he had been given, but wanted more and has instilled this dissatisfaction in men's minds from the Garden of Eden until today.

  • After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.
  • So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
  • But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.
  • For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. (I Timothy 6:7-10 NLT)

So boom and bust actually originates from a spiritual source: The satanic broadcast that all mankind is unwittingly tuned into leads us to wanting more and more and more – and cheap – not caring who has to work for a pittance to provide it, or who could get hurt in the process. As day follows night, such an incoming, selfish attitude results first in a boom phase, followed inexorably by personal debt, then national collapse and upheaval... which in turn has historically been followed, inevitably, by war.

No Flesh Saved:

The problem with such boom and bust cycles currently is the potential scale and nature of the modern warfare that will inevitably follow. Without Christ's intervention, the next global conflict would literally erase all life from the planet. Prophetically therefore, what we currently see unfolding in the economic sphere appears destined to lead eventually to the greatest time of trial and misery this world has ever seen or will see:

  • Ask now and see: Can a man bear children? then why do I see every strong man with hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale? How awful that day will be! None will be like it. It will be a time of trouble for Jacob, but he will be saved out of it. (Jeremiah 30:6-7 NIV)

So the question is - what will Jesus Christ then do to stop this inevitable cycle of boom and bust after His return? How is it that we are going to be able to have an entire 1,000 years without this seemingly inescapable destructive cycle? The horrors of the end time will leave mankind more willing to listen to his God, and without Satan's influence, the next step is to change the whole focus of man, from INcoming to OUTgoing:

  • But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
  • A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)

With this vastly different approach to life, we will at last be able to teach a new, amazing financial system, outlined primarily in two specific laws: the Jubilee and the Sabbatical year.

Misguided Capitalism:

Some in the Church of yesteryear — including some ministers — used to give the impression that God's view was similar to that of some kind of worldly capitalist. They saw the financial system in the Millennium as little more than a mild adjustment of the capitalism we currently 'enjoy' in the West today. We need to fully understand that such a view is utterly untrue and totally, unbiblical! Though God's system does indeed give enormous freedom for people to make and enjoy wealth, it is NOT worldly capitalism at all. But neither is it communism, fascism or any other '-ism'. It is totally unlike anything found at any time within the present evil world of Satan. The last 6,000 years should tell us that it's not just bringing in new laws that bring peace and prosperity!

At its very foundation, God's financial system is family based — recognising the nuclear family unit of a man, his wife and their children as the unit in which every potential member of God's family begins his life. God's financial system then gives this family nucleus the financial security required to be able to live life to the full, without constant money worries, so giving a stable family environment to succeeding generations. God's laws for mankind show He is always concerned for the individual, and even His financial system at its heart is people based — as all people come from this God-plane relationship of a family. And one of the main ways it does this is by tying every family to the most tangible thing found on this earth — the land — and renews that tie every 50 years, come what may.

  • Count off seven sabbaths of years — seven times seven years — so that the seven sabbaths of years amount to a period of forty nine years.
  • Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement [the day picturing the banishment of Satan!] sound the trumpet throughout your land.
  • Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan. (Leviticus 25:8-10 NIV)
The Jubilee:

This is what the Jubilee does. It returns the basis of all real, tangible wealth back into the hands of the family — as a means of purging this "boom and bust" tendency from society — because absolutely everything we own ultimately comes from the land. In this way it levels the financial playing-field for everyone, family by family, in a real and practical way. It even leads people away from interracial marriage, as it continually brings people back to their own genetic environment — doing so in a patriarchal (not matriarchal) way. This is because the right to the family land normally passes through the sons, with the daughters becoming part of the family into which they marry, and then tied into that new family unit by the very land they – eventually – pass on to their offspring. This in turn also leads society back to placing fathers at the head of each home – a reflection of the God-family position, with the loving Father as the head of the household. So it's the father's family that is tied to the land, not the mother's in the vast majority of cases (for the exception see Numbers 27:1-11) .

Because it is land based, returning people to their land every 50 years, the Jubilee is also designed to create a society that is predominantly rural, not urban! In this way, it also forces man to appreciate the source of his food, and to recognise its link to the blessings of good weather given by God. In addition, because the land stays in a single family's custody, it helps preserve the land's fertility and encourages truly long-term thinking in that custodianship. Unlike the transitory nature of families today, people will literally be able to put down roots! They will want to plant walnut trees for example, because they'll know that whatever happens, the land will remain for their great-great grandchildren! So they will naturally landscape, fertilise, improve and beautify it — caring for it as the priceless heritage it is, knowing that by doing so they will be able to watch succeeding generations of their offspring enjoy it as well.

The Jubilee also means that businesses will not be able to grow into mega-monster conglomerates, buying up acres and acres of land and extending their reach – and usually negative effect – into the local area, as at the end of 50 years, the land has to return to its orginal owner. Small indeed is beautiful.

The Sabbatical Year:

But God's Way does not end with the Jubilee. The financial aspects of the Sabbatical year also make it a Law designed to level out wealth within the population, yet at the same time in no way detract from genuine enterprise and hard work. Part of God's Law is that no interest was to be charged within Israel:

  • Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.
  • Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. (Leviticus 25:36,37)
  • Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon usury:
  • Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury; but unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it. (Deuteronomy 23:19,20)

This aspect would presumably expand to apply to all within the commonwealth of Israel as other nations see, and bring themselves under the Government of God in the future (Zechariah 8:23). But then, not only is it illegal to charge interest, but even the capital sum is to be released every 7 years! No horrendous interest piling up that many times becomes totally unmanageable and ends in bankruptcy and in some countries today, slavery for many generations.

  • At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.
  • And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD’S release. (Deuteronomy 15:1-2)
A Land of No Poor:

Numerous times within scripture we find God's admonition to care not only for the fatherless and the widows but also those that have fallen on hardtimes – an unselfish, outgoing frame of mind to note:

  • And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God. (Leviticus 19:10)
  • He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (Proverbs 19:17)
  • And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. (Leviticus 25:35)

This is the financial aspect of the Sabbatical Year and part of the very Plan of God – the very purpose of this amazing law, that "there shall be no poor among you" (Deuteronomy 15:4)

  • But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard. (Exodus 23:11)

Just imagine the scene of a land with no poor! Israel is going to be dealt with first — being taught the way of God, which includes these two laws — and then used by God to be the example nation. The other nations may not want to come up to Jerusalem at first, but they will be forced to do so, to see what is taking place (Zechariah 14:16-19). This also fits with The Way God tends to work... by beginning small and then expanding in an orderly way. The Church will begin teaching and ruling within Israel, making it the model nation. This will then also help us to learn what we need regarding running a nation, before we expand out to teach the whole world.

The other nations will certainly be commanded to send representatives to Jerusalem, but until they come fully under the Government of God, they will not be part of the commonwealth (Ephesians 2:12). The purpose for commanding them to appear — and plaguing them if they don't — is so they will see what is happening in Israel... and be stunned by the peace and prosperity, and once they see, naturally they will want to be included themselves. As with all of God's laws, they are for our good!

God's Marvellous Plan:

As mentioned in Isaiah 9: "Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end". (Isaiah 9:7) Not only will this be the way His rule will spread in the Millennium, but from there, by the end of the Millennium there will be sufficient sons and daughters of God to cope with the Great White Throne judgement — when billions will be resurrected. And after that, the entire Universe! That is the Kingdom of God — a Universe-ruling Family, born of the Spirit, with the character and mind of God Himself, and brought into being in clear, planned stages. The stage we are in today is merely the beginning of a vast, limitless Plan.

Another thing that these two laws of finance reflect, is the identical profound symmetry between simplicity and beauty that is all around us in the creation. Just look at snowflakes as an example. Each one is an absolute marvel of design, but at the atomic level, the laws producing such intricate complexity are as simple as they are profound. So too with these financial laws of the Jubilee and Sabbatical year. Such simple things — but how profound, how far-reaching... yes how vast a change they will give compared to the world we find ourselves oppressed within today.

Our Part:

Currently, the world stumbles on in the darkness of massive indebtedness and other intractable financial problems. But we all need to be ready with that glorious light — light that flows from the Word, Law, and Way of God — illuminating currently our own steps, as we learn to apply God's Way in our lives, but eventually destined to illuminate the entire world. As Christ the King of kings declares — even in the implementation of these two financial Laws as well;

  • All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
  • I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
  • The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:8-10)

There is indeed a time of great trouble just up ahead – something mankind has brought on himself to a large degree, under the sway of the god of this world. But within God's great Master Plan He has everything under control and even uses the seemingly insoluable problems to teach us vital lessons! Ancient Israel 'had it all'...hereditary, God's laws etc, but without a change of heart, even those laws alone could not bring about the Utopia we all long for. As brought out in the message from Joel, God's spirit will be made available to all flesh – bringing about that change of heart, and the result? No debt, no famine, no warfare and a lasting, life-changing relationship with the one true God;

  • Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
  • Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
  • But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
  • Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
  • Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
  • Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
  • And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
  • And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
  • And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
  • And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. (Joel 2:18-27)