Is God getting ready to step onto the scene of the world’s financial picture? Could the paper “debt” base world “house of cards” possibly be on the verge of being judged and found wanting?
Haggai 2:8 states, The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. Have you ever wondered why a place where gold and silver is taken is called a “mine”? Could it be God saying “It is mine from whom you are taking?”
The world monetary system was initiated and based upon the foundation of “God’s currency”, gold and silver. Then deceptively, the foundation was completely removed when gold was taken from backing the currency and silver removed from the contents of the currency. How long will God turn a blind eye to what he considers an abomination? Proverbs 11:1 states, A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight and Proverb 20:23, Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
When the day comes and God does bring judgment to a fraudulent system, people are going to have no choice but to try to preserve their wealth and life savings and go back to what has always been money, gold and silver. Every dollar will attempt to find a safe home. The problem is today there is too much paper wealth to find that safe home. It will be like a game of musical chairs except instead of having 10 people trying to find a seat in 9 chairs; this game will be like 100 people scrambling to sit in 2 chairs.
Estimates are as high as 95% of the world’s silver inventory has been consumed in electronics and other industrial applications over the past 30 years. The US Geological Survey estimates that at the rate of silver being mined vs. the amount of known below ground silver supply, there will be no more silver to mine in just 8 years. As the physical supply gets tighter and essentially runs out, the price will be determined by the seller not the buyer. Right now the buyers outnumber the sellers by 50 to 1.
Now looking from Heaven’s perspective, as the world is left with no choice but to find a safe home for their wealth, God’s people will have no choice as well. This means God’s people will have to go from man’s currency to God’s currency. Now they will be accountable to God and not man. God isn’t playing games especially with his children, those whose obedience He relies upon to accomplish His will and work on the earth. What is it going to take to get his children’s attention? Could it possibly be another Ananias and Sapphira event (Acts 5)?
I recently came to realization that we were close to the expiring our cash or paper savings, man’s currency. I was talking to the Lord about our situation, as if He didn’t already know, and said we’ll now have to use what we have saved in gold and silver. The Lord spoke back to me with a sternness in His voice saying, “Now you’re into my money and you will use if for what I want you to use it for.”
Then the Lord took me to the book of Acts to reveal something to me. In Acts Chapter 4, a revival and great move of the Holy Spirit had begun.
Act 4:32-34 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Act 4:34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold.
Possessions were sold, both houses and lands. What was valuable to the believers in the past was exchanged and invested into their future together for this great move of God. What were those possessions turned into? God’s currency, gold and silver, which God said belong to Him. Those people didn’t have to exchange their property but they did by choice. Now what they exchanged their property for was God’s to be determined by Him and their obedience would be rewarded.
Act 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Act 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
The first mention of a man named Barnabas was mentioned here as the “son of consolation”, the Greek word paraklesis which literally means “one called to the side of another” just as the Holy Spirit is called the “Comforter” (Gr) Parakletos that is one called to one’s side or aid. Why was this man mentioned as the son of paraklesis or son of comfort? I believe he was mentioned to exemplify the blessing of an obedient man led by the Parakletos or Holy Spirit, doing what he was called to do.
God then called Barnabas “to the side of another”; a man named Saul and used him to introduce this former Christian persecutor to the apostles.
Act 9:27 But Barnabas took him (Saul), and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Barnabas then went on to be mentioned in the New Testament a total of 29 times as Paul’s travel companion which all began with an act of obedience. He was promoted not by a man after seeing a big offering laid in the coffer, but by God himself. God won’t be manipulated by any action of the wrongly motivated. God sees right through us to our core just as the Word of God can discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. He saw this man’s obedience.
Act 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. It was actually the Parakletos Holy Ghost who said separate me Barnabas. Why? Because he has been found faithful and obedient. What an honor bestowed upon any man.
Now look at the blessing of obedience vs. the judgment of disobedience; the difference of the obedience to a selfless, “dead to self” man led by the Spirit versus a selfish, “live to self” man and woman led by the flesh. The next verse following Barnabas’ act of obedience…
Act 5:1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession,
Act 5:2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
In the churches today, that offering would be received as a blessing to the church. The average pastor today wouldn’t have the discernment to make a judgment as to the heart behind the offering which I believe was intended to manipulate the man of God and ultimately God, for favor. In man’s kingdom, a gift can gain favor of another and manipulate man’s heart but in God’s Kingdom, God won’t be manipulated by any man.
Ananias wasn’t standing before just any man. He was standing before a man named Peter, a man now “dead to self” after his conversion following his denial to Jesus. Now this “dead to self” man, emptied of himself and filled with the Holy Ghost, the very presence of God, was boldly speaking.
Act 5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?
Act 5:4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
Act 5:5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost.
The results were what the church needs today, a true fear of God. Acts 5:5 …and great fear came on all them that heard these things. Instant judgment with no second chance. I believe these days are coming to the Body of Christ again, that obedience will bring great blessing and disobedience will bring great judgment. Barnabas represents a man who gave all of himself, Ananias only part.
I believe there is a connection to what happened to Barnabas and what has happened in my own family’s lives this past year. We sold or gave away all we owned and reduced our life belongings to fit into suitcases and a few boxes in obedience and preparation for the next move of God in our lives. Our act of obedience to exchange the value of our past for the value of our future opened the door for ministry with our entire family that would have been accessed no other way.
The Lord spoke these words recently to me, “Obedience is the key that will unlock the door to your future.” Those words spoke several things to me. The first being, there is a door that is locked, that is inaccessible. The second being, there is a future and the third and most important, the only way to access that future, involving the ultimate destiny he designed for us, is by that key of obedience.
All of us have to determine the value of the “Pearl of Great Price”. Is it worth all we own and once we have made the exchange and have put our hands to the plow, will we turn back? Just like there are initiations into man’s groups that one must go through to become a member, the initiation into God’s Kingdom, a process we all tend to resist, is death, death to self. Only after we are initiated and inducted into His Kingdom through this process, can we truly operate by the principles of His Kingdom.
If you think about it, who else could truly love their enemies, bless those that curse them, do good to those that hate them, and pray for those who despitefully use and persecute them? Who else would become the servant of all? Who else would forgive 70 times 7? Who else would lend expecting nothing again? Only a dead person could ever genuinely operate by these principles.
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Not a popular message but these were Jesus’ words not man’s. A message if any man wants to truly follow Jesus, they must forsake all that he has, bear their cross daily, meaning every day and without bearing his cross, living by this dead to self-principle, we cannot be his disciple. The flesh doesn’t like the cost of discipleship but the returns on the investment of our life will last forever.
Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Although death to self is a scary process, we need to see it as a protective measure, like a fail-safe measure to become immune to the manipulation of the flesh and ultimate judgment.
Romans 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
The flesh doesn’t want to yield ownership and relieve the position behind the wheel but what sane person would ever yield the driver’s seat to the part of us that will never have to stand before God but will simply return to the dust from which was formed.
The Lord spoke these words to me recently, “I live in dead people, the devil lives in live people”. I believe he was referring to dead as “dead to self” and live referring to “live to self”. If Ananias and Sapphira had been totally dead to self without selfish, self-centered motives, their testimony might have turned out differently.
God is looking for those who have thrown their “excuse book” into the fire and have their hands raised saying, “Use me, Lord”. He’s looking for a people desiring to get out of the stands and onto the playing field.
It’s time to quit looking for a way out and look for the way in and become involved in the greatest move of God the world has ever seen. We have come to the time that we must be willing to lay down our lives for Him and obey, even if it literally costs us our very own life.
Jesus gave His all to us. Is He not worth our all?
Each of us must determine for ourselves, what is our destiny worth?