“I have given messengers to sound the alarm! Whoever hears the sound of the alarm and does not take warning, if evil comes and overwhelms you, you will be responsible for the consequences. You heard the sound of the alarm, but did not take warning; you will be responsible for the consequences. But those who take warning will save their lives.
“You will not be able to excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For I know what is in every heart, and I see you. I will reward all people accordingly, as their actions deserve.
“Understand your fearful responsibility to Me, and be persuaded by My words of warning!
“It is a terrible thing to incur divine penalties for disobeying Me!
“Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. Your life will not measured by how much you own.
“There are idols in your life – things you love more than Me! Nothing should take the place of Me in your life! Separate yourself from anything that comes between you and Me!
“The love of money causes all kinds of evil. Many people have left the path of what is right and good because they wanted to get more money, but it only leads to much sorrow.
“A word of warning to you who are arrogant and rich: You’ll need buckets for your tears when the crash comes upon you! Your money is corrupt and your greedy luxuries are like a cancer, destroying your life from within. You’ve thought you were piling up wealth. What you’ve been piling up is evidence against yourselves, making it obvious that you deserve My judgment!
“All the workers you’ve exploited and cheated cry out for justice! The groans of the workers you have used and abused are like a roaring in My ears!
“Because you have trusted in your wealth and skill, you will lose your freedom. It is time for Me to judge you, because everyone is greedy for money.
“Because you run roughshod over the poor, stealing their money through taxes and unfair rent, you will lose the luxury homes you have built. I know precisely the extent of your violations, the enormity of your sins. You take bribes right and left and kick the poor when they’re down.
“The more you have prospered, the more you have sinned against Me. I will punish you for what you have done. I will repay you for the wrong you have done. It will be same with the buyer and the seller, the lender and the borrower, the creditor and the debtor – all of you will lose everything.
“Your judgment day is here. The bottom has dropped out of buying and selling. It will never be the same again. Don’t fantasize an upturn in the market. Your country is bankrupt because of its sins, and it’s not going to get any better.
“You have taken unfair interest and profits, making profit from your neighbors by extortion. I will beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made. Will your heart be able to endure, or will your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you?
“Did you expect me to overlook the obscene wealth you’ve piled up by cheating and fraud? Did you think I would tolerate your shady deals and shifty scheming? I’m tired of the violent rich bullying their way with bluffs and lies. I’m fed up! Beginning now, you’re finished! You will pay for your sins down to your last cent! No matter how much you get, it will never be enough! No matter how hard you work, you’ll have nothing to show for it! You have lived by the standards of the world, a decadent lifestyle, enslaved to her fashions. I will force you into bankruptcy. Your way of life will be laughed at. Your lives will be derided as futile and fake.
“Your money and riches will not be able to save you in the time of My anger. It will not satisfy your hunger or fill your stomachs, because it caused you to fall into sin.
“I will destroy your food supply. You will ration your food by weight, and though you have food to eat, you will not be satisfied. You will eat your food with trembling and sip your water in despair.
“This is what I say: Judge fairly, and show mercy and kindness to one another. Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other.
“Your nation has been infiltrated by wicked and unscrupulous men. They set traps for the unsuspecting. Their victims are innocent men and women. Their houses are stuffed with ill-gotten gain. Pretentious and powerful and rich, they have no conscience. Right and wrong mean nothing to them. They stand for nothing, and stand up for no one, exploiting the poor. Do you think I’ll stand by and do nothing about this? Don’t you think I’ll take serious measures against a people like this?
“This is My message: Attend to matters of justice! Set things right between people. Rescue victims from their exploiters. Don’t take advantage of the homeless, the orphans, or widows.
“If anyone in your country becomes too poor to support themselves, help them to live among you. Do not charge them any interest on money you loan to them. Help the poor live among you. Don’t lend them money for interest, and don’t try to make a profit from the food they buy.
“Lend to those in need without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for I am kind and compassionate.
“Be fair to the poor, save the needy, and punish those who hurt them.
“When a land has sinned against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of food, send famine on it, and cause many people to perish. I will take away everything your nation needs.
“I have looked for justice, but all I have seen is oppression; for righteousness, but all I’ve heard is the poor and needy crying for help.
“I have sent you My warning, so do something about it! Change the way you’ve been living! Change your behavior! Maybe I will reconsider the disaster I have threatened for your nation.
“Change your lives and do what is right! Then I will allow your nation to survive. You must change your lives and do what is right! Be fair to each other. You must stop oppressing the weak, the poor and the elderly!
“Behold, I have put before you the way of life and the way of death. Start each day by dealing with justice. Rescue victims from their exploiters. Prevent the fire of my anger – for once it starts, it can’t be put out!
“This is the type of behavior I’m looking for: Break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, stop oppression, cancel debts. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from those who need your help.
“I have heard a great outcry from the people in your land. There are those who have said, “We have mortgaged our lands and houses, that we might have enough money to eat.” There are also those who have said, “We have borrowed money to pay the taxes on our lands and homes. Our children will inherit great debt and become like slaves.”
“I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. And so I bring an accusation against your financial leaders and those who are rich: You have been charging your countrymen too much interest! You have been taking their land and their homes! What you are doing is not right! Restore to them, even this day, their foreclosed lands and homes – and repay the interest you charged when you lent them money!
“Your politicians have been like wolves prowling and killing, taking whatever they want. Your preachers have covered up for the politicians by pretending to have received visions and special revelations. They say, “This is what God says…” when I haven’t said so much as one word!
“Extortion has been rife, robbery has been epidemic, the poor and needy have been abused, and foreigners have been kicked around at will, with no access to justice.
“And so I have been searching for those who will see the need and answer the call. Who will stand up for the poor and oppressed? Yes, it will cost time, energy and possessions. Immediate results are not likely to be seen. You may have to wait many years to see positive results. But it is the only way your nation will survive!
“Be the opposite of the neglect I have outlined! Make doing what is just and right your priority, so that your nation may avoid destruction!
Karl Steven Keene; March 5, 2009; Moorhead, MN