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02/1999
The Slippery Road
 

One morning in November, the Lord quickened my understanding concerning Psalm 73. The book of Psalms has many hidden prophecies indicating the actual happenings of the twentieth century: the captivity of Jerusalem in 1917 was highlighted in Psalm 17; the Hitler’s holocaust of 1939-1944 in Psalms 39-44; the birth of Israel as a nation in 1948 as disclosed in Psalm 48; the peace with Egypt and the assassination of Anwar Sadat in Psalms 77-81; the 1982-1983 Lebanon war in Psalms 82-83; the 1991 gulf war as highlighted in Psalm 91.

Interestingly, Psalm 73 reveals the historic 1973 Yom Kippur war. The overtone of the day of atonement of Yom Kippur is reflected in the beginning verse: “Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart.” This scripture signifies the walk of sanctification in 1999. God desires holiness from His beloved children. He intends to sanctify us from all forms of worldliness including the wrong attitude toward money as well as the idolatry of mammon (materialism).

“But as for me, my feet had almost stumble; My steps had nearly slipped ... when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (v.2, 3) Many Christians lamented over their mistakes in the area of finance. The Lord quickened the passage of 2 Chron. 33 to shed some light on this matter. King Manasseh learnt a vital lesson while he was in captivity and he returned to Jerusalem to pursue God’s kingdom (v.15). In this year, God is giving us a season of mercy to get out of debt (wrong investments) and once again become faithful stewards of God’s finance to invest more in His kingdom.

These words were impressed upon my heart: “As in the days of Jeremiah.” As in the days of old, many Christians may not heed the warnings of economic dangers ahead of them. Countless Christians on that day of economic earthquake will fall into the new Babylonian captivity of debts. “Come now you rich, weep and, howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted ... your gold and silver are corroded ...” (James 5:1-3).

“The international community should prepare for the next financial crisis after the turmoil in Asia subsides. We are beginning slowly but surely to begin to understand how this new high tech. International Financial System is functioning. And hopefully before we run into crisis number three—and there will be a crisis number three—we’ll have sufficient preventive measures in place to either feud it off, or if it occurs, to assuage its severity.” This prophetic speech was delivered by Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserves Chairman on 27 February ’98 in the financial market conference in Miami. Though the world may proclaim better days ahead of us, beware of the coming snare of crisis Number 3—The American crisis is nicknamed, the Economics Earthquake. This economic ‘black hole’ will come in one sudden swift ‘big bang’. This warning is figuratively echoed in Ps. 73:19: “Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.”

Surely You set them in slippery places ...” (73:18). The Lord warns that this year many Christians may slip along the journey ahead as it is going to be a ‘slippery’ road. For many will drift away from the centrality of the perfect will of God for their lives. The “eye of the Lord” will scrutinise and examine our ways (2 Chron. 16:9). “... And all the churches shall know that I am he who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” (Rev. 2:2-3). Be ever conscientious in our walk before the Lord this year! Likewise, one year before Abraham’s miracle of the birth of Isaac, God commanded he saying, “I am Almighty God; walk before me and be blameless.” (Gen. 17:1) So the prophetic analogy is that one year before the birthing of the revival in the year 2000, God is demanding us to walk circumspectly before Him. (see Ps. 73:1)

The Holy Spirit is trumpeting a call to the churches: A return to a fresh passion and intimacy with Christ. Do not focus your heart upon mammon but rather the Son of Man, Jesus. God is prompting many servants to have a season of renewal to seek His face afresh. However, many will not heed His loving call. The call for intimacy is echoed in this Psalm: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides you ... But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God ...” (73:25,28). We must learn to put our trust in God rather than mammon. Through these economic shakings, the saints shall return unto their Lord with all their hearts.

We are in the threshold, experiencing Joel chapter one whereby fresh repentance shall be known across the churches. “Gird yourselves and lament, you priests; wail, you who minister before the altar, come, lie all might in sackcloth, you who minister to my God ...” (v.13). The redemptive purpose of this economic crisis will allow us to rend our hearts open, to examine our ways and motives before the Lord. There after, we shall be ready to taste the new wine of Joel chapter two: the end-time outpouring of the rain of the Spirit (revival).

In the midst of the chaotic millennium, it will be a glorious year 2000 for the church. The blessings of Isa. 60:5 shall be fulfilled, “Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and he enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” I believe six blessings shall be bestowed upon the churches. Firstly, ‘you shall see’ the visitation of the glory of God and you shall be radiant with joy for the outpouring of the revival upon the land. Secondly, the people of God shall ‘flow together’ in the spirit of unity and thirdly, the ‘fear’ of the Lord shall be manifested among His people. Fourthly, the church shall be ‘enlarged’ and His people shall pursue with a new kingdom mentality — the purpose of God. Fifthly, the harvest shall come, as thousands upon thousands will come into the kingdom, and souls ‘shall be converted unto thee’. Finally, the blessings of the Gentiles shall come into the land because the ‘forces’ or wealth of the sinner shall be given over to the churches. So let us rise with a new expectation and faith for a glorious future.

 

 

 
 
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