"Having food and raiment, let us therewith be content." Unfortunately, that's not what today's Christians want to hear! But, nonetheless, whether we want to hear it or not, it's the truth.
There is, therefore, a very somber and earnest reason that we as Christians come to grips now, while there is still time, with our love of money - BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THE "END OF DAYS" IS ALL ABOUT. IT IS ABOUT MONEY! You're surprised? You thought it was about "false signs and wonders," "false doctrine," etc. Well, it is that, but it is also about money! The Bible says:
Those Christians who fail to recognize the intersection between money and the "end of days" are precisely those that Jesus warned:
And why is that? – because when this "OTHER" comes he will offer Christians a way out of their financial distress – partner with this "OTHER" and you will once again be offered access to the "good life."
In a very alarming sign for the U.S. economy, foreclosures have continued to dramatically increase in 2010. But there has been a shift. Back in 2007 and 2008, experts tell us that most foreclosures were due to toxic mortgages. People were being suckered into mortgages that they couldn't afford with "teaser rates" or with payments that would dramatically escalate after a few years, and when those mortgages reset, the people who had agreed to them no longer could make the payments.
But now RealtyTrac says that unemployment has become the major reason for foreclosures. Millions of Americans have become chronically unemployed during the economic downturn and many of them are losing their homes as a result.
According to a new report from RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings climbed in 75% of the nation's metro areas during the first half of 2010. At a time when the government says we are "turning the corner", things just seem to get worse.
Some areas of the country continue to be complete and total disaster areas when it comes to real estate. For example, you have got to feel really sorry for anyone trying to sell a house down in Florida right now. According to RealtyTrac, Florida led the way with nine of the top 20 metro foreclosure rates in the country during the first half of 2010.
But the worst city for foreclosures continues to be Las Vegas. [Please see our article on Las Vegas, "A Real-Life Picture of the Economic Collapse That Will Eventually Affect Everyone in the United States."]
According to RealtyTrac spokesman Rick Sharga, unemployment has replaced bad loans as the number one cause of foreclosures there....
But other cities with high unemployment rates are having huge problems as well.
For those who believe that the economy is supposed to be "improving", it must seem really odd that foreclosure rates in major cities such as Chicago continue to soar.
RealtyTrac says that foreclosure filings in Chicago have increased 23 percent year-over-year to one out of every 48 households.
But it isn't just cities like Las Vegas and Chicago that are nightmares right now.
The truth is that this is a national crisis.
The Mortgage Bankers Association recently announced that more than 10% of all U.S. homeowners with a mortgage had missed at least one mortgage payment during the January to March time period. That was a new all-time record and represented an increase from 9.1 percent a year ago.
Unfortunately, new all-time records are being set all over the place....
So is there any hope that things are going to get better soon?
Well, according to RealtyTrac’s CEO James Saccacio, that depends on the U.S. economy....
Without good jobs, the American people are not going to be able to pay their mortgages.
So are the millions upon millions of jobs that have been lost coming back soon?
No, unfortunately they are not.
As we discussed at length in a previous article, the big global corporations that dominate our economy are figuring out that they don't really need the rest of us anymore. The American worker is becoming obsolete. After all, why pay an American ten times as much to do the same job? Big corporations can hire two people in China or India to do the same job and still pocket 80% of the difference.
In addition, big corporations don't really need the headache of making employer contributions to Social Security, setting up benefit packages and pension plans or of trying to comply with the thousands upon thousands of ridiculous regulations that the U.S. government continues to spew out.
At this point, the American worker has become extremely unattractive for large corporations, and so jobs will continue to migrate to other areas of the world. [Please see our article, "Jobs Flying Faster from U.S."]
We allowed our politicians to merge us into a "global economy", so now we are all going to have to deal with being part of a "global workforce".
As jobs continue to be offshored and outsourced, more Americans are going to become unemployed and the foreclosure crisis is going to continue to be a nightmare. [Please see our article, "The Elites Want High Unemployment."]
It would be nice to put a positive spin on all of this, but there isn't one.
A NOTE FROM S.R. SHEARER:
The Bible speaks of the "deceitfulness of riches" (Matt. 13:22, Mark 4:19) - i.e., that riches are a sham and a fraud - one of those things that makes one's Christian life UNPRODUCTIVE. [Please see out article, "The Deceitfulness of Riches and the Marxist Paradigm."]
Yet knowing what the Bible says concerning this matter, most of us continue to believe that we are masters of it, WHILE WE ARE REALLY ITS SLAVES! - and all this despite the fact that money and riches are such fleeting and cursory things. Death comes to all men - the rich as well as the poor - and much sooner than most expect. Jesus says:
Christ called the man here a FOOL - and He calls everyone who pursues wealth and trusts in riches "fools" - and this despite the fact that He forbids our use of the word - i.e., "whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire" (Matt. 5:22). Obviously, there is something here of great importance that He is trying to get across to us. The Bible says,
"Having food and raiment, let us therewith be content." Unfortunately, that's not what today's Christians want to hear! But, nonetheless, whether you want to hear it or not, it's the truth.
THE "END OF DAYS" IS ABOUT MONEY
There is, therefore, a very somber and earnest reason that we come to grips now, while there is still time, with our love of money - BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT THE "END OF DAYS" IS ALL ABOUT. IT IS ABOUT MONEY! You're surprised? You thought it was about "false signs and wonders," "false doctrine," etc. Well, it is that, but it is also about money! The Bible says:
"Buying" and "selling?" - what's that all about? - it's about MONEY! Yes - again - the "Great Deception" of the "end of days" will involve false "signs and wonders," "false doctrine," the "New Age," false forms of ecumenicism, etc. But more than most Christians want to admit, it is also about money - that's what the "Mark of the Beast" is all about! - MONEY!
I remind you again of the words of the Prophet Habakkuk: