I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; Deuteronomy 30:19
That’s the headline on the Drudge Report that led to the article at this link. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-14/dollar-on-top-as-fed-pulls-the-trigger-asia-index-futures-mixed
The essence is that the US and world financial markets have come out of hiding ever since a business man’s business man, Trump, was elected president of these United States. Whether you think he’s the most savvy guy on the planet or P.T. Barnum’s heir apparent, perception is reality, and this is what’s happening. All indicators are up and the US is leading the charge.
America is great again!!
If money and business are your benchmark, we are indeed. But what has really changed? One thing and one thing only; Trump won the electoral votes to become president. He did it constitutionally, and there’s the end of it.
If your benchmark for greatness is something else, we’re no better off than we were in October. The courts have ruled that Christmas is an officially secular holiday. Babies are still being aborted. Euthanasia – a.k.a. killing unwanted, infirm, or just plain really sick people legally – is on the rise.
And the rule of law continues to break down. Here’s a link to another article: http://nypost.com/2016/12/14/electors-are-being-harassed-threatened-in-bid-to-stop-trump/
People are sending death threats and harassing the electors of the electoral college unless they throw their vote – illegally, mind you – to Clinton. Even though Trump won the right to those electoral votes fair and square. One individual wrote to tell an elector that, if he casts his ballot for Trump, he should put a bullet in his mouth.
I can’t help feeling the new bloom of hope with good news in world markets. I must, upon reflection, wonder if this isn’t a calm before the storm. I know it takes more than money to make a nation great. It takes God.
Money may appear to be buying us a reprieve, but don’t believe it will last without a big change in the spiritual markets too.
Revelation describes the Fall of Babylon in the end times. Read the following selected verse from chapter 18 and see if New York City, the world’s financial center, doesn’t bear a close resemblance.
After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily[a] with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached[b] to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities….
9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’
11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have gone from you,[e] and you shall find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’
NYC is indeed a great city. The wealth of the earth passes through her. If she were indeed laid waste, wouldn’t the businessmen and sailors behave just as written hear?
I’m not saying New York City IS what Revelation is definitely describing, but it bears watching, no? And in light of our country’s monetary riches and moral losses, do we not resemble the mold, if not fit it?
What makes any country great? Money is not the answer. God is. We might breathe a brief sigh of relief that business is up and that we might be able to make a decent living once again, but I am certain that this is the calm before the storm. If our financial institutions who caused all of our pain and suffering have not had a change of heart, if they have not decided to follow God instead of the money, how long do you think it will be before we fall again? And harder?