The Coming Economic Nightmare

Can Christians Help Prevent it?

By Dr. Ken Matto

(Rev 18:14 KJV) And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

It is no secret that the United States is soon to be plunged into an economic crisis which will parallel that of the Great Depression. Right now everything looks good but it is 1928 all over again.  It must be known that the Great Depression did not just happen, it was well planned. When the Federal Reserve System came into existence in the United States in 1913, it was the death knell for the U.S. economy as we went from a godly gold backed dollar to a debt based Federal Reserve Note. Did you know there is not a real paper dollar in circulation? Take a look at your money, every bill, regardless of denomination, says “Federal Reserve Note” and a note is an instrument of debt. Now this monograph is not a political essay on the evils of the Federal Reserve but I want to broach this subject from a spiritual vantage point.

I wish to speak on the subject of a “Christian Bailout.” We see the failed policies of both parties in Washington as they do not know how to deal with the Wall Street debacle and companies like AIG. So what is the answer that Washington gives? It is throw money on the fire and hopefully it will go out. The problem is that money is paper and paper burns and soon after this 700 billion dollar bailout, there will be another one. I believe with all my heart that this economic crisis is part of the world situation which will precede the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Luke 21:25 KJV) And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luke 21 is a prophetic chapter which details events shortly before the Lord’s return. The word I want to focus on in Luke 21:25 is the word “perplexity.” In the Greek it is the word “aporia” which carries with it the apt definition of “consternation, distress or difficulty.” It is used only once in the New Testament because it points to the last days which is the time we are living in right now. It also carries with it the idea of “the state of one who has no way or resource, and who therefore knows not what to do.” This is exactly the condition of every country in the world right now, not only economically but politically. There seems to be no way out and the leaders are in a state of perplexity. Man has reached the zenith of his incompetence. The nations which have suppressed Christianity, have suppressed the only ones who can help their country. In those nations where it is still legal to be a Christian, these nations have a ray of hope.

Just as man has gotten himself into these problems which affect the entire world through individual nations, God can easily rescue these nations and bring them back to a sane and logical government. However, God would be very hard pressed to help a nation like the United States when one looks at how we got into such an economic upheaval. It was through base greed and blind stupidity. When the sub prime lending fiasco finally hit home, one amazing fact came to light. Many people who could barely afford a used car were borrowing hundreds of thousands of dollars and living in $500,000 homes and now when they cannot make the payments, we are supposed to bail them out so they can continue to live in their half million dollar homes? Vulture grade lenders were making big promises to people with big money who really could not afford it yet the commission of the sales and the inane greed of the borrowers, it was a marriage made in hell. Now the great financial bubble has burst and if our country is not divinely bailed out, it will crash worse than it did in 1929. So then it seems that we are at the end of our financial bubble, then how do we, as Christians, help our country? The answer is amazingly simple yet neglected by a majority of Christians.

(Mal 3:10-11 KJV) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. {11} And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

God has made great promises in the Scriptures for those who choose to give to the work of the Lord. Giving to the work of the Lord does not entail supporting false doctrine proponents such as Robert Schuller, Benny Hinn, Ken Copland, or any of those who teach a false doctrine. The giving that God has in view is to give to true ministries so that the true gospel will go forth to the ends of the earth. Ministries like Trans World Radio and HCJB have been heralding the gospel for many years. Literature ministries like World Missionary Press print millions of Bible booklets monthly in the USA and in different countries where prices are considerably cheaper.

If Christians were once again to open their wallets and support missions and support ministries such as the ones I mentioned, then God has promised to rebuke the devourer for our sakes. Malachi 3:11 is speaking of an agrarian situation but even though the milieu is different for today, the principle remains the same. If we are obediently sending forth the Gospel, then God will protect the source of our income so we can continue to send forth the Gospel. The Lord knows that we must have income to send money out and that is why He takes responsibility in guarding our source so we can continue to send forth that Gospel.

This means that if enough Christians in our country begin to give again and the money starts flowing generously into the outpouring of the Gospel, then we will begin to see some economic healing. It seems that many Christians have forgotten or just simply neglected our reason of existence and that is to send forth the Gospel to the ends of the earth. When missions are once again well funded, then our economy will heal by the hand of God. I believe Christian neglect of missions is at the forefront of the reason that our country’s economic base is being assaulted by evil forces because God has removed His hand of protection. Probably too many Christians think they were saved just to buy a bigger house and another gas guzzling SUV. The reality is that the coming months are going to be an economic disaster if it is not averted and the way it can be averted is through Christian funding of missions. Too many cry out that they can’t give yet they can buy every CD from these “Christian Rock” bands. We live in critical times and now more than ever with the American economy so fragile, we must turn our obedience back to God and give so the true Gospel gets funded. This also means that if you belong to a church which has a poor missions program, then don’t allow your money to get tied up there and to go for something that will not be spiritually beneficial to others. Give directly to missions and don’t concern yourself what others say, you be obedient. I believe that if Christians once again started to give of their money and themselves to the furtherance of the Gospel, that God will once again begin to bring about economic healing to this nation and make it strong again.

The second part of this article is found in the following article I wrote some years ago entitled:

How Shall We Give? Giving: A Dynamic of the Christian Life!

The time for obedience is now! You may scream because someone is telling you what to do with your money but if this economic problem is not met head on through spiritual warfare, then this nation, like many others will fall and then you will have nothing. (2 Cor 10:4 KJV) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Then throw some mustard and ketchup on your CDs and see how tasty they will be.