"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
People have asked me about the wickedness of the New World Order and how this globalist power began and how they captured this enormous wealth. The process has gone on for centuries. You really don't have to look very far to understand the satanic origins of how this all happened. Although there are other reasons, what started in the Garden of Eden and progressed through Babylon, Egypt, Greece, etc., was a hellish gathering of earthly wealth, and temporal power by the god of this world and given to peoples who would bow down to his agenda and pay homage to him. Yeshua said that the thief (devil) came to kill, steal, and destroy.
One of the main fields of battle that exist is in the realm of finances. This is why the principles of money, and usury are discussed clearly in the Torah. We are talking about the perversion of God's principles and how ignorance of them have robbed innocent people blind. In the Tanach (Old Testament), the Hebrew law concerning exaction of interest upon loans was actually very humane. Hebrews were to lend to their brethren without interest (Exodus 22:25; Leviticus 25:36; Deuteronomy 23:19). However, this did not apply to a stranger (Deuteronomy 23:20). They could charge a fair interest to the nations they dealt with. As Messianic believers we need to have a good handle on the subject of money and usury. We are to be fair and honest in all our business dealings. We don't cheat. Satan, the god of this world, has perverted commerce into a lustful greed that is about to enslave billions of people. The field is slanted and people play Satan's game at their own risk. The philosophy of this age is that, 'The end justifies the means". With Yeshuah HaMashiach, the Lord of all, 'the means are everything', and He is taking note. Think about it. Just about every war ever fought on planet Earth was about money. The love of money is the root of all evil and God's people must deal with money every day! Therefore we cannot bury ourselves away, we must deal with it.
We witness today how every nation in the world is in mega debt to this satanic group of international elites who tell Kings and Presidents what to do. Our freedom is in Yeshua, the living Torah of truth. Therefore, understanding what God desires from his people is crucial. He has chosen to set us up in this environment and represent Him so we need to be smart. Separating ourselves from the grasp, control and manipulation of the world's trappings is paramount. The book of Proverbs is loaded with wisdom on how to handle money, thieves, manipulators and usury. God desires peace, and freedom for His people. Satan desires control.
There are two basic words used in the Tanach for usury. The first is a verb, 'nashah' which means 'interest'(Exodus 22:25; Isaiah 24:2; Jeremiah 15:10). The second word is the noun, 'mashaha' (Nehemiah 5:7,10) and is a stronger, more graphic word which means "to bite", "to vex" and thus, "to lend at interest (Deuteronomy 23:19, 20).
Our world right now has been bitten, vexed and financially enslaved by worldwide financial institutions who literally serve a 'new age' Luciferian agenda and have designs on a one world government. Sadly, the Bible has warned us of this day and how it is going to happen. Gladly, our Messiah has given us His way to escape and be free.
Will you pay attention? When Satan is stealing you blind, will you actually pay heed to what the Lord is trying to tell you? It is very easy to see that when people get there hearts away from God's Word, vile things begin to happen. Look at the slippery slope of dealing with money. Do you see how rapidly, if you were a banker ; for example, how easy it would be to go from a fair rate of interest to an unfair rate? All humans have this in common: it is our nature to do whatever we think we can get away with. The problem is, God's Word tells us the opposite. With Yeshua, the means are everything and He is watching and He is taking note. Our character is a reflection of what the Holy Spirit is doing in our lives. Although we are witnesses to the fact of the unfair practices around us do not partake in what they do.
It will help us if we just look at the history of the word "usury" to understand what has happened, and what is happening again. In the history of the Jews, usury abuses started to get really bad during the exile to Babylon. Nehemiah forced the people after the return to give back exactions of "one hundredth," or 1 percent monthly which they took from their brethren (Nehemiah 5:10). I suppose living in Babylon is temptation enough to start behaving like the Babylonians. Remember, God is always inspecting our hearts. A good citizen of God's Kingdom, then and now, 'is one who did not put out his money to usury' (Psalms 15:5). One who is guilty of this comes to disaster: "He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor." (Proverbs 28:8).
The history of the Christian Church is no better. For centuries it was unlawful for followers of Yeshua to engage in interest, or usury, of any kind. Though this wasn't exactly correct according to Torah, this went on until Rome decided that they would re-intrepret what was meant by 'usury'. The Vatican then established the means of how to charge interest to business people via usury and indulgences. These practices were making Rome rich and this was at least part of the cause of the Reformation. Great wealth can be made by those who make the rules! However, Mark 8:36 says, "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
It is interesting to note that when we get to the B'rit Chadashah, the New Covenant, the Greek word for usury is "tokos". Tokos means, "offspring," meaning that 'interest is springing out of the principal'. Money lenders were numerous among the Jews in Messiah's day. In the parable of the Talents, Yeshua represents the lord of the unprofitable servant as rebuking the slothful steward with the words, "I should have received mine own with interest" (Matthew 25:27; Luke 19:23). Yeshua knew the hearts of men. In this parable He is saying, 'only the hard, austere man, one whose conscience will not interfere with his reaping where he has not sown, and taking up where he has not laid down, would extract usury'. Evil usury is money gathered at no risk which amounts to extortion and theft. Banks today, for example, create money out of thin air to loan and then charge excessive interest: usury. They risk nothing and take in huge interest. This is an evil system.
It is in God's economy though where we need to focus. It was after this parable that the Lord begins to discuss the 'interest' given within His Kingdom. You see, compared to Messiah's Kingdom the rules of usury cannot compare. God rewards us with compound interest! Yes, we live in a word dominated by unjust usury and the cheating of people in every way imaginable. However, there is something much bigger to contemplate. Let the international bankers rob the world of their wealth. Let the governments of the world kowtow to the occultic masters who want a one world government where they can enslave mankind. My reward in Yeshua is untouchable and it grows exponentially. I can hardly wait to cash in! I sometimes chuckle at the lust shown by the 'rich and famous' of this world because they can never be satisfied, not in a million years with all the earthly wealth they think they possess. They simply must have what everyone else has, and even then, that is never enough. I chuckle because what Yeshua has given me is UNTOUCHABLE! His Word, His promises, and my eternal future are in the wonderful hands of Israel's Messiah, MY Lord and Savior! His blood has set me free. His Word is a light unto my path. My inheritance is out of this World! As the modern song says, "You can't touch this!".