04-God or Gold
The media bombards us every day with the ups and downs in the economic community. As James prophesied, people, even Christians, would sense the money troubles and heap and hoard gold and silver to themselves. They have believed that whether they´re in a recession, depression or hyper-inflation, gold and silver will always be valuable. They fail to understand that in the last days (70th Week) it will hard to buy a loaf of bread with a bar of gold. Food will become more valuable than the most precious of pearls. Imagine if you can what would happen if all the American farmers suffered from a prolonged drought. The earth, with many of its people already in famine conditions, would be at a breaking point. Hear the stinging words of the prophet Joel to Israel and the harlot church of Daniel´s 70th Week.
Joel 1: 15-16,
15)”Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand, and as
a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. 16)Is not the food cut off before your eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?”
Notice carefully that Joel prophesies that the house of God will be in a time of joy and happiness before God´s wrath falls. Is this real God given joy or is it the carnal joy that comes from possessing earthly treasures? Is this the same situation that James confronted? The Christians he wrote to were laughing and joyful when they should be mourning and in heaviness for their sinful worldly state. (James 4: 8-10)
It will be during the first 3 1/2 years of the 70th Week that the visible house of God (Israel and the Harlot) will be merry making when they should be in sorrow and mourning. Both have chosen gold to be their god. Under the antichrist, Israel and the Harlot will have come together for peace and security. Both of these groups doubt or deny the coming of Jesus to rule the nations. While they are overcome by Satan´s counterfeit joy, the real house of God , the body of Christ, is already in Heaven, via the rapture.
The pope and American president will explain the rapture by saying,”Jesus indeed came and removed all those who were divisive and misunderstood God´s prophetic plan for the church to help establish peace on the earth.” For them to say otherwise is to admit they weren´t saved and ready for the rapture.
Joel makes it clear that when the wrath of God begins the food supplies will begin vanishing from the markets. World leaders will scramble to institute a new economic system that better distributes the short supplies of food and other resources. The mark of the beast will be the direct result of such economic problems and shortages. God is warning the world. Will it be God or gold that rules your heart? For you can´t love and serve both. Will you take the mark of the antichrist? Listen to the apostle John´s call to those who seek wisdom and understanding. Listen to the ultimate warning from God.