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, economic systems have been used as a tool of control. For example, the feudal system in medieval Europe was a hierarchical social and economic system in which lords held power over peasants who worked their land in exchange for protection. In this system, the lord controlled access to resources and opportunities, and the peasants had limited freedom and mobility.
In the modern era, capitalism has become the dominant economic system in most countries. In this system, a relatively few private individuals or companies own and control the means of banking and production. Economic decisions are driven by the pursuit of profit and not necessarily what may be of the most benefit to society as a whole. Banks and Governments can financially destroy an individual immediately by simply restricting access to money. This is a significant asymmetry of power. It can create a form of economic slavery, as without money, those enslaved become vulnerable and cannot buy or sell. Some argue that capitalism has driven innovation and economic growth, while others argue that it has led to increasing inequality and environmental destruction.
However, it's important to acknowledge that economic systems and policies can be used as a tool for good, and that many people and organisations are working to create more equitable and sustainable economic systems. There are many other religious, social, political, cultural, and environmental forces at play, and it's important to consider the interplay between all of these factors in understanding the economic climate of the world we live in.
While laws and policies aimed at promoting economic equity and stability can help to protect vulnerable populations and ensure freedom, Revelation 13:17 tells us that in the end times, the economic system will be used to force people into conformance, as people will not be able to buy or sell if they do not accept the mark of the beast. This is obviously a hybrid system that has merged economics, politics and religion to create that degree of control. Our current banking and economic models (similar to those in babylon) directly enable the mark of the beast.
The Scriptures recognised the asymmetry of power between those with economic control and those who are takers of economic control (the masses). For this reason, the Torah required debt forgiveness (Shmita) reflecting an awareness of the asymmetry of power in economic relationships and a concern for the well-being of all members of society, particularly those who are vulnerable or marginalised. This practice 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.”
This mechanism ensured economic equality, it prevented greed and excessive gains by those who had the economic power to extort the masses. Modern economic theory is not necessarily based on extorting possessions from the masses and concentrating the benefits into the hands of the wealthy. It is supposed to be based on the principles of efficiency, productivity, and innovation, and seek to create a level playing field in which all individuals and businesses can compete on equal terms.
Unfortunately, take a look at the economic world around you, it has not quite worked out that way. You could be forgiven for thinking that economics is heavily geared towards making the rich richer as they are usually the ones who have access to loans and money from banks at preferential interest rates and terms. Modern economics could be interpreted as enabling lust for money and control.
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, and the more they can control supplier costs and manipulate retail costs, the more successful they are. The less ambitious and more caring an individual is, the less successful they are as they will be less economic than a less scrupulous and caring trader. The world of economics is like the theory of evolution, the fittest survive at the expense of those that are not as fit. This economic effect 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, the driver to force people to conform, as the ability to buy and sell can immediately be removed.
While physical slavery no longer exists, we now have economic slavery. Economic slavery is a term used to describe situations where individuals or communities are trapped in a cycle of debt and poverty, often due to economic systems that favor the wealthy and powerful. This is evident around the world where the gap between the rich and the poor has dramatically widened.
Economic slavery is the basis of the babylonian economic system. 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 for our enemy to enforce conformance on an unsuspecting mankind.
Welcome to babylon recreated. Babylon is known to have developed a complex economic system, which played a significant role in its rise as a major political and economic power in the ancient world. The babylonian economy was based on agriculture, trade, and craft production, with a complex system of taxation and redistribution that was used to support the maintenance of large-scale public works and the needs of the ruling elite. The babylonians also developed a sophisticated legal system, which included laws governing commercial transactions, debt, and bankruptcy.
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) the temples carried on this business with all the added weight of official authority as it was a false deity religion at the time. All sound familiar now?
But the babylonians did not stop there, they also developed education and learning and technical developments such as 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 believe it or not, horoscopes.They were 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. Since that time, the desire to get richer has led to major industrial revolutions with the development of the steam engine, the development of the internal combustion engine and the development of electricity. What is interesting is that the technology available to us today, creates greater and hidden temptations to sin.
Although money could also act as a stabilising force that fostered nonviolent exchanges of goods, information, and services within and between groups and appealed to the masses (this is the growth of capitalism), money soon became an instrument of political control, not just economic control. Taxes could be extracted to support the elite and armies could be raised. Taxes imposed ensured that the masses remained in debt, conformed to the ruling elite demands and the masses remained enslaved.
Babylon for its time represented an unprecedented rise of a system and power that set the world on its path to where we are today. It has ultimately provided the capability for the mark of the beast to prevent buying and selling as set out in Revelation 13:16, and this could be enacted immediately as we saw in some Covid lockdowns where non-conforming individuals had their bank accounts frozen by their Governments.
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” (Revelation 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, and it is. It is the control that can now be exerted that is the issue as it can be abused. Most people are so thoroughly brainwashed by our economic system that they cannot see the great evil that developed it and is moving to control it. It is the system that enforces people to conform The way people think, work, learn, and live must be in accordance with the economic and political laws they live in – people have no choice or they cannot buy or sell. People at risk of living without homes or food will not quarrel with a system that provides them with essentials for life.
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 and privilege. 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, but 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 each of 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, and this is a relatively few, but very rich, influential people. Those people are controlled by s-a-t-a-n to keep people in economic bondage and blind to the Fathers Salvation Plan and Word.
The Spring Appointed Times 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 from bondage, when the Israelite's left slavery and bondage in Egypt for the promised land.
We each have our own exodus from economic 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 has enabled him to control the masses.
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.