THE GREAT DEPRESSION:
LESSONS LEARNED THEN
AND THEIR APPLICATION TODAY
Memory Text: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be.” Eccl.1:9.
After the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing hardships that men faced over the next decade, there was a general
decency seen throughout the land of America. There were no violent riots, no smashing of store fronts, no looting of whatever
their lustful hearts could grab. No, no. There was just a calm patience and hope that the nation would recover, with every
man, doing what he could to provide for his family within the bounds of ethical motivation.
The same cannot be said today should another equivalent economic ruin take place. The character of the average American
today is not the same as it was then. The emotional instability due to our fundamentally immoral lifestyles and unhealthy
diet: all of these contribute to display a frail character that fosters an untrustworthy individual, even in basic terms.
Just look at all the deliberate lying in politics and business. And no one rebukes it!
In our generation, the psychotic mentality of mob rule has displayed a level of violence that is pathetic. Even over
simple injustices the emotional exaggerations are as illogical as they are immoral. So when basic provisions of life-support
are removed the base metal of man’s character will be seen in its true nature: a temperament that is deplorable to behold.
In the Great Depression, the cities
bore the brunt of the hardships. And in this brief review of the events of those days, it is hoped that you, my dear friends
on facebook who live in densely populated areas will give careful, prayerful consideration to search out the means to leave
the cities and become a part of the rural community.
Some facts of the Great Depression: Millions of Americans had no money. People were eating from the trashcans every
day. Having lost their homes and jobs they were sleeping on the streets, bus stations, train stations, using whatever material
they had to stay warm; even using old newspapers for bedding and blankets.
The common denominator between all the afflictions was simple: the greatest suffering was seen in the densely populated
areas. In 1930, over half of the population lived in urban areas. Today, over 80% live near cities. During the Depression,
1 in 5 were involved in agriculture. Today, it is just over 1 in 100. Our dependence on electricity, trucking, fuel, pesticides
and government subsidies guarantees that should an economic ruin come to America, (which is prophesied to come) the desperation
for our personal survival will increase exponentially. Men will sell themselves as slaves to stay alive. While others will
form bands of hoodlums, pillaging anything and anyone around them. Studies have shown that the average American who goes without
3 meals and doesn’t know when the next meal is, will become homicidal.
But there is a lesson seen from the Great Depression that gives us hope. During the depression there were those who
were not afflicted with these urban threats. They were the Amish, the Mennonites and the farmers along with those common folk
who had a clean water source via spring or hand pump for their well, sufficient land for gardens, wood stoves, canning jars,
and a root cellar. Although they too were poor, their life-support provisions were all in place. And their supply of food
saw them through the cold winter months.
Bible forecasts another great depression that stands on the horizon of our day. And this one will be far more severe than
what transpired during the 1930s. The prophet Daniel forewarned of this time of human history. It is so severe that it will
usher the 2nd Advent of Jesus Christ, Who will rescue His chosen from the destruction that is pending in our day. What today's
Christianity teaches vs. the Biblical view of the 2nd Advent is as different a night and day. This is why having correct expectations
in Bible prophecy is imperative at this time. A destruction is coming that will plunge America and then the whole world into
a level of desperation unheard of, as it is written: “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which
standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation
even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”
The cause of the “time
of trouble for Jacob” (Jer.30:7), as with all hardships men face, is due to sinful men in leadership in government and
religion, whose judgment is unfit to lead their own lives, let alone the lives of others. This is among the most repeated
lessons of history, and yet, the hardness of men’s hearts keeps them blind to eternal things.
Nevertheless, sinful, ungodly men will legislate sin into federal
law. This is the focus of the prophecy of Revelation 13:11-18, whose pinnacle will be the death decree against “they
that keep the commandments of GOD and the faith of Jesus.” Rev.14:12. This consolidation of evil men is due to the devil’s
long held objective to remove Christ from the Earth, (in the person of His saints): “And the dragon [Satan] was wroth
with the woman [the church of Christ (Jer.6:2)], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed [a small number within
the church], which keep the commandments of God [all Ten Commandments, not 8 or 9], and have the testimony of Jesus Christ
[which is the Spirit of prophecy” (Rev.19:10)].” Rev.12:17.
But the LORD has set forth sufficient promises for those who follow His Word and Spirit: “Alas! for that day
is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” “When
the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God
of Israel will not forsake them.” “I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to
my people, my chosen.” “He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks [in the remote
areas of the wilderness]: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.” Jer.30:7; Isa.41:17; 43:20; 33:16.
The LORD also gives prophecy warning all those
with hard, unrepentant hearts who are held responsible for so much suffering and loss of life, all because they chose sin
to rule over the sinless Christ. “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be
hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another
name: That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth
shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.”
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Brazilian Assembly, etc. As the Bible teaches, the redeemed of earth will come from "every nation, and kindred,
and tongue, and people." Rev.14:6. And all will have stood faithful to Christ's Words, "But if thou wilt
enter into life, keep the commandments." Matt.19:17.
To meet the specific cultural
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2. Economic streamlining has become an essential factor in the closing work. As America
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