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Capitalism

The 2009 documentary film, Capitalism - A Love Story, directed by Michael Moore is centered upon the financial crisis of 2007–2009 and the recovery stimulus, at the same time he puts forward an indictment of the current economic order in the United States and capitalism in general.

While words will wake up a few to the realization of the maze into which capitalism and other systems of government are plunging them, these words will not wake up the masses! No, it will take conditions to do what words have not the power to do. And these conditions are coming upon us like a cyclone. But when conditions begin to press harder and harder, when the clock strikes the ominous sound, hastened by some insignificant matter, perhaps, then the words that the masses have read will come to them with great force.

There can be no doubt about it that recent revelations concerning how rich men have acquired their wealth, has opened the eyes of the general public. Though long known among the rich, it has been hidden from "the man in the street" by financial terms which he did not comprehend. With his increase of knowledge he has received a "shock." His reverence for the rich and the great is shattered. This is but the forerunner of the complete loss of confidence in everybody and every thing, pointed out in the Scriptures as the very foundation of the coming anarchy.

The immediate effect upon many is to lead them to think in this way, “Oh I see now how it is all done!” I used to wonder how a man could accumulate even one million dollars honestly, but supposed the honorable millionaires were the epitome of honor and justice, after the style of their requirements of the bank clerks and cashiers, etc. Now I see differently. Well, I hope my chance will soon come, that I by these 'usual' methods may become a multi-millionaire."

"Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven, and this word, Yet once, signifies the removing of those things that may be shaken... that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (Heb 12:26,27)

This text is applicable to our day. The removal of all things shakable is now in progress. Only those things which are harmonious with Divine standards, which cannot be shaken, will remain. The shaking of the heavens refers to the destruction of the present religious control—Churchianity—and the shaking of the earth refers to the destruction of present social, financial and political affairs.

Now we can see the fulfillment of the Scriptural declaration: "He taketh the wise in their own craftiness." (Job 5:13) The great banks have their vaults well filled with these bonds and stocks, on which they had hoped to make large profits; but which, on the contrary, they are now unable to sell at any price. These toxic stocks and bonds reckoned in as part of the banks’ assets show them to be wealthy, with immense surpluses; but now it is showing an immense shrinkage in the resources of these banks. They become suddenly poor, without actually losing a cent, by reason of the market value of their securities falling.

This fact is realized by all banks. They realize that as the Day of Reckoning has come, their holdings—their securities—are being considered at their actual value. And this means that instead of large resources and surpluses, some of the richest banks become insolvent and are called upon by the government either to close their doors or to make good their shortage. And right there is their difficulty; for the rich men of the world have their capital invested similarly, and the reaction will be bound to unfavorably affect all the great commercial enterprises of the world. As all went well, amazingly well for the bankers and the wealthy, so when the Day of Reckoning shall have fully dawned, things will go especially hard with these same people. And, although the stoppage and the reconstruction will involve the whole world, in many respects the rich will feel the pressure most.

This liquidating process has already begun and severe will be the cost in the destruction of the prevailing institutions, but the results will be well worth it! So vivid are the descriptions of this day of wrath that "Second Adventists" have built upon them the theory that the earth will be burned to a cinder and require a thousand years to cool off. And at the end of this cooling off period, Christ and the Church will return to earth and make Paradise out of the ashes. The Adventists aren’t alone guilty of this misinterpretation; nearly all the creeds of Christendom mention this great day or epoch with which the Gospel Age is to end, and describe it as a period of literal burning of the earth.

The proper interpretation of the matter is that these various descriptions are symbolical, instead of literal. They describe God’s time of reckoning with the world, in which Justice in many respects will be squared and retribution demanded of those who have knowingly transgressed the laws of righteousness, or who had sympathized with and profited by such doings on the part of others. This is the "day of vengeance" mentioned in the Bible, respecting which the Lord says, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." (Rom. 12:19)

As it is written, "He shall rule the nations with a rod of iron, and as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers." (Rev. 2:27) This smiting and breaking properly belongs to the Day of Vengeance, and though the power and rod will still remain throughout the Millennial age, their use will probably be unnecessary, as all open opposition will be thoroughly rebuked in the great time of trouble. As the Prophet presents the matter, God in this smiting-time will be saying to babbling, clamoring, self-assertive humanity-- "Be still! and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the peoples, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psa. 46:10)

It will, however, be the work of the entire Millennial age to "lay justice to the line and righteousness to the plummet" (Isa. 28:17) in all the little and great affairs of each individual of the race, all of whom will thus be "taught of God" through his "elect" Servant of the Covenant, the great Prophet, Priest and King (head and body): Prophet in the sense of teacher, King in the sense of governor, Priest in the sense of mediator who, having redeemed, is the advocate of the people and the dispenser of divine favor. The offices are united: "Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec"--who was a priest upon his throne. Heb. 7:17; Zech. 6:13; Acts 3:22; Deut. 18:15

THE "Day of Jehovah" is the biblical name of this period of time in which we live that God's kingdom, under Christ, is to be gradually "set up" in the earth, while the kingdoms of this world are passing away and Satan's power and influence over men are being bound. It is everywhere described as a dark day of intense trouble and distress and perplexity upon mankind. And what wonder that a revolution of such proportions, and necessitating such great changes, should cause trouble. Small revolutions have caused trouble in every age; and this, so much greater than any previous revolution, is to be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation --no, nor ever shall be. Dan. 12:1; Matt. 24:21,22


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