Message Of Economic Flood Shared With ICCC Malaysia

Over 2 Saturdays,  I shared the message of the Coming Economic Flood via zoom with the members of International Christian Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia.  For the first session, I shared about what the Rev 18:17-19 judgment is all about and how the current situation is setting up for this judgment which I believe will happen before all the other major prophecies in the end times.  For the second session, I shared about the necessary spiritual and physical preparation given the examples of our Lord’s warning about the AD.70 massacre and Agabus’ warning of a global famine in Acts 11:27-30.   

The current economic slump faced by China and the hardship caused by the inflationary climate in Southeast Asia are evident in daily life. If the churches have prepared for such crisis prior to the pandemic, the current hardship can be mitigated. But this current hardship will pale in comparison to the coming judgment which will destroy all wealth.

The ICCC president himself has embarked on such physical preparation and my message apparently reinforced the purpose of his endeavor.

Parable Of The Rich Fool

Luke 12:13-21

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain.19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

Since I believed and was baptized in 1976,  I have heard numerous sermons on this parable.  The sermons would emphasize that having wealth is not a sin but only the love of it.  It is such a relief to many believers who live in such an affluent society as mine thinking that as long as we are not greedy to gain more, we are fine.  Is the parable that warns against all kinds of greed really says so ?

Our Lord already stated that life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.  In another word,  having an abundance or being rich is already a red flag.  Is the rich man in the parable greedy ?   It was his own land that yielded an unexpected abundant harvest.  It was unexpected because his present barns could not hold all.  This situation is no different from what we will face when we have an unexpected salary increase, promotion or a good business year.   There is no greed to gain more in such a situation.  Yet God was displeased with his mind being rich towards himself and not towards God.  The rich man’s first thought was how to place the abundance and to store up enough for him to take life easy from then. He could very well used this extra abundance to bless others –  to satisfy both spiritual and physical hunger – and thus laying up treasure for himself in heaven.  Ambrose once said,”The bosoms of the poor, the houses of widows, the mouths of children are the barns which last forever.”   Actually our Lord Jesus said a lot about the danger of riches, sometimes calling riches unrighteous or deceitful.  God even called this rich man a FOOL.   Yet how many affluent believers really feel the serious danger in the warning ?

If Christ comes today,  how are we going to answer what we do with our possessions ?  

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“To say that God is good means that God always acts in accordance to what is right, true, and good. Goodness is part of God’s nature…Ultimately, God’s goodness is seen in His plan to redeem us from sin. The gospel is “good news.” In His goodness, God sent His Son to become the perfect and blameless sacrifice so we could be forgiven of our sins. God does not want “anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9), and it is “the goodness of God [that] leadeth thee to repentance” (Romans 2:4, KJV).”

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God’s goodness should lead to thankfulness on our part: “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1; 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 118:1; 136).

Should We Prepare To Mitigate Hardship From Impending End Times Judgments ?

Luke 22: 35-37

Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’[b]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

After the Lord ascended to Heaven, the apostles would require moneybag, knapsack and even sword (probably to defend against wild animals in their travel through dangerous terrain through which they would pass to share the gospel).  The believers faced a terrible famine in the first century (Acts 11:27-30) and persecution for 3 centuries under the Romans.  If the apostles were exhorted by the Lord to prepare for whatever they would need to continue their new phase of service or ministry, surely we should do the same especially when warnings are given in Scripture.  

In Acts 11:27-30, Agabus predicted a global famine and the Antioch church started preparing.  The famine lasted for 21 years.  The Antioch church was able to help the Jerusalem church as a result.  They sent Paul and Barnabas to bring the relief to them.  Paul continued to call for weekly offering to mitigate this hardship.

In the subsequent 3 centuries, the believers faced tremendous persecution and famine.  They were resilient and even built an underground economy to survive.  You can see such underground tunnels in Eastern Turkey today.  The Lord ensured that they survived yet they had to go through the tremendous suffering not for a few years but for 3 centuries.

In another instance when our Lord warned about the impending massacre by the Roman armies.  He warned the Jews not to enter the city if they were not inside and to leave the city if they were inside when they saw the advancing Roman armies. Yet many did not heed the warning and 2 million went into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.  All were slaughtered in the AD 70 massacre.  Luke 21:20-24.

We must not be complacent now that Scripture has warned of the birth pains and the impending Rev 18:17-19 judgment.  We must be prudent and prepare.  The Lord exhorted us to pray to escape the times.  We must pray for wisdom which the Lord will grant us generously.

Fellowship With Christian Marketplace Ministries In Malaysia

All thanks to the Lord for opening doors for me to meet up with leaders from CBMC Malaysia and ICCC Malaysia (International Christian Chamber of Commerce).  I went to meet up and fellowship with 2 chapters of CMBC in Kuala Lumpur also.  

I was glad to witness the innovative ministry of 2 sisters.  They open up their beauty salon for the weekly CMBC meeting and also allow destitute women to do their own beauty business in their premises on a pay-as-they-use business model.  Such wisdom is so necessary in these end times to help one another to mitigate the impending economic hardship. 

Postscript :

We are all exhorted to come out of the Babylonian system and some of us are living in this system of western capitalism states led by Babylon.  Failing which we will suffer plagues of mourning, famine and death.  The pandemic has already shown us what these states could do pushing their global agenda without considering long and hard on matters that are so important to our lives.  If these doors are opened for us to escape,  we must obey despite our reluctance and resistance to change and also help others to do likewise.  May the Lord continue to give us the wisdom to mitigate the impending Rev 18:17-19 judgment He has decreed.


When Will The Global Financial Collapse Happen ? (Update)

After my book was published in Nov 2014 and the global stock markets crashed in Sep 2015,  the global financial collapse according to Rev 18:17-19 did not happen.  I prayed to know the time of the collapse and I was prompted to read the parable of the wicked tenants then in 2016.  

I read the passage Luke 20:9-19 only,, though there were 2 more passages in Matt 21:33-41 and Mark 12:1-12 which I did not refer then.  I have read this Luke 20:9-19 passage numerous times and yet my mind could only register all these years that there were 2 attempts by 2 servants to collect the proceeds from the tenants of the vineyard before the vineyard owner sent his only son giving a total of 3 attempts, and after which the vineyard owner destroyed all these tenants.   You can see from the passage that Luke 20:12 clearly stated a THIRD servant was sent.  So the actual number of attempts is four and not three.  The other 2 passages in Matt 21 and Mark 12 state also mention 3 attempts by the first batch of 3 servants before more servants were sent.   

Luke 20:9-13

He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. 12 HE SENT STILL A THIRD, and they wounded him and threw him out. 13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’

Though the markets crashed in Sep 2022 after the earlier bigger crash in Feb / March 2020, it seemed the global economy fare nothing adverse so far. Yet surprisingly in the past year, several obstacles dissipated and enabled me to start coming out of Babylon as though things would unravel very quickly. Then out of the blue upon re-reading the Luke 20:9-19 again 4 weeks ago, I finally saw that a third servant was sent. It was indeed baffling for me for I read this passage numerous times.

Because of this baffling mistake of 3 attempts,  I thought all along the collapse would happen by Sep 2022 with Sep 2001, Sep 2008 and Sep 2015 being the 3 attempts of “recovering the proceeds” and after which came the destruction of the tenants.   If there are four attempts instead of three,  I should expect the collapse to happen by Sep 2029.   (In any case, the Lord is sovereign and He may still give more time for the faithful to prepare.  The other passages in Matt 21 and Mark 12 indicate more attempts by further batches of servants sent.)

The current economic situation has never more dire than now. The sovereign debt of the US now stands at over USD 34 trillion and the other major economics are faring no better. Due to the current interest rates, the interest payment on this USD 34 trillion will reach USD 1.6 trillion this year and that is the largest component of the US budget. The commercial real estate may not recover till 2040 because of low occupancy rate and high interest rates and may cause hundreds of US regional banks to fail meanwhile. The US budget deficit is chronic and growing fast. China is having a housing collapse. Inflation in most countries has never been that worse than now. When all wealth is destroyed in the Rev 18:17-19 judgment, Babylon is describing as burning. Can a mega earthquake, a nuclear terror attack or civil unrest cause Babylon to burn and in turn cause the global financial system to collapse ?

Postscript :  The global financial collapse is a morally neutral event just like the global famine predicted in Acts 11:27-30 or the AD 70 massacre foretold by our Lord.  The famine prediction was heeded and there was preparation to help the distressed churches, while the AD 70 massacre warning by our Lord was mostly not heeded.  There is no prohibition in the Scripture that one cannot receive warning of such calamities from the Lord.  

The Birthday Of Our Lord

Gen 1:14

And God said,”Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years…”

The Hebrew word for signs is “avah” which means to mark.  Scripture has frequent mention of the star constellations and from the above verse, they can be used to mark the seasons and years.  Thus when Scripture mentions certain events by marking the position of the constellations, stars and planets, we can know the date of the events by studying astronomy.  We must not confuse astronomy with astrology which is forbidden by God.   Astrology is the occultic belief that interprets the influence of the stars and planets on the lives of people.  Scripture mentions that Magi from the east came to look for Jesus our Lord, the King of the Jews, when they saw His star.  Matt 2:1-2.  This substantiated that certain unique astronomical signs in the heavens could reveal certain significant events.

In Gen 59:9-10, Jacob on his deathbed prophesized “Judah is a lion’s cub, from the prey, my son, you have gone up.  He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares arouse him ?  The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples…”  The Hebrew word for foot is “regal” and this is significant for it may refer to the star Regulus, the brightest star in the Leo constellation, known as the King Star since ancient times. The sign for Leo is the lion.  We know from other scripture references that Jesus our Lord is often referred to as the Lion of Judah and the King of Jews. Jupiter (the largest planet in our solar system) in Hebrew means “righteousness” and Venus, the second planet from the sun, is known for its brightness in the dawn sky.  Our Lord Jesus is called “the bright and morning star”.  Rev 22:16.  Jupiter was often referred as the King planet by ancient astronomers.  Jupiter came into conjunction with Venus in Leo at 5 am, 12 August, 3 BC.  On 14 September, 3 BC,  Jupiter came into conjunction with the Star Regulus.  Could the Magi see these particular events or other similar conjunction of Jupiter with other celestial bodies around the time of the birth of our Lord Jesus and started planning to set off to visit and worship our Lord ?

Then between the dates of the above two astronomical events, a “great wonder” event happened that fitted the description in Rev 12:1-5.

Rev 12:1-5

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 

The description of the great sign started by saying a woman was clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet. The woman referred to the Virgo constellation. And there was only one day – 11 September – that the moon was at her feet and the sun was at the upper torso. This configuration could be seen in Palestine between sunset at 6.18 pm and moonset at 7.39 pm on Wednesday 11 September, 3 BC. The Hebrew calendar month begins on the evening that the new moon appears, so the evening of 11 September was the first day of a new lunar month – the seventh month of Tishri. Tishri 1, Rosh Hashanah, is the New Year’s Day of modern Judaism.

There are other conclusive evidences in the gospels that point to the birth of our Lord in the month of September. Listen to David Pawson’s explanation on how he arrived at the conclusion that Jesus our Lord was born in September. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx50Pbf842E)

Postscript:

(I took the liberty to write a short summary of the information from the following articles and the book by Anthony Ray.

https://www.askelm.com/star/star004.htm

https://goodnessofgodministries.international/2011/12/22/when-was-jesus-christ-born-the-bible-says-september-11-3bc-the-day-of-the-feast-of-trumpets/

I was given the vision of 911 a few days before the actual attack and I was actually staying next to the World Trade Center then. And I was born on 11 September thus increasing the incredible odds of this string of events exponentially. I have been praying to know why the given Rev 18:17-19 central message has not happened yet and this recent knowledge that our Lord Jesus might be born on this same day may well be the Lord’s way of encouraging me to persist in preparing and waiting for it. Hab 2:3)

Disorderly Worship Service

1 Cor 14

“If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space. There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning. But if I don’t understand a language, I will be a foreigner to someone who speaks it, and the one who speaks it will be a foreigner to me.And the same is true for you. Since you are so eager to have the special abilities the Spirit gives, seek those that will strengthen the whole church. So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said…If unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your church meeting and hear everyone speaking in an unknown language, they will think you are crazy.

Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you…No more than two or three should speak in tongues. They must speak one at a time, and someone must interpret what they say. 28 But if no one is present who can interpret, they must be silent in your church meeting and speak in tongues to God privately…Or do you think God’s word originated with you Corinthians? Are you the only ones to whom it was given?If you claim to be a prophet or think you are spiritual, you should recognize that what I am saying is a command from the Lord himself. But if you do not recognize this, you yourself will not be recognized.[So, my dear brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and don’t forbid speaking in tongues. But be sure that everything is done properly and in order.”

The context of the whole passage of 1 Cor 14 is about orderly worship.  It clearly stated that at most 3 can speak in tongues and with interpretation, otherwise none should speak.  It does not edify anyone who may not understand, much less the unbelievers who turn up and may think everyone has gone crazy. 

It is clear from 1 Cor 14:37 that orderly worship is a command from the Lord.  Yet we see the blatant disobedience in some charismatic worship services when many just blabbered away in unintelligible tongues and laugh uncontrollably. 

Cain offered an unacceptable sacrifice as compared to Abel. Heb 11:4. That is the way of Cain who worship God to his own whim and fancy. 

Solar Lamp Project

In the past, I used to partner local pastors serving in non-grid areas and disaster hit areas in giving such lamps as a bridge to help the poor people and victims respectively, and reach them for Christ.   But unfortunately the early design of these lamps were found wanting.  The batteries used in these lamps then were custom made and not readily available.  The cost was also inhibitive then.  

After the pandemic restrictions were mostly lifted this year, the Lord led me to re-visit the use of such solar lamps.  I went to Guangzhou in October 2023 in the hope to discuss with the manufacturer on a particular design that can allow standardized batteries to be replaced easily.  

To my pleasant surprise, there was a lighting exhibition which was ending the very day I visited the city Zhongsan.  And at the very first cubicle stall,  I saw the very design I wanted.   The rechargeable batteries are manufactured by independent factories and so they are not customized but standard products.  The cost of the solar lamp has gone down by half !   

It is now affordable for the poor users in non grid area to buy such lamp and they can also replace the batteries easily when the lifespan of the batteries is up.  

Considering the odds of the various events coinciding together, I am sure it was another instance that the Lord had led me by His sovereign grace.

Hallelujah !   All thanks and glory to our Lord for His provision.  We are now able to reach many more poor people in the third world countries without the need for big funding.

Israel And The Church

On one extreme, some believe both Israel and the church have different redemptive programs. That is, the NT church does not include OT believers. On the other, some believe the church has replaced Israel. Going by the whole counsel of the Word of God, both beliefs are found wanting.

I believe the confusion is due to lack of distinction between national Israel and true Israel. In Rom 11:1-5, Paul explained the distinction and called the true Israel as the remnant. Paul emphatically stated that God did not reject His people and he was definitely referring to national Israel for he said of himself having descended from Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin.

(Rom 11:1-5. I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace.)

The vine tree was not replaced but only the non believing branches were removed and new branches grafted. Neither were there 2 trees growing together. On the day of Pentecost, the true Israel became the NT church and organic continuity continues till today.

Rom 11:11 clearly stated that national Israel has not fallen beyond recovery. (11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their FULL inclusion bring!)

Anticipating that the grafted branches (the church) will be arrogant and consider themselves superior to the broken branches (national Israel), Rom 11:17-21 warns against such arrogance.

The present hardening of national Israel is not permanent. It will be over when the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. There will be a future restoration and they will become part of the true Israel.

(Rom 11:25-27. 25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.27 And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”)

In Rom 11:25-27, Paul was clearly talking about the future salvation of national Israel after the hardening is over. And our Lord Jesus will turn godlessness away from Jacob (Israel). For He will reign over the house of Jacob forever as stated in Luke 1:32-33.https://www.monergism.com/noted-theologians-history-who-believed-future-conversion-nationalethnic-israel

Postscript :

The following link gives the comments of notable theologians in history who believed in a future conversion of national / ethnic Israel.

https://www.monergism.com/noted-theologians-history-who-believed-future-conversion-nationalethnic-israel