I just finished reading an excellent book titled The Coming
Economic Earthquake by Larry Burkett. I found it at our
local thrift store when I was getting a few other books.
This book was written in 1991 and it is quite an eye-opener
how pretty much everything the author wrote is coming
true right now. I took a yellow pen and highlighted about
75% of the book so I can go back over it.
If nothing else, the book is a great read just for the economic
history of the U.S. and other countries that the author talks
about. Be warned--it is scary when you get to the parts about
where this is all leading. Fiat money, trillions of $$ in deficit,
rampant government overspending, the coming socialism,
etc, etc, etc.
To keep things in perspective I am posting an email my brother
forwarded from a friend of his. I think it speaks volumes about
keeping your head when it seems like the whole world is falling
apart around you.
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,
Leo Schreven, Director / Speaker
All Power Seminars, APS, and All Power Ministries, APM
304-274-2855 or USA Toll-Free 888-811-5663, 304-274-2800 (Fax)
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