Economics in Prophecy

'Prophecy Watch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

With both the United States and Europe dealing with an impending financial disaster, the world today is full of economic news. Economic terms and philosophies are common knowledge to many. While many doubters think that the Bible is not sophisticated enough to comment on such modern ideas, Richard Ritenbaugh explains that God's …


Is This How to Fix a Broken Economy?

'WorldWatch' by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Over the past several months, the world's economy has struggled, and economists are divided about how soon we may see a recovery. However, Richard Ritenbaugh exposes what is really happening: In the name of turning the economy around, the government is destroying American capitalism.


The Money Has Failed (Part Four)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, continuing the "Money has Failed" series, contends that the move to a cashless society, in which the "bankster" elites have greedily commenced stealing the true physical wealth of society, replacing it with relatively worthless Federal Reserve Notes ('promissory' I.O.U.'s), will drastically …


The Fear Has Shifted

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, observing that the news of Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Israel has diminished, suggests that the economic woes of America have taken over in the news. Economist Martin Weiss suggested that this demise has been coming at us like a roaring freight train. A family, a company, or nation cannot keep spending beyond its …


Another Step Further

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon C. S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, in which the seasoned demon Screwtape instructs the novice demon Wormwood on the best practices to corrupt mankind, advocating a gradual piecemeal corruption (like a frog boiling to death as the water incrementally rises from simmering to boiling), suggests …


Cleansing the Temple and Economics

CGG Weekly by Charles Whitaker

In John 2:13-17, the apostle John records Christ's cleansing of the Temple near the commencement of His ministry: "Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem...."


Skyrocketing Indebtedness

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, observing a gigantic chasm between conservative talk radio, alternative media, and the 'official' Federal Government's portrayal of the American economy, concludes that the Obama Administration's calculations of economic indicators are not only full of equivocation and sleight of hand, but also weighed down by …


No Money, No Empire

'WorldWatch' by Charles Whitaker

World news, trends, and comment in light of Bible prophecy for May 2004: "No Money, No Empire."


Individual State Bankruptcies (Part Two)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh continues his appraisal of the startling state of affairs in which states such as California, Illinois, and Minnesota, all levying confiscatory taxes for wasteful liberal fiscal programs, are hemorrhaging productive taxpayers to more fiscally responsible states such as Texas, North Carolina, Utah, and South …


A Prophecy for Our Time

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, citing Proverbs 13:22 suggesting that a moral man plans an inheritance for his offspring, warns us that because the prophecy about the stranger rising above Israel (Deuteronomy 28:43-44) because of our collective sins is being fulfilled before our eyes, we are rapidly becoming economic slaves as the government …


The Money Has Failed! (Part One)

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, claiming that economists often refer to Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe because it portrays a lone man facing a scarcity in economic goods without any means of exchange of value, suggests that one in such a situation will prioritize his needs in a hierarchy of value. In a world of limited resources, a person …


Global Financial Instability

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Predicting economic activity is about as tricky as forecasting the weather. Nevertheless, David Grabbe, citing recent financial news items, posits that the stage is set for economic instability around the world in the short term.


The Red Dragon: Rising or Falling?

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

China seems to be the present media-darling among nations, as news shows, magazines, and reports of all kinds tout its emerging greatness. However, David Grabbe shows that behind its economic successes are latent weaknesses that are set to converge soon.


Breaking Israel's Pride

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, affirming that one synonym of pride is arrogance or inordinate self-esteem, suggests that the woman riding the Beast in Revelation 17:9 is none other than the arrogant super power America (or modern Israel), unable to control its wealth, using its wealth to control. Because of its greed, modern Israel has …


Water Scarcity

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the weariness people feel about the disgusting financial crisis bungled by Congress, directs our attention to even a graver crisis, the tragic decline of clean drinking water around the world, caused by drought and pollution, causing an increase in water-borne diseases. Water shortages are more …


Germany's Dilemma

'WorldWatch' by David C. Grabbe

Germany is in a bind. It is an industrial powerhouse, the richest economy in Europe, but it must prop up several poor-performing economies throughout the rest of the European Union. Berlin cannot continue this practice lest they drag it down with them. David Grabbe warns that Germany's decisions on these matters could have …


Lacking Nothing (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, admitting that America's economic woes are worsening, maintains that America is still incredibly blessed in comparison with the scarcity experienced in the rest of the world. God blessed Israel conditionally, dependent upon obedience and law- keeping. Unfortunately, Abraham's descendants have squandered these …


Lacking Nothing (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, suggesting that the debasing of currency usually accompanies the increase of morally-debased people, maintains that the nexus of the two is not accidental. The descendants of Jacob are losing their inherited blessings to foreigners as a result of their moral corruption. This sermon focuses on the effects of debt …


Change and Responsibility

CGG Weekly by John W. Ritenbaugh

My last essay addressed the fact that change is always present in every person's life. ...


The Present and Future Crisis (Part Two)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh warns that the United States' enormous debt, coupled with its escalating trade deficit (exacerbated by rapidly depleting oil reserves) is inevitably leading to what economist call economic Armageddon. The conditions are rife for vested economic interests, such as banks and multinational corporations, to …


Brave New Dystopia

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reminding us that these commentaries are connected end-time prophecies, states that the current feverish trade in precious metals commodities indicates an impending economic collapse. Chris Hedges, in his article "Brave New Dystopia," suggests that the western world seems to suffering the rejection of …


Preparing for Bad Times (Part 1)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, soberly reflecting on the $19 trillion dollar national debt and with 25% of American private citizens two days away from bankruptcy, he warns that the prudent shouldn't continue to live in a fool's paradise, but should make common sense preparations, like the ant, (Proverbs 6:6-8) storing up provisions for at …


Is Redistribution of Wealth Biblical?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible shows that economic disparity is a given. Scripture teaches that we should voluntarily help the poor rather than be coerced by the government.


Liberals and the Election

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, suggesting that, in the coming election we are seeing history being made, the economy has degenerated so badly that, regardless of which candidate wins, the nation will have to be placed on a war -footing. Neither candidate has told the truth about how bad the economy is. The next four years will require …


The Handwriting is on the Wall (2008)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

In this keynote address of the 2008 Feast of Tabernacles, John Ritenbaugh, describing the scene in the parking lot following a university football game, in which garbage, litter, and abandoned automobiles covered the grounds, suggested that this scene provided a snapshot of the moral state of America, displaying the despicable …


The Present and Future Crisis (Part One)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting upon escalating energy prices, urges caution and self-control in spending and taking on debt. If the supply of oil should be drastically cut, all vital services would shut down, and our quality of life would deteriorate. In 1971, the U.S. reached the state of "peak oil" (when supply could no …


How Much Does the Snowflake Matter?

Commentary by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, focusing on Proverbs 21:5, which teaches that diligence leads to plenty while haste leads to poverty, cautions that this principle applies to far more than just money and wealth, but also to the creation and maintenance of societal institutions. As one snowflake does not cause an avalanche by itself, wisdom …


The Year of Release

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, focusing on the Year of Release which falls on the Feast of Trumpets, relates that the Year of Release has ushered in major historical events, such as the September 11th attack and two financial collapses in 2001 and 2008. The Year of Release reminds us that God gives land as a gift to mankind to produce wealth. …


Are We Already In Captivity?

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh states that Joshua read aloud the blessings and cursings pronounced on Israel (first mentioned in Deuteronomy 27). When the people of Israel obeyed, God blessed them, and when they disobeyed, God cursed them. The economic curses that the United States has received are a result of the covetousness of its …


Intensity is Increasing: Are You Listening?

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

It is far more important for God's called-out ones to be ready than to know the time of Christ's return, an event to which even He is not privy.


The Handwriting on the Wall (2012)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, in this annual "Handwriting on the Wall" message, reflecting on the upcoming election, focuses upon the critical condition of a badly mishandled economy, having produced a future looking far worse than the immediate past. The current administration has been lying to this country for the past four years …


A Time for Thanksgiving (2008)

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Solomon's appraisal of money in Ecclesiastes 10:19, suggests that modern Israel seems to have great difficulty managing money because of an addiction to greed. Wealth, without a powerful character, is a destructive drug. Unfortunately, our people's greed has put them on the verge of the greatest …


The Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on the critical need for the Millennium and the means by which God will bring it about. The Millennium will come about because Christ is faithful to rescue mankind from its own stupidity, putting an end to sin and rebellion (Revelation 19:11). This great battle will be the entry into the Millennium, …


Socialism is Mob Rule

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

Socialism is a denial of law, resulting in the masses to plundering the productive. When agitators convince people of their victimhood, they unleash mob rule.


Lacking Nothing (Part Two)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reiterating that disobedience to God constitutes the road to scarcity and economic slavery, continues to examine the origins, function, and use of money. The government does not dictate the value of money; the market determines its value. The most valuable item we can acquire is tested faith. God is adamant about …


Love Thy Neighbor

Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting on the prophecies in the book of Amos, recognizes that while it applied to our forebears in ancient Judah and Israel, it applies just as certainly to modern Israel, plagued with the same sins as our forebears, guilty of violating its covenant with God, establishing a syncretistic religion and treating the …


Purpose-Driven Churches (Part 7)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

We must remain vigilant in the midst of heresy, false prophets, earthquakes, and signs in the heavens. Jesus tells His followers not to sleep, reminding them that disastrous events occurring in the world are going to intensify and wear out the saints. The Purpose Driven Church will be a major player trying to take us in the …


More on Modern Liberalism

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

The economic crisis was caused by wrong choices made by bankers acting like the seductress in Proverbs 7 to make a profit. Liberalism follows from Adam and Eve.


Out of Control

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

John Ritenbaugh indicates the phrase in Daniel 12:4 about 'running to and fro' could apply both to literal speedy travel and feeling overwhelmed, both interpretations directly influenced by technology. Even with technology, diversity and multiculturalism create insoluble problems. Diverse cultures separate peoples, causing …


Jumping Into the Shallow Pond (Part Two)

'Ready Answer' by Charles Whitaker

Philosophers and ethicists, steeped in humanism, shoot wide of the truth in answering, 'Who is my neighbor?' Charles Whitaker explains that the Bible reveals the answer to this big moral question, as well as providing sensible guidelines on the finer details of Christian charity.