Does the Covid-19 virus fit into those warning signs or birth pains?
On February 1 of this year I spoke at the Bridge Bible Church’s Women’s Retreat and, in that talk, I said that the Bible predicts a one world government with a global dictator. I speculated that this governmental transformation would be triggered by an overwhelming global catastrophe that spins ever downward to a point that people willingly accept a dictator’s rule. So, the question at hand: is this Covid-19 virus THE world-wide event that eventually results in the rule of the antichrist or is this pandemic but the final warning before an even worse global problem emerges and ricochets completely out of control? Only time will tell us.
With every passing day the news gets worse, there’s no good way out and no way to prevent it and no way to stop it and no way to cure it. We can’t keep standing still and we can’t move ahead. The Law of Unintended Consequences has already kicked in and financial disasters are looming large. Who knows what else will come spiraling out of the darkness of it.
What’s different about this virus is that even in the midst of the pandemic, we can see how it advances Biblical prophecy a lot. Thanks to this virus, giant steps forward have been made in terms of setting the stage for the coming world order. For instance, every dictator who’s ever lived had the same fear: the mob. If you want to run the world, you have to prevent groups of people from coming together in case they’re plotting to overthrow the government. Therefore, you must be able to keep track of all of the people, all of the time. Afraid of getting sick, we have given up an unprecedented number of personal freedoms; we have accepted personal surveillance and tracking apps.
Combined with the other signs, I would say, “Yes, it does. Covid-19 tips us into the birth pains’ segment of the end times. Not the Tribulation (the last seven years; Daniel’s 70th week) but rather into those couple of years that immediately precede the Tribulation. Among respected Watchers on the Wall, there is very strong agreement that we’ve hit the tipping point, that we’ve moved from general warning signs into the birth pains’ segment of the end times. Increasingly, things are pointing to Jesus coming back soon.
Many people will be saying, “Oh come on, lady, people have been talking about the end times and Jesus coming back for years; for centuries in fact. Nothing’s happened and nothing’s gonna happen. Pass the beer and let’s watch the game.” Yes, that is a paraphrase of 2 Peter 3:3-4, which actually reads, “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this “coming” He promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
Peter’s letter is addressed to the Church, not to unbelievers. It’s the Church that’s being warned about scoffing. It’s the Church that needs to wake up. Just because something has never happened before doesn’t mean it can’t ever happen. Every technological invention was, at one time, impossible to imagine. Somebody has to be that generation that is supposed to, “look up for your redemption is at hand.” (Lk 21:28) It’s looking more and more likely that we’re that generation.
For centuries Christians have been expecting the return of Jesus to set up His Kingdom. The prophecies relating to the Second Coming have always been in the Bible but it was really hard to make sense of some of them until recently. A thousand years ago or even a hundred, how would you explain a prophecy that states everyone in the world will be able to witness a specific event at the same time. You couldn’t. How do you explain it today? Piece of cake! Smart devices. Daniel 12 tells us that at the time of the end prophecy would make sense. And it does.
There is a saying that relates to interpreting scripture, “If plain sense makes common sense, seek no other sense.” This is akin to our K-I-S-S (keep it simple stupid), or Occam’s Razor (the simplest solution is most likely the right one). As world events, cultures and technology advance, so too does our ability to look at God’s Word as having a “today” fulfillment.
Next time we’re going to return to the theme of “watch.” What are the most likely things we are supposed to watch for? One of those things is the Rapture. We’ll start taking a look at what the Bible has to say about it.
Please, neither offhandedly accept nor reject what is said in this blog. Check it out. Look it up for yourself in the Bible. If you are a child of God you are in good hands and there is the most wonderful eternity waiting for you. If you are not a Christ follower, now is a really good time to honestly explore the truth claims of the Bible.