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Financial Power-Brokers

 

James 5:1-6 says.  "Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you.  Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.  Your gold and silver are corroded.  Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire.  You have hoarded wealth 'in the last days'.  Look!  The wages you failed to pay the workman who mowed your fields are crying out against you.  The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.  You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence.  You have fattened yourselves in the days of slaughter (feasting).  You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you". 

 

James might sound like an "occupy wall street" protester, but he wasn't.  James, I, nor the Bible, are not opposed to those who have acquired wealth through God's blessing and hard work.  That being said, the accumulation of wealth shouldn't be the driving force in the lives of those who belong to Jesus. 

 

James directs his warning towards those in "the last days", which might be our days, whose god is their wealth.  They pursue a of life pleasure and the accumulation of riches.  It's called hedonism.  These self-indulgent, wealth driven, financial power-brokers, described by James, are now driving the economic and political systems of the world in these "last days".  They have no national allegiance.  Their allegiance is to themselves. Their playgrounds are international monetary systems.  And, when compared to world population, they are very few.

 

Mayer Amschel Rothschild, (17441812) was a German Jew and founder of the Rothschild international banking dynasty.  He and his descendents have become the most successful business family in history.  In 2005, Forbes Magazine ranked Rothschild as the 7th most influential businessmen in all of history.  Wikipedia ranks him as number 8.  Rothschild once said, "let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws". Whether so stated or not, this is the motto of the financial power-brokers of our international banking systems today.  This includes the American Federal Reserve, which in reality, is far from American.  

 

What I believe Rothschild was saying is that money runs the world more than politics.  Men who "issue and control" money, like the men of the U. S. Federal Reserve, don't care for, or have any interest in, the politics and policies of any particular nation, other than how these policies effect them.  Why should they be interested?  Rothschild was right.  The financial power-brokers control the flow of finances and because of that, they effectively control the nation, and now the world.  President Obama may think he's the top dog in America , but there's a few other dogs more influential than he.   

 

When those who "issue and control" money have no national allegiance, which is pretty much the case today, the nation is which they reside and make monetary policy, is simply a state of a larger community of world wide power-brokers.  These men now provide the financial foundation for "the new world order of the anti-Christ".          

 

It's sad to say, but much of the so-called church today is buying into this spirit of hedonism, this religion of wealth.  Of course, this has long been predicted in Revelation 3:14 -22. (the Laodicean church)   

 

We've entered a world wide economic crises that from my vantage point is unprecedented.  These problems have arisen in part because of our addiction to self-indulgent spending habits.  James tells us another reason for our present predicament.  It's God's judgment.

 

We're beginning to feel the "misery" James speaks about.  Our gold, silver, stocks, and all the rest, are eroding before our eyes, and as always, there are a few financial power-brokers who benefit from an economic crises.  James speaks specifically of God's judgment on these ungodly group of financiers in our day.   

 

I'm not a communist or a socialist.  I'm certainly not a modern day "occupier".  I'm a citizen of the Kingdom of God , where the Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate power-broker.  Jesus said "that a man's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses". (Luke 12:15) These long forgotten words of Jesus have been ignored by non-Christians and Christians alike.  It might be too late for the power-brokers of this world who have consistently failed to follow Jesus' monetary policies, but it's not too late for you and I.  And, when it comes to the church, we better begin to take Jesus' words more seriously than we presently do.

 

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