|THE BUSINESS MODEL FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The kingdom of God comes forth carrying both the expectations of God and the ill-will of unrepentant
mankind. God expects his Kingdom to be a powerhouse, to take over the world. Those who deny God's
rule will detest and fight His Kingdom.
The prophecies of God's Kingdom define both the Kingdom and the challenges it faces, they are an
integral part of the business model. The prophecies shape the Kingdom into an unstoppable economic
force. Here they are.
"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be
destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume
all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever." (Dan. 2:44).
When men set up kingdoms, they rely on weapons. But the world will recognise that God is setting up a
Kingdom, because God uses messages and messengers and His Holy Word to set up His Kingdom
rather than arms and force. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." (Zech.
When established, God's Kingdom is indestructible, it "shall never be destroyed." God's Kingdom shall
never be deserted or conquered, "the kingdom shall not be left to other people... and it shall stand for
ever." Further, the Kingdom of God is to destroy and consume the kingdoms established by men, "but it
shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms."
In the prophecy of Daniel 2, the Kingdom of God is symbolized as a "stone (that) was cut out of the
mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces" the symbols of the kingdoms of men. Without hands
means without the use of force.
Since the Kingdom of God will not use force, it must take over the earth as an economic power. On the
surface, this seems impossible, but Christ assures us that it is so.
"And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare
it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be
in the earth: but when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out
great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it." (Mark 4:30-32).
The Kingdom of God is to grow from the tiniest of seeds and to stand greater than all the other plants,
big enough to provide shelter for the birds, a symbol of the vulnerable animals of the planet. The
mustard seed is a symbol of faith.
"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain
of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove;
and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matt. 17:20). A small number of people found the Kingdom of
God because they place their faith in Bible prophecy and the simple words of Christ.
(The mountain is a symbol of the church that goes to Jerusalem to stand on Mount Zion with the Lamb
and learn the Song of Moses and the Lamb. Mountains symbolize nations or denominations in the Bible,
see Micah 4:1-4, quoted below.)
The business model of the Kingdom of God is also, quite literally, grounded in prophecy. God intends
that every family shall have land. As Christ says, "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
(Matt. 5:5). Here is the same prophesy from the Old Testament. I'm quoting the whole thing so you can
see that the prophecy is of God's Kingdom.
"But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain (denomination, allied groups of Feast,
Sabbath and Commandment keepers) of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the
mountains (among the great denominations), and it shall be exalted above the hills (small independent
churches); and people shall flow unto it. And (people of) many nations shall come, and say, Come, and
let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of
his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from
Jerusalem. And he (God's chosen ruler, see Is. 11:1-4) shall judge among many people, and rebuke
strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But
they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the
mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it." (Micah 4:1-4).
Every man (and woman) owns the ground "under his vine and under his fig tree" and there are no tax
collectors to take the land away from God's people, "none shall make them afraid." Their eventual
refusal to pay taxes is the reason for the buy and sell ban of Rev. 13. Here is the prophecy of the buy
and sell ban.
"And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake
as a dragon. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in
their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or
the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding
count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore
and six." (Rev. 13:11,16-18).
The beast with "two horns like a lamb," that speaks like a dragon, is the United States. The horns are the
President and Vice President. The beast is like a lamb because it symbolizes a nation conceived in
Christian principles, Christ was the Lamb of God. The lamb-like beast speaks like a dragon (dragon is
one of Satan's titles, see Rev. 12:9). That means that the United States forgets its Christian founding and
becomes a representative of Satan, ignoring the God given liberties of its people. Acting as Satan's
representative, the United States demands that God's people accept the mark of the beast if they are to
buy or sell.
God's people are aware of the curse on those who have the mark of the beast, and they never accept it.
The mark of the beast has a profound influence on the business model of God's Kingdom. Here is the
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his
image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath
of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented
with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the
smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who
worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." (Rev. 14:9-11).
There are existing business models which the Kingdom of God will emulate. For example, at the dawn of
the Industrial Revolution, taxes were very light, business was unregulated and whole industries roared
into being. There were many defects in this era. The treatment of workers and the poor was particularly
shabby and often criminal. The Kingdom of God, which is based on Christian principles, will not repeat
these errors. But as a business model, all of the farmers and businessmen in the Kingdom of God will
have free counseling on the best ways to minimize the taxes and government interference that are
presently putting a brake on the world's economy.
In the time of trouble, God will remove the burden of the expensive and poisonous governments that
rule the earth.
"Alas! for that day (of God's vengeance on the wicked of the earth) is great, so that none is like it: it is
even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day,
saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and
strangers shall no more serve themselves of him (Jacob): but they shall serve the Lord their God, and
David their king, whom I will raise up unto them." (Jer. 30:7-9).
This promise is made to the tribes of Israel, the descendants of Jacob, the Chosen People, the lost
tribes among the Christian nations and the known tribes of the Jews. After years of being forced to fund
the very governments that persecute them, God will set His people free. Until then, avoiding paying
taxes to oppressors is the plan.
For years, the government of America has been involved in conspiracies to destroy the Branch
Davidian church, murder its leaders, and steal its property for preaching the prophecies of the Kingdom
of God. I have battled government conspiracies against the church myself since 1987. See No. 9, "An
Honest Church History."
I'm sure a CPA could do better, but here are a few suggestions for minimizing taxes. Have all businesses
owned by the workers, with all employees from manager to janitor paid the minimum legal wage. Set up
the ownership to cover a wide range of business activities and reinvest all profits in buying better
equipment, broadening the range of business activities and improving non-taxable worker's benefits.
The picture at the beginning of this article showed a very large prosperous farm. As an economic unit,
the farm is usually run by a family. While some businesses may demand community involvement, a family
is the preferred labor pool for a business. Family members have a long term commitment to each other
that stabilizes employee turnover, making it easier to wait for riches until the taxing authority of the
nations has been taken away by God.
The farm is at the heart of the Kingdom of God. Minimally, it produces enough food for its residents.
Ideally, it produces a lot of food to sell. Selling that food brings us to another existing business model
that the Kingdom of God will emulate. This is the model of the Whole Foods grocery chain, one of the
fastest growing business on earth. Founded in 1980, by September 2009 the company operated 284
Whole Foods sells organic and natural foods, something people want and will pay extra to buy. The
Kingdom of God farms will grow everything organically. Its food products will be of the highest quality,
for example, organic preserves sweetened with honey, organic dairy products, and (to emulate the
model of Bob's Red Mill) organic whole grain cereal and baking mixes.
It is the job of the leaders of the Kingdom of God to market these products for maximum profit. Here our
model is a cross between Wal-Mart, the model of low prices, and the rural location of the Mennonite
farm stand. The actual marketing strategy of the Kingdom of God must also take into account the buy
and sell ban.
Because of the buy and sell ban, commerce by barter will be encouraged within and between Kingdom
of God communities. To facilitate the growth of barter, the leadership of the Kingdom of God will
establish a barter exchange, a service free to tithe payers. The barter exchange will evaluate (assign
credits) to various commodities and maintain a website dedicated to objects wanted and objects offered.
Non tithe payers could use this service, however 25% of the commodities they offer would be taken as a
donation to the Kingdom of God for the evaluation of their offering and the use of the barter exchange.
(Standard rates given on the website would apply to recycles, used construction materials, durable
used clothing in good condition, etc.) During the buy and sell ban (or perhaps before), credits from the
barter exchange would be used to purchase products in the Kingdom of God stores.
The Kingdom of God stores would be run as community businesses, and while they will not be free to
those who provide their products, at least 90% of the purchase price (in money or credits) should be
paid to the supplier. (This will keep prices down, as in the Wal-Mart model.) Stores must have day and
night armed security as they will be the most visible target in God's Kingdom.
The most critical business of the Kingdom of God is selling ALL of the food produced by all the farms,
year after year. To this end, a trusted person outside the Kingdom will establish a chain of restaurants
featuring an organic buffet which sells prepared food by the pound made from ingredients picked up
daily from the farms, with no middlemen to drive up costs. These buffets will serve no meat and
generally operate with a very limited range of healthy ingredients: fish, organic dairy and eggs, organic
fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, olive oil, honey, herbs and spices. A talented chef can do
wonders with superb ingredients, even if their choice of ingredients is limited.
I say a trusted person would own this organic buffet chain because, year after year, that person would
donate 99.9% of the profits from this business to registered charities benefiting the Kingdom of God.
This business must operate outside the Kingdom of God so that it is not shut down by the buy and sell
ban. During the buy and sell ban the restaurant chain will obtain Kingdom of God products through the
barter exchange. (That will be a challenge worthy of Solomon!!)
Several other businesses may operate in the world and donate 99.9% of profits to benefit God's
Kingdom. The most important of these will deal with education. It will be an Internet based home school
resource that will allow families to provide their home schooled children with a superior education. It
will provide on line videos, teacher's guides, lesson plans, and comprehensive quiz questions. The
business will sell its services, however, full scholarships will be available to all farm children, if their
parents submit tithe receipts from Sabbath and Feast keeping churches. (This business may end up
being a charity. If so, it will have sponsors.)
For many years the Kingdom of God will need a base of tithe and donations in order to grow. It will use
part of the tithe and donations to buy more farms and establish families on them. The farms themselves
will carry very unconventional mortgages. No mortgage will ever be foreclosed. The payment on the
mortgage will be 40% of the annual crops, that 40% plus the 10% tithe means that farmers who obtain
their land through the Kingdom of God will be 50% sharecroppers until the mortgage is paid off. Interest
on the mortgage will be 10%. Interest and payments will be used to buy more farms and settle more
The business plan of the Kingdom of God will grow and evolve with time. This is only the beginning, the
mustard seed, for those who believe that God keeps His promises.
Amo Paul Bishop Roden