Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Making ends meet in the current economy

Unemployed workers line up for benefits

Examiner pulled my last column, about writing for money. It was intended to be the second in a series about making a living in a tough economy, but Examiner said it was off-topic. Okay, fair point. I didn’t actually connect the dots for my readers. My chosen topic is Signs of the Times, not how to write for money. (I’m sure Examiner didn’t pull it just because I laid out the pay structure.) Actually I appreciate the push in the right direction.

The reason for those two columns, and the others I have planned in this series, is that, like a lot of people I know, I am struggling to make ends meet. Call me crazy, but I think the crummy economy is a Sign that we are living in the Last Days. True, there have always been poor folks, in any economy. Even Jesus acknowledged that ‘There will always be poor people.’ (Matthew 26:11)
For a symptom to be part of The Sign, then, it would have to be significant. Revelation 6:6 foretold a time when people would be saying, ‘"A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"
Likewise, the prophecy at Isaiah 65:22 says of the restored paradise after the time of trouble, “No more building a house that some outsider takes over, No more planting fields that some enemy confiscates,” clearly implying that during the last days of this World System people would be losing their houses and their incomes. And that is happening on an unprecedented scale. Perhaps you recognize some of these headlines:
Until this System ends, we all need to concern ourselves with bringing home the bacon. In my previous article I gave some suggestions for making a living in this environment. One of the suggestions I included was network marketing or multi-level marketing. However, like everything else involving money, there are opportunities to make an honest living, and opportunities to get scammed.
In my next column, we’ll discuss these.
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