THE POWER SHIFT AND KINGDOM WEALTH
(c) Morris E. Ruddick
“But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He
who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm
His covenant.” Deuteronomy 8:18
Jesus was the catalyst for the release of the greatest power
shift the world has ever seen. Again and again, Israel’s
Messiah introduced His earthly ministry with the words, “the
Kingdom of God is at hand. In a matter of three short years,
our Lord entrusted those who could see it with a power that
would change the world. Some have described it as a clash of
kingdoms. But whether viewed from the practical or the strategic
dimension, Jesus’ earthly mission released restoration
and redemption that would shake the nations.
The restoration and redemption Jesus set in motion involved
an incredible groundswell of change. It was change creating
an extraordinary confrontation of power. In the fourth chapter
of Acts, the response of the brethren after Peter and John’s
release from jail gives insight into this confrontation of power.
“They raised their voice to God with one accord and said,
Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and all that is
in them; who by the mouth of your servant David have said, ‘Why
do the nations rage, and the peoples plot vain things? The kings
of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered
together against the Lord and His Anointed.’” (Acts
Why indeed do the nations rage? It is because Jesus set in motion
the conflict of all ages, which will result in the greatest
power shift of all ages, as God’s sovereignty over His
creation is restored, His covenant confirmed and His people
become the head and not the tail. This conflict encompasses
everyday life and extends from the spiritual to the community
(social and governmental) to the economic. It involves the principle
that is clearly outlined in Genesis and then is seen throughout
the rest of the Bible: dominion. God made His people to rule
over the works of His hands. And that rule involves principles
governing what Jesus referred to as the Kingdom of God.
So, to grasp the significance of this issue of Kingdom wealth,
it is essential to understand the dynamic of the power shift
underway. It is a power shift that will restore Almighty God
to the central role in the everyday life of people. It will
involve a central role for His emissaries. It will dispel the
non-Biblical myth of the separation between the sacred and secular
--- because He is central to ALL. It is a power shift that is
mobilizing a mature Body with God’s Kingdom perspective
and purposes guiding their steps. It will reorient the perverse
and the godless orientations of our age with the result that
interlinks secular enterprises with overriding Kingdom objectives.
And it will be this interlinking of secular enterprises with
Kingdom objectives that will be the gateway for the release
of the flow of Kingdom wealth.
At the focal point of the purposes for “Kingdom wealth”
will be God's end-time agendas for Israel, the Body, and the
peoples and nations. The “power to get wealth to establish
his covenant” and the wealth transfer is about God's Kingdom.
It's about restoration, redemption, dominion and authority.
As ambassadors and emissaries endowed with His power and authority,
the Body of Christ is tasked with establishing beachheads and
aligning things for the return of Jesus the Messiah. Before
us lies a time of Kingdom restoration which will release hope
and redemption to all peoples and nations.
KINGDOM WEALTH AND GOD’S ECONOMY
Kingdom wealth operates on a unique but foundational premise
best referred to as God’s economy. And like all dimensions
of God’s Kingdom as explained by Jesus, it starts like
a grain of mustard seed: small, innocuous, but potent and unstoppable
in its growth.
“God’s economy” defies the principles and
assumed power structures commonly accepted by this world as
the foundations of wealth. The odds-defying potential of “God’s
economy” is illustrated by the results from God’s
guidance to Isaac during a time of extreme economic distress:
“There was famine in the land and the LORD appeared to
Isaac and said: ‘Dwell in this land, and I will be with
you and bless you and perform the oath which I swore to Abraham
your father.’ So Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped
in the same year a hundred-fold; and the LORD blessed him. So
he began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became
very prosperous.” (Genesis 26:1-3, 12, 13)
“The power to get wealth, that He might establish His
covenant.” Against all odds and prevailing wisdom, Isaac
sowed during a famine, because God told him to. And he prospered.
Operating in covenant with Almighty God is foundational to the
operation of God’s economy. In God’s economy, not
only is God involved and at the center of the activity; but
the expectation for the outcome exceeds what might ever be hoped
for or accomplished in the natural.
THE MICRO AND THE MACRO-LEVELS OF GOD’S ECONOMY
In God's economy, micro-enterprises represent an important foundation
to God’s economic system, because they are linked to building
up not only God’s people who operate the small business
ventures, but to the community of which they are a part. Micro-businesses
are like the grain of mustard seed with their potential. Today,
entrepreneurial Kingdom ventures are appearing in distressed
areas not unlike that faced by Isaac and bypassing the economic
down-cycles of those regions. Like the astounding result of
Isaac reaping a hundred-fold during a time of famine, they are
serving as a witness to the goodness and blessings that God
has for his people. Kingdom micro-enterprise development is
already impacting entire communities around the world for the
While there is a pronounced growth of entrepreneurial, small
business-development Kingdom activity emerging in areas of poverty
and distress around the globe, God’s economy is by no
means limited to the micro-level. Mid-sized and larger successful
Kingdom businesses bring even greater impact. Simultaneously,
Kingdom business coalitions are sponsoring and working together
to establish community-based initiatives for God's purposes.
Likewise, believer-directed business start-up incubator programs
are creating businesses that will flourish while competitors
struggle and lose ground.
In God’s economy there will also be believers who establish
special venture funds, as well as operations that acquire failing
businesses and turn them around. Businesses are already being
set up specifically with Kingdom agendas in mind. Businesses
incorporating business-ministry alliances. And regardless of
the size of the initiative, at the forefront of these activities
will be Kingdom entrepreneurs.
Kingdom entrepreneurs should be distinguished from believers
who, otherwise might simply be described as successful business-persons.
A Kingdom entrepreneur is Kingdom-directed and motivated. A
Kingdom entrepreneur builds. They innovate. They create. And
they do so in a way that builds the community around them. They
innovate, create and build in a manner that advances the Kingdom
of God. Kingdom entrepreneurs represent the essence of Jesus’
teaching on the parable of the talents.
Likewise, the ability to make money is not the same as the “power
to get wealth that He might establish His covenant.” Our
standards for success often are shaded by a worldly mind-set
focused on the superficial dimensions. It’s the reason
Jesus made the distinction with his referral to “filthy
lucre.” There’s a significant difference between
the ability to make money and the anointing to get wealth. It’s
a question of motivation and purpose and control. It’s
a difference tied to how the “power” of wealth is
used: for personal gain or to advance God’s Kingdom. It’s
why generosity has been such a pivotal factor in the operation
of community as clearly outlined in both the old and new covenants.
In example after example, the Word of God illustrates what happens
when we become controlled by the world’s system. It results
in bondage. It results in slavery. And far too many of God’s
people have tried to venture into the arena of God’s economy
--- but without the principles or perspective required, they
have believed the lie the Israelite spies believed upon their
return from their initial scouting trip of the promised land:
that they were like grasshoppers in a land of giants.
God’s economy operates on faith: a faith that believes
God is a good God and He diligently rewards those who seek Him.
But the unbelief reflected by the Hebrew spies who viewed themselves
as grasshoppers in a land of giants, shuts the door to “Kingdom”
opportunity. Unbelief and fear are deadly. Unbelief undermines
operating in faith and avoids calculated risks of faith. Risk-taking
is always foundational to the entrepreneurial premise of opportunity.
But the “grasshopper” mind-set releases a venomous
spirit of timidity and fear that avoids God’s Kingdom
potential and sets the stage for failure. The “grasshopper”
avoidance of risk results in God’s people who are not
building, creating and innovating; but rather are stuck in the
mediocre that boxes in the potential of what God might do through
Kingdom entrepreneurs are not defined by the size of their business
enterprise, but rather their approach to the enterprise. Kingdom
entrepreneurs innovate, create and build. They are faith-oriented
risk-takers who keenly discern opportunity and know how to take
the calculated risks needed to believe and act on the premise
of turning that which is not into something tangible.
Kingdom entrepreneurs are the ones who embrace and exercise
the truth of God’s word that says that He has given us
the power the get wealth, that He might establish His covenant.
THE STRATEGIC DIMENSIONS OF KINGDOM WEALTH
Kingdom wealth will evolve from the three biblical dimensions
of Kingdom riches: spiritual riches, community riches and economic
riches. The word of God is rich with a balance between all three.
We have entered a time in which these three dimensions will
operate in concert with one another as Kingdom entrepreneurs
who have specialties in each begin working together. And these
Kingdom entrepreneurs will change the world, as we know it today.
The five-fold ministry of apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher
and evangelist will always be with us. But the needs for the
coming harvest are such that functionally they can be expected
to manifest more strongly in the community and economic arenas,
as the Body begins operating with a greater unity and singleness
of purpose. What that will mean will be the ministries making
the biggest impact in the days before us will be those that
touch not just lives, but entire communities. Ministries that
understand the dynamics of the interactions between the spiritual,
the community and the economic dimensions of “God’s
Kingdom riches” --- and know how to apply them toward
the advancement of His Kingdom.
The ministries poised for the coming power shift will recognize
the very significant role of the emerging group of nation-changers
patterned after the Biblical Joseph and Daniel, and that of
the enterprises they direct. Modern-day Josephs will serve key
roles as anointed kingly leaders in the accomplishment of God's
purposes. “Leaders” modeled after Old Testament
“entrepreneurial kings,” like Abraham, Isaac, Joseph
and King David who time and again served God’s purposes
of redemption and restoration for His people.
Similarly, alliances between these modern-day nation-changers
and anointed, chosen non-believers patterned after the Joseph-Pharaoh
alliance will take the kingly paradigm a step further. It is
an apt parallel to the unique opportunities associated with
God's initiatives that will be brought forth for the critical
times we are entering. The fact is the Joseph-Pharaoh model
was outside the box of the traditional religious mind-set God’s
people had in Joseph’s era. It was an unusual, unconventional
alliance to the religious standards embraced by Joseph’s
family. But it was the divine strategy God chose to circumnavigate
the famine coming to the earth at that time.
Today’s Josephs will address the power shift and upheavals
of our day by anticipating change and facilitating initiatives
beyond the scope or vision of traditional ministries. At the
forefront of their key functions will be the spearheading of
the wealth transfer. And this role of releasing Kingdom riches
will facilitate the restoration and redemption needed to build
communities and impact nations. Restoration and redemption facilitated
by coalitions and strategies targeting the restoration of Israel
and the command in Isaiah 58:10 of reaching out to help the
oppressed, the poor, the hungry, and afflicted.
As this wealth transfer begins unfolding, there will be a shift
from the ministry model of recent decades. Most established
parachurch organizations are the result of entrepreneurial exploits
that have built medium-sized to worldwide organizations based
on a high profile, personality-based, fund-raising model. There
is no question that this God-given model has served an essential
role for its time in connecting and building up the Body spiritually.
But the times are changing. And the parachurch model that arose
in the fifties and sixties will give way to models more suited
to the needs of era we have entered: models incorporating not
only the spiritual, but the community and economic dimensions
of God’s riches. These models will birth a mix of both
micro and macro-level entrepreneurial Kingdom initiatives.
AND these models will operate on the basis of God’s economy,
and be driven by cooperative, community and inter-organizational
efforts. They will exemplify the principle of the power to get
wealth that He might establish His covenant. As the establishment
of God’s covenant paradigm reemerges, it will be coupled
to the restoration of God’s economic model.
God’s economy will release redemption and restoration
that will build communities and change nations. The old paradigm
will shift to one with Kingdom entrepreneurs and modern-day
Josephs and Daniels advancing cooperative initiatives encompassing
the spiritual, community and economic dimensions of God’s
Kingdom entrepreneurs who will operate with a gift for spotting
opportunity and translating that opportunity into community-building
and nation-changing agendas that advance the Kingdom of God.
The parable of the sower used a known economic principle of
Jesus’ day: of sowing in fertile ground, to make a spiritual
point. It parallels the parable of the talents: of making your
assets work for you, again using an economic principle to make
a spiritual point. They each deal with how we are to respond
to opportunity. Yet, how many tend to overlook giving genuine
focus to the economic dimensions of these two parables?
In embracing the economic truths of these two parables, we have
to face the dimension of opportunity. And with opportunity,
we have to look hard at the issue of risk. Just like faith is
in constant tension with unbelief, so opportunity cannot be
embraced without surmounting the hurdle of risk. Addressing
risk enters the practical realm of where we live. Isaac took
steps that went against all odds when he sowed in famine. But
the result was he reaped a hundred-fold return.
The economic side of the issue posed by these parables raises
the question of how faithfully we invest our time and economic
talents into fertile ground that will yield the hundred-fold
return in the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
Identifying that fertile ground, along with what it takes to
do the sowing is the foundation of opportunity and the area
that Kingdom entrepreneurs, big and small, will exploit. That
ability to spot opportunity and maximize it is the basis on
which entrepreneurs innovate, create and build. But as we enter
a time with evil being multiplied on every hand, it will become
a primary basis on which God’s Kingdom advances. It’s
the new paradigm.
Kingdom entrepreneurs are not new to Christendom. From their
ranks have come the pioneers and change-artists who recognize
the need and opportunity of the times and then do something
about it. During the fifties and sixties the Lord raised up
a unique breed of Kingdom entrepreneurs. They were “spiritual”
entrepreneurs and pioneers. And these pioneers began seizing
the opportunity represented in the mass media, which in effect
extended the reach and complemented the role served by the local
church infrastructure. With the development of technology and
the pervasive role radio and television began playing spiritually
in lives across the globe, these “spiritual entrepreneurs”
paved the way for changing the paradigm of how the Church operated.
But these changes that seized the opportunity and transformed
the game rules advancing God’s Kingdom were anticipatory
responses the Spirit of the Lord was unfolding to enable the
Body to meet the challenges of the times. At the time, the emerging
challenges were simply not seen by many, and some of the heaviest
opposition came from Church leaders who resisted the change.
So it is today. We have entered a time in which the days are
evil and becoming increasing more so. And along with that is
the fact that the paradigm is shifting.
The companion to risk and resistance has always been the propensity
to interpret future development based on the constraints of
past models. The parachurch movement brought in a new order
and dimension to the way the Church operated.
RECOGNIZING AND RESPONDING TO THE CHANGE AND OPPORTUNITY
In similar fashion, the restoration of God’s economy and
the wealth transfer will usher in changes that dramatically
impact priorities, perspectives and methodologies. Many of these
now-familiar ministry models have been refined and reached satisfying
comfort-levels. But rather than having arrived, much work remains.
Much of it incorporates new challenges. And recent days have
realized many experiencing turbulence tied to the old models.
God’s Kingdom is advancing. And the scope of both the
risk and the opportunity are demanding change. The shaking and
resistance underway is to spur us on. And for those who begin
embracing the new paradigm, the shaking and resistance will
be met with sovereign responses of the Holy Spirit and a fresh
release of signs and wonders and miracles. In this process the
Spirit of the Lord is preparing us for a timely and more strategic-level
impact, as the paradigm in both approach and perspective shifts.
Since the inception of the parachurch movement, the pace of
change within the Body and the way the Church operates has been
gradual and steady. But the accelerated pace of events and the
ease and speed with which the world interacts today is demanding
much more. The change required is not an end in itself, but
a part of the process of establishing new beachheads that will
mobilize the Body in ways relevant to the times and seasons.
It is the change required to advance the Kingdom of God victoriously.
Opportunity seized in the arena of the mass media since the
fifties has more recently been combined with inroads made by
Kingdom pioneers through the medium of the Internet. The result
has been a quantum leap impacting the means by which this generation
of the Body is informed, connected and matured.
CATALYSTS FOR THE WEALTH TRANSFER
As the Body has been awakened, matured, informed and connected,
there has been a convergence tied to a fresh and major move
of redemption and restoration. This convergence will actuate
the Deuteronomy 8 principle of the “power to get wealth
that He might establish His covenant” as a transfer of
wealth tied to the power shift in process emerges. This dynamic
will serve as a catalyst for unfolding a level of redemption
and Kingdom restoration that will be unlike anything seen in
But there are two other key scriptures, which together with
Deuteronomy 8:18 form the broader perspective encompassing the
transfer of wealth. The first is the Proverbs 13 principle that
the “wealth of the wicked is stored up for the just.”
The second is from Isaiah 60 and marks the expectation of what
will unfold with the restoration of Israel.
We have entered an era in which numerous end-time conditions
are being aligned. This alignment includes four key emerging
factors tied to the wealth transfer.
When they mature and converge, they will be significant catalysts
to the release of enormous wealth and resources into the hands
of those at the forefront of strategically advancing the Kingdom
of God. These four dimensions include
* the restoration of God’s economy;
* a new outworking of Body-unity whereby community initiatives
become Kingdom initiatives;
* strategic partnerships between spiritual, community and economic
Kingdom entrepreneurs, and
* the restoration of Israel.
Restoration of God’s Economy.
of the nature of these times the restoration of God’s
economy will be as a light shining in the deepening darkness
coming upon the earth. These are times described in scripture
as times of earthquakes and famines; of wars and rumors of wars.
They are described as evil days.
But the principles in Deuteronomy that govern entrepreneurial
communities work in the face of adversity. The awakening and
calling of Kingdom entrepreneurs will globally penetrate bastions
of poverty and destruction with hope. The restoration of God’s
economy will become foundational to the groundswell of “repossessing
the land” that is tied to the release of the wealth transfer
described in Proverbs 13.
Body Unity Whereby Community Initiatives Become Kingdom
are numerous models operating today, like in the days of Issac,
by which God’s economy operates against all odds. Each
of them in some significant way is tied to community. Each involves
community-directed unity that supersedes the Western mind-set
of the self-contained, rugged individualist-type that we tend
to associate with pioneers and entrepreneurs. The Kingdom entrepreneurs
of this day will not fit the superstar mold often seen in high
profile corporate settings, but rather a servant-leader model.
Joseph was a servant-leader whose strategies bypassed the destruction
of the famine and strengthened his nation while accomplishing
God’s redemptive purposes.
Kingdom entrepreneurs will be facilitators of setting others
in motion as they serve as catalysts in community activities
that in turn impact and bless the regions and nations of which
they are a part, in the advancement of the Kingdom of God. As
the world views those who have been given the “power to
get wealth” and those who sow in famine and reap a hundred-fold;
they will see the tangible result of how God Almighty establishes
His covenant among His people.
Strategic Partnerships Between Spiritual, Community
and Economic Kingdom Entrepreneurs.
we enter a time when the clash of kingdoms is intensifying and
the struggle over dominion begins reaching vicious levels, we
will also see a convergence of the roles of the various types
of Kingdom entrepreneurs. Spiritual Kingdom entrepreneurs. Community
Kingdom entrepreneurs. And economic Kingdom entrepreneurs. With
this convergence will arise partnerships that will flow in the
principle of “God giving us the power to get wealth that
He might establish His covenant.”
These partnerships will build communities and change nations
and advance and align the kingdom of God. And in the process,
there will be a monumental “Proverbs 13” power shift,
that will result in an incredible release of resources into
very timely, strategic and effective kingdom initiatives: Kingdom
initiatives that merge the functions served by spiritual, community
and economic Kingdom entrepreneurs.
But as the paradigm shifts, the focus and importance God has
always placed on Israel is moving center-stage.
The Restoration of Israel.
and redemption has always included the apple of God’s
eye, Israel. The throne-room perspective to God giving us the
power to get wealth that He might establish His covenant comes
from Isaiah 60. It speaks of the restoration of Israel. It points
to the truth that in the overall scheme of what the Lord is
releasing for the days before us, that Israel and Jewish revival
is the pivot point.
“For the wealth of the seas will be brought to you and
the riches of the nations will come. Your gates will stand open
continually, so that men may bring to you the wealth of the
nations. You are the Lord. You will do this swiftly and they
will be called ministers of our God and they will feed on the
wealth of nations.” (Isaiah 60:5,11)
The restoration of Israel, both the land and the people Israel
is already in process. More Jews have met their Messiah since
1967 than in all the years since our Lord walked the face of
the earth. And the momentum and impact of the Messianic Jewish
movement is on the increase. The nation of Israel has become
the number-two center for venture capital projects in the world.
Israel’s Technology Incubator program produces a high
ratio of new business enterprises entering the world market
in a matter of a handful of years.
Despite more than 50 years of war and the impact of an intifada
designed to destroy Israel, the desert blooms in Israel and
against all odds, it thrives. But the pressures against Israel
have never been greater and they mark the steps toward the time
Scripture points to as when “all Israel is saved.”
As the spiritual “restoration of Israel” unfolds,
the initiatives that merge the efforts of spiritual, community
and economic Kingdom entrepreneurs will serve as catalysts for
the macro-level releases of the wealth transfer. An Israel-directed
wealth-transfer is described by these verses of Isaiah 60 as
“the riches of the nations” and the “wealth
of the nations.”
THE POWER SHIFT
Centuries and centuries ago, seats of power rested with those
with the military might. Then there was a time when those who
reigned and conquered were those controlling the organizational
religious establishments. Most recent centuries have seen rule
and authority controlled by national governments. But during
the most recent decade or so, the real seats of power have been
tied to economic power. That's why so much of the focus today,
in terms of God's agendas and the building of His Kingdom, involves
the mobilization of economic Kingdom entrepreneurs.
There is an awesome alignment in process. It is an alignment
that will release the greatest move of redemption and restoration
the world has ever seen. Restoration and redemption tied to
a massive power shift: the power shift of all ages. God’s
sovereignty over His creation is being restored, His covenant
confirmed and His covenant people becoming the head and not
the tail. This alignment and power shift coincide with the preparation
of the gatekeepers and administrators who understand the times
and the dynamics of this divine orchestration of restoration
and redemption that is unfolding. It is a shift in dominion.
A power shift that will incorporate new venues of resources
and wealth that will be entrusted to the hands of prepared and
chosen vessels like Joseph the Patriarch, who understand the
times and will administrate them in the accomplishment of God’s
purposes for this strategic hour.