In Your Bible Read This Out Loud: Ecclesiastes 2:26
Memorise This Verse: Isaiah 60:11 ‘ Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring you the wealth of the nations.’
Afterwards Talk About This: Why don’t we see the level of giving that took place during the building of the temple in Exodus 36 where the people of God were told to stop giving.
Something To Do Before Next Time: Pray against the hoarding of wealth by the wicked world that it will be released to the body of Christ.
Written Diploma Work: Write one side on the biblical basis for the end time transfer of wealth.
Meditate Word By Word On This Verse: Isaiah 66:12
The bible sets forth a divine plan of God that as we draw near to the second return of Jesus, his Kingdom will grow through out the world and his kingdom will draw in the wealth of the ungodly and will use it to bless and bring the Kingdom to the poor and lost and the last and the least. This plan must surely stir every member of the body of Christ to step out and play their part in this plan and plunder the ungodly of their wealth and pass it on to the extension of the Kingdom.
The first reason for this end time transfer of wealth is that before the second return of Jesus, the Kingdom of God will grow into every last ethnic grouping in the world and will surely grow into multiplied billions of people. For example, Jesus himself declares that before his return to the earth, the gospel will spread in an unstoppable manner- even to the uttermost parts of the earth Matthew 24:14
‘And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come’.
We are living in days where this scripture is being realised the world over Marxism and Communism have been rumbled by the gospel, Islam is next Christianity is growing at a rate of over 100,000 per day and it will continue to grow until it reaches everywhere in the world.
The second reason for this end time transfer of wealth is that the body of Christ will attain to its inheritance and will refuse to entertain poverty any longer and will enjoy the prosperity that rightfully belongs to it. For example, Ephesians 5:25 says,
‘Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her Holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.’
Is not poverty a stain, wrinkle and blemish that will be removed from the body of Christ before he returns to be united with his bride – will there not be a prosperous, victorious and successful church waiting to greet her Lord when he comes in glory?
So as we put both Matthew 24:14 and Ephesians 5:25 together we can say that as we draw towards the end times and the second return of Christ there will be a prosperous church and prosperous Christians advancing world wide to every ethnic grouping – the Kingdom of God will get ever bigger and ever richer. The money that will come into the Kingdom of God will be at the expense of the ungodly and the wicked as they either get saved themselves, or they loose their money and influence to the people of God the scriptures below pick up on this theme as well.
Proverbs 13:22 ‘A sinners wealth is stored up for the righteous.’
Proverbs 28:8 ‘He who increases his wealth by exorbitant interest amasses it for another, who will be kind to the poor.
Ecclesiastes 2:26 ‘To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.’
It has been argued previously that the bible reveals that God is the ultimate owner of everything in the universe – including all the people and the money that is in it. Through the end time transfer of wealth, money shall return to it’s rightful owner and whilst it isn’t going to God directly, it is instead going to his children who are to handle it on his behalf. The prophet Isaiah very much looked forward to these days and in no less than 4 scriptures he speaks of the end time church gathering the wealth of the nations.
Isaiah 60:5 ‘The wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.’
Isaiah 60:11 ‘Your gates will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring the wealth of the nations.’
Isaiah 61:6 ‘You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.’
Isaiah 66:12 ‘I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream.’
In Exodus 36: 1-7, God sought a partial establishment of his Kingdom on the earth through the building of a Tabernacle which saw so many people give that they were told to stop as too much money had been given. Now that we are living under a new (and better) covenant, and as we can see the full establishment of the Kingdom of God in the earth, surely the days are coming when too much will be given for the work of God and the people will be told to stop giving.
Surely the days are coming when it will not be a question of raising finances for the work of God, but whether the people of God have the character and integrity to handle the mountain of money that will come flooding in. 2 Corinthians 8:3 describes the Macedonian Christians who, ‘Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints’, will this type of giving not be the norm as opposed to the exception in the body of Christ in the days to come?
A House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations
Pray for Liberia
3,154,661 people, 48% Traditional/ethnic religion
War, poverty and a lukewarm church have left many children lost and hurt.
This study contains the personal beliefs and practices of of the author who recommends them to the reader. The author takes no credit for their success where applied and likewise takes no responsibility for any failure or disappointment.
The House of Prayer for the Poorer Nations at the end of each section is based on Operation World 21st Century Edition © Patrick Johnstone, Jason Mandryk. Published by Paternoster. All scriptures are NIV © Hodder & Stoughton.