Elijah and the Financial Crisis - part 2

By Scott Webster
Sep 3, 2015

We are comparing two very different economies – the first is the modern global economy which was rocked by investor fears when China devalued its currency in late August causing global stock markets to plunge. Some politicians in America called for the nation to somehow detach from China, which is not only impossible but it contradicts the wishes of Americans who are buying goods made in China and would revolt at paying higher prices. Likewise, American’s retirement accounts and other investments have been driven by the growth in emerging markets. One feature of today’s economic reality is its connectedness, causing markets everywhere to respond to events in one nation. Greece’s imminent default and the impact that would have on the Eurozone (and beyond) is another good example of the interconnectedness of today’s economy.

We are comparing this massive global economy to the small agrarian nation of Israel in 875 BC. They are connected because Elijah links the two. This prophet stood before Ahab and deliberately crashed the king’s economy, plunging it into recession by declaring that it would not rain (1 Kings 17:1). The two events – Elijah’s drought and the global economic meltdown – are virtually the same thing. God is dealing with economic conditions in our day just as He did when He sent Elijah to speak to Ahab. The two events share five key parallels, the first of which is:

Parallel #1: A Crisis of Values that Manifest in the Economic Realm

The drought in Israel manifested as an economic crisis but it was based in deficient values and compromise. Elijah lived in a day of social breakdown, spiritual corruption and moral impurity. The people idolized material gain and worshipped the god of mammon, otherwise known as the god Baal. Baal was worshipped as a god who could bring increase to crops – he was thought to be able to control the rain. There are ancient drawings of Baal holding a lightning bolt in his hand, ready to create storms / rains on the earth and increase the harvests and thus improve the financial condition of the people. Baal worship was economic idolatry; people put money before God.

The drought in Israel manifest as an economic crisis but it was based in deficient values and spiritual compromise. Before God brought His people into the land, Moses reminded them that there is a link between values and economics. The land was one that God tended and looked after Himself, and it prospered by rain from heaven. God was vitally concerned about the economy of His people, and He promised to look after them by providing rain if they obeyed Him:

The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. 11 But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. 12 It is a land the LORD your God cares for; the eyes of the LORD your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. 13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today--to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul-- 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. 16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. 17 Then the LORD's anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the LORD is giving you.  Deuteronomy 11:10 (NIV)

That is pretty clear. The people were told in advance that God would shut the heavens so it would not rain if they refused to obey Him. There was a direct connection between economic life on the one hand and devotion to the Lord on the other. The idolatry God warned them against was fundamentally financial. For 40 years God provided for them financially, sending manna every day to teach them that He was their economic supply. Several important macro and micro-economic principles were embedded in the system of supply:

✔ God is the One who supplies and He does so daily; manna fell every day except for the Sabbath, when people gathered enough for two days to indicate that rest is part of the cycle of economic productivity in the Kingdom of God.

✔ Provision was tied to needs, not to wants or to greed. The people were instructed not to gather more than they needed (Ex 16:16). If one family had five children they gathered much but didn’t have too much, and if another family had two children they gathered little but they had enough. In God’s economy there is something He defines as “enough” and also something he calls “too much”.

✔ Even with Divine warnings to not gather more than they could eat and the promise the food would rot if stored overnight, some gathered more anyway. The desire to accumulate made no sense – it couldn’t be eaten because they already had enough to eat, and it couldn’t be sold because there was no market. But still some took more than they needed and hoarded it, indicating a root problem with economic systems – no matter how well designed by God – is the greed of the human heart.

✔ The gathering of manna was a process of learning a new economic system in which people learned to trust God and not their own ability. Every day for 40 years they gathered manna so that the patterns of dependence on God would be grooved into their psychology when they entered the Promised Land. Yet when they entered they promptly forgot the economic lessons of 40 years of manna and they refused to let their land rest every 7th year, and they changed their allegiance to Baal who promised economic increase. It’s the same way today – people don’t want a system of restraint and limitations, so they forsake the basic laws of God for a healthy economy and choose the god of greed and lust for more instead.

Enter Elijah

Moses warned that God “Will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce” so it shouldn’t have been a shock when Elijah turned up in Ahab’s court and declared “There will be no rain or dew except at my word.” God was assaulting the idolatry of the economic system, but the crisis in Elijah’s time and in our own is not economic in origin, it is values based. The values of greed and the lust for more manifested in the 2008 meltdown which started in the U.S. housing market when many wanted to extract monetary value from their homes. Housing prices were increasing and people bought or refinanced homes with very low interest rates. In 2005 alone American households extracted more than $750 billion against the value of their homes through re-financing based on increasing property values, 2/3rds of which was spent on personal consumption (cars, boats, vacations, etc.), home improvements and credit card debt.

Greed wasn’t limited to individual consumers – banks made tremendous amounts of money on the loans as they urged people to take out mortgages and buy more house than they could afford. In this market a bank that didn’t reduce their lending standards would lose business, so fraud became rampant. They loaned money to borrowers who were not qualified to repay it. These were called subprime mortgages or “liar loans” because no verification of the loan application was required – people lied or simply fabricated their income status. At one Washington Mutual office, 42% of loans reviewed showed signs of fraud.

The mortgage racket exploded as subprime mortgages increased 292% from 2003 to 2007. Financial institutions issued $1.35 trillion in subprime loans in 2005-06 alone1. To illustrate the sheer size of that number of unqualified loans we have to learn how to think of a trillion, which is helped by this fact: a million seconds is 12 days ago, a billion seconds is 31 years ago, a trillion seconds is 31,688 years ago. In 2008 when the housing market stopped growing and people began defaulting on their loans the global crisis was initiated and spread across the earth – more on that in the next issue.

The crisis is moral and spiritual at its core, not financial. This was expressed well by a prominent banker nearing retirement age who said “As a banker, you have no lack of opportunities to look into the human soul. This entire nation, the entire world, is ultimately running after money. The amount of influence money has on people has always fascinated me. You forget almost everything while in its shadow.” Asked if he had lost his illusions regarding humanity in general, the old banker said “Completely. I used to think that the world was shaped by love. I'm sorry, but that's nonsense. It's shaped by money. Money, avarice and greed -- these are the three main constants.”2

The banker is describing a world that exists by the same values as Ahab’s kingdom that worshipped Baal and the productivity they thought he could bring. Elijah targeted the false god of money at its place of greatest strength – Baal said he could bring rain and productivity and Elijah broke its power by pronouncing drought. Today God is targeting a global economic order that believes it has the power to create wealth through trade, manipulating interest rates and urging consumerism. In one day stocks plunge and the earth panics, and with a small recovery everyone breathes a sigh of relief. But the crisis will continue, because the events that move us to the End of Time cannot be fixed by the efforts of man

Our Required Posture

The turmoil in the markets will continue in an ebb and flow until it reaches the place of ultimate harvest described in Revelation 18 where the entire global economy crashes. God is steering the earth towards ultimate fulfillment, and the requirements for believers is clear:

"Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues…20 Rejoice over her, O heaven! Rejoice, saints and apostles and prophets!  Revelation 18:4

First, we must be separate from Babylon. Elijah’s strength in the face of rampant idolatry demonstrates that it’s possible to live in an environment of intense greed and financial idolatry yet remain pure. The solution is not to withdraw from all economic life – that is a physical impossibility. We have to go to work, pay the mortgage, put our kids through school, etc. It is not evil to earn money or to participate in the economy – Elijah ate and drank and he survived quite well in the midst of God assaulting the agrarian based economy of Israel. But he stood out and was different from the rest. He valued the voice of God more than money, and the hallmark of his life was obedience, not wealth. He was aware that God was dealing with the economic system and that empowered him to walk with God in partnership.

Secondly, we must rejoice when markets fluctuate and plunge and the only way to do that is to recognize that the economic crisis is part of the pathway towards ultimate redemption. Our rejoicing is not a carnal joy or a disregard for human suffering, but a recognition that beyond the crises God is moving to bring things to fulfillment. The fall of Babylon occurs with the full participation of a powerful Church which is in complete alignment with the laws and commands of heaven. When heaven rejoices they also rejoice; the saints, apostles and prophets view Babylon’s judgment as a time of victory and gladness. The crisis is redemptive!

End Notes

  1. The global economy did not arrive at the place of instability overnight. For a prophetic perspective on how the global economy evolved to its present condition, see the Case Study of the global economic meltdown in the book A Developed Prophetic Perspective.
  2. Next issue will cover the second parallel between Elijah and the economic meltdown: The Drying up of the Money Supply.

Liar Loans: Mortgage Woes Beyond Subprime (CNN Money), retrieved January 27, 2008
Money Needs Laws (Spiegel Online), interview with former Deutsche Bank CEO Hilmar Kopper, retrieved December 30, 2011

Comments

Yusuf Allam | Nigeria | September 5, 2015

These great words you are releasing to us now, remind me that our Lord Jesus already warned us when He said,  “These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble”. (John 16:1 NKJ). Then I add to that, “...when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth…and He will tell you things to come” (John 16:13 NKJ).
From these I can see that the Lord is speaking and He has positioned His son Scott to hear for us. May we be empowered by the Lord, to stand firm without stumbling, as economic crisis after economic crisis hit the world. It is not time to fear. It is time to seek sight and wisdom to stand firm in the power of the Lord even as the economic crisis get worse.

Barnabas Obeng | Ghana | September 5, 2015

I must say without any iota of contradiction that these works from Scott and his team are offering invaluable insights to our corporate advance as a global people. These articles are massive,  broad - based and they clearly offer for our appreciation the divine equation to the present global economic inequalities and their concomitant social implications for our times! We are definitely better off with these kinds of prophetic analysis!

Raymond Mabion | United States | September 5, 2015

The article opened my eyes to the trust in God that is needed for all people. We do not trust in systems, but in the obedience to the word of God.
Thanks.
R Mabion

Johane Gaonne | Botswana | September 5, 2015

Indeed God is in the darkness. God prepared us before time through the prophetic image of vortex in order for us not to faint but to be able to hear clearly the voice of God in the midst of confusion. Personal I thank God the world of Congress WBN and to be part of this global movement of God. I SHOUT GLORY!

Everett Whiteside | United States | September 5, 2015

Thank you for truth. This confirmation has encouraged me to continue with a group of families that we assembled to experiment with a reality. Collectively we pooled resources and paid off $57,000.00 worth of credit card debt saving thousands of dollars of interest. We have created a micro leading system (without interest) to assist them if they should need it. May you continue to hear and cry aloud!

Shalom

Kimberly Baird | United States | September 5, 2015

Such an enlightening article.  The statement about how no matter how well designed an economic system may be by God, the root issue comes down to the wicket heart of man…really impacted me.  I am reminded of the fact that God has given us freewill and that he allows fractured life only to turn around and redeem.  If we truly press in to understanding the implications of our freewill, then the terrifying reality is that there is only one choice to make and that is to choose to give up our will because if we were GIVEN freewill in the first place, then it’s not even ours to do with what we want anyway.  Selah!

Vincent Kaitano | Malawi | September 6, 2015

What I sense is that since there is a people in the Earth that are declaring the finish and completion of God’s purposes, the current global stock market crash should be viewed from the same angle as Elijah declaring to the economic system of his day and bringing chaos and unprecented crisis. There is a people of the Elijah dimension and Anointing that have purposed to declare and wage war in the spiritual realm against the prevailing current global system of greed and corruption - a lawless and depraved one - and hence what we are witnessingnin the natural. Babylon is surely falling!

Chad | USA | September 6, 2015

Every believer needs to read this! Sight from God’s perspective brings wisdom, peace, rest and trust. I love these words about Elijah:  But he stood out and was different from the rest. He valued the voice of God more than money, and the hallmark of his life was obedience, not wealth.

Thankful for this voice in our lives and in the earth.

John Udonsak | | September 7, 2015

1. “Money, avarice and greed - these are the three main constants”. Terrible three that is driving humanity beyond insanity always.

2. “But the crisis will continue, because the events that move us to the End of Time cannot be fixed by the efforts of man”. This limits the options or better still eliminates any other possible remedy to the crisis. Failing to know this in itself is a crisis. Clearly, the Sovereign Lord must be our operating environment going forward.

Sydia Griffiths | Jamaica | September 7, 2015

Excellent ! My eyes has opened more and more I’m learning to just in an unprecedented God who Continues to do unprecedented things and not my circumstances which sometimes tries to dictates to me.
He is the God of the vortex

Swedaka | Trinidad and Tobago | September 10, 2015

I am so thankful that resources such as these are being delivered to us in this epoch. It displays the love of God in my view outlined in Amos 3:7. Having been exposed to this level of revelation, it invites me to draw closer to God and walk fearlessly in this time of darkness, guided by the light of His Word shining brightly and creating a pathway forward.

I eagerly await the pending releases, as I am now being instructed and made lucid to the dimensions i.e spiritual and natural which I live in. Thank you for submitting your life Scott and sharing God’s mind.

Betty Ofanoa | New Zealand | September 10, 2015

Wow after reading this article it has opened up my eyes & heart to really engage in what God is doing in the earth today.  I am encouraged even more to not be comfortable or be conformed to the things of this world but to continue to journey with God to the finish.  As I sat here reading this article, I asked myself the question, how did Elijah do it? What did he do to keep himself pure? Continued reading the article to find the answer.. he was ‘Obedient’ to God’ & walked in ‘Partnership’ with him.  I engrave those words in my heart, mind & journey with God.  Thank you Scott for this awesome teaching.  Absolute mind & life changing.

Bidemi Alfred | Nigeria | September 14, 2015

This to me is a very incisive article. I see that every time the word of the lord comes, it targets our hearts and brings us to a place of deep soul searching. As such, this article brings me to a place of taking a closer look at my heart to ensure that the same values of greed and self are not found in my life.

Of a truth, the lord is shaking the earth once again and everything that shakes will be shaken away. If therefore, he is shaking things, I must ensure that all that is shaking in my life are properly built less I find myself in the same crisis the earth is going through.

Another fundamental this article brings to the fore is the need to depend on the lord for sustenance on a daily basis. It is the voice of the lord that brings true wisdom to get wealth. I truly want to live in an economy where my land drinks continually from the rain of heaven. And the only way of doing this is to have an internal posture of continuous obedience to the word of the lord.

Just as Moses, the prophet of God admonished, I need to be careful to ensure that I obey the voice and word of the lord daily. Even in the midst of the crisis, we could see that Elijah was sustained through the voice of the lord. Indeed in this days of increasing crisis, “Man must not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the lord”.

Laisa Levula | Fiji | September 14, 2015

A powerful revelation giving God`s perspective on the economic chaos and crisis hitting the nation.  Very relevant and timely teaching.  Thank you for bringing clarity and spiritual understanding on this issue.

Michael LoBianco | Japan | September 15, 2015

“Today God is targeting a global economic order that believes it has the power to create wealth through trade, manipulating interest rates and urging consumerism…”

I had always thought that it was God who gave us the ability to: “Gain wealth through the hard work of “your” hands while trusting God to add to “your” efforts.”  This was taught to me as a child in various ways though family, even the church, including also the national propaganda media and other marketing ploys vomited out from the system.  At the surface, what was taught “seemed” correct, but as I learned later is indeed ungodly false.  If I were to rewrite what I was taught, especially after reading this article, I would say rather: “Trust in God and not in your own ability.  Obey God and take only what is needed; Give looking not to gain, and you will find favor with God and Man.”  This is the proper manner of commerce. Very informative article and is a jewel for more study and thought.

Carol Kingsmore | USA | September 15, 2015

Excellent Scott Webster….Excellent…!!!!!☺☺

Sonia Ramlal | Trinidad and Tobago | September 15, 2015

Excellent Article. I see that the Body of Christ must not be directed by the systems of the earth. Obedience to the principles of heaven is paramount as we continue to partner with God and press to the FINISH.  Therefore, we must agree with heaven, our motives and actions must be aligned to God’s WILL.

NEWTON | Qatar | July 6, 2016

It’s very insightful

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