Peace and Safety Message by a Career Shepherd After the Order of Isaiah 56:10-12 and Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 211
Is This the End of the World?
Over the last few weeks I have been completely deluged with thousands of e-mail from many well-meaning people. I can’t begin to read or respond to all the e-mail, so I thought it best to write a brief article.
Right now there are several pastors out there that are feeding the frenzy about the coming world economic collapse, and many other sensational things. They are telling people to sell everything, Jesus is coming, etc. Some have very convincing stories of how conspiracy is taking place at all levels and we will all soon be under martial law, etc. Through the years these same preachers have left a trail of blood and devastated people who followed their advice, lost everything, and became bitter and disillusioned.
Sometimes I just sigh and shake my head. Having been in ministry for 25 years, I have seen this over and over. It seems we never learn. In the early 80’s it was the housing crash, then the late 80’s it was the Savings & Loan crisis. Does anyone remember Y2K? How about the market crash of 2000?
I have received at least 400 e-mail from people about this guy named Hal Turner who says we are switching to a new currency called the “Amerio” and he holds a coin up to prove it. This is supposed to make our dollar collapse, etc. Yet if anyone did two minutes of research they would see it is a complete hoax. The coin is not real—it is a novelty you can buy from the website www.dc-coin.com. At home, I have one a friend gave me. You can buy them on the Internet, like on E-Bay, etc.
I would like to suggest that Christians need to stay balanced. Please read Luke 19 very carefully. God told us to occupy till he comes. He told us to invest and make good returns till he comes. The two men who did, God blessed when he returned. He told them “Well done good and faithful servants”—the only place you read those words in the Bible.
My friends this crisis will pass. What we are seeing is the inevitable result of greed and unethical practices. The sins of financial institutions and government have come home to roost. But it is not the end of the world. The economy is a living, breathing creature. Sometimes it gets fat, and it has to release some gas. Sometimes it breathes in, sometimes it breathes out. But in this natural process where men reap what they have sown, it is critical to stay balanced.
I think the biggest crisis is that people get so caught up in sensational speculation that they forget the spiritual issues. There is a reason why in Revelation God only once mentions in passing about buying and selling in relation to the Beast and it’s image. The reason is, He could care less. God is not interested in you knowing the details of how the world economic situation will play out. If He were, he would have devoted many verses to explain it. What God is interested in is your heart, and the spiritual issues. He is interested in the millions of souls around you who are dying without a Savior. He is interested in the millions of souls who are struggling with their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual issues when you have the biblical principles to help and reach them. So don’t let these sensational, crisis and fear mongering preachers control you any more. Don’t waste time on their idle speculation and doom and gloom fear based articles, DVDs and CDs. “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind!” Many are chasing the devil's rabbits over the “coming crisis” when we should be about our Father's business.
Should we be aware of the signs of the times? Yes. Should we be aware of prophecy being fulfilled? Of course! But this awareness should not make us cash out our savings, sell our home, buy gold and a 5-year supply of beans that we bury in the back yard while we see Jesuits and Masons behind every tree plotting our destruction.
Keep your eyes on our leader, Jesus. Remember He has already won the battle. We are already more than conquerors. I don’t give a hoot about the Masons, the Illuminati, the New World Order, or government or oil or new currency, or a global collapse. The devil loves for you to get caught up in this nonsense. In 12 months this will all be forgotten and no one will remember—just like Y2K.
I’m on the winning team! How about you? The final crisis is not about economy; it is about good versus evil. It is spiritual. So let's keep our focus on God’s agenda. You and I should make spiritual preparation and make our hearts right before God, and then devote all your energy and time to helping others to do the same. There is only one thing to focus on at a time like this—seeking and saving the lost. Give them the Good News.
Occupy till He comes,
Director / Speaker
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