I was born again in 1983 and immediately God arranged a job that allowed for many hours of Bible reading as I rode public transit to and from work each weekday.
Reading the old testament, I noticed how God sent judgment when Israel stopped calling on him, but also forgave, delivering them from oppression when they humbled themselves and called on him again. I was awed by a Creator who allowed free will, and yet upheld justice and righted wrongs, all while never letting his chosen people stray too far.
Then sometime in 1986 I heard a preacher prophesy of economic calamity (and other judgements) coming initially to nations that have turned away from God, but ultimately affecting the whole world. I stored all of that in the back of my mind for future reference.
Of course today, theories of looming economic and other disasters abound, especially on the internet. But well before the world wide web was invented, my wife and I removed television and other news media from our home for a span of over 20 years, limiting ourselves to the word of God. This is something we’re very thankful for. Since God alone holds the future, meeting regularly with him in prayer has proven to be far more powerful and reliable than seeking out anyone else who claims to know what’s in store.
… and in the fall of 2000, I received a dream from God warning of a global economic collapse that I believe will be the first of many world changing events.
In the dream, I was walking from my house to the carpentry shop to begin a normal day of work. In fact everything about that morning was normal. The way I was dressed, the sights and sounds, the thoughts going through my mind, everything going as usual until opening the door of the shop and stepping inside. I found it was completely empty. Not one machine was left, no raw materials or finished goods on the floor, the walls where the tools and the jigs hung were also bare. Everything was gone, and there was nothing for anyone to do!
What I saw was not the natural ebb and flow of economic activity. No, I saw a devastating, times altering collapse of the entire system. Overnight, production came to a halt, and all employment vanished. Exactly what will cause commerce as we know it to suddenly cease was not revealed to me, but it will be a day that affects everyone.
The dream happened as I was waking, along with the interpretation, and I held on to this knowledge for many years saying very little about it. Then 18 months ago I received a word of knowledge that led me to the book of Numbers chapter 33. And that scriptural truth convinced me, now is the time to speak out.
Global economic collapse is inevitable, because the Bible reveals that when God judges men for their sins, he judges them… and he judges their gods. “For the Egyptians buried all their firstborn, which the LORD had smitten among them: upon their gods also the LORD executed judgments.” (Num 33:4)
Now, I can only speak of the society I know, but what I see is store after store, in mall after mall and city after city, promoted by advertisement after advertisement, all promising more and more, bigger, better, cooler. The lust to possess all we can, our obsession with wealthy and famous people, the abandonment of family for finances, it all points to one thing, a selfish society controlled by greed, that worships money, where materialism mostly shapes our sense of right and wrong, proving that it is our god.
And our society is not unique, because the heart of man is the same worldwide.
Even the majority of false doctrines prevailing in the church today are based on worldly gain. Wealth and success are held up as the true measure of God’s blessing and the evidence of great faith, and no one wants to talk about a time when worldly prosperity could end.
But this false prosperity will end, overnight it will end, because the true and living God will judge and pull down the false gods we worship.
If you can hear this message, and have been wondering why recently the world is losing its lustre, be encouraged. Jesus is at work teaching your heart to divorce dreams and hold possessions loosely. Learn to watch and pray, and soon, when the time comes that many are counting their loss, you will be counting your gain as spiritual riches are multiplied to you by the Holy Spirit.
And if you are concerned about the very real suffering that will accompany the shaking of the nations, I was too until I compared it with the end result of unrestrained sin. God revealed to me that when he allows people to live exactly as they please, their sinful path becomes darker and their situation more desperate as time passes. Without restraint, lust only increases, and Satan’s influence spreads. Then sin and the devil conspiring to blind and enslave the soul, extinguish every last ray of hope.
Therefore, it is the mercy of God to send judgment on the world, because God’s correction is redemptive, restraining lust, cutting off the power of Satan, and setting the captives free.
He may rebuke, and he may chasten, but Jesus knows how to save and lead his people into a land flowing with milk and honey. Don’t forget, he is still waiting for the rest of his sheep to come into the fold. Learn to fast and pray, and as the end of time approaches Jesus will increasingly empower and protect you in miraculous ways that reveal his mercy and light to this world.
And that means that those around you, will see God in you, and be saved!
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isaiah 60:2-3)
So don’t be afraid of the future, live the miraculous life, and let God have his way. Challenging days are ahead… but he has everything under control.