There are so many things about the response to the Coronavirus that just do not make sense:
Why can you buy a lottery ticket but you can’t buy seeds?
Why are the liquor stores open for mental health reasons (according to New Jersey’s governor) but church members can’t meet together in the church parking lot in their own cars?
Why can you have an elective abortion but all other elective surgeries are nixed?
Why can all of the big box stores stay open and crowded but the small businesses have to shut their doors?
Why are employees being paid more to stay home than to work?
And why do we have such strict mandates when the statistics don’t show them necessary?
There are a lot of theories and conspiracies as to why this is happening. Given the study of history I’ve done over the years, I would definitely have an opinion. However, what we always need to do is go to the Bible. Theories and conspiracies may be interesting, but unless they find their base in scripture, they are fairly irrelevant.
So let’s go to Revelation 13:16–
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,e]”>[e] to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Many people have speculated over the years about these two little verses. More recently, the micro-chip has started to fill in the gaps of how this could even possibly occur. But I’d like to go beyond the mark and talk about a few other obvious points of this passage that we often miss.
First, if people must get the mark in order to buy and sell, then we know there will be a one-world government.
Second, if all buying and selling occurs through a marks-system, then we know that all buying and selling will be centralized.
Third, if all buying and selling is centralized, then we know that there is a one-world economy.
Now, for years and years, many of us–especially those of us who are older and were actually taught prophecy–have been watching interesting things take place. The countdown really began when Israel became a nation in 1948. It was an absolute miracle and, if you didn’t believe in the literal fulfillment of Revelation before then, this would have had to give you pause for thought. My own journey into nailing down my belief about eschatology started with a secular book I read about the birth of Israel. I realized then, as a young woman, that only God could do this. There was no other plausible explanation.
And, so, now I just didn’t believe what my parents and pastors had taught me over the years, but I started to actually understand the truth of it for myself. Of course, this helped me to put other pieces together of the Revelation puzzle, as we watched them unfold throughout my lifetime–including the micro-chip (so that’s how the mark will work…) and satellite technology (so that’s how the whole world will see the two witnesses being raised…)
One of the things I have been thinking (and have often said) is that America cannot be a strong nation when the time comes for a one world government. Her people would never agree to such a thing. America’s constitution is a very special thing and stands in the way of a one-world anything.
While I said this, I always thought it’s take-down was far off into the future. I mean things aren’t ever going to happen in our lifetime, right?
But I believe what we are witnessing is the beginning of the take-down of America. The way it is being accomplished is actually brilliant! Fear is a mighty tool in the hands of the wicked!
Through fear, they have–
–taken away the “inalienable rights” we are promised in the Constitution
–killed many small businesses (a very necessary step in the centralizing of buying and selling)
–started the conversation about a cashless society
–increased the debt of this nation by trillions and trillions of dollars
–made the people even more reliant on the government
–forced the people to stay in their homes, wear masks, and do any other number of forced mandates against their will
–started the average person considering that a vaccine (with or without a microchip) would be worth getting if it means they get their “normal” life back
–gotten us all just a little bit more used to an authoritarian style of government
–taken us out of our churches and forced our pastors online, where they can be closely monitored
Now, notice, I said the “beginning” of the takedown. I have no idea what is ahead. Will we go back to some semblance of normalcy? Everything in me hopes so. But we may not. None of us really knows. It could be another hundred years for all we know. Things take time and can only happen with God’s permission. We can’t possibly know what’s ahead.
But what I hope you will recognize is how this all fits into the eventual fulfillment of Revelation 13. These things aren’t going to just happen. They are going to take years–perhaps even hundreds of years–to put into place. We live in a very exciting time when many of the things we have heard and read about in both Daniel and Revelation are converging into reality.
The events we have watched since 1948 and the birth of Israel have fit right into the literal interpretation of these two books of the Bible. This latest set of events confirms it even more for those of us who are watching and putting the pieces together.
And so we must recognize that our terrain is changing.
I heard someone say the other day that an army general can’t change his terrain but he can change himself. He can change his tactics, his attitude, his preparation.
No matter what happens, I think we can all agree that Post-2020 America will look different than Pre-2020 America. Our terrain is changing.
I am making no prognostications but am just calling you to be aware and to be critically thinking as all of this unfolds. As believers, we must be viewing all of this through the lens of scripture. This is getting easier and easier to do, as we can see so many of the current events fit into what we are told will happen in Revelation.
While all of this may be frightening and, if we are honest, leads us to wonder how much we will have to suffer as all of this occurs, we also know that our earthly terrain will soon be exchanged for a heavenly one.
God has promised to remove us from the worst that is to come (I Thessalonians 5:9) and we can rely on that promise! Until that day, we will be given the grace necessary to get through each moment (2 Corinthians 12:9).
One final thing before I conclude: I know many of you no longer believe in a literal interpretation of Revelation. This post may even be enough for you to unsubscribe from the email list or unfollow me on Facebook. And that is certainly your prerogative to do so. I would, however, like to encourage you to really consider what I have written before you do so. Do an honest study using a consistent hermeneutic before you dismiss all of this. Just because an “intellectual” says a literal interpretation of Revelation isn’t accurate, doesn’t make it so.
And, so, let’s soldier on, my friends. No matter what terrain is ahead, we have our marching orders and we must continue on!
I will close with the little-known but very encouraging fourth verse of Onward, Christian Soldiers–
Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never ’gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.