By Edwin Christiaan | 9/2/2022 | www.instituteoflove.net/thegreatwealthtransfer
For years now we have been hearing, especially from those within the Charismatic church circles, that there is a “Great Wealth Transfer,” or as some call it, the “End Time Wealth Transfer,” coming for the Body of Christ. Simply put, it means that something will happen to cause the church/Christians to become rich. Everything they couldn’t have and do before, they will finally be able to do. Supposedly, the riches will be used to fund the spreading of the Gospel.
It is often said that this “Great Transfer of Wealth” is about to happen any minute, and God is going to take the wealth of the wicked world and supernaturally give it to the Christians!
In order to make the wealth transfer happen, they teach that God is raising up a special group of apostles called “workplace” or “marketplace” apostles. These “specially anointed” apostles, or businesspeople as they are, will have the ability to make investments that will yield extraordinary returns. They will not be traditional financial planners who are satisfied with annual returns of 5 to 20 percent, these men have faith to believe for the Biblical standard of 100 percent returns or more becoming the norm.
According to those who are teaching this false doctrine, the prophecies about the “Great Wealth Transfer” is scriptural, and you are warned that if you want to be on the receiving end of the transfer, you had better align yourself properly with God, which includes sowing a monetary seed for your expected return. These teachers claim that vast sums of money are necessary to defeat the forces of darkness and advance God’s kingdom.
I am just wondering, since we are living in the End Times already, why is the church not experiencing a brimming cashflow from the “Great Transfer of Wealth”? What could God be waiting on? You would think that now more than ever would be the opportune moment to “help” His children out!
We know from Scripture that God is a sovereign God and is able to do anything. For ‘nothing is impossible with God’ (Luke 1:37) and yes, He is able to take money from the rich and give it – at His discretion – to anyone He chooses! But where does this doctrine of the “Great Wealth Transfer” come from?
The very same people who are behind the New Apostolic Reformation (the NAR), as we covered in a previous chapter, are the also the promoters of this deceptive teaching. In their writings and prophesies, they use certain scriptures to make their point about how the Great Wealth Transfer will usher in an End Time harvest of souls. But, as usual, their scripture usage is completely misappropriated and taken out of context. You would think that such influential leaders in the Christian church would at least stick to a proper exegesis of the Word of God for fear of others exposing them for their complete lack of knowledge! But no, their conclusions are laughable at best and brings embarrassment upon the Christian church.
Let us take a look at the verses that these prophets and apostles are using to support the teaching of the Great Transfer of Wealth.
The first scripture they use comes from the book of Isaiah:
“Your gates will stay open around the clock to receive the wealth of many lands.”
Isaiah 60:11 NLT
This verse is from a chapter that talks about the restoration of the nation of Israel during the Millennial reign of Christ, an event yet to occur in the future. As we so often see with these false teachers, they import verses from the past or the future and place them on our present time. However, this scripture is not about the church! The other verses in the chapter make this clear. Verse 14, for example, specifically names Israel’s capitol city, Jerusalem, when it refers to “the City of the Lord” and “Zion,” which are two other names for Jerusalem.
“The children of your tormentors will come and bow before you. Those who despised you will kiss your feet. They will call you the City of the LORD, and Zion of the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 60:14 NLT
As you can see, the whole chapter has a geographical location that it must not be removed from.
In the light of the rest of the chapter, it is clear that verse 11 is saying the wealth of the Gentile nations, meaning the non-Israelite nations, will be brought to Israel during the Millennium, after Christ’s return to Earth. It has absolutely nothing to do with wealth being transferred to the church today through so-called workplace apostles!
The second verse that is used to support the “Great Wealth Transfer” theory is this:
“But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”
Proverbs 13:22b NKJV
This quote is actually not even the whole verse. That is why we put a ‘b’ behind the verse number when we quote it. The entire first sentence has been excluded, which says: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” So, when you read the verse in its context, it becomes clear that this proverb is about inheritances; the lasting legacy left by the righteous versus the fleeting prosperity of the wicked. Or, as the Contemporary English Version rephrases it to make the meaning clear:
“If you obey God, you will have something to leave your grandchildren. If you don’t obey God, those who live right will get what you leave.”
Proverbs 13:22 CEV
This proverb was never meant to be turned into a teaching about the End Times, marketplace apostles, or the release of wealth upon the church. It is an outrageous and shameless stretch.
Furthermore, there are no messages in the Bible that places any dependency on finances to achieve its purpose. Far from it! The Word of God is a testament to God’s supernatural, miracle working power, and it encourages spiritual strength of character.
Additionally, the original apostles in the Bible never once said that wealth was a key to the church’s success. Peter and John, for instance, didn’t have much money and God used them mightily! They relied on something far more powerful than money – the authority of Christ. Once, when a crippled beggar asked them for money, Peter replied:
“I don’t have any money for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”
Acts 3:6 NLT
The point we are making is to reject the false claims of wealth coming and serve God in humility, patiently awaiting Christ’s return. Instead of being victims of false hopes that never come, we are urged to be content with what we have and stop any craving for money.
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.”
1 Timothy 6:6 NLT
“So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”
1 Timothy 6:8-10 NLT
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT