(The following two-part series was originally printed in the Pine Prairie Church of Christ bulletin in three parts. It has been condensed into two parts with the second installment to be published in the October issue of KPG.)
Running with your eyes closed is never advisable, but it is especially dangerous near the edge of an exceedingly high cliff! Faster and faster, this world rushes to that edge. At full speed ahead, they leave all common sense and Biblical insight behind. It is understandable when the ungodly, living in deception and despondency, remain blinded to the truth. Christians, however, must open their eyes to where our world is heading. We must inform ourselves with truth and understand the nearness of the Day of God’s wrath (1 Thess. 5:1 – 6).
We have all been alarmed by the spread of COVID-19 over recent months, but much more startling than the virus itself is the panic and government oppression being enacted at the national, state, and local levels. Using the virus as a pretext, the global elites are calling for a “great reset” to “reimagine” the world economy. They look to change nearly everything about life here on earth. At one time, these same elites were very clandestine about their true agenda, but they have become brazen in announcing their intentions to the masses. It would do us well to listen as we compare their evil agenda with the warnings found in God’s word.
After President Trump’s withdrawal from the Chinese-controlled World Health Organization, the WHO director has threatened that outbreaks of even more severe plagues, including Ebola, are sure to come. Imagine enduring the panic and chaos of a real pandemic which does not require media hype and exaggerations to rationalize lockdowns and further losses of personal liberty. The Bible teaches this future is coming, and all the indicators point to its near arrival (e.g. Matt. 24:6, 7; Rev. 6:8; 9:18).
We must not kid ourselves into believing that present changes do not set new and alarming precedents, spelling out the conditions for absolute control of the people in a future medical technocracy. These changes are not just coming, they are already developing, and, when solidified, will serve to “trample down the remainder” of every bastion of free government on earth (Dan. 7:17). The New World Order will bring about great “alterations in times and in law” (Dan. 7:25; comp. Rev. 13:16 – 18; 17:15), with an objective to accomplish what was already started at the plain of Shinar – worldwide rebellion against God (cf. Gen. 11:1 – 9).
As Scripture reveals, there will be a time when individual liberties and religious freedoms will melt away like warm butter. Everyone will be forced to receive the Beast’s mark in order to “buy or sell” (Rev. 13:17). With a national coin shortage now signaling the coming end of cash money, this will be a remarkably simple thing to enact. A policy that requires absolute submission to the state through financial domination of the private sector (fascism) will be extremely easy to obtain under new monetary conditions.
Many major retailers are already demanding credit and debit card purchases only. This has never happened before anywhere on earth! No freedom can exist in a fully digital, fully traceable cashless society. The technology has been with us for some time, but the system is not yet in place only because a supernatural force has been holding it back until now (2 Thess. 2:7).
It is imperative that Christians take note of these and other signs, so they will be ready for the Lord’s coming. He will certainly snatch us out before the horrific “hour of trial” soon to inflict vengeance upon everyone dwelling on the earth (1 Thess. 4:17; Rev. 3:10). Let us not be ignorant of what is coming and let us always make sure we are listening every minute for the sound of the trumpet! – MAH