The next economic bust will come in the form of complete financial collapse of America, which will lead to anarchy, looting, martial law, and the end of capitalism and most of our freedoms.
If God hears our prayers, then this coming total collapse will not be without warning like the 1930’s Great Depression where many investors lost their wealth overnight.
Perhaps there will be a momentary rebound. Regardless of the scenario of events, this current economic boom is the calm before the storm. This final round of prosperity is a giant sign that judgment of America and other western countries is looming.
The past depressions, recessions, and monetary crises are all part of the increasing birth pangs designed to shake loose America’s spellbinding grip on God’s people. It is the start of widespread economic hardship that will touch millions who believed they were well off, including many content and prosperous Christians.
If we intercede, this judgment may be gradual rather than immediate. But I fear the recent past mini crisis were God’s last warnings, and now this rocket type explosive economy is the seal of judgment from God.
He has turned our wicked culture and lukewarm asleep church over to the passivity of prosperity, where most are in a drunken stupor, reeling in the false blessings of peace and materialism.
Bankruptcy, foreclosure, repossession, loss of employment, divorce, and homelessness will be forced upon many. Innumerous people will become hopeless, homeless, and suicides will increase.
Standing in line for food stamps, handouts, and essentials will be the only way to survive for those who are unprepared. Roving gangs of millennials, illegal aliens, the desperate homeless, criminals, and anarchists will inflict murder, robbery, rape, and destruction on a panic stricken public. Law enforcement resources will be overwhelmed. Some metropolitan areas will have marshal law declared with blackouts and lockdowns.
Politicians, economists, and financiers will be at a loss as how to correct the root of the problem that was caused by greed that produced a staggering national debt.
Corrupt politicians and business executives’ lust for wealth through debt, greed, and manipulation is no different than most in church leadership, with their greed disguised in the prosperity message.
All for ill gain the wounds of God’s people are healed lightly—covering up trauma and dysfunction with lies, half-truths, and medication. (Just as it was in Jeremiah’s day – see Jerimiah 6:13-15.)
This on fire economy will suffer mortal blows and be stressed due to the increasing birth pangs—where natural disasters will deplete reserves and bankrupt the government.
Jesus predicted that this would be a major sign marking the end of this age, as described in this passage: “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25-28).
The powers of heaven are being shaken and Satan will be soon thrown down—and in great wrath the devil will bring trouble upon the saints and the world, for he knows his time is short.
These stressful troubles will become very sobering, and the cry of Job will be heard from unprepared and lukewarm Christians throughout the land. God is allowing Satan to touch the unprepared believer in this country and around the world.
Many will blame God and not understand His purposes or see that the god of this world (Satan) is the perpetrator, allowed by God—since God of creation has been removed from the American culture. America and a lukewarm church are about reap what we all have sown.
As in the story of Job, Satan wanted to inflict trouble upon Job and destroy him—including taking his life. However, God allowed trouble to come upon Job incrementally, at the hands of the devil. Job complained to God and to others that he did not deserve such treatment and that he had done right before God. The sudden outbreak of calamities baffled Job.
Today, the devil will be allowed to do the same. Job-like complaints will be the cry of many Christians and non-Christians alike.
Job cried out: “Though I am innocent, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser. If I summoned him and he answered me, I would not believe that he was listening to my voice. For he crushes me with a tempest, and multiplies my wounds without cause; he will not let me get my breath, but fills me with bitterness. If it is a contest of strength, behold him! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon him?” (Job 9:15-19).
Just as Job cried in frustration, soon millions will also cry and ask, “Why, God? We thought we were exempt from suffering and that we would escape the coming trouble.”
The naïve and unprepared will be in shock, crying out to God, “Why? I lived a righteous life! Why have you forsaken me?”
Many do not understand the purpose for the troubling birth pangs that we are now experiencing. Neither do they understand that the Great Tribulation is the wrath of Satan, not the wrath of God.
Obviously, the world rejects God. But many Christians walk in self-righteous arrogance and are madly in love with this world. Some think they are living for God and believe they are exempt from trouble as they only think about Him as an afterthought.
It is true that America continues to reject God. But in addition to America rejecting God, its self-righteous, hypocritical church also believes it is exempt from trouble. This rebellion and arrogance have given Satan a right to do his thing just as he did with Job.
God Allowed Job to Lose Everything—to Wake Him Up
In the book of James, God’s purpose for allowing the devil to inflict such terrible trouble upon Job is revealed, “Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11).
God allowed the devil to inflict suffering upon Job, so He might bestow upon Job compassion and mercy! Initially, this may seem manipulative on God’s part. But if we consider the alternative, indeed, Job’s sufferings led him to obtain God’s grace and mercy—not on the merit of Job’s righteousness, but on Job’s faith.
Job’s problem (as is with most righteous believers as with so-called good-hearted non-believers today) was his reliance on his own righteous works (like an insurance policy with the premiums all paid in advance).
This leads to confidence in self, and it often leads to religious arrogance and self-righteousness. Blessings and prosperity become a signal to take it easy in life. It often causes the prideful Christian to believe God has given His stamp of approval on their lives and they can now show off to others.
There are those who exhibit an “in-your-face” attitude—in the recent past, certain national Christian leaders blamed homosexuals and witches for the cause of 9/11.
Job’s issues were self-justification and self-reliance based on his religious works. This gave Satan a right to sift and test Job. This condition of Job’s heart, if not corrected, could have caused his faith to fail.
Believing that we are trusting in God when we are really trusting in our own righteousness, if not corrected will nullify God’s grace. The author of the book of Job makes it clear that the reason Satan could accost, sift, destroy, and almost physically kill Job was simply “…because he was righteous in his own eyes” (Job 32:1).
Elihu, the youngest of the four trying to help Job understand what his suffering was all about, finally convinced Job of this condition: Job was justifying himself rather than God.
Job was not sinning, but he was relying on his own righteousness to keep him in good standing with God. He was blessed, living prosperously, and protected. Satan saw Job’s self-reliant stance, but God saw Job’s true faith, despite Job’s misunderstandings.
In the end, when afflicted and then confronted, Job comes to a very needful realization about his relationship with God by stating: “I had heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees thee; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:4,5).
Few Christians experience this realization of self and come to salvation by grace through faith. Most do not see this all-important principle until they come to the end of themselves (as believers).
The Apostle Paul conveys this important realization as well, when he wrote, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). Of course, Jesus Christ does for us and in us what we, weakened by our human condition cannot do.
Few Christians truly experience coming to the end of self-reliance and trust in their right living and religious lifestyle. Few become humble enough to allow God to change their inner man or woman by His grace, compassion, and mercy.
Trouble, trials, and affliction serve God’s purposes to keep the sincere Christian from falling into self-dependence and self-righteousness—making the same fatal mistake as that of the religious hypocrites of Christ’s day.
Many believers are in a smug, self-righteous condition that is far worse than Job’s condition of self-reliance—they are prideful, in love with this world, and blind to the risk of being rejected by Christ.
Many know of Christ, but few truly know Him or are known by Christ. Jesus warned: “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’” (Matthew 7:22, 23).
Satan still prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to destroy, and in the coming days he will be more ferocious than ever. He is about to be cast out of heaven, knowing his time is short, and will make terrible war upon the saints.
Like Job, the coming suffering is allowed by God to wake up millions of Christians, agnostics, atheists, and lost sinners alike, in hopes to turn their hearts toward heaven, the Gospel and the coming Kingdom of God, without doubt or reservation.
Stress and troubling pressures will be used by God to cleanse, change, and cause his true church to come away from the love of this world and false Christianity. The Christian with true faith will lift their heads heavenward, straighten up, and rejoice for they know their redemption is drawing very near—and is at the very gates.
In doing so, they will not be ensnared suddenly, but they will become prepared to endure to the end, “But he who endures to the end will be saved” (Matthew 24:13).
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