Commercial Collapse in Prophecy

Financial Reality and Prophesy

Constant upheavals in the money market have brought trepidation to the world of commerce, and the sudden loss of millions has confused even the most educated investors. This has not only affected industry, but also the Church.

With inflation constantly staring us in the face, it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet our economic obligations. Yet the gospel must be preached, and the work of God must be given full attention. At this point in time, it becomes necessary for the Church to re-evaluate its financial capabilities and make the appropriate adjustments.

For centuries, Bible prophesies have given the Church the upper edge over most religions. Be it prophesies concerning the life of Christ, the nation of Israel, or the establishment of God’s kingdom, prophetic fulfillment strengthens our confidence and hope in the promises of God’s word. Prophecy, if taken in its proper context, will offer guidance to the child of God even in the worst of crises.

This brief reminder is not intended to offer financial advice, but a word of caution. Solomon advised: “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.” (Proverbs 22:3).

Commercial Babylon

“BABYLON THE GREAT”, as found in Revelation 17 and 18, describes the amalgamation of the political, religious and commercial systems of the world. Scripture foretells of their coming together as a powerful world government in these last days. (Rev. 13). This beastly and ungodly system influences the majority of mankind to follow its idolatries, and at the same time, makes war against the Church. For three and one-half years, Babylon enjoys the peak of its glory, only to suffer swift destruction under God’s judgment.

Time Frame and Wealth

The Old Testament contains many promises of God concerning wealth. The nation of Israel was governed by many natural laws, fought natural battles, and enjoyed natural prosperity. To be wealthy in the days of the law was a positive indication of blessing. “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich…” (Prov. 10:22).

Conversely, the New Testament covers a period that promotes sacrifice and self-denial. Unlike the Israelite, the Christian is not expected to destroy his enemies, but to love them instead. His circumcision is spiritual, and so are the wars he fights. Blessings, as described in Matthew 5:3-12, were related to brokenness, hunger, mercy, and even persecution. Priority was not to be given to wealth, but to the kingdom of God. (Matt. 6:33-34). But since then, materialism has enlarged its borders.

The commencement of this new dispensation altered the traditional concept of wealth. Jesus warns against the “deceitfulness of riches” that, “choke the word”. (Matt. 13:22). Again, in Luke 12:15 He says, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

The Apostle Paul declares that “…they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil…” (1 Tim. 6:9-10).

Is it possible that wealth — an indication of blessing in the Old Testament- had evolved into an idol of damnation? The answer is yes! There is absolutely no grace of God that the Devil cannot pervert. Wealth was not only an idol, but became the main source of an endless cycle of idolatries.

Many students of prophecy have identified the Church of Laodicea

as a type of the ‘end-time church’. (Rev. 3:14-18). Is it not strange that this particular church was the wealthiest of the seven churches of Asia Minor? How appropriate is this description of the wealthy churches of today? The truth is that many churches today are conveniently misappropriating scriptures to foster their own financial empires. 21st Century idolatry has already crept into the Church, fulfilling the prophetic vision of Laodicea.

Proper Use of Money

The problem being addressed here is not money, but rather the improper use of it. Let us remember that, although the love of money is the root of all evil, money of itself can be a “defense” as it “answereth to all things.” (Eccl. 7:12, 10:19). Although a rich man shall hardly enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, it is not impossible. (Mt. 19:23-26). If ever there is a time when money is required to push God’s work ahead, it is now. But wealth has driven many into the snare of foolish and hurtful lusts. (1 Tim. 6:9). To place greater emphasis on materialism than on God is spiritual idolatry. For this, God will judge.

Collapse of Commerce

God’s judgment against Babylon, and its three parts, is positive. James foresees a future judgment against the rich, and tells of the corruption of their wealth, their moth-eaten garments and the cankering of their gold and silver. (James 5:1-5).

Revelation 18 describes the fall of Babylon, and in particular, its commercial part. Likened unto a woman, “her fornication”, “her iniquities” and “her sins” reach Heaven. This massive collapse of commerce will not only affect politics and industry, but everyone caught up in her idolatry.

May God enable us to recognize this subtle spirit of idolatry and escape its snares.

“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Rev. 18:4).