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Jamaica, the goldmine

Published:Monday | April 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books

Apostle Steve Lyston, Contributor

Without a doubt, Jamaica is one of the greatest countries worldwide! Jamaica is a physically small country that continues to make a huge impact on every nation it encounters. Jamaica has contributed to the building of many countries worldwide including the United Kingdom, Panama, Cayman and yes, the United States of America! In any country that you visit worldwide, you will find a Jamaican; and if there isn't a Jamaican there, a Jamaican has visited there! While many countries have been imposing a visa system for Jamaica, we must recognise that it is not just because of Jamaica's crime rate; but mainly because of Jamaica's economic condition. If Jamaica was thriving economically, those other countries wouldn't care one bit about Jamaica's crime rate. Money talks.

Jamaica is a goldmine and other nations know it, see it and want it. Jamaica has all the resources to be the most powerful little nation in the Western Hemisphere and the fight is over the hidden treasures to be discovered in the island.

Prophetic symbolism

Everything about Jamaica is prophetic! The motto, the national pledge, the national song, the flag and the national anthem all declare prophetic statements over this strong nation.

We must understand that everything - names, colours everything - has a meaning attached, especially from a scriptural standpoint. Names, for example, are significant and denote the character or nature of that to which it is given, be it person, place or thing!

Prophetically speaking, all the colours of the flag have both negative and positive meanings. The positive meaning of the colour black is creativity, creation, re-birth, new possibilities and new life! The negative meaning is sin, grief, famine and lack. (Jeremiah 8: 21-22, Lamentations 5: 10 and Proverbs 7: 6-9) Green symbolises prosperity, new beginnings, nature and life on a positive note. Negatively, it means the flesh, carnality, envy and jealousy. (Genesis 9: 3, I Peter 1: 24 and Psalm 37: 35) Gold symbolises the wisdom and nature of God, the glory of God, gifts, honour holiness and endurance. (Psalm 68: 13, Proverbs 19: 14 and Revelation 1: 12) Negatively it means coward, false humility and pride.

The crocodile

The only unfortunate thing embedded in our culture is the crocodile. The crocodile symbolises stubborn pride and is a stronghold on finances, commerce and economy. It represents a spirit called Leviathan and brings oppression and bondage. This spirit only wants a minority to be wealthy in order to rule the poor! This was the spirit behind Job's problems in Job 41. (See also Psalm 74). According to Ezekiel 28 (esp. verse 5) and Ezekiel 29, Leviathan amasses and increases its wealth by trafficking and illicit trade and most of its activities take place on the seas.

This is not the time for the major players in Jamaica to point fingers at each other. It is time for us to unite because we are all stakeholders in this nation - Jamaica! Yes, we can!

The national Pledge

Before God and all mankind, I pledge the love and loyalty of my heart, the wisdom and courage of my mind, the strength and vigour of my body in the service of my fellow citizens; I promise to stand up for justice, brotherhood and peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race.

Apostle Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including End Time Finance and The New Millionaire.


Jamaica's SWOT analysis

Strengths: Artistic talents, oil, gold, plants for healing, water quality, feminine beauty, athletic prowess, creativity and the capacity to make something out of nothing, civil liberties, weather, landscape, the highet quality teachers, nurses and pilots .

Weaknesses: slave mentality, non-readers, disunity, crime, corruption, easy yielders of our birthright, lack of confidence in our own, lack of vision of the leaders, selfishness.

Opportunities: Financial hub, healthcare hub, cultural hub, food and cuisine hub, water and mineral source, sports training hub,

Threats: Divestment, external cultures, false religions, selfish First-World nations, negative atmospheric conditions, international lenders, sanctions.