James, the brother of Jesus, is the writer of the biblical New Testament book of James. The book reveals the gentle loving nature of James' pastoral manner. He encourages and comfort, as well as exhorts to faithfulness, etc. But when the reader gets to Chapter Five, suddenly, with no warning, James demeanor changes from "pastoral" to "prophetic." Sounding like an ancient Old Testament prophet, he begins to pronounce judgment. "Go to now ye rich men. Weep and howl for the miseries that shall come upon you!"
For only eleven verses, James departs from speaking words of encouragement to his congregants (a letter that was to be read also to the Jewish believers in Christ who were forced to flee Jerusalem for their protection against the ostracizing of their families and friends of Jewish descent. Upon their acceptance of Christ they were scattered throughout the region. It was important to James that they find encouragement in this letter.
But James 5:1-11 is suddenly out of context of James' dissertation. In these verses he rails upon a rich, wicked financial cartel who has for generations been amassing control of the world's wealth. They have primarily accomplished this by changing the "wage system" from "real wages" to "fraudulent wages."
In this teaching, Dr. Don G. Pickney reveals that James was looking down the path of time to the end of this age... to the generation of the end of time. He spoke his prophecy for that period, not to his own people in his Church of that period. "You have heaped treasure together for the last days." Scholars agree that this word in the Greek, eschatos," never speaks, nor is used in the scripture to mean the end of the span of a man's life. Rather, it speaks of the end of the ages... just before the coming of the Lord! He identifies the period thus, "the judge stands just before the door." Just prior to the rapture and the beginning of God's final judgments, there will be this event spoken of in James, Chapter Five.
James continues, "And the wages of the laborers who have reaped your fields, which is kept back by fraud, cries! And the cry has entered into the Lord of Sabaoth. "Lord of Sabaoth" is the Greek transliterated Hebrew word for God's name, Jehovah Tsaba, Lord of hosts.
Pastor Don connects James' prophecy to Isaiah's prophecy spoken of as "the Day of Jehovah Tsaba," which shall be "upon the proud, lofty, and those who are lifted up, and they shall be brought low."
Get ready for much scriptural revelation as you watch this video teaching by Dr. Don G. Pickney.