Why are We Facing Economic, Natural, & Geo-Political Crises?

by Wes Bridel on March 5, 2010

in Random Musings

"Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." Haiti is just one of many of the promised shakings.

"Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." Haiti is just one of many of the promised shakings.

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(This post is slightly different, but very similar to the most recent newsletter which we felt a broader audience should see.)

My wife, Kara, asked me Sunday, “Why is God’s judgment coming against Christian countries? What about non-Christian countries, aren’t they much further from God?”

We had just been discussing the huge earthquake in Chile and the fact that we will see much more of this in the coming days.  The answer is…

For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17)

God is bringing Order to His house.  He has been all Grace and Mercy for a very long time, but a new season is here and He is fulfilling His purpose in Man which He has promised to do from the beginning.  He wants a people who bear His Glory & Likeness and the Church has fallen far short of this.

As we’ve said in our last two symposiums, these things must & will happen. I said in The Coming Storm that this would not just be financial, but that we would see many signs.  God is shaking the heavens and the earth.  In the Gospel of the Kingdom Symposium we talked about Haiti and said there would be more to come.  These things are happening as we’ve said they would before hand. I pray the Lord has your full attention!

This is what I read in the newspaper yesterday…
“Storm in Europe kills at least 51 mostly in France” (along with Spain, Germany, Portugal, & Belgium)
After an 8.8 quake which was the biggest in centuries and more than 700 people died, masses of people were looting and pillaging… “The people are desperate and say the only way is to come get stuff for themselves.  We have money to buy it, but the big stores are closed, so what are we supposed to do?” said Particio Martinez

Are you ready for this here?

“See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.“  The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:25-29)

It’s not fun to talk about these economic realities.  Just as Jesus was sad to know that Jerusalem would be destroyed (Luke 19:41-44), we are all sad at the pain that must be endured.  But the news is actually quite exciting!  We get to live in the most amazing of times!

The key is how you take it.  If you are surprised and receive these things as the world will receive them, you will be terrified, confused, and miserable.  If you have understanding of what the Lord is doing and receive what He is pouring out, you will be blessed beyond measure!  The suffering will not bother you because the blessing is so much more.  Part of me hates that I have to share this message with you because 1) it’s bad for business & 2) the vast majority does not want to hear what sounds like bad news (which is the reason for #1) and so I have to give a message that not many want to hear.

But on the other hand, I get to share the new wine!  Whether it’s perceived or not, I get to share the news of great blessing.  For those who do not really hold Christ above all, they will be separated from Him.  For those who do, they will be filled up by Him.  He is bringing His House in order and a new Kingdom Age is upon us.

I used to have a theology that God never does anything to “hurt us”; only the evil one does this.  But the Lord has stripped me of this folly.  It is not Biblical.  The truth is that He does not care nearly as much about our flesh as He does about our eternal spirit and HIS WILL being done in Man.

This is not without purpose. If you have not seen this video showing what God is doing in Haiti, I strongly recommend you watch it here right now.

There are a couple ways in which we can help you prepare for this Coming Storm.  First, if you have not watched it, you can watch The Coming Storm. This link will opt you in to the newsletter (which of course, you can remove yourself from at anytime.)
Soon, we will make the Gospel of the Kingdom video available to you FREE as a newsletter subscriber (if you have signed up), but that probably won’t be till next week. There was an awesome conversation that probably lasted an hour afterwards which won’t be included, but the message by itself should speak to you about this season we have entered.

Finally, we have a symposium on Tuesday, March 16th at 7:30pm called “How to be a Steady Investor in Turbulent Times.” You can sign up for that here.

We’ll be discussing strategies to invest successfully in these crazy days.  Most people will find themselves penniless and we would like to offer you the ability to prosper that you might be a blessing to others.  We cannot show you how to escape the pain that will be felt by all (that’s what the spiritual symposiums are for!), but there are strategies that should profit greatly in the times we are entering while most will become destitute.

Each Symposium is designed to be a standalone so that every person there will enjoy it and leave educated and empowered.  However, I think those who have watched The Coming Storm will get the most out of it if so I would recommend that to you if you haven’t.

We hope to see you at the next event.  We also plan to do a Symposium on the Image & Likeness of God on Tuesday, April 13th at 7:30pm, so mark your calendars now.  (We don’t plan to always do Tuesdays, but it’s just worked out that way for this three month stretch.)

Photo credit: United Nations Development Programme

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