“He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time.”Daniel 7:25
Like so many others, I have been trying to view the COVID-19 crisis through several different lenses and process the changes with each passing day. There is so much to take into consideration. We have never experienced a global shut down on this scale in human history.
We must look at this from every angle — medically, economically, governmentally, constitutionally, spiritually, and prophetically.
First, we must look at this outbreak through the healthcare lens — or should I say health-scare. The truth is, we really don’t know just how serious SARS-CoV-2 is, as we are getting new information daily about symptoms, treatments, and long-term affects.
Sure, this Coronavirus is especially cruel on the elderly and the immunocompromised, but after at least six weeks of observation here in the U.S., the numbers just still don’t add up in relationship to the extreme measures being taken. I understand the concepts of mitigating a virus. I’m not against practicing safe health measures, but I am still not convinced that this COVID-19 outbreak warrants the mass hysteria and social panic that has taken our world and our nation by storm. Only time will tell.
Economically, COVID-19 certainly has caused serious distress on the markets and revealed how financially fragile the U.S. truly is. Some analysts are predicting a downward turn leading into a recession, or another depression. Others believe the U.S. economy could recover and rebound with historical gains after the outbreak is over. Only time will tell.
From a governmental and constitutional perspective, our civil liberties are being threatened in unprecedented fashion. Never before in our nation’s history have American civil rights been put in jeopardy like this. The COVID-19 scare has emboldened politicians at every level to enforce civil mandates and executive orders that cut into the very heart of our constitutional rights.
Basic First Amendment rights like religious liberty and the right to peaceably assemble are being challenged head on. One constitutional attorney, Robert Barnes, says that the threat of losing our civil liberties through COVID-19 far outweighs the health threat posed to American citizens. I must say that I do not disagree.
“Our founders were intimately familiar with pandemics, viruses and plagues, yet they did not allow any to suspend our Constitutional liberties. Not one word in the Constitution about plagues or pandemics to exempt the government from any of our Bill of Rights. Why do our current courts allow it? Because the public is asleep at the wheel. Think the pandemic threatens to kills us all? A review of the data shows the pandemic is more panic than plague.”Attorney Robert Barnes – https://www.rt.com/op-ed/483758-coronavirus-constitutional-rights-government/
The only thing about government officials overstepping their authority and limiting our freedoms is that once politicians gain more control and power from the people, they almost never give it back. Only time will tell.
While I am doing my best to keep an eye on all of these sensitive scenarios, I am committed above all to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus — the Author and Finisher of my faith. The Bible says that “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” [Rev 19:10], and like so many of God’s children, I am intently searching the Scriptures in order to understand the bigger angle at play in all of this — the prophetic angle!
Putting on Prophetic Lenses
As I shared in a previous post, I do believe that the Coronavirus crisis is at the very least a preliminary sign that qualifies as the beginning of birth pains. There are so many variables that make this particular “pandemic” unique, such as the …
- Global scale
- Rapid change
- Media influence
- Social response
- Government control
- Medical protocols
- Economic impact
Beyond the unprecedented reaction to this COVID-19 outbreak, I also have been seeing some troubling proposals from the likes of Bill Gates and others, who are using this crisis to push agendas that frankly should make us shudder. Not only is Bill Gates proposing a universal vaccine to administer worldwide but also a national tracking system that will use GPS technology to track and quarantine infected citizens during any future outbreaks.
Gates has proposed to use invisible ink to tattoo the vaccination status on the skin of the recipient. You can’t make this stuff up. Furthermore, Gates is a founding parter with the ID2020 Alliance, which is committed to giving every human being on the planet a “digital identification.”
Now I need to stop right here and make sure you understand that I am not saying Bill Gates is planning to initiate the mark of the beast, but what I am saying is that the COVID-19 outbreak and response certainly presents a potential example of how the end-times system and mark of the beast could be implemented. I wrote recently in a previous blog about the possible applications of this end-times mark and the economic system that will follow. One can see how a mandated universal vaccination and tracking system certainly could become a very real application.
This COVID-19 pandemic has provided an eye-opening scenario of how all it takes is one major “trigger” event to flip the world on its head and initiate a new world order to control the masses.
These are some of the things that we do know about the Antichrist and his coming kingdom in the last days.
- The Antichrist will be given authority to rule for 42 months, or 3.5 years.
- The Antichrist will concentrate his rule over a Middle Easter coalition of nations but his reach eventually will extend around the world [Daniel 7, Revelation 13, 17].
- The Antichrist will seek to change the times and the laws [Daniel 7:25], which most likely means that he will wield political power and influence over most, if not all, of the world governments.
- The Antichrist will introduce some type of mark, or number identification system, to enable global monitoring and economic control [Revelation 13:16-18].
- The Antichrist will concentrate his interests in the Middle East and Israel, and more specifically Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
- The Antichrist will launch an all out assault against Jews and Christians worldwide [Daniel 7:25, Revelation 13:5-10].
- The end of the Antichrist and his kingdom will come when King Jesus returns from heaven to earth to crush the forces of evil and deliver the saints once and for all [Daniel 7:13-14, 26-27].
There is a prophetic angle to this entire situation, and we as God’s children had better wake up and take notice. The time is nearer than ever before.
While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.1 Thessalonians 5:3-6