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Our Time (James 5:1-3)

"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look!"
(James 5:1-3).
The entire prophecy found in James 5:1-6 lists at least six financial or economic signs of the last days. I have counted almost 50 such general signs following years of Bible study. This passage in James is the most concentrated assembly of such indicators. They include hoarding, accumulation of wealth, wage inequities, different classes of workers, luxuries and indulgence (consumerism at its peak!), conditions of economic brutality, and perhaps even widespread obesity. Most significantly, the edifice of wealth is then turned into a curse as it is corroded and proven illusory.
James’ pronouncement indeed is a prophecy. He clearly refers the “to the last days” (…