WEALTH IN THE GREAT GOSPEL AGE
There has to be a little common sense used when looking at these prophecies. Such as: Believers will not have the opportunity to create wealth and enjoy the fruits of their labors unless the general population has the same opportunities. It would be a physical impossibly to have it any other way. These promises and prophecies predict national wealth as a result of the rule of law and the blessing of the Almighty. It's not that God is not in the business of supernatural wealth for those who love him and believe his word, he is. That however is a separate issue. This wealth comes from the New Jerusalem "being exalted" in the earth. Meaning: Cultures that accept the principles of the Word of God and the morality of Jesus Christ as standards for human behavior; because of the influence of believers. These will quite naturally construct civilizations that are conducive to free enterprise, justice and the creation of wealth.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy....... 21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain, nor give birth to (children) for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their children with them.
Isaiah 60 1. Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you...... 3. And the Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. ......5. Then you will see, and flow together, and your heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. ....... they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the Lord. ....... to bring your sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, to the name of the Lord your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he has glorified you. ......11. Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring to you the wealth of the Nations, and that their kings may be brought. ....... and they shall call you; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. ......17. For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make your officers peace, and your exactors righteousness. ....
Isaiah 61: ........ 4. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. 5. And foreigners shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner's shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 6. and you shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: you shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves. 7. For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. 8. For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9. And their children shall be known among the Nations, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the children which the Lord has blessed.
Isaiah 62 1. For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness of it go forth as brightness, and the salvation of it as a lamp that burns. 2. And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. ...... 6. I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, 7. And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. 8. The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give your corn to be meat for your enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink your wine, for the which you have labored: 9. But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness. ...... 12. And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and you will be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken
2 Corinthians 8: 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich. It's an unfortunate reality that many believers trifle with this scripture. As if it is speaking of something other than monetary based wealth. This verse is in the middle of two chapters that are directly speaking about money, giving and receiving. Above all things notice how this wealth comes. By the grace of God. Does not the whole of the western world and it's freedoms and liberty exist by the grace of God? Ultimately is it not an effect of the power of the Gospel to change peoples hearts? If one can actually see the Government of God they will answer in the affirmative. If one see this, then they can understand just how this verse was to ultimately be fulfilled. Not that God showers money down from heaven on his people. (Although this is not outside his power and will occasionally.) It is fulfilled in the just the way it has been fulfilled in the history of the world since the fall of the Roman Empire. If the grace of God ultimately results in justice, freedom and the rule of law and Christ died and rose again to bring that about. Then so does the opportunity to create wealth because of all of this.
Proverbs 10: 22 The blessing of the LORD, it makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
Psalm 72 is another prophecy of the Messianic age. In this prophecy notice that it is the oppressed, the great masses of the poor and slave classes that existed since the world began that are being referenced. This is not a reference to heaven or a supposed new physical planet because there are oppressors. The poor are being murdered and oppressed, despotism as the cause behind it. There are generations talked of here. To put this prophecy in a common sense perspective. Just imagine that the will of God is to make all nations just like the United States of America today. Same morality, same laws, same constitution, churches on every corner. In that picture you have what this prophecy is speaking of. Slavery is illegal, there is no permanent class of poor other than those who remain due to personal choice or exceptional circumstances. The "poor" have cars, abundant food, medical care, T.V.'s, radio's, A\C, heat, refrigerators housing. ect.ect. You see the perspective here is not the myopic view of western Christians who "feed and minister to the homeless," in their inner cities. The view of this prophecy is the poor and oppressed of Africa, Asia, central & southern America who are permanently poor and oppressed because of despotism and sin. In the great scheme of things these lands have just begun to hear the Gospel. Do some dare say that the grace of God cannot produce in their lands what it has produced in North America? Shame! Shame! Shame! Will westerners with a supposed knowledge of heavenly matters deny these oppressed nations the eventual blessings from heaven that they have? These who's blood is precious to the Lord as it spills on the ground this very day! Will westerners give their own countries to the forces of evil because of damndable doctrines thereby prolonging and increasing the sufferings of the poor and oppressed in the rest of the world! Does any believer dare say in the face of he Almighty that there are giants in our land (North America) that cannot be conquered! .....2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. 3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. 4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. 5 They shall fear you as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. 6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. 7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endures. 8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. 12 For he shall deliver the needy when he cries; the poor also, and him that has no helper. 13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. 14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. 15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. 16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. 17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. 18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.
Although there is truth to this scripture as far as personal wealth and the righteous. Just as there is also truth to suffering persecution for the Lords sake and it's resulting poverty. Psalm 112 emphasizes the personal wealth but it is also a prophecy of the Messiah and the Messianic age: 1 Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in his commandments. 2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: (the Lords House who's house we are) and his righteousness endures for ever. 4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 5 A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion. 6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. 7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. 8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor. 10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Psalm 37: 1 A Psalm of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shall you dwell in the land, and truly you will be fed. 4 Delight yourself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man (men) who brings wicked devices to pass. 8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not yourself in any wise to do evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yes, you will diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. 12 The wicked plots against the just, (day in and day out) and gnashes upon him with his teeth. 13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he see's that his day is coming. 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conduct. 15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. 16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholds the righteous. 18 The LORD knows the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. (These "days of the upright" are synonymous with this Great Gospel Era)19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. 20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
21 The wicked borrows, and pays not again: but the righteous shows mercy, and gives. 22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off. 23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand. 25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26 He is ever merciful, and lends; and his seed is blessed. 27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. 28 For the LORD loves judgment, and forsakes not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever. 30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. 32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him. 33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt you to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, you will see it. 35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. 36 Yet he passed away, and, look, he was not: yes, I sought him, but he could not be found. 37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. (Amen!)
|© 2012 Daniel Martinovich|