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Today’s World Economy and How Jehovah Will Punish the Wicked Rich

2 Peter 3:7 (NKJV) “But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

The world’s social order ha been on fire for over 100 years.   The reapers have been crying.  These workers have been defrauded by the rich people who are at the top and in control.

1 Thess 5:3 (NKJV) “For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman.  And they shall not escape.”

Brother Russell thought the destruction of the present heavens and earth might be completed shortly after 1914.  In retrospect, we see all the destructive events that he spoke of have been coming in gradual waves or in labor pains of travail.  With each spasm these labor pains have become more frequent and more severe, all leading to a fantastic climax.   


For over 100 years we have heard the cries of the reapers, of labor crying for fair wages and justice.  Notice in verse 3 that the timing of this punishment upon the rich are in the “last days.”    The punishment of the rich will be so severe that they are described in verse 1 as weeping and howling in misery.   

In Watchtower Reprint 4997: we read, “Their realization of the loss of practically all upon which they set their affections is represented as wailing and howling and misery. Not that the poor are more righteous than the rich, but, having little of this world’s goods, they will probably feel less the great time of trouble impending.”


Let’s consider the Bible history of money and lending.

From as early as the time of Abraham, we learn that in history Gold and Silver were a prominent form of wealth.

Genesis 13:2 (NKJV) “Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.”   

The Law of Moses allowed a lender to collect interest from a foreigner, but not from a brother, and especially not if he becomes poor.

Exodus 22:25 (ESV) “If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor, you shall not be like a moneylender to him, and you shall not exact interest from him.

Leviticus 25:37 (ESV) “… nor give him your food for profit.”

Deuteronomy 23:20 (ESV) “You may charge a foreigner interest…”   

In Nehemiah chapter 5, Nehemiah stopped the wealthier Jews from charging interest on their poorer brothers who were at the point of being sold into slavery to pay off their debts.     

The idea of banks began as long ago as 1,800 BC in Babylon. In those days moneylenders made loans to people.  In Greece and Rome banks made loans and accepted deposits.   

In Jesus day, the Temple money changers were robbing the people.

Matthew 21:12-13 (NKJV) “12 ¶  Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.  13  And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

Watchtower Reprint 4122.



So in Jesus day, the greedy religious rulers set up a system whereby they could gouge the people through a form of religious extortion, placing a financial burden upon the people, forcing them to buy the expensive temple coin for their own gain and profit.

To see how Fraud began 150 years ago CLICK ON THIS LINK and the follow the subsequent links to see how the big banks are even today committing fraud in the stock and bond markets. 


Will Gold and Silver become worthless?

Ezek. 7:19 (NKJV) ‘They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the LORD; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.

Watchtower Reprint # 1690:3 “The animosities of the masses will be exercised with violence against the rich, and the specially favored aristocratic classes, political, social and religious. (Ezek. 7:19, etc.)”    

Zephaniah 1:18  (NKJV) “Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD’S wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.”

Zephaniah 1:11 (NKJV) “For all the merchant people are cut down; All those who handle money are cut off.”

Zephaniah is talking about punishing the wicked merchants who handle money.   


Watchtower Reprint # 2384: “They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord.” – Ezek. 7:19; Zeph. 1:18.

“…important items of news respecting the ferocity of the bread riots in Italy during the early Summer.  These accounts are so graphic, and so clearly foreshadow what may be expected during the dark trouble approaching, in which all law and order will go down before anarchy…”

Cabled from London: “Scenes already enacted bear startling similarity to those in France before the fall of the Bastile. The murder of Miller Bartella, who thanked the Virgin for dear bread, then offered the mob in vain his fortune for his life, is a picture throwing lurid light upon the situation.”


So Brother Russell was not suggesting here that Miller Bartella’s fortune was worthless, but rather that the mob was so angry at him for his usery, that no amount of money could keep them from killing him.  And so in future anarchy, people will be so angry at the rich, that no amount of gold and silver will deliver them.  These verses then may actually then imply that gold and silver will have great worth.

Another way of looking at this is that there is no way for the Bible to describe stocks, bonds, fiat currencies and derivatives, all of which did not exist in Bible times.  If we think of gold and silver as wealth, we can think of the wealth of the rich becoming worthless, that wealth being not literal silver and gold so much as stocks, bonds, fiat currencies and derivatives.


In agreement with that, the scriptures teach that the gentiles will bring their wealth of gold and silver to Israel.  

Zechariah 14:14 (NKJV) “And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together: Gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance.

Isaiah 60: 3-9 (NKJV) 3  The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising…  5 The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you…  6 They shall bring gold… 9 Their silver and their gold with them”  

Gold and Silver have been considered as wealth for thousands of years and will continue to be considered as wealth in the kingdom.    


The bankers were not just manipulating the price of precious metals in Brother Russell’s day.  They have been doing it ever since, even today… and we suggest it will come back to bite them, which will be a fitting retribution.

How have the bankers been manipulating the price of gold and silver and why? 

They manipulate the price of precious metals down so that they can buy them cheap and so that people will be more attracted to the Fiat Currencies and inflated third party paper assets like stocks, bonds, securities and derivatives.  All fiat currencies in history have eventually become worthless.  These Rich Men at the top manipulate the stock market so that they can steal wealth from the middle class in sudden stock market crashes.  CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FIND OUT MORE.


What is meant in ?

James 5:3 (NKJV) “Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire.“   

We suggest this means that Gold and Silver will destroy evil rich men, by destroying the world’s counterfeit money, the fiat currencies with stocks and bonds.  

Let me explain.  This idea of gold and silver corroded illustrates corruption through fraud in their manipulation of investments in silver and gold.  According to James chapter 5, their corruption  1) will be a witness against them and 2) eat their flesh.    In other words, the means of their fraud will ultimately be their undoing.  This manipulation of the price of gold and silver will become the means of their own destruction.  You might say, poetic justice or well-deserved retribution.  The very gold and silver they corrupted will destroy them.  

How will gold and silver “eat the flesh of” or destroy the evil rich men?

Watchtower Reprint # 5632 “…stocks, bonds and all other kinds of securities are largely built on confidence.  As soon as confidence begins to shake, all these securities decline in value.”

When people lose faith in stocks, bonds and fiat currency, they will panic, looking for a safe place for their money.  Precious metals will seem like the safest, yet with so many people trying to buy it the price of Gold and Silver will shoot to the moon, thereby accelerating the destruction of the value the third party paper assets, namely stocks, bonds and fiat currencies.  This will destroy the wealth and the power of the rich.

In angry revolt, the people will end the banking system and the rich will no longer be able to steal the wealth from the people.

Our idea may not be exactly correct, but we leave it as food for thought.  Perhaps it will stimulate a better explanation and comments from each of you.  

Watchtower Reprint # 3117 “the demonetizing of silver and the consequent decrease of the world’s money will be seen to be at the bottom of that trouble, directly or indirectly precipitating it.”   


James 5:4-6 (NKJV) “4  Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.  5  You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.  6  You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.”

Verse 4 mentions “fraud” and verse 6 shows they “condemned” and “murdered the just.”

It is interesting how these three crimes line up with Satan’s attributes.

Fraud – Jesus describes Satan as the “father of lies” John 8:44.

Murder – Jesus describes Satan as “a murderer from the beginning” John 8:44.

Condemned the just – “Devil” means “accuser”

These attributes which so closely align with Satan’s own attributes are evidence of the evil in these rich being condemned.  The verse 6 reference to condemning and murdering the just reminds of us Jesus before his accusers, and then also the persecuted Church of the Dark Ages.  Who have these rich condemned and murdered in our lifetime?  Since they own and control the legacy main stream news media, these crimes have probably either been ignored or when brought to light labeled as conspiracy theories.   

Verse 5 refers to the “day of slaughter.”


The Lord has a horrible punishment planned for this wicked rich men.  When they are eventually resurrected in the kingdom, they will have to live with the shame and embarrassment of the whole world being disgusted with their evil.  Many of them are so evil that we cannot know if even the kingdom can draw them to repentance and save them. 

Volume 3 “Thy Kingdom Come” page 20: “But one general class could possibly be opposed to this rule of righteousness. This class embraces all who love not the golden rule of love, and who, instead of loving others as themselves, are willing to see others crushed, oppressed and denied their rights and the reasonable rewards and comforts of toil in order that they may luxuriate extravagantly, “wantonly” (James 5:1-9), in more than heart could wish or reason ask. These hold to the present arrangement of society with a death clutch, and seem instinctively to dread the promised kingdom of Messiah…   Disbelieving or ignoring the multiplied testimony of the prophets touching this Kingdom – for it was always the theme of them all: “Spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21) – many seem to dread the Kingdom, and to instinctively feel the truth, that if God should establish his Kingdom it would rule in justice; and that if justice were meted out, many of earth’s rulers would change places with their subjects, or, perhaps, be put into prison; and many of the great and lordly and purse-proud and flattered would be stripped of glory and honor and wealth ill-gotten, and be seen in their true light, as ignoble. These dread, though they do not believe the testimony, that “There is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, and hid, that shall not be known.” (Matt. 10:26)”

10 comments to Today’s World Economy and How Jehovah Will Punish the Wicked Rich

  • Dave

    To Gasa

    Your article about a year ago. Do you have an update on any of that. Seeing how things have drastically changed?

  • Gasa

    Bible students are protected to avoid any reliance on this world financial system since it is phrophsied to fall after the fall of false religion Babylon the great just prior to Christ return and the start of the great tribulation, as discribed above avoid trust in this money system the third part of Satan system. Political, religious and commercial deserve Jehovah’s punishment .
    At that time Christ will choose the ‘faithful and discreet slave doing his will’ this is when the slave is chosen so those religious organisation believe they are this slave they need to be aware that Christ will inspect their behaviour, if they beat their brothers then this is a disqualification one of the qualities of the slave assigned as the evil slave Mth24:45-51.
    Germany suffered the 1929 depression money was worthless, Germany was foretold by Daniel to be the King of the North in these times the nation that would spark Armageddon invading the Middle East to finish of Israel. In WW2 she tried to kill all fleshly Jews on her continent, only the Allies US and British speaking countries the the Young Lions make up the King of the South who would stop the King twice both in WW1 and WW2 but this time this super King Germany the leader of EU has trapped Britain in EU. Next her attack will be unstoppable so only Christ himself can save his spiritual people and his fleshly people in the state of Israel. This is why Brext is a really important issue, although not realised by most people’s and Christians alike.
    So it’s important to keep our faith, keep spiritually awak because we do not know the hour, 2 people will be ‘working at the mill one taken and one left’ one will be saved we need to pray that is ourselves. Mth24:36-44

  • Ellis Green

    Ellis here,

    I never read these Scriptures from this perspective but after reading the above about gold and silver, I watched Fox News on YouTube and guess what? An advert on investing in gold, then another on silver! Coincidence or what?

  • ZionsHerald


    With Adobe Connect it might be a bit difficult to create a downloadable link. I’ll be with Br. Peter and some other techs this weekend. There may be a way to do it, but it would requite a bit of work.

    Would an MP3 suffice? That would be much easier to manage.

  • greg (Bible Student)

    Can someone please confirm: Was there at one time also a downloadable link to this video (for offline viewing)?

    And is there any chance that Br. Peter made his powerpoint presentation available?


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