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The present financial crisis that has engulfed the world has caused many of us to begin to reevaluate the condition of the rest of what we have been trusting and depending upon. When we look closely at the past and present political, Business, educational, and religious realms, we can find the same mismanagement, fraud and deception; it seems that we have truly run out of people, places and things that we can safely put our trust in.
The more one looks into the multitude of factors contributing to our present financial mess, the more evident it becomes that our situation is terribly drastic, and that there is no use in trying to place individual blame because of the complexity of the situation and the number involved. There is the possibility that much of this crisis has been deliberately orchestrated by what many have referred to as a shadow-government consisting of those who want to gain control over the whole world - politically, financially and otherwise. The Bible tells us that there is a time coming when the agents of our arch enemy, Satan, will accomplish this vision (Rev. 13:1-8).
Chuck Missler in his article The End of America As We Know It: Part 2, Koinonia House has some very interesting comments we need to consider, among them are the following:
Most politicians, bankers, and Wall Street operatives are promoting a typical Keynesian approach to try to solve our economic debacle. John Maynard Keynes, a British economist, is the architect of our current economic model in the U.S. and around the world. Keynes wrote a book in 1920, The Economic Consequences of Peace. In the book Keynes states,
By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of its citizens. There is no more surer nor more subtle way to overturn the existing basis of society than to debauch or destroy the currency. It engages all the processes of economic law that comes down on the side of destruction and does it in a manner that not one person in a million can diagnose.
If Keynes above assumption is correct, there are only about 250 people in the United States that know the real cause behind the financial mess we are involved in – probably a close estimate.
As Christians we realize that there is nothing in and of this world that can be unquestionably trusted in, and that there is only one kingdom that we can have absolute confidence and security in; this is what we now want to turn our attention to.
The nation of Israel learned of their new relationship with God through Moses in the third month after they departed from Egypt: "And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him out of the mountain, Say this to the house of Jacob and tell the Israelites: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My voice in truth and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own peculiar possession and treasure from among and above all peoples; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation [consecrated, set apart to the worship of God]. These are the words you shall speak to the Israelites" (Ex. 19:3-6). But instead of being an example to the nations round about them of the holiness that God had commanded of them, they became corrupted by the very nations they were to have witnessed to. God tried to correct them by sending the prophets, but they usually rejected them and many times killed them, and thus God had to temporarily set them aside.
As in the parable that Jesus spoke to the people (Matt. 21:33-43), lastly the King of Heaven sent them His Son – Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus came to invite, from all the nations, anyone who was willing to repent or turn away from the sinful living of this ungodly world system and commit themselves to Him, to eternal life in His heavenly kingdom; those who will, become the royal priesthood that the nation of Israel should have been: "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God's] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). John also bears witness to this truth, "John to the seven assemblies (churches) that are in Asia: May grace (God's unmerited favor) be granted to you and spiritual peace ( the peace of Christ's kingdom) from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] before His throne, [Isa. 11:2.] and from Jesus Christ the faithful and trustworthy Witness, the Firstborn of the dead [first to be brought back to life] and the Prince (Ruler) of the kings of the earth. To Him Who ever loves us and has once [for all] loosed and freed us from our sins by His own blood, [Ps. 89:27.] and formed us into a kingdom (a royal race), priests to His God and Father--to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion throughout the ages and forever and ever. Amen (so be it)" (Rev 1:4-6).
MARK 1:14-22.... Now after John was arrested and put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God, and saying, The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ( have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel).
16And passing along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon [Peter] and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net [to and fro] in the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, Come after Me and be My disciples, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And at once they left their nets and [yielding up all claim to them] followed [with] Him [joining Him as disciples and siding with His party].
19He went on a little farther and saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were in [their] boat putting their nets in order. And immediately He called out to them, and [abandoning all mutual claims] they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and went off after Him [to be His disciples, side with His party, and follow Him].
21And they entered into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath He went into the synagogue and began to teach. And they were completely astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching as one Who possessed authority, and not as the scribes.
The kingdom of God or heaven gives us the hope, confidence and assurance that we all want and hope to find. The benefits of this kingdom are beyond our ability to grasp or understand, but they by far surpass anything this world has to offer. The disciples, mentioned in verses 16-20 above, left the things in this world that they were occupied in and followed Jesus. Paul gave Timothy the same advice, "Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering [which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him" (2 Tim. 2:3-4). These disciples were full-time ministers, but not everyone is called to full-time service; there were others who remained in their current occupations, "And the multitudes asked him, Then what shall we do? And he replied to them, He who has two tunics (undergarments), let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do it the same way. Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him, Teacher, what shall we do? And he said to them, Exact and collect no more than the fixed amount appointed you. Those serving as soldiers also asked him, And we, what shall we do? And he replied to them, Never demand or enforce by terrifying people or by accusing wrongfully, and always be satisfied with your rations (supplies) and with your allowance (wages)" (Luke 3:10-14).
Verses 21-22 guarantees us that the training and advice we will receive from the King of this kingdom also far surpass anything this world has to offer. We conclude then, that here is the place to confidently trust all that we have and are.
PSALMS 145:10-13.... All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your loving ones shall bless You [affectionately and gratefully shall Your saints confess and praise You]! They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men God's mighty deeds and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
OK, so what does this kingdom consist of? First of all, Jesus said to His disciples on the night that He was betrayed, "Do not let your hearts be troubled (distressed, agitated). You believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely on God; believe in and adhere to and trust in and rely also on Me. In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you. And when (if) I go and make ready a place for you, I will come back again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also" (John 14:1-3). So we know that Jesus is in heaven preparing a permanent residence for us and that we will live with Him forever; we can read the last two chapters of the book of Revelation to acquaint ourselves with our future living conditions.
As Christians in God’s Kingdom we are told by Peter that we have an inheritance waiting for us that is unlike what we possess and are experiencing in this life; the heavenly things are permanent and are in no danger of being taken away from us – indicating the security that this kingdom provides. "Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God's power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time" (1 Pet. 1:3-5).
As servants of the Most High God we shall rule and reign with Him throughout all eternity enjoying permanent employment with all its benefits, "They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. [Ps. 17:15.] And there shall be no more night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light, and they shall reign [as kings] forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities)" (Rev. 22:4-5).
All this is why we are so accustom to thinking of heaven as the perfect environment; a place where we are free from the worries and cares of this life, perfect knowledge and understanding of the kingdom in which we live, perfectly secure without any danger of losing what God has given us, and perfect employment with the King of kings and the Lord of lords. When we become discouraged with our present circumstances, we should think and rejoice in these things, "Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! [Ps. 37:4.] Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon]. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ( definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you" (Phil. 4:4-9). God is still in control!