In my lifetime we have in the United States enjoyed the highest living standard of any nation in all the history of mankind. No country or people have ever lived so well. No one goes hungry or starves to death. Bible prophecy tells us why we have enjoyed this unmatched wealth and prosperity. It is because of God's promise to Abraham being fulfilled after 2520 years.
Today, things are changing, and things are changing rapidly. We should have learned from the mistakes of our sister nation. In the same way Britain has lost her empire, and is no longer a major world power, the United States is following right in her tracks. There are reasons we are no longer respected.
Few people remember the Dust Bowl days that greatly impacted the USA during the 1930s. The severe drought came in waves from 1934 up to 1939. At the same time, all the Western industrialized world was undergoing the little understood economic downturn known as the Great Depression (1929-39). When most banks failed during the 1930s, many people lost their life’s savings, and that sent the country into an economic collapse.
Our children today are being taught that those things will not happen again because we’ve become too smart. They are told that we know how to manage agriculture, and we know how to control the money supply and the economic climate. Brethren, do not believe it. Tragically, the lessons learned are largely forgotten. “Tragically,” because it is about to happen again – except this time it will be much worse!
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:7)
Oh, for sure there will be momentary and temporary reprieves – but they are not to be counted on. There is realization in financial and government think tanks that the West has pasted the point of no return and entered the beginning of a non-recoverable crisis. It is not only that many personal loans and mortgages are underwater and will soon be in default; it is the fact that nations are overextended beyond recovery. Trillions upon trillions of dollars of mounting debt are insurmountable.
Unemployment will skyrocket. Retirement plans of giant corporations and states will lose their liquidity and have to be bailed out – but you can only bail out so many without a total collapse of the entire economy. Most families will be left financially destitute. What is the answer? Where is safety? Where can security be found? What is our refuge?
Gold is the answer! Only gold is good for safekeeping. I’m not talking about the precious metal that is supposed to be stored in Fort Knox – but has long since been depleted. That medium of exchange will soon be worthless.
“They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling block of their iniquity.” (Ezekiel 7:19)
Conditions on the earth will be so bad that there will be no place to hide or trade gold for survival. There will be no physical solution at all. There is however a spiritual answer and a spiritual solution. There is another kind of gold that the Bible speaks of – that is what we should hoard. God said:
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou may be rich; and white raiment, that thou may be clothed.” (Revelation 3:18)
That gold is the character of God—the true gold. That gold is Godliness. That gold is the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:8) which is the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That is the gold we are supposed to stockpile.
“[God the Father] has made [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus tells us to seek the righteousness of God for our future security.
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)