“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be”

What is your money saying about where your heart is?

Affluenza

Parable of the Rich Fool

Luke 12:16-21

Why is it that when life is going the best and we have the most, that we act the most foolishly?  When supplies are ample, or we are celebrating a great victory, or someone praises us—we take such opportunity to show what we’re really made of.

Why do we show our foolishness at such inappropriate times?  We’re sinners.  Meanwhile, God is perfect.  He is wise, and we are foolish!  Yes, and when times are good is when we can come down with a good case of “Affluenza!”  To be affluent is to have much, but beware, it can be a curse, or at least can lead you down the wrong paths.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe God wants to give to us richly, but in the right perspective which is hardly ever present! Our God is so good to us…and so we receive the benefits, but often we forget the “Benefactor.”  [the One Who gives all to us.]  “Affluenza” is the disease, the love of money is the root cause, and this story of Jesus is the cure!  But first…

The Bible speaks of a number of fools.

1.   The unbelieving fool. Psa 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.”

2.   The ignorant fool. Prov.1:7 “fools despise wisdom”

3.   The self righteous fool. Prov. 12:15 “the way of a fool is right in his own eyes”

4.   The mocking fool. Prov.14:9 “fools mock at sin”

5.   The self sufficient fool. Rom.1:22 “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”

6.   The Christian fool. I Cor. 4:10 “we are fools for Christ sake.”

7.   The Rich Fool. Luke 12:16 “thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required.”

Truly, the love of money is the root of all evil.  But God has help for us today…

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[back to today’s text]

 

Notice the progression:

MAN’S WEALTH   (v.16,17)

…leads to man’s will

MAN’S WILL   (V.18,19)  “I will

1.   I will pull down my barns.

2.   I will build greater barns.

3.   I will store my produce.

4.   I will say to my soul.

5.   I will eat, drink, and be merry.

Proverbs 1:32
…the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

Man’s wealth leads to man’s woe

MAN’S WOE  (V.20)  “ but God said unto him”

1.   The woe of being a fool.

2.   The woe of sudden death.

3.   The woe of losing it all.

4.   The woe of divine judgment.

He received the benefits but forgot the benefactor.

Four Reasons Why God Called the Rich Man a Fool:

        I .     BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD GOD.

A. Never thanked God for anything.

B. He left God out of his life all together.

II.             BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARDOTHERS.

A. His interest was in things, and possessions instead of people.  Love people, use things, not the opposite.

B. He ignored the second commandment. “love thy neighbor

Ill.–The chairman of the community charity called on a notorious miser. “Sir,” said the fund-raiser, “our records show that despite your wealth, you’ve never once given to our fund drive.” He replied, “Do your records show that I have an elderly mother who was left penniless when my father died?” fumed the tightwad. “Do your records show that I have a disabled brother who is unable to work? Do your records show I have a widowed sister with small children who can barely make ends meet?” “No, sir,” replied the embarrassed volunteer. “Our records don’t show those things.” “Well,” said the miser. “I don’t give to any of them, so why should I give anything to you?”

The rich fool had the wrong attitude toward God, others, and also…

III.         BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARD LIFEAND MONEY.

A. His thoughts were on retirement and ease.

B. He ignored the fact that one day he would need others.

C. He forgot that God is the owner of all he had.

Let’s take some testimonies of what we’ve learned about money, and how it applies to life and spirituality…

(Deuteronomy 8:18) But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.

(Jeremiah 9:23-24) Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD…

(Matthew 6:21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Matthew 6:24) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

(Mark 10:23-25) And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into thekingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

(1 Timothy 6:9) But 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.

(1 Timothy 6:10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Not only was his attitude wrong toward God and others, and toward money and life, but also…

IV.         BECAUSE OF HIS ATTITUDE TOWARDETERNITY.

A. He lived as if there were no eternity.

B. He lived as though he were going to live forever on earth.

 

Summary:

1. We Are Fools When We Do Not Give God The Credit For Things He Has Done.

2. We Are Fools When We Make Plans But Leave God Out.

3. We Are Fools When We Live Only For the Moment.

4. We Are Fools When We Store Our Treasure In The Wrong Places.

 

Who else does the Bible say is a fool?

1. He Who Trusts In His Own Heart. Prov. 28:26.

Proverbs 28:26
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

Romans 1:22
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

2. He Who Is Always Right. [In His Own Eyes.]Prov. 12:15.

Proverbs 12:15
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel iswise.

Proverbs 14:16
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

3. He Who Despises Wisdom and Instruction. Prov. 1:7.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

4. He Who Is Soon Angry. Eccl. 7:9.

Ecclesiastes 7:9
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

5. He Who Slanders Others. Prov. 10:18.

Proverbs 10:18
He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

6. He Who Mocks At Sin. Prov. 14:9.

Proverbs 14:9
Fools make a mock at sin:

7. He Who Talks A Lot.

Proverbs 29:11
A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
…a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.

Someone once said, “Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”

8. He Who Minds Others’ Business.

Proverbs 20:3
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Proverbs 26:17
He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.

9. He Who Says There Is No God. Psa. 14:1

Psalms 14:1
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

If you aren’t saved, all you must do is believe! Believe the truth of the gospel… [share]

What should believers do?

Proverbs 9:6
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

It has been said, “Never let a fool kiss you and never let a kiss fool you.”

Ephesians 5:15
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.

Let’s realize what an ample job God has done in blessing us.  We are truly rich.  And God wants us to be rich in wisdom, so when you come to the mountaintop and things are going great, what a great time it is to lean on God and realize all we have is His…don’t reveal our truly foolish, sinful colors!

1 Corinthians 4:10
We are fools for Christ’s sake…

http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/RichFool.html

Rehoboam

Rehoboam has had a lot of adjectives used to describe him and most of them are negative. This early case of affluenza (can’t believe I used that word) however is a clear case of genetics and learned behaviors. His legendary bad judgment is detailed in 1 Kings 12 and 2 Chronicles 10. He did listen to the man of God in 1 Kings 12:22 and so the word against Solomon in chapter 11 was accomplished. In 2 Chronicles 12: 12 – 14 the greatness of the Lord and His love for His people and the base problem of Rehoboam are shown. His heart was “not set” on seeking God but the Lord still saw some good in Judah, as shown by Rehoboam humbling himself. So the confusion created by Solomon is seen in his son – the Lord and other gods.

Kings – God Warned Them

Deuteronomy 17: 14-20 is God’s warning to the Israelites about kings and what they will do to their kingdoms. 1 Samuel 8 the warning is repeated and expanded as the people reject God’s rule and want to be like the world around them. Solomon did a good job in breaking most of the rules and Rehoboam just followed what his father modeled for him. If David did not break them he was stepping real close to the “line.” It is not recorded if any of the kings ever wrote their own copy of the law as it is written in Deuteronomy 17: 18.

“My little finger is thicker than my father’s wrist.” You wonder how many times Rehoboam rethought that statement? But that attitude took over forty years to develop and the apparent change started in Solomon’s rule. 1 Kings 4:20 and 9:22 paint a picture of valued countrymen living happily under the “early Solomon.” So you wonder what happened to get the complaint in 1 Kings 12:4 of a “heavy yoke” with “harsh labor.” The “rights” of the king warned about apparently had crept in and found a home in the family of Solomon. An example of worldly influence and affluenza (used it again) is seen in the gold shields of Solomon. The officer’s of Hadadezer of Damascus had gold shields that David took after conquering him (2 Samuel 8:7). We don’t know if David ever had his officers use them or had them made for his men. 1 Kings 10:16 details the practice carrying on under Solomon and the amount of gold used and where they were kept. It must have been a show when He went anywhere with his men sparking in the daylight with those expensive mirrors. Rehoboam also used them until Shishak of Egypt took them in 1 Kings 14:25. However not to stop the show he had bronze shields made in there place.

Genetics – Physical and Spiritual

“He acted wisely” (2 Chronicles 11:22) does herald the wisdom of Solomon that Rehoboam used when it came to his children and how he built up Judah. Rehoboam had the ability to be a good king and displayed it at times. Judah and Benjamin did thrive under his rule as shown by the increase in fighting men during his seventeen years as king; in 2 Chronicles 11:1 there were 180,000 men as compared to 400,000 when his son Abijah confronted Jeroboam in 13:3.

Spiritually God was still honoring David during Rehoboam’s life. Rehoboam did listen to Shemaiah and he apparently kept the burnt offerings and the Aaronic priesthood intact and working so as to honor God (2 Chronicles 13:10). Jeroboam’s treatment of the priests and Levites did exactly what he did not want to happen, Rehoboam was strengthened. In 11:17 it says this happened for three years but by the fifth year of Rehoboam’s reign he felt comfortable to go the way of Solomon and bring in all kinds of evil into Judah (1 Kings 14:22). God allowed Shishak king of Egypt (Sheshonk I, Shoshenq I, Susac, or Shishaq frequently found spellings) to conquer Judah and some of the literature suggest that he subdued Northern Israel and Jeroboam also (so much for fleeing to Egypt). 2 Chronicles 12 explains all of this and the leaders realized they were wrong and God was just in what happened.

Rehoboam seemed to be keeping the pattern of behavior that was started in Judges: prosper while honoring God, forget God and suffer, honor God again.

It comes as no surprise to any therapist working in the addiction field (or any therapist who has personally struggled with addiction) that most addicts have battled multiple addictions, simultaneously and/or consecutively. Thus, it is vital that we educate ourselves about every addictive-compulsive behavior, especially those that are emerging (such as TV, video game and Internet addiction) and those that have existed for eons but remained unrecognized (compulsive stealing, spending and hoarding).

Most act out of feelings of anger, loss, disempowerment and entitlement. And many become addicted. Nearly 70% of arrested shoplifters will shoplift again absent effective intervention/treatment.

http://www.addictionpro.com/article/understanding-theft-overspending-and-hoarding

A 2005 German study using such a card game suggests problem gamblers—like drug addicts—have lost sensitivity to their high: when winning, subjects had lower than typical electrical activity in a key region of the brain’s reward system. In a 2003 study at Yale University and a 2012 study at the University of Amsterdam, pathological gamblers taking tests that measured their impulsivity had unusually low levels of electrical activity in prefrontal brain regions that help people assess risks and suppress instincts. Drug addicts also often have a listless prefrontal cortex.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-brain-gets-addicted-to-gambling/

Research has shown that many compulsive shoppers and spenders also suffer from depression and other mood disorders, substance abuse, or eating disorders. As with any addiction, the person becomes dependent on the behavior to relieve negative feelings that cause them distress and discomfort.

There are many social and cultural factors that tend to increase the addictive potential of shopping and spending. The easy availability of credit and the material focus of society in general encourage people to accumulate possessions now and worry about financial responsibility later.  Society places a strong emphasis on one’s outer appearance and many media personalities promote spending money to achieve a certain look that will bring about happiness. In addition, the accessibility of purchasing has been made easier with the arrival of online shopping and television programs devoted to buying goods 24 hours a day.

The shopping and spending activity itself is associated with a feeling of happiness and power which is immediately gratifying. When you are buying, charging, ordering, you do feel better for a few minutes, but, it usually does not last long.  The after effects of remorse and guilt drive the spender back to purchase again to be able to achieve that brief but intense emotional high.

http://www.psychologistanywhereanytime.com/addiction_psychologist/psychologist_addiction_spending.htm

These days, the idea of process addictions is widely accepted. Process addictions are addictions that involve a compulsive and/or an out of control relationship with certain behaviors such as gambling, sex, eating and yes, even money… There is a change in brain chemistry with a process addiction that’s similar to the mood altering effects of alcohol or drugs. With process addictions engaging in a certain activity, say viewing pornography, compulsive eating or an obsessive relationship with money, can kick start the release of brain/body chemicals, like dopamine, that actually produce a “high” that’s similar to the chemical high of a drug. The person who is addicted to some form of behavior has learned, albeit unconsciously, to manipulate his own brain chemistry.

While a process addiction is not a chemical addiction, it does involve compulsive behavior — in this case, an addiction to the good feeling that comes from receiving money or possessions — which can ultimately lead to negative consequences and harm the individual’s well-being. Addiction to spending money — sometimes known as shopaholism — is another, more common type of money-associated process addiction.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/06/psychology-of-wealth_n_4531905.html

Wall Street’s been a high-risk thrill ride for years, enriching for some but empty of deeper meaning and divorced from underlying value. The “flash crash” didn’t break the market, but it did reveal fault lines, especially in the highly speculative nature of so much massive trading. As for those digital or algorithmic trades, they’re the dark matter of the economy, making up most of the mass of the market but invisible to the human eye. They race through the Wall Street nervous system as fast as lightning, carrying their owners’ bets instantaneously throughout the system. But when the market “crashes like thunder,” the big banks and the speculators behind them don’t have to pick up the pieces.

Meanwhile the original Terminator, Arnold Scharzenegger, is proposing a California budget that shows how this virtual reality can affect the lives of real people. California — whose fundraising bond initiative was handled by Goldman Sachs even as Goldman secretly undermined it – is now considering cuts to schools, mental health, aid to the poorest of the state’s citizens, state employees’ benefits, and home health care for the ailing elderly (which, ironically, will force them into costlier nursing homes). Not under consideration: new taxes on the wealthy, which would affect some of those who profited most from the electronic Wall Street casino.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/wall-street-terminators-i_b_579558.html

One of the most-watched films of all time, Titanic, is a story about the love between Jack and Rose. Probably the most memorable scene has them standing on the bow of Titanic, wind blowing at their hair and tugging at their clothes with a Céline Dion song in the background.

The final scene of Titanic has an elderly Rose on the recovery ship over the Titanic. At night, she makes her way to the stern of the ship and takes out of her pocket “The Heart of the Ocean,” a fabulous blue diamond necklace which she has kept since that last fateful night on the Titanic.

She holds it in the soft light momentarily and then quietly drops it into the water. The most valuable thing she owns (and not only because of its financial worth) drifts down to Jack’s resting place. He’s the one she’d loved and lost so many years before. This is where her heart was.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus wisely said, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (Matthew 6:21, NLT). What is your money saying about where your heart is?

https://www.hopechannel.com/read/affluenza-what-does-your-money-say-about-you

1. The Bible does not prohibit debt. However, everywhere that debt is mentioned, it is discussed in a negative light.

The main reason for this – it makes you a servant to someone other than God.

Proverbs 22:7 says: “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

When you borrow, you become a servant to a bank, a business, a family member, a friend – whoever you borrowed from. When you borrowed, they put conditions on the loan – what you can do and what you can’t do. This makes you a servant to them. We are to be servants to God and to him alone.

That’s why the Bible counsels us to avoid debt.

2. If you do borrow, you must pay back all of the debt. It is a sin to borrow and not repay.

Psalm 37:21 says: “The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.”

If we don’t want to be counted among the “wicked,” we must repay any debt we owe. It really doesn’t matter if the circumstances are beyond our control. If we make a debt, we’re stuck with it. Ecclesiastes 5:5 says: “It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.” This is reason #2 why the Bible discourages borrowing.

3. If you do borrow, you should do so only if you have a guaranteed way to pay it back.

For instance, if you borrow to buy a car for your business, arrange the loan so that if you can’t pay for some reason, the lender can take back the car and you will be free from your debt.

If you don’t do this, you’re signing surety. By signing surety, we’re presuming on the future. If everything goes as we expect, we’ll be able to pay the loans back. If things go wrong, as they often do, we may be left in debt. If Christians would observe this one caution associated with borrowing, the most they could lose is the security they had pledged against a loan.

This is especially true of co-signing a loan for another person. Do not do it unless you are willing and able to pay the whole amount for the person.

Proverbs 17:18 says: “A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.”

4. Do not accumulate long-term debt.

The longest term of debt God’s people took on in the Bible was about seven years. During the year of remission, the seventh year, the Jews were instructed to release their brothers from any indebtedness.

Deuteronomy 15:1-2 says: “At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how it is to be done: Every creditor shall cancel the loan he has made to his fellow Israelite. He shall not require payment from his fellow Israelite or brother, because the LORD’s time for canceling debts has been proclaimed.”

Thus, the only debts that could exceed seven years were those made to non-Jews or from non-Jews.

However, I’d encourage you to use this as the maximum length of time you’d borrow from anyone. Even if you have to take a 15-year loan, have a plan to pay it off in 7 years or less.

5. The best way not to have to borrow is to follow God’s laws and commands totally.

Deuteronomy 28:1, 12 says: “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” Borrowing is never God’s best for His people.

However, if you do not follow God’s commands, borrowing will be a curse upon you:

Deuteronomy 28:43-45 says: “The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him. He will be the head, but you will be the tail. All these curses will come upon you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the LORD your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you.”

Therefore, follow God and his commands and your need for borrowing will be minimized, if not eliminated.

http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2005/12/five_biblical_p.html

The Jubilee year contains many of the pictures of our salvation.  Just as the land, the people, and all the property was released, so we too have been released from a debt that we could not pay (our sins).  We were once slaves to sin but now we’ve been released, once held captive but now set free.  Christ’s blood has atoned for our sins and satisfied the wrath of God that was due us (Rom 5) and as the land was given rest, we too have entered into His rest from all of our works for we could never save ourselves by our own works because salvation is fully a work of God.  If you are not saved, then maybe you have asked what some had asked Jesus “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:28-29).

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christiancrier/2014/06/01/what-is-the-meaning-of-jubilee-in-the-bible/

Here is the principle: On some future year of Jubilee, it will be a year of vengeance and a year of the redeemed all rolled up in one. The Year of the Redeemed is about The Greater Exodus; it is a jubilee/release and return to the land. The Year of Vengeance is about Yahweh’s judgment upon the nations for the “controversy of Zion”; Yahweh judges the nations for dividing His land.

A key foundation passage that defines what Jubilee is all about can be found in Isaiah 61:1-4. In fact, it is this passage that is the key to unlock other verses about Jubilee. It is in this passage that an important biblical principle is revealed: that Jubilee is about two things happening at the same time: blessing/liberty AND judgment. Let’s read the verse.

Yeshua proclaims jubilee

When Yeshua came into the Synagogue, he unrolled the scroll and he read this passage from Isaiah 61: 1-2:

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to
the poor;
He has sent Me
to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to
the blind,
To
set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD

This has been partially fulfilled when  Yeshua came the FIRST TIME and He proclaimed it in Luke 4:18-21 about Himself.

He then said, in Luke 4: 21:

And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Why didn’t Yeshua finish the verse? The rest of the verse says:

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD
AND the day of vengeance of our Elohim;

To comfort all who mourn
…..Isaiah 61:1-2

I believe the reason He did not finish the verse was because it was not yet time for the vengeance/judgment of Yahweh. During his first coming, this has been the season of Yahweh’s grace and mercy inviting us to come into the ark of safety and salvation, so to speak.
At the approach of Yeshua’s second coming, the door to the ark closes, and His judgment comes upon the earth. Are we getting close to His second coming? This verse will be FULFILLED in its FULLNESS on the day of the Lord, on a future Day of Atonement in a future JUBILEE year.

Now it is very likely that when Yeshua unrolled this scroll, and read this scripture from Isaiah 61:1-2 that it was a JUBILEE year then.
Jubilee is about proclamation. Yeshua is PROCLAIMING liberty for the captives, he is saying that this scripture is being fulfilled on that day concerning Himself.

Let’s recap: The year of Jubilee is all about:

Blessing, outpouring, restoration, return to the land, canceling of debts, slaves set free, BLESSING BLESSING BLESSING…..AND

Judgment, unrepentant ones are slain by their enemies, Yahweh sets His face against us, there is drought, plague, pestilence  ALL HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME, ALL ROLLED INTO ONE….

The JUDGMENT and the JOY/ FREEDOM and RELEASE  is  all happening at the SAME TIME.

Remember for those who are pursuing a repentant lifestyle, for those who are humble, broken, repentant and seeking to obey Yahweh and His commands by the power of His Holy Spirit, the Year of JUBILEE is GREAT BLESSING and outpouring, redemption, deliverance, freedom This is GOOD NEWS!

I want to focus on the second part of the verse that Yeshua did not call out when he read from the torah scroll, because I believe that it gives us an important clue, a remez hint about the end of days:

AND the day of vengeance of our Elohim;
Isaiah 61:1-2

I want to key in on the word “vengeance.”  What is this vengeance about? Let’s go to Isaiah 34:8:

For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance, and the year of recompence for the controversy of Zion. Isaiah 34:8

That word controversy, in Hebrew is “Riyb” and it means: dispute, covenant lawsuit

What would this covenant lawsuit be about? It is about the dividing of the land of Israel. That is the case being heard in heaven’s court, that is the controversy, the legal matter being heard. The nations are amassing to divide the land of Israel. And, when they do it, it will bring forth Yahweh’s judgment, His vengeance. (Joel 3: 1-2)

Where do we see some other places where this word, vengeance, occurs?

The word vengeance occurs 8 times in 5 different verses in Jeremiah 50 and 51. This is a strong pattern of this word occuring in these two chapters that are all about the judgment and destruction of the end time daughter of Babylon nation.

Here is a biblical principle: when we see the word “vengeance” being used in these two chapters, it is code for “Jubilee”.

It is giving us a remez hint as to WHEN the destruction of Babylon will occur: in a future year of Jubilee.

Shout against her all around; She has given her hand,
Her foundations have fallen, Her walls are thrown down;
For it
is the vengeance of the LORD. Take vengeanceon her.
As she has done, so do to her.

Cut off the sower from Babylon,
And him who handles the sickle at harvest time.
For fear of the oppressing sword
Everyone shall turn to his own people,
And everyone shall flee to his own land.

Jeremiah 50:15-16

Notice that the last part of the verse is showing us the “measure for measure” principle; what she has sewn, she will now reap.

This next verse gives us a clue as to what will be a “trigger” for bringing about the judgment of Yahweh; it has to do with His temple:

fire and brimstone2

The voice of those who flee and escape from the land of Babylon
Declares in Zion the vengeance of Yahweh our Elohim,
The vengeance of His temple.
Isaiah 50:28

In this next verse, we are told to FLEE when the vengeance of Yahweh begins to be poured out on the end time Babylon nation:

Flee from the midst of Babylon,
And every one save his life!
Do not be cut off in her iniquity,
For this
is the time of Yahweh’s vengeance;
He shall recompense her.
Isaiah 51:6

Notice two things here:
1. We are told to FLEE from Babylon
2. We are given a hint as to WHEN this vengeance/judgment will be poured out; during a Jubilee year.

https://hebrewnationonline.com/are-we-coming-into-a-jubilee-year-in-fall-2015-what-does-it-mean/

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

 

yea uhh

think you got it bad always wanting more

never satisfied and your always bored

tryin to fill a void with cars and toys

but no more…
see things that blow your mind

a dirty thrid world child

so satisfied with noting but a smile

we’ve all got it wrong chasing babylon

but no more dont store…

 

looks bad like they sinking down slowly

don’t let pull you down cause they lonely

phrophesie from the crown and they foney

don’t let em bring you down..
hold on to hope there is a day soon approaching

when the weak are made strong hold on….

trust in his love even when the night feels like forever

morning will come… hold on…
lets give a round of applause to my third fam..

class is in session

… americans..

just to be content regardless of the sin that we stand on

find joy in the small and face you loved ones

give thanks you got to see another morning sun…

stop thinking about yourself then you find joy and love

looks bad like they sinking down slowly

don’t let pull you down cause they lonely

phrophesie from the crown and they foney

don’t let em bring you down..
hold on to hope there is a day soon approaching

when the weak are made strong hold on….

trust in his love even when the night feels like forever

morning will come… hold on…

we trusting in the father…

our hope in the father..

hold on to hope there is a day soon approaching

when the weak are made strong hold on….

trust in his love even when the night feels like forever

morning will come… hold on…

we trusting in the father…

our hope in the father..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchasing power in the hands of those who have needs and wants: it is precisely here that the present system is defective, and it is this defect that Social Credit would correct.

The money distributed in the form of wages, profits, and industrial dividends constitutes purchasing power for those who receive these various allotments. But there are a few flaws in the present system:

1. Industry never distributes purchasing power at the same rate that it generates prices.

2. The production system does not distribute purchasing power to everyone. It distributes it only to those who are employed in production.

And they still hesitate to change the wheel!

Even if the banks charged no interest, at any given moment, the amount of money available to the community as purchasing power is never sufficient to buy back the total production made by industry.

The economists maintain that production automatically finances consumption; that is to say, that the wages and salaries distributed to the consumers are sufficient to buy all the available goods and services. But facts prove just the opposite. Scottish engineer Clifford Hugh Douglas was the first to demonstrate this chronic shortage of purchasing power. He explained it this way:

A cannot buy A+B

The producer must include all his production costs in the price of his product. The wages distributed to the employees (which for convenience’s sake can be labeled “A” payments) are only one part of the cost price of the product. The producer has other costs besides wage costs (which are labeled “B” payments), that are not distributed in wages and salaries, such as the payments for raw materials, taxes, banking charges, depreciation charges (to replace machinery), etc.

The retail price of the product must include all the costs: wages (A) and other payments (B). So the retail price of the product must be at least A + B. Then, it is obvious that the wages (A) cannot buy the sum of all the costs (A + B). So there is a chronic shortage of purchasing power in the present system.

There are more reasons for this gap between prices and purchasing power: When a finished good is put on the market, it comes with a price attached to it. But part of the money included in this price was distributed perhaps six months or a year ago, or even more. Another part will be distributed only once the good is sold, and the merchant takes out his profit. Another part will perhaps be distributed in ten years, when worn machinery — of which wear is included as an expense in the price — is replaced by new machinery, etc.

Then there are those individuals who receive money, and who do not spend it. This money is included in the prices, but it is not in the purchasing power of those who need goods.

The repayment of short-term bank loans, and the present fiscal system, increase the gap between the prices and the purchasing power. Hence the accumulation of goods, unemployment, and all that ensues.

Some people might say that the businesses paid with “B” payments (those that supplied the raw material, machinery, etc.) then paid wages to their own employees, and part of these “B” payments therefore become “A” payments. This changes nothing of what has been said before: this is simply a wage distributed in another step of production, and this “A” wage cannot be distributed without being included into a price, which cannot be less than A + B; the gap is still there.

If you try to increase wages and salaries, the wage increases will automatically be included in the prices, and it will accomplish nothing. (Like the donkey on the cartoon running after the turnip.) To be able to buy all of the production, an additional income is needed coming from a source other than wages and salaries, an income at least equivalent to B. This is what the Social Credit dividend would do, being given every month to every citizen in the country. (This dividend would be financed with new money created by the nation, and not by the taxpayers’ money.)

Poor donkey! A long pole won’t bring the turnip closer!

The Social Credit dividend would increase incomes
without increasing prices nor salaries nor taxes

http://www.michaeljournal.org/lesson5.htm

First, be pursuing a repentance lifestyle. Be humble, be quick to repent. I like this saying: “He who repents first wins!”. Ask the Holy spirit to reveal your sin, and He will. Take these summer months to be cleansing yourself of all sin and unrighteousness. It is the humble, the meek, and the repentant ones who will come under Yahweh’s grace and mercy, and blessing and outpouring when a Jubilee year begins.

Second, each person must inquire of the Lord and ask Him what He has for them. Knowing your PURPOSE is paramount.  Where does Abba want you to be? When does He want you there? What would He have you be doing? What are His orders for you? Understanding your role during these days is what we must seek and inquire of the Lord on.

 

“Come As You Are”

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are
There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Come as you are

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