Unfortunately, most mainstream Christian churches teach an inaccurate version of Christianity that rejects God's Laws, neglects His Sabbath and His Holy Days, ignores or misunderstands the approximately ¼ to 1/3 of the Bible devoted to prophecy, and teaches a vague notion of going off to heaven. So, although perhaps sincere and well-intended, many mainstream ministers and most professing Christians are simply unaware of what Christ really wants His followers to do, and what Christ warns will happen just prior to His return.
Notice in your Bible that Jesus Christ clearly states that He will personally return in power to establish His government on this earth(Revelation 17:14). And notice that the true saints are not promised to "live in heaven" (John 3:13); but they are promised to rule on this earth with Christ (Revelation 5:10; 20:6)! But, prior to this is the Great Tribulation – a coming World War III (Matthew 24:21-22), and even a time of terrible slavery for many of our people. Will history repeat itself? God disciplined the ancient nations of Israel and Judah and sent them into captivity.
Consider passages such as Deuteronomy 28:47 & 48, Ezekiel 5:12 and Jeremiah 31:1-4 which record that immediately before Christ's return, because of our rebellion against God's Laws, many of the modern descendants of ancient Jacob will be forced into slave labor around the world. "You shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything..." (Deuteronomy 28:47-48).
How could this process begin?
Attempting to cope with worsening economic realities, and unaware of the prophetic significance, notice that the technology giant IBM is now encouraging its U.S. and Canadian staff to move to countries like India, Russia, Ukraine and Nigeria and be paid at local wages in what is being considered a likely permanent move!
On February 6, 2009, NPR reported: "IBM's 'Project Match' allows employees facing layoffs to be transferred abroad to countries such as India, Brazil and the Czech Republic to work at local wages." In this NPR report, Julie Moran Alterio, who covers IBM for The Journal News said, "This is considered a move that may be permanent." And, as InformationWeek made clear, the relocated worker should expect to earn "pennies-on-the-dollar compared to U.S. salaries" (February 2, 2009).
Sadly, this is an example that will out of necessity be followed over the years to come.
The world may experience temporary economic relief. But as prophecy unfolds, as our nations become weaker, and as the world turns more and more hostile toward modern Jacob, what will be the plight of those people who have relocated to distant nations to be paid a fraction of their prior wages, and who have become strangers in those foreign nations? Could the end-time prophecies about "serving our enemies" be beginning?
Before the glorious return and reign of Christ as King of kings, our nations—and the entire world—will experience very bleak times, including enslavement for many descendants of ancient Jacob. Ask God to help you turn to Him with all of your heart, to become part of His faithful Church, to do what your Bible says, and to provide for you in the coming years (Luke 21:36). Study your Bible and the information available from the Living Church of God to help you in this process.