One of the most popular preaching themes for any preacher is variations on success or prosperity.  Books, sermons, conferences, seminars by the multitude are offered on various topics around this theme. I would estimate that at least around the last 35 years since from about 1978 this has been the dominant preaching topic vying with "end times" themes such as "the Rapture", Armageddon etc.

These two popular themes have of course clashed in the minds of many evangelicals as contradictory: How do we prosper in a world that the Antichrist is busy taking over?  But that ignores the really big elephant in the room which is this:  After about 35 years of prosperity and success preaching the results can no longer be ignored...Christians everywhere are in dire financial straits regardless of tithing, seed faith, "rhyma-faith declarations" or whatever the latest book and seminar proposed was the quick and easy way to success and prosperity.

So let me give you a sobering statistic: Regardless of how much you are rebuking the devil, or tithing, or seed-faithing this is the wealth reality of the world after 35 years of prosperity preaching:

The top 8% of the world control about 80% of the wealth of the world according to statistics from Swiss Banking giant Credit Suisse.  And this wealth disparity is only increasing as the top 1% increase their wealth far faster than any other group and the middle class is being decimated. 

The reality for most Christians now are that if they have a job it is usually a dead-end living from pay check to pay check and if the pay check stops there are few reserves to fall back on and destitution is three to four months away. The reality is that for most Christians they are about where the Israelites were in Egypt...wage slaves working to live and building someone else's Pyramid corporate empire. Very few of the 700 million evangelical Christians in the world are in that top half percent!

That is the reality of how the world economic system is structured. Wealth is being extracted through the global debt based monetary system to the apex of banking-corporate-government power structures controlled by the 1%.

In the midst of this economic disaster the Lord has a message for the world power elite and He has a message for His Church....

To the world power elite:  The same message He gave to Pharaoh through Moses, "And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go that they may serve me." (Exodus 8:1).  The people of God have been held in economic bondage for too long.  The Lord has a purpose for His people beyond being wage slaves to the world elite. 

There is a prophetic word going out to the world power elite...let my people go that they may serve me! And if they will not listen then the same judgment that came upon Egypt is now coming on the world systems...they are being plagued by the Lord so that they fall and release God's people to establish His Kingdom.

Christians look at the shaking going on in the world and they declare "It's the end times!", but they are wrong. It is the end of the world system that is holding them in bondage. The world power structures are not capable of holding the glory of God that is going to be revealed in the world. They are old wine skins. The Lord is preparing a victorious Church, the new wine skins, capable of revealing His glory to the world.

And here is the message to the Church...

The world belongs to God! "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein." (Psalm 24:1)  That means it does not belong to the devil or the Antichrist!

The Lord gives the world to whomsoever He pleases! "I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me." (Jer. 27:5) 
That means Satan does not decide who rules the earth regardless of what your conspiracy theories are about the Illuminati etc.

The Lord has decided to give the nations of the world to His Church who will present them to Jesus Christ as His rightful inheritance! "Fear not little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32)

How is this going to happen?  Liberation of planet earth and the nations of the world will proceed in the same way that Israel was delivered to possess the promised land:

- First the judgements came on Egypt which destroyed the power of Pharaoh and liberated the people.
- Secondly they went to Sinai where they received teaching and training in the laws of God and received revelation of God.
- Thirdly they went through the wilderness where they lacked and were sorely tested in their faith and disciplined by God.
- Fourthly when they were ready the Lord led them by a mighty hand to possess the land of Canaan.

Here is what I see happening in the years ahead as the Lord's plans for the liberation of the people of planet earth unfold....

Firstly there is judgement on the world systems and power structures...

The rich do not inherit the Kingdom of God....the meek inherit the earth. That means there is coming a decimation of the world wealthy elite coming as financial, corporate and banking systems come under judgment. This will be accompanied by international debt jubilees and a reapportionment of wealth as prophesied by Proverbs 28:8, "He that by usury and unjust gain increases his substance, he shall gather it for him that pitieth the poor"

Secondly, there is coming new revelation of the purposes of God in the earth and a new understanding in the Church of the Word of God to be applied to establishing His Kingdom...

The Church is mostly caught up in a defeatist dead end theology of the devil taking over the world and the Church escaping through the Rapture.  Instead what is now spreading worldwide is the Gospel of the Kingdom....the dominion of Jesus Christ is now, the victory of the Church over all the works of Satan is for now, the glory of the Lord filling the earth is for now...not some future Millennium!

With this new understanding of the purposes of the Lord for His Church is coming new understanding of His Word to apply it to the issues of the day...for instance, Biblical application to establish a new economy, monetary system and social systems to bring economic prosperity to all and social justice to the people. To create new communities that will reflect Godly values. To educate our children according to Biblical principles. To live in safety and security among Godly neighbours.

Thirdly, just as the Israelites had to go through a time of desert testing so the world and the Church is going to enter a time of international travail as the world systems collapse and a new world order emerges.  This will be a time when the Lord will raise up a new generation of Kingdom warriors like Joshua and Caleb who will boldly proclaim "We are well able to possess the land!" while the old generation and old theology withers away waiting to be rescued.

Fourthly, when the new generation of leaders and warriors are ready to possess the Kingdom for the Lord then will come a new anointing of power to do the greater works the Lord promised, to bind the demonic forces and bring liberation and salvation to the people of the earth.

There are difficult days ahead. There are no quick routes to success and prosperity. It will take new vision and new communities to apply the Word of God to all areas of life and bring in the Kingdom.  To endure the days ahead make sure you are strongly committed to a good fellowship of believers....we are going to need each other in the years ahead.

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