A Sampling

“Woe to those who desire the day of Jehovah! Of what good is this to you? The day of Jehovah is darkness, and not light.  It is as if a man fled before a lion, and a bear met him. Or he goes into the house and leans his hand against the wall, and a snake bites him.  Is not the day of Jehovah darkness, and not light; even very dark, and not any brightness in it?”  Amos 5:18-20


Once more I want to address how the events in the world in the past year provide a sampling of what is prophesized to come.  As the Lord leads, I believe different types of topics will be addressed in the near future, yet I have had a burden for some time to address this issue and will now address it.


The seriousness of the situation in regards to the sinful world cannot be understated.  While there is a wide variety of opinions out there regarding the future or current events, as with discussing anything of a political nature, understand that there are also certain truths that can be had regarding the world having experienced a sampling of oppression and governmental control.


On a personal level, I ponder the common sense of the lockdowns and restrictions that have been placed on people around the world, I also do not forget the changing of the rhetoric that was told to us throughout the past year.  When one looks at facts, not fake science or misused data, COVID-19 certainly is simply another unfortunate way to die. 


Recently I read some statistics from another Christian publication that I receive in the mail on a monthly basis.  While 1.8 million people died of COVID-19, 1.4 million died in car accidents, numerous more from cancer, etc.  COVID-19 death rate is not particularly high or alarming.  The facts remain the facts.


Overall, our hospitals were not overwhelmed, the vast majority of people recover and just like the risks associated with daily life, we will push forward as a society, until the Lord Raptures those who have repented and by faith believed into Him, then this small sampling will become a harsh reality of Judgment against the world for their unwillingness to repent and accept their Creator as their Savior.  Yet God will still have mercy during that time to those who seek Him.


Leaders and nations whom I have respected, have become an object of derision in my eyes.  In Canada, those who have to be quarantined, with a negative result may stay home for 14 days, otherwise they end up in a modern day hotel quarantine camp to be watched during the duration.  In Israel, the lockdowns over the deaths of 149 people make so little sense, that Prime Minister Netanyahu, whom I had respected with his approach regarding their leased land (Lev. 25:23), I now no longer respect.


In Australia, a country of which I thought had virtue, I watched as they overreacted to the virus and placed harsh draconian lockdowns on much of their citizens.  Even here in the United States, California continues to have harsh lockdowns and except for recent California state Supreme Court cases, would have not allowed churches to resume services.  It is truly remarkable that overall people go along with such things, where is the common sense?


I could go on and on and for a bit I will.  Let me talk about Governor Noem of South Dakota, a governor who I now have a lot of respect for.  She allowed personal responsibility regarding dealing with the virus and she stands alone for having fully done so. 


The other day I listened to hear speech at the CPAC and she ended with telling a story of how her ranching father died of an accident on the farm.  Folks, that is personal responsibility.  A man has to earn a living, things are dangerous, being a rancher can be very dangerous, at least certain aspects of the job.  Will the government regulate against doing those dangerous jobs that have to be done?  No, it is all about personal responsibility.


Just as we are all individually responsibility for deciding whether or not to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and be delivered from this present wicked world (Gal. 1:4), so too there is personal responsibility in all of our lives.  All over the world there are people who take huge risks, compared to what the average person would do in a comfortable setting.  This is part of their daily lives, part of their routine.


Whether traveling through dangerous territory or through an area ridilled with poisonous snakes or driving through extreme conditions, there are risks.  There are many jobs that people also do that are very dangerous and not without risks, nonetheless, are not those of us who have repented and by faith believed into Jesus Christ as our Savior secure in knowing that our lives are in the hands of Him who Created us?


“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, By no means will I ever leave you nor ever forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5


So how do we get to a point where people, many believing, go along with all of these restrictions when the facts that we can see in hindsight, did not play out according to what those talking heads originally told us?  Well let me ask a few questions to answer that:


How is it that people do not acknowledge their Creator, His holiness and go on making up stories about how evolution is the answer to our being here on this planet? 


“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1


“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”  John 1:1-3


How is it that most churches can not preach the truth and refuse to acknowledge that all men must repent before God?


Jesus said… “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”  Luke 13:3


“testifying both to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Acts 20:21


“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


How is it that the United States of America and other countries find it good in their eyes to allow same-sex marriage, when it is clearly contrary to God’s Word?


“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!  Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and understanding in their own sight!”  Isaiah 5:20-21


“If a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall be executed to death. Their blood shall be upon them.”  Leviticus 20:13


“But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female.  For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.”  Mark 10:6-8


How is it that we have a portion of our society pushing that there are multiple genders, created ‘rights’ and legislation pushing such an unbiblical agenda, when it is clearly against God’s Word?


“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”  Genesis 1:27


“A woman shall not wear anything that is fitting to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garments, for all who do so are an abomination unto Jehovah your God.”  Deuteronomy 22:5


How is it we allowed our society to morph into genders of opposite sex using the wrong bathrooms?  How is it that we have turned from God and assuming making countries great again is all about prosperity in terms of finances, but not in regards to living holy and following God, according to His Word? 


You see, dear reader, we have lost common sense a long time ago and this pandemic, of which the virus is overwhelming not extremely dangerous, has given us a sampling of things to come.  This pandemic and people’s response to it, as well as the governments of the world mandates, are giving us just a small glimpse into the reality of how one day, after the Rapture, during the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7), better known as the Tribulation, how such things will easily take place. 


We even have a sampling of censorship from big tech companies that makes it easy to see how that could take place also.  In fact, to the best of my knowledge, even a small ministry like All Will Stand, that doesn’t have much of a reach at the moment, managed to find itself shadow-banned on Twitter.


So let’s compare one type of totalitarian control that will happen during the Tribulation, thinking of the sampling of government control that we have experienced in varying degrees, depending on where you reside.


“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.  And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to do homage to the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.  And he performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven onto the earth in the sight of men.  And he leads astray those who dwell on the earth by means of those signs which he was granted to do in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.  And it was given to him to give spirit to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not do homage to the image of the beast to be killed.  And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, so that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.  Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.”  Revelation 13:11-18


Right now there is a lot of talk in different places around the world regarding immunity passports and the ability to be able to freely move, only after getting vaccinated.  There are already some companies in the United States, both ticket sellers and airlines, that are setting the stage to not allowing people who are unvaccinated against COVID to be able to do business, just a sampling of things to come.


Imagine if a new more deadly variant of COVID comes to light and this pushes governments, employers and others to begin to mandate vaccinations in order to resume a ‘normal’ life.  Well do not imagine too much, as this is already happening, but a worse variant might cause this to accelerate out of control.  Who knows, perhaps we are so close to the end that COVID will still be around during the Tribulation???


In some places around the world, even in some US states, there were more enforcement measures taken then other.  For instance, in Michigan, there were the stay home orders given by the governor, yet there was very little enforcement.  Folks there is certainly more to this story of this virus, though I will leave most of that to others to ponder.  One example will be given though…


Prior to COVID being known or discussed in our media, local schools in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky (probably elsewhere, this is just where I am aware) where closing due to illness, the flu.  I don’t believe it was the flu, I believe COVID was already going around and they were not just quite ready to begin this, as Mike Pompeo stated that this was a ‘live exercise’.  Moving forward, I assure you there will be a lot of lies and falsehoods during the Tribulation, many of which I am sure will convince those who are on the broad path to destruction (Matt. 7:13).


Speaking of which, take a look at how some people react in regards to the supposed rights of other fellow Americans.  Employers mandating vaccines, people yelling at people for wearing masks or not wearing masks, violence, etc., simply people not respecting other people in many regards.  Well things like that will be HUGE during the Tribulation.


Fellow citizens will become fellow snitches and it will not just be governmental mandates that will restrict your liberties, but it will be fellow citizens who will report you to those governmental authorities.  Truly, as we saw a sampling of such things, irregardless on what side of the aisle you sit on regarding this pandemic, nonetheless these things will be rampant during those days.


“For then there will be great affliction, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be kept safe alive; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”  Matthew 24:21-22


Let me end with this thought.  Over the past few months I have bookmarked some interesting articles that I have come across regarding the UN and biometric immunity passports, DARPA creating an implantable microchip to detect COVID, vaccine passports and such other things. 


I have been watching these things and as I went to put the final finishing touches on this article, even the source where I had found most of these links has deleted the vast majority of the articles, leaving only my bookmarked headline as a key to what information was contained within it. 


Here we have something that has similarities to the mark of the beast and no one seems to take notice.  This is not to say that this is the mark of the beast, quite honestly it doesn’t matter, the Bible says such a thing will happen and it will happen during the Tribulation, however that may be, but the fact that we went from a society, particularly of Americans who were wary about fingerprinting to pondering whether or not to have vaccine passports is quite amazing!


Even the best Churches nowadays only have a fraction of zeal for Christ, with few exceptions.  Many of those don’t want to be ‘conspiratorial’ or rather will not talk about these things, so as not to ‘speculate’.  While there is certainly some truth to where to go with these things, I also will recite the following:


“But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with giddiness, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come upon you unexpectedly.  For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.  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 21:34-36


“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to Me in Heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and instruct all the nations, immersing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”  Matthew 28:18-20