“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved,” Acts 2:42-47.
We were watching the Russell Crow movie, Robin Hood today, and I couldn’t help but see how this story still has bearing to our current time period and economic situation.
The King of England had many issues to deal with. The French were attempting to take over, and to infiltrate the land. Richard the Lion Hearted had recently died, and taxes were levied against many across the English villages unfairly.
We still live in a land where our paychecks are divvied up and taxes are apportioned to the state and the nation. We remember how the Communist regime developed a system of supposed equality for all, and yet a few still reigned as kings, and held power over the rest. The system which at first seemed to be a viable answer, ended in demise and futility.
And yet even today there are some that think that socialism in its most purest form can still rid the world of economic disparity and give voice to the voiceless. But we know that it would never work. Our system wouldn’t accept it, and to be sure, those who have worked and have achieved their level of wealth, are entitled to it – even if they came by it through inheritance or building a company from the ground up by their own means.
In the book of Acts we are told that they had all things in common. They ate together, shared their belongings with others and took care of those who were in need. But we now live in our own homes and cities, working at different hours from each other, and at a multitude of various occupations and backgrounds.
While there are communes and remote places where some share in this type of lifestyle, it is a rarity. And those who live in such circumstances and places also share a certain common core of beliefs.
Even if we had a Robin Hood who stole from the rich to give to the poor, eventually they would be caught, and imprisoned for their actions.
We don’t need to live in a society where all things are shared in common at this time because even with the limited jobs and money that we often possess, we are told that God will meet our needs in ways that we can’t even imagine.
I for one, would like the idea of living in a forest tucked away from the noises and clamor of the city, where one could forge his own way to build a house hidden from plain sight.
A time will come when the power grid will fail, and some will flee to the hills and the woods to seek shelter. But for now, we must live where we are planted, forging our way amidst the noises and ills that are around us. And even so, beyond our daily lives of routines to pay the bills, and grind out a living, we are told:
“But as it is written: ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him,’” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has been prophesying regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are to be reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?