World economics and the Scriptures
The world is full of hungry people. Economics have helped a few get wealthy at the expense of others.
That is not the message of the Scriptures.
The statue in the dream of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon set out in Daniel 2:32 is interesting, as the king, Nebuchadnezzar, is the golden head. The head controls all the body that lies under it. The significance of this cannot be under-emphasised as Babylon had an economic system that still exists today. One aspect of the image in Daniel 2 also shows the continuation of the same general economic system right to its end, represented by the feet and the toes. In other words, that image shows that the pattern established continues today.
This economic system is one of s-a-t-a-n-s greatest weapons as it enables control of the entire world, masking the truth set out in the Torah. This economic system is incompatible with the life of a true believer.
The economic system that was developed in Babylon was no doubt a product of the temple tithe, temples got very rich and the mass of people got very poor. The money had to be used for something, so i was used to generate more money. Religion was the power that was used to extract money from the masses. Debt was, and remains, one of the greatest burdens on the world.
Throughout history, economics has been used to control the masses, by the development of an economically powerful few. There are few rules in economics to limit the actions of people who have control, apart from any laws that a society may impose. Without rules, and laws preventing the stronger from attacking or oppressing the weaker, none of us are safe. While a civilised society does not allow the powerful to directly attack the weaker, the use of economics and banking systems are an indirect way of ensuring the powerful maintain control of the population through debt.
If anyone really thinks that those who are currently economically powerful are going to provide a better future for the masses, then they need to think again.
The Scriptures recognise this economic imbalance where there is significant asymmetry of power between those with economic power and the masses. For this reason, the Torah required debt forgiveness (Shmita), and it can help us understand how to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable society. Shmita means to let something drop, and is set out in Deuteronomy 15:1-3. Deuteronomy 15:12-18 also contains requirements on setting slaves free after they have served for seven years (this is a full seven years – not related to the Shmita cycle). One had to set the slave free unless the slave said, “I do not want to leave you.”
So the Scriptures included a mechanism to ensure an economic equality. This prevented greed and lust leading to excessive gains by those who had the economic power to control the masses.
So what is the sin economics fosters? For economics to be successful, it needs growth. Growth means greater demand for goods and services. There are winners and losers in a growth system, the more ambitious and less scrupulous an individual is about the state of others, the more successful they are. The less ambitious and more caring an individual is, the less successful they are. The world of economics is like the theory of evolution, the most fit survive at the expense of those that are not as fit. This economic theory is the reason we see global warming destroying our world, greed and the desire to control others has brought not just the world, but countries and individuals into the control of a select few. We have economic slavery.
In the worlds economic systems, we see the rich desiring more (lust and greed) and those that are not rich being bound into economic slavery with a dependence on shelter, energy and food. What an interesting weapon against the Fathers Word economics is, it has totally masked from the individuals the direction of the world that we live in and has created the means to destroy mankind and the world.
Welcome to babylon that created our economic system. The theory of economics could not be further from the Father Word.
Many of the basic technical inventions that has lead to development of our modern economies and economic theory was developed in Babylon. The wheel, the plough, the concept of time, the sailboat, the chariot, the concept of writing and not to be missed, the study of mathematics and horoscopes. The desire to get richer led to major industrial revolutions with the development of the steam engine, the development of the internal combustion engine and the development of electricity. The economics and the technology available to us create greater and hidden temptations to sin.
The concept of taxes was developed in Babylon. For its time, Babylon was an advanced culture with education and learning and technical developments that were revolutionary at the time. It was also heavily into false deity worship. How much the ancient Babylon is like our time, with economics governing most sections of our lives, taxes, considerable education and unprecedented technical development.
Babylonian temples were not just religious centres, law courts, schools, and archive depositories, they were also incredibly wealthy and operated as banks and commercial establishments. The temples were not unlike that of banks and money lending organisations today. They lent money for interest (usury) and no doubt had very strict processes with dealing with overdue debt. The temples carried on this business with all the added weight of official authority as it was a false deity religion at the time.
Money soon became an instrument of political control. Taxes could be extracted to support the elite and armies could be raised. However, money could also act as a stabilising force that fostered nonviolent exchanges of goods, information, and services within and between groups – this is the growth of capitalism.
This is important, as the Babylonian economic system is now what controls, regulates and operates the world that we live in. Debt controls individuals by forcing them to work and co-operate with authorities.
Whoever issues and controls the monies of the world, controls the world. It follows, then, that the “merchants” of Revelation 18 may be buyers and sellers or bankers. These are some of the “great men of the earth!” These are “The merchants of babylon.” These are they who have “become rich through the power of her (Babylon’s) riotous living” (Rev 18:3). No wonder that the Messiah drove those out that were buying and selling from the Temple in Matthew 21:12.
Most people today would argue that we need banks, and that banking is an honourable profession. But the general masses understanding of economic principles is poor. Most people are so thoroughly brainwashed by our economic system that they cannot see the great evil that controls it. People at risk of living without homes or food will not quarrel with a system that may provide them with essentials.
Those people without choice in life are the poor or indebted. We do not have legal slavery now, but we have economic slavery that delivers the same result. In order to buy and sell (consider Revelation and the mark of the beast) people are required to conform to the economic structure in the world around them. That is the way people think, work, learn, and live, is in accordance with the economic laws they live in – people have no choice or they cannot buy or sell.
There are many verses in the Scriptures about money. Money is one of the easiest things to worship instead of the Father. It buys power. The Messiah warned us that no one can serve two masters
Matthew 6:24 “No one is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cleave to the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon.
The economic system creates its own form of idol worship. While having money is not idol worship, as we do need it to spend to support life, the desire to amass more money than a person could possibly need, and at the expense of others, is undoubtedly idol worship. Remember the discussion between the Messiah and the pharisees set out in Luke 16:14
Luke 16:14 And the Pharisees, who loved silver, also heard all this, and were sneering at Him, 15 so He said to them, “You are those who declare yourselves righteous before men, but Elohim knows your hearts, because what is highly thought of among men is an abomination in the sight of Elohim.
In many cases, believers witness has been neutralised by financial idolatry. They are unable to stand against usury because they themselves are usurers, placing financial gain above the instructions of the Father. For instance, the Torah condemns the practice of charging interest on a poor person who is a brother because a loan should be an act of compassion and taking care of one's neighbour. The Torah teaches that making a profit off a loan from a brother is exploiting that person.
Exodus 22:25 “If you do lend silver to any of My people, the poor among you, you are not to be like one that lends on interest to him. Do not lay interest on him.
Most countries in the world operate in an economic ecosystem where everything is monetised and managed to extract the greatest return for the investor, this is also termed capitalism. That is, the few with control take a little from the masses making themselves richer and more powerful, and the masses more indebted and more controlled.
Freedom to live and worship only exists for the minority of people that have control of the world economic ecosystem. Due to the way that the economic systems operate through banks, control of the world economy is vested in relatively few, but very rich, influential people. Those people are controlled by s-a-t-a-n to keep people captured and in economic bondage.
The Spring Appointed Times have just completed. These comprise the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread and First Fruits. These Spring Festivals teach us of the Fathers Salvation Plan for mankind, and were fulfilled with the sacrifice and resurrection of the Messiah. The Spring Feasts celebrate the exodus, where the Israelites left slavery and bondage in Egypt for the promised land.
We each have our own exodus from slavery and bondage to sin to work through, as we ensure that we do not become a part of the Babylon economic system. Remember the call in Revelation 18
Revelation 18: 2 And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Baḇel the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, and a haunt for every unclean and hated bird, 2 And he cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Baḇel the great is fallen, is fallen, Isa 21:9 and has become a dwelling place of demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, and a haunt for every unclean and hated bird, 4 And I heard another voice from the heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues 5 “Because her sins have piled up to reach the heaven, and Elohim has remembered her unrighteousness’s. 6 “Render to her as she indeed did render, and repay her double according to her works. In the cup which she has mixed, mix for her double. 7 “As much as she esteemed herself and lived riotously, so much torture and grief give to her, because in her heart she says, ‘I sit as sovereigness, and I am not a widow, and I do not see mourning at all.’ 8 “Because of this her plagues shall come in one day: death and mourning and scarcity of food. And she shall be burned up with fire, because Yahuah Elohim who judges her is mighty.
The major battle we face in this life is not what is seen, but what is not seen. We have a vast spiritual war going on around us that we cannot see. The fight is for your sole. S-a-t-a-n hates the Father with all of his being and seeks to destroy all believers. The economic system is one of his weapons that enables him to destroy believers.
As our economy becomes more on-line, it is becoming more closely controlled. The capability of the economic system to prevent someone from buying and selling is already latent within banking systems. As we approach the end of time, it is reasonable to assume that life will become more difficult for believers, as we are forced into a tighter set of rules on what we can and cannot do. S-a-t-a-n will seek to break believers down by economic pressure and making things too hard, so that they will conform to the rules of his world, and not the Word and Commandments of the Father. We should not be blind to what is happening in the world around us.
We all need to make the decision on how we will be set apart, and we all need to ensure that our spiritual lives are full and aligned with the Father through the Messiah to receive His strength and be lead from slavery and bondage, our exodus. Remember the Messiahs words in Matthew 24:10.
Matthew 24:10 “And then many shall stumble, and they shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another. 11 “And many false prophets shall rise up and lead many astray. 12 “And because of the increase in lawlessness, the love of many shall become cold. 13 “But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved
We all have the capability to take control of our future, what we believe in is a personal choice. If you would like to understand more about the economic system, how to have strength to overcome, and the Fathers Salvation Plan, feel free to write to us.