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.
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.
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.
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."
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.