“So when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, It has been finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:30
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have affliction; but be of good courage, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in immersion, in which you also were raised with Him through the faith of the working of God, who raised Him out from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross; having disarmed rulers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:11-15
There is a lot that could be said about this pandemic and the responses of not only the United States government, but governments all around the world. I’ve heard many arguments and have spent much time thinking on the matter. However, I will leave the debates as to what wise choices are regarding a new way to die in a world full of death(Heb. 9:27).
One thing I do know is it is now abundantly clear that the responses of our states, as well as the federal government, is certainly also being used as an attack on our liberties. I know the same is true in other countries as well. In fact I lost much respect for some international leaders whom I had held a certain of measure of respect for.
Fear, cash payments (bribes) and ignorance has driven this COVID-19 ordeal to a level of stupidity that is almost absurd. Many people, at least originally when states started closing, had a genuine fear that they could die from the coronavirus and readily allowed the government to take those liberties away to protect them. Yet I can not help but to think of the seriousness of such an thing!
The fear of death, due to a virus caused people to become obedient to the government dystopia, yet the Bible is quite clear that unless people repent and accept the free gift of Salvation by believing into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they are going to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire(Rev. 20:15)! I wish that people would rightfully believe those preachers who are proclaiming the Gospel message. People fear death, but scoff at their Creator?!
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has established a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has appointed. He has given assurance of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31
“Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
“But what does it say? The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the Word of Faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:8-10
“But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into Gehenna; yes, I say to you, Fear Him!” Luke 12:5
I stated the following on All Will Stand’s Twitter account on February 16th, 2020:
“Could this virus spread across the globe, wreaking financial havoc, gun confiscation, countless deaths, a predecessor Tribulation style police state?”
I, nor any other Believer knows the answer to this question, God alone knows.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but My Father only.” Matthew 24:36
Yet being reading and watching, praying, should be the goal of every Believer and preached from every pulpit in the land.
“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
I don’t know what the mark of the beast will be, I don’t know who the Antichrist is or will be, I don’t know when the“time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7)”, better known as the Tribulation will be. What I do know is this:
“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the doors.” Matthew 24:32-33
As a Christian I am correct to always be watching and reading, warning other people, even if the time is not at hand.
“And he said to me, Do not seal the Words of the Prophecy of this Book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to what his work shall be.” Revelation 22:10-12
I asked a long time ago whether or not what was going on in the world, regarding President Trump, could be part of a deception of biblical proportions. It is still an unanswered question. But the other day I was pondering on how the world, by and large, could accept such measures in stark comparison to the known evidence? How? How could the majority of people go along with this?
I pondered it and then I was reading a little magazine I get in the mail from a ministry. In there was a small article about Harvard saying there was only two sexes (male and female). At that moment it hit me. How could the majority of people go along with this?
Well how could the majority of people, even evangelicals, go along thinking that marriage between the same sex is right? How could the majority go along thinking that abortion was right? How could (I do not know if it is the majority) many people go along, even complacently or believing that there are multiple sexes or a man can be a woman, vice versa? Then it hit me, things haven’t made sense in a long time. These same people have been believing lies.
The Repent! book talked about the deception that will take place(2 Th. 2:11), allowed by God, during the Tribulation. Could this be part of the deception that we are seeing right now? I ponder this too, I do not know.
I thought of all of the payouts that people are getting. While certainly people need unemployment, food assistance, etc., I was pondering the exuberant amount that a lot of people are getting. Being a small business owner, to me this whole pandemic seems to be a war on small businesses, more than anyone else.
There have been articles about employees not wanting to go back to work, because they make more on unemployment with the additional $600 a week the federal government provides, on top of the state unemployment. Yesterday I talked to my buddy who was telling me how people were getting mad for being scheduled back their normal hours (this is a restaurant in Montana).
These employees wanted a slight reduction in hours so they still could get the extra money. In fact many employees are calling off every so often and telling the manager that they have a slight fever, a cough or some other possible COVID-19 related symptom. Due to state emergency regulations the employer can take no action whatsoever against them. They get 7 days off, their job protected and also the unemployment checks.
What is this causing? It is causing a nation of liars. They are being tempted to lie in order to get some more free money. They become like the masters behind this worldwide show, who are also not completely forthcoming. I thought on this too and this verse came to mind:
“And also through his cunning he will cause deceit to prosper in his hand. And he will magnify himself in his heart, and through prosperity shall destroy many. He shall also stand up against the Ruler of rulers, but he shall be broken in pieces without hands.” Daniel 8:25
Could it be??? I’ve never completely understood that verse and do not think it will ever be understood prior to the Rapture(2 Th. 2:7). At that point, it will not matter.
Perhaps the Lord will come and take us Home soon? Certainly it seems like it. While I don’t know the future, I have a feeling that this next winter will be much worse than what we dealt with and are dealing with now. I’ll go ahead and toss out some ‘thoughts’ on the matter, just some random thinking that I have had on it. However, if we Believers are still here, we won’t know what will or won’t happen until it happens.
‘Thoughts’ on the Winter Months
Pompeo had stated in a conference that this was a ‘live exercise’. Was that a slip of tongue or just misspeaking?
There is rumblings of mandatory vaccines and now President Trump has stated that the military will be handing out the vaccines. Where is the military everywhere now? Did you know that Trump has an Executive Order that has up to 2 million troops to be activated for 2 years?
Many ‘experts’ in the science field is warning that there will be a second wave and that traditional it will be worse than the first. Fair enough, historically I could see the sense in stating such a thing. However, how bad was the first one, in comparison to the predictions? An argument that can not be won because the excuse will always be that it ‘would have’ been that bad if they didn’t do the restrictions that were done. Circular reasoning.
Now COVID-19 has a lot of flu like symptoms and I saw one member of the task force talking about the difficulty in distinguishing between the two. Indeed! (Tongue in check: perhaps as a pastor said, we could have those numbers broadcast daily on television and the news as well). So take a look at the fear that started this and imagine if there was a slight mutation (intentionally) that made the virus just a bit worse, at least at first or in one area.
That would fan the flames of the fear and mix that with the regular flu season and you got yourself a MAJOR recipe for disaster. Then if the government rolls out some sort of vaccine or heavy restrictions and you disagree, not only will you be an enemy of the state, but an enemy of the people as well. Tighten the noose of draconian regulations and people will beg to return to normalcy, whether or not it is some sort of immunity certificate that has to be used constantly to do so. Stand in the way of returning to that normalcy and you stand in their way, becoming their target.
I’ll leave it there, time will tell. Nonetheless Christ has already won. If this turns out to lead into the Antichrist world government, then it is God’s timing. If not, we certainly could see how easily such prophecies could be fulfilled.